Portrait session

I had a blast taking headshots of Dave Demers, who is a Green Party candidate for Park Board in the general Vancouver election of Fall 2018. A horticulturist by trade and entrepreneur, this is his foray into politics.

One of the things I love about taking portraits is getting to ask the person a ton of questions and the reactions, poses and arm motions that then go with their answer :)  

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Dave Demers

Green Party Candidate

Park Board

 

 

 

WeRAISE cohort end

Big congratulations to the women from the first #WeRAISE cohort that finished last week! The Raise Collective that launched last May (photos here) aims to change the gender ratio in innovation and funding by levelling the investment playing field. Seven female entrepreneurs who are or will soon be raising capital went through the program:

PARC Swimwear - Ethical and locally made swimwear

Quupe - Quupe's mission is to enable the world to share resources

Nano Lit - Creating lighting products that enhance our environment and support healthy living

Vivo Team Development -  An HR Tech company that analyzes and solves workplace productivity issues

PROtect - A personal safety app that recruits the user’s friends, family and co-workers into their own personal protector squad

AMY - An AI-driven augmented reality platform for interiors

Flax Sleep - French linen bedding shipped direct to doorstep

Author headshot: The Boy on the Beach by Tima Kurdi

Back nearly 2 years ago I did some photography for TEDxEastVan including headshots for the speakers. Tima Kurdi was one of the speakers who did her talk on the devastating and very public death of her nephew, Alan Kurdi, the little boy whose tiny body was found on a Turkish beach in 2015 after he and his family were escaping Syria and the boat they were on capsized. 

Along with her many public engagements and work to spread awareness of what's happening in Syria, Tima has written a memoir, which comes out today. The Boy on the Beach chronicles Tima's own journey from Syria to Canada, and speaks to her family's search for safety during a time of war.

I went to take some more photos of Tima last summer for possible use in the memoir which comes out today, however she liked the TEDx one above them all so decided to use it in the memoir. See below:

 Tima Kurdi is an author, spokesperson and co-founder of the Kurdi Foundation. Her upcoming book, The Boy on the Beach, tells the heartbreaking story behind the death of her nephew, Alan Kurdi, whose lifeless body was photographed washed up on a Turkish beach, shocking the world into paying attention to the plight of Syrian refugees. (Maxine Bulloch/Simon & Schuster Canada. Source:  CBC )

Tima Kurdi is an author, spokesperson and co-founder of the Kurdi Foundation. Her upcoming book, The Boy on the Beach, tells the heartbreaking story behind the death of her nephew, Alan Kurdi, whose lifeless body was photographed washed up on a Turkish beach, shocking the world into paying attention to the plight of Syrian refugees. (Maxine Bulloch/Simon & Schuster Canada. Source: CBC)

Abbotsford Youth Photography Workshop

Remember FLIGHT, the photography project last year ran photography workshops for recently arrived refugees and immigrants? Well, Kat Racich and I have been working hard on a follow up to this, and have just wrapped up an 8 week workshop series teaching photography skills to a group of Abbotsford youth. 

The aim of the initiative was to teach youth the basic skills of digital photography and the theory behind using photography as a tool for expression and dialogue. How photography can be a powerful tool for creativity, story telling, social impact, and change. For the group of participants to decide on the theme of and curate their own exhibition at the end of the program, and to gain skills in presenting, public speaking and community building.

We ran the workshops through social enterprises Cameras4Change and recently founded Atomik Change. The Abbotsford City Arts Council facilitated the process and helped to ensure the workshops took place and ran smoothly. 

Results! 

Ten participants (age 11-15) took part in the youth workshops, which included 5x workshops and 2x field trips to local places of interest to practice the photography skills they learnt during the workshops. We had 4 local mentors who were a fantastic support in running the field trips and contributing to all the workshops. In week 3 the participants chose their exhibition theme (‘Life’) and in the run up to the opening night, took photos around how they interpreted the theme, and subsequently chose their top 5 photos to have printed and exhibited. The results were beautiful!

Also - check out the piece The Cascade wrote about the exhibition here

The Raise Collective - changing the ratio of female investors

Congratulations to The Raise Collective who celebrated their launch yesterday at the Vancouver Economic Commission! Founded by five Vancouver based women who between them have experience as entrepreneurs, community leaders, champions and VCs, The Raise Collective aims to change the gender ratio in innovation and funding by levelling the investment playing field.

Not just for seasoned and experienced female investors, the Collective is also for those who are beginners and are interested in learning about investment opportunities, resources available and what kind of difference they can make in a company that resonates with them.

What's up?!

It's been very quiet here on the blog, and on my website as a whole. It's not to say I'm not busy doing things, rather I'm busy doing things that aren't photography related. Since my last blog post (nearly 7 months ago...yikes how time has ZIPPED since then!!) I have started a new job that I love, been back to visit family and friends in England and France, moved houses, taken on developing myself as a personal development coach, done a dance course (Beyonce - whuuuut), met family who I'd never met before who live here in Canada, found a breast lump which was thankfully cleared and a reminder how important it is to check for lumps regularly, collected a jungle of plants for the new place, and met a whole HEAP of amazing people doing incredible things with their lives. 

And now I'm ready to get amped up again with photography because I've taken some photos recently and it's got me reconnected to how much I LOVE capturing people!

So with that in mind, here are a few photos from the past 6 months from the UP Conference, the SIETAR Unconference, Spring's Tech 101, and Shop the Blogger.

UP Conference (more details on homepage):

SIETAR Unconference (more details on homepage):

Spring's Tech101:

Shop the Blogger:

Oops how did that get in here? :)

So in summary, I am SO looking forward to working on some new exciting photography projects. Until soon! :)