Hannah

Hannah messaged me her idea for this project and I was happy to help her make this idea a reality.

Social media has played a large part in how women and men view themselves. We are told that we have to look a certain way and act a certain way. Instead of ignoring these ridiculous body standards, we have accepted them and judged our own bodies and in some cases other people’s bodies. In this day in age, we need to be loving ourselves instead of beating each other down. Stop using these hateful words towards other people. These words begin to linger in the back of our heads and in some cases it changes our opinion about ourselves. Instead of bringing each other down, let’s try to build everyone back up again.
— Hannah

Three generations portrait | Diane's family

This session makes my heart so happy! How many of us are blessed to be able to celebrate three generations in a family portrait? There was so much love between them as they laughed and told stories. What a beautiful legacy to be able to look at and enjoy for many more generations to come.

Click / tap to see full image!


Regina Akhankina Portrait Photographer in Victoria BC

Portrait Couture is Victoria's premiere boutique portrait studio. Regina Akhankina, founder and artist of Portrait Couture is uniquely skilled at lighting, styling and posing every day women to look like they should be on the cover of Vanity Fair. No matter your age, size or shape - Regina knows all the trick to flatter you and give you the feeling of confidence in front of the camera.

We create a unique experience of looking and feeling like the supermodels and celebrities for our clients. Among them are published authors, acclaimed singer/songwriters, corporate executives, philanthropists, media personalities and most of all the extraordinary adults and children that make our work so rewarding.

Samme | Fine Art & Gold

Ultimate gold! We decided to take our Klimt inspired session as far as possible with the full body covered in gold leaves. Samme was a perfect match for that idea! We had so much fun! Look how gorgeous she is! 

Makeup and body application by Alexandra Loughton Makeup Artist

Click / tap to view full image!


Regina Akhankina Portrait

Portrait Couture is Victoria's premiere boutique portrait studio. Regina Akhankina, founder and artist of Portrait Couture is uniquely skilled at lighting, styling and posing every day women to look like they should be on the cover of Vanity Fair. No matter your age, size or shape - Regina knows all the trick to flatter you and give you the feeling of confidence in front of the camera.

We create a unique experience of looking and feeling like the supermodels and celebrities for our clients. Among them are published authors, acclaimed singer/songwriters, corporate executives, philanthropists, media personalities and most of all the extraordinary adults and children that make our work so rewarding.

Romy | Contemporary portrait & Fine Art with Gold

What happen if you combine a gorgeous redhead, a super talented team of makeup artist and hairstylist, a portrait photographer, then throw in some fashion inspiration? Magic!

Thank you so much Romy Done for contacting me, for being so professional and beautiful, and for allowing us to play! 
Alexandra Loughton Makeup Artist and Emerald Jean Hair, you two are the greatest artists I ever worked with and I can't wait to work with you again! 

Click / tap to view full image!


Portrait Couture is Victoria's premiere boutique portrait studio. Regina Akhankina, founder and artist of Portrait Couture is uniquely skilled at lighting, styling and posing every day women to look like they should be on the cover of Vanity Fair. No matter your age, size or shape - Regina knows all the trick to flatter you and give you the feeling of confidence in front of the camera.

We create a unique experience of looking and feeling like the supermodels and celebrities for our clients. Among them are published authors, acclaimed singer/songwriters, corporate executives, philanthropists, media personalities and most of all the extraordinary adults and children that make our work so rewarding.

Eden

My name is Eden and I am 16 years old. For several years my parents took me to Doctors/Chiropractors because of my back/hip/knee pain. None of them checked for scoliosis. My condition continued to worsen until my Mom asked that xrays be taken because we suspected I had scoliosis *a condition that causes the spine to curve sideways. We had the doctor take a look at my back and he noticed my backbone was in an s-shaped curve. X-rays were ordered which confirmed-Moderate/Severe Idiopathic Scoliosis Due to the late diagnois the only treatment available in Canada is Fusion. Once a spine is fused especially in the lumbar region the long term risks can include: nerve damage, hardware failure, disk degeneration and chronic pain. My parents decided to try alternative treatments to avoid surgery. They spent thousands of dollars on a custom brace, physio therapy and chiropractic treatments. Unfortunately none of these treatments have stopped the progression of my curves. If we leave my scoliosis untreated the long term consequences are hip surgery, degenerative disk disease, chronic pain and compromised heart and lung function.
Regina-Akhankina-Photographer-Victoria-_MG_2383-Edit-Edit.jpg
After researching less invasive options to Fusion we found out about a relatively new procedure called ASC (Anterior Scoliosis Correction). This surgery allows the spine to remain flexible while straightening the curve. Unfortunately ASC is not available in Canada for skeletally mature adolescents. We have had to look for a qualified surgeon outside of our country. Dr. Trobisch in Germany has reviewed my xrays and due to my flexibility I am still a candidate for ASC. As the spine matures flexibility is lost and along with it my opportunity for this life changing surgery. We have inquired about BC Medical coverage for this surgery which is not available in our country. At this time all attempts have been unsuccessful. We will have to come up with all the funds needed for surgery, airfare and accommodations. Surgery has been scheduled to take place very quickly due to my skeletal maturity.
8 days after surgery. My lumbar curve was corrected from 43 degrees to 0! The thoracic curve is compensatory and corrected from 37 to 16 and will continue to straighten over the next several months. I am beyond grateful for the outcome of my surgery, I could not have wished for any better results.
— Eden
Regina-Akhankina-Photographer-Victoria-_MG_2405-Edit-Edit.jpg

EMBRACE

In 2018 we're launching our EMBRACE campaign aiming to to redefine beauty by challenging stereotypes and celebrating courageous stories of women proving that they are not defined by age, weight, scars, body shape, or skin colour.

“Six months ago I was diagnosed with moderate/ severe idiopathic scoliosis. Initially I had a lumbar curve of 42.5 and a thoracic of 36. I’d noticed a curve in my waist and dropped shoulder along with pain for a long time but never knew what caused it. As soon as I found out, I started wearing a hard custom brace 20 hours a day and practicing daily physiotherapy in hopes of stopping progression. In November I went to surgeons in Portland and Vancouver, only be told the curves had gotten worse, and the brace would never work. From here I was told my only option was to leave the curves to progress until they were no longer manageable, which would result in spinal fusion. Theres many long term risks associated with fusion as it fuses the entire spine into one, solid piece. The last thing I want is having two metal rods screwed in my back, but if I leave the curves to continue, that will be the only option. We discovered a less invasive surgery called ASC, which allows the spine to remain flexible. Unfortunately this surgery isn’t approved in Canada but is being performed in Europe and the United States. We have scheduled surgery in Germany for March 19, 2018. Although it is an intense procedure with risks, the opportunity to be pain free and avoid fusion is worth it.”
— Eden Weiss

 

If you want to support Eden in her journey, visit her GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/spinal-surgery-for-eden

Regina-Akhankina-Photographer-Victoria--1.jpg