Dreaming of Paris

For those who have followed my work you are probably aware of my fondness for glamorous dresses and old, architectural backgrounds. This has stemmed from my love for Paris. I fantasize of travelling back there some day to photograph couture gowns along the Seine and Champs Elysees. (A girl can dream...) However, I was fortunate to plan a fashion photo shoot in the beautiful city of Montreal, which I consider Canada's equivalent to Paris, France.

The planning process for this photoshoot started when makeup artist Kim Creton reached out to me through Instagram. I am so grateful Kim reached out to me because her immense talent and experience upped the quality of the photographs. And it is always beneficial to work with new people to build your professional network and diversify your portfolio.

Next I received a model package from Specs Model Management with several options of new faces that needed to build their portfolio. The model I used for this shoot, Dezi, stuck out to me because of her striking yet soft features and curvaceous physique. She had this greek goddess look to her which tied in nicely with the romanesque-like architecture at the location.

For the wardrobe I used a dress I purchased for myself to wear to a wedding later this summer. I wanted to photograph it because of the stunning bead work so it was quite convenient to use for this photo shoot! And no, using my own clothing isn't something I typically do when sourcing wardrobe for a photo shoot, but this was an exception. ;)

The day of the photo shoot we lucked out with beautiful weather and spent the afternoon shooting in Parc Lahaie (also seen here). My sister was visiting me in Montreal that same day, so she came with us and assisted on set. It was a nice surprise to have her there because she was very helpful positioning the reflector, fixing the wardrobe and taking behind the scenes photos, but it also meant a lot that she got to see what I do for a living. Our education and career paths are drastically different so it was nice to share that part of my life with her.

Lastly, we finished the day by grabbing a late lunch at a quaint vegan restaurant that Kim recommended. It was wonderful chatting more over lunch, and getting to listen to Dezi and Kim's journey so far in the industry. I am very appreciative when I get to work with people who are not only talented but also very kind and down to earth. I felt so grateful to be able to create beautiful work with this team, and I am excited to share the results with you all.

Fashion Portrait by Charuk Studios
Fashion Portrait by Charuk Studios
Fashion Portrait by Charuk Studios
Fashion Portrait by Charuk Studios
Fashion Portrait by Charuk Studios
Fashion Portrait by Charuk Studios
Fashion Portrait by Charuk Studios
Fashion Portrait by Charuk Studios

Credits:

Hair & Makeup: Kim Creton

Model: Dezi from Specs Model Management

Photography & Art Direction: Jessica Charuk

Photo Assistant: Nicole Charuk

Dress: ASOS