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.