Toronto Boudoir Photographer Raven Ouellette takes on a 365 challenge to photograph herself every day of 2014. She teams up with Ottawa Contract Flirt and Flutter Photographers specializing in Boudoir Photography.


Little Known Ways to 365

Ok so I DEFINITELY suck at this whole blogging everyday stuff… but I am working hard at catching up on my 365. I will be working on editing and capturing 365 images of myself this year hopefully on a daily basis, and they will get more creative and interesting as the months go by I promise.

There has been a lot going on in my life this year already and we are barely into the second quarter-eeep!

I have recently begun my touring of the US beginning with my first ever trip to California!!! I have only ever been to Florida (Disney World 2x); New York state (Watertown) and Massachusetts (Salem) so this was exciting.

I headed over to San Francisco, did a photo shoot, and did a lot of touring…including the infamous Alcatraz! These photos might not be the most exciting in an artistic sense but it was hard as I wasn’t feeling the greatest it was packed and I was carrying a bunch of stuff…but I do highly recommend you go it is a lot of fun! They have a night tour as well I totally wish I had gone to that. Dr. Luke was tempted in trying to hide in a cell and stay overnight. We instead headed back to the hotel ( I do not recommend the Majestic by the way) and watched “Escape from Alcatraz” also not really recommended- listening to the story at Alcatraz WAY BETTER…why do I hate almost all Clint Eastwood movies?

Besides Alcatraz I went to Pier 39 for some shopping delicious veggie burger and to photograph the beautiful sea lions hanging out there :) and I already knew the differences between Sea Lions and Seals thanks to my trip to the West Edmonton mall ;)

I also promise the 365 photos will get better as I will begin capturing them myself. Having others take the photos is a bit of a cheat and also creates more work for me in Photoshop- Not that I have been doing my best work either, as I am playing catch up right now.

I know I’m also cheating adding photos of not only myself but my love…however we so rarely take photos together and have an entire trip to Dublin without a single photo of us together there that I make an effort for that too.

Back to San Francisco. Ok so in addition to Alcatraz and Pier 39 we played in the Exploratorium in Presidio Park, next to the Palace of Fine Arts where I climbed the columns- I have yet to visit Rome but it’s so gorgeous you feel like you’re there.

As James Brown said “take it to the bridge” and so we did. Taking a walk in the foggy San Fran, checking out the gorgeous and architecturally stunning Golden Gate Bridge. SO exciting!

The last bit of the trip was in Toronto where we came for our second time attending a Kevin Smith Q & A. So much fun. One of my other New Years resolutions was not only the 365 but to loose 15 pounds and 2% body fat. One of the ways I am achieving that is by doing sugar-restrictions. From January 2nd-February 1st (30 DAYS) I was sugar free!!! The ONLY sugar I had was in fruit and the occasional slice of pizza (4x).

My biggest and only addictions are: cheese, chocolate, Dr. Pepper and cupcakes. I was free of 3/4 for 30 days, including the entire San Francisco trip. I am allowing myself 5 days of it before I start another 3 weeks sugar free. This time: wheat free as well- Oh My!!!

Stay tuned for more photos and more exciting announcements!!! BIIIIIIIG stuff happening this year!


How have your 2012 New Years Resolutions been going?

Happy New Website Flutterbunnies!!!!

I thought I would have had the newsletter prepared for you buy now, but that is the next on my list for sure! Luckily however this beautiful new site is up and running along with the booking site so that is pretty exciting.

One of my many New Years Resolutions this year is my 365 project…taking a photograph every day- most of which (if not all) will be self portraits :D

I also wanted to lose 15 pounds and 2% body fat. I have lost 12 pounds and 1.5% body fat…very close. I had set a goal to have an “or else” of dying my hair green. I haven’t followed my resolutions 100% to my goals, however I have been working diligently on them and came very close so I have decided that is worth not having green hair. Also I recently dyed my hair a nice blonde and do not want to ruin it. I have taken a bunch of 365 photos and edited them. I am not quite at 1 per day, however I have alos recently hired an intern which will also help me get up to speed on my photos so I am pretty psyched :)

To start off let’s begin with the completely awful “Before” photo…to be replaced shortly with an “After”

Next will be a photo I edited  a self portrait (well taken by Dr. Luke really) at  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Vancouver- probably my favorite place in Vancouver-so beautiful, so peaceful.

My second photo was another self portrait in the black white and color style that is always so popular with friends, family and clients which is pink and butterfly filled (both on my top as well as the gorgeous Tiffany’s necklace I received over the holidays). Great Promo photo for Flirt and Flutter.

So please let me know what your New Years Resolutions were and how you are doing with them - if you’re BRAVE post it below, or inbox me on facebook, click a photo and email it to me…and check out the upcoming newsletter to find out tips and tricks on how to ensure you achieve it this year!