A very happy birthday to these two! Below is a selection of my favourites from their annual session to commemorate their birthday.
On this crazy cold winter day, I'll be turning back the clock to this shoot on Jericho Beach last summer and hopefully manifest some warm magic light while I'm at it.
Like last year's post, this one is made up of much of the same thing: a collection of my favourite images - certainly not instagram's best nine. I actually don't think any of these images made the cut there. For me it's not about the external validation or the "likes" adding up (though that's always a bonus!) but more about images I feel proud to have created because of the light I saw, the light I made, but most of all how that light evoked a mood, a feeling or a beauty previously unnoticed.
|Shot at 4:30 pm|
|Shot at 5:30 pm|
For now, here's a little highlight reel so show you what I've been up to and the people and things that caught my eye since my last blog post. And here's hoping, I start posting regularly again.
Victoria is one of our favourite little escapes from the city and perfect for easy travel with kids. You're getting enough distance from mainland BC to make it feel like a vacation (taking the ferry really does have away of creating much needed separation from your daily routines) but close and similar enough that it's an easy transition on both ends of your trip.
Below are a few observations from our trip last month.
|This was taken the day we arrived, cloudy but warm.|
|Same lantern, different day..|
|The boys playing thumb wars at the Kit and Ace window in Market Square. Couldn't resist this one...|
|A little window light portrait at Habit Coffee|
|The boys sitting in front of my husband's old house where he lived when we was studying at UVic.|
This post is a response to all the over exposed, whitewashed imagery that seems to be so popular on Instagram. It's beautiful, don't get me wrong. And I love it too. But in exploring light, shadow, contrast and colour, you can expand your lighting horizons, and showcase the character and beauty that some might miss.
We have a few days left until Spring arrives, and the forecast calls for sun. Seize the day and get out there and see the amazing light in Vancouver. Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside are particularly inspiring this time of year. If you're on Instagram, I'd love to see your shadow-filled, gritty, colourful and high contrast photos. Something that lives outside the white, blush and gold girly aesthetic box. Tag me on Instagram @kyrani. I'd love to see it.
How was your Valentine's? Do you have any traditions?
For more visual observations of life through my eyes, join me on instagram @kyrani. See you there!
The morning started to look promising and the plan was to go to the beach but by noon it was pouring (typical Raincouver), so we popped over to the Bloedel Conservatory with lunch to follow at our favourite greasy spoon, Helen's Grill. (Which by the way, happens to be one of my favourite places to shoot portraits - have you been?). I had an itch to shoot my boys and I wasn't about to let the rain stop me. (You can't in this city, or you'll stay holed up in your home for 4 months straight!). Besides, rainy overcast weather is great for pictures. The Bloedel Conservatory is a great alternative for the outdoors, and the window light at Helen's Grill...well, it's just awesome to me.
Ps. This J.Crew shirt he's wearing might be my favourite article of clothing to shoot, ever! With with that yellow raincoat in the moody interior of Helen's Grill on a rainy day? Sigh...
What's your favourite rainy day hangout?
I'm not really a fan of Star Wars, nor do I like this lego series at all...but these characters were speaking to me for days and I had to get it out of my system. When I couldn't resist it any longer, darkness had fallen and I lit the figurines with my flashlight (with the exception of the first one) - the effect in the following photos is perfect for a battle between light and dark, don't you think?
As you can see below, my son poses these characters much better than I do...
Sometimes you have to follow the muse when she taps you on the shoulder (or in my case hits me with a Lego lightsaber).
And those phone photography tips I mentioned? If you're in Vancouver, I'll be sharing them at Mama Mondays at the Juice Truck Store (28 West 5th Avenue between Ontario and Manitoba) on February 1, 2015 at 1 pm. It's free to attend, AND the Juice Truck is offering a discount to moms attending. I hope to see you there.
In the meantime, you can find my visual diary here.
Anyway, I don't know if I have any good excuse here. Mostly I'm not "feeling it"...which I guess is another way of saying, I have no ideas!! Or I've been quite busy. (Does anyone else feel the same this time of year? Where did the time go?!) All in all, November was a pretty awesome month. I mean I was published in People Magazine! That's definitely the highlight of my 2015. What's been the highlight of your year?
Anyway, here is a snippet of what's been happening lately in these parts.
First off, I had SO much fun shooting the beautiful (and genuinely lovely) American Idol alum Kim Caldwell and her adorable new baby girl, Harlow, for People Magazine:
|Styling for this shoot by Michelle Addison|
Hallowe'en happened and my warrior boys were out in full force. Plus, when your husband walks round with a Storm Trooper helmet, a J.Crew shirt and a beer, he can't expect NOT to be photographed!
|Hair and Makeup by Sonia Leal-Serafim|
I also dabbled in a little food photography in my kitchen. Those pomegranates! A pain to eat but beauties to shoot...
And how on earth did this happen? I shot these a couple of weeks ago and I cannot get over how grown up my boys are looking!
|Hoodies by Cabyn|
Sometimes, taking pictures is about creating something new. Experimenting. Getting out of the usual comfort zone and doing something different.
I'm often inspired to portray ordinary people in extraordinary ways. Every so often, I'll look at someone - a friend, a family member, a stranger - and I see them in a new way. As someone else outside of themselves. Through my eyes, they take on a different persona and I feel inspired to create an image telling a story that is different from their own.
It is easy to do if you have a model or actor to work with. But sometimes that might be a luxury - the greater challenge is getting someone who isn't a model or actor to collaborate with you and convey that story.