Citrus and Sage Editorial in CoCo Indie.

Coco Indie is one of my favourite independent magazines. The team who creates this magazine are so dedicated and, dare I say,  particular about their vision, that I have tried and failed more times than I care to admit to be featured on their pages. Their choosy approach proves to be effective as all of their issues are completely tight and cohesive. They push contributors to be the same. After being given an online editorial last summer, ( I am finally in the print magazine this summer (Yay!) It’s great to have goals and to see these goals reached, I still cannot believe my name is in Coco Indie’s Pages.

The editorial in question is also very special to me, not just because it was shot for Coco, but also because it came straight from the heart. This shoot was inspired by the Spring/Summer 2015 line of Copious Fashions’ and was shot in the most minimal way possible. The designer for Copious, Carissa, and myself were coming off of our giant weekend long shoot for Cake and Ashes, our Fall/Winter line, where we had extensive weeks of planning, an amazing team of ten people, various locations and set-ups, long hours and considerable editing. Although this shoot was a success, and we were very happy with the results, we felt that this level of production was not necessary for our Citrus and Sage season. Instead, we brought it back to basics. After finding Miss Gwendy Darling, a person who was the perfect vision of this line; kissed by summer freckles with an ethereal glow, yet with a depth to her eyes and a purpose to her movements, we were ready to take our weekend of creativity together. We shot at a remote family cottage, myself, Carissa, our model Gwen, and a couple of helpers. We casually cruised through the shoot as I simply followed Gwen while she slinked through the water and the trees, watching the light change from orange sunrise to bright noon to the low pink warmth of the late afternoon. We swam, we sang, we danced to music of the late 60’s and had iddelic summer moments of eating watermelon and watching the sunset. There was no time-crunch, no pressure, no worry of damaging the clothing as Gwen splashed, napped, laid in the flowers and in the damp sand, all in the pieces of Citrus and Sage, the marks only making the clothing more real.

I need to thank Coco for reminding me to get back to what makes me want to create images, as the results are always the best when they come from the heart.

Here are some of my favourites, as well as the magazine spread and some behind the scenes of our weekend:

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Citrus & Sage at Fashion Art Toronto

Gearing up for Copious’ Spring/Summer 2015 line to hit stores we decided a launch at Fashion Art Toronto (or FAT) was a perfect introduction.

FAT has become the kind of alternative to World Mastercard Toronto Fashion Week. It is not only a week of fashion shows, but also performances, live art, pop-up shops, film viewings, food, drinks and music.

All of the work that went into the FAT production of Citrus & Sage paid off as our beautiful lemony ladies came down the runway.

The team of people who made this show happen are Desiree from Armed jewellery for lending some of her amazing pieces, Sylvie Prud’Homme, owner and stylist of The Loft Salon and Spa for her imaginative and unique hair creations, Samantha and Andrea McLeod for their sun-kissed makeup looks, Dillon Taylor for music and video, all of the models who perfectly embodied this line, especially Gwen from Peggi LePage Management for being the face of citrus and sage for the past year, and finally, the crew at FAT. I happily bounced between producer and photographer, capturing these shots over the day:

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Cakes & Ashes II

The follow-up sister series to Cake and Ashes for Livid Magazine, Cakes & Ashes, features two models and a heavily stylized shoot, both indoors and outdoors. Our team worked fiercely throughout the day and I could not be prouder of the results.

Here are tear sheets from our spread, as well as unpublished images which did not make the magazine (and a couple of behind the scenes for fun.)

Photographer: Kaja Tirrul
Models: Nathalie Cas, Vizage Model Management & Missy Beaudry, Angie’s Models & Talent International.
Hair and Makeup: Samantha McLeod
Stylist: May Mustapha of DonnaMay Styling Duo
Assistants: Ainslie Lahey and Carissa McCaig
Clothing by Copious Fashions
Accessories by Unique Accessories
Shoes by Christian Louboutin

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Cake & Ashes

I am happy to share this editorial that I did for Ellements Magazine, as well as some of my favourites which didn’t make the spread.

This editorial was inspired by the mind and cinema of Alfred Hitchcock. This is a modern spin on the fearful blonde victim of Hitchcock films, who makes her way through the story line, desperately trying to survive.

 Our all-female team shot on location at an old inactive hotel restaurant set deep down a gravel road. . .
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Photographer: Kaja Tirrul
Model: Nathalie Cas, Vizage Model Management
Hair and Makeup: Samantha McLeod
Stylist: May Mustapha of DonnaMay Styling Duo
Assistants: Ainslie Lahey and Carissa McCaig
Clothing provided by Copious Fashions.

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Backwoods Sunday Afternoon…

There is this country singer, whom you should all know. Her name is Adrienne Taylor. She is incredibly talented, (as well as beautiful; inside and out)  and I had the pleasure of spending a Sunday afternoon photographing her 🙂

Of course, this was a team effort and lots of “thank-you’s” are in order. Adrienne herself, for being beyond willing to do anything I threw at her, as well as being calm, kind and overall so relaxed she didn’t even sweat despite the 30+ degree weather. Joshua Brown, for doing BTS video. (As an aside, I don’t believe I will ever get used to  seeing – and hearing – myself shooting.) Joshua has mastered the skill of seeing while not being seen, which is a skill we image-makers strive to practice, making his final product A-mazing! Please check it out here:

The rest of our talented team consisted of: Samantha McLeod (the ever-so-talented makeup and hairstylist), May Mustapha (on behalf of DonnaMay Stylist Duo), Copious Fashions for providing a large, and beautiful, portion of the wardrobe, and last, but never least, our location providers; Boyd HVAC Services for providing the gem of all gems – the turquoise GMC vintage truck (my dream prop), as well as Hunter and Theresa McCaig for the use of their beautiful land on Zee Dot Acres.

Here are some of my favourites from our day:

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I encourage everyone to further support and follow Adrienne – find her at and please, buy her new single, “Backwoods Saturday Night” on iTunes.
Salut from the country, y’all. xo

Xquisit Magazine

I’m so happy to finally have this magazine in my hands! I did a shoot last year for the 2013 fall/winter Copious collection which is now laid out in a gorgeous editorial in Xquisit’s winter celebration issue. Here are some of my favs from this shoot, as well as some less-than technically stellar behind the scenes pics, and, of course, the magazine!

Photography: Kaja Tirrul
Stylist: Carissa McCaig
Models: Elana Baum for Models International Management and Danika Cziranka-Crooks
Makeup: HaileySin
Hair: Theresa Sabourin
Clothing by Copious Fashions

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Copious does CTV Morning Live

The amazing styling duo DonnaMay Stylists did a segment for CTV Morning Live this past week all about taking your holiday look form day into the evening. This segment was especially special because it featured Copious’ Fall/Winter 2013 line of beautiful dresses. Here are some snippets from the day:

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this is what montreal fashion week looks like when . . .

I was invited to attend Montreal Fashion Week to shoot Copious’s addition to Exhibit 24 – which was a major success. (You’ll see a lot of designer Carissa McCaig’s pretty face in the following pictures . .)

In the meantime, I did a lot of wandering and shooting and came up with my next blog post entitled : This is What Montreal Fashion Week Looks Like When You’re Given Access to Back Stage, The Media Room, and The Cocktail Hour but not to See Any of the Actual Fashion Shows.

I loved it.