A Year in Photos – My Favourites from Photo Shoots in 2015

scarlett ballantybne, sam Chua Photography

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A friend of mine who is very well-versed in marketing recently dropped by for tea. We were talking big picture stuff, finding your niche and narrowing your product and offerings down to something very specific. Funny enough, I have been doing some internal review, creating some new artwork and also looking at trends within my own writing. Photography or rather, creating beautiful photos, either behind the scenes as a makeup artist, or in front of the camera, is one of my favourite things to do and I did a lot of it in 2015.

How can I incorporate more of this into my work? Into something more that I can sell.

Following are photos from different photo shoots that I worked on in each month of 2015. There were so many more but these are just a few of my favourites… It’s like Facebook Year in Review but better!
scarlett ballantybne, sam Chua Photography

January – I worked with photographer Sam Chua on a photoshoot for a model’s portfolio, and he snapped a few candids/headshots/makeup shots for me. This was one of my favourites from the series. Sometimes its fun to have a photo or two that isn’t so serious!

Stella & dot by scarlett, makeup by scarlett, photo shoot White Rock, Nomo Akisawa Photographer, simply sweet photography by Nomo Akisawa

February – A friend from Montreal was in town and wanted to treat herself to a fashion photoshoot! There were so many great photos from the two photographers that we worked with, and I was really happy with how her makeup turned out. This photo is by photographer, Nomo Akisawa.

Isabella, scarlett photographer

March – The girls and I spent a week in New York in March, for dance workshops and a Spring Break vacation – it was truly the trip of a lifetime and I got to practice my photography skills. I love this candid of Issy! Photo by Me!

we flawless

April – The month of dance competitions. April and May are very busy as a dance-family, and trying to balance it all can be hairy. However I was able to catch this very cool photos my girls during hip-hop rehearsal backstage right before a performance. It’s one of my favourites!

deb brown photography, isabella, scarlett ballantyne

May – My dear friend and photographer Deb Brown did a photoshoot for Isabella and her friends for her 15th birthday. I love how the photos turned out, and actually used some for my Scary Mommy article that was published in September. Deb does a variety of shooting styles – check out her new website HERE.


June – I participated in a photoshoot with my friend Diane Kennedy in June with her brand Cherry Velvet for the project #stunningatanysize. I was hired for makeup, but at the last minute, got to participate as well. Photo by Shimona Henry.

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July – I had to choose two because I have two gorgeous girls and I love so many of these photos. My friend Deb Brown wanted to do a shoot for her new website at the abandoned farm next to our houses, and we got so many great shots of her daughter and mine. She took the photos and I did the hair, makeup and styling. I just love how they turned out.

julianne hough, scarlett creative, scarlet photos, move live on tourjulianne hough, scarlett creative, scarlet photos, move live on tour


August – In August, we saw Julianne and Derek Hough in Move Live on Tour in Seattle. I was able to capture some amazing shots of them in action – again I have to post two as these are some of my favourites.

Photography by Michelle Horsman Photography, scarlett ballantyne makeup

September – This month we did a dance themes photoshoot – which I blogged about HERE and HERE – with Michelle Horsman Photography. I have known Michelle for a long time and appreciate her style which is very soft and pretty. She did an excellent job of all of the shots but the one above is a favourite.

klutch photography, tips for surviving a family photo shoot, dina stoddard, scarlett ballantyne

October – We try to do a family photoshoot every year, but sometimes it doesn’t happen. Since I have always wanted to shoot with Dina Stoddard of Klutch Photography, I contacted her when she opened up her mini-sessions for Fall. While all of the photos are lovely (and I used them in this HUFF POST article), the one of my husband and kids above is my favourite.

Scarlett Photography

November – I played around with so many photo settings and photos in November – thank goodness my kids are good sports when it comes to photos and getting them taken. Isabella and I spent an entire Sunday afternoon taking photos at different spots in November.

diane Kennedy, scarlett ballantyne

December – Okay this was taken at a shoot earlier in the year (January?) but I didn’t see it until December when it went live. It was a catalogue shoot for Diane Kennedy Clothing, taken by my old friend Shimona Henry. Sometimes it is hard to see photos of yourself in a shoot like this, but this one I rather liked (hair & makeup by me!).

And there you have it – a year in photoshoots. There are so many more, especially boudoir clients that I love but can’t share too many of…I hope to do many more Fashion and Boudoir shoots in 2016.

Do you have an idea for a shoot, or need ideas for your brand? Shoot me an email and we can make some magic together.

Honourable Mention I had to add this in, as it is another dear friend of mine that got her mojo back in 2014 and took the leap for a boudoir session. She looks amazing so I have to add that here too.

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My beautiful friend L, makeup by Scarlett (me!) and photo by Deb Brown Photography

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