Celina Jade, My Sidewalk Shoot With…

Oct, 19th, 2013


Photo Credits: Victor Fraile, The Power of Sport Images

Shopping With Shado
I recently had an opportunity to shoot with Celina Jade. My timing was perfect because two days after our shoot, the Arrow cast member was headed home to Hong Kong. On CTV Celina plays the martial arts character Shado. However today she wore two outfits that expressed her “Sidewalk” style.

Celina actually enjoys shopping and it’s been her experience that it’s difficult to find pieces when you’re looking for them. Yet, in an ironic way, the good pieces are available the moment you stop looking!
When it was time to warm-up and change outfits, we randomly stopped at the nearest coffee shop. That’s when I learned Celina loves Vancouver’s coffee.

Hi Celina!
Q- What are you wearing today?
A- In my first outfit I’m wearing a Balenciaga blouse and Zara pants with a Marni belt. My purse is from Valentino and my ankle boots are from Diane von Furstenberg. In my second outfit I’m wearing a Chanel jacket. My blouse and skirt are from Loft 82. My purse is from Kate Spade and my heels are from Yves Saint Laurent.
Q- When/where would you wear outfits 1 & 2?
A- The Balenciaga top and pants would be the perfect girls brunch/ day out shopping outfit. The skirt and Chanel jacket I would wear on a lunch date to get to know someone better… it’s a quick way to see what the other persons’ intentions are.
Q- How would you describe your personal style?
A- Big city chic
Q- Who’s your favorite style icon?
A- Kate Moss
Q- What shopping secrets would you like to share?
A- I love the bags and shoes… those are worth splurging on… especially comfy heels like the YSL ones [I wore in the shoot].
Q- If you were a super hero/villain, what super powers would you have?
A- Teleportation, so I can avoid all the long flights!
Q- What sound(s) do you most love to hear?
A- The sounds of the ocean. I grew up by the beach… so the sounds of the waves crashing onto the shore calms me.
Thanks Celina!
Several of the images above were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Photographer’s Notes:
Our time together passed quickly. It wasn’t long before we were saying goodbye and heading to our next appointments. Special thanks to Andrew Ooi of Echelon Talent Management for coordinating everything, Gienny Nguyen of THE Salon Beauty Bar for two fabulous hairstyles and the Coffee Bar for an impromptu photo set.
Since Gienny would be styling Celina’s hair on location she needed work quickly between outfit changes. To achieve the desired effect she thought ahead and came up with a simple plan. She curled Celina’s hair and let it dry. She created one fishtail braid and pinned it. Next she loosened the braid and pinned into an updo for the first look. When it came time for the second look, she simply let Celina’s hair down and everything fell into place. Five minutes later we were ready to resume shooting!

Victoria’s Secret Grand Opening With Angel Lindsay Ellingson

Aug, 29th, 2013

After months of anticipation the day finally arrived, Victoria Secret was open!   I was excited and took time off from work to attend the soft launch on Tuesday and the Grand Opening on Thursday.
As a media invitee looking for a positive story to tell I headed to Victoria’s Secret on Tuesday. I wanted to capture the excitement for my blog and for the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.   I wanted to show how crowded the 35,000 square foot store had become. When I asked if it would be ok to take a few shots inside, I was told absolutely not! Ok, that’s fine. I’ll come back on Thursday.
On Thursday I arrived at 8:30am. Lindsay Ellingson was off in the distance filming product shots. As we waited for the ribbon cutting photo op I noticed how nicely the store displays and mannequins were illuminated. I saw a 1920’s style trunk filled with nicely arranged lingerie. I saw several mannequins dressed in lingerie adorned with feathered wings. Any of these displays would have made stunning shots   to document the grand opening. However we were asked not to take photos. Ok, that’s fine. I’ll wait for the ribbon cutting photo op.
At 9:00am Lindsay appeared. The Victoria’s Secret photographer did an excellent job of directing her so everyone in the media pit could get a decent angle. While I’m certain it was longer than 2-minutes it felt like 2-seconds. When the photo shoot was done we had 45-minutes before the 10am store opening time. I imagined we would be given a tour of the store.   I thought someone would point out the different rooms and explain the various Victoria’s Secret lines. Instead the still photographers were asked to leave. Ok, that’s fine. I’ll wait for the balloon and umbrella photo op.
Lindsay arrived promptly at 11:00am at the Convention Centre. Her timing was perfect because the rain had momentarily subsided. As before, she did a wonderful job of connecting with the photographers. I loved the subtle details in her black dress. I also liked the contrast of the balloons and umbrella against the overcast sky.
I sat down for lunch and realized I had no details about the store.   I walked back to the store and asked if I could have a tour. It was just after noon but I was asked to come back at 5pm when the media staff was onsite. Ok, that’s fine. I’ll come back.
I arrived at 5pm with the hope that someone could walk me through the store and explain the difference between the Bombshell, Very Sexy or Dream Angels lines.   I met my media contact and she was understandably busy. I was reminded that I received a press release a week earlier with all sorts of facts however I was given the ok to browse the store by myself.
I had no idea there were so many different types of bras and panties. I wandered into the athletic room (Victoria’s Secret Sport) and smiled when I saw a pair of pink boxing gloves. Feeling like a fish out of water I decided to call it a nine hour day and head home.

Miss America Mallory Hagan at the Deighton Cup 2013

Aug, 11th, 2013

I met Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013 with the assistance of Lj Public Relations. We chatted for a couple minutes on Friday and Saturday and I we had a mini photo shoot. I was scheduled for a sit-down interview but due to last minute changes the answers below were provided via e-mail a few days later.
Miss America’s wearing:
Fascinator Hive Mind Millinery
Dresses Joseph Ribkoff
Q&A with Miss America
Q1- You grew up in a small town in Alabama (the southern US) then you moved to Brooklyn, NY. Numerous contrasts spring to mind. Can you
       describe your initial impressions of your new home?

A1- I loved all of the culture in Brooklyn and that there were so many different nationalities represented.
Q2- Aside from Joseph Ribkoff are there any designers that make you melt inside?
A2- I love Ellie Saab and Rachel Zoe. Rachel’s clothing is so well-made and cut to perfection. I especially love her suits.
Q3- I imagine you work with a stylist for speaking engagements and social functions. Who did you select and what drew you to them?
A3- Unfortunately, Miss America does not get a stylist. I wish!
Q4- You’ve spent a substantial portion of your life competing in pageants. Now that you’ve won Miss America will you continue to compete or
       will you transition into a new endeavor?

A4- The buck stops at Miss America! I will use my $50,000 in scholarship money to complete my degree in Communications at the Fashion Institute of        Technology.
Q5- Do you have any advice you would like to share with young women following in your pageant footsteps?
A5- Be yourself. It sounds so cliché, but people can spot a fake a mile away. Win being YOU!
Thanks Miss Hagan!

Miss Universe Canada 2012 @ Vancouver Fashion Week F/W2013 – Day 5

Mar, 24th, 2013

A few weeks after I bought my camera I saw a gorgeous lady riding a bicycle. Unlike most Vancouverites she wasn’t wearing flip flops & jeans or racing tights. She was wearing a dress and heels! I snapped a quick photo and gave her my card. Fast forward a year or two and we met at Vancouver Fashion Week. I was quite surprised when she recognized me. A mutual acquaintance told me she’s Sahar Biniaz, Miss Universe Canada 2012. She currently works in California as an actress. But I’ll always remember her as the Girl on the Bike.