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Fashion Show at Shop Wrong with Okalani Style

March 24th, 2013 3 comments

Shop Wrong features local and repurposed fashion, jewellery and accessories. Located in a vintage building in Strathacona, it’s a very cool shop, decorated with antique signs and native art, with a definite East Van vibe. To celebrate their opening, Shop Wrong hosted a fashion show on Friday, March 22, 2013, featuring the designs of Okalani Style. If you want to support local business in East Vancouver, check out Shop Wrong!

Here are some photos from the show (click thumbnails to see larger size).

Fashion Show (Okalani Style) at Shop Wrong

Click the photo to go to the Facebook gallery with many more shots!

 

creation-Observation Photography Exhibition

January 30th, 2013 No comments

I’m very excited to have three of my underwater photographs included in an exhibition called creation-Observation, which is showing January 29 – February 4, 2013, with an artists’ reception on February 1, 7-9 pm. The exhibition features 15 photographers with three photographs each and is showing at Gallery 295, 295 E. 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC. If you are in the area, check out the photographs. The photos were beautifully printed and mounted by The Lab.

Exhibition Poster

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos taken while hanging the show. It was my first time hanging photos in a gallery, so it was a great learning experience and fun too!

Prints ready to hang Aligning the prints Arranging the prints Planning Prints Underwater photos Hanging the prints Hanging in progress Prints ready for the show Final touches

Cos & Effect Vancouver 2011 – Anime Cosplay Convention

August 16th, 2011 1 comment

 

Cos & Effect Day 2

The Cos & Effect anime cosplay convention was held at the Student Union Building at the University of British Columbia, prescription Vancouver on August 13-14, 2011. I was there on August 14, 2011 to take some photos of the amazing costumes. To see more photos, check out this album on Facebook and the  Cos & Effect forum on IRLEvents.

Cos & Effect Day 2

Cos & Effect Day 2

Cos & Effect Day 2

Taking Risks in Your Photography: Talk by Heather Morton

May 27th, 2011 No comments

On May 26, 2011, Vancouver CAPIC (The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators) sponsored a presentation by Heather Morton on taking risks to adapt to the changing and competitive photography market. Heather also included video clips from Selina Maitreya, Heather Elder and Miki Johnson, further expanding on the theme of risk taking.

The presentation was followed by a panel Q&A with Eric Arnold of Dare Vancouver and Nora Ahern of Village and Co., both from advertising agencies in Vancouver.

As an emerging photographer, I was very interested in Heather’s talk! After 3 years of study, I recently completed the courses for the Photography Certificate at Langara College, and I’m now working on developing my style and vision. I’ve been shooting and getting as much experience as possible, developing my portfolio and embracing social media by blogging and using Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Flickr.  Most of the Q&A panel discussion was on the use of social media, which is becoming a key part of photographers’ marketing efforts.

The Nine Areas of Risk

1. Be a visionary

Heather started with a quote from photographer Chase Jarvis: “Take the pictures that no one else can take.” The first step in successful marketing is to have a unique vision. A couple good examples of visionary photographers are Andrew B. Meyers and Chris Buck. According to Selina Maitreya in a video clip, the photography market is increasingly becoming divided into low-end and high-end markets, with the high-end being defined by photographers with a singular vision.

What does “vision” encompass and how does a photographer develop their vision? Heather’s advice is to tell the story of you as a photographer. Vision needs time to develop. Take the risk of following your vision rather than following the latest trends.

2. Always be promoting

E-mail blasts and print promos are hard to get through these days. The volumes are too high for busy creatives to spend time on, and company spam filters stop a lot of e-mail. Printed portfolios are rarely called in anymore.  So what can a photographer do? Some are taking risks with promos that are highly targeted and creative. A great promo will get attention and may result in a tweet, blog post or shout out. Effective use of social media is an important part of the strategy. Promos should reinforce your vision about who you are as a photographer. Heather Elder said in a video clip that blogging and telling the story are very effective promotional tools. Also, face-to-face meetings with potential clients are still highly effective.

Miki Johnson explained via video clip the importance of a blog to give a personal face to your work.

3. Expand your horizons

Diversify yourself beyond your traditional offerings. Travel to new locations and open up to new opportunities such as social media and video. As Heather Elder said, photographers should see themselves as directors, content providers, application designers, and visual image makers. Some photographers are marketing to other photographers, for example David Hobby (Strobist) and David duChemin (Pixelated Image), who teach seminars, sell books and have popular blogs in addition to selling their photography.

4. Experiment & get smarter

Try new things, such as iPhoneography and video. Keep learning. Try different genres of photography. Experiment and practice until you have it down.

5. Get in over your head

Push yourself and don’t be afraid to go in new directions. Trust yourself and get out of your comfort zone. It helps if you can share the risk with the client! Selina Maitreya’s advice was not to work from fear. Stop chasing trends.

6. Reconsider money

Sometimes you may have a great creative opportunity that is worth doing for awards and recognition, not just the fee. Look at your quotes and see where you can trim excess to help meet the client’s budget.

7. D.I.Y.

If the job comes in, say yes and figure it out! Scout locations yourself, test out everything and get your hands on all aspects of the shoot.

8. Collaborate

Pool your resources and expertise with other photographers, videographers, animators and web developers. Collaborate with clients. Take a risk to be open and share your ideas, suggest treatments in your quotes. Overdeliver.

9. Shoot every day

Stay passionate about photography by shooting every day. Interact and engage the world with your camera. Be curious.

Q&A and Panel Discussion

The major theme of the Q&A session was about the increasing importance of social media. It takes a significant amount of time and the results may come slowly, but it is necessary to use the various social media sites as they are channels to promote your work and vision. Here is a summary of the Q&A session.

Related Links

Here’s the liveblogged event by CAPIC Vancouver.

Daphne Chan Photography post about the event.

Recap and opinions by Kamil Bialous photography.

Vancouver Urban Culture Conference

May 18th, 2011 No comments

Urban Culture Conference

The first annual Urban Culture Conference is going to be held in Vancouver August 27-28, 2011 and it looks like it will be a very cool event with arts, music, food and entertainment featuring Vancouver’s local talent.

Right now there is a competition for the best of Vancouver in a bunch of different categories, including photography. I’m nominated and would love it if you took a couple of minutes to vote.

To vote:

  • Go to Urban Culture Conference
  • Scroll down to Step 1. Pick a category
  • Choose Arts, then Photographers
  • Vote for your favourite Vancouver Photographer – Lloyd Barnes :)

Thanks! I’m hoping to get enough votes to stay in the running by June 1 when the selction of candidates will be narrowed down.

There are a lot of other categories to vote on (you can vote once per category) so browse and support Vancouver’s talent!

Women in Leadership 3rd Annual SuperWomen & Friends Gala Dinner

November 9th, 2010 No comments

The Women in Leadership Foundation (WIL) held its 3rd annual gala dinner on November 6, advice see 2010 at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver. The SuperWomen & Friends: Sea of Possibilities event featured silent and live auctions in support of the mentorship program, unhealthy illness 3 course dinner, keynote speech by entrepreneur Joyce Groote, a fashion show, and a mini-makeover bar with professional makeup artists and hairstylists.

WIL Founder Maya Kanigan

Keynote Speaker Joyce Groote

The fashion show featured beautiful designs from Wear Else, Invito Couture and the Jacqueline Conair Collection with great work by the models, makeup artists and stylists.

The event was a great success and a lot of fun too!

Click here to see more photos from the event.

Heart2Heart Society Fundraiser 2010

May 26th, 2010 No comments

The Heart2Heart Canadian Youth Society (H2H) is a non-profit organization founded and run by Vancouver high school students with a mission to reach out and positively impact the lives of underprivileged children around the world. On May 23, viagra 100mg 2010, H2H held a banquet to raise money to reconstruct the Xinguanchuan Elementary School in China.

The banquet included musical performances, an inspirational talk by keynote speaker Spencer West and a fashion show. There were some great items up for auction including an iPad, Expo 2010 Shanghai commemorative coins and stamps, a torch from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and many pieces of beautiful rare artwork. Overall, the event was was a huge success, exceeding its fund raising goals. Congratulations to the Heart2Heart Society for an outstanding event!

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