Phoenix + Cassidy: Love in the Rain
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by Emilie Berthiaume
3w ago
I recently had the pleasure of photographing the engagement of Phoenix and Cassidy at Meegan, on a day that was quintessentially Victoria – rainy, hazy, and absolutely magical. The overcast sky gave the park an ethereal quality, making the greens pop vibrantly against the mist. It was an incredible setting to capture the love and connection between Phoenix and Cassidy. Despite the rain, the park was alive with a unique, tranquil energy. The leaves danced gently as the rain kissed their surfaces, creating a serene backdrop that was perfect for the shoot. Phoenix and Cassidy were naturals in fro ..read more
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Celebrating Trans Joy: A Magical Post-Top Surgery Photoshoot
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by Emilie Berthiaume
1M ago
In a world where trans lives are often marginalized and erased, capturing and celebrating moments of trans joy is an act of defiance and love. Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to photograph local Drag legeng Olive (@olivethistea) in a shoot that was nothing short of magical, marking their journey post-top surgery. Inspired by Hozier's "Like Real People Do," this shoot was a testament to the ethereal, powerful, and holy nature of trans joy. The Vision Behind the Shoot The keywords that guided this shoot were: ethereal, god-like, stillness, and powerful. Olive’s vision was clear and ca ..read more
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Caitlin: Embracing the Foggy Mystique
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by Emilie Berthiaume
1M ago
Caitlin strolls through the mist, a vision of ethereal beauty amidst the fog-laden trails. Her hair, a vibrant hue of blueish green, adds a touch of whimsy to the serene landscape. I love capturing her natural movement; it's all about embracing the moment and letting Caitlin's authentic self shine through. In our chats before the shoot, Caitlin emphasized comfort and naturalness. We wanted to keep it real, no stiff poses or forced smiles. As a transgender photographer, creating a safe and inclusive space for everyone is at the heart of what I do. I'm passionate about capturing people's essence ..read more
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Niko and Bennett: Silly and Cute enGAYgement Shenanigans
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by Emilie Berthiaume
1M ago
Niko and Bennett, two vibrant souls deeply in love, embarked on a delightful adventure to capture their enGAYgement in all its silly and cute glory. From their engagement on a summer road trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon, to Niko's heartwarming proposal at a Hozier concert, their journey has been nothing short of magical. For this shoot, we aimed to highlight the sweet balance of edgy and soft that defines Niko and Bennett's relationship. They love to break traditional gender roles, infusing their moments with authenticity and joy. We ventured to Cattle Point in Victoria, BC, on Lekwungen territor ..read more
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Mariel: Capturing Chaos at the Sad Girl Birthday Party
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by Emilie Berthiaume
1M ago
Mariel, a vibrant artist and creative soul, stepped into Cinderbloc Studios in Victoria's Lekwungen territory, bringing their unique vision to life in a whirlwind of colors, confetti, and cakes. As a queer and trans photographer, I thrive on capturing the essence of fellow artists like Mariel, whose dynamic energy and playful spirit shine through in every frame. Our shoot was themed around a "sad girl birthday," where Mariel unabashedly embraced rebellion and whimsy amidst a backdrop of spilled cereal, balloons, and party supplies. Against the lush greenery of Cinderbloc's plant wall, Mariel's ..read more
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Isla Van Damme: Embracing Purple Passion in the Heart of Chinatown
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by Emilie Berthiaume
1M ago
Isla Van Damme, also known as @islavandamme, brought their vibrant energy to Studio 549 in Chinatown, "Victoria" located on Lekwungen territory, and the result was pure magic. As a queer and trans photographer, I love collaborating with fellow creatives like Isla, who exude passion and authenticity in every frame. During our shoot, Isla's love for purple inspired us to experiment with unconventional color palettes, adding a playful twist to the photos. From their captivating bunny-themed ensemble to the ethereal crystal crown, each shot captured Isla's dynamic essence as a multi-talented gende ..read more
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Georgia: Creative Headshots with a Legally Blonde Twist
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by Emilie Berthiaume
1M ago
Life has a funny way of bringing unexpected surprises. Recently, I had the joy of collaborating with the talented @georgiatooke for a headshot session that was anything but ordinary. Inspired by the iconic Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, we infused fun, flair, and a bit of cinematic magic into Georgia's professional headshots. A Nostalgic Return and a Creative Session Georgia trusted me to capture her professional headshots, and we had an absolute blast creating some magic together. Returning to the studio where I hosted my first art show a year before, this session felt like a full-circle mom ..read more
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Nic: Radiating Trans Joy at Sunrise
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by Emilie Berthiaume
1M ago
In a recent portrait session, I had the pleasure of photographing Nic, capturing the beauty of who they are in this moment. With the sun rising over the tranquil waters, we set out to celebrate Nic's journey and capture moments of trans joy and authenticity. We met by the water after sunrise, greeted by unexpected sunshine and calm waves. It was a perfect day to embrace the simple joys of life. From the rocky shoreline of Saxe Point Park to the breathtaking scenery illuminated by the morning light, every moment was an opportunity to celebrate Nic's journey. As we walked along the water's edge ..read more
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Capturing Love: A Surprise Engagement Shoot by the Ocean
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by Emilie Berthiaume
1M ago
I had the incredible opportunity to photograph the cutest surprise engagement, and it was an experience I'll never forget. As I sat in the grass, pretending to read but really just anxiously flipping through pages, my heart pounded with anticipation. Then, in a moment that seemed to freeze time, I witnessed a beautiful proposal by the ocean. The love between Yolanda and Zoe was palpable, and being trusted to capture that moment was an honour I hold dear to my heart. From the nervous excitement to the overwhelming joy, every emotion was beautifully expressed as they took the next step in their ..read more
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SHAG: A Vibrant Night to Remember
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by Emilie Berthiaume
1M ago
SHAG. The name itself evokes a sense of excitement, of energy waiting to burst forth. And burst forth it did, in a whirlwind of vibrant colors, pulsating beats, and boundless creativity. As a photographer privileged to capture the essence of SHAG, I found myself swept away by the sheer magic of it all. From the moment I stepped into the bustling streets of Chinatown Victoria, I knew this night would be unlike any other. The heart of SHAG was undoubtedly Ruby's Peepshow—a traveling spectacle that brought a touch of whimsy to Lekwungen Territory. As attendees mingled near the enchanting trailer ..read more
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