"I wish every photographer was as F**king good as you!"
Chef/ Restaurant Owner/TV Personality
Harry Potter's Lucius Malfoy/The OA/Star Trek....
"As someone who hates getting their picture taken, I am glad there is a Helen Tansey around. She makes the process quick, painless, and actually fun. And the results never fail to amaze me. All hail Helen!"
"The one thing I hate is sitting for headshots. As an actor it is a necessity, nonetheless I find it an arduous task...that is until I did a session with Helen. She made me feel at ease, comfortable and relaxed. Now I have the task of trying to decide which photo to use. They are all great!! Helen is a wonderful kind, soulful human being. Thank you H.T."
"Helen has a process where she makes you feel incredibly comfortable. She gets as excited as you do when you get the photo you are looking for. The end result is an amazing picture and a new friend."
"I love the way that Helen photographs woman; her ability to capture each individual's beauty is absolute magic. She is a bundle of bright, luminous energy, and working with her was easy, relaxing and an absolute joy."
"Helen has a most startling gift for getting that shot that reflects her subject's most precious secret. She makes you honest"
"Helen is one of the most beautifully talented people I know. Her ability to capture one's true personality on camera is second to none. She knows how to bring out the very best in anyone she photographs & does it in the most relaxing way possible. She is a shining light who knows exactly how to make you shine in front of the camera."
The word Sundari (in Sanskrit) means beautiful, and the photos in this section of the site are intended to celebrate women who are 40 and older. It is a celebration of women's inner and outer beauty, their spirit, wrinkles, lines, and grey hair. I hope you enjoy these beautiful woman and their pearls of wisdom.
Elizabeth Mitchelle age 56
“The conversation is shifting. We’re not invisible; we’re coming into focus. I feel more visible now in my fifties than I ever have, and on a much stronger and positive platform. As a young woman I was fraught with notions of not being good or kind or smart enough, and felt guilt and shame when it was I who had been shown unacceptable behaviours. I was frightened by what I now know as my radiance—that inner spark within us all that connects us to the infinite—so I tried to hide it. I’ve had to learn to ditch that approach, appreciate what I have, and move on. Growing older has taught me this. I’m not interested in being invisible. I want to shine—“like the moon and the stars and the sun”—for myself and hopefully encourage others to do the same while I’m at it. “Shine on… and on and on and on and on”.
Helen Holtham age 63
“When I ponder aging, I think where I've come from and how I got to where I am. I have been blessed with; the love, support, inspiration and direction of wonderful family, friends, and acquaintances; the laughter and the tears of life; the chance to keep my inner child alive (even though she plays hide and seek a lot!); an open mind that likes to continually learn and try new things; acceptance and understanding; a pure joy of interacting with others and the world around me; the strongest belief that there is a POSITIVE, and a REASON for EVERYTHING !! “
" I think that being happy is most important and I'm a very happy person so I pass it on wherever I can. You cannot be depressed if your laughing."
Business owner of Elizabeth Grant/Mother/ 94 years old and fabulous.
Renee Lalonde age 60
“To be a woman that is taken seriously, treated equally and with respect has been a long and challenging journey for us. We’ve seen and experienced indignities simply for being female and yet we forge ahead. Being a strong, capable woman takes ambition, confidence and a myriad of other attributes that we’re often chastised for, yet we continue to strive. A woman’s power and strength is rarely equal to a man’s but innately we embrace the differences. We have the ability to propagate the species, we grow and nurture and love our baby boys and girls equally, yet we still find ourselves in a struggle with patriarchy and inequality. We have a power that is like no other, we’re in the position to teach our son’s, nephew’s and brothers respect- by example…”
Julie Thompson age 46
“When I was younger I cared about what they thought of me. Now that I’m older, I care about what I think of myself. When I was younger I believed beauty flowed from the outside in. Now that I’m older, I know beauty resonates from the inside out. When I was younger I wanted so much to fit in and be apart of the group. Now that I’m older, I recognize that I’m the perfect fit for MY perfect group. When I was younger I wanted so much to be loved. Now that I’m older, I know that I am LOVE. When I was younger I wanted to look like her. Now that I’m older, I welcome that woman who stares back at me. A Divine Goddess, perfectly imperfect, aged to perfection. Now that Im older.”
Tania Parrish 60
“Laughter is my release, celebrating the joyful and easing the difficult. Singing is my bliss, my divine. Love is my anchor.”
Vivian Winther 1966
Aging requires strength, wisdom, self love, fortitude, humility and so much more. There are only so many laps you can run until you need to pass the baton... there’s a grace that is required in getting older ... Embrace every stage of your life. To fight it is folly. Accepting where you are is not only generous to yourself but to those who are younger and need their time to shine...
Tabby Johnson age 64
“Each cobblestone gets a little smoother with each foot that walks along with us. I have been blessed with my life of fellow travelers… Thus far in joy-filled solidarity”
Teri Hart age 46
“There was a time when I thought about lying about my age, but that would also require lying about all the experiences my life has been filled with. These experiences have shaped me and are filled with other women who have pushed me forward and held me up. I now am the person who wants to push others forward and hold others up.”
Trudy Weiss 69
“There are those comfortable easy moments when all of it finally makes Perfect Glorious Dazzling Sense. There are as many uncomfortable moments of Crazy Frightening Uncertainty. They are all of equal value in the creation of my story. I have to respect and value and make a real effort to appreciate the shinning light in all of it. Life’s Len’s capture’s it all, just like Helen’s lens. Look right at it and ask for more.... I like to think the Universe has my back, both because I love that phrase and because I realize it to be so. It has your back too.”
Michelle Leman age 56
“Love, embrace, celebrate, sing and dance with your powerful, exceptional ever-changing self. What one person sees as a flaw, another will see as perfection. Be yourself. Live your truth.”
Jennifer Dale age 62
"I hope we may at long last agree on the antiquated notion of 'past prime', No more 'best before' dates. We go on ripening, growing deeper roots, bearing fruit. We're mulching and making wine to lift in glasses of thanks. One may arrive given a birth chart all squared on a fixed cross but learning the steps to this divine collaboration we're invited to is a mutable dance. For sure, at least part of the secret is trust. Knowing when it's time to gestate in the dark and when to begin again. Always. Again."
“When we become open and receptive to the ordinary, we discover: The one is the way to the many. The specific is the way to the spacious. The now is the way to always. The here is the way to the everywhere. The material is the way to the spiritual. The visible is the way to the invisible.” - a quote by Mary Beth Ingham
"Dance me to the end of love."
Louisa Baumander 1948
Wow! Into my 7th decade. Fantastic! The future no longer stretches towards infinity, so I try to make each day as pleasant as I can for myself and for the other lives I connect with. Old age is not a pretty sight. It takes enormous courage to live through it. But, as my dad would say, “better than the alternative” I miss my parents but they are always with me. All the people who have passed through my seven decades are with me. Their essence is in my cells. I remember them. Below are ideas I aspire to but don’t mange all the time: Surround yourself with positive energy. Your natural instinct will connect you to people who will not harm you, to practices that will heal and enhance. If you are harmed along the way, let the memory and it’s resulting negative emotion go as quickly as you can. If you have insight enough to recognize them, dispel self defeating thoughts with positive affirmations . Study cognitive thinking. It changed my life. Accept that the life you lead is a result of the choices you made along the way. Blame yourself for procrastination. Nothing in life comes without a cost. From Pema Chodron’s “When Things Fall Apart” ....”when you have made good friends with yourself, your situation will be more friendly too”
“Working with Sundari Photography is always a pleasure. Helen and her team have an amazing ability to bring out everyone’s personality in the photograph, while delivering a professional but relaxing experience. We constantly look forward to having them back continue capturing our growth.”
Vice President, Marketing at Dental Corp
The Baker Sisters
We have had our photos taken many times for our show The Baker Sisters on the Food Network but no one has been able to chapture the true essecce of us like Helen. She has an amazing gift to make you feel so comforalbel infront of the lens.
"Helen has the ability to bring out everyones inner beauty as well as what you see physically, she really captures the "soul" of the person she is photographing"
Owner of Cykl
"I'm someone who gets extremely nervous in front of the camera, but Helen makes the whole experience very comfortable and actually enjoyable! She gives great direction, she makes great conversation to help relax you, she's genuine, personable, and even reminds you to breathe! Not to mention her incredible ability to take outdoor pictures during on of Toronot's worst rain storms that flooded the city - the pictures came out so vibrant and colourful you wouldn't have any idea it was gloomy and dark around us! She is my go-to for all types of shots whether head shots or out in nature."
Sarah Maughan, BA,RHN
Registered Holistic Nutritionist
"I love working with Helen. From the moment I walked into her studio I knew that we were in good hands. The experience was easy, dare I say comfortable. With her, I feel at home in front of the camera. I have complete confidence that her guidance and creative eye will lead to something amazing. Helen’s calm and comfortable demeanor, never mind the fact that she is an amazing photographer, make for a totally enjoyable experience."
"I can’t wait to work with her again."
Morghan Fortier Co-Owner and Executive Producer, Tinman Creative Studios
"Helen was able to capture the fun and cool image we were looking for to launch our new business"