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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.

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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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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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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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30 : Zürich Fashion Streeters

In May 2013 I hit the streets of Zürich, Switzerland to discover what people were wearing, and to find out a little bit of why they liked their outfits. I was delighted that most people were willing to talk with me and share a little bit about their clothing with me.

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27 : Nutritionist Alina Islam

I caught up with Alina, a nutritionist, at the Saint Lawrence Market. We stopped by the market for the fruits and veggies she would use in our shoot. I couldn't resist capturing her as she walked through the market carefully selecting avocados and hiding behind pints of cherry tomatoes.

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23 : International Women's Day

I’d like to share some words and photos from ten totally kick-ass women I’ve had the opportunity to photograph over the past year. I’d like to open the discussion to some of their ideas, and celebrate some of their accomplishments over the last 365 somersaults.

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20 : Emily and Royden

During this photo shoot with Emily and Royden I traipsed through the woods, angling the camera towards the couple such that some mountain ash trees were in the foreground, berries shrivelled in the cold like pruney bathtub fingers in water.

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19 : Hannah and Jarrett

These two wanted to get some couples portraits done, but Jarrett confessed to being painfully camera shy. Keen to make Jarrett feel at ease, I suggested that we go on a casual shoot, incorporating the idea of a prairie picnic and a game of cards.

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18 : Andrew and Judy

Walking through Edmonton’s Old Strathcona, I looked for opportunities to practise new compositional techniques. One of my favourite shots of the day captured Judy and Andrew in the foreground and used the walls of Southern Autobody as the backdrop.

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16 : Angie and Steve

Join me on a cold winter walk with Angie and Steve, and their adorable pup Maggie.

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14 : Peter & Asha

I had the opportunity to photograph Peter and Asha when their relationship was just freshly sparked kindling.

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13 : Family Photos

It was my delight to discover that a member of my most recent family portrait shoot was a freshly minted 4-year-old.

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11 : Houtwerk Design

Stepping into Ashley’s woodworking studio felt like a familiar embrace.

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10 : Paul's Honeybees

From 2009 to 2012, a telltale sign that fall had arrived was a text from my friend Paul inviting me to help harvest honey.

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7 : Wade

These photos constitute the latest iteration of Wade Vroom's personal project to chronicle his body as it ages.

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