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Toronto portrait photography studio | Beautiful Reese and her story by Elena Golijanin

Every now and then, my work provides me with the opportunity to meet extraordinary human beings. These individuals leave a mark on my heart and remind me of why I chose to be a portrait photographer.  Today was one of those days.  I feel blessed to have met a beautiful and remarkable woman named Reese and to have had the opportunity to capture her beauty and grace through my lens.

While on vacation, Reese contracted a disease that left her a double (nearly a quadruple) amputee. While this may have crushed most people’s souls, the experience seems to have only made Reese stronger. 

Reese didn’t need much work to make her shine through the camera. Her bright spirit and vibrant personality lit up the room with joy, humour, and passion. Reese wanted an elegant, graceful look for her portraits, but she also wanted the images to display her strength and confidence. 

Here is what Reese had to say about her story and what this portrait photography session meant to her:

“In the fall of 2016 I underwent surgery to amputate both my legs below the knees and in the winter of 2017, the upper digits of the fingers of both my hands. Both were due to septic shock. The experience of being hospitalized for several months and losing my limbs was terribly challenging.

However, with the continuous support and love of my friends and my faith in my purpose, I was able to regain my abilities and confidence again. I was able to continue to focus on the “bigger picture”, rely on the power of self love and take care of my soul. I learned that my body was only a fraction of who I was and beauty is not just seen but felt.

When I look at the photos and think back on my experience with Elena, the words that come to mind are gratitude and hope. I am incredibly grateful to have had experienced such a wonderful photo session with a photographer that wanted me to feel special and empowered. I was incredibly hopeful that there were people out there that were able to truly see what is often invisible - someone’s spirit. When I look at these photos that’s what I see. My spirit feeling empowered enough to face anything head on with confidence and love.”

Please enjoy our selection from Reese’s photo shoot!

Elena

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Toronto Portrait Photographer | Summer in the City | Editorial Style Portrait Session by Elena Golijanin

Summer is almost over.. Isn't it sad that we wait for this beautiful time of year for so long and then it goes by so quickly? Oh well :) We make the most out of it. As much as I LOVE shooting in our Toronto photo studio - I do enjoy taking my clients outside to the streets of Toronto for editorial style beautiful portraits. I love working with natural light, and with beautiful summer sun that gives this gorgeous warm glow! Shooting in natural light also makes you feel more comfortable and relaxed during your photoshoot. We grabbed a big puffy skirt, a part of our photography studio wardrobe, and went for a little walk around the Osgood Hall  in downtown Toronto, as well as the garden on top of the Toronto City Hall.

Our beautiful Muse Joseffa looks effortlessly beautiful, elegant and classy in her photographs. I have yet to meet a woman who doesn't like to play dress up! Please enjoy our selection of images from her Summer in the City shoot!

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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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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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