We went to the professional selfie studio in Toronto and had a blast

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Toronto has its own professional selfie studio, so you can get professional-level photos without the pressure of posing for a stranger.

I’m not one to enjoy my time in front of a camera. I suddenly forget what to do with my hands and my body, I forget how to smile, I don’t know where to look. It’s usually a tragic mess. Step into Monography, a professional photography studio where you’re in control.

Hayley, our social media specialist here at Daily Hive, doesn’t like having her picture taken either, but I dragged her with me to Monography anyway. Turns out we both had a great time!

So how does it work?

All you need is a small remote control. Like an Apple TV remote, you can hide it in your hand, press the button halfway to focus, and press it all the way to take the shot. Hiding the remote wasn’t my forte, a few of my photos looked like a stock photo of someone turning on the TV.

Nailed it. (Monograph)

At Monography, there is a room for black and white photos and a room for color photos! There’s even a photo booth if you want an updated version of the old fashioned mall photo booth photos!

The monochrome studio is the largest of the studios and comes with a large fan to get that perfectly windblown shot. The studio has two screens next to the camera, on one screen you can see yourself to make sure you are centered. The other screen will show you the image you just captured.

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monochrome workshop

Once in the room, you have 25 minutes to take as many photos in as many poses as you want! Just make sure you don’t jump, you don’t want to damage the equipment!

After not quite knowing what to do with ourselves, we experimented with fun poses and got some great black and white photos of ourselves and each other. By the end of our time in the monochrome studio, we were basically models.

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Brooke and Hayley in Monography’s Monochrome studio

As you can see from the photos above, you can get all kinds of poses! It’s also a great way to find your best angle. In the end, we took 43 monochrome studio shots. We were both at a loss for ourselves, in hindsight I should have researched some top notch model poses before our trip so we could really nail the full body shots. Despite the uncertainty, I will say that some of the photos really captured my vibe.

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Monochrome workshop at Monography

After Hayley and I finished in the monochrome studio, we moved on to the panchrome studio where you can take color portraits.

This studio is smaller than the monochrome room, but has wonderfully colored backgrounds to achieve that perfect eye-catching portrait. The incredibly nice staff were able to help us change the background colors and suggested a tone they thought would work best!

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Panchrome workshop at the Monograph

The panchrome studio works the same way, you have 25 minutes to take as many shots as you want!

In the end, we took almost 100 photos in the panchrome studio. Hayley and I felt more comfortable with the smaller space and the closer shots. It was easier for both of us to recall memories of photo days at school and how to pose properly while sitting on a stool.

Book your own session

You will need to book your session in advance, you can choose between monochrome or panchrome, or do both!

Sessions are $70 each. The session includes 25 minutes in the studio (for two people), and five minutes to select the two shots you want to retouch and print. Each session is accompanied by a print of two retouched shots and two unretouched shots. You can either pay $30 to get access to all the digital files from the shoot, or leave a review or tag them on social media to download the files for free!

Click here to make your reservation. Whether you’re looking for new portraits, want an Instagrammable hangout, or want a family portrait, Monography is definitely worth it!

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At the end of the day, Hayley and I had a great time at the studio. I left Monography feeling much more confident in my ability to be in front of a camera and with a desire to return. I barely got home before updating all my social media profile pictures.



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