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.. »

Yoga with Leiah Luz at Dharma Yoga

Posted on 5th February 2016 in lifestyle

Leiah Luz and I have worked together a bunch of times now (prev posts), and every single time it’s pure magic. I’m sure I’ve said this before, and I hope to say it again.

Leiah is a pole dance and fitness instructor. I’ve been watching her social media feeds and seeing some of the little videos and photos she’s been posting that are blowing my mind. She can bend herself into asanas that I’ve not ever really witnessed anybody do. She’s also training in the circus and teaching what she’s dubbed Cirque Fit, usually at Dharma Movement Company in Vancouver.

Understanding that I’m consciously trying to focus on lifestyle photographs by capturing people in their element doing what they love and know best, this was a perfect opportunity for me. Reflecting on these photographs it’s really hard for me not to be excited about this direction in my photography.

Everything was shot in natural lighting, with an m42 adapter on my Sony a7 camera for my 58mm Helios 44-2 lens (which made it all a little bit dreamy).

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Light Angels | Leiah Luz

Posted on 30th June 2015 in After Dark, art

When accidents happen, it’s not wise to lament their existence, but rather celebrate in their exposure and revel in the situation you have in front of you to now work with. Particularly in art, for this is the journey.

Leiah Luz (see our previous shoots) and I did a shoot at the Vancouver Burlesque Center in the midst of darkness. Experimenting with lighting is something I don’t get a chance to do much, or really have that much drive to explore. But when it comes, it’s fun to see what magic can be made. After all, photography is all playing with light.

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Midnight Dancer | Leiah Luz

Posted on 25th August 2014 in After Dark, black and white

Midnight Dancer

A pull – this forever moment;
Yearning midnight moon.
To tie dangling laces around my neck
That drip about the floor
Tangling deepest desires – honey thick,
With unending silence
Echoing off my midnight grace.
I handle tip-toes with heaving breath,
Twirling dazedly in passion’s clutch
And remembering concert halls
Echoing my nothing butterflies,
Vibrant and fleeting
– My dancer’s death –
Upon well traced wooden floors
And my forever midnight moon.

 


 

I couldn’t think of any other way to introduce and describe this shoot Leiah Luz and I did at the Vancouver Burlesque Center than with a poem. Emotional.

 

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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 Villagé 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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