Qube: 2018 Lookbook 'Sneak-peek'

A collaboration with Kristi of Qube Clothing to shoot some new and classic looks for the 2018 lookbook at Duck Creek Farm.

If you didn't know, Kristi is the Salt Spring Island based designer behind the rather suave Qube Clothing company. We got in touch this week after a long winter to shrug it off and bear some grateful skin on the first warm days of the year. To see a little teaser, scroll below, and if you want the clothing hit up the Qube website or drop by Salt Spring Island and cruise into Fever Tree or Twang and Pearl (the gracious lender of most of the jewelry the ladies were wearing in the photos below...).

A huge thanks to Kristi, Brandi and Veronica for modelling and waiting to chase the evening sun! 

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Mugshots: Ben Desrosiers

Good friend Ben Desrosiers was rounding out his website for Gaia Wild Adventures, an awesome guiding company he's been building up, and needed a new headshot. We spent a day in Burgoyne Bay, walking under the weight of the mist, exploring boulder fields below Gary Oak meadows and discovering the largest Arbutus tree I've ever seen. We ended up walking for several more hours than intended, returning to our vehicles under the cover of dark from directions unanticipated, with the silhouettes of two Great Horned Owls arcing overhead through outlines of old growth Douglas Fir trunks and whirls of moisture laden air --their voices following our footsteps.

Here's to taking portrait sessions outside:

High Fashion, Photos Up a Tree

Style by Noel Goertz; collaborating on the passion project of creating a portfolio and brand

A few weeks ago I met up with islander Noel Goertz for what was to be one of the coolest shoots I've ever done. We wanted to take advantage of the last summer light and the epic oak tree pair in Burgoyne bay (you know the one) that had recently, and somewhat dramatically, fallen down in exactly opposite directions to create a mirror image of each other -just as when they were standing. Noel then cast a badass brother-sister combo as the models to mirror outfits and create the ultimate juxtaposition.

Make sure to check out the side by side mugshots in the carousel gallery at the bottom and dig into the captions for outfit specifics.

Style by: Noel Goertz. Models: Reece and Finn Penney w/ special guest appearance by Jason Funk.

Shoes: Raf Simons; Pants: Vintage; Shirt: Simons; Jacket: Instruction One; Glasses: Vintage

Shoes: Raf Simons; Pants: Vintage; Shirt: Simons; Jacket: Instruction One; Glasses: Vintage

Shoes: Raf Simons; Pants: Vintage; Shirt: Simons; Jacket: Instruction One; Glasses: Vintage

Left: Shoes: Balenciaga; Pants: Palm Angels; Shirt: Vintage; Hat: Carhartt; Accessories: Instruction one.

Right: Shoes: Balenciaga; Pants: Instruction One; Shirt: Second Layer; Jacket: Instruction One; Glasses: H&M

Shoes: Balenciaga; Pants: Palm Angels; Shirt: Vintage; Hat: Carhartt; Accessories: Instruction one.

Shoes: Balenciaga; Pants: Instruction One; Shirt: Second Layer; Jacket: Instruction One; Glasses: H&M

Shoes: Balenciaga; Pants: Instruction One; Shirt: Second Layer; Jacket: Instruction One; Glasses: H&M

Shoes: Balenciaga; Pants: Vintage; Shirt: Vetements (underlayer), Instruction One; Accessories: A Cold Wall (bag)

Shoes: Balenciaga; Pants: Vintage; Shirt: Vetements (underlayer), Instruction One; Accessories: A Cold Wall (bag)

Shoes: Balenciaga; Pants: Rick Owens; Shirt: Ih Nom Uh Nit; Jacket: Muji; Glasses: H&M; Accessories: Instruction One

Shoes: Balenciaga; Pants: Instruction One; Shirt: Both Vintage; Socks: Topman

Shoes: Raf Simons; Pants: Vintage; Shirt: Simons; Accessories: Instruction One

Shoes: Raf Simons; Pants: Vintage; Shirt: Simons; Accessories: Instruction One

Shoes: Raf Simons; Pants: Vintage; Shirt: Simons; Accessories: Instruction One

Pre-shoot photo.

Bob & Alice

Watching your friends grow up, fall in love, have children, and still get "iced" on their wedding day... 

Congrats again Bob and Alice, you're married! Here's to long nights of good music under the stars, kids that keep you up all night, dancing, family and friends pranking you... even on your wedding day. Thanks for letting me be a part of the special day. I'm still pumped that I finally got to see the coveted Byron farm at the end of the lake (and finally got invited to a wedding as a friend and not just a photographer! :P ). You're surrounded by friends and family who are as supportive and hilarious as any I've ever seen. Much love!

To see some of the day scroll down, or ask Bob and Alice for the password to the full size gallery and click HERE.

Being the impromptu photographer at a strangers wedding...

'That moment after a swim when you're walking along the river and find five people having a spontaneous Thursday afternoon wedding, and you become the photographer, drink cider and champagne, eat cheese, bread, cherries and wedding cake and laughingly go skinny dipping in an ice cold river that you realize life is really unpredictable.' 

I spontaneously moved to Squamish last week to chase a job lead. On Thursday I didn't know what to do, so I went exploring. By chance I found a spot called Anderson Beach on the Squamish river and spent an hour lying in the sun. On the way back I saw a little party of people and from the distance, what looked like a woman in a white dress. 

Halfway back along the beach I reached that awkward moment where you either pretend you're the only person in the world and walk on by, or go say hi. I went and said hi. Five awesome looking young people and the wedding commissioner met me with smiles. They had found the spot and the abandoned alter and heart shaped circle of rocks the day before. We shared congrats as it looked like it was about to start. I couldn't help it:

"Want me to take photos?" A bridesmaid offered her compact camera relieved, and I smiled, "I'm a wedding photographer, the camera's in the car if you can wait a second..." We laughed at the chances, I ran back to the car and grabbed the camera and fifteen minutes later kicked off a beauty of an impromptu wedding.

We laughed and drank champagne, Kat and Yann got married and the wedding commissioner left us. Good food was eaten among new friends, we skinny dipped in the icy Squamish river and sipped Salt Spring Island cider while eating wedding cake with shared plates. It was one of those moments when the feeling was so right that one couldn't help but reflect on the magic of it, basking in shared joy as much as the sun and the spectacle of the place.

When the sky clouded over, and the wind blew cold we meandered back and went our separate ways radiating with the feeling of chance that puts people together.

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Congrats again Kat and Yann! And cheers to finding friends in strange places. 

Much love.

To see the day scroll down or click HERE.

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