Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Luck of the Irish (or rather the Irish Heather)

Yesterday I had an impromptu shoot with one of my muses.  I had grand ideas about the look I wanted and was eager to execute them.  Things were not looking good however.  I had to pick her up from Downtown Vancouver at 2 pm.  I was running late to begin with, but then got stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic which I have decided to blame on Mayor Robertson's bike lanes along Hornby, Georgia and Dunsmuir.  I would have no problem with this if there were cyclists actually using them...In any case, we finally met up and drove to Gastown.  We got there quickly, but it took at least 20 minutes of driving before I found parking.  I wanted to start the shoot at the Irish Heather Pub at my favourite table, the round one that is right beside the window by the front door.  To my dismay, there were two gentleman sitting at that table enjoying their beers...were they going to stay? were they going to go?  The waiting was driving me crazy.  Lucky for us, they eventually finished their beers and left.  I snagged the table immediately.  Here is my favourite image from the Irish Heather.

By the way, if you are ever looking for a great spot to shoot portraits, try out the Irish Heather.  The staff is so nice and accommodating, the window light is amazing...not to mention the french fries with curry sauce.

Afterwards we proceeded to Blood Alley and wandered towards Alexander Street for a few shots.

And then we came across the gorgeous Hotel Europe on Powell Street.  At the time, I actually thought it was a hotel but I have since found out it is government subsidized housing.  We tried the back entrance but it was locked so we headed to the front.  Before we could open the door, someone was walking out and let us into the building.   The gorgeous evening light was spilling through the windows over the original tile and marble in the lobby and we, of course, took advantage.  I wonder, if I hadn't been running late, if those two men weren't sitting at "my table" at the Irish Heather, thus delaying our shooting, would we have had access to the Hotel Europe and had the opportunity to capture these images with this beautiful light in this splendid building?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Girl Should Be Two Things...

Classy and Fabulous. This is according to Coco Chanel and I'm sure you will agree, applies to these three young women who are about to graduate high school soon.

They spent the hours before the shoot, getting dolled up. First they had their hair done at BLO, then on to makeup at Kiss & Makeup, and then they met with stylist Helen Baker of Stylefinder, to get their wardrobe organized.  The girls felt great, and looked amazing!  

I remember this time of my life well, and looking back I realize how beautiful I was but did not know or appreciate it at all!  How I wish I had revelled in it a little more!  I am hoping these images will help these young women realize their own beauty, and how the rest of the world sees them.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

A taste of France... Richmond...yes, Richmond.  In fact, once you enter the courtyard leading to the restaurant's entrance, you will forget you are in Richmond, or  BC, or Canada for that matter.  So, if you are ever in the mood to leave Vancouver and want to experience something extraordinary, visit Gudrun, a lovely cheese, meat and wine tasting room in historic Steveston.  The photos say the rest.

The courtyard that greeted us with Serge Gainsbourg's  classic "Je t'aime moi non plus"

The Kitchen
The Wine Rack
Tonight's Menu 

Chacuterie B, before

Charcuterie B, after
The fondue

Friday, February 4, 2011

More Songs to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

To continue from my previous post...

7.  A Song For The Lovers, Richard Ashcroft.

8.  Playground Love, Air.

9.  Crash Into Me, Dave Matthews Band.

10.  L'anamour, Serge Gainsbourg.

11. Hit Me Baby One More Time, Travis. You will no doubt agree that Travis does it better than Britney.

12.  More Than This, Roxy Music.

Enjoy everyone and happy daydreaming!