Forests for the World, Prince George, BC

Posted on 22nd May 2016 in adventure, nature, wandering

In Prince George, there is a region of forests they’ve dedicatedly labelled: Forests for the World. I’ve linked there to the Tourism PG‘s website that explains it fairly effectively.

When I was living last in Prince George, out our back door were trails that led me through this land, or more technically, to this land. On days I was feeling particularly ambitious, I would hike all the way up past the University of Northern British Columbia to the officially designated trail system.

In the news the other day, a man was attacked by a black bear along these trails, and survived because of his valiant dog! And it’s true, there are animals a plenty there. I remember one morning taking my dog, Angus, for a walk and we had an interesting encounter. There is a stretch along a path where there’s a big culvert separating two trails that go parallel. One the one path I walked, and on the other path was a mother moose and her little calf! I was happy it was blistering cold and by this time both Angus and I were b-lining it home as silently and quickly as possible. We would some mornings wake up and see that our composting buckets had been upturned by a bear at some point in the night. I remember one day my father and I cleaning muddy bear paw marks off the fence he had just built!

For this hike, I had a German Couchsurfer staying with me, and I took her up to see what the wilderness of Prince George, Northern BC was like.

A walk through Forests for the World by Ned Tobin in Prince George British Columbia Canada

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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.. »

Southern Vancouver Island the Long Way

Posted on 3rd April 2016 in adventure, nature, wandering

Last fall my Swiss friend Nene came to Canada. I offered my truck (and company) to tour her around BC so she could get to see this beautiful land the way that I see it, and the places that I know and am fond of in this land. Canadian pride I guess. The first leg of our journey took us North! To Prince George. The second leg we hopped on the ferry over to Vancouver Island where we did day trips from Shawnigan Lake and toured mostly the southern tip of the island – Victoria and up the West Coast of the island to Port Renfrew.

Our trip to Port Renfrew, we thought we were just taking a left and heading through some gravel roads and couldn’t get lost and make it to Port Renfrew – easy peasy. About 3 hours later we found ourselves in Sooke. From Shawnigan Lake, it should only take about 1hr to get to Sooke. Likewise, it should only take about 1.5hrs to get to Port Renfrew, so obviously we took the long, windy road to get there!

Our road took us on a series of logging roads, cut blocks, and dense forest. It was interesting to see deep inside the belly of the beast (the Canadian wilderness), but to be honest, the West Coast is just so wild and epic every single time I stand upon her shores, so I was kind of sad that our day along the coast was delayed in the backroads.

But, such is life.

As we made our way up the highway parallel to the Juan de Fuca trail network, we made a vow to stop at every single Provincial Park we came to.

This is what we saw.

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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.

Audrey Hipturn as Audrey Hipturn based on Breakfast at Tiffany's movie Click here to read more.. »