Editorial Throwback : In Memory of Florence Leung

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. 

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The Changing Seasons: Becoming Revolutionary Red

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.

Felicia Before Becoming Red
The Red has taken over

 

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.

http://www.facebook.com/LOrealProCanada?v=app_161050350572812#!/LOrealProCanada?v=app_161050350572812

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.

 

You pin me right round baby!

Braided Chignon

 

My Undying love! Updo. there is nothing like doin’ up some hair i tell ya! Shine n spray; pins n gel. It’s like brain surgery meets uh me I guess because this is as close as I will get to brain surgery. I like to think of it as a form of sculpting. Just let the texture of the hair take control. Actually a recent study shows a direct correlation with the updo artist and the Jedi knight.Now I know you’re wondering why Jedi’s and what does this have to do with anything. Not that I have assumed to know your thoughts or anything 😉 But let us be honest the Jedi obviously have updo connections. look here:Anyways here is another Updo, I did a step by step at the salon check it out    http://ow.ly/2Gaq9 

Chignon

Camera Love.

What would I do without my camera, aside from taking substantially less photo’s i would probably die a little on the inside.  I tend to go through periods where i cannot put it down, and then periods where I hardly gaze through its viewfinder. The best thing about taking photo’s is it forces me to pay close attention to the details around me. As I learn to see those details the compositions get stronger. So I certainly don’t call myself a photographer as I know a fraction of what my camera can do, however i am on a quest to train my eyes to be the eyes of a photographer. I may never learn all the ins and outs of my camera (these digital SLR’s are full of buttons,) but I will see the world through the eyes of a photographer and that is what matters. Over the next month I plan on taking at least one picture a day. I will find something that really catches my eye and I will have my camera there ready to capture my daily inspiration.

 

Flotography: Some of my favorite collaborations

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.

 

http://venuszine.com/articles/fashion/7577/Frozen_In_Time

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
Hairstylist: Dylan
Wardrobe stylist: Michelle Law
Photographer: www.flotography.ca

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.

New Year: Bring on the change.

I as anyone love the comforts in life, I do not however enjoy getting comfortable. I am Starting Fresh at Rain Salon which is a fresh and funky boutique salon. Still using Bumble and Bumble products and a very exciting colour line will only take my skills further. Rain has a strong emphasis on education that sets its standards high. I look forward to excelling in an amazing environment and becoming a part of a strong working team.

I have some Photo’s I have taken from my trip to Santa Monica. LA is a beautiful city full of amazing sights and training at the Toni &  Guy Academy was amazing. I will make it a point to return sometime within the year. I am looking forward to spring, change of seasons brings something fresh to the salon and the clients. Before spring though we must get through the Olympics, February 2010 will bring a rush of visitors full of excitement. I am very stoked to be attending a few of the awards ceremonies and other events around town.

Rain Boutique Salon 1544 west 2nd ave. 604.733.7246 All clients will receive $20 off the first visit to the salon. Come in and be taken away!