long exposure cityscape photography in vancouver

I decided to take a short trip to North Vancouver to shoot the Vancouver Skyline from Waterfront Park after a rain-filled week.  With Instagram implementing video to their app, I wanted to capture my trip in the 18 allotted seconds.  You can check out the video below as well as some of the long exposure shots that I took from that evening.

ella shoes s/s '13

For those of you who have been following my work on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram), you may have seen images from a campaign I worked on with Roy Chong from Noodle Wave Media for Ella Shoes.  This was my second season on board as photographer (previously shot their F/W '12 campaign) and I was very familiar of the concept and expectations from the client.  The team assembled at Spanish Banks, Vancouver, BC for the shoot and consisted of Lucy Sobotka (model) and Claudia Da Ponte (wardrobe stylist).  Here are some of the images from the shoot including window display banners from one of Ella Shoes' location in Vancouver, BC.

lifestyling with stephanie at queen elizabeth park

I started out photographing lifestyle portraits when I moved to Vancouver a couple years ago.  Since then, it's been some time since I photographed a lifestyle session and I was excited to revisit this genre with Stephanie.  There is something appealing about capturing a person at their natural best and showcasing their personality in a simplistic manner.  Stephanie and I had a short session at Queen Elizabeth Park and I had an awesome time capturing her during the beautiful sunset.  She is an experienced model and is currently with NUMA models in Vancouver, BC.


getting out of your comfort zone

I feel that as a photographer, it's important to not be complacent in a honed style and explore other avenues that may lend to a more developed portfolio.  That is not to say that one should operate way outside the confines of what has proven to work; rather, it is to create a fuller body of work.  I've been shooting the genre of glamour photography for quite some time now with the traditional usage of strobes, contrast, and saturated colors to achieve a look that is seen almost universally.  However, I wanted to strip all the technical aspect away, bring all rules of photography to the deep recesses of my mind, and photograph with more emotion.  I feel this allows to bring out the rawness in the image and yet retains the sensuality necessary for glamour photography.

Jacqueline came into the studio (Highline West) for a quick session.  I didn't want it to be a long shoot with high production value because I wanted to retain the naturalness and explore a more raw and stripped down version of traditional glamour photography.  Many thanks to Jacqueline for coming and being an awesome model.

Polaroid of Jacqueline | Polaroid 250 Land Camera | FP-3000B

Polaroid of Jacqueline | Polaroid 250 Land Camera | FP-3000B

facelift and welcome!

Thanks for stumbling by my blog.  If you've been following my work, this site has undergone a facelift.  I have now combined my creative work (fashion & beauty) with my wedding work to not confuse those who attempt to seek either or.  I'm really excited with this facelift and change and hope you'll join me here as I will provide frequent updates to this blog in different areas of photography- showcasing my latest work, recommending and reviewing interesting articles, and providing some tips and tricks to my editing.  I'm looking forward to sharing my journey in photography with you!