This is Kim. She is one of the owners of The Paper Hound. The Paper Hound is a lovely bookstore (my favorite kind) in Gastown. Kim herself is also lovely. Not only did she let me do a shoot in her bookstore, but she has a delicate beauty that I am so grateful she let me capture. These portraits have both healed and reignited something within me.
Finally, Stu is done with his first semester at Regent! I had to keep quiet for several weeks while he had papers due and exams to pass, but now he’s got about a good month off before school starts up again, and the snow came at just the right time. Apparently, it’s quite rare for Vancouver to receive any snow, but we got a great snowfall and welcomed it like little kids by bundling up (snow pants, ski socks, ski gloves, down coats) and heading to our local park. Stu proceeded to make some snowballs and repeatedly pegged the tree. I didn’t really understand what for and his answer was “I’m a boy!” Got it, Stu. But I like how Stu wanted to hold hands in our swing photo, that was pretty cute. There were also tons of snowmen with carrot noses around. We even met a snow/ice/sand/stone sculptor who made a really cool snow sculpture right down the block from us. I guess when it snows Vancouverites really take advantage of it.
Cherry and Jizell were the recipients of my contest, thanks to Cherry’s cousin Senia. I think I can safely say that all of us had so much fun with this shoot. What’s not fun about getting some hair/makeup pampering done, dress changes, and a photo shoot? I loved how excited Cherry and Jizell were, they brought a whole suitcase and more of beautiful dresses and outfits. Jizell, who has a precious four year old soul, had been so excited for the shoot, she had apparently been talking about it non stop to everyone, even telling her school teacher. And let me tell you, that little girl has enough princess dresses to put any Disney princess to shame!
I loved getting to know these two and Senia. Cherry works long shifts as a nurse and also has her own cake business, CheNJezzy Cool Cakes, on the side. Let me tell you, she’s an incredible woman. She started her cake business, not even a year ago, and she already has an incredible portfolio of cakes. One weekend she completed an order of six cakes! Who does that?! Cherry. I was lucky enough to taste her cupcakes, and they are phenomenal! Totally wishing she had a bakery in Cambie, so I could grab a cupcake at whim.
I just want to finish by saying, that while I have many favorites from this shoot, I love the last photo I’ve posted here. It may be subtle, but I see a sensual and calm confidence in Cherry that only a woman can have, and I loooooove capturing that.
Hair & Makeup: Rocelyn Hodson
I had another session at Stanley Park a couple of weeks ago with the Watsons. They are such a cute family and were a lot of fun to photograph, especially their daughter Beatrix. She is just full of life, super expressive, and I love her blonde hair with those gorgeous brown eyes. We got along so well, that she totally surprised me and gave me a kiss at the end of our session! Their son Toby was a little cranky as he was napping at the beginning of our session, but even he warmed up to me and gave me a hug at the end, which the parents said was very unusual for him. The children were so different from one another; it doesn’t cease to amaze me the personalities that children are born with. I loved seeing Beatrix’s eyes light up when her and her father were playing in the leaves.