Monday, December 30, 2013

It was a good year!

I hope the next one will be even better! Though I got Alfred The Pug this summer and that is almost impossible to beat! Unless it's another pug of course:)

Anyway, the following picture is supposed to compensate the super creepy one that I made for our wedding anniversary:) I hope Andrey will like this one better!
And I think we got the holiday colors and spirit:)

Happy New Year to all!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas!

To all our friends and family! Pugs and kisses!

I love our Christmas card for this year:)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

It's beginning to smell like Christmas

Mix of pine sap aroma and cinnamon is filling our apartment. The first is obviously coming from the Christmas tree (Andrey couldn't resist bringing one home this year), second from cinnamon apple chips I'm making every day now:)

I'm usually not the person who's photographing food (let along blogging about it) but the things coming out of our new dehydrator look and taste so good, I cannot resist:) I'm trying to dehydrate now pretty much any fruit or vegetable I have in the fridge. So far cinnamon apples and pumpkin chips are my favorites!

Zucchini with vinegar and pepper are not that bad either, and green beans are pretty tasty (they shrivel a lot though,  making pictures sort of weird:)))))

Alfred the Pug is not as excited as I am about the holiday season (except for chips) , but he posed for our Xmas card for this year (who would've guessed, right?). This one is part of the process. Final result will be revealed soon:)

Friday, November 29, 2013

Too bad summer is over...

This is from one of the e-sessions we shot this summer. That was one stubborn horse! It took 2 people to get her moving where we wanted her to be, and once in the position - she preferred eating to posing

I miss summer. Snow and cold were never my thing. Why I always live in the snowy country?:)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

We like stairs

Because it adds graphic element to the picture instantly and light is always awesome ( when staircase has a window). 

Alfred The Pug suddenly decided that he is afraid to go up the stairs and spent some time pacing down there. So, I took the picture and went to get him. New quirk every day!

Monday, November 18, 2013

While walking the pug

Alfred The Pug brought a lot of changes into our life. Daily walks around the neighborhood is one of them. Including rainy and windy evenings:) Surprisingly I love it! Cellphone camera isn't that bad either...

Monday, November 11, 2013

For dear uncle Victor

Alfred The Pug and I would like to wish a happy Birthday to dear uncle Victor and promise to visit soon. In a meantime we have a card for him:)
No, he's not sad. Just like in Ringo Starr case - "It's just me face."

Friday, November 1, 2013

Study in red with the pug

For our drawing classes at Dawson we had sometimes a model came in and pose for us. Nude. Usually private parts were elegantly draped with piece of fabric. This image reminds me of such lessons:)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Movie pug

We had an adventure on Saturday.
Friend and colleague of mine Daria was shooting a short movie for cinema program at Concordia U. She asked if Alfred The Pug could be in the movie.
His task was to quietly sit on actresses lap in the car most of the time and look cute.

Sitting and looking cute - no problem here, but I had serious doubts about the quiet part. He loves to bark and growl at strangers now as well as participate in the discussions. . Happy to say - he proved me wrong!
He was nervous a bit of course, but didn't bark or cry.  I made sure he can see me trough the car window all the time and that actress had enough treats to keep him in his best behavior.

I hope Daria was satisfied with everyone's performance and I can't wait to see the final product:)))) And here are some Behind the Scenes pictures that I took:)

He does look cute! Probably I should have "Rent'a'Pug" service started for such occasions:)))))

BTW, starring here is Lara Brown. Singer-songwriter from Montreal I fell in love with her immediately:)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Whistler's mother had a pug...

That was fun to shoot.

I'm definitely pleased! Consider it my Halloween card:)

Thursday, October 17, 2013


I think that one belongs to the Labyrinth series:)))))

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Breaking rules

Planner from our Sunday wedding said she was waiting 10 years for this to happen. It was our first time too... Behold!
Red wedding dress!!!!!

From Vera Wang of course. As far as we know 3 of  her red wedding gowns were bought worldwide, and we shot one of them. That is absolutely amazing!
Accessories were also red as well as the decor. I was curious what veil would go with that dress, and it was a nice small one.

Bouquet from the red roses and black feathers:)

As well as red earrings

The shoes made me jump and squeal. I never saw anything like that before. And I never saw a bride that would go for this style. Red Alexander McQueen scull pumps! I loved them so much, I spent quite a bit of time shooting them:)

That was a memorable wedding for sure. Guests were very surprised but loved every bit of it. So did we...

Friday, October 11, 2013

Weekly pug

Alfred The Pug is having a sad day. He's not going to Toronto with me this time. If he could tolerate cats - I would take him, but since he cannot - I have to live him behind because there are 2 of his "enemies" at the studio. And apparently one of them would travel with us back to Montreal. So, we decided not to risk our sanity and have only one animal in the car.
Alfred will stay with Andrey and I hope the two of them will be good boys:)))))
Also Alfred will be 11 months old tomorrow.  Time goes by so fast:)))

Saturday, October 5, 2013


I produced this picture to be some sort of a postcard to Andrey for our wedding anniversary. 
I'm pretty content how it's turned out. I like theatrical feeling of it and I absolutely love how Alfred The Pug looks more like some freakish plush toy than a dog (probably because it took us quite a few takes to shoot).

Well, Andrey said it was creepy (and I'm not sure that's a compliment this time) and he needs time to get used to it:)))))
Anyway, happy anniversary to us!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Just pretty

We went for a morning walk with Alfred The Pug and saw this. Building partially covered in tarp for some repair became a perfect background for that tree. Textures here would be perfect for pushed film, but still not bad for a cellphone picture:)
I wonder how it looks from the inside of the apartments:)