Toronto portrait photographer Valentines Day

UN-valentines Day Love To MoFos Who Screwed Sh*t Up

Toronto portrait photographer Valentines Day

Happy UN valentines Day

So. Today’s Valentines day huh? Eff that.

Why the edge? Simple:

There’s so much good- and not so good- emphasis on Valentines Day. So much hype about women being in a relationship, being in love, or at least with someone. Because that’s what women and men have been foolishly led to believe determines your worth.

You look around- people holding hands. Eskimo kissing. Buying each other what ever the “Valentines Day Sale” sign says to buy. Romantic dinners. Late night text-a-thons. Kinky sex stuff everywhere. As if this is the only season people get freaky (next to halloween, of course.)

So many people pretending to be happy. And a few that are genuinely in love. Bless them all, may they fulfill each others’ cravings for chocolate truffles.

But what about the OTHER half of the population?

What about the others who just got out of a shitty relationship? The ones who had a jerk face boyfriend? The gorgeous ladies that have so much to offer but men are intimidated to talk to them? What about the girls who just, for whatever reason- always attract mimbos or douchebags?

“I’ve been heartbroken. I’ve broken hearts. That’s part of life, and its part of figuring out who you are.” – Heidi Klum

Trust me ladies: You’re SO intelligent, classy and worth SO much more than most of us men lead you to believe. We’re idiots that way. We usually don’t figure it out until it’s too late and you’re Gone Til November.

Toronto portrait photographer UN Valentines Day

Even with that simply truth, I see too many wonderwomen placing their worth in “having a man.” Didn’t you hear what I just said? So. This series is to encourage you to seek love from WITHIN. It’s to remind you that you are sexy, and you don’t need some guy to reinforce that for you. YOU can do that yourself.

If you don’t truly fall in love with YOURSELF, and embrace your own inner sexy, then how will you expect to magnetize your partner?

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” — Maya Angelou

These photographs are to remind you of your POWER. To encourage women to be bold, be brave, and let your inner feline out. To stop doubting yourself because they said something to make you, well- doubt yourself. To remind you to have FUN! It’s OK to be playful, dangerous and frisky…

Toronto portrait photographer UN Valentines Day

You never needed his or her approval anyway, so good riddance. You are a bright, delicious star with megawatts of love to share. And the quotes from leading women in the world reinforce that.

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker

NOTE: These photographs aren’t “Hollywood.” This isn’t MAXIM. So if you’re looking for some over filtered, meticulously fabricated photoshopped women, this isn’t the post for you. Besides, I don’t have the patience or desire for days of post-production photography anyway.

These Toronto models are simply the REAL deal. Beautiful and brave (and awesome!) friends of mine who have BRAINS and TALENT to match their beauty.

==== SIDEBAR: Intelligence is sexy. My next Toronto photoshoot I think will be sexy bookworms… let me know if you’re interested ====

Some used this opportunity to overcome their insecurities being in front of the camera, and came out bolder and more confident because of it! They are truly kick ass chicks. The leather jackets represent toughness, resilience and a badass woman underneath. These ladies share their energy with you and encourage you to be the same.

Toronto model photographer UN Valentines Day

And, of course… these photographs are meant to tease stupid boys. Rub it in, just a little. Why? Because you can. Why not? Women have a command that men will never decipher. Use it to your advantage ladies, because most men can’t.

“A great figure or physique is nice, but it’s self-confidence that makes someone really sexy.” – Vivica Fox

Now all you Fellas, let this be a reminder to Get It Together. Treat her like the delicious princess she is or she’ll find a deserving prince faster than you can say Giddy Up. Take it from these ladies… you boys know that’s a ride you don’t want to miss.

-Shawn Byfield

Toronto photographer Shawn Byfield

Toronto model photographer UN Valentines Day

Toronto photographer Shawn Byfield

Toronto model photographer UN Valentines Day

Toronto photographer Shawn Byfield

Toronto photographer Shawn Byfield

Toronto photographer Shawn Byfield

Toronto photographer Shawn Byfield

Toronto photographer Shawn Byfield

Toronto photographer Shawn Byfield

Toronto photographer Shawn Byfield

Toronto photographer Shawn Byfield

Toronto photographer Shawn Byfield

Toronto photographer Shawn Byfield

Toronto photographer Shawn Byfield

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Toronto portrait photographer Shawn Byfield

A Toronto Portrait Photographer Is Closer Than You Think

Toronto portrait photographer Shawn Byfield

Throwback Thursday.

A few portrait photos of fabulously talented Lisa, from a Toronto portrait photography shoot we had 2 years ago. As Stevie Wonder says, Isn’t she lovely?

If you’re looking to get your portrait done and live near Toronto, guess what? So do I. Contact me today and let’s chat about a photography solution that fits your needs.

– Shawn Byfield

Toronto portrait photographer Shawn Byfield

Toronto portrait photographer Shawn Byfield

Toronto portrait photographer Shawn Byfield

Toronto portrait photographer Shawn Byfield

How My Favourite Photography Lenses Make YOU Look Incredible

favourite photography lensI’m a Canon user, but hardly ever use the standard kit lens that comes with the camera. Every photography professional knows kit lenses are just OK. And boring.

Instead, my personal two favourite lenses (for now) for photo shoots are:

  1. 50 mm prime lens from Canon, perfect for portraits because the shallowness really pulls focus on my subject, and
  2. 70 mm lens from Sigma, which captures a much sharper image than the prime, allows for me to be further away from my subject and still offers a good 4.0 aperture.

favourite photography lens

Knowing how to adjust your camera for different lighting conditions, environments and shutter speeds gives me more control over my photography. But investing in lenses can make a world of difference, makes your shots look incredible- and keeps shooting fun!

I have my eye on a couple more… stay tuned for more toys!

Toronto Photographer For Actors

Toronto Photographer For ActorsHere’s a few recent actor headshots in Toronto. If you need a Toronto photographer to launch your acting career, drop me a line TODAY. I can help.

Tell me they kind of roles you want to get? A popular doctor on a national TV series? A charming daytime soap star? Action hero? Hard ass detective? We’ll plan your Toronto photoshoot and wardrobe that fits the theme.

If you want to get on stage, television and film, it starts with a great headshot.

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