Vanity | Amanda Swan

Posted on 26th October 2015 in fashion

When Amanda Swan (MM) and I started talking about this shoot, she mentioned that she had a great backyard and a vanity to use. If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for location shoots. When I arrived to shoot, she had pumpkins growing in the front yard and a molding Charlie Chaplin framed poster in her back yard. Immediately I thought all things magic.

Officially, this is my first full frame camera photoshoot. I’ll be doing a full review of the camera shortly, but needless to say, the Sony Alpha7 is one hell of a camera. I had the full frame 55mm f1.8 Carl Zeiss lens on the a7, which did an absolutely crystal clear job of the whole thing. The legend of the Zeiss glass is no myth; these things are sharp. Also trying to utilize the 117 focus points was kind bizarre coming from the 9 focus points on my Canon T1i! It is definitely something I’ll have to practice to get faster at.

Now, Vanity.


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Urban Sunshine | Jamie Lee Mock

Posted on 12th October 2015 in lifestyle

Jamie Lee Mock (fb, instagram of Moonbrew Tonic and The Fresh Method) and I have been throwing ideas of inspiration and healthy choices at each other like it ain’t going out of style. She’s given me the insight that I can thump my (thymus) way to happiness and also it’s her recipe I’ve been using for my peanut butter bliss balls (though I avoid the chocolate). You may also remember last year I did a cute little DIY Herb Garden, which was a collaboration with Jamie Lee for her site… er… for my mom to have fresh herbs…

Jamie Lee is a holistic nutrition coach, on a journey to help others create a full and healthy life through an integrative mind, body, spirit approach.

So, I finally pinned her down and set a date to do a shoot. I have been on a quest to do more documentary style shoots, rather then fashion shoots, so we sauntered around her Kitsilano neighborhood seeing what we could find. It’s quite an interesting journey for me trying to capture people in their natural element, as it feels like – at times – that I no longer know how to photograph. This encourages me though, as I know I must dismantle everything I know in order to rebuild it back up stronger.

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Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Posted on 6th October 2015 in adventure, explored, nature, photojournalism, wandering

My brother is a nomad. He has a camper van and he likes to spend most of his time on dirt roads harvesting anything from mushrooms to blueberries. When he’s not tree planting that is.

I’m lucky enough to have him to call up when he’s off work and suggest journeys. He’s usually game without much of a fight, though sometimes I need to lure him with some kind of harvest or natural wonder.

This time we went to Ucluelet and Tofino, nestled deep within the great Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. We only actually went into Tofino once though, most of the time we’d spend in Ucluelet if we were anywhere near a city.

The day we arrived on the West side of Vancouver Island it was pouring rain, and also the final day of tourist season. That night the shorelines erupted with fireworks from the tourist hosts celebrating another season in the sun finished. We didn’t quite realize this was the case, which made finding accommodations rather interesting for us, as the campgrounds were closed. Queue camper van.

We’d spend our mornings trying to decide which beach we would go to, and spent most of our days huddling inside of driftwood barriers and huts some of the locals no doubt built as they waited for the surf to break. For my brother, this was pure bliss. Not a care in the world besides the suspense the author of his book decided to build. I, on the other hand, would find myself wandering as if conducting a science experiment.

Naturally, as I wandered I had my camera.

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Vancouver Street Photography

Posted on 3rd October 2015 in Street Photography, wandering

It’s been a while since I wandered a city for street photographs; people of the street that look interesting enough for me to press that shutter. I always see people that are interesting, but a lot of the time I leave my fast camera at home and stick to my smartphone camera. I guess part of the reason is I spend some much time editing photoshoots that I just feel like walking sometimes.

Anyways, I’ve been trying to re-kindle some young love in me and have taken to the streets of Vancouver to try and learn some new gear that I’ve got – specifically a Sony a7.

I always shoot a mix when I’m out wandering. I look up, I look down, I look around and through. This is the people on the street I photographed, you can see everything else in this post on architecture and graffiti. My path? I walked from Chinatown, to Gastown, to Granville St and Robson Street, back East through Yaletown, across the viaduct between Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadium, and back through Chinatown.

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Wandering Vancouver in Autumn

Posted on 3rd October 2015 in architecture, explored, wandering

Lately I’ve been taking to the streets of Vancouver with my camera to photograph anything that I see. This is part my effort to begin studying what it means to be a documenter, and part my effort to learn the new camera I am using, the Sony Alpha7. It’s truly a remarkable camera and I have plans to do a full review of the camera shortly.

Vancouver is a city that I find incredibly beautiful, depending on the day. Some days, golden light shines through semi-tall buildings filled with multi-cultural citizens who spill out into the streets to enjoy the green city, some of them walking or cycling about their business.

Today was one of those days where the city is simply golden.

My path? I walked from Chinatown, to Gastown, to Granville St and Robson Street, back East through Yaletown, across the viaduct between Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadium, and back through Chinatown.

This is the architecture, graffiti and other nonsense I found along the way. Street Photography post can be found here.

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