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Beauty in Chaos – Ottawa Photographer

This post is something very different from a family or newborn session, but something I absolutely LOVED doing! You may recognize the model from some of my previous work. He is not only my very FIRST model, but a very dear friend of mine, and when we talked about this shoot I knew it would be something big. Daniel has been going through some pretty big life stuff, he’s now 8 months sober (and going strong), and has been writing his blog to help everyone believe in true love again.

The concept for this shoot was intense. There was a good side and evil side, words written on skin that once defined who he was, tears, laughter, truth, vulnerability, anger and peace… As the shoot progressed it took on a life of it’s own. While each part allowed him become a character, it was also a version of who he once was or still is. As the words were being written on his skin, you could tangibly feel it in the room. There may have been 5 of us in room, each taking turns writing words, but it was silent, almost heavy. We all have those voices in our heads that say things to you about all your inadequacies, sometimes it’s shouting so loud, and sometimes it’s giving you a little reminder that you’re not worth it. We’ve all been called names or called ourselves names that aren’t who or what we are, but told enough, we start to believe them. I think we all learned a little something about ourselves during the process of the shoot, and I know we all hope that YOU can learn something about yourselves when looking at what was created.

Please head over to Daniel Desforges’ Blog and read how he felt about the session, and the heart that created the concept.


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Don Lachance - April 21, 2012 - 10:49 am

Awesome work, love the raw truth and light it provides to a mostly dark secretive world. Shame is nothing more than a mindset! Congrats to all involved in the shoot. I’d like to meet the subject.


Lena - April 21, 2012 - 11:32 am

Not sure if you remember me from high school… I just wanted to say your work is AMAZING! Seriously fantastic!


Lisa - April 21, 2012 - 12:38 pm

Amazing Amanda great work I really feel it!

Rebecca - April 21, 2012 - 6:53 pm

These are absolutely fantastic. I love the progression of the shoot and the raw emotion.

And Daniel – go you! You’re amazing.

Megan - April 23, 2012 - 11:42 pm

I have known Daniel for quite sometime and its nice to finally see the real Daniel emerge from his shell. This photographs are truly beautiful and you couldn’t have chosen a more perfect subject. I read his posts when I can, and they let me see a little more of myself when I read them. These photgraphs have done the same. Thank you for doing this and allowing him to show off his hard work and dedication to himself, something that he has been missing for a long time.

Tisha - April 24, 2012 - 10:54 am

i am in absolute love with this whole session…..thank you for sharing!!

[…] so happy to have her back… even if it’s just for a season! My friend and first model, Daniel, is a very close friend to Catherine and was generous in gifting her this session. When I found out […]

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