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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Melow Par Mélissa Bolduc

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Melow Par Mélissa Bolduc
Melow Par Mélissa Bolduc

This is my overall favorite soft runway look I styled at Fashion Art Toronto 2014. It was such a pleasure to work with and be inspired by wonderful designers such as Mélissa Bolduc. I love the lived in geisha inspired hairstyle and how it compliments the soft wearable styles of Melow Par. Click the photos to have a look and like the facebook page of Melow Par by Mélissa Bolduc. Support local fashion and design. Photos courtesy of Raymond Chow of canadawears.ca

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.

 

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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.

A taste of Summertime And The Livin Is Easy

 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.

A taste.

Model and wardrobe stylist Flo, http://www.modelmayhem.com/fflPhotographer

Photographer  Jon Apostol,  http://www.modelmayhem.com/jonjonphotography

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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

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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.