Self Love photo shoot with Book of Blondes

Emily Donner

When we first received the email from Halle Rutledge and Christina Haltner, the gals behind @BookofBlondes on Instagram, we were over the moon. Their pitch was everything we stood for- a photo shoot featuring local women on all shapes, a great way to highlight the wonderful and beautiful differences in all of us. A testament to loving ourselves and each other... and they wanted to use our swimsuits to really drive the point home! We were stoked. 

Grace, Erika, Christina, Halle, Alicia, Emily

We all met at Paradise, early on a Sunday morning to have our hair and makeup done by Alexandra Loughton and Erin Bradley. Halle and Christina had put together quite the line up of fun, inspirational women to be part of this campaign. We had women of literally all sizes, from different careers and life paths, and different swimwear comfort levels. While we were prepping for the shoot you could hear little pep talks going on in all corners of the shop, "You look amazing!" "You're doing great!" we were all buzzing with excitement. 


Off to CinderBloc Studio in Esquimalt we went! We met up with Lara, our fab photographer for the afternoon. She immediately was warm and inviting and set us right to ease. We shot for the next few hours and had SO much fun! Who knew you could have fun in swimwear with no water in site?! 

Christina & Halle

Emily & Alicia

With the shoot a few weeks behind us now, I look back on it as one of the most magical afternoons I have had in quite some time. Halle and Christina put together an entire female production, and created an enviroment where were were all so comfortable. I am so hoping we all get to work together again soon because this was just too, too good. 


Giant THANK YOU's to Halle and Christina from @bookofblondes, Alexandra Loughton (IG @anomoly_makeup), Erin Bradley (IG @ebradleystyle - Erin was recently published in VOGUE!), Lara Marie (IG, our models, Erika McCormick (IG @erikamcc), Grace Ey (IG @wakeupandvogue), Alicia Maclaren (IG @aliciamaclarenmodelling), and an extra big thank you to you all for including and encouraging me to join in all the fun <3


See you in Paradise! 


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