My Sidewalk Shoot With Seka

Feb, 21st, 2016

Seka is a few months away from earning her Masters. She works part-time in a teahouse and has never modeled. While she hinted at being uneasy about the shoot, I had no idea how deeply her feeling ran. Unbeknownst to me I put her mind at ease when I pieced together an outfit and select a location that reflected her personality. Seka spotted the vest  which became the inspiration for her outfit. To her it represented strength and professionalism. I paired it with a pink blouse  which represented her feminine side. She absolutely loved the heels and the blue grey trousers  matched the pinstripes in the vest. Unfortunately the skinny pink belt which tied the entire outfit together didn’t fit properly.
Seka is confident, articulate and likes to lead with her ideas but she’s also, stylish and feminine. After the shoot, she reflected on her initial uneasiness. Leading up to the shoot she was concerned the photos would put her in a position to be compared to the airbrushed magazine models. Also family photos somehow incorrectly capture her expression and make her appear far too serious. Lastly, she was concerned the photos would appear unnatural. Rather than cancel the shoot she said life is about personal growth and putting yourself in unique and challenging experiences. She kept the appointment and was glad she did. She has a new appreciation for all the elements (e.g. clothes, location, poses, expressions etc.) that must come together to create a memorable image. She also has new ideas for her wardrobe. Seka will soon start her practicum and enjoys spending Sunday’s with her husband.
Special thanks to Narhirah Parker for make-up!
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Seka’s outfit was styled by R!c:
Vest: Ralph Lauren
Trousers: Banana Republic
Heels: BCBG Generations

Sidewalk Style – Week 30 With Ana Maria

Jul, 31st, 2015

I typically avoid photographing black outfits because it’s worn waaaay to often in Vancouver. I crave color! However, I make exceptions every so often. When I first saw Ana Maria I admired how she matched the black of her jeans to the black of her top. As we started chatting she said she was wearing a jumpsuit! As luck would have it, we met a year ago at fashion week. She’s a frequent guest of the front row. However, tonight she was on her way to meet friends for dinner. I asked about her jumpsuit and she said she picked it because she just left the office and needed to make a quick change.
Ana Maria’s wearing:
Jumpsuit: Guess
Watch: Rolex
Purse: Forever 21
Heels: Guess

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 24 With Raijanne

Jun, 13th, 2015

Raijanne’s birthday was a couple days earlier. Her and her boyfriend were headed to Gastown to celebrate. She chose the dress because she liked the feminine feel of lace. More importantly the cut made it easy for dancing!
Raijanne’s wearing:
Dress: H&M
Watch: Fossil
Heels: Charlotte Russe

Shayna Ding Miss Asian Vancouver 2015, My Sidewalk Shoot With…

May, 10th, 2015


1 day before her trim!
14″ hair donation
I had the opportunity to photograph and interview 22 year old Shayna Ding on Mother’s Day. As we sipped Matcha Lattes my head started spinning as she told me about herself. In April/May she’s:

  • About to start her third year at UBC
  • Starting a 4-week pharmacy internship
  • Graced the runway for three fashion designers
  • Donated 14” of her hair to the Canadian Cancer Society
  • Won the title of Miss Asian Vancouver 2015
  • Won 1st place in two Gold and Silver level standard ballroom dance competitions
  • A math, chemistry and physics tutor for high school students
  • An Event Coordinator for a fundraising event for Nepal

As the conversation continued, she said, “Competitions are a time me to relax.”   I was perplexed because it seemed counter-intuitive. She explained school and work are intense and analytic. Dance competitions and pageants are a chance to dance, dress-up and tap into her creative side.
She also explained, “I’m super competitive!”   She’s soft-spoken, kind and makes friends easily with other contestants but her competitiveness is directed inwards on self-improvement. She uses the public spotlight to refine her dance steps, poise, presentation and communication skills.
As our interview came to a close I learned her name means beautiful in Hebrew. She enjoys 5 – 10k runs, loves superhot spicy food and plans to enter the Miss Earth and Miss Universe pageants.
Click Shayna’s long hair to view her “before” photo shoot.

Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Shayna’s wearing:
Dress: Local Designer, click Evan Clayton
Heels: Steve Madden

Sidewalk Shoot – My Friend Vienna

Apr, 26th, 2015

On April 11th 10 contestants competed for the title of Miss Asian Vancouver at the Rosemont Georgia Hotel.
Contestants wore fitness wear, day wear by Rimpy Sahota and evening wear by Karmn. Contestants created handcrafted items for an auction held during the pageant. Proceeds were donated to breast cancer. Contestants also performed on stage during a talent segment.
When the winners were announced, Vienna was one of the six contestants whose name was not called. Given the time the contestants invested for: team rehearsals, individual performances and creating auction items, I was pleasantly surprised by her response. She said,
“Yes, I felt sad [I didn’t win] but the goal was to raise money for breast cancer and we raised a ton of money!”   She continued, “I never competed before but I felt a sense of accomplishment. It took courage to send in my photo, to walk down the runway and to perform.” Incidentally, Vienna and her mother created Jade earrings and a bracelet with Swarovski crystals. Her jewelry was auctioned for $1,200!
As she reflected on the experience she said during rehearsals she became friends with the other contestants. I asked if she would enter another pageant and said she would consider it provided it had a charity component. As the conversation moved beyond the pageant I learned Vienna is a NY Film Academy graduate. She’s lived in London for 1.5 years and traveled through Europe and Africa. I was impressed when she said she rode a camel in the Sahara desert!   Vienna is currently taking marketing classes and enjoys playing the drums.


Much love to the Aldo’s store on Robson St. I styled Vienna’s outfit. She’s wearing:
Jacket: 1.State
Pants: Suko Powerstretch
Purse & Heels: Aldo

Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Tribute featuring Jennifer Lee

Feb, 7th, 2015

#24 Marshawn Lynch is known for his “Beast Mode”. Jennifer Lee is known for her “Beauty Mode”!
Jennifer Lee makes the winning 4th quarter catch intended for #83 Ricardo Lockette


Yes, the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX but they didn’t inspire us like the Seattle Seahawks. If you missed the playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, you missed a lesson in perseverance in the face of insurmountable odds. In the dying minutes of the game Seahawks were losing by 12 points. The natural inclination would be to give up and try again next year. However, the Seahawks used the following risky plays to score 15 points and tie the game:
    1. A fake field goal
    2. A two point conversion and
    3. An onside kick
The Seahawks scored six more points in overtime and advanced to the Super Bowl. The lesson was never give-up no matter how dire the odds may appear.   In the last 20 seconds of the Super Bowl the Seahawks had the momentum and appeared as if they would prevail once again in dramatic fashion. Unfortunately, a Patriot’s interception (which I felt was pass interference) preserved their narrow lead.
I would have loved to see Russell Wilson or Marshawn Lynch win the game for the Seahawks. However the post game criticism of Seahawk’s Coach Pete Carroll was swift and harsh. Yes, a risky play lost the game but his critics overlooked half a dozen risky plays that produced successful results. You’ve got to take the bad with the good. I’m a diehard Oakland Raider’s fan but I’ll hop on the Seahawks bandwagon in late 2015 with a hopeful eye.
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
I styled Jennifer’s outfit with:
Jacket: Canada Goose (from BluBird on Alberni St.)
T-Shirt, scarf and gloves: from the Seahawks Pro Shop
Miniskirt & Heels: Forever 21
Belt: H&M
Tube Socks: American Apparel

Jessie Li, My Sidewalk Shoot With…

Jan, 25th, 2015

This was a planned shoot and Jessie is a model and Founder of J.Li Models   (a local modeling agency). Jessie prefers to wear the color black but today she let me pick her outfit. She said the bright colors reminded her of spring. After our shoot we sat down to chat about her career.
With a soft spoken voice she told me moved to Vancouver five years ago with a Journalism degree. Within a couple years she began her freelance modeling career. In 2014 she opened J.Li Models and as a testament to her success, in 2015 she’s organizing the same contest which crowned her as First Runner Up in 2013!
With the responsibility of presenting the models for this year’s contest, her agency received 200 applications in November. The list was narrowed to 70 by reviewing the applicant’s photo and bio. In December interviews allowed her to narrow the list to 30. In January, online voting and a small team of judges selected the final contestants. At present, 15 young ladies are receiving training leading up to the contest final on Tuesday, February 17th.
One winner will become the spokesperson and the first cover girl of CNTVNA Fashion channel. The top four winners will have the opportunity to work with New Silk Road (a Chinese modeling agency) and participate in the final competition in December 2015 (in Beijing, China). Visit for information about the show.
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Jessie’s wearing:
Jacket: Derek Lam – $229.99
Blouse: RD Style – $16.99
Belt: Adrienne Vittadini – $16.99
Pants: Shine Star – $19.99
Purse: MMS Design Studio – $29.99
Heels: Calvin Klein – $59.99

Jennifer Lee Miss Chinese Vancouver 2013, My Sidewalk Shoot With…

Dec, 14th, 2014

This was a planned shoot and Jennifer has modeled before. If you attended the Miss Chinese Vancouver   charity event in December 2013 then you’ll recognize her as contestant #8 and ultimately the 1st Runner Up.   Proceeds of the event benefited the Canadian Cancer Society. The pageant is significant for Jennifer for two reasons: First she lost a close relative to cancer. Secondly, she’s been a dancer for the pageant for years. I imagine it was quite interesting to participate as a young girl then blossom into a confident contestant.
As we were discussing the details the night before the shoot, Jennifer said she owned a red dress. We both agreed it was perfectly timed for a Christmas themed photo shoot. Aside from fashion shows and charity events, Christmas parties are the perfect time to leave the rain boots behind and wear something bold. She bought her bandage style dress from a small, no-name boutique in China. She paired it with Guess heels and a Chanel purse.
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.