"Frequently Asked Questions" by curious future clients like you...

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“Photography is the art of frozen time... the wonderful ability to store emotion and feelings within a frame.”

- meshack otieno

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JANUARY: São Paulo & Ilhabela, Brazil

MARCH TO JUNE: Tulum, Mexico

JULY: Toronto & GTA, Canada

AUGUST: Oslo, Norway

SEPTEMBER: Not working (hiking through Spain!)


DECEMBER: São Paulo & Ilhabela, Brazil


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Founded in 2011 in Toronto, Canada, by passionate candidness-capturer & memory-keeper Cami Mendes, Bellatrix is a photography boutique focused on lifestyle portraiture & adventure weddings.

Cami's unique retouching style is inspired on the vintage, timeless feel of Kodak film.

Bellatrix literally means female warrior in Latin. It is also the name of the third brightest star in the Orion constellation, also known as the Amazon Star.

The Bellatrix logo is a reference to the remarkable power of recollection that elephants possess. They remember little things long after they've happened...

...and it is through the art of photography that we, humans, are able to beautifully "freeze" precious moments in time so that, like elephants, we may never forget them. :)

Where exactly are you located?

My main base is still in Toronto, Canada, but every year I also work in Norway, in & around Oslo, and in my homeland Brazil, in & around São Paulo & Ilhabela. 

I usually work in Toronto during the summer & fall seasons, roughly from August to November, In Norway during June & July, and in Brazil from December to February.

There are no exact dates as to when I start and finish each season. Every year is a bit different. If you're curious about where I'll be on a certain day, just email me!

Do you have a studio?

Nope. I'm obsessed with working with natural light and I love shooting in different places, both in nature and in urban settings, as it keeps my work dynamic and exciting. I also enjoy shooting inside clients' houses, capturing the intimate family moments that only happen in the comfort of our homes.

What do you shoot?

I specialize in photographing happy people in beautiful places.

I shoot mainly lifestyle portraits (families, children, newborn, maternity, couples & personal branding) and adventure weddings (outdoor & destination ceremonies).

"Personal branding" portraits are more than headshots - they capture the essence of your personality & profession for self-promotion on websites & marketing materials.

Occasionally and depending on my availability, I also photograph personal events such as baby showers and corporate events such as fundraising galas.

Do you offer digital images?

Yep, every portrait session comes with a digital collection that includes *all* of the best photos (100+), each one artistically edited in my film-inspired style and delivered in high-resolution, non-watermarked, print-ready digital images. 

You'll own your digital files so you'll be able to print your photos anytime, anywhere.

Do you offer photobooks, prints & other keepsakes?

I offer a handpicked collection of fine-art boutique products including photobooks, prints, frames & cards. They are all optional.

Turning your favourite portraits into precious family heirlooms after your session is easy and convenient as you can order products directly through your private online gallery in the comfort of your home. No pressure.

What are your fees?

I charge a flat-rate that already includes your session fee and a digital collection with *all* of the best portraits of your session (100+). No confusing packages or surprise fees. Just a single rate for the shoot & all portraits. Easy peasy.

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I love your work but I'm on a budget. Do you offer discounts?

As a family photographer, I completely understand that clients can have very different expectations when it comes to professional portraiture, especially in regards to pricing and how the final work is delivered.

As a client, you too should understand there is a photographer out there for every possible type of client, taste & budget.

To be fair to all clients and honour my work as a professional artist, I don't offer discounts. But once you become a client, I do have an awesome referral program in which you can easily accumulate credits towards sessions & boutique products just by referring friends.

I also offer a limited number of mini-sessions per season, which are more affordable and ideal for small families looking for a few updated portraits.

Can I have the RAW/unedited files of my photos?

Like most professional photographers, I never provide unedited, RAW images - only fully retouched portraits, which are the ones that best represent my work and are consistent with my unique style.

If you're curious, I highly recommend checking out this short blog post I wrote some time ago: "On The Importance of Retouching & the Sale of Digital Files"

How can I book you?

My main advice is to book early! Especially if you're looking to shoot on a specific date.

Because I cap the amount of clients that I photograph per season, and because my seasons in each location are relatively short, I recommend early booking to guarantee a spot. 

Fall in Toronto is always my busiest season.

If you're interested in booking, just shoot me an email and I'll send you more info. All you will need to confirm your booking is a refundable deposit. 

What do you shoot with?

#TeamCanon! I shoot with a 5D Mark iii. I only shoot with prime lenses. My favourite lens is my Sigma ART 35mm 1.4.

Where do photoshoots happen & what should I wear?

Lifestyle portrait sessions can happen in the comfort of your home or at any beautiful outdoor location near you.

Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive access to the private client area of my website where I’ve put together lots of information to help clients prepare for their shoot, including wardrobe tips and ideas for shooting locations in & around the cities I work in.

What happens if it rains during our session?

If we're shooting outdoors and it happens to rain right before or during our session, we’ll simply have to reschedule for another day. Your deposit is never lost in such cases.

And if we can’t find a day to reschedule that works for both of us, then your deposit is refunded.

Do you travel to other locations other than the main cities you're based in (Toronto, Oslo, São Paulo)?

A big yes! I absolutely love traveling and there is no place on Earth I won't go to shoot, near or far.

When in Toronto for instance, I'm always happy to get away for a few hours to go up north and photograph families and couples in their beautiful lakeside cottages.

Countries I've photographed in so far: Canada, USA, Brazil, Norway, Ireland, Indonesia, Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Do you offer seasonal specials?

Sometimes. To be notified, please sign up to my newsletter.

How do I know you're right the photographer for me?

First, of course, you must dig my style!

When going through my portfolio, you should resonate with two things: my way of capturing moments & expressions, as well as my particular style of retouching, which is inspired on the classic analogue look of Kodak film, my personal favourite.

I always give preference to working with clients who want to hire me first and foremost because they resonate with my style and photographic eye.

Second, I love to create beautiful images to be showcased in beautiful ways.

I particularly adore designing photobooks and I love working with clients who also believe in the importance of tangible things, and who are excited to turn their favourite portraits into precious family keepsakes after their session.

If you're looking for a photographer who will make the shooting experience fun & comfortable, and who will deliver a curated selection of carefully-retouched portraits, lovely enough to be printed and framed, then yes, I'm your girl. :)

Do you offer some kind of guarantee?

* Yes, for all portrait sessions. *

This means that if you don't like the photos you receive, you won't be forced to keep them and won't be charged for your session balance. All you need to do is tell me before downloading your files. Easy peasy.

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Interested in booking or learning more?

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Love & light, Cami Mendes :)

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2015 Top Toronto Family & Children Photography by Toronto Mom Now

Loved by past clients * read many testimonials here

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