1.11.12

boots & pine

A few months ago I was contacted by photographer Arden Wray about a project she was working on called Boots & Pine. She asked if she could photograph me in my neighbourhood wearing a few different outfits, and after looking at her portfolio and meeting up with her for coffee (and discovering that Katie would be part of it as well), I decided it could be fun to participate. I almost chickened out of it since I am so (annoyingly) neurotic about being photographed, but the spirit of the project is so celebratory that I was honoured to take part. Arden describes Boots & Pine as “my love poem to Toronto and the creative, interesting people who populate its diverse neighbourhoods. As a photographer, this is the way that I can best express my fascination.” There’s an interview with her about it here.

It turns out Arden lived in a house around the corner from where I live last summer and had met Geoff while hanging out in the backyard. Also, I just realized that Mariel shares studio space with Kristiann, my wedding dress designer. Toronto is so tiny and funny that way. (If you read my Q&A, the reference to Binoo is an inside joke: Binoo is an orange tabby kitten who belongs to Arden’s little sister Ginger! Her dad’s yard is attached to ours and Binoo hangs out there sometimes. I’ve posted his picture on Instagram a few times.)

She launched the site today; take a look.







38 comments:

  1. So many good shots! I love this. One of these days I need to visit Toronto.

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  2. These are beautiful images, and really make me want to meet the subjects!

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  3. Girl, you look beautiful and the photos are wonderful.

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    1. Oh, thanks... Arden is really great at what she does.

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  4. A wonderful idea and the outcome is fabulous!

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  5. Baylen1.11.12

    so inspiring it hurts <3

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  6. Ahhh this project is so wonderful and such a great idea and you look so beautiful ad I want all of everyone's wardrobes...

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  7. *note to self: never bring any boyfriend to toronto*
    you all look so beautiful xmoira

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  8. Lovely project with so many beautiful, strong women.

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  9. These are so gorgeous!

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  10. i'd love to photograph alot of people.. "street style" i suppose. i think it's the most interesting thing. was it awkward getting photographed?

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    1. Yes! I hate being photographed. But Arden is pretty cool and we stuck to less conspicuous spots. It felt a little more natural than if I had been trying to pose. We just chatted and I stood there and she directed me on where to tilt my head, etc.

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  11. oh that's so much fun! i'm glad of the neighbourhood reference points, too....west queen west is just not the same fashion anything as little italy (or maybe even dufferin grove?!). style seems to be quite endemic to specific neighbourhoods in this city!

    also, i love that i can recognize parts of where people are (like the common!)...so much fun. if i were in the least bit fashionable right now, i'd totally want to be on arden's radar! (hmm. but so far there's no brockton on there... maybe i've still got a chance, haha.)

    i know what you mean about this city being quite small...sometimes it can feel a bit incestuous (for lack of a better word), so hopefully not just downtown neighbourhoods/peeps will be part of the project. (there've gotta be some cool people in suburbia...somewhere!) ANYWAY. at least your "small world" madness involved adorable kittens. i wish all of mine did! :)

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    1. It definitely can feel that way, especially when it comes to dating (at least from what I hear, since I'm not exactly dating any more). I know that Arden started with her friends, mostly, and I'm sure she would happily photograph someone in the suburbs of Toronto (I mean, as long as it's still Toronto) if she knew of that person.

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  12. Such a cute vibe!

    xoxo missdottidee.blogspot.com

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  13. You are such a beautiful gem!

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    1. Oh you. Thanks. I can't really look at the pictures myself, ha.

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  14. It's funny that you just posted about getting involved with Frankie before this, because incidentally Arden has done work for them too. Frankie loves Toronto, I guess!

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    1. Oh nice, I didn't know that (or if it had come up, I forgot!).

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  15. You are SO beautiful. I am a little envious every time you wear that skirt. So good.

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    1. Aw, thanks. I wear that skirt ALL THE TIME! I drive myself nuts with it.

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  16. The photos are great, I love watching "normal" people posing, because lately in commercials only show models, perfect men and women. And I think that has a lot bored users advertising campaigns. Because somehow you always in those ads have to accept a percentage of lie, since very few people with these physical characteristics. So I liked very much these pictures, are natural and fresh.
    Regards,
    Carol | Recetas Faciles

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  17. Goodness, I adore Mariel and swore I saw your wedding invites at her studio the last time I was there (I was right!) Toronto is so tiny, I agree.

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    1. That's funny... yeah, Kristiann had the invite on her wall!

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  18. What utterly gorgeous stuff! And just the words "love poem to Toronto" makes me suddenly want to add it to my list of to-travel-to places.

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  19. ahw, what a nice post! lovely outfits

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