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.

24.9.14

cobble beach wedding | lisha & baden

There's something very romantic about rain on a wedding day. It poured all throughout my own, and I've always found that although stormy weather does necessitate a few logistical changes to the best laid plans, it also creates an undeniably warm and cozy atmosphere. By confining guests indoors, rain draws them closer together. On Lisha and Baden's wedding day in Owen Sound, guests from near and very far gathered to witness the union of two people who came from opposite sides of the earth, and they did so in the rose petal-covered Sweetwater restaurant at Cobble Beach.

Each guest would receive a bottle of Canadian maple syrup decorated with an Australian flag. "Thank you, from one side of the world to the other," it read. Lisha, a Canadian girl, met her Australian love, Baden when they were both working away from home in western Canada. They'd travelled to seek adventure and opportunity and found each other along the way. They decided to marry in Lisha's hometown of Owen Sound, and were joined by friends and relatives from around the world.

Shortly after they said their vows, the rain lifted and pastel colours diffused into the sky, allowing guests to enjoy the fresh evening air and the amazing views of Georgian Bay. Once the dance party started, Baden's side of the family invited everyone to share in their Albanian-Australian traditions such as joyful (and in the men's case, acrobatic) group dances. It was an amazing sight to behold.

Lisha and Baden, thank you so much for inviting me to celebrate and document your wedding day. You have grown into such an amazing woman from the lovely teenager you were when I first met and photographed you, Lisha. I'm so happy for you that you found Baden. I have no doubt that you two will continue to lead a life of excitement and love together. Congratulations and I wish you both all the happiness in the world!


One of my first sights upon arriving in Lisha's bridal suite was this cherry in the sink — evidence that the previous evening's party had been fairly epic.


Hilarious bridesmaids are my favourite bridesmaids, and Lisha's girls had sass in spades.

Though it was raining when we began taking portraits, The Inn at Cobble Beach offered so many lovely indoor spots where we could shoot.

And besides,  a little rain never hurt anyone!

Thanks to the on-site shuttle, we were able to explore more of the stunning grounds at Cobble Beach.




During a break in the dinner services, we noticed a spectacular sunset had appeared, so we stole a few moments for some evening portraits.


Then one hell of a dance party began, kicked off by some traditional Albanian dances.


Credits:

Venue and catering: Cobble Beach  // Photographer: Dallas Curow Photography  // Bride's shoes: Steve Madden  // Bride's jewellery: Swarovski  //  Hair and makeup: The Spa at Cobble Beach

23.9.14

last six weeks in pictures: august 11- september 21, 2014

Hey there! Fall has arrived and it's officially my favourite time of year. I'm snuggling up with a cup of tea and warm socks in my newly furnished editing cave (aka my office). I decided to take a moment to share some of what I've been up to over the last six weeks of summer. It's been a lot of long hours and not very much sleep, but I am so grateful for all the work and the play. To begin, here's a little overview, c/o Instagram:


As I previously mentioned, Brian and I moved into a new place at the beginning of August.  Most of our free time since then has been spent doing this:


The apartment needed a little TLC, so we've been sanding and painting and scrubbing to turn it into our home. We also sold most of our furniture before leaving Montreal, so we've been slowly acquiring new items and putting things into place. There's still a lot of work to be done, but I'm happy to say all the boxes have been unpacked and it's starting to look pretty decent.

In between shooting and working on our place, I've been lucky to attend a few great events. My friend Jenn came to town from her home in New York for her wedding shower, and it was lovely. I can't wait for her upcoming wedding!

Brian and I headed to Trenton to photograph and celebrate the wedding of Jennifer and Bryan, mother and step-father to our dear friend, Peter.

We stopped by the Ex for an hour of fun one night:


We flew to Vancouver to attend a family wedding and got to stay with my sweet sister-in-law, Carolyn and her puppy:

While out west, we were able to visit a few great friends, including Sophia and Trevor, whose wedding we photographed last summer:

Photo below: Sophia Lee


Two photos below: Carolyn Fauteux

In early September, we photographed the vineyard wedding of our good friends Amy and Derek.


The following day, I attended the shower of my longtime friend Aarti, whose wedding I'm excited to shoot next month! Her shower was planned so beautifully by her sisters and included a waffle bar, which was just awesome. Her fiancé was also in attendance which was so nice. It makes so much sense for a bride-to-be's beloved to be present and spend time with her close friends. I think more people should consider having their groom at their shower!


Thanks to my friend Peter, I attended the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for the first time. I attended the premiere of The Imitation Game, which features my favourite actor Benedict Cumberbatch. It featured a Q & A after the film, which was all too short, but still great. Following the presentation, Peter and I went to the official after party, which was incredibly exciting.



In mid-September, my family conspired with my dad's colleagues to throw him a surprise 25th work anniversary party. We tricked him into thinking he would be attending a photography seminar I was teaching. When he walked into the room, he found dozens of his colleagues and friends from throughout his career. He was completely shocked and it was so moving to hear person after person stand up to share kind words and reflect on how my dad influenced their lives.


Later that week, I was invited to return to my alma mater, Western University, to visit my old stomping grounds, The Gazette. I worked as an editor for the daily student newspaper during my undergraduate years, and I went back with my fellow editor, Paolo, to talk about work, career paths and how we did things back in the day. It was wonderful to meet some of this year's editorial board and be inspired by their enthusiasm and humour. It was surreal to be back on campus after seven years away, but as we drove through the city and walked through campus, I was flooded with memories of the best kind.



This past weekend, I travelled to Montreal for work and stayed with some dear friends in their sunny condo.  It was a total whirlwind, but I hope to go back to that wonderful city soon for a longer visit.


Well, I'm back to catch up on my editing! Wishing you a wonderful week and I'm excited to share a lot of new work with you over the next few days.