TITANIUM: published in Obscurae Magazine

I always love it when I can get an editorial picked up, and love it even more when it's in a new magazine I've not yet been published in. This time around it was a beauty editorial entitled: TITANIUM and it was published today in Obscurae Magazine, a first time for me in this publication.

Featuring one of my absolute favorite models Michelle Baker, this editorial is comprised of 6 painterly looks that escalate from lightly textured brush strokes to heavily smeared/blended makeup with TITANIUM WHITE as its base. Titanium white is a staple and backbone to any visual artist's paint palette and is a foundation colour (or non-colour) that is easily adapted to different situations. For example:

  • add layered brush strokes and it becomes a lattice of pattern and texture
  • mix it with colour and it becomes a pastel tint of the richer, pure pigment
  • use it alone for emphasis, mystery and masking


  • The focus of this editorial was Michelle Baker's exquisite, ever changing, expressive face;  I have long considered her to be one of my photographic muses (not sure you knew that MB - but you do now lol!). She is a joy to work with and her sweet, quiet ways and hard hugs bring out the mother hen in me.
  • MUAH Heidi Cheung and I haven't worked together in a while, so this shoot was a great opportunity for both of us to catch up, put together some beautiful, creative looks and capture some gorgeous shots of Michelle.

I'm thrilled to finally be able to share this lovely set and hope that you like it as much as I do.

Check out the editorial here or visit my Flickr account for the complete editorial set.

Not as intended

Sometimes, when working on a shoot things don't go quite as planned.

In this case it was a shoot for friend/hairstylist Jen Mathison. We were trying to get some photos published in a salon magazine and unfortunately they were not picked up for publication. They were shot in a specific style with simple, high key lighting as per the magazine's creative brief. Unfortunately they were declined and so they have sat unused.

So, after a few months of stewing on them, I decided that they would be best used in some more creative endeavours. Once I decided on the images to alter, I processed them in Photoshop CC using double-exposure, blending layers, and colour mixing techniques. The end result was a set of three, painterly portraits...

  • Model: Tereza Anne
  • Hair: Jen Mathison
  • MUA: Savannah St Jean

Dark Mermaids

The flip side to my fresh, clean beauty shoot with MUAH Elena Ismail... Dark, wet haired mermaid inspired models. Models: Enry [The Family Management], Emily Rose, Jayden and Kristin Linkletter [unsigned]

Enry [The Family Management]

Enry: a stunning, unique face that I had the pleasure of photographing a few weeks ago; she has huge, expressive eyes and an elfin look that harkens back to the 60s and model icon Twiggy. I look forward to working with her again in the future...

  • Model: Enry [The Family Management]
  • MUA/H: Elena Ismail


RAW: a personal project

Today, I am announcing a personal project for 2014:RAW by Christina Lazar-Schuler | filmWERX Studio Inspired by the artwork of Chuck Close, noted portrait photographer.

I capture images of beautiful and stylish people and I LOVE what I do! They are the images of beauty that we aspire to in our own lives; perfect skin, beautiful hair, stylish wardrobe, etc.  However, in a world filled with gloss, glamour and 'perfection' we sometimes lose sight of the real, raw person inside.

Vancouver is a city filled with beautiful people and a lot of them have become models. These men and women are made-up, dressed-up and retouched into the best, shiniest and most perfect version of themselves. What if we saw them as we see ourselves everyday in the morning mirror? Fresh out of bed, no make-up, no hairstyling, wearing a rumpled t-shirt (or nothing at all!) and putting their best foot forward to start a new day.

In this very personal project, I want to explore the raw, unfinished side of modeling. I want to document that real, raw person under all the makeup and hairspray. Undone, unmade, unretouched. I want to capture the authentic you.

Like the title of this project, the captured images will be unretouched, you will be captured bare faced, ungroomed, in "come as you are" photographs that reveal the REAL and RAW you under all the spit and shine. Here are the details:

DATE: March 22, 2014 from 2-7pm LOCATION: Film2Frame Studio - 655 Front Street, New Westminster NOTES:

  1. I will be casting up to 25 model - both men & women.
  2. Agency models are preferred, but not mandatory.
  3. Inclusion in this project is limited to the first 25 models that sign up.
  4. A wait list will be available in the event of drop-outs.
  5. You will be required to sign a photo release
  6. Ensure that you have a guardian (if you are underage) available the day of the shoot to sign the release.
  7. All photos will be captured 'shot gun style' on one day only.
  8. If you cannot attend on the date of the shoot, your spot will be given to another model, etc...
  9. This is a TFP project so you will be compensated with up to 3 high resolution images for your portfolio.

To sign up for this project, please complete the form below. I look forward to meeting and capturing the real, RAW you.