Hello! My name is Dallas and I'm a photographer and makeup artist based in Toronto, Ontario. This blog features a collection of my latest photo work, along with lots of makeup tutorials and stories of my everyday life. Thanks for stopping by, and don't be shy to visit my website or say hello.

25.7.14

summer beauty: three new additions to my personal kit


During the hot summer months, which also happen to be my busiest time of year, I am highly selective about the products that go in my personal makeup kit. To be one of about a dozen items that I take on the road, a product is usually pretty exceptional. I've been testing lots of new things and three in particular stand out. Since they happen to be made by the same company, I realized I was overdue for a product recommendation post. Here we go, three of my new faves that I think you'd love too. From left to right:

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microperfecting Primer in 1 Green

I've tried dozens of primers, and this is a new stand-out favourite. There are two things that completely won me mover. First of all, it actually reduces redness. So many other redness reducing primers have barely a hint of green pigment in the formula, despite how vivid the shade looks in the bottle. This one, were you to apply it without blending to your skin, is visibly green. When blended, however, it noticeably, instantly reduces redness. I find I need far less foundation to even out my blotchy skin tone once I've used it. Secondly, the finish of it is smooth but not slippery like many other primers. In fact, it provides a really great surface for any subsequent products (corrector, concealer, foundation, etc) to grip. I find it holds the makeup in place well and creates a long-lasting surface, reducing the need to use a setting spray. A+

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Matic in Satiny Warm Brown 

I love a good multi-use product and this waterproof eyeshadow pencil is just that. You can use it just as successfully as an eyeliner as a shadow. It blends beautifully, though you do have to work quickly because once it's set it is locked down! I love the shape of the pencil, and it applies easily with no dragging. A new go-to tool for a smudgy and yet smudge-proof smoky eye. Best of all, it will stand up to the hottest summer dance party. I've tested it more than once.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Extravagant Mascara

Like many other Sephora devotees, I received this product as part of my birthday gift from the store this year. The defining feature of this mascara, to me, its its dramatically tapered brush shape in combination with its fairly dense formula. The brand purports that it delivers adequate coverage in one stroke, but what makeup junkie could ever stop at one, really? Apply it like you would any other mascara, but take advantage of the wide and narrow ends to apply to the different parts of your lashline. The narrow end works particularly well for defining your outer lashes. This is not the mascara for a feathery, natural look. It's the one you choose when you're going big, and is best paired with liner and shadow for the full, smoky effect.

So there you have it, three great additions to your summer makeup kit.

23.7.14

toronto city hall wedding | courtney & kemp

When I found out my friends Courtney and Kemp would be tying the knot at Toronto City Hall with a small, intimate ceremony, I decided to crash their wedding with my camera. Luckily, they didn't kick me out! It was such a privilege to document such a lovely, private ceremony with only a few beloved people in attendance. Though I was only there for an hour, I was so excited to be able to capture a few moments. Courtney and Kemp, thank you for allowing me to join you in this absolutely beautiful celebration. I love you both to pieces and I am so happy for you. So many adventures are coming your way and it's so great that you'll experience everything from here on in with shiny rings on your fingers, linking you together.



You might recognize the stunning blonde on the left below from her beautiful wedding that I got to photograph last summer in Collingwood. Lindsay is Courtney's sweet sister and I was so happy to see her!

Me and Courtney!

I nearly forgot to mention that Courtney made her own dress. Can you believe how gorgeous it is?


Congratulations again, you two!

22.7.14

last two weeks in pictures | july 7-21, 2014

So much has happened since my last personal update. So much! Brian and I travelled out west to attend and photograph the wedding of our friends Jenn and Ian. I have been working away on their photos and I can't wait to share their gorgeous, love-filled mountain wedding with you soon. We flew into Calgary and drove west to Golden, BC, stopping in Canmore and Banff along the way. I waded out into the turquoise water and let the river chill me. The air is just so dry and fresh out there. It makes you feel like a different person, basking in the summer heat without being weighed down by crazy humidity.



When we returned to Toronto, my little brother Jeremy stayed with us last week, along with the lovely Alex who is visiting from Australia. My other brother, Jon, joined us for a night as well. I love living close to my family!


Last weekend, I spent the weekend with a great bunch of ladies to celebrate my friend Amy's bachelorette.


I've also been shooting and editing like crazy, as my busy season has officially commenced!

In between work, travel and visits, a few big things happened. Brian accepted a new position, which is very exciting. We found an apartment here in Toronto (!!!) and signed the lease. As we drove away from the new place, we got in a car accident wherein the driver who hit us drove off (worst). We are fine, thankfully, but were definitely shaken up and pretty angry about the hit and run factor. But on a better note, we move into our new place next week, so we're in the process of packing and booking a moving truck.

I am unbelievably excited to take our furniture and other belongings out of the storage locker where they've been sitting for a year and a half. I am looking forward to choosing the perfect shade of white to freshly paint our new place, and to just getting organized and having a home base of our own for the first time in so long. Cheers to that.

Here are a few of my favourite in-between moments from the past two weeks, on Instagram.

Wishing you a lovely week!