The Sound of Suzka

Posted on 29th December 2013 in fashion, portraits & headshots

Suzka (fb, twitter) is a professional Violinist, Vocalist, and Songwriter. This translates to: hard worker with a passion she’s following. It is very admirable. I really enjoyed connecting with her to create this shoot together. Not because I made her work in a cold Vancouver day, and not because she’s absolutely beautiful, but because she was truly interested and as excited as I was to do the shoot. I like enthusiasm, perhaps because it encourages me to push for that perfect photograph that much harder.

When we were going over the wardrobe, she pulled out one of her violins to show me. Being familiar with instruments myself, it was fairly easy to see it was old. She casually told me it was about 100 years old… No big deal.

The theme for the shoot was New York alleys. I’m not sure how easy that was to do in Vancouver, or never having been to New York, but I think we got enough brick..

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AlphaSiren is a Writer

Posted on 21st December 2013 in black and white, portraits & headshots

I connected with AlphaSiren (FB, Twitter, Instagram) a little while ago mostly because it turned out she was looking for a website to get built. Maybe that’s not all true. I read a few of her articles on HUSH first. I really dug them because they challenge society to think about how we’re living, and what we perceive in our current society.

AlphaSiren is a powerful writer exploring sex and relationships, feminism, and the alt-scene (of Vancouver). She unabashedly puts her money where her mouth is and writes about things she is genuinely interested in; exploring and sharing. I like this kind of writer, a very powerful combination.

After talking with her for a while – and submitting to her tenacious plan to conquer – we began to think of some projects we could work on together. The first one was a quick professional portrait shoot.

We initially planned to shoot in a café. Sunday afternoon they were full, so we headed over to Charles Bar in Gastown, Vancouver and began shooting [and some football]. Honestly, no better way to get into the mood with a glass of wine and large windows.

It was interesting for me to work on this more professional headshot/portrait stuff, as it’s something I’ve not had a lot of experience doing, but very interested in doing. I feel this style is formal but showing little touches of personality. That’s my goal always/anyways as a photographer.

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Summer Solstice in Gastown, Vancouver

Posted on 23rd June 2011 in adventure, events

On June 21st Vancouver hosted the Fete De La Musique in the historic Gastown district of Vancouver, BC. I decided it was in my best interest to go wander around and see what I could find.

The night started off meeting a friend, Indigo, where she was doing a live painting at the grand opening of Hive Gallery on Hastings across from the W2 building. Always a bright soul, and as I departed from I couldn’t help but feel happy; I had my Instax camera with me and had taken a shot a little earlier which, due to the frame of the camera cracking, had majorly over exposed, but Indigo said it was her favorite and I gave it to her.

As I wandered the streets, I was fortunate enough to catch the sun as it hit some of the high rises surrounding the district, giving off a golden flash of light which was brilliant.

This is my Vancouver.

 

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