Lifestyle & Wedding Photography by Cami Mendes

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

- Meshack Otieno

Frequently Asked Questions 

Where are you located?

My main base is in Toronto, Canada, but I'm a bit of a nomad photographer and during the Canadian winters, I escape to the warm side of the world to travel and work.

I'm usually in Toronto during the summer & fall seasons, in Brazil from December to February, and other places in between.

What do you shoot?

I photograph happy humans in pretty places. :)

I shoot mainly destination weddings and on-location (outdoor & in-home) lifestyle portraits (families, newborn, maternity, & personal branding).

I only capture a small number of weddings per year and I give preference to documenting destination, intimate, and/or bohemian-inspired ceremonies that celebrate love in nature.

Occasionally and depending on my availability, I also photograph other types of celebrations, both personal (birthday parties, baby showers, etc) and corporate (grand openings, fundraising galas, etc).

FYI, "personal branding" portraits are more than headshots - they're lifestyle images that capture the essence of your personality & profession for self-promotion on websites, social media and marketing materials.

Do you offer digital images with your portrait session?

Yep, every session includes a full digital collection with *all* of your 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 anywhere.

What are your fees?

Life is complicated enough. I like to keep things simple.

For lifestyle sessions, fees start at CA$675 and already include a full digital collection with all of the best portraits of your session (100+ photos).

For weddings, all-day coverage starts at CA$3800 (I don't offer hourly-based packages). Capturing each moment is essential to my storytelling, so I'm with you from beginning to end. 

For more info, click on Investment on the main menu after reading this page. :)

Do you offer photobooks, prints & other keepsakes?

Yep, I've taken the time to handpick uniquely beautiful fine-art boutique products to offer my clients, including premium photobooks, professional prints, gallery-quality framed prints, and artistic cards. These are all optional.

Turning your favourite portraits into keepsakes after your session or wedding is easy and convenient as you can place orders directly through your private online gallery in the comfort of your home. No pressure, ever.

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

To be fair to all clients and honour my work as a professional artist, I don't give any discounts on my fees.

Once you become a client, I have an awesome referral program in which you can easily accumulate credits to be used towards sessions & products simply by spreading the word to friends & family.

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 portrait sessions happen & what should I wear?

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

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)?

Absolutely. I love traveling and there is no place I won't go to shoot, near or far.

When in Toronto for instance, I travel all over Ontario and have photographed in Oakville, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Vaughn, Markham, Burlington, Milton, Collingwood, as well as in the beautiful regions of Muskoka & Niagara Falls.

Of course, I'm also thrilled to go shoot in other countries, especially weddings! So far I've photographed in: Canada, USA, Norway, Holland, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Ireland, and Indonesia.

Do you offer seasonal specials like fall minis?

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 candid moments & expressions, as well as my particular style of retouching, which is inspired on the vintage, timeless, analogue look of Kodak Gold film, my personal favourite.

I love working with clients who want to hire me first and foremost because my images speak to their heart, and they appreciate my unique vision & photographic eye.

Second, I love to create beautiful photos 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 memories" - and who are excited to turn their favourite portraits into precious family keepsakes.

So, if you're looking for a mega friendly photographer who will make the shooting experience fun & comfortable and who will deliver a big selection of uniquely retouched portraits, lovely enough to be framed or turned into a photobook... 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 after our shoot, I won't force you to keep them and I won't charge you for your session balance.

I'm happy to say this guarantee has never been put to use before, but I do like to offer it. I've found that clients go into the experience feeling more relaxed if they know they won't have to pay in full for something they don't really love.

How can I book you?

My main advice is to book early! 

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.

My email list of past clients & interested ones always finds out first the details on each season and they get priority access to my booking calendar. To stay in the loop & be notified of season dates & specials, click here.

Founded in 2011 in Toronto, Canada, by passionate photographer Cami Mendes, Bellatrix is a photography boutique focused on lifestyle portraiture & destination weddings.

Cami's unique retouching style is inspired on the vintage 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, 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, just like elephants, we may never forget them. :)

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Love & light, Cami Mendes :)

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