Natural Makeup

After almost 6 months, finally have time to shoot beauty again!

Been wanting to shoot natural makeup with dewy skin for the longest time but schedule just doesn't work for me for the makeup artist and for the models.

3 days ago I contacted my friend Min-jee Mowat (who is now with THEYRep) who is a makeup artist and asked her if she might be interested in doing a beauty shoot the next day. I also contacted Jenna from Next Canada if there's anyone available that night and who would she recommend.  I book the model with full trust that Jenna will give me the best one that is available (time wise, location wise, and skin wise) -- Shooting beauty is one of the hardest for me. You need to have the perfect model with the best skin, a model that is comfortable enough that would be ok having her photo taken super close up. Having a great Makeup artist is of course one of the biggest part of this type of photography. Everyone can do crazy avant garde makeup, but only few people can do a natural makeup (which I love)

The night of the shoot comes, Minjee came an hour early for us to talk about the flow of the shoot. And to be honest I was a little bit nervous with the model because I haven't shot with her before and she's new. At 7pm the model (Zuzana) arrives with her lovely mom (which has the same name-- Zuzana -- whom I got to chat with and know a little bit about her life -- love hearing people's story). When I saw the model I was sooooo happy, she has the best skin I've seen (so far) instantly I knew this will be good. It was so good that I got so excited I retouched one image while they are doing makeup change...

Anyways to cut the story short here are the images from our shoot. I'm still retouching some images but I'm so excited to share this so I will share it now!



A New Project?

Finally! I'm back again in shooting. Been busy for the last 4 months organizing my wedding, doing paper works and moving to a new place.

I really miss shooting. I feel like I don't know what else to do. This is my dream, and now it seems like its the only thing I want to do. 

I've been wanting to shoot for the last couple of days but seems like everyone is busy or out of town (Hair stylist, Makeup Artist, Wardrobe Stylist).  I always wanted to try shooting models without makeup, or stylist-- Pure and Raw. I thought this might be a good opportunity to shoot this idea and so I did. I contacted my friend who happens to be an agent and asked if it's possible to get some models for this shoot. She likes the idea, not just shooting "Raw" but me shooting again, so she said YES! We booked it the next day. That night I can't sleep, I am excited and nervous. I never had a shoot with just me, no stylist and makeup artist supporting me.

At the end of the shoot I was very happy, happy that I got to shoot again, happy that I got to know the girls and listen to their stories. I've always been fascinated in people stories, who they are, where they came from, what they do, what's their plan for the future.

After this experience I think I will continue this as another personal project. "RAW" no makeup, no styling - just another person with a story.


Other Side of the Lense

Last month my fiance and I did our our engagement shoot. It's my first time to be "officially" in front of the camera to be photography in a photoshoot. As you all know I am always behind the camera, directing people what to do - fix the hair, tilt your face this way, look here, look there, need more accessories...

Photographed by Kevin Clark Studios

This is a whole new different experience for me. I don't really mind being photograph but I realize that I still get self-conscious, I notice I keep fiddling with my hand, moving my leg, and doesn't wanna look directly in the camera, it's very intimidating.

Photographed by Mikaela Ruth