Summer Glow Photoshoot- Revealed!!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on November 5, 2009

Untitled.ddddddddddddHey everyone!

What a crazy busy week this has been. Sorry for my MIA status yesterday. I was just itching to post, but time was not allowing me to!

If you remember, back in the summer I ran the Summer Glow Boot Camp! The top prize was a photoshoot with the amazingly talented Dave and Charlotte!


Dave and Charlotte shot our engagement (view slideshow here):

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As well as our wedding (view slideshow here). We also did some fun Bridal Modeling with them too!


What they do is truly outstanding work to say the least.

As a bonus, they are also super friendly, down to earth, and just all around cool people to hang out with. Oh and did I mention they are also engaged and super in love? Ok, I’ll stop gushing now! :D

Sarah was the winner of the photoshoot and I am happy to reveal some of our favourite shots of the day!

First, this was Sarah’s winning entry for the contest:

Dear Dave and Charlotte,

As a Toronto native, I was immediately struck by the beauty you capture in local settings before noticing people! I attribute this to the Landscape Architecture graduate program I’m currently completing. I was never content with Toronto. We take many field trips there year-round. Visit new sites such as the Brickworks and Tommy Thompson park continually shows its its magic! There’s no ocean or mountains – but I’m finally seeing a metropolis humbly boasting 1st place for multi-culturalism in Canada! In your Toronto pictures, I proudly recognize parks and locations. Wow, what vision! You seamlessly use lighting to create moods from dreamy to hot&steamy to vibrant to dreamy.

I am Indian+African by heritage. Growing up in Toronto (I’m 23!) I was the odd one out because of my culture/celebrations and skin tone. I’m beginning to embrace my distinct, strong, unique heritage and celebrate it from within, to glow outside. I’m appreciating my distinct features and feel prettier everyday based on my own honest opinions, not what others think. I’m petite but have enviable tanned skin, full lips, large and dark fawn eyes and thick straight black hair and eyelashes! Soon my inner glow will never be dimmed, but spread to show as my outer confident aura. D&C, you are so talented in depicting the cultural vibrancy and quirks of Indian celebrations. Everyone looks beautiful. Your pictures speak to the viewer. Capturing in film my features and Indian heritage as a backdrop  in my native city will allow me to celebrate myself and my culture, and announce that I AM beautiful and proud of my ‘differences.’ The photos will be like bottling the moment of change toward self appreciation, to announce my future holds nothing but a positive, confident outlook.

Sarah ended up winning the contest (by a reader poll) and I am happy to show you the shots from the photoshoot!!! They turned out incredible. Right out of a fashion magazine!


PS- I love those shoes…!!! Must get some asap!



I think this is my fav shot!!!!!


I could so see that in Vogue!


This is one of my favs!!


If that isn’t a summer glow I don’t know what is!!!!!! She is just glowing, isn’t she???


Here is what Sarah said about her experience:

Hi Angela!

Dave and Charlotte were a great team! They worked incredibly well together and made me feel comfortable right from the start, when Charlotte greeted me with a big hug. When we arrived on site, several film crew trailers were parked along the curb. Perhaps I got mistaken for a celebrity during my shoot… haha ;) The photographer from the crew recognized Dave right away!

To start off our session, Charlotte specially did my makeup for photography!! I really appreciated this. Thanks Charlotte! I felt comfortable immediately and I’ve never done anything like this before. Charlotte is a pro in posing/staging so I trusted and followed her cues. I wouldn’t have had a clue what to do otherwise. They had me laughing, entertained and relaxed the whole shoot. I was willing to try anything they suggested and was glad we shot at a few different spots on site. It was so cool to be part of a professional photo shoot and see how it’s done. Their talent and love for what they do, and their focus on lighting from the way i was staged to taking test shots was so apparent through the whole shoot. I’m so grateful for this opportunity, and to have worked with Dave and Charlotte specifically!

Thanks for the compliments on my pictures Angela. My favourites were at the lion + on the bridge. Their eye for detail is impeccable.. I love the posing at the lion and how the geometry of the bridge plays off my shoes! I’ve never felt THIS good looking at pictures of myself!!! I had so much fun with them and am honestly so grateful for this opportunity. Just like you, I’m hoping for an opportunity for another photoshoot soon. I’ve never had that much fun being in front of a camera! :)

Thanks again for everything. And happy 1 year blog-iversary! Happy Hallowe’en!


A huge thank you to the amazing Dave and Charlotte for so generously donating this Photoshoot for the contest! I am so thrilled because I feel like this contest achieved exactly what it was supposed to- to encourage women to feel comfortable in their own skin and to embrace their GLOW!

If you guys haven’t checked out Dave and Charlotte‘s blog you definitely should! They post all about their amazing shoots and travels all over the world. I’m super addicted and stalk their site frequently. haha. ;)


Have you ever had professional pictures taken of yourself? Did they meet your expectations?


What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him.
– Louis L. Mann

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 5, 2009 at 11:47 am

OHMIGOSH!! Absolutely stunning photos!! I have had photo shoots done before my fitness competitions – they were so much fun and I love the pics!


katherine November 5, 2009 at 12:01 pm

The first time I had pro photos taken (since my Glamour Shot days in grade school) was for a session I did as a gift to my husband. Some funny, some sweet, all lovely! The photographer and her husband shot our wedding too and all of the photos were spectacular!


Kate November 5, 2009 at 12:09 pm

I had professional photos taken as a hair model for Aveda once. The shoot was really fun, and I was super impressed with how the photos turned out. I love my hair, and it never looked better than it did on that day :)


Susan November 5, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Agreed – stunning! This was such a fabulous idea for a contest. I think getting pictures like this would be SUCH a confidence booster (not to mention fun!). Now Sarah has these photos to look back on to remind herself of her inner glow at any time ;)


Valerie November 5, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Those are such beautiful pictures!

The closest thing I’ve had to professional pictures are graduation and school photos. I just had my university grad pics taken on Tuesday, so I haven’t seen the proofs yet but the photographer kept telling me I photograph well so I’m optimistic that they’ll turn out well!


Jocelyn November 5, 2009 at 12:17 pm

wow…amazingly gorgeous photos!!! And yes she IS glowing!! Those look like they are right out of a fashion magazine and a beautiful model to boot <3


Shannon, Tropical Eats November 5, 2009 at 12:21 pm

These are GREAT!!!!!!!! Ah what a great pair of photographers :) Love your cute engagement shots too!

Sarah, you are gorgeous!!


Mellissa November 5, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Sarah is beautiful! What a great set of pictures. I did a boudoir session as a wedding gift for my husband and I love how they turned out, we had the same photographer do our engagement pictures and I love those!


Janna (Just Flourishing) November 5, 2009 at 12:29 pm


So stunning. :)


Jenny November 5, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I had them done for my Senior Photos in high school and they were awful. The make up was completely unnatural looking and I posed in some awkward positions with a fan in my face…not worth it. But for my cousin’s wedding the professional photos and makeup application were so much better! Guess things get better as you age :)


Diana November 5, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Great photos!!! She’s a STUNNER!


Emily November 5, 2009 at 12:40 pm

What a beautiful woman!

Sarah get yourself a blog so we can see more of you!


Eliana >^..^ November 5, 2009 at 12:44 pm

OMG…those pictures are outstanding!! I love your wedding pictures, your engagement pictures…you are such a pro model! ;o)

I did some modeling/acting 4 years ago, it is not what I would like to be doing now since I love my job (working with animals) however it was a cool and fun experience.

I RSSed to their site, and will look forward to looking at some more wonderful pics.

Have a wonderful day.


Lizzie November 5, 2009 at 12:56 pm

She is just gorgeous!!! This is the kind of woman that should be in a magazine or on some sort of photo shoot – real, genuine . . . you can just tell from the pics. Sarah – congrats!!


Krista November 5, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Love the pics, and I MUST know where she got those shoes!!


Leah @ Simply fabulous November 5, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Beautiful photos! Sarah looks absolutely stunning!!


Chrysta November 5, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Great photos! I love the fact that they look so natural! No one posed or set up. Just very real and oh so beautiful. I love them!! Great idea=)


Kris | November 5, 2009 at 1:13 pm

These are amazing! What a wonderful Idea and how beautiful does Sarah Look! I love it :)


Stephanie November 5, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Absolutely beautiful!


Jenna November 5, 2009 at 1:32 pm

I had some professional photos taken of me a few years back. And wow, I don’t think I’ve ever looked better, lol.

These photos are breathtaking!


Diana November 5, 2009 at 1:42 pm

So awesome. She’s beautiful! Congrats to her, I’m glad it was a great experience. :)


::christine:: November 5, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Okay Angela, Do you sometimes have to pinch yourself? Your engagement photos OH MY GOODNESS! Who has a life like yours? You are beautiful, your husband is darling, your cat is adorable, your house is amazing, – You are my patron saint girlie as with all that you have you are down to earth and have a big heart. Way to go to your OSGMOM =)


::christine:: November 5, 2009 at 2:41 pm

P.S. I’m ready to fly to Canada just to have a photoshoot with that couple!

oh! and Sarah – you look beautiful and boy did you glo girl!


Whitney @ Lettuce Love November 5, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Wonderful pics!


christina November 5, 2009 at 3:25 pm

ohmygod someone needs to put those in a magazine STAT


[email protected] November 5, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Wow, these are simply STUNNING!!! I absolutely love great photography. My friend is looking into destination weddings and I told her maybe now she look further north rather than south and head to Toronto! Thanks for sharing!


rebecca lustig November 5, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Hi, gorgeous!
All i can say is W O W. You have such a natural, refreshing and classic beauty to you, congrats on the photos!

I have totally done the professional photo deal for bat mitzvahs and what not– not that it counts for much, hehe.

I hope you have a glorious afternoon


Paige @ Running Around Normal November 5, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Wow what amazing photos!! Sarah’s shoot is breath taking!! Congrats, Sarah:)


Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) November 5, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Sarah’s so pretty! I love the pictures!


Anne P November 5, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Sarah you look gorgeous!! Awesome pictures :) Love your outfit, too!


Amanda November 5, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Sarah looks beautiful! She is glowing : ) (those shoes are fab!)


Jolene November 5, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Those are all such beautiful photos! My hubby and I had professionals take our engagement and wedding photos, but we were not happy with them at all.


Jil November 5, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Absolutely stunning photos!!


Kelsey November 5, 2009 at 9:53 pm

beautiful!!! the photos are absolutely gorgeous!!


Julia November 5, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Fab. photographs! Sarah looks beautiful, happy and stylish! I’m sure she’ll treasure the day and the photos for years to come. Nothing makes a girl happier than some great photos ;)


Sarah November 6, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Thank you everyone, for your wonderful comments! And many thanks to Angela, Dave and Charlotte!


Avangardphoto April 19, 2016 at 11:54 am

Nice photos. Thanks for sharing.


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