Photographer: Melissa Aquino

February 01 2012
Describe yourself in five words.
Cat-lover, Neat-freak, Open-minded, Calm, Friendly 

What's your superpower?
Is extreme organization a super power? 

Why did you want to be a photographer?
I really enjoy portraiture. I like to make people look and feel good about themselves through photographs ;)

What is your favourite part about photography?
I love learning about all different types of photography and that I get to meet so many people along the way!

Picture #1: This is a portrait of my neighbour that I did for an assignment in class. The theme in all the images was smoke/smoking. There is just something I love about the smoke and the shapes it creates in an image when someone is smoking (I don't smoke nor do I like smoking so I'm not sure why). He came over for the shoot but he doesn't speak much English so I had a difficult time explaining what I was doing and I am still not sure what his name is! This one was my favourite of the series; the look in his eyes, the wisp of the cigarette smoke. Every time I see him he is giggling and laughing and just so happy, and this picture shows a more serious side of him. I still have to show him how it turned out!

Picture #2: Here is another portrait for a class assignment. The theme was old Hollywood. I was looking for a certain model for this portrait, and I felt that he fit it perfectly (boyfriend's friend). Again, I love the expression and the look in his eyes. I was going for an actor headshot type of portrait and I think that the lighting and pose work well together. He is definitely one of my favourite people to use as a model.

Picture #3: This was my first attempt at shooting a boudoir/pin-up/Victoria's Secret type of photo. The model is my best friend, and she absolutely loves Victoria's Secret and all the beautiful models ;). Out of all the shots, I loved her expression in this one the most. I liked the animated/fun look of it. In a few of the other shots I had trouble with the lighting and we were using white wings on a white background; the boa turned out to be the best prop for these photos. I'd love to do more photo shoots like this, it's a lot of fun! 

Photographer: Linda Arki

January 31 2012
Describe yourself in five words: 
Strange, dark, mysterious, eccentric, profound!
What's your superpower? 
Though I do need this sharpen this particular skill:
 I'd say the ability to observe and fondly acknowledge the stories that lies beneath the surface of a person's face.
Why did you want to be a photographer? 
Life is photogenic in and of itself, thus I find my duty to capture the beauty of it all to the extent of my abilities. =)
What is your favourite part about photography? 
The ability to be expressive and provide a voice to silent imagery.
01 = My favourite image I've ever shot. The dance of colour and light accompanied by the subtle, bashful expression on her face demonstrate a young female drifting into a dream world for the sake of achieving a peace of mind.

02 = A second favourite. During a personal beauty photoshoot, the subject in this photograph made an unintentional move she closed her eyes for short of a second. Infatuated with this expression I requested for her to repeat the action. Her calmness gave the photo a breath of life. With the use of subtle selective colouring and a dry grainy mask, I've attempted to cover the details of a silent, personal, and vulnerable beauty that is often not seen nowadays.

03. = Aside from my love of portraiture, I do admire the simple still life. One day I was feeling under the weather and noticed it began to rain. I remember sitting by my bed watching the droplets dance down the glass of my window when I happened to notice the residue that left behind made me inspired. I often have a collection of fake flowers lying around and thought it would be a nifty idea to demonstrate two separate forms of nature [plant and water] separated by a barrier [the window] to present, in a quiet and despondent manner, a sense of loss. After all, the rain plus a cold can at times leave a girl both somewhat depressed and creatively inspired! =P

Couples Promotion

January 05 2012
Fitting-couples
combo 1: $69* regular $199
incudes 20 enhanced files only  40 minute shoot- 
specific locations only

combo 2: $120*  Regular $250
all the files from the session 20 enhanced your choice
60 minute shoot specific locations only

VALID ONLY for Amanda, Melissa, Linda and Dana. 
For Marlen regular prices apply, must pay $50 deposit to hold date and the rest is due on the day of the session.

Locations: we found some we like to work at and they have easy access across Toronto:
MAIN ONES:
our Walnut Studio   (MJ)
Along King west (where the photo above was taken)
High Park
James Gardens by Royal York
 inside and outside Casa Nova by Dupont Station
Centennial Park in Etobicoke
Thornhill area there's Henderson Park on Henderson off of Bayview/John.
Edward's Gardens at Leslie and Lawrence 


HOME SHOOTS in the Toronto Area: extra $20


What to wear - families!

November 14 2011
With so many cool outfits for the kids- it's hard to narrow it down- but here is the general idea- edited from couples session.

STYLE : We are going for casual dressy - or depending on the season to match.

1- Color coordinate your outfits. Ok, for this one, don't  dress exactly the same. But keep in in the same family of colours. Blues, greys, blacks and whites go well. Browns, beige, white, and blues go well. Also a pop of color looks good on the girls or the smallest members of the family. Something really pink, red or yellow as long as the rest is neutral. 
Parents can be neutral colours while kids in coordinating bright colours.
2- DO NOT WEAR BUSY PATTERNS! I can date a picture from a pattern. keep it simple.
3- Wear something that you've tried and tested. I has to be comfortable, it has to fit, it has to boost your confidence. It shows in the picture.
4- Makeup. For this one put on some mascara, blush and gloss.
Lips stains are the way to go to have a natural reddish pout that lasts through the shoot. 
For guys: brush your eyebrows, if you have dark eyes circles you can even wear a dab on concealer. Be careful when you shave to avoid nicks and do wear lip balm for a smooth pout. 
5- Hair. Natural is best, hats... only if you really want to and you wear it every day. Style your hair the day before, it looks more natural and less done. Spray fly aways.


SHOOT
6- Location. Your home is easier for the smaller members of your family. Clear a room of toys and  that is it! We will venture outside if weather permitting.


POSING
We are aiming for natural and casual but have some things in consideration.
Keep it touchy-feely, look into each other, tickle - play and interact. Keep your face expressions happy but not too exaggerated.

And the most important one smile! smile tons! If there is one thing I like retouching on all my pictures is to brighten the smile for those of us with off-white-almost-beige toothies.


MJ


The Moda Style Team

October 31 2011
Here is how the story goes... Marlen has been doing the photography thing for a while- from baby photography to wedding to the now her specialty; the boudoir photography. She loves what she does.  Then she met Amy and they founded Natural Beauty co-op. Amy loves nature, animals and portraits. While each have their own style, they love all things photography and fashion. They found this little studio they share where they have shot more portraits, and fashion oriented shoots. 

After a while, Dana, head minion, approached MJ for an internship opportunity. MJ was skeptical  at first, being a control freak about her work and who sees her pictures, but Dana quickly earned her trust as they shared the devotion for pin up queen Betty Page and all things Nikon.

Since that internship thing went so well, MJ opened the flood gates from the University of Guelph Humber photography program. Free minions! First came along Melissa and then Linda.
Melissa has also showcased her talent in putting people at ease, lugging her equipment and having a great eye for portraits. While hoarding cats and kittens. 
Linda has a bit of a darker side- preferring a high fashion approach  with a distinct personality that shows in her work.
Amanda was the last one to be added with her sensitive nature and high quality work integrated perfectly into the team.

All excellent photographers, all very different personalities, but all easy to get along and a very fashion conscious approach to portraits. 

The Prom Package (or group)

July 13 2011
Let's shoot you on your way to your prom! Or you can let your parents do it- Im sure they have a nice camera
Includes:
Location within the Toronto TTC area. One hour shoot- 30 edited images- cd with all the photos taken. 
Tip:

Get your friends to pitch in! Share it with another couple! Get the whole group together while you are in your full prom gear.

Book yours today! info@modastylephotography.com  Deposit required $50.00

Re-do your prom night- why not? or so a sex in the city shoot, because you can.

Fitting-prom

What to wear - couples

July 01 2011
From the Boudoir Diary ... tips

STYLE : The look we are going for is Date night with those shoes you never wear 

1- Color coordinate your outfits. Ok, for this one, don't  dress exactly the same. But keep in in the same family of colours. Blues, greys, blacks and whites go well. Browns, beige, white, and blues go well. Also a pop of color looks good on her. Something really pink, red or yellow as long as the rest is neutral. For more ideas look at magazines. 
2- DO NOT WEAR BUSY PATTERNS! I can date a picture from a pattern. keep it simple.
3- Wear something that you've tried and tested. I has to be comfortable, it has to fit, it has to boost your confidence. It shows in the picture.
4- Makeup. I do not care how natural your everyday looks is. For this one put on some mascara, blush and gloss please! You hear me you chapstick women! Also for the glamour divas remember we are outside and its daylight, keep the vampy down. And for emphasis: Mascara! 
Lips stains are the way to go to have a natural reddish pout that lasts through the shoot. 
For guys: brush your eyebrows, if you have dark eyes circles you can even wear a dab on concealer, your manhood will tolerate it. Be careful when you shave to avoid nicks and do wear lip balm for a smooth pout. 
For both: if you are prone to shine, keep those matting papers handy, specially in warmer weather.
5- Hair. Natural is best, hats... only if you really want to and you wear it every day. Style your hair the day before, I love next day hair, it looks more natural and less done. Spray fly aways.


SHOOT
6- Location. If its not at the Walnut Studio think about options:  Where you met... sure! Around your neighbourhood, your favourite park, coffee shop, store, restaurant. Commando style, my motto is better to ask for forgiveness than for permission, my parents really hated it :)
7- Time. I encourage every couple to play hookie on a weekday to do this. Weekdays everything is less busy and less people staring. Choose a early morning (before 11) or a later evening (after 5) the light is the most flattering. We should aim to spend a max of hour and a half. 

POSING
We are aiming for natural and casual but have some things in consideration.
When kissing ( I will bark a: now kiss! often, you've been warned) go pg-13. Church tongue. Just a bit. Do not squash your face against each other, keep it light and playful. Who ever has the best profile gets to have their nose on the camera side. This will make sense in the pictures, trust me.
Also a good one, leaning into each other, one person looking at the camera, the other smelling the temple. Sounds so weird but it works.
Keep it touchy-feely, look into each other, remove strands of hair... all the corny stuff :)
And the most important one smile! smile tons! If there is one thing I like retouching on all my pictures is to brighten the smile for those of us with off-white-almost-beige toothies.

I think that is it, I imparted my wisdom. Have a great time! 
xxoo
MJ



Moda Style Shoot : Jade

May 27 2011
Session for art research, project with Scott Eason.

Client: Jade    Location: Kingston Rd and Dundas     Photographer: Marlen and Dana       Photoshoper: Marlen
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What to wear - for you!

May 20 2011
STYLE : The look we are going for is a night out, or getting ready for a Date.

1- Outfit- Bring two or 3 changes. One casual like a summer dress or shorts during the summer or Jeans. Two more formal outfits. Dresses that you would wear to a wedding or a more formal event. Your shoes that kill your feet after 30 minutes. 
2- DO NOT WEAR BUSY PATTERNS! I can date a picture from a pattern. keep it simple.
3- Wear something that you've tried and tested. It has to fit, it has to boost your confidence. It shows in the picture.
4- Makeup. I do not care how natural your everyday looks is. For this one put on some mascara, blush and gloss. Also for the glamour divas remember we are outside and its daylight, keep the foundation natural. And for emphasis: Mascara! or Fake eyelashes! bring them and we'll help you put them on. (book make up for only $25 and do not worry about this) 
5- Hair. Natural is best, hats... only if you really want to and you wear it every day. Style your hair the day before, I love next day hair, it looks more natural and less done. Spray fly aways.

SHOOT
6- Location. If its not at the Walnut Studio think about options:  Your place, a park near you, the beach, or downtown. Keep in mind that if we do some on location we are bound to attract attention. If you are a bit uncomfortable with this is best we shoot at the studio that has plenty of outdoor (and quiet!) locations. Sunday Mornings are always super quiet anywhere.

POSING
We are aiming for natural and casual but have some things in consideration.
Keep your hands busy by either fixing your hair or hugging your self while standing.
Some sexy poses that work for fashion style  

Just practice in front of the mirror. Specially your smile and your relaxed mouth you can check 
this post for more info 

xxoo
MJ

Moda Style Shoot : Kathy

October 26 2010
Combine a couple of sessions to create more looks and complete a portfolio. She booked 2 consecutive sessions and one make up.

Client: Kathy    Location: Walnut/King st area     Photographer: Marlen        Photoshoper: Marlen



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