One of the coolest things about working in a creative industry is the wellspring of collaboration possibilities. I also find it thrilling how you never know when or where your next idea might be born. Back in May, I participated in The Wedding Co. Spring Event at the Gladstone Hotel. I was serendipitously placed right next to the women of Distinct Occasions. Throughout the day, during quieter moments, we chatted about all things weddings and talked about different ideas we'd had for editorial shoots over the years. When Gina, one of Distinct Occasions' planners, suggested the idea of a dreamy, mod, pastel farewell to Mad Men (our beloved show whose series finale would air that same month) I was all over it. By the end of the day, simply by talking to other exhibitors at the show, Gina had pulled together a dream team of industry professionals. It was an absolute pleasure to work with all of these talented folks.
This shoot is featured on The Wedding Co. Blog today! Scroll down or click through to view more.
Photographer: Dallas Curow Photography // Producer/Creative Director: Distinct Occasions – Gina Humilde // Floral Design & Styling: Benny & Viv Designs // Make Up Artist: Eryn Shannon // Hair Stylist: Cabello by Carolina // Jewelry & Model Stylist: The Loved One // Bride’s Dress: Catherine Langlois // Bridesmaids Dresses: Cabaret Vintage // Cakes: Le Dolci // Tableware: Plate Occasions // Chairs: Contemporary Furniture Rentals Inc. // Linen: Around the Table // Specialty Linen // Backdrop: Dance Floor Decor Backdrop // Design & Stationary: Designs by Liselle // Venue: 2nd Floor Events // Models: Shannon, Iuliana and Helena/Orange Model Management
Dallas Curow Photography is moving to Alberta!
Hello readers! That's right, I'm packing my bags and moving west to Edmonton. In fact, as I type this my apartment is being packed up and all my belongings will be loaded onto a truck tomorrow. I thought it would be fun to answer some frequently asked questions I've received lately as a way of telling you guys more about this most recent change in my life and business.
You're moving to Edmonton... why?
We are moving because of an extraordinary opportunity for our family. It was a joint decision that my husband, Brian, and I made together.
Don't you know how cold it is there?
Uh, yeah I do. Having lived in Montreal and Wisconsin, I'd like to think that I can handle winter, but I am already shivering thinking of those -40 days.
When do you go and when will you come back?
We move into our new place mid-August and I will be back in Toronto/Montreal/Ottawa often for work and leisure.
Did you find somewhere to live there?
Yes! We took a whirlwind trip last month and found a lovely apartment in the city. I'm excited to move in and decorate it.
How are you feeling about moving again?
Given that this will be my ninth move in less than three years and I relocated many times before that too, I can totally understand why people ask this question. This move is quite different because it's the most "permanent" move we've done in a while. Brian landed his dream job and we are both very excited for him to start a new phase of his career in Edmonton, so there are no plans to pick up and go again anytime soon.
What does this mean for your business?
In many ways, I am tempted to reply to this question with one big question mark myself! But no, I do have answers. For my current clients, all of whom should be aware of my move by now, I will be travelling back east for any previously booked shoots. I will definitely be taking more bookings any time I travel, whenever possible, and will be posting my travel dates when I have availability in different cities. I will also be preparing for a relaunch of my business in Alberta, so you can expect to see a lot of fun changes and new projects in the coming months.
If you have friends in Ontario or Quebec who you know were considering booking me, please assure them I am still taking work in these provinces. I will be regularly posting my travel dates so that people can book around existing travel if they wish and avoid travel fees that way. Also, if you have any friends in Alberta or British Columbia looking for a photographer, please feel free to pass on my name.
What are looking forward to about Edmonton?
Many things, actually. Living in a much bigger apartment and dreaming of buying a home one day. Finally being able to get a dog in the next little while. Long summer days where the sun doesn't set until almost 11pm. Exploring new libraries. Finding new favourite restaurants, coffee shops and bars. Walking or biking in the river valley. Making new friends. Having the opportunity to reinvent my business. Going on road trips throughout the province. Being close to family and friends on the west coast. A new beginning in general!
What scares you?
Also, many things! Very short winter days with little sun. Winters so cold that you apparently have to plug your car in in order for it to start. Being a new fish in a new pond as a business owner (again). Missing family and friends. The usual fears and doubts and questions about any big move.
I want to thank all of you for reading and I hope you'll join me on this next adventure. I promise to share lots of new work and stories along the way.
Last summer, Courtney and Colin paddled into Algonquin Park with just a tiny group of loved ones and tied the knot amid the pristine lakes and deep woods. Come spring, they decided to make things official in a church in Toronto so that Courtney's lovely grandmother could be witness to their vows. I was honoured to be invited along to document the short but sweet proceedings of the day. Colin and Courtney, thank you so much for asking me to accompany you on that bright and windy day. It was a pleasure to meet your families and observe this moment in your love story with my camera. All the best of luck with everything you guys have going on. You are both such inventive, energetic and driven people and I can't wait to see what you do next!
Cambium Farms, one of the newest and most exciting venues in Southern Ontario, recently held an Open House to showcase their beautiful facilities. This event was attended by brides and grooms who have upcoming weddings at Cambium Farms and is designed to be a source of ideas and inspiration as they plan their celebrations. The venue's many spaces are set up as they would be on a wedding day to help couples and their guests visualize the décor and planning possibilities open to them. Guests walk through the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception areas and are able to view the work of some of Cambium Farms' preferred vendors along the way.
The creative and logistical geniuses behind this event were Jennifer and Jenna (below) of The Event Room. They worked alongside the Cambium Farms team to dream up the design and styling vision and to round up a group of vendors who would be sure make the event truly spectacular.
Venue: Cambium Farms // Event planning and styling: The Event Room // Photography: Dallas Curow Photography // Floral design: Cedar & Stone // Furniture rentals: Vintage Rentals and Chair-man Mills // Paper goods: Elemenopee Design // Cakes: Crumb & Berry // Balloons: Sugargirlee & Co. // Chargers, goblets and bar cart: Plate Occasions // Lighting design: Cayuga Creative and Technical Services // Catering: Cabral Catering and Daniel et Daniel // Photobooth: Digital Dreams