Sidewalk Style – Week 25 With Karina

Jun, 15th, 2016

Karina works in a laboratory and wears scrubs. Tonight she dressed up to meet her friends at a bachelorette party. As a tribute to the groom, the women wore their best business suits!
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Karina’s wearing:
Blazer: H&M
Blouse: Dynamite
Skirt: H&M
Purse: Nine West
Heels: Le Chateau

My Sidewalk Shoot With Anna

Dec, 6th, 2015

I met Anna at 11:30am and we shopped till 1:00pm. The first outfit we tried was a tan sweater dress. It fit nice but it was something commonly seen on the “sidewalk”.
The next outfit was a pair of wide leg, knit pants with funky metallic patterns and a fuzzy jacket. Unfortunately the idea didn’t work.
When Anna tried on the forest green shift dress she said she preferred fitted dresses. However, it matched her personal style of classy and elegant so that was our choice for the shoot. Next I paired it with black pair of heels and a purse. By 2:30pm we were ready to shoot.
In addition to modeling part-time Anna was recently crowned Miss Russia in a local pageant. When she modeled in her home country her favorite assignments were bridal shows. She said the long elegant, flowing gowns made her feel like a princess.
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Anna was styled by Me:
Jacket & Dress: H&M
Purse & Heels: Aldo

Canadian Election Party Colours

Oct, 13th, 2015

The Politics of Fashion
Following in the footsteps of recent United States elections, a small percentage of Canadian voters in the 2011 election chose the direction for Canada. While candidates Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper & Elizabeth May did not approve this message, let’s pretend they did. Hopefully it will inspire you to vote on October 19th because it will take time to vote than it took to create this post.
Models Asel and Tanpreet invested a combined total of 9 hours. Make-up Artist/Hair Stylist Reema Mattu spent 2 hours with Tanpreet. As the Stylist, Photographer and Writer I’ve invested close to 20 hours.

Will the New Democratic Party – Orange squeeze out a victory? What if Thomas changed Queen’s iconic “We Will Rock You” chant to, “We will, we will [orange] crush you!”
Liberal – Red leader Justin is known for his boyish good looks. Justin Timberlake’s “Bringing Sexy Back” seems like the perfect dance tune to motivate workers as they rebuild our roads and infrastructure.
Rush’s “Big money goes around the world…” illustrates how the Conservatives – Blue secure trade deals as they strive to keep the economy humming.
Kermit the Frog sang, “It ain’t easy being green…” Instead imagine him encouraging you to, “Vote Green, save the environment AND eat your broccoli!”

These images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
I found the following outfits for the shoot:

  • Asel is wearing a stunning orange Do+Be backless mini dress and a Jessica Simpson purse
  • Tanpreet is wearing a red H&M dress and a Ralph Lauren belt
  • Tanpreet spotted the blue Kut from the Kloth dress
  • Asel is wearing a green Jolt jacket (seen below), Willi Smith blouse, Kate Spade belt and Genetic trousers

The Politics of Fashion – Outtakes

It was a chilly, rainy day when Asel and I shot. The orange outfit wasn’t warm and her shoes (she brought from home) were not comfortable. Despite all that Asel was amazing!  She arrived on time, she was engaged and only sent a couple text messages during the entire shoot. Unlike most attractive women that simply rely on their looks to sell the shot, Asel had an emotional content along with a variety of poses. It all helped bring my ideas to life! I had so many outtakes, I had to share them with you!
Incidentally, Asel is an Interior Design graduate. While she seeks a job in her field of study she has two jobs and models part-time for PLY Management.


Sidewalk Style – Week 28 With Yanika

Jul, 6th, 2015

Yanika’s brightly colored dress caught my attention and reminded me of the song “Walking on Sunshine”. She was on her way to the office but stopped for a moment. She likes the color yellow because it complements her olive skin tone. She also likes the fit of the dress which is both playful and conservative. I asked if dressing nice extended to the weekend and she responded, “Yes, looking good makes me feel good so you’ll only catch me in tights and runners when I’m on my way to the gym!”
Several of these images will be featured in the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Yanika’s wearing:
Sunglasses: Burberry
Dress: Banana Republic
Purse: Bali
Heels: Ivanka Trump

Sidewalk Style – Week 15 With Kim

Apr, 5th, 2015

Kim’s best friend Jen

Fan Expo took place during Easter weekend but Kim didn’t attend. I spotted her on Alberni St. just outside Urban Merchant Tea. While chatting, she said the frills, feathers, bows and lace all have an over-the-top quality. It makes her feel like a lady of leisure when she dresses-up.
In addition to Urban Merchant Tea, Rose House in Kerrisdale and Pâtisserie Für Elise in downtown Vancouver are also popular tea house because they match the aesthetics of their outfits.
She also shared International Lolita Day is approaching. It’s a biannual event, held on the first Saturday of June, and the first Saturday of December. Kim is not an organizer and she’s not sure if Vancouver will host an event. However she’s considering attending the Seattle event. Click International Lolita Day for more information.
Several of these images will be featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Kim’s wearing:
Dress: Angelic Pretty
Wig: Lockshop Wigs
Hat: Handmade by Atelier Crossover (a local designer)
Purse: Vivienne Westwood
Hosiery: Baby the Stars Shine Bright
Heels: Dream V

Britta Bisig, Sidewalk Shoot With…

Nov, 30th, 2014

This was an impromptu shoot and Britta Bisig writes and models for her fashion blog The inspiration for her outfit was the Power of Women (POW) breast cancer event. The event occurred on Grey Cup Sunday and was hosted by Pink Ladies event planning. The host requested attendees show their support by wearing pink. Britta was one of three judges that picked the male and female winners.
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Britta’s wearing:
Coat: Bonwit Teller
Dress: Evernew
Purse: Aldo (thrifted)
Heels: Spring (thrifted)

Sidewalk Style – Week 32 With Simone

Aug, 8th, 2014

It was the end of a long day when I met Simone. She agreed to pose for several shots on the condition that I give her copies (for her mom). She had a playful yet confident personality that typically comes with having older brothers. In her case it is a technology sales career.
As we chatted we both agreed Vancouver was very casual in terms of dress but she actually like dressing-up as a form of protest. She also loves shopping at consignment stores and she proudly showed me the detail in the skirt she was wearing. As we exchanged business cards she shared a touching personal secret. I’m glad I could help.
Simone’s wearing:
Blouse: Jones of NY
Skirt: Zara Woman
Heels: Spring

Sidewalk Style – Week 30 With Robyn

Jul, 25th, 2014

Robyn was on her way to meet friends for a music service. As we were chatting she mentioned she’s a singer/songwriter and Pianist. She prefers to buy her dresses from Australia. Generally speaking, Austrailan clothing tend to be a bit bolder and have unique designs.
Robyn’s wearing:
Dress: Evernew

Yiming Zhao, My Sidewalk Shoot With…

Jul, 13th, 2014

This was my 3rd photo shoot with Yiming. Be sure visit the links below to view additional photos:
10/2014 – Ultra Rich Asian Girls Press Conference
07/2014 – 2nd photo shoot
06/2014 – 1st photo shoot
1 Dress, 2 Looks and a Killer Pair of Heels

Looks Like Sunshine…

Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Yiming’s wearing:
Umbrella: The Umbrella Shop
Sunglasses: Nine West
Dress: Robert Rodriguez
Heels: Beau & Ashe