Celebrating the Overcoming of Challenges: Abelle Portrait Studio

Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory. George S. Patton

Business profile portraitThere are no words to describe this session. I decided to let my client share her story in her own words.

“Most of us know life can bring challenges that knock us down for a while. And even when we know things have started to turn around, this turn-around can take a while, in little steps at a time. When I moved to Brockville in 2015, it was to start over. I found Isabelle’s blog by a “happy accident.” And I put the beauty makeover photo shoot on my wish list for when I felt ready to “come back out” into the world. It took 3 years, but then I contacted her, which started the ball rolling. I was excited and scared, and questioning it all as I met with her beforehand and decided what I wanted to wear. But also afraid that what I had been hoping for so much would turn into another disappointment that I had to overcome.

Disappointment was never part of this experience – ever—not during the shoot nor when I saw the pictures. The shoot felt professional and Isabelle’s photography knowledge was front and centre. However, her compassion for her clients like me was also an integral part of the process. She knew and understood this was not an easy experience for people to go through. Yes she was gentle and considerate about it all. My pictures surprised me but also made me feel like I had found me again….yes, a bigger size, a little more wrinkled and looking older. But I now had something—physical evidence– that showed on the outside how much better I was feeling on the inside.

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What are you celebrating?

Photography and styling: Abelle.ca
Hair & makeup: Madison Moore MUA

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Mother, Mother Ocean. I have heard you call: Abelle

If you don’t know the song, here it is: A Pirate Looks at Forty.

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Frisco Bath House Beach, North Carolina

 

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Waiting for the storm on Utopia Lane, Frisco, North Carolina

Abelle Photography landscape

Waiting for the storm on Utopia Lane, Frisco, North Carolina. Moments later.

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Life at f/1.8

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Feeding on sand fiddlers.

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Pastel contemplation.

 

 

Mother Ocean: She is  mightily fierce. She is immense and beautiful. Yet she is fragile.

Portrait of a Wedding couple in the country.

Mariage à Oka: une petite famille plus que charmante. Vu par Abelle

Avec ce dernier mariage, je peux dire que je suis officiellement devenue une photographe de famille. J’ai rencontré Cynthia pour la première fois en 2009, au mariage de sa cousine au vignoble St-Agnès à Glen Sutton. Je l’ai revu en 2015, dans un verger de Dunham, le Domaine de Dunham, pour le mariage de son autre cousine, la sœur de l’autre.
Nous nous sommes rencontrés il y a deux ans pour planifier son mariage avec Martin qui devait avoir lieu en août 2017. Mais, surprise… contre toute attente, ils ont reçu un cadeau du ciel en apprenant qu’ils attendaient un deuxième enfant à l’été 2017. Le mariage a donc été reporté à cet été. Les voici dans toute leur splendeur et authenticité. Ils sont beaux, pleins de vie, authentiques, aimants et aimés.

J’ai eu les larmes aux yeux pendant une bonne partie de la journée tellement cette célébration était touchante. À vous autres maintenant de vous rincer l’oeil. 😉

Wedding portrait photographer: Abelle.ca

J’aime la vie à 35 mm. #Nikkorglass

Wedding portrait photographer: Abelle.ca

La lumière était directe et dure. Au diable l’ombre, nous avons sauté dedans à pieds joints.

Wedding portrait photographer: Abelle.ca

#lensflare #gorgeousbridegroom #fullsunportrait

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Montage diaporama des images de leur journée de mariage.

Lieu: Au Jardin d’Emmanuel à Oka.
Assistante photo: Tammy Jette
Maquillage: Myriam Arelle
Coiffure: Mélanie Laroche
Fleurs: Domaine Vénusia
DJ: Martin Robert
Gâteau: Sucré Sam

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Bouquet : création de Domaine Vénusia.

Abelle Wedding cake photography

Gâteau: création de Sucré Sam

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Abelle Loves: Made by Bees©

On my quest to reduce my use of plastic, especially single-use plastic, I found this product right in my neighborhood. I came across Priscilla, owner, and beekeeper, at yoga. She was gifting these wax-covered wraps to the owner-teacher-yogi. I inquired about these and found out that she was the maker of these gems and had them in stock.
These wraps are useful and cute and they smell nice.

Boutique photography studio: Abelle

These are the large-sized wraps which I use most of the time.

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I also got a few of these packets. They contain a mix of seeds of plants that attract bees. They make great hostess gifts for people who don’t drink wine.

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This is a kit containing a wrap in each of the three sizes: small, medium and large.

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Isn’t the bee-shaped wax seal on the back of the packaging the cutest?

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The large 13″x13″ completely covers my medium-sized bowl and is perfect for large bowls as well.

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You can order these online at Madebybees.ca
So long plastic wrap!

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Celebrating Family: Mother and Daughter Portrait Photo Session

Ah women… They are a special breed. This mother, sister, wife, and friend is such a remarkable human being. I never want to get too personal so I do not reveal too much of my clients’ personal lives. However, I can assure you that the world is a much better place because F. and S. are in it.

Abelle Family Portrait Photography

Beauty runs deeper than the thickness of the human skin. This is what you is visible in these images: an inner beauty that shines through in these portraits.Abelle Portrait Photography Studio

Based on the phone consultation we had, F. brought a variety of top of various colors, necklines and textures. We tried different colors and played with different necklines until we found what was most flattering and photogenic on photographs. The deep royal and emerald blues looked great on F. You see, this woman is from Cape Breton and the sea is part of her DNA. Not surprisingly, these colors, reminiscent of the ocean, looked amazing on her. Also, notice the neckline on the royal blue top. Take note: cowl necks are a must in your wardrobe ladies.Abelle Portrait Photography Studio

S. came in with simple and understated tops that also worked well in the photos. I hope we did justice to her perfect creamy skin and her sublime eyebrows. Abelle Portrait Photography Studio Abelle Portrait Photography Studio

 

 

Madison’s lip color choices. Frances is wearing Greystone and Sarah is wearing Saint. Colors by Nude Stix.

 

Hair and makeup: Madison Moore HMUA
Photography assistant: Angélique Gravelle
Photographer: Isabelle Bouchard

High school senior portrait photography studio

High School Student Portraits: Abelle Celebrates Teenage

When I hear comments like: «Today’s youth are lazy.», «In my days, we were better at (fill in the blank)», etc. I think to myself that we are dead wrong about young adults. There are so many creative, eager, good-natured, whole-hearted and smart young people out there.

With high school graduation and prom season around the corner, this next post is a reminder that thousands of young men and women are about to start a new and significant chapter in their life. We love to photograph them in our studio to immortalize them at this very important stage in their life.

High school senior portrait photography studioHere is one such example. Angelique is an outstanding young woman. I have the pleasure of working with her in the studio. I wanted to capture her youth forever.

High school senior portrait photography studio

She willingly agreed to spend a few hours with me, at the studio. We tried out the new gear.

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Behind the scenes: a pulled back image of the lighting setup. A little Hollywood Glamour lighting never goes out of style,

Indeed, Christmas came early as we invested in some «light-in-a-can» portrait studio photography equipment. There is only so much daylight November and December can bring.

High school senior portrait photography studio

Doesn’t she remind you of Grace Kelly?

Our portraits celebrate people of any age. Young, middle-aged and mature women sit in front of our camera. Let’s celebrate you; because every stage of life is worth celebrating. 

 

#seniorpictures #senioryear #modernteenstyle #portraitphotographer #rising_masters #abell#portraitphotography #portrait_perfection #portrait_shots #oldmasterslighting #fineartportraits #portraitstudio #abellephotography #abelleportraits

Mother and daughter portrait photography session.

Celebrating Family Ties – Mother Daughter Photo Shoot: Abelle

Meet Andrea and Annie, the models in this beautiful and intimate portrait photo shoot.
This is Andrea’s testimonial:

“ Isabelle in her thoughtful and skilled manner has marked a transitional age/stage for Annie and I. Annie is completing high school and is heading to university in September.

Studio magazine-style portrait shoot by Abelle.

She reminds me of Chelsea Clinton.

I am growing my businesses in preparation for retirement from soon to be 25 yrs. of teaching. We very much appreciated Isabelle’s organization, professionalism and attention to detail in creating a safe atmosphere for the photo shoot and the exciting reveal process. As a painter, I am fascinated by how she masterfully paints her subjects in their most beautiful and authentic light! Annie’s casting shot captured her fresh look and was ideal for the intended purpose of her performance audition in Toronto.Studio portrait photo shoot by Abelle.

Senior portrait photo shoot.Portrait photography studio: AbelleBeauty makeover and portrait photo session.

Isabelle suggested a business shot for me which I will use in various multi-media forums including Facebook promoting my local businesses – Buells Creek Furnishings (hand-painted custom furnishings) & Walk More, Bark Less  (pet nanny and dog walking).

 

Mother and daughter portrait photography session.I treasure the images which caught my girl and me in our groove together. Such fun working with you, thank you again.”

Photography assistant: Angélique Gravelle
Hair & makeup artist: Madison Moore
Photography and styling: Isabelle of Abelle

 

 

Beauty portrait photo session

A Few Shades of Grey: Abelle Portraiture

Remember this woman?

Back in 2015. A very different look.

Natasha was the face of a few of Abelle’s promotional pieces back in 2015 and 2016.
Well, look at her now!

It takes courage to go gray and for Natasha, it was a journey. Courage is this woman’s middle name.

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Rocking the Silver Pixie Cut!

After choosing to live a chemical-free life, it became clear that she would eventually have to make that decision. I cannot believe how stunning she looks. Look at the other glamorous portraits of her taken a few years ago.

Mother daughter portrait photography session: Abelle

She, too, has changed a lot since 2015!

Classic portrait of a young girl shot by Abelle

A classic portrait of her daughter back in 2015.

Beauty portrait photo session

Oh yes! A Sparkly Dress!

Beauty portrait photo session

A Classy Look. Love the Jackie O’ Dress.

Here is to celebrating the different stages of life! What stage do you wish to celebrate?

#glamourportraits #Abelleportraitstudio #corporateportraits #familyportrait #portraitphotographer


Natasha is an energy worker: a Reiki Master Practitioner and teacher, a Young Living Essential Oil Aficionado. She is also a Raindrop Technique massage therapist.

Styling: by Natasha herself
Hair & makeup: Madison of Madison Moore MUA
Lip color: Sin by Nudestix
Photography: Abelle.ca

Abelle family portrait photographer

Before and After Baby Number Three: Family Portrait Sessions

This next photo shoot, actually photo shoots, is of a gorgeous family of 5. Made up of three little boys who are full of beans, a mom and a dad, a dog and chickens. There is never a dull moment in this household.
Only a few weeks after delivering baby number 3, she was out on the ski hill with the two oldest boys.Abelle family portrait photography

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Then came boy number 3: Grayson.Abelle family portrait photographer Abelle family portrait photographer

When I met them this Fall, they were just finishing some major home renovations including an entire addition. Where they find the energy, I don’t know. All I know is that this family is GORGEOUS, friendly, funny and authentic. I love them to bits.

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People often ask What do you do? “I am a photographer’ isn’t enough“. This is what I do: I photograph connections and love and give families heirloom images of moments. Portraits that will stand the test of time. It is an honour and a privilege to do this for people and their families.

Abelle Glamour portrait photography studio

Another Inspirational Woman: Makeover and Photo Shoot at the Studio

This November day was dark and gloomy but the studio was all lit up by this woman’s spirit and energy. She has amazing skin, a charming smile and a contagious laugh.Abelle Glamour studio portrait photography session.

We sorted through her suitcase and pulled together a number of different outfits to create a custom magazine-style photo shoot for her. One that included some business attire and other outfits for beautiful personal portraits. These images are precious for Terrie. Over time, they will be even more significant for her two children.

Abelle Glamour studio portrait photography session

Abelle Glamour Portrait Photography Studio

Abelle Glamour portrait photography studio

Purple is a symbol of courage, survival and honour, and has come to symbolize the fight to end woman abuse. November is the month for Woman Abuse Prevention. These gorgeous scarves are up for sale. See information below.

Glamour makeover and portrait photography session. Abelle Glamour portrait photography studio

For this woman, purple is more than a favorite colour. It is a reminder of how strong women, like her, are.

Lauren and I are blessed to have spent an unforgettable afternoon at the studio getting to know this wonderful woman warrior and mother of two.

Hair & Makeup: Lauren Waterworth of Hairbylaur
Styling: Isabelle
Photography: Isabelle of Abelle.ca

More information on the provincial Shine the Light Campaign.
To purchase purple LED light bulbs: River Lily Boutique or Leeds and Grenville Interval House

To purchase purple Shine the Light lanterns (25$), LED mini strings of LED lights, purple neckties or purple scarves (as showcased above), contact Kimberley at kimberley@lgih.ca .

As a side note, this woman is also a trend setter. As a matter of fact, the 2018 Pantone color of the year is Ultra Violet, 18-3838. Who knew?