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).
Click the photo to go to the Facebook gallery with many more shots!
Monica Fraser, the head designer of Von Monica Couture, contacted me to photograph two of her designs. I had previously photographed her beautiful peacock motif collection, and love her work. Each piece is hand-made, meticulously designed, one-of-a-kind clothing. There’s a story behind each one — the fabric, the inspiration and the work that goes into each detail.
Here is Part 2 of the Harajuku-inspired fashion shoot that I did in December.
Harajuku fashion originates from Japan and gets its name from the Harajuku station in Tokyo, which is popular place to find many types of street styles, collectively called Harajuku fashion. The styles usually include colourful and crazy hairstyles, makeup and outfits.
For this shoot, I teamed up with makeup artist Mika, stylist JoAnna Keller and model Laurel. We had a lot of fun with the creative makeup and styling as you can see in photos below!
Ganguro is a pretty unusual style from Japan. The look involves dark tan makeup, blond or orange hair, black eyeliner, false eyelashes with white around the eyes and on the nose, and white lipstick. There’s usually also jewels and stickers added to the makeup. The clothing is very bright and colourful. The style started in the 1990′s and was influenced by the dark tanned blond look from Camlifornia, but taken to an extreme! Ganguro is one of many street styles from Japan, and can be seen in Harajuku and Shibuyu, Tokyo.
Here are some photos of model Kristy with ganguro makeup by Mika Does Makeup. The outfits were provided by stylist Joanna Keller. Kristy was perfect for the shoot and is very familiar with the Harajuku fashion scene. The makeup was also perfect and the outfits put together by Joanna were great. The shoot was a lot of fun!
We did a couple more Harajuku inspired looks, which I will post soon!
If you are interested in trying the ganguro look, here is a very good tutorial on YouTube:
For more more information about Ganguro, check out the always informative Wikipedia!
It’s October and summer is long gone in Vancouver, but here are some reminders of the warmth of summer from a photoshoot that I did in July. The shoot featured bright colours, sunglasses and wigs and the beautiful and talented models Sandra and Charr with makeup and hair by Rhi Yee.
I also used the opportunity to test out my Olympus E-30′s multiple exposure mode:
The multiple exposure mode gave some pretty cool images, so I will be doing more of them in future shoots!
The Día de los Muertos sugar skull shoots have resulted some of my post popular photos. I’ve been fortunate to work with very talented teams – the models, makeup, hair and fashion styling have been amazing! I love the photos and proud to have them in my portfolio.
I will be doing at least one more for the autumn season, and probably some others in the future because they have so many creative possibilities! Click on the image below to see more photos from the Summer Sugar Skull shoot.
A couple of my photoshoots were featured by AAINA – South Asian Bridal Beauty and Style in a post that included photography and information from my collabrations with model Amisha Sampat, designer Carma Creations, makeup and hair styling by Makeup Royale and Isha Paneswar, and fashion styling by Gurjit Parmar.
From the post:
” Vancouver Fashion Photographer, Lloyd K. Barnes, recently collaborated with some Vancouver Area South Asian Makeup Artists and Stylists to put together a fashion shoot which I think contains some pretty cool concepts for bridal inspiration. By working with different vendors, he’s managed to create a number of different looks and styles. Check out his Flickr Set featuring model Amisha Sampat for more pictures. Each Image is unique and equally inspiring. There’s something here for every style of bride, and I think it’s a perfect demonstration of how a different makeup style can completely switch up your look, from classic to anti-bride.”
a body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition: the two languages of Belgium; a Bantu language; the french language; the Yiddish language.
The concept for one of my recent photoshoots was “language.” Languages can be written using alphabets, characters or hieroglyphics. Some languages are spoken but not written, others are only written. Many languages have been lost and no one knows what might have been said with them. Music is a language. There are programming languages, symbolic logic and mathematics. But languages can also be non-verbal: gestures, body language, sign language or facial expressions.
Here’s another definition for language in Dictionary.com:
8. any system of formalized symbols, signs, sounds, gestures, or the like used or conceived as a means of communicating thought, emotion, etc.: the language of mathematics; sign language.
Languages can be chemical – pheromones or the genetic code of DNA. In the short story “The God’s Script” in Labyrinths: Selected Stories & Other Writings, by Jorge Luis Borges, an Aztec priest searched for a divine message in the spots of a jaguar.
I’m intrigued by the idea that one language could express ideas that cannot be expressed in another. There is a visual language used in photography that communicates ideas and emotions that cannot be expressed by words. Is is possible that anything can represent anything else if we know how to translate or decode the message?
The Day of the Dead festival originated with the ancient Aztecs and was dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl, the queen of Mictlan, the Aztec underworld who keeps watch over the bones of the dead. Her husband is Mictlantecuhtli, was the Aztec god of the dead, Lord of Mictlan. The celebration continues today in Mexico and parts of the United States.
Mictlantecuhtli - Aztec God of the Dead
This is the second Dia de los Muertos shoot in a series. The first was In the Darkenss of Winter and the next two are in planning stages.
Do you have some favourite Day of the Dead images or makeup? Share the links in the comments section below!