Alex | Social Media

I am totally digging these social media shoots. For my models, it’s definitely one of those “treat yo’ self” type moments, as it’s always nice to have a few nice photos of yourself (that aren’t selfies). Today, Alex and I headed out to Alexander Grove Park in Stittsville to walk along the path. It had just rained, so it was a bit of a sticky walk, but still very nice!

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We then head to Tanger Outlet mall for a few more shots…

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We had a nice time taking some very casual photos and catching up since we hadn’t seen each other in well over 10 years.

Disclaimer:

All photos have been taken by me (Jennifer Rapkins). If you require these photos for any reason, they must maintain the watermark logo or email to discuss licensing details including written permission from the model(s).

Please email me at: jennifer_rapkins@hotmail.com

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Andrew | Motorcycle

I had a long time friend approach me about some photos of him with his motorcycle. I had never had the opportunity to take photos of moving vehicles (well, on a professional scale) before, so I was super excited for the chance. He joked that the only photo he had with his bike was a photo someone snapchatted to him, so I guess it’s time for an upgrade, eh?

We started with a drive in Gatineau Park…

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We then made our way over to Aviation Parkway…

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Well, there ya have it! So much fun (and now I REALLY need a bike of my own)!!

Disclaimer:

All photos have been taken by me (Jennifer Rapkins). If you require these photos for any reason, they must maintain the watermark logo or email to discuss licensing details including written permission from the model(s).

Please email me at: jennifer_rapkins@hotmail.com

Whitney | Boudoir

Whitney private messaged me on Facebook “Um, have you done boudoir?”
“Nope, but I’d love to try!”

A new experience for both of us, I was super happy with the results!

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My favourite, right here:

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It was a pleasure to work with Whitney on this, she is a natural model!

Disclaimer:

All photos have been taken by me (Jennifer Rapkins). If you require these photos for any reason, they must maintain the watermark logo or email to discuss licensing details including written permission from the model(s).

Please email me at: jennifer_rapkins@hotmail.com

Maternity | Cassandra + Roy

I met Cassandra through a cosplay group, and we’ve become very close over the past few months! Her partner in crime Roy was very excited to hear that Cassie was interested in getting some maternity photos done, until he found out he had to be in them. Haha! He was cool as a cucumber though, and they were both fun to photograph!

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It was such a great day for the photo shoot, it was warm out!

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Haha, I love this photo. Cass’s “Bitch, please” look 😉

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Cassandra really wanted to wear her tartan, very cool! 🙂

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It was a real pleasure working with Cassandra and Roy. They were a lot of fun and great sports considering they’ve never been in a photoshoot before. What a treat! 🙂

Disclaimer:

All photos have been taken by me (Jennifer Rapkins). If you require these photos for any reason, they must maintain the watermark logo or email to discuss licensing details including written permission from the model(s).

Please email me at: jennifer_rapkins@hotmail.com

Mahogany Cosplay | League of Legends

Mahogany and I met in a cosplay group and have gotten to know each other over the past few months. It’s a real pleasure when I get to know fellow cosplayer’s, I love making new friends and also I think cosplay groups are an awesome opportunity to share techniques and skills. During one of our meetings we were discussing photography when it was brought up that I have and enjoy doing cosplay photography.

So here we are!

When Mahogany mentioned she was cosplaying Sejuani from League of Legends, I was very excited by the opportunity to do a winter shoot at Petrie Island  with her. Her costume was incredibly well done, and she looked bad-ass!

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If you’re familiar with LoL at all, her character rides a large boar… but of course that can be difficult to come across with our resources. So, she opted for a little stuffed pig, and telling the story of how Sejuani met her boar. Cute eh? 🙂

I should add, her weapon actually lights up (LED) but with being outside it wouldn’t have captured well. Super cool feature though!

dayum gurl.

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The sun hit just right on this one – loooove it. Look at all the detail on her suit…amazing!

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I tried really hard to avoid civilization for these photos. It was a very cold day out (which means, less people out!), but she was a trooper to make the sacrifice for awesome character shots.

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Disclaimer:

All photos have been taken by me (Jennifer Rapkins). If you require these photos for any reason, they must maintain the watermark logo or email to discuss licensing details including written permission from the cosplayer.

Please email me at: jennifer_rapkins@hotmail.com

 

Blunt Hair Studio | Feature

Hey everyone!

Happy New Year!

I meant to get this out sooner, but alas, other things crept up on me pretty quickly! Today I am featuring Blunt Hair Studio in Kingston, ON. My cousin Erica is a very talented hair stylist, and she had asked for some photos of her in action so as my mom and I head out to Kingston, naturally the camera is in tow.

The studio is right off of Princess St., a great location! It had this very fun loft appeal, intimate, and fun. As we’re greeted with tea and coffee, we were instantly thrown into a positive energy space, and great people.

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Loved the cool brick wall, incorporating the historical part of Kingston, while adding some bling and other modern touches to the space.

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Tried to be sneaky with getting photos of Marie and Jonno (the owners) while they were with their clients. I did not want to intrude or make their clients feel uncomfortable. : )

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A very intimate touch, Marie sits down to cut her clients hair. Brilliant!

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Couldn’t resist capturing some of the Christmas touches they did, with their graffiti chalkboard in the back (awesome!).

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All I have to say, I wish I could have gotten a photo of this lady’s firey hair after… it looked am-MA-zing.

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Everything was fantastic – make sure to check them out! They are a fun group of people : )

 

Stone Cold Creations

Long time friends with Courtney (since grade 9 art class), I’ve been an admirer of her art work and jewellery. While she works towards her Phd, AND (magically!) travels to many conventions to sell her product. Her ability to do all of that blows my mind sometimes. Her hard work certainly pays off.

We got together on this beautiful snowy (albeit, a little windy) day to snap some photos of her more recent jewellery that she’s looking to expand selling online. We also snapped some portraits of the artist [aka: Courtney] as the model so potential buyers could see what the sizing is like realistically. Courtney was a fantastic model! She doesn’t even look like she was cold! Haha!

Diablo potions (or generic health/mana potions), 2 sizes.

She has a series of Harry Potter potion necklaces, but here’s a couple to start you off!

DnD necklaces!

The blue bracelet here was featured in the 2016 Geek Market Artist Scholarship competition and won!

A couple samples of her wide variety D20 earrings. Also, yes, that “wine” is very vibrant. It is, in fact, fruit punch. : )

A more masculine D20 necklace and also earrings with classes and races, so you can pick and choose your preference. Very fun idea!

Stud earrings, and rings also available!

Now I get to feature the artist herself…

Ahhh! So adorable. I love how casual her energy is. Also, the snow was not photoshopped, it was all natural!

There were so many fantastic photos of her, I really had a hard time slimming it down to put on the blog! If you’re interested in seeing more, make sure to visit her Facebook page.

Disclaimer:

All photos have been taken by me (Jennifer Rapkins). If you require these photos for any reason, they must maintain the watermark logo or email to discuss licensing details including written permission from the model(s).

Please email me at: jennifer_rapkins@hotmail.com

Mommy & Me | Boys will be boys

At our family Thanksgiving dinner, my cousin had asked if I could take some photos of her and her son since she didn’t have any updated photos. I was totally up for the challenge… kids aren’t usually my forte. I figured it wouldn’t be so bad, my [second] cousin Seth, age 7, generally looooves being in front of the camera so I figured it wouldn’t be so bad. When we got out to her step-father’s backyard and we were ready to start taking photos…

“no photos.”

We were both totally shocked. I would never force anyone into photos, but Erica and I really wanted to do it. We negotiated with him, that I would just take photos – but he could just be himself, he was ok with that. No posing. So here are the results of 100% candid photos…

He grabbed every large stick he could find to hit the grass with it… oh boy!

Look at him go!!

He eagerly wanted the broken down vehicle to start… obviously you can tell mama is proud of him anyway!

I love the photo of him stepping into the woods. Right before this he was looking to see if he could go in… Erica pipes up that he shouldn’t go in there. He whips around “I’m just looking!” and just when Erica and I turn away from him slightly to chat, he does this. Haha! What a cheeky boy!

That smile…!!! He’s a natural charmer!

We all had a lot of fun with this and it was nice to spend time with them. They’ll be great photos to reflect on when he gets bigger! Crazy!

Disclaimer:

All photos have been taken by me (Jennifer Rapkins). If you require these photos for any reason, they must maintain the watermark logo or email to discuss licensing details including written permission from the models.

Please email me at: jennifer_rapkins@hotmail.com

 

Eliza & Salman Engagement

I’ve known Eliza for a long time, and it was really nice of her to contact me about shooting an engagement session for her and her fiance Salman. In respect to family wishes we kept everything very family friendly. She really wanted to take photos with beautiful scenery, and we both live so close to the Vimy Bridge (the Earl-Armstrong/Strandherd bridge), which also has a little connection to Chapman Mills Conservatory. Integrating this formal style surrounded with stunning scenery really called for some gorgeous photos of this super adorable couple!

Eliza is adorable because she laughs at everything…
…and Salman is adorable because he laughs when she does!

Salman has great taste in jewellery, doesn’t he??

The blanket (officially referred to as a ‘Ketha’) this ring is on is her grandmother’s family heirloom, and wanted to integrate it into some photos. It’s a traditional way of making quilts, which consists of her grandmother’s old saree’s.

Disclaimer:

All photos have been taken by me (Jennifer Rapkins). If you require these photos for any reason, they must maintain the watermark logo or email to discuss licensing details including written permission from the couple.

Please email me at: jennifer_rapkins@hotmail.com

Queen Ravenna | Jessica Rousseau Cosplay

Cosplay photo shoot: Achievement unlocked.

I am so excited because I finally got to shoot the very talented Jessica Rousseau with her Evil Ravenna (The Huntsman: Winter’s War). Her dress and OH MY GOD that cape was dripping in beautiful details and I sincerely hope I did it justice.

Side note: I had a little fun trying my hand at composites with the feature image, haha. Practice makes perfect, but that was more for fun.

Among my favourites, I couldn’t decide which one I liked more… so I had to put in both! haha.

Costume close up features…

I love that I captured both her character (deliciously evil), and also Jessica’s personality. I really wanted that “evil but innocent” photo energy… creating a far more dramatic effect, and a beautiful elegance (just like Charlize Theron!). As a cosplayer, I really wanted to make sure she had lots of images of her costume, details etc. but also the character too! She was a beauty to shoot with, and I hope I have the opportunity again in the future!

Disclaimer:

All photos have been taken by me (Jennifer Rapkins). If you require these photos for any reason, they must maintain the watermark logo or email to discuss licensing details including written permission from the cosplayer.

Please email me at: jennifer_rapkins@hotmail.com