Kalina | Halloween Glamour

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How I got the shot.

For this halloween we have decided to play with some props and create something mystical and deathly without getting too much into gore and blood. I did not want to create another halloween bohemian-witch shot, my goal was to create fashion edge with a mystical flair. That is why Kalina is wearing modern romper. Alexandra Loughton Makeup Artist did amazing job with makeup and hairstyling.

Some of our props came from Michaels (foam shoulder sculls, plastic crown sculls, headband base, foam orb, glue gun), skewers are from Superstore, candles are from Salvation army, and gold paint is from Home Depot. Sergey Akhankin spent couple hours making the crown using YouTube tutorial; foam sculls needed to be cut and their inside part removed to be able to position them on model's shoulders, then he used glue gun to position the candles, and then some candle wax was applied on top to make them believable.

Unfortunately candles made the shoulder sculls to heavy so they started to fall off, and we had to come up with creative solution at the set (see photo #2).

We used our hand-painted canvas backdrop; one bare bulb light was behind me pointed backwards for a fill light, another was feathered with octobox on my right side between me and the model.


As you can see, we did not risk burning model's hair by lighting the candles, so I took some photos of the burning sculls afterwards and replaced fire from them to the final image.



One of the main challenges was lighting up the orb and choosing the right colour for its glow. Keep in mind that it's supposed to illuminate model's hands and body, but not hit the backdrop.

Hope you find it helpful!

Creative Shoot with Disco Ball Tiles | Karen

This was a rare shoot where we didn’t start with the concept, but just picked a prop (mirror tiles) and designed the whole shoot around it. Alexandra Loughton did amazing work with creative makeup and SFX, and I’m happy that Karen joined this project so we could create these beautiful portraits together!

Enjoy this behind the scenes video to see how we did it, and scroll down to take a closer look at the portraits!


 
 

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.

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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

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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! 

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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.