Kakuyasu Uchiide of Shu Uemura at Holt Renfrew Vancouver | Corporate Event Phototography

Filling in for my very talented colleague Daniela Ciuffa, I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph a fun event this weekend at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver, where Shu Uemura held an event with visiting guest Kakuyasu Uchiide — the international artistic director of the brand, who is world-renowned for his makeup artistry skills and use of bold colours. After the passing of Mr. Shu Uemura himself, Mr. Kakuyasu Uchiide was appointed in his place. Needless to say, well, “he’s kind of a big deal”!

If you haven’t seen Shu Uemura’s products before, they are all very stylish, very colourful, and of course, very Japanese. At this event, Mr. Uchiide held on-stage presentations, and Holt makeup consultants held private appointments. Definitely a fun Saturday afternoon! And of course, you can never go wrong when you are photographing beautiful people. Please check out my pics below:

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Bold, crazy lashes at work — so awesome:

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Shu Uemura is known for their unique cleansing oils:

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Shu Uemura is also known for their award-winning eyelash curler… so it’s no surprise that they have a crazy/awesome line of false eyelashes as well. Here are a few, displayed in their “Tokyo Lash Bar”:

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I couldn’t resist snapping this photo on the left — catching Mr. Uchiide sitting beside a giant portrait of himself:

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Suzie, one of the wonderful models and Holt Renfrew staff members participating in the day’s event:

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Introducing Mr. Uchiide on stage for his first demonstration:

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Working with warm tones to create a natural summer look:

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All finished! The artist with his masterpiece:

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Mr. Uchiide visits clients inbetween presentations, and Holt makeup artists create new looks:

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Personally autographing some palette cases:

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Gearing up for a second presentation with bright blue hues:

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Gah, she’s gorgeous! Also helps to have flawless skin, be 6’1″ in heels, and 19… oh, and a Ford model:

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Taking a quick glance at herself in the mirror at the Shu Uemura counter area:

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Beauty stations all booked up with appointments:

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Mr. Uchiide himself, lending his creative eye to some customers:

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Super warm and friendly, very polite and offering excellent advice:

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Mr. Uchiide with a handful of Holt’s talented makeup artistry team:

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Product Shots – Handmade Beaded Jewelry | Vancouver Product Photography

Variety is the spice of life, so goes the old adage… from time to time, I like to photograph new and random things, just because sometimes I can envision how something will go theoretically and I want to see how it will pan out. Sometimes, it goes horribly wrong, or wonderfully right. I’ve always admired the skill of product photography for more than just “blast it with lights against a white backdrop.”

In particular, jewelry has always posed a challenge because it can often look dull if not photographed properly and also has to look marketable. There’s an element of styling, better angles to make things sparkle, et al, that make it actually a ton of fun creatively. Some of you may also know I did my undergrad in Marketing, so tying in the creative visual to “sell” something is totally my thing…

Last week I tried my hand at photographing some handmade beaded jewelry made by my boyfriend’s Mom, to provide her with some images but also to put myself up to the challenge. I know there are tons of product photography contraptions out there, but this was all done with:

1 – 24″ softbox & 1 AlienBee light

1 – Piece of white bristol board

+ my camera

Mostly, it’s knowing where to bounce all the light and making sure it all looks gooooood. Shiiiiiiiiinnnyyy. And please feel free to contact me if you like any of these pieces!

And thanks to Buff for being my lovely assistant in holding thread and angling the bristol board while I photographed:

The Kimpton Open House with Virani Real Estate Advisors | Vancouver Corporate Event Photography

On one of the few sunny days so far in Vancouver, I had the pleasure of photographing an event at the new Kimpton development in North Vancouver for the Virani group. I always enjoy photographing for them, and everyone there is always very friendly, professional, and fun to work with. They also have some of the most prestigious property listings in Vancouver, and rock at what they do. As for this new Kimpton development, I’d be happy just living in the display unit!

You can check out their site here: www.thevlist.com

And, the lovely catering was provided by Edgeceptional: www.edgecatering.ca

I also was able to sneak in a couple of updated headshots for their site:

Newborn Photography with Studio 32 | Vancouver Newborn Photography

Let me just start off by saying: Libby is my homegirl. Seriously. When I expressed interest in newborn photography, she immediately offered for me to come along for a ‘mentor session’ with her to an upcoming shoot. There are a lot of “tricks of the trade” to photographing newborns, which involves careful timing, lots of heat, and making sure we prevent any pooping incidents when the diaper is off. Timing, timing, timing!

She’s also a masterful orchestrator of props and sets and ruffles — in the first photo, the backdrop is actually covered in fresh plum blossom branches. And who on earth do you know has a cherry red vintage baby stroller? Um, Michelle Libby, that’s who.

Anyways, here are Libby’s versions of this session: http://www.studio32photographyblog.com/2011/04/little-miss-blossom/

And below, here are mine:

Headshots with John | Vancouver Headshot Photography

John contacted me a couple of weeks ago to help him out with some updated professional headshots. Working in telecommunications by day, and as a volunteer for a business mentorship group, he needed some photos for web and print. We met up in Yaletown on a nice sunny afternoon, and here’s what we came up with: