Sufey is a Yogi

Posted on 1st October 2016 in lifestyle

Sufey (fb, instagram, previous posts) was the first yogi that I had the opportunity to photograph a few years ago now, and I’m happy to also call her my friend. She was one of the lead instructors at Yoga University, the Yoga Teacher Training that I was invited to photograph and video tape in Maui, and now she continues her path in the yoga world with her own Sufey Yoga, where she teaches and celebrates the world round. Being a friend of Sufey’s will always make me feel lucky. I’ve had the opportunity to see her grow and learn and change and experience the world, which humbles me when looking at it in a timeline, but she always leaves me feeling motivating whenever I get the chance to sit down and have a chat with her.

If you know her, you’ll know that she’ll want to do yoga wherever she is. Walking down the street: ‘Hey, want to do some yoga?’ Midnight in the middle of winter: ‘Anybody want to do some yoga?’ Without a doubt, she’s a yogi.

This was photographed at Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park.

tech specs // sony a7 / Super Takumar 55mm f1.8 / Jupiter 11A 135mm f4

Sufey Chen doing Yoga in Victoria Click here to read more.. »

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Blonde in Black | Analissa Longoria

Posted on 3rd May 2016 in lifestyle, portraits & headshots

Analissa Longoria is a fellow photographer who’ve I’ve been lucky enough to call my friend. She has a unique eye that’s studied far more then I have of the nuances and styles of some of the legends. I admire her vision and respect her own style that is emerging from her exploration.

And I managed to convince her to sit in front of my lens! (consider this quite the feat)

I was blown away by the emotion she gave me, such simple and elegant body posture that spoke so much to me. Her fearless spirit jumped right in.

All shots were done with natural lighting.

Analissa in Black

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Poésie de Pole avec Leiah Luz

Posted on 14th April 2016 in lifestyle

Reflecting back on these photographs of Leiah Luz (previous posts, instagram, fb) we made earlier in the year makes me realize how poetic every experience is with her. This is what I strive to capture as a photographer, and always the space I aim to nurture. I realize that a collaboration implicitly means it takes two to create such magic, and without such a openness of those involved, it can never be accomplished.

You should check out Leiah’s feeds on social medias because this woman is doing some pretty marvelous things with her body in motion. Yesterday I was watching her doing a handstand while in the splits with her back leg as a wave. Motivation and beauty. Right there.

Pole dancer and instructor Leiah Luz of Vancouver, BC in Tantra Fitness Click here to read more.. »

Audrey Hepburn’s Not Dead

Posted on 28th March 2016 in fashion, lifestyle, portraits & headshots

Her stage name is Audrey Hipturn (fb), cause she’s fancy like that. I’ve been lucky enough to photograph her a few times now that she’s relocated to Vancouver. I don’t think there’s anybody else I shoot who comes as close to shooting pinup as shooting with Audrey does. The last shoot we did I had to pause halfway through it and get on her case for trying to make me shoot such a thing!

Most of the stuff we shoot together leans more to the boudoir side of things, so it’s not posted on this site (see here), but this one sure was!

If it’s not immediately evident, this shoot was based on Audrey Hepburn’s role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, from 1961.

It was funny. The hair was all done, the dress was on, and we pulled out the cigarette holder and then we both looked at each other: “Did you bring a cigarette?!” Luckily, when I ran downstairs I found a lovely couple who, before I managed to explain the full concept of the shoot – both of their jaws hanging slightly ajar – pulled out a cigarette and handed it to me.

Hair was done by Kristi Farr of the East Vanity Parlour (fb) (see the EVP hair shoot I did with them here, and other shoots EVP has helped me on).

Dress was supplied by Amy Meraki.

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Gone Pickin’ Shrooms

Posted on 20th February 2016 in adventure, lifestyle, nature

My brother, Bart, has slowly become more and more passionate about naturalism: listening to the land so it can tell us how to survive off it by gathering and harvesting. Perhaps he’s always been this way.. Anyways, he’s been learning about fungii, spends weeks picking berries and climbing through a natural playground. In short, he’s becoming a wild man.

Naturally, I’ve also picked up some of this interest.

Last autumn, him and I made a trip into the Kootneys to look for chanterelle and lobster mushrooms. It was a trip filled with much philosophizing, introspection, and heated debates confusing the realistic with the ideal. We slept in his camper van with socks on, showered by a splash of ice cold lake water, made tea by a propane stove inside his van, and spent all day walking through the forest on the hunt.

The smart way to cut mushrooms is by using a plastic knife: much less painful when you slip and fall on a plastic knife then your razor sharp hunting cadaver. I wore a compass every day. The number of times I thought I knew the direction I was heading, only to confirm with my compass I was nearly heading the wrong way always blows my mind. I blame it on the slope of the land. When you’re walking on a 30-45deg slope around the base of a mountain for a few hours, it’s hard to orient oneself I guess.

Also, there are thousands of fungii types, and I’m learning I’m horrible (or it’s hopeless) at naming them! I know the Lobsters are right..

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