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Ajax Portrait Photographer – Fine Art Portraits – Ajax, Ontario


So here it is. My New Year’s Resolution; a classic portrait of me that represents me; eclectic-vintage-bohemian and somewhat inspired by the early 20th century (the time period I absolutely love). {And yes, I did have my makeup/hair professionally done and yes I have done some touch ups in Photoshop…Mama doesn’t wake up like this)

There were a couple of reasons behind my new year’s resolution to get in front of the camera. The first was that I was starting to feel like a hypocrite telling my clients to relax and just be themselves when I wasn’t able to do that myself. I just didn’t feel comfortable having my photo taken. So metaphorically speaking, it was time for the doctor to become the patient.

However, having a portrait taken of myself was also important for personal reasons as I want to be proud of the woman I am now and capture that. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a self-indulgent selfie every now and then and I’m obviously not embarrassed to be in photos (friends would not describe me as shy), but I wanted something professional and classic that will exist in print for my kids to dig out of a box one day.

It was a shoot I did for a family friend’s 80 year old mother that made me realize how important this is; last May Donna asked me to come photograph her mother (Wini) at the nursing home where she lived.  Wini had been struggling with Alzheimer’s disease for quite a number of years and accordingly she still had some good days but those days were occuring less often. Donna wanted to capture her mom on one of her good days while her mom was still able to remember her and reminisce. I asked Donna to bring some old photo albums so that they could look through them together to help Wini remember the past. When the portraits of both women taken in their younger years were brought out I had an Oprah “A-HA” moment; I was reminded of one of the many reasons why I love photography so much and why it is SOOOOOO important to have tangible print copies of photographs and to actually BE IN THEM (as most moms are usually taking the photos these days). This was it! It was time for me to start exploring the realm of portraiture and to find a professional printer to ensure archival prints are made. So for the past year I have been studying the technique of one of my favourite portrait photographers and have been working away on my own style of fine art portraits. So here it is, my first fine art portrait of myself which will be professionally printed and matted and placed in a folio box along with other special family portraits for us to look back on in 40 years time.

Website link to more of Laurel’s fine art portraits:

Link to my blog entry on Wini & Donna’s session:


Makeup: Makeup Art by Simone

Photograph & styling: Laurel Leaf Photography



Life is beautiful. Capture it.


The inspirational photos:

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Ajax Portrait Photographer