Locke-Taylor Magazine fall issue photo shoot

This summer, I had the pleasure to participate in an awesome shoot for Locke-Taylor Magazine, which featured Aboriginal designer – and owner of Demontigny Boutique – Angela Demontigny.

Locke-Taylor is a great fashion/lifestyle magazine based out of Hamilton (“The Hammer”), Ontario. I’d heard a lot of cool stuff about Hamilton’s art scene and its hip, youthful people; but it wasn’t until I was approached by photographer – and founder of Locke-Taylor – George Qua-Enoo that I’d experienced its coolness myself.

George assembled a team to create a kind of “woodland getaway” shoot to complement the magazine’s fall issue. I was to design – and style – the set for two shots, and collaborate with the team to create a bohemian, natural aesthetic.

We met on location - the beautiful Novak Equestrian stable in Waterdown, Ontario - with our tons of supplies and got right to our jobs.

The first shot: with assistance from the owner of Pretty Grit we styled a rich palette of burgundies, greens, purples and golds for an outdoor picnic set-up. I used a combination of props from my own personal collection and merchandise from Pretty GritDemontigny Boutique and Poppyseed Creative Living to design the shot, with draped fabrics, colourful vintage glassware, brass and gold hits, and nature itself as the background.

The second shot: to style the cabin scene, we had to Tetris all of our props (and team) onto an honest-to-goodness raft and go over to a small island. This shot was more eclectic, with a fun mix of props; and featured a range from vintage furniture, to greens that we gathered from the island, to bird feathers, deer antlers and Aboriginal art from Demontigny Boutique. It was an awesome challenge (and more so for the models, Jy and Carmella, who were in Angela's stylish – but hot – leather clothing designs.

To read more – including an interview with Angela Demontigny – and to see more beautiful shots, check out Locke-Taylor’s fall issue!