Friday, 28 December 2012

Cover Wars: Clair Danes by Chris Nicolls for Flare Magazine

Claire Danes by Chris Nicolls

I think we can all agree that Claire looks radiant on this cover, so onto more important things:

I won't spoil it, but if you're a fan of the show an Danes'epic cry-face, you're in for a treat!
And oh yea, gorgeous cover girl!

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Editorial: Elle Fanning by Pierre Debusschere for Bullett Magazine

Elle Fanning by Pierre Debusschere

Another little fashion darling. I'm loving this spread a ridiculous amount. I have to admit that I'm partial to Dakota, but Elle is giving her sister a run for her money in the fashion department. I can't wait to see more from her.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Editorial: Ashtyn Franklin by Chris Nicholls for Flare Magazine

Ashtyn Franklin by Chris Nicholls

Here's something edgy and fun to spice up a boring holiday. Chris Nicholls does a fantastic job bringing these photos to life, and I'm loving the motifs he's worked with. What say you?

Thursday, 20 December 2012


My favourite things: Azealia Banks, Drag Queens and Pop Culture.
Now that I have seen this, I have no regrets heading into the Mayan apocalypse.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Cover Wars: Gwen Stefani by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue US

Gwen Stefani by Annie Leiibovitz

It's hump day people. Let's get through it together by looking at pretty things!
Everything about this cover is perfection. Gwen Stefani has long been a fashion darling, and she looks stunning in this St. Laurent look from Hedi Slimane's 2013 collection. 
I'm always down for a good pussy bow.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Rambling: I Got Some Shit Done and I'm Proud of It

It's been a while. In the last few weeks, I've been thinking about what resolutions I want to make for 2013. I've sat and thought about the new stage I'm at in my life, where I'd like my life to go from here, and all the things that would be required of me to get there. Heavy stuff.

Just thinking it through started to overwhelm me. There are so many things I'd like to accomplish in the next few years, that it all seems so daunting. How am I supposed to organize my life into some semblance of cohesion? How am I supposed to do it now? How long will it take me to get all the different tangents of my life in order? You can see how easily this turned into a worry spiral...

However, in a rare moment of lucidity, I remembered a blog post I read back in October that really resonated with me. The post was about taking the time to recognize and congratulate yourself for your achievements, and appreciating how far you've come in achieving your goals, even the little ones.

It's a simple concept that not enough people take the time to consider. I know that I certainly never have. 
I really like the idea of acknowledging your small victories. Things can get very heavy very fast, and it can be really easy to forget that although you haven't reached your goal, you've made progress, and you're much further along than you were yesterday, or the day before that, or the week before that, or the month before that.

So that's what I'm going to do. It doesn't seem like much, but in the last few months I have accomplished a lot of what I wanted to accomplish. I am further along that I thought I'd be. And I think that it's good for my sanity to reassure myself that I'm moving forward with my life and that this rut I think I'm stuck in is all in my head. 

Here's what I've accomplished this year:

  • I graduated from university, and now I have a degree in Photojournalism from Boston University.
  • I got hired as a copywriter at an advertising agency in Trinidad, and now I work with amazing people, and I get to see ads I've worked on pop up all over Trinidad.
  • I applied to the Graduate program of my dreams. I didn't get in, but I did shoot an entire portfolio for the application, and that's more that I would have done a year ago.
  • I creative directed an entire magazine.
  • I built an entire website from scratch. (Never mind that it's slow and I plan to abandon it. No one cares. I built a motherfucking website!)
  • I learnt how to use Final Cut Pro, and I made three halfway decent multimedia clips that I'm pretty proud of.
  • I had two of my photographs in a small photo-exhibit at Boston University in the spring.
  • I renamed and refocused my blog to align more with the things I'm interested in.
  • I asked a guy out for the first time! He was really sweet too, but the whole moving to different country thing....
  • I started saving money. As in, properly, in a bank that pays interest and everything.
I'm sure there were other little victories along the way that I've since forgotten. But the point is, writing it all down, I can see that even though I think I haven't accomplished anything, and that my life is pointless, I've actually gotten quite a bit of shit done! I'm also learning that life doesn't turn on a dime. It takes time and dedication to get to where you want to be. Even though it feels like I'm only taking baby steps, those baby steps add up, and after awhile, you realize you're much further along than you thought you were.  

It's so important not to undervalue your achievements. So often we're our own worst critics. It's time we were also our own best cheerleaders.

What about you? What have you accomplished this year that you're proud of?

Friday, 7 December 2012

Portrait: Emily Van Raay by Jeff Tse

Emily Van Raay by Jeff Tse

Haven't posted in ages, so I figured it would be best to ease back into the swing of things with a short fashion photography post. I love a good beauty shot. It's a great way to roll a lot of different genres into one: beauty/fashion/portraits, and great chance to work with some amazing model talent. 

I love these shots. There's a freshness and a flow to them that I wish I could achieve with my photography. These kinds of shots should be more about  highlighting a natural kind of awe about the face, and I think these do that very well.