Kissed by Light is an all-female photography studio based in Toronto. The studio caters to women who want to capture their femininity while celebrating both their bodies and personalities. The studio’s work ranges from boudoir and fashion, to business and maternity shoots. The studio also uses photography to empower women entrepreneurs and tackle body image issues. I really liked their philosophy and aesthetic. So, when I needed to have business portraits done a few weeks ago, I knew this was the studio I wanted to use.
Other than school photos and a family portrait at Sears, I’ve never had professional portraits taken. As a perfectionist, I prepared ahead by scouring Pinterest for inspiration and packing a carry-on of my favourite outfits/accessories. But, on the day of the shoot I had butterflies. I’m always uneasy when I have my photograph taken. That feeling often leads to awkward facial expressions that make me avoid taking photographs and selfies altogether. I’m more at ease behind the camera. But Claudia Baltazar (make-up artist), Lora Vertue (the studio’s lead photographer) and Ameri (the studio assistant) made me feel very comfortable during the shoot. I’m so grateful for the great experience.
The morning started out with having my makeup done by Claudine. While she was doing my makeup, we talked about how insightful kids can be, crossborder shopping for makeup and Drake’s Hotline Bling memes. Claudine even took a quick look at my makeup bag and made suggestions on new products I might like. One of the products she recommended was Charlotte Tilbury’s Retoucher concealer for under the eyes. Claudine was so kind, informative, and humble I didn’t even realize how much of an accomplished make-up artist she is until I read “Plutino Group” on her business card. Her past work has been published in Nylon, Flare, Toronto Life and Billboard magazine (she worked on Drake’s Billboard shoot).
During the shoot, it was easy to trust Lora’s expertise and interesting to see her genius at work as she styled furniture and props for the shoot. Lora showed me exactly how to pose - point toes, lean into the shoulders. I felt like Joan Smalls for the day. I wanted my business portraits to be glamourous but still true to who I am as a person. And based on what I saw, I can tell Lora captured that. I can’t wait to see how the final images turn out. Until then, below are a few behind-the-scenes photos.
If you’d like to have a little taste of the Kissed by Light experience, the studio will be hosting an “Art & Beauty” event this Sunday. The event will feature an art showcase, music and vending tables by local female entrepreneurs. And there will be wine! The event seems like it will be an enjoyable way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The event will be held at their studio on November 8th and begins at 1PM. See the flyer below. You can also visit the Kissed by Light Studio blog here.
This is not a sponsored post. The thoughts expressed are honest and my own.