A Shower of Treats

Earlier this month, I got to shoot an amazingly sweet bridal shower! I was introduced to the bride-to-be by my super agent Diane (she gets all my gigs for me!) and I was so excited to shoot a backyard party under the glowing afternoon sun that I spent hours saving photos of garden parties for inspiration. Sadly, I couldn't have been more wrong about the weather since it poured cats and dogs that day. Instead, the party was held indoors with various lighting conditions: blue and gloom daylight seeping through the windows and artificial lighting casting sharp shadows.  I have to admit that my weakness is shooting under artificial light. No matter how bright it is, I just can't get the right white balance setting. These pictures went through a lot of post-processing to get the colors and brightness to my liking. I tell myself that life is often unpredictable and sometimes challenging situations serve to push you forward and teach you to be flexible. 

I'm so grateful for Mel and Jeff to give me a chance to photograph their special moments. I love capturing genuine moments of happiness: a silly face here or a gentle touch there. Mel looked glowing in her show-stopper embellished skirt and a simple strappy top. Second to her beauty was the gorgeous dessert spread laid by the mother-in-law. I'd lie if I said that I wasn't distracted by all the yummy treats : Q   The bridesmaids arranged games and quizzes for the couple's family and friends. There was a lot of laughter, excitement and the whole house exuded merry vibes. I wish both of you a wonderful journey ahead :)

A Friend Until the End

Now that the summer heat has finally returned to Montreal, you can't NOT participate in an after work 5 à 7. My idea of grabbing a drink involves an iced latte (with soymilk please) or iced tea, sipping in a pretty cafe with air conditioner and that's exactly what Les Intraitables cafe delivered on a hot Thursday evening. Les Intraitables cafe opened a month ago and their signature green wall with the frames is already making waves on Instagram. I was surprised that it wasn't more occupied since it sits on a prime corner in the Old Port but I admit the construction cones blocking the street have made it harder to spot this place unless you were looking for it. The cafe is bright and there is plenty of seating both downstairs and upstairs to accommodate tourists and locals-alike. I love how the natural light poured into the cafe as if they were a stream of eager customers lining up to try the marshmallow brownies on display. When the light is this good, I can't contain my excitement! Poor Niv had to wait a good 15 minutes for me to take all my photos and get back down to earth.  
It felt really nice to decompress and confide in a trusted friend after a long week of work. I enjoy spending time with Niv because she supports my crazy dreams yet she's not afraid to tell me when I get out of line without any judgment or imposition. That's what a true friend is about :)