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

JoJo, My Sidewalk Shoot With…

Sep, 6th, 2015

Hippy Chick Chic
I was speaking with my friend Myriam who confessed she was a hippy at heart. The idea began germinating and a hippy themed shoot was born!
Then panic set in. How could I recreate a look from 40 years ago? I started by making a list of vintage shops. I stopped in Aldo shoes and to my surprise I found the perfect pair of 5″ platform chunky heels.
On the day of the shoot JoJo and I stopped at Club Monaco, Zara and Forever 21. It was amazingly easy to find floppy hats, fringed items and wide legged jeans. It was apparent the 70’s look is in-style for the 2015 fall season.
JoJo’s outfit came from the following stores:
Black & Red Hats: Aldo Shoes
Sunglasses: Claire’s
Black & Red tops: Forever 21
Vest: Forever 21
Jeans: Forever 21
Purse: Zara
Heels: Aldo Shoes

Sidewalk Style – Week 48 With Glenda

Nov, 23rd, 2014

When I chat with people on the street, nine times out of ten they tell me they’ve dressed for an occasion or an event. Typically it’s a birthday party or tea with a girlfriend. However, when I asked Glenda about her motivation, she said she dresses-up because she enjoys it. Wow, a true fashionista! Given the casual nature of Vancouver its rare treat to meet someone that’s not that’s not afraid to dress-up. Glenda gets ideas and inspiration from magazines. She’s also a fan of Pintrest.
I loved how the texture of the faux fur complemented her hair. The pink provided a pop of color. The lace-up pattern of her ankle boots were an eye catching detail. She bought them in Toronto.
Glenda’s outfit reads like a fashion Who’s Who but don’t let that stop you from expressing your inner diva.
Several of these images will be featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Glenda’s wearing:
Faux Fur Vest: Prada
T-shirt: Vince
Purse: Louis Vuitton
Pants: Michael Kors
Belt: Gucci
Ankle Boots: Giuseppe

Mine & Yours Launch Party

Nov, 3rd, 2013

Day 3 of the Mine & Yours Launch party!
The nice weather returned on the last day of the launch party. I wanted to take advantage of the sun and photograph Courtney, Mine & Yours Co-Owner during the day. However, I was busy video recording my gift certificate drawing. It was dark by the time we met. In hindsight it was a blessing because the neon lit “sidewalk” gave her black on black outfit a rocker chic vibe. Also, her outfit is deceptively complex. Look below to see what she wore.
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Courtney’s wearing:
Coat: Chloe
Vest: Helmut Lang
Dress: Silence & Noise
Purse: Yves St. Laurent
Boots: Stuart Weitzman

Sidewalk Style – Week 10

Mar, 3rd, 2013

Ghazal and her girlfriend Sahar were shopping for spring outfits. She seemed so comfortable in front of the camera I thought she had modeled but she hadn’t. We met on a sunny day but it was so cold her girlfriend waited inside while I took a few photos.
Ghazal’s wearing:
Sunglasses Burberry
Vest H&M
Blouse Zara
Tights American Apparel
Heels Forever 21