work in progress

work in progress | photo/video project

Hi guys! It's a dark and stormy day so I'm cuddled up indoors, working like crazy to finish up a bunch of projects before I head out on a little trip. My 2015 "busy" season has officially kicked off, so I'm, well,  busy behind the scenes. I'm living in an email vortex, finalizing plans with some lovely wedding coordinators, making travel arrangements, editing photos, asking Brian to shine my shooting shoes because I'm useless at that, and stopping only to go to the gym or to pick up a treat to keep me going.

I have a few projects happening in the background of all this, and one of them is a photo/video project I'll be working on over the next few months. I posted a casting call recently and am really happy to have some familiar faces and new models on board. I thought it might be fun to post a few peeks into this project as part of my Work in Progress series.

Here's one frame from a nighttime shoot with model Sam. I always love the cinematic feel of night images, especially during a rainstorm, so I was really appreciative of Sam's patience for standing in the cold, wet night with me.

A second shoot with my brother and his dog on a frozen beach. The images of us below were taken by his girlfriend, Ida.

And third, a still from some GoPro footage taken by my other brother, Jeremy, that shows me photographing Noelle and Michael in a park on a very blustery day. The images that follow are two of the shots I was taking at that time.

This project is only just beginning, so I'll continue to share little glimpses along the way. I'm really grateful for the help of everyone involved so far and excited to keep working away on things in my spare time and learning about the joys and challenges of photo/video fusion along the way.

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work in progress | beauty lookbook

Sometimes I feel like I am flooding this blog and my social media with new work and other updates. Other times, I get so wrapped up in the early or mid-stages of a bunch of projects that I suddenly realize I haven't shared anything in ages. During these cold winter months, when I have a wee respite from shooting, this is my time to dream up ideas and nurture the early stages of new work. In an effort to break the silence during the quieter times of year, I'm introducing a new series called "Work in progress," where I'll share yet-to-be finished projects and other things I'm in the middle of doing.

For this first post, here are some images from a shoot I recently did with my friend, Jenna. If you look at the photos from left to right, you may notice that her eye makeup grows increasingly more dramatic. This will be part of the eye makeup intensity guide from my Beauty Lookbook.

I've been working on this lookbook for over two years now, as it's not an urgent project so I only get to work on it when I have free time. I'm determined to finish it up this spring, however, so I'm shooting the final images and wrapping up the writing. The purpose of these images is to give clients a point of reference they can use to describe to me how intense they'd like their eye makeup. Does it seem a bit much to do a whole shoot just based on eye makeup? Maybe. But all my new initiatives are based on streamlining communication so I can better serve my clients, and that means developing custom tools and guides. Anything that presents something highly subjective (e.g. a smoky eye look) in a clear and objective way helps bridge the gap between a client and makeup artist's interpretations. Crystal clear communication is a beautiful thing!

I'm working on a bunch of other things behind the scenes right now, but I'll save those for future posts. Special thanks to Jenna for modelling!

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