GUESS SS15.

Floral scuba two-piece w. crop top and pencil skirt.

Floral scuba two-piece w. crop top and pencil skirt.

Gauze laced back baby doll dress.

Gauze laced back baby doll dress.

Gauze tank & washed denim skinny jean.

Gauze tank & washed denim skinny jean.

Classic Guess gingham sleeveless button up w. tie & jean shorts w. detailed cuff.

Classic Guess gingham sleeveless button up w. tie & jean shorts w. detailed cuff.

Megababe Stephanie Drew and I went to Lotus Leaf’s preview of the Guess Spring/Summer 2015 line yesterday and played a little dress-up. The 34-year-old brand is getting back to its roots with jean staples and soft, sexy festival looks. On this -19 degree celsius day in frigid Toronto dreaming of Summer fashion is a welcome distraction. Enjoy! xo

Stereo Live.

Studio Live Promo-4Studio Live B Roll-3 Studio Live Promo-2Stereo Live is a new & revolutionary concert series curated by virtuoso violinist Edwin Huizinga and COC 1st viola Keith Hamm. The boys have put together three gorgeous evenings of music at the historic Campbell House in downtown Toronto. The first, which is happening tomorrow night, will feature an all-star quartet including new COC concert master Aaron Schwebel, principal cellist of the TSO Joseph Johnson and of course Edwin & Keith followed by a jam with Brenden Canning of Broken Social Scene. Each concert in the series will be cross-genre mixing classical music with indie rock, bluegrass and more. As written up by Metro News today, “The series is meant to appeal to music fans who may be more accustomed to beards and beer than suits and symphonies, hopefully drawing them in for a new experience.” Tomorrow’s show is already sold out but there are tickets available for the two shows following. See HERE for tickets.

I got to shoot the boys a couple weeks back in studio. I thought medium format black and white film would add a rich quality to the shots to compliment their vibrant personalities. As an experiment we tried out a long exposure and we got that magical middle shot. So nice to work with these guys. Good luck tomorrow! xo

 

Herb.

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Just a few streets north of the beach in Carmel lives Herb Lyman; a legendary genius/woodworker/artist/beach bum. Herb’s home studio is a working wood shop, library, recording studio and holistic herb resource all in one. Everywhere you look inside the low-ceilinged shed there is a hint of rainbow. Among the treasures to be found are Herb’s homemade left-handed drum, his most recent creations of mobiles and tops, and his other recent work colour coding all the sequences of various pentatonic scales into artworks. He was gracious enough to let me get a few shots. There are few things more beautiful on this earth than the hands of an artist. x

Herself.com in the News

In the wake of the launch of Herself.com, which went live on January 10th, over 3000 women have emailed to participate in the project. What an extraordinary response! It’s time to take Herself on the road and make sure each and every woman gets to share her story. Thank you all for your support!

Caitlin published a new addition to the site today. Her name is Aniela. Click the photo below to be directed to her interview.

"The fires we go through in life are really the best part of the journey. Enjoy the burn." - Aniela Photo by Samantha Dietz

“The fires we go through in life are really the best part of the journey. Enjoy the burn.” – Aniela
Photo by Samantha Dietz

The international press has been quite good to Herself following the launch. Here are is a small round-up of articles featuring the site:

How Caitlin Stasey’s NSFW Website Is Moving Feminism Forward – TIME Magazine

Reign’s Caitlin Stasey Urges Women to ‘Reclaim Our Bodies’ on Nude Feminist Website – People Magazine

Caitlin Stasey Launches Feminist Nudity Website Called Herself – Glamour Magazine

Women Are Posing Naked To Reclaim Their Bodies – Buzzfeed

Laid bare: Former Neighbours star and feminist Caitlin Stasey poses full frontal nude for the launch of her female-empowerment website Herself – Daily Mail

Caitlin Stasey dons Free The Nipple T-shirt with breasts drawn on at launch of her female-empowerment website Herself after posing for full frontal – Daily Mail UK

This Actress Just Launched The Most Important NSFW Website I’ve Seen – Upworthy

​caitlin stasey is reclaiming the female body by publishing her own naked photos on the internet – i-D Magazine

On Actress Caitlin Stasey’s Herself.com, Women Pose Nude To Reclaim Their Bodies – Huffington Post UK

We Talked to Actress Caitlin Stasey About Female Masturbation and Hollywood’s Sexist Bullshit – VICE

Caitlin Stasey: ‘Reign’ Star Posts Nude Pics On Her New Feminism Website – Hollywood Life

Why ex Neighbours actress Caitlin Stasey launched feminist website Herself.com – Daily Life

Herself.com Moves Feminism in the Right Direction – The State Press

Nude portrait series brainchild of Toronto photographer – Blog TO

Caitlin Stasey Goes Full Frontal For New Feminist Website – Oyster Mag

Actress Launches Artful NSFW Website to Empower Women – AP’s Pro Photo Daily

Thank you, thank you, thank you. xo

Niall McClelland: Hot Sauce @ Clint Roenisch Gallery

Niall McClelland’s new show “Hot Sauce” opened last night at the Clint Roenisch Gallery. The usual crowd of Toronto’s most stylish, artsy, quirky and endearing were in attendance taking in the art and warming up by the new, quintessentially Canadian fire pit situated out front of the space on St. Helens Ave. Niall’s work was beat up and free in essence. Here’s a note from Niall himself on his style taken from his recent interview with Mark Hall-Patch for 01Magazine:

A lot of artists envy the freedom that you put into theses works, some of them being dragged over land and destroyed but almost in a loving way.

Ha, I look at it more like punishment than freedom! Yeah I mean I don’t throw things around that easily either. A while back I came across Wabi Sabi, you know that Japanese idea of embracing transience and imperfection? Just the idea of the age and the experience and the life that these objects have is valuable. The more life they have the more important and valuable they are. If they have been dented up and nicked and paint is chipped, that’s desirable in Wabi Sabi. I saw that and I thought it was so lined up with how I see things, it totally distilled these vagues thoughts I had about what I was making. It’s something that has been done for centuries and it’s how I think about things too. I like everything around me to be worn, including art . I like it when a drawing has been beat up and kicked around. I like the holes in the corners after they have been displayed multiple times, the stained areas where something has been water damaged, I think that’s interesting. – Niall McClelland

Glamorama Redux for TNT Fashion

 

Sometimes it’s worth looking back through the archive with a fresh eye and revamping an old shoot. We shot Glamorama back in May of 2011 for TNT featuring dresses by Herve Leger & DVF and it is still one of my favourite fashion shoots. These are two previously unpublished photos that didn’t make the cut back then but are certainly popping now. Our model Natalie Sirianni has one of the best faces I have ever had the pleasure to lay eyes on. A gift that keeps on giving you could say. xo

Hair by Amber Fairlie // Make-up by Bronwen Weiderick // Styled by Chloe Wilson

Shot at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.