Love + Hate | Nite Mare

Posted on 23rd September 2015 in fashion, lifestyle

Thug Dance (day 1577)

I’m an East Van thug
I’ve got dimes for your eyes
I wrote empty lines
For shoes your size.

Beats’n’bustin
And breakin signs,
I’ve locked this hood
On playing this rhyme

Crack crack
Break a ga-lack
Break your mother fuckin’ knees
Smack; my attack

From Hasting’s to Oppenheimer
To Railtown smokin’ crack
These pimps are all small time
Knock’n at my back.

I’ve got thugs in my pocket
From Strathcona to Clark
Commercial to Main,
Remember sucker, East Van’s the land

All you rebels cryin’ loud
My shit’s locked tight
Now strap on your booties,
Baby, let’s dance!


Ladies and gentlemen, Nite Mare (fb, instagram, previous posts) of The Lost Girls (previous posts, fb).

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Dreaming with Lu Lee

Posted on 12th March 2015 in fashion, lifestyle, risque

In a Gaze (day 1378)

Slip sideways with a fuzzy dream
And carry those loose blossoms
That follow your footsteps
With a delicate clutch,
Simply to answer questions
From far away strangers
With elegant movement,
Shared back in a gaze.


 

As always, Lu Lee (fb, archives) has made simple delight as elegant as a dream.

This shoot was done in the alleys of EastVan. Alleys in any downtown area are a little interesting to shoot in; it doesn’t really offer the same clean style one gets from shooting in a studio with a seamless, but I kind of like things being a little rough around the edges. However, shooting in an alley in a business district during working hours, it’s funny how many businesses really do use their alleys and loading docks. Who’d a thought?

I liked finding that Porsche sitting in the parking lot, conveniently.

 

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Drag my Heart | Ann Narky

Posted on 17th July 2014 in fashion, portraits & headshots, risque

Ann Narky is a very foxy lady with a go big or go home attitude. When I pulled up to location she was standing outside her car fully done up and ready to rock and roll as homeless bottle collectors pushed their fully loaded shopping carts on by. She had the props, the outfits, refreshments, the hair, and the attitude ready. A dream to work with.

We did the shoot down in the warehouse district of East Van, just south of Terminal and east of Main.

As usual, my trusty Canon T1i and 50mm 1.8 was used.

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Leiah Luz’s Ghetto Blaster

Posted on 24th April 2014 in fashion

While planning the shoot, Leiah Luz sent me some images of inspiration to model the shoot after. I couldn’t help but notice the consistency of a ghetto blaster in all the images, a heavy 90s NYC rap scene vibe. So, when I was killing time in a Value VillagĂ© and stumbled upon this ghetto blaster – shoot already set and penciled in the calendar at this point – it is needless to say how excited the both of us were finding the necessary prop for the shoot.

Leiah is a hip hop dancer and booty shaking afficiando, and a well traveled one at that. She recently returned from a journey to LA to mess with some of the best in the business. I know from my own experiences on journeys – and talking to her – that you return a changed person. Motivation. You may remember her from the last shoot we did together in a graveyard, Apparitions and Ghosts.

We did this shoot in an East Van alley just off Hastings street. You know a person is packin’ some cojones when they hardly break a pose when a alley wanderer wanders by with nothing but up and down eyes.

We were parked in the lot of a community center, and as we were finishing up the shoot kids were filing into the community center which had an after school care program. So all the young boys in there were trying to get a view of her out the windows – shown at the top of the first image below. I heard one of them yell, “you’re heavenly.”

I couldn’t agree more.

 

2014.04.08 - Leiah Luz (29 of 572)

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East Vancouver Chinatown Photowalk

Posted on 6th March 2012 in Street Photography, wandering

A few weeks ago now a few friends of mine, and friends of theirs, got together for a wandering of sorts; something that is popularly being called a photowalk. This involves a few friends getting together to walk around and take photographs. It’s a cool idea, and I enjoy the opportunity I get to ask other photographers how they are taking their photographs, little styles.

The day turned out to be perfectly sunny, very harsh sun, which I’m finding I love for the contrast it gives on the subject.

As I walked the streets, I asked a friend, @AspiringMedia from twitter, how he was using his 50mm prime, f/1.8 on autofocus and still getting good photographs as he quickly snaps the photograph. He told me that he sees the person coming, and slowly gets them in his frame, and autofocuses them the whole time they’re walking towards him until they are in the desired spot, then the camera is already focused, and *SNAP. Theres the photograph. I know to some of you this may seem obvious, but wow did this just step my game up a notch.

I still complain a little bit about the speed at which the autofocus of my f/1.8 works at [very slow for those of you who don’t know], but I’ve managed to not miss as many of the shots as I was before with this technique. So thanks, man.

Well, how do you think I did using this new technique?

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