RAW: real and wonderful

I'm so happy to finally have my RAW project completed! Photographed in their RAW form without makeup, hairstyling or wardrobe, my beautiful and brave models allowed to capture a wide range of their emotions from pensiveness to outright laughter. They are beautiful, simple, thoughtful images that exude naked confidence in a world that is consumed with perfection.

Part 1 of the release of these personal images is the completion of a coffee table worthy book. Part 1 is now complete and individual books can be ordered through blurb.com.

Part 2 of the RAW project is getting these images printed, HUGE, and hanging them in a gallery exhibit. I'm working on that now and hope to have good news about it in the coming months.

A special thank you goes out to my tribe of brave, trusting models. You did what a lot of others in the industry couldn't: you allowed yourself to be photographed without "hair and makeup". Bravo! Your courage, trust and belief in my project is deeply appreciated. I hope you love your RAW selves as much as I do.

To view the RAW: Real and Wonderful gallery, please click here.

I'm a lucky girl...

I get the privilege and joy of working with beautiful people (inside and out), creative stylists and magicians of hair and makeup on a regular basis. It's this team effort and collaboration that I thoroughly enjoy and it's why I love being a photographer... The planning and thoughtfulness that goes into a creative editorial or beauty shoot gets my blood pumping. Deciding on lighting schemes, conceptualizing the editorial, planning the overall look and 'vibe' we want to convey, researching and pouring over magazines, paintings and artworks until my eyes are bleeding (no no, not really lol)... It's so inspiring being and working with like minded creative individuals.  As Austin Powers would says, "It's my bag baby!"

Recently I had a session with two people from among my favorites in the industry: model Emily Rose - a truly beautiful soul inside and out and Victoria Ho - an amazing, talented MUA and hairstylist. With these two, to say still waters run deep is an understatement.  Emily has a way of quietly staring me down through the lens that is rare in a young model. She is self possessed and quietly confident in a way that I never could, nor will, be in my lifetime; but, I always manage crack her up and have developed a collection of Emily outtakes that are hysterical :)  Victoria is passionate about her craft, thoughtful (she gave me chocolates for Christmas last year!), kind hearted and very very good at the art of making people beautiful.

Here are a few words from Victoria about me... She was very kind and I am humbled:

Christina has a strong passion for photos.  Her positive energy brings the whole team on set focused on one common goal - best images.  I had the opportunity to work with her and the images I get back are always above my expectations.  She is an inspiring perfectionist.

Here are a few photos from my recent shoot with these two lovely ladies. Thank you again girls for trusting me with your photography... I appreciate and look forward to working with you again soon!

Emily RELAXED-255

Sneak peek: WARPaint

Sneak peek of my new editorial coming to Miroir Magazine this September.  Entitled WARPaint, this tribal themed beauty editorial features Amilee Thea and Sierra Elizabeth of Wilhemina Vancouver, Hermela Mekonen of Numa Vancouver and Raelynn of Charles Stuart. Make-up and hair by Elena Ismail with retouch and post work by yours truly.Enjoy the eyecandy!


Sneak peek from EBB + FLOW

One of my newest editorial shoots has been picked up by The Like Magazine and is entitled EBB + FLOW. Shot on location in beautiful Steveston BC at historic Britannia Heritage Shipyards, this luxe fishing and camping inspired fashion editorial couldn't be possible without my crew of lovelies including:

  • Models Emily Rose and Kelsey Adlem from NUMA Models Vancouver
  • Hair and make-up artist Elena Ismail
  • Stylist Megan Tiffany Nash
  • and model mom Ann for always being the sunshine in the room ;)

I can't wait to share the complete editorial in late July, but for now this sneak peek will have to hold you over...


Industrial HEAT - iPhone editorial

This entire editorial was shot on the iPhone 5 using the Hipstamatic app and will be featured in freshlyWORN Magazine, Summer 2013 Anniversary Issue. The editorial entitled "Industrial HEAT" was shot on location in Richmond, BC and features models Dustin Innes and Sierra Tasi-Baker.