New Year, Better Attitude

Welcome back! This is the first week of Spring semester- I don’t know about you but I’m pretty torn about going back to school. This is a super unusual feeling for me as I absolutely love going to school. For some reason, last semester felt eight months rolled into four. I also think I hyped up graduation a little too much, as I felt so close last semester and now I feel so far. With just three semesters to go, it feels like a lifetime. Luckily for myself, I have chosen classes this semester that not only compliment my degree but my everyday creative life. 

Taking a full time academic schedule leaves little time for play, but I proved to myself last semester that it was quite possible to create content whilst going to school. That is, anything is possible if you want it bad enough. For me, I’ve always wanted to inspire others through what I post online and the content I create, so that’s what I continue to do. Believe me, chasing this dream has been about twelve years in the making, but hey- better late than never I always say. 

I decided to take the first week off of this month to decompress from my wild New Years celebrations. So, I’m coming to you, the second week of the new year pumping out content. 

This week, I shot on four separate occasions with three different photographers. First, I shot with Jihoon Lee, who is a first year Communications student at SFU! He had an assignment to complete for a class that involves photography, so we wandered around the halls of the AQ until we found his desired location. Between Saywell Hall and the AQ Pond, we shot a bunch of different shots that were to accompany his storyline. I was supposed to play a hardworking business woman who was coming home from work. The rose I was holding representing success, and the different ways I gripped the rose were supposed to depict that. I love working with creative concepts because it allows us to tell these meaningful stories through rich photography. 

A few days later, I worked with Isaac Mocharski whom I’ve spoken about on many occasions on this blog. Currently, the weather man has graced us with bucket loads of snow, so Isaac and I decided that we were going to try and make-do with what we were given. From there, a “snow angel” shoot was born and before you ask, yes I was cold. But we had an unbelievably time running around Burnaby Mountain Park for twenty minutes trying to make this concept come to life and I’d say we did a pretty good job!

Lastly, on Saturday I transited my way to Surrey- which believe me is quite a trek. I’m in a group on Facebook called, ‘604 Vancouver Models & Photographers’ where creatives from around metro Vancouver post listings for hired work, TFP (time for print or publications), and hair and makeup artists. I applied for a bridal demo with Sima Shoker, who is both a hair and makeup artist. When I arrived I was put into a lovely pink gown and then I sat for two hours getting all dolled up. Since this was only my second time in the chair, the experience is still quite magical to me. I remember when I was eight years old sitting in a similar chair at Walt Disney Worlds, ‘Bibbity Bobbity Boutique’ being transformed into Hannah Montana. Instead of being transformed into someone else, I watched myself get transformed into a lovely blushing bride. 

Right after this, I rushed back home and met Isaac once again for a spontaneous night shoot at Burnaby Mountain Park. Once again working with the elements, we were able to create photos that captured the beauty of what mother nature decided to grace us with.

It’s crazy to think where I was a year ago to where I am now. I always felt like I never had the time to create, but looking at it now, I didn’t want it bad enough. Now I do. I feel as if everything is falling in place, but to be honest that scares me a little bit. I’m a firm believer that life comes with both highs and lows but for right now, in this moment, everything seems to be in complete equilibrium.

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