A few favourite images from shooting with my cousin Nik of chappalschappals. Working together, we created a collection of images for her newly launched website for her leather sandals or "chappals" imported from India. As a an avid traveller, Nik is constantly mapping out her next destination. Always on her feet, always seeking adventure, but never compromising style, these chappals have been her best friend when exploring new territory. Check out the goods at chappalschappals.com
Gosh. I just love collaborating with Boss Ass Bitches. There are so many of you and when I receive requests to work with/for/under you, the erupting chorus of Angels is music to my soul. Flaxsleep is a new Vancouver-based Linen Bedding company and the baby to a trio of smart, creative, talented, and fun-loving women: Anna, whom I met last year at Sarah's Birthday Retreat, and her partners Oana and Vivian. I've kept in touch with Anna as I fell hard for her awesome style, her intense level of crafting and equally intense level of rapping skills. Oh, and the one that took me down the Indigo path. When I heard about this Linen Bedding baby-in-the-making, I was absolutely thrilled!
We gathered together on a very hot afternoon in Mount Pleasant, rearranging Viv's apartment for some product shots as well as styled images for their site and social media. Before arriving, I knew would fall in love with their sheets, it would just be a matter of which one would I be taking home with me....?
A few faves.
Remember that game "Never have I ever..."
I never would have ever imagined I'd be hanging out with this funny bird, at least based on the clean styled vignettes that make up her Instagram feed. But she messaged me one day after following me for a few weeks, months after I had started creeping on her, wondering where in Tsawwassen she was living. I came over and we sat in her backyard chatting for 3 hours before I needed to return to normal life.
And it's been happily ever after, ever since.
After another long painful Winter, life did return to the West Coast and with it, an abundance of lilacs spring up all over the neighbourhoods. Tracey called me up for a photoshoot to celebrate the life of a grand violet tree that had been growing down in Boundary Bay, soon to be ripped out of the property that was to be renovated.
It was well celebrated.
Always on the gram. Ha!
I had such a ball creating these images with Isabella (model) and Monique of Wallis Evera for her 2017 Spring Collection. The bright sunny yellow was so playful and yet maintained a flexibility working with both the conservative styles and the more free spirited styles. I absolutely thrilled and with the way these images turned out!
A few select favourites that you can find up at wallisevera.com
I was so excited for my shoot with Chloe, I had no ideas of what I was going to do with Moses. Our home is always upside down when the studio set up comes out and trying to make room to have dinner was starting to get on our nerves. Of course, as soon as I had everything ready, we realized that Moses had a mild fever and was not in any condition to take photos. I gave him half a chewy Advil and sent him for a nap while Chloe and I snuck out to see Frozen (her first movie theatre!). I know, I know, kind of mean, but we had to cancel the previous day and she was really looking forward to it. We needed a girls outing and Moses has been to the theatre twice already. I have more excuses but I'll leave it at that. By the time we came back, he was in great spirits and ready for photos.
You can't go wrong with jeans and a white tee. It's inarguably classic, fashionably timeless and like a blank canvas, it leaves room for endless possibilities. Dress it up or dress it down, it's hard to go wrong when you're keeping it simple. Jealous of Chloe's rose photos, he asked to have photos with the rose as well. Sweet as pie.
When I say this guy is "ready for photos" I truly mean it. With Chloe, you never know what you are going to get, you never know what mood she'll be in and she often refuses to take direction so photographing her is often a painful and frustrating process. Moses on the other hand, is so natural. Always eager to please, he takes direction extraordinarily well, does not get disheartened when corrected as realizes their is a reason to the madness, he is capable of making small movements that change an entire image, and he offers an array of facial expressions. He is so pleasant and so easy, he's a photographer's dream model.
In conclusion, I am pretty damn stoked about what I got out of this last minute session, this last minute attempt to capture something fun and new for his Valentine's Day photos. This last weekend was more emotionally taxing than usual for our family, and having both kids with a fever did not help. Thankfully they were mild fevers and they were both up and running in no time. Family Life continues to be crazy, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Have a lovely Valentine's Day Weekend