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.

55 : Minimalist Wedding Photography

I have this wedding package I call the Heron. It’s last on the list of options I offer, and few people actually consider it. I’d like to take a moment to explain this long-legged bird, and give her a chance to take flight. Selena Phillips-Boyle is a Montreal portrait and wedding photographer.

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54 : Edmonton Artist Northlift Belts

I continue to be struck by the calmness with which artists approach their work. Normally rocking the 80s vibe and constantly cracking jokes, Artem displays an incredible calm and focus while he works. Montréal environmental portrait photographer Selena Phillips-Boyle shares portraits from the studio of Edmonton artist Northlift Belts.

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53 : Interfaith Weddings (Hindu and Christian)

This blog post is the first in a series exploring interfaith weddings. I hope to offer a platform to discuss planning an interfaith wedding. In this first post, I sit down with Vikram and Rebecca to discuss their wedding celebration which combined Hindu and Christian wedding traditions.

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52 : Newsletter (March 2018)

In January 2017 I launched an email newsletter with the goal of actively communicating my professional and personal projects. Today I pull out the defibrillator and bring this newsletter back to life. In this Life by Selena Photography blog post I share with you my March 2018 newsletter.

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51 : Emilie and Patrick

The energy builds in anticipation as Emilie and Pat prepare to make their grand reception entrance. It's always in this moment that I quietly move around the room with my camera to visually soak in the atmosphere. Everywhere around me, people are talking and laughing, engaged in authentic conversation.

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50 : Lauren and Kyle

The portrait session during Lauren and Kyle's wedding ends with a quiet walk with their dog pals Findlay and Sorley. As the dogs run circles around them, I see Lauren and Kyle relax into each other. Here, hidden in the trees, we capture the most intimate photos of the day.

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49 : Ian and Tracy

In my short time with Ian and Tracy, I saw a rare combination of support and autonomy between them. This was apparent in their vows as well which talk about their love that has evolved through a variety of changes. Later, their reception was full of authentic laughter and joy.

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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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