I posted this at the beginning of October.2016. While in a place where I was feeling uninspired and looking to reignite my passion for my craft as a hairdresser. At that time I had just made the choice to leave my full time position as an instructor at a hair school to pursue new opportunities in the film industry. To some it seemed crazy to leave a good stable job for a certain uncertainty, to me it was a challenge to succeed and an opportunity to experience new things. Aside from the crazy new adventures on set I am still building back that drive and passion that I know is inside me. I was reflecting on a time when I felt unstoppable in my career, a time when I was on fire. So much of that feeling of passion in a creative industry comes from the connections you make and the unbelievable talent of the people who make up a creative team or crew. I had no idea at the time I was thinking of all of this that Florence Leung, the amazingly talented photographer who was such a big influence and collaborator in my career at that time was struggling. Florence was suffering with depression and could not fight the demons she was wrestling. It was very sad to hear in the news that she didn’t make it. I don’t know that I will ever create things that compare to the work that Florence produced. What I do know is that her images will be there forever, there is a certain immortality when you create things and she will shine on in her beautiful works of art.
Fall is an inspirational time of year for me! I absolutely love when the time comes to pull out my jackets and scarves and such. All around autumn is a time for change, turning leaves bring a nice fiery blush to the landscape. At work people are changing with the season rich deep hair colours take over the summer blondes. Recently L’oreal Professionnel Launched the ne Red shades in their INOA No Ammonia Colour line. To celebrate the new fierce new reds L’oreal together with Elle Canada magazine are sponsoring a Revolutionary Reds Makeover Competition. So i sought out model, some one excited and ready to make a change. I was contacted by Felicia Wise; a young local model who had always been thinking about becoming red. What I had dreamed up was going to suit her perfectly. I read once that a make-over is not the hair cut off but the hair that is left on the head. I was so happy with the colour result, and how it had transformed Felicia into a fiery redhead. I decided a nice loose brushed out set did the colour the most justice. I busted out my Nikon, I love that camera; and began to capture some stunning images of the fierce redhead Felicia.
A Change of season, I think so. So the way L’oreal has decided to run this competition is a bit complicated at first. You just have to like everything on Facebook. Let’s be honest here A competition isn’t a competition unless it is done through Facebook; and based on how many people “Like” my work.
Here is a link to Loreal Professionnel Canada on Facebook. I think you have to “Like” Loreal and Elle Canada and then you can vote everyday, once a day on the Loreal Facebook page. I know it all sound like a lot of work, But the benefits of me getting a ton of votes are astronomical. Remember those Jedi hair skills? If I can stay in the top 3, Preferably taking 1st I could have my work published in Elle Canada. As someone who has big plans of being in magazines that would be just a little amazing! Vote Dylan Raine. You will not regret it! And I apologize now for any spamming that may occur throughout the course of this competition.
Flotography: I have styled and blogged more than a few times about the lovely Florence Leung. Starting out as a model and really working the camera, she made a choice to expand her knowledge. She picked up a camera and make it work for her, good choice? I think so… I have worked with her and some other great people on a few of her earlier shoots, and I am sure will be working more with Flo in the future. Anyways the point of all of this is that working with an inspiring group of people allows the creativity to flow with ease. Combine a dash of creative inspiration from a few passionate minds and, well lets face it a little hard work, and you are left with art.
Model: Stephanie Hay, represented by Carrie Wheeler Entertainment Group
Make-up: Yuki Lam
Hair: Dylan Raine
Wardrobe Stylist: Jenn Mika Chang
What I love most about this series of photo’s and specifically the hair is… There are a variety of diverse fashion looks yet the hair stays relatively the same throughout the series. However I feel that the variety of styles and settings allow the model to transform and take on a new personality and the hair ties into each of those personas very well. You see everything from 80’s Pop to punkish rockabilly to elegant extravagance, not an easy thing for one hairstyle to do.
Model: Dakary, soon to be represented = )
Make up artist: Sarah Casault, CAZOO Artistry
Wardrobe stylist: Michelle Law
So yet again A variety of styles, This time the Hair changes Very Dramatically with the style changes. The white and psychedelic coloured backdrops and lighting effects combined with some very Bright Pink and bold accessories and beautiful make up artistry make a statement along with the dramatic hair. Explosive modelling by Dakary who is a growing stronger with each photo showcases everyone’s talents to the max.
The summer ended with a number of days full of styling the beautiful locks of wonderful models and working with the vibrant groups of people in the fashion world. When I say that the summer ended it’s like the world has halted momentarily, well the photo shoots anyways have slowed. The good thing is that all that work from a month or two ago is paying off now, the results are in and the shots amazing! With the rainy days my focus has become education, learning, brainstorming and practicing new techniques for hair styling. With the relatively new job at Canvas salon here in Vancouver comes a new array of product lines. I am enjoying learning to work with Bumble&Bumble, Kevin Murphy, and Rene Futere. These companies all have unique histories, philosophies, and functions; It is so refreshing to soak in everything they have to offer. Session Stylist Kevin Murphy presented recently at science world here in Vancouver, My co-workers and I went to the show, There were some fresh new ideas and it presented me with a new simplistic view of manipulating hair texture and achieving unique and strong looks. The fun part of watching a presentation like that is taking what you learn and making it your own and I am looking forward to seeing what I can create. I am also putting together my trip to lovely Santa Monica, Ca. to train for a week at the Toni & Guy Advanced Academy. I am taking a Custom cut & Colour course that will give me some updated views into how to best work a hair colour and a haircut together. I am excited to expand my knowledge in terms of colour placement and how it is affected by the haircut as well as how the cut can be maximized by a perfect combination of colour. I feel that it is important for me to be able to offer my clients the perfect colour to best suit them and one that will work best however they style their hair. I think too many people have been swayed away from hair colour because of various reasons, most likely bad experiences or the thought that colour always looks artificial. My goal as an artist is to make something naturally beautiful, I love to take inspiration from the colourful world around me and create hair colour that looks like it is meant to be. Not only do i strive for the most natural results, I also love the challenge of creating something unique that is cost effective and not a headache to maintain. There is nothing better in the salon than when you can create a goal with specific clients and build consistently great looking hair for them every day. I love to put as much into educating my clients on how to maintain the look they desire as i put into learning it for myself. Along with the learning I am Putting together my portfolio, adding all the pictures that show off the versatility of my skills.
One of the favorite models and fashion stylist i have worked with actually a few times so far is Flo, www.modelmayhem.com/1040076. Her tasteful styles and beautiful finesse in posing has given me a number of new additions to my portfolio.
Model and wardrobe stylist Flo, http://www.modelmayhem.com/fflPhotographer
Photographer Jon Apostol, http://www.modelmayhem.com/jonjonphotography
awhile back was the frist time i was able to style the locks of Flo, She ended up meeting up with another photographer that day so i received some surprise photo’s of the style for that day.
Model and wardrobe stylist Flo, http://www.modelmayhem.com/ffl
Photographer Adam Luk, http://www.modelmayhem.com/ABLExposures
MUA Christine Chen, http://www.modelmayhem.com/makeupccmm
Thanks again to Flo and the rest of the people that produced these amazing portfolio additions. Always happy to hear feedback from anyone, Keep posted for more pics from the Jon Apostol Shoot.
Do you ever get so focused on things that your losing sleep? lately I have been blinded by my goals and i am losing track of time. Now it may sound bad to be blind, although in the world today if you do not achieve to the point where your losing track of time due to constant inspiration you are not working hard enough. I am privaleged to consider my daily job my passion, and I dedicate everything to fueling that passion. Right now I am taking a break from making hairpieces for a shoot this sunday, it’s midnight, and im writing about my job to who knows who stumbles upon a random blog. Photo shoot aside I take my job in the salon seriously as well, striving to produce new ways to promote what I do. The feeling I get when i successfully communicate and technically execute a “look” that fits the lifestyle and most importantly makes someone look and feel wonderful is incomparable. Doing anything fashion related very rarely has that personal touch and time is less available on set or backstage to build relationships.
So all of that being said, I am hoping that tis reaches someone If you are in Vancouver and happen upon my blog keep updated as I will be introducing new salon promotions as well as news and portfolio updates for everyone. New clients receive an automatic 15% off their first visit , However if you’re coming into the salon for the first time because you also lost track of time reading blogs and you tell me you have been here and read every last page, haha, I’ll Up that to 25% off your first visit.
Back on track with my portfolio and my newest additions they are dope. Here is a taste.
After my first week at the new shop, and another sunday full of styling models at Whitebox Studios; I am exhausted. The new salon is getting comfortable quickly, all the minor adjustments are becoming normal. I feel like today at the Studio was another valuable day, I managed to come up with some unique styles and worked with yet again a wonderful team, thanks to all the models and Albert king as well as his assistant Karla Lim and Make-up artist Cindy Chan. Keep posted for two Sundays worth of amazing work from all of us as wll as links.
As I mentioned previously I recently went out to richmond to meet photographer albert king and work on a Photoshoot for a lingerie designer.
With a weekend out of the salon and some free time comes photo shoot central. At about 6:30 this morning I was styling model Florences’ hair at city square mall on cambie st. The hair looked great, nice combination of classic and modern. The photographer Kiyohiko Daniel Takeuchi was along to see the stylings go down. In the end the make-up looked amazing, nice combo with the hairstyle; and I had to fly. As much as I love to be around to see the shooting take place I was off to Whitebox Studio in Richmond. At the studio I had five models to style each to look unique. The results looked amazing right from the first shot; all thanks to photographer Albert King and the once again wonderful team. Will be adding to my portfolio from both shoots soon.
Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting photographer Albert King. We had a wonderful team of models and make-up artists, and were shooting for a lingerie designer. Photo’s coming soon.
Tomorrow I have been invited back to Albert’s White Box Studios, In Richmond to style another shoot. Will keep you posted on the results of tomorrow’s shoot.