Festival Mode et Design - A photo story (Day 2)

I recently took a deep dive into the world of fashion at Festival Mode et Design (Fashion and Design Festival). I mainly experienced the festival with the camera in my hand, from the photographers’ pit, looking to explore and celebrate yet another side of Montreal creativity. Welcome to part 2 of my FMD 2016 photo story, Day 2 of the festival. Let me tell you all about some of my favourite moments.

I spent a big chunk of that Thursday afternoon strolling around the pop-up shops and enjoying the street-fair part of the festival, which was quite cool, I have to admit. Place des Arts was all so fashionable with all the trendy items in the shops and all the stylish people, models, bloggers, fashionistas enjoying the festival. Off stage there was as much of a fashion show as on stage. I also had a quick impromptu photoshoot with some gorgeous models that were all styled-up and posing for whoever wants to capture some glam street photos. Yep...I had so much fun at FMD!!!

Tora Photography - Fashion and Design Festival 2016 - Montreal

I’ve spent some time that evening at the MAD scene. Sadly, I only got to see the ending of the Robes de Papier performance, with beautiful dancers wearing these gorgeous frilly paper dresses...See for yourselves; so creative...

Tora Photography - Fashion and Design Festival 2016 - Montreal - Robes de Papier

Also at the MAD scene I have seen the Tristan Ginger show, in collaboration with Rouge FM, which was really cool and quite provocative, but nothing surprising for Montreal nightlife. 

The rest of the evening I spent it at the Passerelle Casino de Montréal. The first show I have seen there  was the Ardène show Street Stories, showcasing their very youthful and urban latest collection.

The following show was Dynamite, which I was personally very excited to see (anyone looking through my wardrobe would understand why 😃 ). And I was not disappointed. They presented a beautiful collection that was a combination of masculine and feminine, conservative and rebellious. Here are just a few of my favourite items. 

Ending the day was La Vie en Rose, presenting a beautiful and sensual lingerie collection, with a fun and sexy show. Without further ado, I’ll let you enjoy it through these photos.  

Tora Photography - Festival Mode et Design - La Vie En Rose

So that was my Day 2 of the 2016 Fashion & Design Festival. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Stay tuned for more.

(To be continued...)

Festival Mode et Design - A photo story (Day 1)

I recently took a deep dive into the world of fashion at Festival Mode et Design (Fashion and Design Festival). The event takes place every summer in Place des Festivals in the heart of Montreal and it spans over several days, bringing together a lineup of fashion shows, conferences, pop-up shops and more. I mainly experienced the festival with the camera in my hand, from the photographers’ pit, looking to explore and celebrate yet another side of Montreal creativity. Join me over the next few days and over my next few blog posts as I recall the experience and show you some of my favourite moments and photos. 


I started off my FMD experience by attending the conference with Max Abadian, a famous and very talented Montreal photographer, with a long career and an impressive portfolio, and who has worked with huge names such as Lady Gaga, Coco Rocha, Cindy Crawford etc etc. It was really inspirational and Max had such great knowledge and tips to share, from details on how he works with the models on the shoots to more at large, career advice. I left the conference really encouraged (there IS still room to grow as a photographer in this crowded city) and thirsty for some more fashion inspiration over the next few days. 

Max Abadian conference at Festival Mode et Design Montreal - Tora Photography

I spent the rest of the evening at Passerelle Casino de Montréal. First, I’ve seen the Cabinet Ephémère show (some really nice collections from Quebec designers) and the Pur Chic show from Rockland (showing off creations from prestigious international brands). Here are some of my favourite creations and moments from the two shows (click on the images to expand):

Following was the Waxman House event, which was a great production, with some nice surprises and overall an awesome kick off to the festival. To put it in a few words, it was a rap concert combined with a very chic masculine fashion show. But I really have to expand on that: it was a live concert with a live band and a talented Montreal rap duo (Migs and Silent J), and some great 90’s East Coast hip hop beats (I used to be an underground hip hop snob in my teenage years, and I really have to give a thumbs up to the music). The fashion was awesome, very chic, but you know, male fashion, not really for me 😃, but I can’t complain taking photos of some good looking models in some great suits 😃. And it was a freakin’ cool surprise to see Zombie Boy as part of this show. And to spice things up, the event ended with a burlesque performance. All in all, great opening show for FMD! See for yourself in the photos below (click on the images to expand):


(To be continued...) 

A Collection of Portraits of Mommies & Little Ones (By Yours Truly)

Whether it's for myself, for a commercial or a private client, I love capturing beauty in all forms and at all ages. Pregnancy photos, photos of mommies and little ones, and family portraits is a type of photography that I don't really include as part of my commercial imagery portfolio, but it's a type of photo that I enjoy doing and a service I do provide, even though I don't actively advertise for it. Whether it's in my studio, at my client's home, or in an outdoors setting, I love capturing beautiful timeless portraits. Depending on the style of photo my clients want, since I also offer makeup services, I love to prepare the mommies for the photoshoot with a makeup session, to get them looking beautiful and camera ready. Included below is a collection of images that I loved capturing. 

Want some timeless photos of that beautiful baby bump or some photographs of your adorable little one(s) or your lovely family? I'd love to hear from you!