Photoshoot: AS98 Montreal

I recently had the opportunity to work with Suite 203 Communications; a Montreal-based boutique marketing communications agency that specializes in strategic content, social media and Montreal public relations for lifestyle brands. They needed someone to shoot AS98’s fall/winter collection and asked if I would be up to the challenge! Their client; AS98 an Italian shoe company, recently opened up shop on Crescent street! Their shoes are all unique works of art. Each shoe is made by hand with high quality materials and unique designs that stand out among the rest. If you are looking to make a statement, AS98 is a great place to go, not to mention their shoes are extremely comfortable (I had the opportunity to try out a few pairs).

I wanted to capture the shoes in their grungy element so we used the cities (many) construction sites and back alleys as our backdrop! Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot!

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Stay tuned for their Spring/summer collection and be sure to follow AS98 on Instagram and stop by at their store on Crescent street!

The 2nd Annual Stroll for Kids With JFK

Once again, I had the pleasure of donating my time by photographing a great event supporting the Just for Kids foundation. Check out the first event I photographed for them here!

This past September on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning in Rembrandt Park, Cote St. Luc, the 2nd annual Stroll for Kids took place. With the sun shining bright, there were a lot of happy faces of all ages to capture! I have been taking part in this non profit organization for the last 9 months, volunteering for the annual hockey tournament and getting the opportunity to take photos. It is the least I can do for such an amazing cause!

For the past 2 years JFK has partnered with Stroll for Kids in a group effort to raise funds to purchase high-priority medical equipment for the Montreal Children’s Hospital. JFK’s fundraising achievements improve the effectiveness of doctors and nurses on a daily basis and help parents sleep better knowing that their children are getting the best possible care. To find out more, please visit www.jfkfoundation.ca.

This year over 500 participants strolled on Sunday September 25th. The Stroll was not only sold out but it succeeded in raising a whopping $180,000 in support of JFK to benefit the MCH. Featured in my photos are only a handful of the many faces and only few of the several sponsors who helped make the event possible. Local Montreal sponsors including RustiqueRichter, Urban Bonfire, Sumac, Mouton Noir Catering and ReJuice and the international brand; Keurig are just to name a few. You can find out about the rest of the sponsors, and see all of the photos from the event on the Stroll for Kids Facebook Page!

Here are some of my favourite shots of the day. Enjoy!

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JFK Glam Jam; For the Kids

A few months ago I got involved with the Just for Kids Foundation when I sat on the committee to help organize their annual hockey tournament. JFK is an amazing foundation which is dedicated to raising funds to purchase high-priority medical equipment for the Montreal Children’s Hospital. I had so much fun on that committee that I couldn’t wait to get involved again! I was really happy, when I was asked if I could photograph their next event; Glam Jam, which was held at the brand new AVANTI spa in Decarie Square. Of course I said yes. Not only was it a great way to practice, but it was an fun way for me to give back! It was a night filled with beauty and fun, and it was a pleasure to shoot! Here are a few of my favourites from the evening.

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If you are interested in getting involved with Just for Kids or if you would like to see the rest of the photos, be sure to check out their website and Facebook page here: JFK Foundation!

 

Phil and Hadley’s Wedding

A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to be assistant coordinator at Phil and Hadley’s Wedding with Shauna of Paisley Promotions. It was such a fun experience, and because of that, I am going to make sure it’s not the last time I get involved in something like it! I had a blast working with Shauna and loved how the whole wedding came together. I can’t take credit for the amazing planning that went into it, that’s all Paisley Promotions, but it was really fun to help make the dream into a reality!

The couple was adorable and down to earth and their rustic, boho inspired wedding was pure simplicity at its best. Madeline Druce captured the whole night and if you haven’t heard of her, check out her work, it is amazing! Just look at these two shots that she captured of the bride and groom.

The couple chose a gorgeous spot on Parc Jean Drapeau that is home to the Tour de Lévis, a 1930’s historical landmark, which if you can handle walking up the 157-step staircase to the observation deck, will dazzle you with its breathtaking 360-degree views of the river, downtown Montreal, the biosphere, the beautiful Jacques Cartier bridge and all the surrounding areas. I definitely felt it in my legs the next day after walking up and down those stairs several times throughout the night. Great workout!

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When I first saw the site a few weeks before the wedding I had a hard time imagining how it would all look, which was frustrating because I am usually really good at visualizing, but aside from the tower; the piece de resistance, it was a very basic, open space that almost resembled a camp ground. As the tents began going up though, the pieces of the puzzle started coming together, and I began to see that it was going to become a very magical space, and it did. It went from nothing special, to spectacular in a few hours. It’s amazing how a lot of creativity, careful planning and hard work can do that.

The ceremony took place in a clearing in front of the tower that was surrounded by trees, brush and grass. Bohemian carpets were laid down for people to sit on and rose petals formed an aisle for the bride and groom to walk down. Phil and Hadley stood under two cherry trees that drooped to form a canopy under which they said their I do’s. Dinner was served in a large tent with huge rustic wood tables and chairs, simple wild flower centrepieces and magical string lights that warmed the tent with a gentle yellow glow. After dinner and some dancing the cake was cut in front of the tower and the bridal party made their way up the many stairs to the observation deck. There, they all had  the perfect view of the fireworks going on at La Ronde that night. It was all very romantic. The rest of the evening was spent dancing the night away under an open tent adorned by more magical string lights and a bar that kept the drinks flowing.

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Once everyone had danced enough to feel hungry again, dessert was served inside the medieval tower. The rain held off until the early hours of the morning when no one cared about the way they looked anymore, they were just happy to feel a nice breeze and some cool, wet drops on their faces. Everyone seemed so happy and carefree and the night really couldn’t have gone any better from my point of view.
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Often it’s the simpler things in life that end up being the best things and this wedding was a testament to that! I love how so much work went into making the night feel effortless, relaxed and simple. It just proves a job well done.

Congratulations to Phil and Hadley

Special thanks goes to Dansereau Traiteur for the incredible food that night. Every little thing was beyond delicious and the presentation was phenomenal, and to Eventex for going above and beyond their mandate that evening. Amazing work.

Side note: My photos were all taken on the fly with my iPhone camera so while they aren’t of the best quality, they do manage to give a good idea of the vibe of the night!

The Simple Things in Life: Unexpected Treat

I have been noticing lately that it’s the simple things in life that make me most happy. For example, this past weekend, after spending the day at Osheaga (a popular Montreal music festival) which in itself was extremely enjoyable, we decided to avoid the huge line for the stuffy packed metro by walking home instead. The walk was long and consisted of crossing the Jaques-Cartier bridge, but it was the perfect summer evening for it. To 0ur surprise, it was the final night for the international fireworks competition and we caught it from the bridge! I had been trying to catch a show since it began over a month ago and something always got in the way, so you can understand why it was an amazing treat to be able to see it as a surprise. Not to mention, we got the best (free) seats in the house!

Do you find the simpler things in life to be the most fulfilling as well?