My Interview with Jessica Douglas — Canadian & International Multi-Award Winning Photographer!

I’ve recently had the opportunity to speak with Toronto (Canada) based, Canadian & International multi-award winning wedding photographer, Jessica Douglas of Jessica Douglas Photography. I’ve had the pleasure of working with this talented photographer on a numerous beauty and fashion shoots over the years. This includes behind the camera, as well as in front of the camera. It’s always such a pleasure. She makes shooting so much fun. The amount of passion, focus, creativity and innovation that goes into her art is truly inspiring to someone like me.  

Jessica spoke with me about how she had gotten started in the industry, who had inspired her, her training, her view of the creation of images, the night she had won her first award at the Canadian Wedding Industry Awards, how she had felt winning such an award, taking me behind the scenes of the life of a successful photographer and her advice to pass on to upcoming photographers.

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Check out Jessica Douglas’ website: www.jessicadouglasphotography.com

Make Jessica Douglas your wedding photographer today!

She also specializes in couple’s shoots, engagement shoots, new born photo shoots, pregnancy shoots, plus more!

Book Jessica Douglas Photography for your all of photography needs today!
Email: JDP at info@jessicadouglasphotography.com 
Call: 905.220.5153

Check out more images from Jessica Douglas Photography. Make sure you are following them!
Facebook: Jessica Douglas Photography
Instagram: Jessica Douglas Photography
Website: Jessica Douglas Photography

The lady behind the camera, Jessica Douglas of Jessica Douglas Photography
Photo courtesy of Jessica Douglas Photography Facebook Page

Jessica Douglas, 24, who hails from Burlington, Ontario (Canada) has been a photographer for about six years, now. Professionally, for about three years. She began her studies as a photographer in high school that led to her studies at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario (Canada). Douglas has generated tremendous amount of success in such a short amount of time. She has received positive recognition for her work inside and outside of Canada, this making her an international photographer. Douglas has taken the industry by storm with her talent, innovation, along with her creativity in how she captures photographs, photographs that you will truly treasure and forever be proud of displaying. Douglas is the kind of photographer who approaches her clients with such ease making them feel relaxed and comfortable. With a growing fan base on social media with a combined total of 1,031 on Facebook and Instagram, this is a successful business that will only continue to grow to be an incredible amount of success. Douglas doesn’t create pictures, she creates art. 

She has also taken pictures for me for my articles, amongst for other photo shoots, as well. 

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Thank you so much, Jessica for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak with 
me :). 

Stacey Camacho: What brought you into the photography world?
Jessica Douglas: I was in grade ten, when a teacher of mine, Mr. Sauve, convinced  me to take his  photography class. I was unsure at the time, because I wanted to take another sports class, but I thought, why not. I was never really interested in  photography before then, so I thought it could be something different. I remember  the first day of class, he brought out an old canon 35 mm film camera and I was  hooked. Learning right  away how to put film into the camera, take photos and learn the correct exposures as  well as developing the film and in the end producing our own photograph prints; it was exhilarating! It always made me feel so productive and proud of finishing a  project start to finish.

SC:  What kind of training have you received to refine your skills?

JD:  I studied at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario (Canada), and have since graduated with a photography diploma.  I also have taken multiple workshops and classes with famous photographers such as, Sam Hurd, Jerry Ghionis, Ryan Schembri, Joe McNally and  many more! I’ve also had the pleasure of working with MPSG Inc for the past three years as  a professional Wedding Photographer, and also running and owning my own Wedding Photography boutique company right here in Toronto, Ontario (Canada).

      SC: You capture other great memories, aside from being a wedding photographer, what are they?

  JD: I would like to say every photograph I take is a memory. If not to myself, then to the subjects within my photographs. So yes, I have photographed great memories. Lasting one. Memories that families will have to cherish for the rest of their lives, moms and dads get to watch their children grow up from baby bump to their high school graduation. That’s what’s I’m excited about. The memories! 

The photograph that had won CWIA – Best Group Photo
Photo courtesy of www.jessicadouglasphotography.com

 

SC:  Congratulations on your numerous awards! How exciting! It’s well deserved. What does it feel like to be an award-winning photographer?

JD: Oh wow! Thank you so much, yes very exciting indeed! I guess it feels a little better knowing my mom isn’t the only fan I have? All jokes aside, it feels great to know my community members, colleagues, and business partners all support me and  continue to inspire me! The love and support this past year has been crazy overwhelming! I couldn’t have been any luckier 🙂

SC: Take us back to the evening when you had won your first award at the Canadian Wedding Industry Awards.  

JD: What a magical night! I was attending the Canadian Wedding Industry Awards  with 

a couple of my friends and colleagues walking around visiting other vendors and  having fun! Getting to dress up for a night and party to celebrate all that we’ve come to do, and accomplish was an award in itself! But, when the awards started rolling, and Tracy Moore started the introductions I felt an overwhelming sensation of  accomplishment. I being twenty-three (years-old), at the time, fresh in the business submitted the coolest photo I have photographed to date! But just the fact that I had submitted and was  attending was huge. I had NO idea I’d win, with such amazing competition and  knowing that some of my idols were in the same room, gunning for the same award?  Crazy! But, when my name was called, I was stunned. My ears started ringing, my  hands started to sweat, my chest felt like an elephant was standing on it… I honestly couldn’t believe it. I start laughing uncontrollably when I was walking up to the stage  to accept the award, in addition to pose for a photo… keeping in mind, I had almost tripped.  (HAHA) But it was honestly one of the most coolest experiences I have ever felt.. It  was probably the most memorable night in my career for sure.

SC: You are a published photographer, as well, correct? What publications have you been featured in?
JD: Yes! I am! I have been published in Wedding Bells, as well as a couple makeup (fashion) magazines with a collaboration with you in fact ;). I also had some cycling photos I  had taken while attending the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride featured in Cycle Canada Magazine!
 
 
SC: Any other accomplishments that you have endured? 
JD: I honestly believe that running a successful business is an accomplishment on its own! But I have won a couple more awards for some of my creative pieces!
 
 
SC: What brought you into the wedding industry to photograph weddings?
JD: I always loved the idea of capturing a monumental day in someones life. I’m very competitive, and I love the pressure of “getting the shot”. I also love getting to work, and to meet with new people. Not only my clients, but other photographers and videographers, as well! Always trying to keep creative is tough, but in the wedding industry, since there are so many photographers, its really cool to see each others’ work and always up your game! Plus, at the end of the day, getting to know your couple, really makes a long lasting relationship that I cherish always :).

SC: Take us, your fans, into the life of a photographer from the time you wake  up to the time you go to bed.

 JD: Oh cool question! Well it all depends on what kind of photographer you are, or if your  working on your own or with a studio. Myself however, I will wake up, start my mornings  off with a green smoothie, walking my Alaskian Klee Kai puppy, Ace, and then head off to  the gym. Us photographers work 7 days a week! Weekends being our busiest days, so during  the week is typically our “catch up and edit days”. I spend my Mondays to Fridays mostly  editing, connecting with clients and ordering products, weekends… different story. If I have  a wedding, it’s rising with the sun, preparing my gear and running out the door to start my  8-15 hour work day! We are pretty normal in other cases, I’d say. Meeting up with clients,  catching the latest flick on the big screen, you name it. We tend to mostly be hermits,  speaking for myself.. so it’s always good to set yourself up with a great set of friends who  understand the demand your under to deliver images in a timely fashion! But other than  that, days are spent on a computer more than in front of a lens! In my case anyways!

 SC: What’s your preference? A destination wedding photographer or a local  photographer.

 JD: Hmmm, well depends on the time of year I feel. I love being both a destination  photographer and a local.  But if I had to choose, having the opportunity to photograph  weddings all around the world would be a dream J

 SC: Do you have any advice for any future photographer that wants to follow in  your steps? What advice would you offer?

 JD: Ohhh, yes. So, my advice would be to situate yourself with a mentor. A photographer  that has been in the industry for a long time, or a relatively long time. Their wisdom and  knowledge can be so incredibly valuable to you. Knowing what their obstacles were and  how they overcame them to their biggest successes, it’s all important. It’s all relative to  your future career. Working in the industry as an assistant or second shooter could gain you  so much experience! Knowing a little bit of small business does help, too! 

 For the creative advise, photograph what YOU love to photograph. Shoot images that YOU  want to shoot. Too many photographers now a days shoot what clients want them to shoot  (understandable if you’re a commercial photographer), however, as a wedding photographer, I see  beauty, I see a story, in addition, it’s my vision, as well as creative ability that takes my camera to click  the button. Clients who see your vision and respect it, will hire you. In return, you’re not just creating long lasting memories for your clients, but that’s when real art is created.

Thank you, again, Jessica! I hope all of your dreams come true! With that passion that is instilled in you, all of your dreams will come true! 

See what fans of  Jessica Douglas Photography are saying:

“She shot me for a popular LA based fashion magazine in 2014. The shots were fantastic and got published. She’s very talented and makes everyone feel comfortable around her.” – Julia Crosby, Broadcast Journalist & Model

“A true professional! I got the opportunity to work with Jessica for one of my events and we had an awesome time – and one of the photos she took at said event ended up winning an award. Would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a professional and skilled photographer, spoken by an event planner that has seen lots of photographers come and go over the years.” – Kimberly Fu Skubic, Client

“My wife and I hired Jessica Douglas to do our engagement and wedding photos. Everything turned out great and the photos look amazing. Jessica is an excellent photographer, very professional, personable, has a good eye at capturing people in the right moment and is very creative/resourceful with her surroundings. If you hire Jessica to do any of your shoots you won’t be disappointed. My wife and I highly recommend her. Thanks again Jess for capturing our most important memory on film.” – Chris Del Rosso, Client

“My sister Monica and I had the pleasure of working with Jessica for Monica’s baby shower. It was an intimate gathering of about 15 people, and Jessica did an amazing job capturing beautiful candid moments. With a close group of friends, Jessica made sure to get shots without interrupting the moment. Often with small groups of close friends, when there is a photographer present, it can sometimes feel as though there is an outsider within the group. It was the opposite withJessica, as she blended in perfectly and managed to be in the moment with us, which that really showed in her photos. She captured the details such as the invites, food, party favours and decorations with creativity. We highly recommend Jessica. She is professional yet personable, and provides amazing photos ( and very quickly after the event!). Thank you Jessica, for being a part of Monica’s baby shower!” – Katrina Hernandez

Book Jessica Douglas Photography for your all of photography needs today!
Email: JDP at info@jessicadouglasphotography.com 
Call: 905.220.5153

Check out more images from Jessica Douglas Photography. Make sure you are following them!
Facebook: Jessica Douglas Photography
Instagram: Jessica Douglas Photography
Website: Jessica Douglas Photography

I’m Stacey Camacho, thank you for reading. Until next time!
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Turn Back Tuesday: Peter Nygard Interview

I had thought that I’d take it back to one of my first interview that I have ever done. It was not only my first interview, it was also such an honour to interview this gentleman. His name is Peter Nygard. I was and still am fortunate to discuss Nygard Slims when they had just hit the market. Now, thankfully, they are a HUGE SUCCESS. If you don’t have a pair of NYGARD SLIMS, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Seriously. He is so wonderful. I could interview him, again. 

Peter Nygard

I was given this great opportunity to speak with Canadian fashion designer, Peter Nygard about his new creation, NYGÅRD SLIMS for his line, NYGÅRD, in which he has had a hand in creating NYGÅRD SLIMS. What is NYGÅRD SLIMS? I will have Peter Nygard enlighten you. After all, aren’t you curious to discover why a pair of NYGÅRD SLIMS is sold every minute?

Stacey Camacho: Thank you, Mr. Nygard for speaking with me.
Peter Nygard: Thank you, Stacey. What do you think of NYGÅRD SLIMS?

Stacey Camacho: They are fabulous. You did a great job in creating NYGÅRD SLIMS. They are so comfortable and so stylish. Every woman should have a pair of NYGÅRD SLIMS in their closet.
Peter Nygard: (Laughs) A few years ago, a Hollywood actress told me, ‘every woman should have Nygard in their closet’.

Stacey Camacho: I so concur. Every woman should. Why did you decide to call these fabulous pants NYGÅRD SLIMS? And, what are the features?
Peter Nygard: Really trims the waist and gets rid of the muffin top of the bottom. It shapes, curves and sculpts the butt, as well as lifting it. They are the first hybrid of a pant. They aren’t pants and they aren’t spanx, they are a combination of both. They slim the waist, gets rid of the muffin top of the bottom, slims the leg to make them appear more shapely and longer. Lastly, there is usually extra fabric around the crotch, but with NYGÅRD SLIMS you don’t get that. There isn’t any extra fabric at the crotch.

Stacey Camacho: What do you suggest pairing with the NYGÅRD SLIMS with? 
Peter Nygard: Let’s start from the bottom up. Boots are very fashionable. Straight leg is for the 3-4 inch heel. Boot cut is for the really high heel, such as a 6 inch heel. It makes the legs look 5 inches longer. High waist is fashionable. Wear it normally with a tunic and it can be worn with a short jacket.

Stacey Camacho: Nygard will be donating $1 to the Breast Cancer Research with every purchase of NYGÅRD SLIMS, is that correct?
Peter Nygard: Correct. We are very big on giving back to the Breast Cancer Research.

Stacey Camacho: How would you care for NYGÅRD SLIMS?
Peter Nygard: They are machine washable. It’s on the label. It’s very easy to care for them.

Stacey Camacho: When are Nygard Slims available?
Peter Nygard: We did a pre-sale in mid-August and September. One pair of Nygard Slims is sold every minute.

Stacey Camacho: Is there anything you would like anyone to know about NYGÅRD SLIMS?
Peter Nygard: Always go a size smaller from what you normally are. So, if you are normally a medium, a small will fit the best by shaping the legs, and bottom nicely. Otherwise, they’ll be a bit big.

NYGÅRD SLIMS come in many styles, such as boot cut, leggings, straight cut, and ankle, as well as they come in other colours other than classic black. NYGÅRD SLIMS is available in Canada in such stores as Hudson’s Bay, Sears, and NYGÅRD Corp. and in the United Sates in stores that include Sears, Nygard Corp (California and New York) and Dillard, including their website (www.nygard.com). For all colours of NYGÅRD SLIMS, as well as prices, please visit www.nygard.com.

Peter Nygard

I’m Stacey Camacho, thank you for reading. Until next time!

My Interview with International Award-Winning Photographer, Andrea Hunter!

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Andrea Hunter

 With 2,070 Facebook followers and 1,810 followers on Instagram, Andrea Hunter has become a successful professional photographer, who’s success is still growing. She is based in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA, Canada). She has a degree in Creative Photography from Humber. She has won an international award at the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) award, has been featured on almost every single cover on JYNXD magazine. Hunter has her work in an art gallery in Toronto (Canada); Super Wonder Gallery on Bloor Street (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Hunter’s work can also be seen at Nightmare on Queen Street (Toronto, Canada). She has appeared on the Space Channel, even delivering a photo shoot for the Space Channel.

Hunter is in an association with Dead Glamour Girlz. Pre-Order Dead Glamour Girlz Calander Here! The calendar, which is a mixture of zombie and glamour will be available this summer. Purchase yours before they are all sold out! 

Andrea Hunter specializes in weddings, editorial, fashion, weddings, families, commercials, pinup. 

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Andrea Hunter

Recently, Andrea and I had sat down to discuss her success,  whom she credits for her success and the growing success of Dead Glamour Girlz 

Stacey Camacho: Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions. I want to begin by saying congratulations on all of your success!

Andrea Hunter: Thank you so much!

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Andrea Hunter behind the Scenes with one of the Dead Glamour Girl

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Featured in JYNXD Magazine

SC: How does it feel to acquire such success?

AH: It’s a bit surreal at times. I still feel like I’m just a student learning everyday new things about photography. But then I look back at how far I’ve come since I was in college and it’s crazy the amount of work I have done over the years!

SC: You are definitely very talented, and I can see your talent growing. Just like your social media, I’ve noticed. It’s growing rapidly. That’s how much people adore your work.

AH: Thanks so much!  I’ve always been involved in social media but recently I’ve been putting a lot more time into updating it frequently to keep my followers updated on what I’m doing and to gain new followers. Social media is almost another job in itself!

SC: Tell me about. Ha, ha. What made you venture out into photography?

AH: I started taking photography in grade ten. I was always interested in the arts and had been drawing and painting my whole life so photography seemed like an interesting new medium for my to try out. I instantly fell in love I started shooting black and white film and developing photos myself and just continued from there; onto colour film and eventually digital.

SC: I love it. What drove you to photograph special effects (zombie) shoots? They are phenomenal.

AH: I’ve always been into the horror culture. I grew up watching scary movies and have always had a thing for zombies. I like doing stuff that’s considered out of the norm and catches people’s attention. Whether they’re into it or not. It’s still different and interesting and captivates people. I have met so many people over the years who share my enjoyment of horror and we collaborate together on these shoots to create the awesome final products!

SC: They are definitely awesome. And, I’ve seen many photographers try to capture something like this, however they don’t do this quite as captivating as you do. You bring it to life.

AH: Awe, thanks so much.

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Retro Engagement Shoot – So 50’s!

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Wedding

 

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Fashion & Editorial

SC: You’re welcome. Now, to move on to discuss the many amazing, talented  people that you’ve worked with. Who would you credit in supporting you in helping you achieve your dreams?

AH: Omg, there’s been so many amazing people I’ve worked with over the years it would be hard to name them all!   But to name some specifics. Linda Civichino is my rock through a lot of this! She’s my business partner. My best friend and extremely talented makeup artist. She’s the one who created the Dead Glamour Girlz and asked me to be a part of it.

Then of course there’s my parents, family and friends who have all been so ridiculously supportive over the years, and helping me through hard times to get to where I am now.  So many models that are always willing to give up there time and shoot with me like Brooke Fine Lines, Brandi Browett, Angie Feret, Brittany Amor, just to name a few. And, then all my friends growing up in Burlington who worked with me shooting all the time to build my portfolio I wouldn’t be here without them!

SC: Tell me about Dead Glamour Girlz.

AH: So, Dead Glamour Girlz is an annual calendar made by Linda and me. It’s taking our love of zombies. And the beauty of fashion and boudoir, and mashing it together to create sexy zombie women!

We’ve been doing it for years now and we’re currently shooting for the 2017 calendar!  It’s a lot of work and takes tons of time, but the end product is always amazing! And, we’re pushing ourselves every year to make it different and better than the previous year.

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Dead Glamour Girlz

SC: Where can one purchase a Dead Glamour Girlz calendar?

AH: We have an etsy page that sells our calendar along with all the awesome things Linda makes. We have booths at Niagara Falls comicon. And, Toronto fan expo and a couple of smaller conventions. And then we can also be contacted directly for them!  We’re hoping to get our website up and running this summer so people can also purchase our calendars with our clothing!

SC: Clothing? Well, now you’ve got to tell me all about your clothing line.

AH: Haha it’s just a little extra we do on the side for Dead Glamour Girlz we have toques,   T-shirts, underwear, hoodies, stickers and buttons!

 

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Auxiliary Spread Aug.Sept.2015

SC: How exciting! You have been published in a few magazines, such as Auxiliary, JYNXD to name a couple, to which you have received front cover on the Aug./Sept. 2015 issue! Congrats on your feat! How does it feel?

AH: It feels really cool to see my work published in magazines! Especially the cover which I’ve shot for JYNXD magazine almost every issue! It never gets old being able to see my stuff in print and knowing a lot of other people are seeing it as well!

 

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Morgan Hoffman

SC: You’ve worked on the Space Channel. That’s exciting. I want to hear all about it.

AH: Yes! That was very cool experience!!  They got in touch with Linda because they had heard about the Dead Glamour Girlz, and wanted to do a segment on what were all about!  So we set up a shoot with one of our Glamour Girlz and the whole camera crew came with the host Morgan Hoffman and filmed us while we did the makeup and the shoot itself. Then we actually turned Morgan into a Dead Glamour Girl, as well, and gave her a photo shoot as well!

SC: That’s so fun and fabulous! Congratulations on the segment and photo shoot! Let’s discuss Nightmare on Queen Art Show. What prompt you to get involved in this art show?

AH: A couple of my friends were actually the ones who put on the show. So, they were familiar with my work and asked me to submit some of my work. And since it was a horror themed/nightmare type gallery, obviously I was all about it! Not sure if you’ve heard of the Super Wonder Gallery on Bloor street,  but it’s another gallery

SC: Yes, I’ve heard of the gallery. I love galleries. I’ve seen your work. It always amazes me. I’m not exaggerating or anything. That’s really amazing and cool.

AH: Awe, that’s so sweet to hear thanks!!

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SC: You’ve won an award at the WPPI Award in 2015 Wedding in Las Vegas is incredible. Congratulations on your win! What were you feeling when you had realized that you had won?

AH: That was actually very surreal for me. I’ve never been to an international photography competition before so I had no idea what to expect when I was submitting my photos. I had the opportunity to sit in on some of the judging for different categories and it’s amazing seeing all the talented photographers there are In this world and watching well known photographers critique and judge the work!  Some images would pop up that I thought were incredible and they would give it a mark of 64 (out of 100) which was mind blowing! So the fact that one of my images won a silver in photojournalism is very exciting!

SC: It is exciting. I’m impressed. With all of those well-known photographers that you had obtained a silver in photojournalism speaks volumes. Do you have any long term goals?

AH: I would eventually love to be able to be hired to travel the world to do editorial shoots and work with world famous models and designers.  I really look up to Lindsay Adler. I had the chance to take one of her classes at WPPI and was awe struck as she explained her life and job and that she was hopping on a plane the next day to shoot in Dubai in the dessert.  That’s the kind of lifestyle I want!

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SC: Sounds fabulous and glamorous.Good luck! You’ve answered my final question on what’s next for Andrea Hunter. Is there anything you would like to add?

AH: I think we’ve covered everything!  Thanks so much for asking me to do this interview it was great and I wish you all the best!

SC: Thank you! It was great. I wish you all of the best, as well!

 

Pre-Order Dead Glamour Girlz Calander Here! The calendar, which is a mixture of zombie and glamour will be available this summer. Purchase yours before they are all sold out! 

Connect with Andrea Hunter Photography:                                                                                           Andrea Hunter Photography Facebook!                                                                                                  Andrea Hunter Photography Instagram!                                                                                                       Dead Glamour Girlz Website!

Contact Andrea Hunter Photography:                                                                                                      andreahunterphoto@gmail.com                                                                                                                   

All images are courtesy of:                                                                                                                                  Andrea Hunter images of Andrea Hunter are courtesy of Andrea Hunter Facebook                     Andrea Hunter Photography Facebook Fan Page                                                                                   Morgan  Hoffman Twitter Account                                                                                                                 Auxiliary Magazine’s Spread Andrea Hunter                                                                                                     Man and Lady Zombie shot for JYNXD magazine                                                                                        Dead Glamour Girl – Andrea Hunter 

I’m Stacey Camacho, thank you for reading. Until next time!

April 21st, is My Interview with Andrea Hunter!

 

 

Just two day away for my interview with Andrea Hunter from Andrea Hunter Photography goes live! So,  tune in on April 21st!!! 🙂

Andrea discusses her appearance on the Space Channel, Dead Glamour Girlz, ‪#‎WeddingandPorteaitPhotographersInternational‬ ‪#‎WPPI‬, her art work displayed in an exhibit at Super Wonder Gallery in Toronto, Ontario,Nightmare On Queen Street, plus so much more!!

I’m Stacey Camacho, thank you for reading. Until next time!