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It’s here! D.I.Y. Summer Sessions!

DIY Summer Sessions are something I try to do every year. This is the first year I am promoting and giving it a name.


It’s quite simple! You book your session! We pick a look. You go home, plan it out and rehearse. Day of photo session, you deck yourself out, style your hair, put on your bling, show up for your session, pose and we capture you for 30-60 minutes.


I designed this session for those who have difficulty affording a professional photographer for great photographs. This session eliminates large costs such as, studio time, styling, hairstylists and makeup artists. You can do it all on your own and let me capture what you created.

Email me at info@genemariephotography.com or visit my contact page


Creatives: Casting Call: Models, MUA’s and Hairstylists


I had a fantastic weekend, visiting Hamilton, Ontario. I never like the city, but I discovered an incredible world there and now I know why a good amount of artists, head out here.

Having discovered the gorgeous layout of specific areas in Hamilton, Ontario. I am looking to shoot in the Hamilton area this Spring and Summer.

I am looking for a team to collaborate with to turn a group of series I have planned into photographs.


I am looking for male and female models who are looking to create or add to their portfolio. Your aspiration must be to become a model, this isn’t for those looking to model for ‘fun.’  This is for those looking to create their very first modeling portfolio to start ones career or to simply update your portfolio for today’s market.

Height 5’8″+
Weight: Lean, lean muscular, muscular

Height: None
Weight: Not really picky. I would be happy to work with plus models.

Experience: Some sort of experience is required, the best is just being a hard worker. You need to have talent and ability to convey ideas and create it or pose yourself (you will be mildly assisted). Sessions times will be short so there will not be much time for coaching.

I am looking for hairstylists and makeup artists who are looking to add to their portfolio. With a strong ability and a unique style. A talent with male and female models.

I am looking for someone to photograph and take brief video during meetings and during photo sessions. You need to be charismatic and focused on creating in order to work with multiple personalities and understand the creative process.

Hairstylist/MUA/Ass. Compensation: Digital and Photo Prints
Model Compensation: This is not a paid gig. Model Packages including premium level images, are offered at a discounted price.


How to Apply:

Email me, be sure to tell me what position you are applying for, your age, experience, link to your work or attach files and introduce yourself, say hi, tell me a line or two about you, your style, goals or why you’re applying.

CONTACT: info@genemariephotography.com


Or use this form:

Models in image: Jillian Siu, Nadya Ekler & Bartholomew Hoxha

Photo of the Night: Took a stroll through high park.

Hopped on the bus and then the subway. Had to check out a new neighborhood. So much foot traffic. Even a warm atmosphere at night.

Be inspired by the Photographer not just their Photographs


Everytime I see footage of L. Kim walking around with his camera, he reminds me of myself. Which is partially because I can’t follow myself around with a camera and I’ve never followed another photographer around and just watched them work. But the other part is because he has my  perspective as an artist.

He is at the age of 21…when I was 21 I was forcing my artistic brain to think like a science nerd in university. So it’s great to see someone at his age, doing what he loves to do. I tend to drool over his equipment as well…and repeat how he talks about doing what you love. The importance of loving what you do and inspiring others to do the same.

I thought I would make a brief post of the photographer and instead of being inspired by the photos of a photographer, it is quite essential to find a photographer you can view as a person. And be inspired by them as an individual…as an enttity born from the mother art form of photography.

With that said, this is a .gif from L. Kim’s interview…

Q: What do photos mean to L?

A: ”First of all, if I speak most generally, they’re memories. The things I experience now, I leave them as memories. Originally I thought that way. Photos are leaving behind memories. I thought like that at first, but lately the thoughts that come to me are that even though they’re memories of course, while I take pictures, day by day, I think I see my confidence grow a bit… a day passes, a month passes, as [time] continues to pass by more and more, when I take pictures, I feel like I always become more “me.”

Credit: http://pitdae.tumblr.com -

Credit for bottom photo of L. Kim…unknown.



I had planned to do a bohemian punk…which ended up turning more into a bohemian gypsy style, with daring bold colors, and it was fine!  It worked out beautifully.

I wanted to celebrate juvenesence. Just being who we are when we are young, our beauty, living our lives, taking in the beauty, standing in the sun being artists.

Jessica was a young, bright 16 at the time and the

theme suited her quite well. Her dreams are fresh and everything is happening for the first time. I wanted to do this series as when we are young we take for granted those years of being so young and having dreams.

As we age we lose that perspective and we’re forced and demanded to throw it away. But it’s important to stick to what you dream.



Just capture it at the start. The warm up and relax the atmosphere. Lighting: Natural. Reflector. No Flash.


The fun behind this shot is that Jessica is laying on a fountain, a pretty one in a park, water below us, I stood over her, the ledge was not large enough for the both of us lol. It took some tip toeing and balancing to get this shot. It took a few shots as well, got the tip of my shoe in a few of them lol! Thank goodness for digital. Lighting: Partly cloudy day with built in flash. ( I hate the built ins, but if you use it right, sometimes it truly compliments your photograph).


This was shot on the second day. It was cloudy and usually I would complain…but I love the lighting. So soft and calming.  I have been dying to get a shot right there, I love the way the trees look like an entrance into somewhere dreamy.  It suits the thoughts for this image, just remember that while you are young and have your ability to breathe and experience the greatness of life, which is in the little things…take a hold of it, reach for something. Lighting: Natural. Partly Cloudy. Reflector. No flash.

Lux’ – “While we have oceans…rivers that still bring us life. Reasons to dance in the moment. Hold onto your time.” – Jamie Swoon ‘Spirits’


Truthfully I wanted to shoot this due to the blowing bushes at the right and the wide pavement, I loved the contrast of the cloudy skies, murky green water and the pink cobble stone. I thought this is perfect. She leaned to the left as I asked and it was as if she became a part of the wind. Let your heart go where the wind takes it. Be true to yourself, make sure to have something pure in your life. Lighting: Natural. Cloudy. No flash.

“Let your heart go where the wind takes it.”


Although this shot has nothing ‘bright’ or ‘light’ like the quote I partnered with it. This one is more of the lines and her weight placement. The energy of the pose, the energy of dance running through her. We’ve all lived life with our struggles–hung onto those moments that don’t make any sense. Held our hearts when it aches. We can easily lose our footing and find a darkness in ourselves. Life is tough. It sucks. But there can be great moments, you can be a great moment. Find yourself, hold on to it, and shine bright. Lighting: Natural. Cloudy. No flash.

“In your heart let there be light. Let it shine bright.” – Gene Cuvier


Dive right into the classics. The arabesque. It’s one of the first things you learn in gymnastics and in dance. Elegance, it is needed in life. Learn the basics and you can fly in life. Live your dreams. I always wanted to shoot right here, with the stones, and it seemed so simple, so I went with the classic arabesque for a pose here, beautifully executed by the model. Lighting: Natural. Cloudy day, without flash.

“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance…” – Friedrich Nietzsche


I bought flowers for the shoot, and it suited her tone perfectly. The soft light hitting her face as she sat under the tree. It was the perfect moment. As we age, we lose the wonder that captivates us in our younger ages. The best thing to do is to hold onto it and never let go, as we are our purest in our youth. Stay true to who you are. Lighting: natural, in shade, with reflector balancing on my leg.

“Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.” – Friedrich von Schiller

And that’s it… hope you enjoyed! Keep true…

Equipment used : Medium reflector, Nikon D1300, 18-55mm

- Gene Cuvier