January 17, 2014Four Years Old | Winding Violets ExposéPosted in Portraits,Uncategorized

Winding Violets is four years old today, and this is probably the hardest blog post I have ever had to write . . .

How do you write about something you pour your whole heart and soul into? Your every waking moment. When every book you read (and believe me there have been many, in the hundreds), every conversation you have (upon waking, driving, walking, eating, going to sleep), and every “vacation” you take comes back to building this very thing: Winding Violets.

How do you even begin to articulate a journey like that? Oh wait! Herman Melville covered this one in, “Moby Dick.” I guess that makes me Ahab?. . . yikes!

 

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In all seriousness, I suppose our journey has turned Winding Violets from a small business into a vocation. When that line that divides work and lifestyle is blurry at best.

When you do something you are passionate about for a living, it consumes almost every waking moment. Everything in your life is framed in relation to it. And it’s seldom something anyone actually sees, or that can be articulated.  Winding Violets is us, and we are Winding Violets. And truly I would have it no other way.

But sometimes such a blurry distinction between self and occupation, the very thing that makes us great at what we do, is really hard emotionally. When someone says, “no”  to Winding Violets, for whatever reason, they are saying “no” to us. “Too expensive,” translates to you aren’t worth it, or you don’t hold enough value as creative agents.

Inversely when someone says “Yes!” it’s a thrill. Every time someone says, “Yes” to Winding Violets, they are telling us we are worth it. They value what we create and want to see us continue to develop our legacy and brand. “Yes!” is the ultimate compliment.

What I think defines that last four years of Winding Violets, the legacy we are building, is one of Authenticity.  Winding Violets is built on an unwavering and fearless commitment to habitually look outside of ourselves, our community, our circumstances, to bring new and exciting things where they have never been before.

Exhausting?

“Yes.”

Frightening?

“Of course.”

Isolating?

“Hell yes.”

Misunderstood?

“Like you wouldn’t believe.”

Rewarding?

“Absolutely!”

The old adage is, “no man is an island.” And Winding Violets wouldn’t be possible without the support of our community, friends, all the wonderful brides and grooms who have hand selected us exclusively. We are thankful to those of you who continue to support us by passing along our name; we feel like this is the ultimate sign of support and confidence in what we do and who we are. And last but not least, all of our social media connects. We love all the comments and interactions with you on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, keep it coming! We love seeing the things you create too.

Thank you to all the past, present, and future brides and grooms. Thank you for saying an empathic,”Yes!”  Thank you to all the couples and individuals that continue to refer us and spread our name. Thank you from the bottom of hearts. You make what we do possible.

But most importantly I want to thank my best friend, my business partner, my personal confidant, and the love-of-my-life: Melissa. For all the fear, anger, exhaustion, hurt, we get to do something we are passionate about together, hand in hand, day in day out, all because of you. One hundred percent because of you.

 

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Seriously folks, do you think I woke up one day and just said, “I want to be a professional wedding photographer!?”

Melissa taught me that wedding photography could be cool, sophisticated, cultured, and classic, and that love stories are pretty damn awesome.

Thank you, I love you.

Our work has been featured by: 

Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty Canada

The Wedding Co.

Kingston Life Weddings

Kingston Life Interiors

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Lindsay White Seriously made me cry (mostly the part about Melissa). Love you guys and all you do!!! {January 17, 2014, 12:57pm}
TheViolets Thank you Lindsay! You and Jeremy are some of our longest and best supporters. Love you guys. Can't wait to meet the puppy!! {January 17, 2014, 02:30pm}
Bre So glad we randomly met those many years ago. You two are amazing and I'm proud to call you my friends. I will forever refer all friends and family to you. Our wedding photos I'll cherish forever. As a photographer once myself it was a HUGE deal to me finding someone that shared my vision and passion and you captured every ounce of our day in the most perfect way. I wish you both nothing but amazingness in your life and business in 2014. :) {January 17, 2014, 03:45pm}
TheViolets What beautiful words. Thank you Bre, we count ourselves lucky to have you both as friends as well. And capturing your wedding day was an absolute pleasure! {January 17, 2014, 04:14pm}
Trish Crowe You started a wedding photography business in January?! Now, THAT's vision! Congratulations! {January 19, 2014, 08:38am}

Four Years Old | Winding Violets Exposé | January 17, 2014

May 22, 2012Nadya Toto pt.II | Prince Edward County Wedding PhotographersPosted in Portraits,Violette | Boudoir

Hello,

What a perfect Victoria Day long weekend for a wedding, I don’t think we’ve seen one that lovely in years…not a cloud! As you may recall, Winding Violets was invited to contribute to the wonderful Spring Wedding Show at The Drake Hotel in Toronto, an event hosted by The Wedding Co.. Melissa had a wonderful time and remarked on how many interesting and kind couples she spoke with, we hope to hear from you all. One lucky couple even went home with a gift certificate for an Engagement Session compliments of Winding Violets. We’ve been in touch, and are going to be shooting with them in just over a month. So, keep your eyes peeled for that post.

This morning we don’t have a Wedding or an Engagement Session to share with you, but a stunning editorial. Last Fall we were given the distinct pleasure of photographing a beautifully designed Nadya Toto gown, one from her personal archives. We thought long and hard about the right setting to photograph the gown in, and decided emphatically on Prince Edward County. Prince Edward County is a wedding photographer’s dream, at least in my eyes. We always love shooting Weddings at Fields on West Lake, or in this case just putting a pretty girl in a beautiful dress into one of the many open fields to be found in the County. We really hope you enjoy this set as much as we did taking it.

A big thank you to The House of Angelis (Cybil Scott, Cat Walk, & Coquetta) for their generosity in lending us this gorgeous Nadya Toto gown; to Liz Amorim (Echo Hair Salon) for sharing her talents with hair and make-up,  and to our beautiful model Ashley who braved the November winds in the name of fashion. Thank you all for making this shoot such a success. Collaboration is beautiful thing don’t ya think?!

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

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Nadya Toto pt.II | Prince Edward County Wedding Photographers | May 22, 2012

September 21, 2011Living With What You Love | Kingston Family PhotographersPosted in Little Violets,Portraits

Good Morning Whig Readers,

Recently we were listening to a pod cast on one of the many trips we’ve made to Toronto this year. A point was being made about the sense of place and personal meaning a child derives from seeing themselves in a photograph amidst their family members.  When a child looks at a family portrait they don’t see the ten pounds Dad has put on, or the silly hair cut Mom had, or the passing trends everyone is wearing, they see themselves belonging.  Be it multi-generational, the immediate family, or portraits of your little ones, photographs matter. Photographs don’t just have to be for posterity they can be loved and enjoyed right now, in your daily life. “Living with what you Love” is all about putting beautiful wall art of your family and children into your homes.

One of the lovely women I’ve had the pleasure to work with recently allowed me to take a few shots of her home to help me articulate, visually, what “Living With What You Love” looks like in action.  Featured below is one of our Fine Art Gallery Wrapped Canvases. This particular photograph was hand selected for it’s colour and clean composition. The yellows interspersed through the flowers tie the photo in nicely with the colour palette of the room, leaving the space airy and bright. Once we had an idea of where the canvas was going, we chose a size that would appropriately fill the space and contribute to the rooms decor. Our clean and sophisticated style of portraiture lends itself well to turning your family photographs into beautiful wall art that will warm up your homes and personalize your space. Have a great day and “Live With What You Love.”

Bon Appétit,

– The Violets

 

FIN

Feature article as printed in the Kingston Whig Standard

 Winding Violets is first and foremost a fine art wedding photography studio, made up of a husband and wife team. Lucas Tingle and Melissa Howlett were married 3 years ago and began Winding Violets, their full-time photography studio in 2009. “Photographing a Wedding is capturing the beginning of a family, and it’s not long before these new families start to grow,” point out The Violets. “Photographing baby bumps, newborns, and kids was just a natural step for us and the growth of our business. We grow right along with the families,” says Melissa.

 So why have maternity and newborn photographs taken, or for that matter why get professionally photographed at all? Winding Violets encourages the families they work with to consider photographs as home decor. Imagine replacing your store bought canvases and the impersonal framed pictures with the precious moments in your family’s development. Winding Violets calls this approach to portraiture and wall art, “Living With What You Love.”

“We have enjoyed great success with our “Living With What You Love” line,” The Violets emphasize. Many families in the Kingston area have warmed up their homes with wall art of their family from Winding Violets. This fall and winter Winding Violets look forward to strengthening their relationship with the families of Kingston and transforming your house into more of a home. Please feel free to call for a free consultation: 613 540 1066. And be sure to visit Winding Violets’ site for a special post on “Living With What You Love” today: www.windingviolets.com.

 

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Sommar Brown Great job!!! I recognize that home :) {September 22, 2011, 10:56am}
TheViolets lol thanks Sommar :) {September 22, 2011, 01:33pm}

Living With What You Love | Kingston Family Photographers | September 21, 2011

April 5, 2011Lissy in PastelPosted in Portraits

Hello Everyone,

Here are just a few quick portraits I made of Melissa today in the stairwell of our home. One of the real challenges of wedding photography is being able to use the most unlikely places, for instance a plain old stairwell, to create beautiful, soft, and romantic photographs that flatter the bride. The anatomy of a good photographer extends far past his/her ability to press a button. A keen understanding of light, composition, flattering angles, exposure, and the ability to recognize a good opportunity are just a few more extremities that makeup a great photographer. Above all, but not excluding those aforementioned attributes, is creative vision. Something we can explore in later post.

– The Violets

FIN

Lindsay White Beautiful lady. Just beautiful! {April 05, 2011, 07:48pm}
Amanda Posadowski 2 very talented photographers! {April 05, 2011, 08:05pm}

Lissy in Pastel | April 5, 2011

November 19, 2010Protected: Emma & Greg AlbumPosted in Portraits

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September 30, 2010Lindsay White | Bancroft, OntarioPosted in Little Violets,Portraits

ONE

TWO | THREE

FOUR

FIVE | SIX

SEVEN

EIGHT | NINE

TEN

ELEVEN | TWELVE

THIRTEEN

FOURTEEN

FIFTEEN

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Lindsay White Oh my goodness. I cannot tell you just how much I absolutely love these photos. Once again, you have truly created something so precious. Thank you so much! Words cannot express how talented you truly are. {September 30, 2010, 10:30pm}
Karina Very beautiful!!! The last one is just stunning and magical!! {October 01, 2010, 03:19pm}
Laura These are so beautiful! You did an amazing job capturing one of life's sweetest moments. Nice job! {October 01, 2010, 08:58pm}
Ashley These are beautiful and magical.. i love fall pictures and these are just amazing..great job!! {October 02, 2010, 10:23am}
Jenn DeBruyn Beautiful shots! I vote #1 {October 02, 2010, 10:32am}
Ashley Dellandrea WOW! pictures are amazing! Well done! Can't wait to meet the baby! {October 02, 2010, 10:46am}
sydnee kucenski I love these photos, your glowing! {October 02, 2010, 10:52am}
Whitney These are amazing!! I love how natural and beautiful they are. You captured a beautiful life moment that will never be forgotten. {October 02, 2010, 10:59am}
Sara This is such a creative idea! Linds you are a beautiful momma <3 {October 02, 2010, 11:01am}
Julia So glad you got these done. Looks like you guys had such a fun time. such an amazing day. {October 02, 2010, 11:42am}
LeighAnna Suitor I vote #10! You are beautiful! Congratulations and Good Luck <3 {October 02, 2010, 12:21pm}
Katie Aww linds you look so beautiful! My favourites # 13 :) {October 02, 2010, 12:41pm}
stephanieannn These pictures depict the true beauty of both Lindsay and her pregnancy. Absolutely gorgeous. {October 02, 2010, 01:05pm}
Brittany Holt GORGEOUS!!! Love them. {October 02, 2010, 01:19pm}
Pat Hogan You look great Lindsay! {October 02, 2010, 01:28pm}
COLLEEN CALLAHAN These photos are breathtaking. I have never seen prenatal photos like this. In my day we never bared our expectant belly...what a shame! The photography subject...dear Lindsay, of course is beautiful but the photography and the idea for the purity of the white whispy fabric is brilliant! {October 02, 2010, 03:41pm}
Carly Lindays photos are gorgeous. What a beautiful way of capturing such an amazing time for her! {October 02, 2010, 03:54pm}
Joanna lindsay you are so beautiful! cant wait to meet baby white! XoxO {October 02, 2010, 03:56pm}
Cat Bergmann These photos really capture the true beauty and happiness in you Lindz. They bring a tear to my eye. I love you. {October 02, 2010, 04:55pm}
Rochelle just georgus {October 03, 2010, 12:53am}
Vanessa I think the photos came out beautiful, Lindsay. I sure wish I had your body while pregnant. lol They came out great. {October 03, 2010, 08:32am}
Alyssa Heshmat These photographs are absolutely stunning! {October 03, 2010, 01:17pm}
Laura Heasman These pictures are totally gorgeous Lindsay! I hope your little one arrives happy and healthy. Take care! {October 03, 2010, 01:43pm}
Chelsea McDermott Absolutely stunning. I've never seen anything like these before. Gorgeous. {October 03, 2010, 01:45pm}
kayla Beautiful!! {October 03, 2010, 02:12pm}
taylor amazing photos {October 03, 2010, 02:13pm}
Jay These pictures are fantastic. {October 03, 2010, 02:51pm}
Megan Burke Beautiful Lindsay! {October 03, 2010, 02:52pm}
steph Fabulous photos! {October 03, 2010, 02:53pm}
Kerri Caron These pictures are beautiful. You look stunning in every single one! I can't wait to meet your little one soon {October 03, 2010, 04:04pm}
Beckie Love these Linds, you are beautiful and the photography is great. Cant wait to meet that little person!! {October 03, 2010, 04:24pm}
Jolene These pictures are beautiful! Lindsay, you look great...a pregnant model you should be! {October 03, 2010, 04:52pm}
COLLEEN CALLAHAN In my day we never bared our expectant bellies..what a shame! These are beautiful...Lindsay is a breathtaking subject and her joy of pregnancy is glowing in each photo. Your photography is amazing. {October 03, 2010, 05:37pm}
Sara these pictures are beautiful. what a stunning mommy to be :) {October 03, 2010, 05:50pm}
Sarah Stunning pictures! What a wonderful way to capture the beauty of bearing a child! {October 03, 2010, 05:54pm}
Sarah Isaak I love the first shot the best. I almost wish I was pregnant again so that I could have photos taken like this...but 4 is enough for me!! These are stunning...both LIndsay and the setting/photographs. Beautiful!! {October 03, 2010, 05:56pm}
roz amazing pictures, they are all absolutely stunning! {October 03, 2010, 07:55pm}
Andrea Clark nice {October 03, 2010, 08:07pm}
James Angelic. That seems to be an appropriate word. {October 04, 2010, 03:57am}
Sarah Beautiful pictures, perfect lighting! I only wish I looked this good while I was pregnant!!! {October 04, 2010, 08:53am}
Shannon I absolutely love Lindsay's picks! I can't wait to have WV do my wedding pics someday! Their work is amazing! {October 04, 2010, 02:55pm}
carolyn trousdale these are beautiful lindsay congats:) {October 06, 2010, 04:19pm}

Lindsay White | Bancroft, Ontario | September 30, 2010

June 9, 2010I’m on the menu in the Abandoned AsylumPosted in Portraits,Violette | Boudoir

I had a hard time holding the camera still for this shoot; I spent most of it terrified, and it was the middle of the day. I heard tell of this Asylum from a new friend of mine, like me she shares a fascination with madness and the asylums that house it: thanks Juliet : ) Needless-to-say I had to take advantage, if not for the photos just the experience alone.

With Camera in hand, my Leatherman on my belt, and a model at my disposal I entered.

Immediately after Rose and I “made our way in” the eeriness ensued: screeching medal on the floors directly above us, doors slamming and creaking, bats and birds shooting out from dark corners, and yes…footsteps…eeeekkk!  We first heard the steps when we were in the Turquoise Room. Sorry there aren’t more shots in that location, wicked textures, but Rose and I we’re so on edge and darty-eyed at this point that I had set the camera down and we were literally sitting in that room listening to the cacophony of sounds…motionless – I almost left right then.

Having bettered our fears we moved along through the pitch dark corridors, replete with doors swinging open and closed. Having heard dogs at one point, I decided to go ahead by about 100ft to make sure everything was safe for Rose. A decision I later learned was quite insensitive, because Rose explained being attacked by a dog was a better prospect to her mind then being left alone in this place.

We were shooting the series that produced #7 when Rose’s eyes darted past me and she started to point nervously. By now I forgotten my fears and was more occupied with framing the shot. I turned around and there were two large guard dogs standing in the doorway of the room we were in. My first thought was, “I really don’t want to stab a dog today…”  Warm breath… they had come right up to me and started to appraise my legs, “okay (I thought) they are real!”  I told Rose that no matter what happens do not make eye contact just ignore them. I continued to shoot, Rose continued to look unsettled, and the dogs hadn’t decided who was to get which leg.

Rose’s eyes went placid…they had disappeared as quickly and silently as they had arrived, thank God!

Due to all the trauma I had experienced, not sure if I’ll return. I do have some ideas for this place before they gut it, but I feel very uneasy about taking models to such a dangerous place. All-in-all it was a great experience, and like I said I really didn’t care if I walked out with much. You be the judge.

Bon appetit,

The Violets

FIN
P.S. no dogs were hurt in the taking of these photos

Erinn I've anxiously been waiting for you to post these, and you didn't disappoint. They're eerie and gorgeous. Maybe instead of taking models back in, you could take other photographers in? I would love to be on that list. {June 09, 2010, 04:05pm}
Juliet Lucas! An amazing job, as per usual. I'm so excited that you were able to go there, and to say that you did the place justice is a terrible understatement. I can't wait to go back—let's discuss soon. Rose looks incredible; the perfect mixture of fear and sass! {June 09, 2010, 04:55pm}
Juliet (again) I had to write more... the ripped stocking, the faceless reflection, the transparency of the dress when caught in the wind, you've inspired me to write a poem about this shoot. {June 09, 2010, 04:57pm}
Lindsay I love the set! Something like this for the engagement shoot would be awesome and so different. PS - If you need models I still have tons of contacts from the girls I used to get work. Various styles and price ranges, including some that would work with you just for portfolio prints. {June 10, 2010, 10:53am}
Jonathan Sugarman Great work here. Your use of location and light is brilliant. The shallow DOF brings a gorgeous eeriness to the shots. Every image is a solid composition. Rose is a stunning model, incredibly beautiful and composed, too bad she left town. I have only one small criticism. Her eye makeup is unflattering and somewhat spoils the mood. Where is this place by the way? Jonathan {March 04, 2012, 06:25pm}
TheViolets Hey Jonathan, Thanks for all the kind words, always appreciated. Unfortunately, we didn't have professional make-up on this shoot, so Rose ended up doing it herself. I'm cool with it all the same, I feel like it contributed to the unsettling feel of the shoot; this was shot in an abandon insane asylum after all. The asylum is on some backroad near Picton. {March 04, 2012, 07:39pm}

I’m on the menu in the Abandoned Asylum | June 9, 2010

March 10, 2010A Moving PortraitPosted in Moving Portraits | Fusion,Portraits

What is a Moving Portrait? A Moving Portrait is cinematic in nature, a collection of moving pictures/stills. Each frame is carefully considered, contributing to a momentum of imagery that tells a story and projects a feeling that is unique to you. Stills continue to play an integral role in the moving portrait. Laced throughout, stills let us hold  those moments in time that so easily slip through our fingers or go unnoticed revealing a part of ourselves or loved ones that passing time seems to rob us of. Inversely the cinematic element reminds us of the poetry of motion and subtlety of expression that a alludes the still. We hope you enjoy the first of many  Winding Violets Moving Portraits.

Who: Jessica Strong

What: Moving Portait

Where: Winding Violets Studio and Kingston Ontario

When: March 6th, 2010

Why: Because it is beautiful

Music by Pricilla Ahn (such a beautiful song, thank you)

Naomi Claire ooooooh beauuuutiful!! love. love. love it. {March 11, 2010, 10:47am}
Erinn Williams That is amazing! {March 11, 2010, 12:00pm}
TheViolets Well thank you very much Naomi & Erinn ! We worked very hard to make this happen; it's nice to see people enjoying it. Thank-you also for leaving a comment, nice to see what people think : ) Hope you both have a great day. {March 11, 2010, 02:44pm}
Sarah Rouleau It's so beautiful! I love how you can see every picture come together. I knew what the photo was going to be before I saw the actual pictures just from the movie part. I think it really demonstrates how a photographers "eye" works and how we see things that others don't. It looks like a lot of work went into it. It captures all of the moments so much more than just the picture. It captures the mood that isn't always "felt" in a photo. Are you planning on doing this with weddings? Awesome job! {March 12, 2010, 10:44pm}
TheViolets Thanks for your kind words Sarah. Glad you enjoyed it : ) {March 12, 2010, 11:40pm}

A Moving Portrait | March 10, 2010

Editorial PortraitPosted in Portraits

I am a big fan of editorial photography. You find editorial photography in fashion, bridal, and fine art/photography magazines. Editorial shoots are highly contrived, that is to say controlled, and  are commonly concept based. Stylists, designers, art directors, the photographer, and many others collaborate to conceive a create vision. Sometimes the vision is clear cut and has a specific end (i.e. showing off a new designers line) other times it is about creating a feeling or ethos, and sometimes they are simply done in the name of beauty: in the words of the immortal John Keats, “‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’ – that is all / Ye need to know on earth, and all ye need to know.”

Who: Jessica Strong

What: Editorial Portraits

Where: Kingston Ontario

When: March 6th

John McL What year is that Ford? does the owner want to sell it? {April 02, 2010, 08:46pm}
TheViolets It's a wicked looking dump-truck, but it is rotten to the core. I can take you out to see it sometime if you want. The guys who own it are hilarious, they audited the shoot. They made for pretty great juxtaposition, should have incorporated them into the shoot...Ahhhhh, stupid me. {April 02, 2010, 10:07pm}
kate hood lovely feel. i want some pictures like this! great job. {April 12, 2010, 11:57am}
TheViolets Thanks Kate! I think you could do some great stuff, in this vein, in the Muskokas - I certainly wouldn't scoff at another chance to shoot up there. Editorial work is really where my heart is, and I try adopt a more editorial approach with my wedding photography as well. What can I say...I like pretty things : ) {April 16, 2010, 10:36am}

Editorial Portrait | March 10, 2010