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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!

A "Feel good" photoshoot | Toronto Portrait Photographer by Elena Golijanin

As a portrait photographer, I often have the opportunity to meet people at various important stages in their lives. One of the biggest joys I get is in helping someone through a difficult transition in their life through my lens. 

This photo session was one of those incredible opportunities. I met Sephra at the National Women’s Show in Toronto and was drawn not only to her physical beauty but her inner beauty as well. She had recently been through some rollercoaster events in her life, and wanted to do a photoshoot as part of her self-love journey. She wanted to feel elegant and beautiful and have those moments captured through a lens. A portrait photoshoot was an opportunity for her to reconnect with the beautiful woman that she is. 

We started the day in our Toronto photo studio with hair and make up to make her feel incredibly beautiful before getting in front of the camera and as we started shooting I could see her embracing her beauty and coming into her own as a strong and powerful woman. 

A photoshoot can be a transformational moment in a person’s life, especially after a major life changing event, and that’s how I felt about this shoot. We captured several looks in this photoshoot; from elegant boudoir photos using silks, to classy glamour using gorgeous tulle skirt from our studio wardrobe, to professional headshot photos for LinkedIn and strong online presence.

This is what Sephra had to say about her photoshoot experience:

"Elena is an amazing photographer with an eye to see the beauty we neglect to see in ourselves. Her approach is fun, calm and empowering. Elena's experience and expertise is worth your time and money. Special thanks to her amazing make-up & hair team as well. It's the beauty of who she is that infects us all to shine and glitter. I highly endorse & recommend."

Here is our selection of favourite images from this special photoshoot.

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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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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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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 Portrait Photo Studio | Portraits of a Ballet Dancer by Elena Golijanin

We all have passions that drive us in life.. It can be  fitness, sports, cooking, music.. For Natalia it's always been dance. She graduated from Vaganova Ballet Academy in St Petersburg, Russia, performed with The National Ballet of Canada, and currently runs a private ballet school in Toronto. Natalia came to our Toronto photo studio to create beautiful portraits that capture her passion. We created several different looks, feminine, soft and whimsical to strong and powerful, to celebrate Natalia and her passion for ballet.

Please enjoy our selection of beautiful dance inspired images. What's your passion? I would love to photograph it!

xo

Elena

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