When I start to think of an editorial shoot, I instantly start a dialogue with my creative partner, Kaja, and like anything that grows, it is a seed of an idea that we both add to. I have always loved that we both get to add our own ideas and explore our own creative energy in our editorials.
For me, “I Think of Mud” was the start of needing Copious to be able to grow and been seen in more than one way. My original thought written in my notebook was “I want this [shoot] to redefine what Copious may mean to my customers, I want to show a side of this company that hasn’t yet been explored.” At the time I was feeling like I was in a box creatively, it was making me edgy and moody and I needed to explore that stylistically.
For Kaja, “I Think of Mud” came at a time when she was dying for something creative in a lot of ways. The calm, anger, sadness and sincerity seen in these photos was all her, releasing her emotions into each photo, and for her it is not just the planning and shooting but the editing that is creative as well. These photos look unlike anything we have worked on together, which was our original goal, to grow and push our own boundaries. Coming together to create and produce something different from our “usual”, helped both of us be reminded of why we love what we do.
Photographer: Kaja Tirrul www.kajaphoto.com @kajaphoto
Hair & MUA: Brittney Keohan @bk.mua
Models: Grace & Olivia of Strutt Central Modelling Agency @struttcentral
Stylist: Kaja Tirrul & Carissa McCaig @copiousfashions
Shot on Location in Port Perry, Ontario at Willowtree Farm @willowtree_farm
Brands : Copious, House of Knot, London Fog, Vintage, Blundstone, Current Mood, Topshop, Frye, Dolls Kill, Brave Leather, Vans, American Apparel, Etereo, Lebanon Found, Steve Madden, Dunlop, Roots Canada
At the end of each season a twinge goes off in my heart for the passion, love and work that went into that collection. The S/S 2017 Collection, Cinnamon Solstice, was particularly passionate for me because the inspiration came at a moment when I was feeling directionless.
After being less than inspired for a collection that needed to be urgently designed, an incredible opportunity presented itself where I got to take a road trip with my best friend and see California for the first time.
At first I found the states' lack of colour bizarre to see. Being October my Canadian brain was trained to search for red, orange and yellows, but all I saw was browns and greens. As we continued our drive I began to see all the different shades of green, the pops of colour from the tropical plants and the endless blue sky. Just like that, visiting a new area, hitting the road with my friend who helps me navigate my thoughts and one of my best collections was born.
I am beyond lucky to know a group of creatives that collaborate so beautifully together. One thing I hate to do is put limitations on their own ideas, so going into this shoot I told them picture two girls on a road trip who have collected vintage items along the way. Together this is what we created...
Photography: Kaja Tirrul, Kaja Photo
Assistant: Kamara Morozuk
Model: Jana Galley
Model: Leyla Djira
Styling: May Mustapha
Set Styling: Brittany West, Gloss Events & Decor
Makeup: Megan Roberts, _2bu_
Hair: Stephanie Richardson, Richardson Hair Design
Airstream: Kasey Boudreau, Cellar 82
Videographer: Emma Jones
So glad I can finally share these photos! It's always nice to do a creative shoot with people that are so passionate about what they do and when you have such an incredible backdrop with friendly animals that want in the shot, you get photos you can't stop looking at!
Get closer to the shoot with our BTS video here!
After going through countless bridal magazines, trying on thousands of gowns and probably spending more money on one item of clothing than you ever will again, you finally found the perfect dress. Your mother cried, your husband smiled and your friends couldn't stop telling you how beautiful you looked. Your dress is so stunning that you wish you could wear it every single day! Unfortunately, you can't. Well, you totally could, but you might get a weird glance here or there. So now what?
If the majority of women have one big complaint about shopping for that perfect wedding dress, it’s that it seems very unreasonable and impractical to spend a lot of money on a gown that is only going to be worn once. What if there was a wedding dress that would not only make you look gorgeous, but one that you could easily wear (and one that you’d absolutely want to wear) again after your big day?
Being Carissa’s best selling dress, The KAJA dress is a fun, flirty, feel-good dress that can be worn to many different events. Whether you’re having drinks with your girlfriends on Saturday night, strolling the streets of downtown Toronto, or wanting to impress your fellow employees at a work party, this dress seems to have it all. Almost. This autumn, Carissa decided to take the concept of the KAJA dress even further and created a one of a kind wedding dress. This dress can not only make you feel and look amazing on your special day, but also — and this is the best part — can be turned into that fun night-out-of-town dress you’ll want to wear again and again.
‘When asked to create a RETRO dress, I wanted something traditional with a touch of fun. I wanted to cater to a bride who wanted her matured and developed style to be infused in her dress for the big day. With this dress I loved the idea of it being easily shortened after the wedding, so that it’s something the bride can get wear out of.’ ~ Carissa McCaig
What makes this dress so special is that it combines the traditional and classical white in the front with a new and more modern splash of colour on the back. And who doesn’t love to show off a nice back?
You may cry on your big day or you may not, and you may choose a dress you can breathe in or you may not (but hopefully you’ll decide that breathing is necessary). Everyone is different, as will be every dress shopping experience you may have. I believe that this wedding dress has the potential to make your perfect day even more perfect, but in the end, remember it’s not about the label you’re wearing. It’s about the love. Happy dress hunting, ladies!
Photographs by Jack Loves Mary Photography
Styled Shoot by Brittany West of Gloss Events and Decor