Magical things happen when you least expect them to. I stumbled on Céline's Instagram by chance (or as we like to call it now, destiny). Something about her feed, energy & recent travels had filled me with immense inspiration. In that moment, I felt like we would have an instant connection. I loved her concept of 30 countries by 30 and had so many wonderful questions. I was so inspired by everything that I took the leap of faith to reach out. From then on, we met up for drinks and spent a few hours chatting. The time went by too fast and our creative chemistry was real. Her creative strengths and warm spirit was akin to mine and I knew I had made a new friend.
Céline is the visionary behind the poised digital branding agency, Gallant Avenue. Gallant Avenue helps companies invent, or reinvent themselves within their industry. The branding and web design strategies are unlike many companies because there is a powerful and strategic implementation of psychological factors. Céline's passion of creativity has transformed into a new photography practice. Gallant Studios (photography and videography) has now become a personal expansion to Gallant Avenue. After we met, she expressed interest to take images of me, and so we did. We shared the day shooting around Toronto and at her condo. She really has an eye for imagery and can instantly scan a scenery to design the perfect picture. Her eye for art, design and creativity makes for a beautiful photo with every click.
Genuine connections are hard to come by. I believe they are signs that are meant to be followed. Stumbling upon this beautiful soul, I knew right then and there that we would have many collaborations in the future. I believe when like-minded individuals unite, they can move mountains. Our energies are very similar and it made for each meet up to be better then the one before.
Down below you will see her eye for photography in its entirety.
I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do. It can be such a liberating experience working with a photographer. Sometimes, they cannot see your vision or you can feel a little uncomfortable. But with Céline, I was very into my element. I felt beautiful and I felt safe. She made sure to follow my guidelines (not being too revealing) while finding my sparkle within the photos. I can be extremely self conscious and sometimes I can get very low about myself. These shoots help me embrace my flaws, my lines, my folds and my magic in every way possible. I am not everyone's type of beauty, some days I am not even my own. But with some self-love and self-care practices, I know I am closer to loving myself fully and whole-heartedly. It is a long journey, one that will never end for me. I am simply me, a bubbly woman, learning to appreciate what I have to offer the world, one baby step at a time.
I encourage you all to be bold. Reverse time for your hobbies, passions and anything that promotes positive self-love & health. Strike up a conversation with the person sitting across from you at a cafe. Or maybe, while you are waiting for the bus to come. Be kind and friendly whenever possible. Be fearless in pursuit of your dreams. Never let a compliment go by unheard and trust your intuition. I followed mine and I have a wonderful new friend because of it. I am so happy to have met this intelligent and empowering woman who inspires me in many aspects of my blogging path.