Lifestyle Portraiture & Adventure Weddings 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

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  • February: São Paulo & Ilhabela, Brazil
  • March to May: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • June: Oslo, Norway
  • July: Dublin, Ireland & Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • July to November: Toronto, Oakville, Muskoka & all GTA, Canada

Exact dates & details will be announced soon. Bookings are limited. Past clients + those on my email list find out first and get to pick dates & times before they're announced to the public.

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Voted a Top Toronto Family Photographer by Toronto Mom Now

Featured on the Wedding Lovely Blog

Rated 5 stars on Wedding Wire

Founded in 2011 in Toronto, Canada, by passionate photographer 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, her personal favourite.

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, like elephants, we may never forget them. :)

{ Frequently Asked Questions }

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 & around Toronto (servicing all GTA + Muskoka region) during the summer & fall seasons, roughly from August to November, In Norway during June and/or 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 humans in pretty places.

I shoot mainly lifestyle portraits (families, children, newborn, maternity, couples & personal branding) + 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 and marketing materials.

I choose to shoot a small number of weddings every year, in order to give each my full attention. I give preference to capturing free-spirited couples and intimate cerimonies (small to medium-sized) that take place in nature.

Occasionally and depending on my availability, I also photograph other types of celebrations, from personal events such as birthday parties and baby showers to corporate events such as grand openings and fundraising galas.

Do you offer digital images with your portrait session?

Yep, every session comes with a full digital collection that includes *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 anytime, anywhere.

What are your fees?

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

For lifestyle sessions, I charge a flat-rate that already includes your session fee + a full digital collection with *all* of the best portraits of your session (100+).

No confusing packages or surprise fees. Just a single payment for my time & your portraits.

For weddings, I only offer stress-free all-day coverage. This means no hourly-based packages. I'm with you from beginning to end. 

Do you offer photobooks, prints & other keepsakes?

I most certainly do. I've taken the time to handpick uniquely beautiful fine-art boutique products to offer my clients, including premium photobooks, prints, frames & cards. They are all optional.

Turning your favourite portraits into precious heirlooms 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 discounts?

As a photographer, I completely understand that clients can have very different expectations when it comes to professional photography of both portraits and weddings, especially in regards to pricing (which can literally range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars) and how the final work is delivered (just a few digital images, lots of digital images, only prints & boutique products, etc).

As a client, you too should understand there is a photographer out there for every possible need, 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 spreading the word to friends & family.

I also offer a limited number of mini-sessions per season, which are more affordable and ideal for personal branding sessions or small families looking for just a few updated portraits. To find out more, please get in touch.

Can I have the RAW files of my photos?

Like most professional photographers, I don't provide RAW images - only fully retouched portraits, which are the ones that best represent my work and are consistent with my unique style.

For more, check out my blog post"On The Importance of Retouching & the Sale of Digital Files".

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 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)?

Absolutely. I 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 from the city for a few hours to go up north and photograph families and couples in beautiful lakeside cottages in the Muskoka region.

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

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 moments & expressions, as well as my particular way of retouching my photos, 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 my images speak to their heart, and they appreciate my style & 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 families & couples who also believe in the importance of "tangible memories", and who are excited to turn their favourite portraits into precious keepsakes.

So, if you're looking for a mega friendly photographer who will make the shooting experience fun & comfortable, and who will deliver a fairly big selection of uniquely retouched portraits, lovely enough to be framed and displayed in your home, or turned into a heirloom photobook to be enjoyed by your family for generations to come... then sure, 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 as I find that clients go into the whole experience feeling more relaxed when they know they won't have to pay in full for something they don't love.

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. 

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Love & light, Cami Mendes :)

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