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A 1920’s Styled Shoot | Spadina House, Toronto

June 13, 2012

Three weekends ago I participated in my first ever styled shoot. Styled shoots are photo sessions organized by photographers, often in collaboration with stylists and vendors, for the main purpose of photography. They usually consist of putting together a scene, “staging” it, and photographing it. It’s a great way for photographers to take control over what they are photographing and for vendors and stylists to have their products and work photographed, whether it’s for portfolio expansion, experience or just a fun creative outlet.

My friend Melanie of Melanie Godecki Photography wanted to take advantage of Toronto’s annual Doors Open event and planned a 1920’s styled shoot along with stylist Rebecca. The location could not have been more fitting. The Spadina House, just south of St. Clair Avenue near Casa Loma, is a gorgeous manor that has been restored to its 1920’s/1930’s glory. I couldn’t believe that Toronto had such a beautiful house that I had never heard of.

Spadina House

The day started off with some makeup and styling preparations:

Makeup 1

Makeup 2

Makeup 3

Makeup 4

We then started the shoot off with a picnic scene outside the house, which was photographed by Melanie. (We are doing a joint blog post today so head over to her blog to check out this portion of the shoot!)

I absolutely love photographing in nature so this next portion was heavenly for me. A long flowy dress, curls, the garden – I couldn’t have asked for more. And don’t you just love the blush color of her dress?

Jo 1

Jo 2

Jo 3

Jo 4

Jo 5

We ended the shoot inside the house with Jo looking like she came straight out of the 20’s thanks to Rebecca’s styling and the Spadina House’s beautiful interior.

Inside 1

Inside 2

Inside 3

I had such a great time working with these fun and creative girls as well as with our awesome and patient model Jo and assistant Nick! Here are some behind-the-scenes shots for an idea of how we got these photos:

Rebecca 1

Melanie 1

Jo 1

Jo 2

The team all together!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Pauline Sanderson permalink
    June 14, 2012 09:36

    Gorgeous pictures Barbara! And what a location!
    I miss you…

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