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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!

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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Portraits of beautiful Joseffa | Toronto Portrait Photo Studio by Elena Golijanin

Joseffa is smart, funny, beautiful, hardworking and adventurous young woman who just moved to Toronto from Texas. So far she absolutely loves it here! Joseffa is trying herself in the movie industry, both on the production side, and as an aspiring actress! We had an amazing time at the studio creating so many different looks for Joseffa! The sexy, daring look in a little black lacy dress, the Vanity Fair inspired look in a sheer blush pink gown, the light and airy look with the wire skirt and a beautiful paper rose, hand made and generously provided to us by uber talented designer Maret Kendra from Maret's Designs , and a beautiful vintage white dress from Sub Rosa Vintage in the Kensington.

Please enjoy my selection from the shoot!

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