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Celebrating A Milestone Birthday With a Portrait Photo Shoot by Elena Golijanin

Isolina reached out to me because she was approaching a milestone birthday, her 60th, and wanted to have beautiful, elegant portraits taken to celebrate and remember this important time in her life. 

During the consultation, I asked the question I ask all of my clients: “Is there anyone you would like to join you at the end of your photo shoot for some portraits together?” Isolina realized she didn’t have any recent portraits with her husband and asked for him to join her at the end of her birthday photo shoot. You will be surprised to know that many of my clients admit that the last time they had a professional portrait taken was on their wedding day. It is so important to have updated portraits together with your loved ones, as they get more and more precious as time goes by. We even got some updated professional headshots for Bob!

When Isolina walked into my Oakville photography studio, she told me she isn’t a very photogenic woman and that the camera doesn’t like her. “I just love clients like you,” I said, “because I get to change your mind about being photographed and show you how truly beautiful you are.” 

We started the photography session with a makeover from my professional make up artist and hair stylist, then I guided Isolina through the photo shoot. She had brought a few of her favourite special occasion dresses as well as a few pieces of jewelry that held special meaning to her including her Mom’s necklace and some beautiful pieces her husband had gifted to her to celebrate milestone anniversaries.

Along with the outfits she brought from home, we used a selection of silks from our studio and fabrics to drape her shoulders, creating an artistic look in the portraits. This beautiful confident woman carried her age with amazing grace throughout the entire photo shoot.  

When Isolina and Bob came back to the studio a couple of weeks later to see their portraits from the session, she said she didn’t expect to like many (because of her preconceived idea that she didn’t photograph well), but she was surprised to love all of them! 

We are already planning a return date for Isolina to come to the studio for another photo shoot with her daughter and may even get the whole family together for a beautiful family portrait. 

Please enjoy some of our favourite images from this beautiful woman’s 60th birthday photoshoot!

Creating Timeless Portraits That Will Be Cherished by Family Forever by Elena Golijanin

I had the honour of photographing actress Gregoriane Minot, cast on The Real Housewives of Toronto and co-host of What’s Cooking with Grego and Ada .

Grego came to my photography studio in Toronto looking for some classic timeless, creative portraits. During the consultation we discussed her passions and I learned about her passion for dance, in particular ballet. We used some flowing silks that created lyrical movement in the images. We also used our spring blossoms to create some light and airy artistic portraits. After, we took some tasteful and classy boudoir photos just for fun, because every woman needs to have this experience! A talented Toronto designer Maret Kendra lent us a gorgeous pair of her handmade angel feather wings to use for a Victoria’s Secret Angel look.

Grego returned to the studio a few weeks later with her daughter Camelia for a Mother and Daughter portrait session. These portrait photos capture the beautiful bond and connection between a mother and her child and are photos the two can cherish forever.

For Grego, the portrait session was not just about creating beautiful photos for herself, but for everyone who loves her. This is what Grego herself had to say about what this photo session meant to her: “Having my pictures taken by Elena was a true privilege. Her portraits are more than pictures - they render elegance, movement and femininity. Thank you for capturing these timeless works of art my family and I will forever cherish.”

A Portrait Session Birthday Gift by Elena Golijanin

A photoshoot makes an amazing gift for any age. This young lady, who I will refer to as Ms E, was celebrating her 15th birthday and her Mom chose to gift her a professional photoshoot to commemorate this special time in her life.  

Although originally planned as an individual portrait photography session with E, during the consultation we agreed it would be nice to include Mom in the photos, to celebrate the special bond between mother and daughter. By the end of the consultation, we agreed to have a few photos of everyone in the family, including the family’s dog. :)

I always try to incorporate my clients’ interests into their photos, so during the consultation, I asked E what she was passionate about. Her answer was dance, and in particular, ballet. So in addition to some beautiful and elegant individual portrait photos of E, we used silks to incorporate dance movements into her photoshoot and created some beautiful dance portraits, allowing E to express her personality through her chosen artform. 

After her individual portraits, we invited each member of E’s family, including the family dog to pose alongside her for some beautiful family portraits. During the session, the family chose to wear some of their own outfits and some items from our Oakville studio wardrobe to add some variety to their photos. 

With such a wide variety of photos to select from, from the dance portraits to family photos, the family chose a luxurious handmade leather folio box with 30 of their favourite portraits and a beautiful piece of wall art to proudly display in their home.

This is what E’s mom had to say about the portrait session afterwards:

"We had a wonderful experience with Elena. She made us feel at ease, brought in highly skilled hair and make-up artists and made the entire day truly special. Although the photo shoot was a gift to my daughter, Elena insisted on including the whole family (dog too!) for few photos so that we came away with some lovely group portraits as well. She was very accommodating, taking into account our preferences and providing us with sage advice on how to make the photos work best for us. The results were both captivating and highly professional. It was very difficult to narrow down our favorites as there were so many."

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The BEST and most thoughtful 16th Birthday Gift EVER | Toronto Photography Studio | LivePixels Photography by Elena Golijanin

Beautiful Elle was turning 16 in June. Her amazing Mom was planning 16 different things for them to do together to celebrate this milestone birthday.. One of the things was a surprise photoshoot for Elle and her Mom at our Toronto photography studio. They arrived early in the morning and Elle had no idea! She was so surprised and so excited! My wonderful hair and makeup team made both Elle and Jen, her Mom, look and feel gorgeous! We created so many different looks, from classic elegant portraits, to glamour and beauty portraits, to more fashion forward, edgy looks. The beautiful black and white ostrich wings are a creation of a talented Toronto designer Maret's Designs, and are only available for photoshoots at our photo studio. Thank you Jennifer and Elle for trusting me with your portraits, this means so much!

This is what Jennifer had to say about their photoshoot experience:

I surprised my daughter with a photo shoot for her 16th birthday & it was the most amazing day for us both!! Elena over exceeded my expectations! Her ability to capture the most perfect moments is unbelievable - she is an exceptional photographer with such a creative eye. We were so welcomed & comfortable during our full day shoot and were catered to - hair, makeup, wardrobe, croissants, champagne, coffee - she not only worked with my visions but used her own as well - and we loved them all!! My daughter loved every second of this day & it’ll be one she never forgets! We definitely will be going back!! Thank you so much Elena!! I would rate your talent above a 5 star if I could!!

Thank you Jennifer for your wonderful word! I would love to have your whole family back one day for a generations portrait photoshoot!

Enjoy a little peek to behind the scenes at what's happening at the studio during the shoot, and our selection of Elle and Jennifer's stunning portraits!

Elena xo

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Toronto Portrait Photographer | Beautiful Family Portraits to Celebrate 60th Birthday by Elena Golijanin

When was the last time you had your family picture taken? I can't even express how passionate I feel about celebrating family, preserving moments, memories, and having beautiful printed portraits of family members, as well as family together. To me, these are your most valuable family possessions.

I met this gorgeous woman at the National Women's Show in Toronto. She was about to turn 60 then and after we chatted for a bit she decided that a makeover portrait photo session would be a fun and memorable way to celebrate this milestone. She also decided to bring her beautiful daughters, her very handsome husband and their super cute  dog Ollie for family portraits to our Toronto photo studio. And it was indeed a day to remember! All three beautiful ladies got glammed up by our talented make up artist, all while sipping mimosas and having a laugh!  We then started a photo session with portraits of Dianne (it was her birthday after all)! She brought some of her favourite outfits, and we added a few items from our studio wardrobe. After taking some beautiful portraits of Dianne, her daughters joined in for some individual portraits, as well as beautiful candid Mother-Daughter portraits, then Dianne's husband joined us later in a day for beautiful family portraits.

They chose a beautiful hand crafted leather folio box to keep some of their most cherished family portraits. Here is what Dianne had to say about the experience:

"Thanks Elena for your great work.

 I couldn’t be happier with the pics. Choosing to do family pics for my 60th was originally a spur of the moment decision when I saw your portfolio. I truly, truly do not like having any pics of me done or shown! Ever! You did such a wonderful job (no surgery needed-haha!) and made me look pretty (darn) good for a gracious and full figured 60+’er.
Without having much time to get to know all of us you were able to capture our personalities and family dynamics so well and so quickly. It really shows wonderfully in the pictures. Even my stern and proper husband managed to crack a slight smile throughout the process. It was a delightful day and experience. Your talented makeup artist and assistant made it that much easier for us all too.

I would heartily recommend you and your services to anyone. Thanks for the memory and ....Happy Birthday present to me!!!

Dianne and family... "

And to me having a happy client  is the highest reward and compliment!
Please enjoy our selection of their beautiful family portraits!
Elena
xo

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Toronto Portrait Photographer | Toronto Family Portraits | LivePixels Photo Studio by Elena Golijanin

Family photos were always a huge part of family legacy for me. I am very close with my parents.  To this day, almost every time I visit with them I ask for my Dad to bring the box full of photos down, and I can spend hours looking at our family memories. My Dad always had a camera with him, and I am so grateful to have lots of beautiful portraits of my Mom in all her beautiful ages, portraits of us together, my grandparents... to me all these photographs are priceless. When the beautiful woman featured in this post, Ms. T., called me to inquire about a photo session, she specifically said that she just wants photos of her boys. I feel very passionately about photographing Moms too (maybe because I cherish portraits of my Mom so much), and I convinced Ms T that she has to have portraits of herself FOR her children, and that she has be to in portraits WITH them.

When Ms. T arrived to our Toronto photo studio she got full celebrity treatment (because let's be honest... when we become Mothers we do so little for ourselves), and then we had a great time taking beautiful portraits in her favourite outfits before her boys and her husband joined us at the studio for family portraits. The portraits we created will stay in their family for generations, they are legacy, and I feel very honoured that Ms. T chose me to capture them. Please enjoy my selection!

Elena xo

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Here is a little sneak peek to behind the scenes from this studio portrait session!

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Toronto Family Photo Session by Elena Golijanin

Being a professional photographer in Toronto I get to meet and photograph so many wonderful families! Jessica and her family came to our professional photo studio to update their family portraits before the holidays. I always love to give busy Moms a little more attention and spotlight, so we started the photo shoot with some pampering for Jessica. Absolutely fantastic Christine Cho did Jessica's professional make up and hair, and I took some beautiful, whimsical, elegant portraits of her in flowy pastel pink tulle skirt and some dance inspired portraits. Then Jessica's husband Matt and their three young boys joined her for some family portraits. "I did not realize I needed this, but I did" said Jessica after the photoshoot. I love giving my clients this beautiful transformation experience. Family portraits are the biggest gift you give to yourselves and your loved ones!

Jessica and Matt chose a beautiful hand crafted leather folio box full of their most favourite family portraits as a keepsake.

Thank you for trusting me with your family memories!

Much Love,

Elena

Debra and Gerry Anniversary Portrait Photoshoot | Toronto Portrait Photo Studio by Elena Golijanin

I met beautiful Debra at the amazing gym Orange Theory Fitness, where we often work out together. Debra is a truly beautiful lady, inside and out. To me she represents true timeless elegance and class and I was so excited to photograph her! Before the shoot Debra mentioned that her wedding anniversary was coming up and she was thinking of bringing her husband Gerry along. My answer - OF COURSE! Best idea ever! When they both came to the studio on the day of the shoot, I saw their incredible chemistry and beautiful connection right away. I remember that when Debra's make up and hair was done and she changed into her first outfit and came out for Gerry to see her - he felt so emotional and was fighting back the tears.. something I have seen during my wedding photography days, when the bride and groom saw each other for the first time on their wedding day.. only this time it was their 30th anniversary.

This is what Debra had to say about her experience after the shoot:

"Elena, your enthusiasm, encouragement, incredible talent, professionalism, patience an skill gave me the opportunity to enthusiastically explore a different side of myself. You brought out the best in me. You saw something I did not see in myself. I loved the creativity, focus, fun, whimsy, natural light. In these photos I see the past and the future all at once. Thank you for this moment in time."

Debra and Gerry purchased a beautiful hand crafter leather folio to hold their 15 most cherished portraits. This may just be the best anniversary gift they gave to themselves, and their families.

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Family Portraits

How often do we update family portraits of our children? Kids grow so fast and life gets so busy with the school, soccer, hockey, swimming, etc., that sometimes we catch ourselves with years go by undocumented. Having portraits of your loved ones taken is the biggest gift you will ever give to your families.

This awesome brother and sister duo were in my Toronto portrait studio last week for classic professional portraits. Their Mom brought some of their favourite festive outfits and we all had a great time creating beautiful portraits that the family will cherish for years. Thank you for your amazing energy guys! I hope to see you again soon, because you grow and change so fast!

Please enjoy my selection from this portrait photo session!

Love and hugs,

Elena Toronto professional portrait studio

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