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Portrait Couture is a boutique portrait studio specializing in Vanity Fair - styled portrait sessions. We create a unique experience of looking and feeling like the supermodels and celebrities for our clients. Among them are published authors, acclaimed singer/songwriters, corporate executives, philanthropists, media personalities and most of all the extraordinary adults and children that make their work so rewarding.

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Scoular Trish

Regina is a sweet lady who is energetic, kind hearted and a real gem at knowing how to bring out the best in each of us. I can’t thank her and Sergei enough for the wonderful time spent with both of them. They are professional and their work tops anything I have ever been involved with.

This was my first professional photo shoot, and one I will never forget. It’s reminded me after all the work I’ve done on myself, how much I love who I am and how my life has changed as a result.

I highly recommend Couture Photography, and know that it’s an experience you won’t forget; taking away so much while gaining confidence in who you are.
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Sandra Baron

Not only did Regina exquisitely capture in my self portraits my physical being, she effortlessly captured my spirit. I can look at myself, possibly for the first time in my life, and love what I see. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Regina for the opportunity to appreciate myself. More...

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Shelley Sims

Considering to have a photo shoot done can be an intimidating and vulnerable experience. With Regina's gentle nature, kind heart and photographer's skill she is able to put you at ease in a heartbeat. From pre-portrait preparation to the shoot itself, you are supported and encouraged to see the best in who you already are. A photo session is a great way to see yourself in a new light - an honouring of the person you have become, of the relationships you have nourished and cherish. Although we were having our makeup and hair done - which was fun - it was important to us to look and feel like ourselves. We did!
Thank you Regina for capturing a moment in time that is a treasure.
The entire experience has been a delight.
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Trina Legge

What an amazing experience! Regina taught me all about posing in a very encouraging and friendly way. She loves her work and is a genuinely nice person.

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Barbara Edie

Regina Akhankina could give her own masterclass on portrait photography. I just loved working with her and how she so naturally reveals the beauty within everyone she photographs--at any age. I'm going to recommend her to everyone I know who wants to look and feel beautiful... and see themselves in a new light. Thank you Regina! More...

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Molly Ashlie

Working with Regina was easy, comfortable, and a lot of fun! The finished photos were incredible. Thanks so much for the wonderful experience! <3

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Kate Shelton

What a wonderful experience shooting with Regina. Regina give clear and excellent direction when it comes to posing for your picture. Thank you for the great experience. More...

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Kim Sibbitt

This was a fabulous experience in a warm, friendly and magical environment. My nervousness was quickly put to ease starting from the application of my makeup, to styling my hair and all through the shoot. My dog Cheeky was welcome as were some special props I wanted to use in photos. Total comfort and flexiblity. More...

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Lynne Whalley

Thank you Regina for making my '50 & Fabulous' photo shoot so enjoyable. You are a consummate professional; calm, encouraging, fun and so very talented. It is easy to feel as though you are invisible when you reach your 50"s and a photoshoot such as this helps to make one feel like a million dollars! Thank you also to Alex Loughton for the lovely make-up and hair styling. More...

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Cecilia Velasco

It was a very nice experience to get my picture taken by Regina, she made the experience comfortable, enjoyable and quick. I was happy with the result and I am looking forward to doing more professional work with them. More...

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Shannon LeLievre Pierangeli

Regina's work is amazing and I am beyond thrilled with my portrait! It was my first time feeling like a real model and I recommend her for your next sitting! (I've got my eye on a fin art session!) More...

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Dani Patenaude

Such an amazing experience! Regina made me feel so comfortable and at ease and her portraits are just simply beautiful. I had never had my makeup done before and Alexandra was so sweet and did a fantastic job. I loved the products she used also.
Regina, Sergei and Alexandra are such a talented and professional team who made it a fun and positive experience which left me wanting to celebrate turning 50!
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Tammy Chamberlain

WOWed! What a fun time! My daughter did the "senior" photoshoot (for students graduation from high school). Did this, instead of the 'traditional' grad photos. Regina's hair & make up artists were there - @alexandraloughtonmakeupartist and did a great job on hair and make-up. My daughter looked every bit the glamorous, grown up woman, she has become. She came out of that experience with even more self-confidence - and when we saw her pictures - we were WOWed. More...

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Maggie Mackay

I had an amazing experience getting my portrait done with Regina, she makes you feel so at ease and comfortable with who you are which brings out the best in you.
I will recommend her to everyone, my photos were stunning.
Thank you Regina it was a blast.
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Karen Klassen

Lovely people and nice experience.
I would highly recommend this. They make you feel comfortable and the pictures are stunning! Regina and Sergei have a great eye for detail. The make up artist was a genuine person who made me feel beautiful as well. More...

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Michelle Tolentino

Last minute decision to fill in and go with a friend. Didn’t have much to wear on my trip out from Edmonton, but I had lots of fun and was put at ease and was very comfortable. They were both so professional and lovable. I loved the experience. Now, I have absolutely beautiful portraits for my 50th birthday to treasure forever. Regina is such a very, gifted and talented woman � More...

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Colleen Ivey

What a treat it was to have my hair and makeup done by the lovely Alexandra! Thank you! The transformation was delightful and to have Regina direct me in such a professional manner was impressive. The results of your keen eye are magnificent and I am truly grateful! This session was a time stamp for me to look back on with fondness. Thank you! More...

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Shayla Zant

Regina is amazing! She is so genuinely sweet, extremely talented, and very professional. I hesitantly chose to be featured in a Victoria Women in Business exhibit that Regina has created, and I am so glad that I did. It was an amazing experience, tons of fun, and all of my pictures turned out beautiful (and I am NOT one to ever like photos of myself!) I would highly recommend her! More...

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Susan Patricia Klingensmith

I have never been comfortable in front of a camera, every flaw, double chin, back roll jumped off the picture and chipped away at any self esteem I might have had left. I am very grateful I took the plunge and applied to her website. The makeup session was so enjoyable and I felt that so much respect was shown. I wasn't transformed into someone I didn't recognize, it was still 100% me, freckles and all! Regina was so patient and put me at ease. I ended up enjoying having my picture taken! A first for me!! I absolutely love my portraits, I wil be able to look back and say with joy, that this was me at 52!!! More...

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Sarah Jane

Regina is amazing! I am not a natural in front of the camera and she made me feel completely at ease. She is professional, easy going, and a joy to be around. The photoshoot was so much fun and the pictures are absolutely stunning! I absolutely love how they turned out! One of the best things about the shoot with Regina is her knowledge of posing. She guides you so naturally in specific postures and poses. This is a real stress for me usually when in front of the camera but with Regina it was a total breeze! I would recommend her photography to everyone! :) More...

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Business portrait sessions including professional hair and makeup by a stylist on my team, a styling assistance, and a full-service photo shoot.

Magazine-style portrait sessions including professional hair and makeup by a stylist on my team, a styling assistance, and a full-service photo shoot.

Timeless legacy portrait sessions including professional hair and makeup by a stylist on my team, a styling assistance, and a full-service photo shoot.

Intimate sessions including professional hair and makeup by a stylist on my team, a styling assistance, and a full-service photo shoot.