I love simple weddings because you really get a chance to experience everything around you. It was a beautifully serene morning on Kamal and Machiko's wedding day. I was the second (and eventually third) photographer this time around, but I almost preferred it -- it gave me time to observe and to pay attention to relationships and emotions instead of having to click-click-click every single smile. I was in my element. I got to understand Kam and Machi a little better in the process, and the bridge they created across the Pacific.
We're both interested in learning about other cultures, so it has been really cool that we have 3 different cultures that we're involved in: Canadian, Indian, and Japanese. Of course, some days are more difficult than others but that's part of the learning process.
I present to you, The "Kamachi" Wedding.
Many fans have asked, "Who is Winston?"
And so, on the 13th day of the 12th month of the 11th year of this millennium, Vikaash Prasad and Shalini Kumar took part in conversation with one Winston Hauschild, producer (and guitarist, bass guitarist, synth keyboardist and glockenspiel-ist) of the Shalini EP.
What can I say about baby Leilani?
Those bright little eyes were like plump blueberries.
Confused by the lights, she fell asleep in their heat.
She took a nap for a bit, came back smiling (no teeth).
Happy New Year, Everyone!
Wow, it's been a busy, busy couple of months. Holiday parties, an engagement party for dear friends (finally), headshots, family vacations, music shows and so on. For the end of this month, I leave you with the Evans family Christmas portraits. This session took place as the result of a fundraiser prize I submitted to help orphans in Mexico, way back in May -- a day after I decided to quit my job at the office and pursue photography full-swing.
It was a nice drive out to Abbotsford, BC with my beautiful assistant (Shalini) -- those bagels and hot chocolate sure helped. The tree was trimmed, stockings hung with care...the cats gave us a friendly stare. And that baby, such big blue eyes (I'll share more shots of her from this session soon). Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!
The Tuesday Night Music Club (TNMC), hosted by the Spencer Welch Vocal Studio at The Cellar in Vancouver. The live music concert series showcases Canadian artists with a panel of industry guests once a month in a night of pure entertainment, all packaged in a cozy downstairs wine cellar nightclub.
This one is long overdue. When my cousin sister had a super wedding in a small farm town on the outskirts of Toronto, of course I had to be there ... not just to take photos, but to help with the finishing touches of a massive football field sized tent in their backyard. An amazingly warm family, as always. So, here you go sis -- you've waited over a year for this (my first big wedding with my shiny new camera at a time when THiNKViK didn't exist, but wouldn't exist without what I felt on your special day).
A nice drive in the countryside, a few turns and turnarounds and we arrived at the patch to pick a pair of perfect pumpkins. So glad the rain held out, but that didn't stop our boots and our tires from getting a little muddy. A hayride and a petting zoo, too! I do have to say that my heart sank seeing the older animals though; I'm sure they're well-fed and cared for, but there's something in their eyes that just said, "I'm tired." I digress (sigh). Bunnies had no trouble falling asleep in our warm hands...not a care in the world. All in all, a great way to kick off the Halloween spirit.
Walks are good. People need them ... and dogs definitely need them. Clifford takes John and Courtney for a play date -- playin' fetch, rollin' over, flyin' through hoops, big tricks and big smiles!
Happy Diwali to all, from me to you, from my home to yours ... wherever you may be.
Behind the scenes with Shalini, une musicienne magnifique.
Special thanks to the hair and make-up team of Christine and Brittany (who drove an hour and spent nearly all day on set), to SzeYun Lo at SyloArts for hosting and joining us as a second shooter, and to Esjay for his collaboration with Shalini on this fresh musical score!
Check out some behind the scenes photos from Sze on her blog, with lots of munchies (that I happened to miss out on because of a semi-truck stalled on the middle of the bridge home), and some cute portraits I shot of Sze and her boyfriend extraordinaire!
On a warm summer evening back in July, I accompanied a friend to a mysterious gathering of sorts, full of characters mingling with masks adorned. Here are the stills for the film scene that was shot that night, entitled "Alex in Wonderland" -- and glad to hear that they're holding their screening tonight!
An idea popped into my head reminding me of English class back in high school. The teacher used to put up a photo each week, like a little contest, and we had to come up with the best caption for it.
So, "capture this" -- what's your best caption?
We all need daily reminders of who we are and where we've been -- without that point of reference, we couldn't possibly know how far along we've come. One way to remind us are photographs, which we often take for granted. Not necessarily because one person can "afford" them and another cannot, nor because we have such great access to them.
Photographs are like frozen moments in time that don't change unless we change -- maybe in our look or how we view them. Portraits, are mirror images that don't disappear.
DJ McKay -- a man of many talents -- hits the streets tossing cans and flipping bottles (empty of course). Wickedly sunny day for a shoot, and to enjoy a bike ride strapped with a backpack, tripods and duct tape across downtown Vancouver. The upside to climbing those hills on a two-wheeler? The cool breeze hitting you in the face on the way down.
Our Engagement Party was a special time enjoyed with family and friends. Vik captured the true essence of our party with his camera. We especially liked how every guest was included in his pictures. After taking the formal pictures, we barely noticed Vik. He blended into the party and captured memorable and funny moments. Now, when we look through the photographs we are reminded of that special day. Thank you Vik. You ROCK!
Thanks so much Vik!
luv, Daisy & Mali
I'm beginning to pay more attention to light (and shadow), and more attention to those who are able to eloquently harness that energy. I've watched a lot of movies in my lifetime because I want to be a part of them myself and because I appreciate one's ability to tell stories. Harris Savides and James Gray are new names to me, but not to film or photons.
On a beautiful summer day, Chrissy had a beautiful bridal shower, full of bubbly pink and pretty moments with friends and family -- and I surprised her to capture it all. Musical chairs, truth or dares, gifts galore and a trip to the neighbourhood corner store.