Graceful Lake | Ava Lure

Posted on 7th September 2015 in fashion, lifestyle

The first time I saw Ava Lure I held my breath as she danced her graceful heart upon her soon-to-be-discarded sleeves as one of the members of Pandora & the Locksmiths (fb, tumblr), a collective of burlesque dancers, musicians, and vocalists. Every single time from then on it keeps getting better: more emotion, more grace, more connection, more fire.

I was flattered when Ava contacted me about doing a shoot with her. She said: “Hey Ned, I have been pretty inspired by this image for a while and wanted to see what you thought about it.” And that’s how it all started.

We headed out to Sasamat Lake, a place I head to on those incredibly hot days in Vancouver when I needed some water to jump into, which has this slightly weird but totally awesome cement pier that goes across the lake. The perfect place to dive in from and also the perfect location for THIS.

We timed everything almost perfect. When we got there, we were the only people on the pier and this lasted for most of the shoot (except one very long line of kids from a summer camp). Just as we finished the last set and I was changing into my swim trunks to jump in, we were immediately surrounded by about 10 people!

Oh summertime, how good you are.

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Magic Nymph, Golden Lake | Lola Frost

Posted on 25th October 2014 in fashion, risque

Lola Frost’s (fb, twitter, tumblr, instagram) and mine’s relationship is one of artist and muse, of collaborator and inspiration. We have pushed each other numerous times before, and I can only hope it will continue.

I’ve had the idea to tie branches into the hair of a magical nymph for a while, and finally when Lola and I drove up the Sunshine Coast of BC we found the perfect spot to dig into this.

With the summer’s end fast approaching, it felt like everything was the warm color of gold.

Oh, and did I mention she had long ass braids? Those were done by by Kristi Johanson of East Vanity Parlour (fb)!

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Red, White and Blue | August Wiled

Posted on 14th August 2014 in fashion, risque

August Wiled (FB, Twitter, Instagram) and I have been friends for a while, so it was delightful to get together for another creative project and talk and talk and talk (you may remember her from our shoot in the country from back in 2012). Projects like these for me typically occur over several months of planning, shooting ideas off one another, and lots and lots of excitement. It’s magical when it all comes together. Oh, and that striped suit she’s wearing? She sewed that herself.

For this shoot we had planned to do it at an abandoned grandstand but when we arrived at the location (Burnaby Lake) we found that there was some kind of summer camp going on with all sorts of kids and parents bustling about the boats and kayaks and lounging in sun chairs… The quick thinkers we are, we improvised.

Oh, and this has got to be one of the hottest days I’ve ever photographed on. Big up to August for holding it down like the professional she is.

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Green Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Posted on 3rd November 2013 in adventure, nature

I have been driving by Green Lake my entire life on the beautiful Highway 97. I have camped at the Lake many times, and seen it in every season and weather imaginable. However, in recent years it’s just the middle of a long road for me from/to the north/south. I rarely stop there anymore to explore.

I did a shoot with Jilleena recently, and remembered how beautiful that area truly is, so the last time I was by I decided to take a detour around the lake. It added an hour to my journey, but oh was it worth it. Such a beautiful day.

I’ve always been in love with a forest of birch trees. Something about it makes me feel at one with nature, entangled in it’s beauty. When I was walking today with my mother, she told me how her grandmother – my great-grandmother – loved them because it reminded her of Latvia. Connection made.

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Miss Jilleena is a Cowgirl

Posted on 15th July 2013 in fashion

On the morning of this shoot, I was set to drive the 2hrs it took to get to the location. I had my bags around my shoulder and as I was about to step out of the door, I double checked to make sure I had my car keys with me.

No dice.

It took me two and a half hours to find those car keys. Two hours which included, but not limited to: a new BCAA membership, one BCAA operator breaking into my car, dismantling the couch, refolding a few loads of laundry, numerous phone calls, and one (now wrecked) old clothes hanger.

All that done, I found the keys and jumped on the road. What was no doubt frustrating for Jilleena was that almost the entire drive out there, I had no cell reception! Poor Jilleena thinking I wasn’t coming and then I was…

Alas, I arrived in Lone Butte, BC, of all places, and pulled off the shoot with beautiful weather, and an even more beautiful model. The location was beyond expectations: on a Guest Ranch kind of in the middle of nowhere.

I met Jilleena Askewe on Model Mayhem, and we had been planning a shoot for a while. Every time it might have worked, one of us wasn’t around! But, finally we connected and it… well, what do you think?

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