Category Archives: Portraits

Photo Session with Summer Innanen


This fall I had the total pleasure of doing a photo shoot with Body Image Coach Summer Innanen.

We had such a blast. Body compassion is such a pivotal part of ALL the work I do both in my classes and photo sessions and most often my photo sessions focus on creating safe space for you to feel supported and empowered in front of the lens. To help you feel like you are standing in your power in your body right here right now, and have that reflected back at you in images that let you shine.

It was such a treat to get to do a photo shoot with someone else who also lives and breaths body acceptance and who really practices what she preaches. She radiated the same kind of compassionate body confidence that she helps other people find in themselves. It was such a delight to get to capture Summer through my lens.

She’s as kick-ass, empowering and authentic in person as she is through her work!

Summer had also brought along a scale to smash for her photos and it was seriously exhilarating to photograph the sledgehammer breaking a scale. I had broken my scale accidentally years ago (and took it as a sign to never get one again and step full force into my own ditching-diet culture path) but hadn’t had the chance to smash one and so I said “Heck YES” when Summer passed the sledgehammer my way too!

I wanted to share the photos with you now, as Summer just launched her brand new website and all of the images used on the site are from our shoot. It’s SO amazing to see the images used in this way and to see her empowering photographs all over her site.

I also wanted to share them today in particular because right now on Summer’s site she is giving away the audio version of her best-selling book, Body Image Remix, for FREE. It takes you step-by-step how to feel more comfortable in your body and stop caring so much about what other people think Get your free audiobook and check out Summer’s new site here!



Portrait Session with Hannah Marcotti {and an announcement}!

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A few months ago I got the chance to do a little Portrait Session in the forest with the lovely Hannah Marcotti!

I’ve been admiring Hannah’s amazing work for a while now and it was so lovely to the chance to channel her spark through the camera.

Ever since Be Your Own Beloved became the focus of my work I’ve been doing far less Portrait work but behind the scenes I’ve been working on a new portrait offering that embodies the Be Your Own Beloved message and offers you a portrait session different from anything else out there!

The offering is called the Beloved Sessions and its now available!

I so love getting to have someone else step in front of the camera and capturing the radiance I see in them through the lens…sometimes a big gift of self-compassion we can give to ourselves is seeing our beauty and spark through someone else’s eyes.

As a portrait photographer this is my hope, that they will see themselves perhaps in a way they haven’t before.  What is truly unique about this portrait session is that we explore the tools that make self-portraiture so empowering and use them in our portrait session to create an experience in which you feel embodied and able to let yourself shine!

This is also an opportunity to get a one-on-one Be Your Own Beloved experience with me and ask any questions you have!

So of course, here are some of my favourite photos from our forest photo shoot!

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  • EveAugust 19, 2013 - 10:17 am

    Woah. These pictures are amazing. She has a very unique, intense look that you captured wonderfully.ReplyCancel

  • Anne ThompsonAugust 21, 2013 - 10:41 am

    I found your beautiful blog in the Aug issue of Artful Bloggins and so happy I did. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

Chickadee Road

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This past June, I was honoured to go to the Your Story Retreat, hosted by the Be Present Retreats.

I have lots to share from that event, but I wanted to begin by sharing some of my favourite photos from the weekend, that being a portrait session I did with Liz Lamoreux and Kelly Barton.

Liz and Kelly have a beautiful new collaboration going on called Chickadee Road.  You’ve likely seen their thoughtful blog post or their very cool tattoos in photos of folks you know.

Kelly and Liz have added a beautiful new offering to the land of Chickadee Road called the Studio Sessions.  Head on over here to check it out and give them some love!

I think these photos also mean a bit more than the usual portrait session to me as over these past few years of creative online adventuring  these lovelies and I have become good friends.

The photo session was so full of giggles.  Packed full of friend love, of kindred connection and of collaboration.   These two really mesh in the way they collaborate and we can expect some really beautiful things now and ahead for Chickadee Road and for the Be Present Retreats (which Kelly helps Liz run).

There is also a Be Present Retreat coming up this fall, called Unearth with both Kelly and Liz teaching, alongside the wonderful Mindy Lacefield.  I’ve been to 6 (yes 6) Be Present Retreats and they truly are something special.  Liz draws together folks from all walks of life into a really incredible weekend of connection.  I don’t want to spill at the details as I want you to experience it for yourself, but let me tell you…its magical.  You find yourself surrounded by strangers one minute and friends the next.  The introvert in me gets super overwhelmed at really big retreats and have found myself feeling so at home at Liz’s retreats.

So, without further ado, I present to you the gorgeous, stunning and vibrant lovelies of Chickadee Road!

  • STEFANIERENEEAugust 30, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    beautiful photos and beautiful women!
    love love love!

  • L.McG.-E.August 30, 2012 - 2:58 pm

    What joyful shots, I especially the shot of Liz and Kelly leaning back and laughing.ReplyCancel

  • darrah parkerAugust 30, 2012 - 3:33 pm

    Beautiful photos of beautiful ladies! I love how you captured their personalities. I want to hang out in that grassy field with them, too. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jenna/The Word CellarAugust 30, 2012 - 5:53 pm

    gorgeous photos. gorgeous girls. gorgeous spirits (all three of you).ReplyCancel

  • CeliaAugust 30, 2012 - 6:07 pm

    I will be joining these two in the Chickadee Studio Sessions….can’t wait! I am hoping to meet Kelly at Squam in a couple of weeks too. I would love to join them on one of their retreats one day….on my “to do” list!ReplyCancel

  • lisa gonzalezAugust 31, 2012 - 2:48 pm

    Beautiful photos of these gorgeous women. Adore!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea thompsonSeptember 4, 2012 - 3:40 pm

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Photo Session ~ Jillian

The incredible Jillian

Yesterday rocked as I got to photograph one of my favourite people to have in front of the camera, the wonderful Jillian.

If you’ve been following my photography for a while, she’ll be mighty familiar to you as we’ve done many shoots over the years.  She’s a super talented aerialist (and also just got her Ph.D by the way) and she’s always eager to climb on whatever we could find for her to climb upon.  Some of my favourite photos I’ve ever taken have been of her.

What made this shoot even more fabulous was that we came to do this shoot through a fundraiser.  I was honoured to be able to donate a photo session to the fundraiser for the Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre, a local organization that provides low barrier access to medical care for trans and gender diverse folks.   Jillian was the highest bidder on my offering so we got to do another photo shoot while supporting an important organization in our community.  What could be better!

Here’s a sneak peek of my shoot with the incredible Jillian.
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  • Robin aka Gotham GirlJune 29, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    These are excellent captures!! I want her ARMS!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lelainia LloydJune 29, 2012 - 5:27 pm

    Jillian is gorgeous and you ALWAYS photograph her in the best possible ways. I love the one taken up against the wall-the colours compliment her pretty hair colour. Fun that I can see you in the rear view mirror. 🙂

    I envy your ability to shoot people so well Viv.ReplyCancel

A Sneak Peek of my Shoot with Kelly Rae Roberts

Another part of my trip was to meet up with the fabulous Kelly Rae Roberts.  I’m working on something pretty fabulous for her website (more on that someday in the future) and as part of this creative goodness I also snapped some still photos.

We had such a blast being completely and totally goofy in public.  So fun just being able to laugh and create at the same time!

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the goodness that occurred!