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June 26, 2012Ms. S | Kingston Boudoir PhotographyPosted in Violette | Boudoir

Happy Tuesday,

We’ve been busy, busy, busy, and have so many lovely things to share: two stunning weddings at historic Fort Henry, right here in Kingston, and an engagement session at The Royal Canadian Yacht Club on Toronto Island. Of course there is much more, and we would love to share everything with you, but unfortunately there are only 52 Tuesday’s in the year. This morning we have a glimpse into a recent boudoir session with Ms. S. This girl was a dream to work with and talk about gorgeous! Ms. S was recently married and surprised her hubby with these images on their wedding day, an idea that is gaining a lot of momentum these days. Needless to say, he was over the moon for them. We hope you’ll enjoy them as well. Leave some love.

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

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Winding Violets | Kingston Boudoir Photography

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Ms. S | Kingston Boudoir Photography | June 26, 2012

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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Prince Edward County Wedding Photographers

Prince Edward County Wedding Photographers

Prince Edward County Wedding Photographers

Prince Edward County Wedding Photographers

Prince Edward County Wedding Photographers

Prince Edward County Wedding Photographers

Prince Edward County Wedding Photographers

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

November 22, 2011Nadya Toto designer gown pt.1 | Prince Edward County Wedding PhotographersPosted in Violette | Boudoir

Hello everyone,

This Tuesday we just have a mini-post in store for you. This shoot was a collaboration with Cybil Scott, Coquetta, and Nadya Toto. Maria and Joanne, owners and operators of The House of Angelis (Cybil Scott, Coquetta, and Catwalk), were kind enough to get a hold of this amazing Nadya Toto gown from her personal archives! Nadya’s boutique is located in Montreal and her work has been featured in American Vogue and In Style Magazine; needless to say, she is a very talented individual with amazing vision. Be sure to check her out: Nadya Toto.

There are many, many more wonderful photographs from the session, and we look forward to sharing those a little later. In the mean time, here is one of our favorites from the shoot. I just love the vastness of the barren landscape in juxtaposition to the elegant evening gown…minimal and the magnificent. One other aspect of the photograph that I’ll point out, is the way the barren tree works together with the edgy gown to create an almost Gothic kinship. Coupled with the beautiful golden light and our gorgeous model, with her blazing auburn hair, this image is replete with contrasts, I love it! A big thank you to Ashley, our lovely model, thank you for braving the cold…it was so worth it.

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

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Nadya Toto

The House of Angelis

Coquetta

Cybil Scott

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Nadya Toto designer gown pt.1 | Prince Edward County Wedding Photographers | November 22, 2011

September 27, 2011Coetzee & Coquetta | Kingston Boudoir PhotographersPosted in Violette | Boudoir

Happy Tuesday,

At the risk of sounding pedestrian, what nice weather we are having here in Kingston! We’ve had a few weekends off from shooting this month and have been loving our Saturday morning breakfasts and browsing the antique market in the square on Sundays. I’ve also had a chance to catch up on some reading, Coetzee, Coetzee, Coetzee. If that sounds like some strange mantra I apologize. The Kingston Writer’s Fest was visited by the 2003 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, J.M. Coetzee – all the way from South Africa. Unfortunately I was unable to make it to his reading and talk, but I have been thoroughly enjoying his books since – not for the faint of heart.

Speaking of “not for the faint of heart” here are some beautiful photos from a boudoir shoot a few months back. Violette is Winding Violets mini-brand that focuses on boudoir photography, something we are looking so forward to developing more right here in Kingston. Boudoir photography is becoming increasingly sophisticated and popular. More and more women are being drawn to the idea of celebrating their femininity on film. Whether it’s über-feminine with soft flowing chiffon’s and silks, young and fun with strong bold colours, or the always sexy classic lacy blacks, there are many ways to express femininity and we’d love to shoot yours!

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

 

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Tenay Great photos as usual! They are beautiful! {September 27, 2011, 10:27pm}

Coetzee & Coquetta | Kingston Boudoir Photographers | September 27, 2011

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

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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

April 28, 2010Krista | Violette Moving PortraitPosted in Moving Portraits | Fusion,Violette | Boudoir

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Kate B. Amazing!! Your work is breathtaking! {April 28, 2010, 09:57pm}
TheViolets Thank you so much Kate, such a kind girl. We love what we do : ) We hope some day you'll find yourself in front of our lenses. {April 29, 2010, 08:55pm}
Daniel McCully AWESOME! {May 05, 2010, 10:17pm}
corinne McCullough You can just feel the love in all of these pictures.....just delicious...all of them....but I love 7/8 the best. {May 06, 2010, 07:16pm}

Krista | Violette Moving Portrait | April 28, 2010

Krista | The StillsPosted in Violette | Boudoir

From a photographer’s stand point, boudoir photography is a really enjoyable genre to shoot. Boudoir has a much more editorial bent, more methodical and deliberate: everything in its right place. Krista made an absolutely beautiful subject and really committed to the poses, which gives her more strength of presence. Lauren Bartoli, our favourite make-up artist, did a stunning job; Lauren is terrific to work with and a must hire for anyone having professional portraiture done. There is a post dedicated to her here on the blog under “Let Them Eat Cake,” our preferred vendors list.

Boudoir makes a terrific wedding gift for your groom, but it is also terrific gift to give yourself. We view Boudoir as a celebration of your femininity. It can really be a boost to your self confidence to know that you can look absolutely striking and elegant. In fact, Krista (our model below) felt that she wasn’t “pretty enough” and was a bit intimidated by the girls in our portfolio! I have no doubt that her photographs now possess the impact that originally intimidated her.

We hope you enjoy the collection of stills,

– The Violets

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You can contact Lauren at 613 532 4280

Alex She didn't think she was PRETTY ENOUGH?! ARe you kidding me? She's beautiful! Great photos. My favorite is the second last(?) one with her hair going down the side of the couch. Ooh la la! {April 29, 2010, 02:16pm}
TheViolets Ya, that is what I was trying to express in the post. A lot of girls don't think they are "pretty enough" for boudoir, not true! This isn't to take anything away from Krista, but a professional knows how to get the best out of their subject - whether that be expression, the best angle, direction of light, pose etc. She sure did look lovely though : ) {April 30, 2010, 11:54am}

Krista | The Stills | April 28, 2010

January 31, 2010This Valentine’s Day Fall In Love With YourselfPosted in Violette | Boudoir

This Valentine’s Day Fall In Love With Yourself | January 31, 2010

What is Boudoir?Posted in Violette | Boudoir

This Valentine’s Day fall in love with yourself. With an eye to class, elegance, and beauty Winding Violets enters the boudoir to introduce Violette: couture boudoir photography. In case you were wondering, “boudoir” is a french term used to refer to a woman’s private dressing chambers. Boudoir portraits recreate the feeling of these intimate quarters  visually articulating the expression of your femininity. Whether your expression is delicate and dramatic, sexy and suggestive, or simply fun loving, Winding Violets sees what your heart knows.

The Violets

What is Boudoir? | January 31, 2010