Life by Selena Photography
Montreal portrait & wedding photographer

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The official blog of Montreal portrait and wedding photographer Selena Phillips-Boyle. Explore her signature photojournalistic style and stay up to date on her latest wedding and portrait photography projects here.

48 : Duffin-Neuman Family

I hear the joyful glee of Nova as Milo comes running into the frame and I don't even care that I'm a sweaty disheveled mess. Hanging out with the Duffin-Neuman family at Parc Jarry is the most fun I've had in weeks.

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47 : Davis and Tom

Meeting eligible cuties in 2017 is challenging. Finding effective ways to engage with them is even trickier. Davis and Tom first intersected on Instagram, a true success story for “How to Pick up a Cutie on Social Media”. Come for a walk around Hintonburg, the Ottawa neighbourhood they call home.

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46 : City Witch

Tess Giberson is City Witch, an Ottawa artist and activist who works out of their home studio. As a photographer, a home studio offers many more layers and textures. The challenge is that each shot requires strong framing or a shallow depth of field to bring focus to the subject.

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45 : Christina and Danny

Christina and Danny’s wedding was a true interfaith ceremony, a fusion between her Ukrainian traditions and his Jewish ones. Wedding Tip: Talk with your partner about which family traditions are important for each of you to incorporate into the ceremony, and which new ones you’d like to start celebrating together.

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44 : Emilie and Patrick

As we walk down one of my favourite graffitied Montreal alleyways, the chic urban vibe stands in stark contrast with their upcoming Adirondack mountain wedding. In one of my favourite shots from the session, a diagonal fire escape frames Emilie and Pat in front of a bold brick background.

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43 : Jon and Kristina

With seven years already between them, Jon and Kristina’s wedding was an opportunity for the two of them to name into reality a more permanent way of being together. As Kristina leaned in to kiss her bridegroom, it marked a new phase in an already flourishing relationship.

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42 : Tara and Tim

The door of the apartment opens to the warm welcome of Tara and Tim. I’ve recently been exploring «the home» as a photographic environment. Although the home has more visual distractions than the studio, I have been delighted with the increased intimacy of shooting in this space.

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41 : Biziaev Family

We’re not just giving this Linus a spring maintenance check. This is the moment. The moment where this new family goes on their first bike ride together. The repair transforms the bike from a solo machine to a new hub that will shift how the Bizis move around the city.

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40 : Haunting Negatives

Today I hand the transmitter to Ben Mitchell, historian of science, library science student, creative writer, bee enthusiast, and casual activist. Beyond his academic work on Nietzche, Ben studies the relationship between various forms of mysticism and science. In this post, Ben opens the door to the world of spirit photography through the experiences of naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace.

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39 : My Papa

For me, being a photographer is a way of interacting with the world. A way of processing what’s going on around me. Sitting with my Grannie at the hospital beside my dying Papa, photographing those moments allowed me to process the fact that he would not be there much longer.

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38 : Heavy Ghost

I barely caught a glimpse of Kat at the back of the cafe before my glasses fogged up from the cold winter air. Americano and latte before us, we hunkered down for our first creative work session to map out the music video for her latest single Heavy Ghost.

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37 : Emma and Alex

The hotel room was a flurry of chaos--makeup, pink tulle, and floral hair arrangements were scattered around the room. A short 30 minutes later, the bride’s side of the wedding emerged impeccably dressed in pastels and luxurious furs. Emma and Alex’s wedding embodied this perfect combination of spontaneity and planning.

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36 : Wes Anderson Inspiration

Wes Anderson is known for his signature symmetrical compositions and square camera angles, his stoic characters, and his use of a restrained colour palette and warm light. It would be an understatement to say that I was excited to photograph Emma and Alex’s Wes Anderson inspired wedding.

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35 : Jessa & Justin

It was a dare against the weather gods to plan outdoor shooting locations for an Edmonton wedding in October. I should have known better. Just days before the wedding I was on the phone with Jessa brainstorming possible indoor locations in the face of an imminent Edmonton blizzard.

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34 : Capture CAPE (Exhibition)

Using the photographic style of environmental portraiture, Selena Phillips-Boyle captures CAPE farmers, their techniques, and their families, uncovering the intimate personality of their life and labour.
Dans un style photographique qui s’inspire du portrait environnemental, Selena Phillips-Boyle dépeint les fermiers de la CAPE ainsi que leurs techniques, et leurs familles.

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33 : Capture CAPE (Behind-the-Scenes)

There are few projects that will motivate me at 4am. Luckily for me, this was one of them. The project entailed travelling around the province of Québec, exploring small farms, intersecting with farmers of all kinds, and working with a solid video and photo team.

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32 : Katie & Larissa

In my version of the story, it all started with guitar duets to the likes of First Aid Kit and Ingrid Michaelson in the living room of my first basement apartment. Five years later, it was an incredible pleasure to spend the day with Katie and Larissa and capture their wedding celebration.

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31 : Supayana Fashion Shoot

Montreal designer Yana Gorbulsky finds her inspiration in all things vintage, and from her bag emerges an assortment of prints covered in bananas, cats and polkadots. I had the opportunity to sit down with Yana after our photo shoot to ask about designing children’s clothing in Montreal.

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