I adore photographing off the beaten path, pulled into the wild, and inspired by my surroundings. Though Chilliwack River Road may not be far off or exotic, it definitely satisfies the itch to photograph someone in a beautiful setting. The mountains enveloped around us and a forest of tall beautiful green trees complimented Nicole and her dynamic beauty.
With a dark Red Vamp lip, and smokey eyes, Nicole came to life in front of the camera. Her personality in general is unique and those who have the pleasure of knowing her know the joy she is, her humor alone had us both laughing between shots.
It truly was a pleasure photographing Nicole, and I hope to work with her again in the future!
“All that is Gold does not glitter, not all who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. From ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken: the crownless again shall be king” – J.R.R.Tolkien
When the warmth of her golden glow sets fire to the winter snow, she comes alive with the power in her eyes.
I had an amazing time collaborating with Jennifer Marie last week, and in the midst of rain and snow she nailed an exceptional portrait session!
I have been watching the “Once Upon a Time” TV series, and this golden goddess felt like a page out of the old leather book full of folklore.
Two days into my Yellowknife Vacation and I have felt so much love and support. There have been deep conversations with friends, laughter, and moments of intense creativity.
Last year I worked with Erykah on two creative portraiture projects, one was regarding Mother Earth and the second was a Levitation portrait.
Erykah is a true creative, she is an exceptional nail tech, Jagua designer, dancer, and model. Not only was it a joy to photograph her in the heart of Yellowknife overlooking Frame Lake, but it was refreshing to reconnect and spend some quality time together.
I brought my bolt of tule and lace with me in my carry on and I fashioned a dress from a white bed sheet and used the tule to create shape and an ethereal movement to the fabric as well. It’s creative sessions like these that revive me as an artist.
One reason I started down the path of photography was for the sheer pleasure of creating something of substance. Through the years my love of portraiture resulted in photographing countless amazing couples, families, and individuals. I can remember each fun memory, instant connection, and candid photograph that built me into the artist that I am today; sometimes however I crave the freedom to create work like this, no guidelines, restrictions or expectations (but my own).
In 2013 I had the pleasure of doing a fine art session with Ashley Young, a model I absolutely love working with. Ashley’s dancer precision and ethereal quality is rich in each photo. I wanted vulnerability, delicate qualities of the female form, and lush texture of earth to collide in a gallery of photographs that captured this essence.
I often find myself online looking for inspiration. Today I came back to two photographers that I love, Miss Aniela and Aaron Nace of Phlearn. Their work in levitation photography sparked my creativity.
Erykah Tam, my most recent model for my “regrowth” series ( which I will be featuring on the blog this next month) had the perfect dancer like posture that levitation photography requires.
This Photograph is titled “Mind over Matter” and I want to keep adding to this levitation series. If you are interested in learning the technique both in shooting and surreal editing I am considering hosting a “Levitation Photography Workshop” in Chilliwack BC this fall.
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