June 20th, 2013 | Comments Off on Hello Pretty is Pretty Smart

Hello Pretty is a handmade marketplace for South African designers and artisans filled with amazing stuff I wish I could buy. The site is the brainchild of Scott Hadfield and Sam Marx, who recognized a need for an Etsy-style web site catering specifically to the South African market.

The site has grown by leaps and bounds in a short amount of time, and they’ve been getting terrific exposure from local press. The latest is this short interview with Sam (click image for a larger view).

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The pretty in pink photo featured in the article is a portrait I took of Sam a few years ago when she was in Vancouver for a visit. You can view the original version on Flickr.

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November 10th, 2011 | 2 Comments »

Just in time for the Eastside Culture Crawl and Got Craft, I have a new set of postcards available for sale. I selected six images from the Imaginary Girl series of portraits I felt went well together as a small set and threw in one of my self portraits. It’s wonderful to see more of the images from this series in print.

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There were more Imaginary Girl portraits I wanted to have as postcards but many of the photos didn’t crop well into the required dimensions, and it would’ve meant quite a bit of reworking to make them fit.

Imaginary Girl postcards

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The set of six postcards will be available for sale at my studio next weekend during the Eastside Culture Crawl, and then at Got Craft on Sunday December 4th. I’ll also be listing them in my Etsy shop soon.

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March 4th, 2011 | Comments Off on A Touch of Spring

These are the remaining portraits taken during the same photo shoot as the pink ones in my previous blog post. From the colourful wall of La Casa Gelato Sam and I wandered over to the nearby Strathcona Community garden. This was where I’d hope to shoot all along but I’m glad for the interesting sidetrack by the colour pink.

Awaiting Spring

I’m not sure what purpose is served by the round cement pool I found in one of the garden plots, but I’m guessing it’s a reflecting pool. I’m really glad I found it because it’s a great location. I shot this scene specifically with photo manipulation in mind. I wanted to create something magical and try a slightly different way of processing the image. Along the way I managed to create something that nicely references Alice in Wonderland, which was something Sam and I had talked about ages ago and I’d forgotten.

The final two shots were taken in a different part of the community garden. There wasn’t much else growing at the time because it’s been too cold, but this forsythia bush was happily putting forth it’s first flowers.

A Touch of Spring
A Touch of Spring

At the moment I don’t have anything specific in mind, but I can hardly wait to do another shoot with someone.