My Sidewalk Shoot With Klara

Jun, 26th, 2016

My photo shoot with Klara took place one week before she participated in the Miss BC pageant. Rather than pick a cocktail dress or evening gown, I suggested we do something fun, summery and flowy.
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
I styled Klara’s outfit:
Sun Dresses: Forever 21
Boots Forever 21
Special thanks to Ting’s Makeup Artistry for hair & makeup!

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 Yuliana

Jun, 11th, 2016

Boss Girl on the Go!

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Who needs Skytrain when you can hitch a ride on a passing truck! After Yuliana’s 9 – 5 job, she’ll take her son to baseball practice.
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Yuliana’s wearing:
Suit: Express
Blouse: Express
Jewelry: Peppermint Pattee Designs
Purse: Aldo
Heels: Aldo
Special Thanks to Eva Svobodova for hair & make-up

Natalie Ni Shi, My Enchanted Sidewalk Shoot With…

Jun, 4th, 2016

Internationally renowned opera singer  Natalie Ni Shi will perform a benefit concert to raise money for Alzheimer’s Disease. “Classical Enlightenment” will feature excerpts from Opera, Musical and Movie theme music. Conductor Leslie Dala and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra will be featured. The concert is scheduled for 7:30pm, June 11th  at the University of British Columbia’s Chan Centre. Tickets range from $60 – $200.00.
To purchase tickets, click UBC Tickets.

Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Photographer’s Notes:
These photos were taken in late January. We collaborated with the hope one photo would be selected for a promotional concert poster. As of late April organizers selected a photo from another photographer. I understand a brown color pallet weighed heavily in the decision making process. The concert poster features a flattering head shot of Natalie framed with a gold border against a brown background.
Special thanks to Nathirah Parker for hair and make-up.
I’m excited to attend the concert!

Happy Mother’s Day! – Sidewalk Shoot with Sunan & Sienna

May, 15th, 2016

Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.

Myriam Laroche Eco Fashion Week Founder & CEO

Apr, 24th, 2016

As you watch broadcasts about warming seas, extended droughts and changing weather patterns it’s easy to be intimidated by the scale of the problem. Even for those that want to help, how can you contribute and gradually make a difference? It starts with people like Myriam Laroche, Founder and CEO of Eco Fashion Week (EFW).
After seeing Myriam at various events over several years, we finally met at her favorite coffee shop. I love the sound of her Montreal accent and her boundless optimism. As I plug in my laptop we joke about Blue Steel and why I was pleasantly surprized by Zoolander 2. Then she proudly proclaimed she’s wearing her blue sweater inside-out. She explained, “The visible clothing label is meant to spark a conversation about where clothes are made.” Also, it marks Fashion Revolution Week, April 18 – 24. But most importantly she continued, “It acknowledges [the 1,130 people that died and the 2,500 that were injured in] the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh.
To put the interview into context, I saw the following information displayed at EFW:
1. “It takes 1,800 gallons (6,814 liters) [to grow enough cotton] to make one pair of jeans.”
2. “On average, each North American annually throws away 81 pounds (36 kilograms) of clothes.”


  • Q01 – How does EFW promote sustainability?
    ML – EFW is a platform to inform and inspire people. Six days of EFW involves talks about different aspects of sustainability. For three nights the runway show proves to people that Eco fashion isn’t “granola fashion”.  In addition to Designers that use sustainable fabrics and techniques, we also have the “81 Pound Challenge” presented by Value Village. This year, a group of fashion design students from Visual College of Art & Design (VCAD), mentored by Jason Matlo, Glencora Twigg and Wen-Chee Liu, used 81 lbs. of clothes to create a runway collection. We have the “Thrift Style Challenge” where three stylists each put together a 10 look collection with a $500 allowance from Value Village. And we’ve recently added “Chic Sheets”.

  • Q02 – What is Chic Sheets?
    ML – Hotels discard a large number of sheets each year so we created a competition where eight local Designers create an outfit from used bed linens provided by Fairmont Waterfront, our venue partner. Each Designer’s outfit was sent down the runway.


One of a dozen outfits from the 81lb Challenge
Designer Kim Cathers, Chic Sheets Challenge outfit
Laudae Collection uses natural and organic fabrics
Designer Nathalie Rees, Thrift Style Challenge outfit


  • Q03 – Is EFW about connecting Eco Designers and Buyers?
    ML – Yes, but it’s also an opportunity to plant seeds with anyone involved in the apparel or textile industry. For example, that can also include someone from a companies’ Marketing or Human Resources department.

  • Q04 – What excites you about what you’re trying to accomplish?
    ML – I like connecting people and understanding consumer trends. Fast fashion fills a void and people compensate by buying more. We’re trying to change people’s mindset. Each person will need to find their own recipe but it could include something as simple as incorporating second hand, locally made or vegan clothing.



  • Q05 – What motivates you?
    ML – I’m trying to create a community  and help change the fashion industry. When I moved to Vancouver (from Montreal) in 2007, Vancouver fashion events were about trying to be New York or Toronto. But Vancouver is young, fresh and is not NY or Toronto. EFW wants to give Vancouver its own fashion identity based on comfort, efficiency, sustainability, quality and durability. Feeling good about what you’re wearing is important to Vancouverites so I believe we can lead the way when it comes to fashion.

  • Q06 – What are your thoughts about the season that just ended?
    ML – I think things are starting to take off. We have 21,000 Twitter followers and ET Canada was on site for the entire week!  In November we will launch EFW in Seattle, a three day event. The spring edition will stay in Vancouver and the fall edition will be in our sister city across the border.



  • Q07 – What’s your background?
    ML – I was a buyer in Montreal. It was all about hard style negotiating to get the lowest price from the factory. After several years it didn’t feel right so I quit my job and moved to Vancouver.

  • Q08 – Most cities have two runway shows per year. Why does EFW only have one show?
    ML – At one point we produced two shows but the amount of work to produce a show every six months was exhausting. After 3 years, we will be back to two events per year, including the Seattle one.



  • Q09 – You’re collaborating with companies like Levis, H&M, Value Village.  What’s your approach for turning them to eco-friendly practices?
    ML – Creating a healthier fashion industry is the problem of anyone who is part of the apparel and textile industry, small or big. We all have to work together, because we have to share information to find the solutions. Rather than protest, we meet with them to understand their marketing and sustainability goals. Then we figure out how we can help each other.

Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Click Eco Fashion Week to find out more about Myriam’s organization.

Nakita Kohan, My Sidewalk Shoot With…

Apr, 17th, 2016

Have the longer days and warmer temperatures prompted you to look for last year’s swimsuit?
If you’re in the mood to mark your return to the beach, pool or boat deck in a new suit, HannahMiddletonSwim will send her 2016 collection down the runway on May 17th. Nakita’s wearing a suit from Hannah’s 2015 collection. Her new collection was inspired by Middle Eastern earth tone colors, geometric patterns and rope details. Naturally I asked if that meant her collection would be more modest than her 2015 collection. “No!” she replied. “I’m still making statement pieces for confident women. My designs tend to be quite sexy   because I design suits that flatter the female body.”
Twenty two suits will range from sporty and high waist to suits that can be worn to a fancy party. Hannah also offers a custom fitting as well as the ability to replace a thong bikini bottom with a conventional, full coverage bottom. Prices range from $120 – $200. At the end of the show guests will have an opportunity to meet Hannah and view the suits up close.
This is your opportunity to dress up! The fashion show is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17th at 7:30pm.   To purchase tickets, visit Prices range from $35 – $45. The fashion show will be held at Performance Works and the After Party will be held at the Sandbar Seafood restaurant. Both venues are located on Granville Island and parking is free after 4:00pm. Bus #50 has also has a stop nearby.
No sooner than Nakita moved to Vancouver (to pursue pilot season acting and singing) she landed a lead role in a new feature film in Alberta. Nakita was Miss Teen Canada 2012.
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
R!c styled Nakita’s outfit:
Flower Crown Hairpiece: Isabelle Collomb Paris
Bikini: HannahMiddletonSwim
Straw Hat: Daniele Meucci
Wrap Scarf: Larittia
Tote: Tommy Hilfiger Sport
Flats: Aldo

Vancouver Fashion Week FW2016 Opening Gala – Seen @ the Show

Mar, 14th, 2016

Far left: Bikki, Anas, ?, ?

Fashion Editor, Part-time Model & Mom: Kanika

Kanika’s outfit looked smart and eye catching. I love the bold black and white color with strategically placed red in her headscarf, lipstick, envelope clutch purse and heels. Kanika’s recently begun making jewelry. She’s see here wear a statement piece necklace which she designed.
I inquired about her creative inspiration. She said she wanted to play, experiment and have fun with colors.  She chose an abstract print jacket. I correctly noticed the red accents. She used a necklace to add some drama and she used a scarf as a head wrap to give her outfit a polished look. She was quite excited to attend the Opening Gala because her outfit was super comfortable and she was able to bring her vision to life.
Kanika’s wearing:
Scarf/headwrap: Dynamite
Necklace: Adore by Kanika
Pants & jacket: Masaba Gupta
Purse: BCBG
Heels: Steve Madden

Design Student, Anna

Anna’s outfit is smart, subtle and nicely accessorized. I like the pastel color pallet of white and pink. It fits nicely with her nude colored purse and heels. Her pink sleeveless blazer and oversize lapels caught my eye. Her crop top adds a hint of sexiness and her culottes definitely show off her heels. Anna is a design student and she made her blouse and pants.
Anna’s wearing:
Jacket: Bebe
Blouse & pants: made by Anna
Jewelry: Chanel
Purse: Chanel
Heels: Valentino Rock Stud

Both Kanika and Anna were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.

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