Spinnin’ | Brenda & Amanda

Posted on 27th December 2016 in lifestyle

Brenda Holmes (aka. Ms Blenda, fb, instagram) asked me to shoot her, then she said she has a friend, Amanda (instagram), with a place that would work great to do a shoot in, and that Amanda also wanted to shoot. Then she said they wanted to shoot together! So, naturally I was very excited for this shoot.

When I first walked into Amanda’s place, I could only see large windows everywhere – a photographer like me dreams of locations like this. My job is then to find the angles that work, of course. Not only the big windows attracted me to her place, but her neighbor had a brilliant herb garden I should have taken clippings from to add to my dinner later.

I love shoots like this: when I walk in and the model(s) has the clothing we had brainstormed already out, paired, and awaiting review. Brenda also happens to be a clothing designer and Amanda has a fashion boutique Supercolour, so it was pretty damn easy work for me to ‘approve’ clothing choices. In fact, I suspect I probably said something like: “You two got this thing! You don’t need me here.”

So, I busied myself doing a bit of re-arranging to make the photographs magical.

tech specs // Sony a7 / Super Takumar 55mm f1.8 / Super Multi Coated Takumar 28mm f3.5

Loungin' with Brenda Holmes & Amanda Click here to read more.. »

The Strait of Georgia

Posted on 3rd December 2016 in adventure, nature

I cross the Strait of Georgia frequently. Back and forth, back and forth. I find that when I’m heading back to Vancouver Island I catch the best kind of sunset, if it’s not raining. On the way over, it’s usually around noon when I arrive – not so fine for them golden hour captures, but that’s all right. My trips over to the mainland are, for the most part, to do some photoshoots. If I’m lucky, I get to see a few friends.

There’s this funny thing I’m observing with myself, when I have photoshoots ahead of me, I tend to leave my camera in it’s bag and let the landscapes pass by with just my eyes watching, not my lens. I guess at the moment I’m ok with this, a focus of some sorts. But the idiom keeps popping up in my head: can’t see the forest for the tree.

This trip home I had just picked up a new to me 135mm lens from Russia, probably a 50 year old fully manual lens, so I was pretty eager to sit on top of the BC Ferry and catch some landscapes.

I’ve got to say, these are some of my favourite photographs of this crossing I’ve ever captured.

tech // Sony a7 / Jupiter 11A 135mm f4

Strait of Georgia from a BC Ferry by Ned Tobin
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In a Stereo | Alex Mei

Posted on 31st October 2016 in lifestyle

When I go into a shoot, I have learned to drop all ideas of what I had planned, and leave what comes next as an open slate for magic. It usually works out pretty good because expectations can lead to stress and ignoring the flow. When capturing souls that’s not too smart, if you ask me. Alex Mei (prev shoots, soundcloud, fb) didn’t disappoint me. I love going into people’s homes to shoot them because when you’re in your own home you have so much more of a wardrobe to pull from.

I realize that the next step of my evolution as a photographer is to start working with more of a team. People to help me see the things that I miss and help in ways that I am not so strong. I had a stylish friend lined up to help me out with this casual shoot, hoping we could play off one another and find common ground, but an unfortunate series of events led me once again to show up by myself. However, Alex had a friend who prided himself as a particularly stylish fellow, and also a chef, so things worked out alright I’d say. Though I must admit, it’s not too hard to put me in a good mood with olives and cider. It was a bit funny for me since I don’t eat animal based foods anymore (not because I do not like animal based foods), because when I showed up, he was making two huge plates of deli meats and cheese. It was hard for me to stare such delicatessens in the face.

Alex is a musician who regularly kills it in clubs and at festivals. After the shoot we jumped in her car to head to the liquor store and everywhere I looked inside the car was some kind of sticker from a festival she’d played at. She said sorry about the mess and told me how she had just returned from a festival a few days earlier and her car had basically been her living room for a few days. I know it’s hard after festivals like that to return back to city life, the beat of festival life still coming in waves.

tech specs // sony a7 / super takumar 55mm f1.8 / super multi-coated takumar 28mm f3.5

 

Alex Mei by Ned Tobin Click here to read more.. »

Jet | Audrey Hipturn

Posted on 17th October 2016 in fashion, lifestyle, portraits & headshots

Every time Audrey Hipturn (fb, instagram) and I brainstorm a shoot, it’s a dream. She’s got creative ideas and great suggestions and does the extra little bit to make the shoot magic. It’s always such a pleasure to work with her, and it makes me a bit sad that her and her partner have moved to the UK to pursue studies at school. Smart woman.

I had a friend of a friend’s apartment for a few days that was nearly empty and all white, and was able to jam pack it with humans to photograph for a few days, Audrey being one of them. Living on the island these days, it’s like a magical mystery tour for me when I book shoots in Vancouver. Late night conversations, shooting till I’m exhausted, and I usually make my way to Foundation for some delicious vegan food to loud old school rap – all a big blur of commotion.

Audrey had an idea to shoot with nachos, which I was totally on board for, but I always like to plan shoots with a few different styles to maximize the amount of photographs that I can use without it feeling like too much of the same person in the same clothes. Ah hah! His tricks.

tech specs // sony a7 / super takumar 55mm f1.8

Audrey Hipturn in Black by Ned Tobin Click here to read more.. »

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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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