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  1. How To Love On Christmas

    Date 25 Dec 2016
    December 24th a.k.a. Christmas Eve, 2016 It’s just past 7:30 p.m. on a cold, though not freezing Saturday night in Montreal. When I woke up this morning it was snowing something magical like a scene straight out of a picture book, but all that white fluff had been reduced to grey slush over the…

  2. Greetings from Earth

    Date 02 Aug 2015
    Oh dear Oh. Dear. It has been over six months (that’s an entire HALF of ONE YEAR which is a long time, hey…) since my last blog post, and I do sincerely apologize to all of you for being so completely out of touch—my one, two, perhaps three cyber-fans out…

  3. 2014: A Year In Review

    Date 21 Jan 2015
    It has been almost 4 months since my last…blog post More shameful still, we are already 3 weeks into the new year. Well, you know what they (who are they, anyway?) say: better late than never, right? And what BETTER time than NOW? Yesterday, Sassy Mama Hong Kong (a local…

  4. #babyjoll

    Date 28 Sep 2014
    It isn’t every day that you get to shoot one of your good friends. It isn’t every day that she happens to be pregnant, either I’ve known Ashley Joll (née Wallace, AHH! Life is unfolding right before our eyes!) for years now; she first showed up to one of my…

  5. Into The Blue

    Date 28 Sep 2014
    I’d seen Lise around the studio over the last couple of years before we actually formally met on the morning of our shoot; a rare occurrence for me, as regular yoga practitioners at Pure Centrium over the last few years have all become acquaintances (at the very least) and friends…

  6. Magical Mystery Tour

    Date 21 Sep 2014
    Note: this blog post should be read whilst listening to the following song: “Mama, You Got a Daughter” by John Lee Hooker Okay hey. So it’s been awhile since my last post. The date is Sunday, September 21st, and I last touched this thing on the 31st of August, so…

  7. Six Out of Seven Ain’t Bad

    Date 31 Aug 2014
    What. A. Week If this momentum keeps up for the next month or so (clearly aiming high here, haha), I’ll be one happy little cookie. It’s 12:33 a.m. on a Sunday night (technically Monday morning) and I’m forcing myself to write a new blog post because I’ve been meaning to…

  8. Upside Down and Inside Out

    Date 18 Aug 2014
    Greetings from Malaysia I feel like everyone was either getting married, or at a wedding this past weekend. Well, I was in Kuala Lumpur for a yoga workshop. A couple of months ago, I was here in KL visiting my mother, when somehow, through some form of social media (hard…

  9. Dhugal Meachem

    Date 06 Aug 2014
    His name is so unique, it deserved to be its own blog title When Dhugal Meachem reached out to me over Facebook (it actually works, people! Never underestimate the power of social media, or even one happy customer…) I thought I was talking to an Eastern European dude. Boy, how…

  10. Sliced Cheese

    Date 29 Jul 2014
    (Long title: “The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Cheese”) “What is…what I do to feed myself sliced cheese?” “Correct.” “I’ll take ‘Cheddar’ for $400.” That was me playing Jeopardy with…myself. (“Allow myself to introduce…myself.” Pretty sure I’m quoting Austin Powers to nobody right now. Moving on.) Today was a good day.…

  11. The Well-Dressed Workout

    Date 26 Jul 2014
    It’s interesting to step back and note how my photographic journey has evolved since I began doing this 5 months ago. Whoa. Hang on a second here…it’s only been 5 months? From shooting pregnant friends of mine (who have since given birth and are now all proud new mommies, gosh…

  12. William Amadeo Benedikt Slee

    Date 03 Jul 2014
    …or, as I like to call him, WABS. Or Willy. Or Ben Slee Valiy was one of the first girls I ever shot (back when she was merely 6 months pregnant, but looked full-term! Never seen anything like it before!) when I was just starting out as a photographer. Actually,…

  13. Oliver!

    Date 29 Jun 2014
    Tucked away on a quiet-but-not-so-quiet section of High Street in Hong Kong’s ever-evolving Sai Ying Pun district is a Chinese/French/Japanese/Western (choose your weapon) restaurant called Sup1 Little Ollie Tan probably had no idea what was going on, but a strong contingent of his parents’ friends, along with some of his…

  14. Baby Buddha’s 1st Birthday

    Date 21 Jun 2014
    One of the most rewarding parts of my job is getting to know my clients in the way that I do; imagine a couple about to embark on parenthood, telling me about how they met, how they reacted to the news of their pregnancy, how long “she” waited to tell…

  15. Papa Do Preach

    Date 07 Jun 2014
    In my experience photographing people to date, I have noticed one common trend (barring the exceptional man who was more than eager to pose for photos with his pregnant wife) amongst the males at these shoots: they don’t enjoy being shot Having said this, with Father’s Day (a holiday that…

  16. Tseung Kwan O, What a Morning!

    Date 03 Jun 2014
    I love to tell people how much I enjoy giving up my weekends to shoot because it’s the truth; I have no problem waking up early (I can’t remember the last time I stayed up past midnight on a Friday or Saturday night, really!) on a Saturday or Sunday morning…

  17. All in the Family

    Date 30 May 2014
    Last weekend, I got to meet two wonderful families living here in Hong Kong On Saturday morning, I went over to Barry and Sandy Wong-Tam’s flat (which, upon entry, was radiant with good energy…feng shui, people!) in the Midlevels. Both of Chinese-Canadian backgrounds like yours truly, they are proud parents…

  18. A Morning with Fé

    Date 19 May 2014
    I first met Fé Valvekens (A Day with Fé) two months ago at the Marriott Café to discuss her idea to shoot some black and white portraits of girls doing various yoga poses around Hong Kong wearing her soft and über-feminine clothing. We are presently three days away from the…

  19. Love On a Rainy Day

    Date 11 May 2014
    It’s late (“late”) on a Sunday night; I’m lying in bed on my tummy, listening to jazz (à la Woody Allen flicks) and editing photos of the muy deliciosa baby Mila…meanwhile, it’s raining cats and dogs and dinosaurs and whales outside. And yet, and yet, I could not be happier…

  20. The G.O.A.T. Bleats

    Date 25 Apr 2014
    I still remember taking my first yoga class at Pure Central here in Hong Kong; a friend of mine took me to Claudia (“She’s so hot!”)’s class, and I instantly fell for her Fast forward to 2.5 years later, when we were already friends off the mat and outside the…

  21. How I Fell In Love with Baby Mila

    Date 20 Apr 2014
    I will take a quick second to speak modestly and explain that, while I have always enjoyed photography (never in front of but behind the lens, and of course I am a huge admirer of the works of others such as Tierney Gearon) it was never something I pursued full-time…

  22. A Very Good Friday with Veronica

    Date 18 Apr 2014
    I was lucky enough to book a couple of shoots over the Easter holidays; I was even luckier that one of those shoots happened to be across the street from where I live in Happy Valley. Literally across the street. I think it took me all of 26 seconds to…

  23. Allie’s 100 Day Celebration

    Date 16 Apr 2014
    It was a balmy, breezy, and sunny (finally, Hong Kong!) Saturday afternoon; I whisked my way through Lane Crawford to Isola, an Italian restaurant with a terrace drawing locals and tourists looking to bask in the sunshine. Offering a generous buffet selection, it’s one of the city’s more popular outdoor…

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