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Madina Lolaeva: Summer

You never quite know what Madina will pull out of her rolling suitcase, and this summer proved no different. Mixing solids, prints, crops, dresses, and skirts, Madina showed me what style can really do with the ever changing seasons of Vancouver. From street wear to beach days, she’s ready to go with any outfit that you can think of! Here are a few of my favourite snaps from this summer working with Madina!

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Madina’s feed is the definition of cool. Check it out now!
@madina_lolaeva

Amanda + Emily | Yoga at Jericho

There are days when everything lines up perfectly. The sun is at the perfect height, the greens are the creamy hues that dreams are made of, the temperature feel just right, and your subjects are as bright and airy as the images you wish to create. This is what transpired on the day I got to photography Amanda and Emily.

We met up at Jericho beach on the perfect day to capture both of them doing what they love to do - yoga! Despite my lack of knowledge of the names of the poses, they rocked it out and I was left with a gorgeous set of a couple of absolute stunnas! Check out the set below - it’s truly one of my faves of the summer!

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Both of these yogis have incredible instagrams filled with all that health inspo you need to keep moving. Check them out now!

Amanda Webb
@amandajanewebb @siyaflo

Emily Lee
@emmilylee @consciouscookieco

Orla Corrigan

Orla has one of those sweeping personalities that is wonderfully warm and unforgettable. We first shot back in the fall after we got in touch online and decided to collaborate! Orla is truly a traveler at heart, and I saw it come through as she let me drag her all around Vancouver and Burnaby to shoot at a pumpkin patch and other random locations that I had been dreaming of. She has a great attitude and made our first time easy peasy as we laughed and chatted about our lives! 

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This summer, Orla reached out for another shoot, and knowing her adventurous soul, I knew she'd be open to trekking out to Whytecliff Park for some dope, scenic shots. She braved my new driving skills (or lack there of) and even patiently waited for me to wrap a mini shoot while we were on location. 

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The world needs a lot more genuinely kind people like Orla. I've had the pleasure of seeing her around town at other various events and getting to know her has been a joy. Every time, she gets me laughing and opening up about life. I always look forward to our shoots and can't wait for (hopefully) more in the future! This one's got a heart of gold, y'all, and you should be following her if you aren't already!  


Orla's instagram is genuine, good fun. It's one of my fav accounts to follow, and you're missing out!
@travelorlabout

Madina Lolaeva I

Madina and I first met for coffee downtown and I instantly felt great vibes from her. She shared her vision for her new fashion instagram account and aspirations for a new business. From that first day, I wish I had my camera with me to capture her killer outfit! 

Since then, we've been working together consistently to create a specific feel and look for her instagram. She always comes to shoots prepared to the 9s with unique outfits, every accessory picked out, and a stunning range of hats that leave me droooooooling. 

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Our first shoot had a strong urban flare - focussing on fashionable streetwear clothing that any Vancouverite can sport in the fall or early spring. Luckily, downtown is infamous for having such variety in backgrounds, all within walking distance!

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With spring in full swing, Madina took me to this dope overpass that I've seen around in other photographs and showed how one outfit can transition to two different looks so easily!

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Madina and I have a lot coming down the pipes for y'all and I'm so excited to continue to work with someone so sweet and who inspires my fashion game. Maybe next time I can convince her to help me go shopping!


Madina's Instagram is full of killaaaaa outfits! Follow her now!
@madina_lolaeva

Carolyn Fung

There are certain shoots that are just magic. 
All the stars align, the vibe feels right, and everything turns out exactly as I had in my mind's eye. That's how I felt about this shoot with Carolyn. 

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We met at Workshop Wednesday, where she hosted an incredible journaling workshop, and I instantly was drawn to her spirit. We kept in touch and decided to do a branding shoot! Carolyn described that near the water was where she felt most like home, so we braved the Wreck beach stairs early in the morning to have the beach to ourselves. 

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Armed with her beach wear, books, journals and pens, the images came together seamlessly. Carolyn was down for anything and even jumped into the ocean for me!

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There are times where I struggle with the so what? of photography. When teaching, the reason behind what I did was so obvious, but days like this remind me of the power of photography. I walked away from this shoot feeling like I truly captured Carolyn's essence - a woman who sees the intricacies of life, who lives a life of creativity and art, and who is truly kind. I feel lucky to be trusted with her vision and I can't wait for y'all to see what she does with all the magic within her. 


I say it every darn time, but for real... Follow Carolyn's journey to spread the value and magic of journaling at @_pen_to_paper

Yasmine Hardcastle

Yasmine and I met at a Christmas shoot (more on that later, probably in December!) and luckily, she kept me in mind for future projects! 

Our first shoot together was to capture her learning to create two cocktails at a Yaletown bar, The Distillery. I had never been to the bar before and I instantly fell in love with the vibe and atmosphere in the place! The dark walls, tall ceilings, and beautiful chandelier was the perfect setting for her blog post. She learned how to make two drinks - a Blood and Sand 2.0 and an Old Fashioned. I learned how intricate these recipes are and will never complain for how long a cocktail takes at a bar again! 

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Yasmine was a natural behind the bar and handled each challenge with ease. You can read about her experience from her point of view and see the recipes for these yummy drinks on her blog post here

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Our next adventure brought us to New Westminister. Vancouver was being her normal fickle self and presented us with a wet, scattered showers day, but Yasmine was still game and so was i! We took shelter under the container W and took some cool yoga shots using the umbrella and rain as our props! She used some of the shots on her blog on a post about conquering her debt.

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I feel very lucky to have met women like Yasmine and to help be a part of their story. She is always thinking up of exciting and creative blog posts and activities in the Vancouver area and is truly a pleasure to photograph and chat with! 

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You can find Yasmine on the internet on her blog (www.westcoastcitygirl.com) and Instagram (@westcoastcitygirl). Please go show her some love and check out her work!