Photographer since 2001

Thursday, March 20, 2014

80s Music, Toys and Creeps.

Every now and then youtube takes me to the black hole of 80s music videos. Most of the time I'm too busy to watch - it's really just background noise that makes me nostalgic for summers spent with my Nana by the pool. (Yes, there was a time when I actually enjoyed the sun, tanning and mother-flippin' Polly Pocket)
My Polly Pocket Game was TIIIIIIIGHT in the 80s. The only thing I had better game in: 
No lie.
I loved that shit & my Nana still has it all vacuum-sealed in her basement in case I have kids. Oi.
 The reality of the situation is; I'm eventually going to have enough room in my home and all this gloriousness is going on display.

ANYWAY - this evening, while working, this video caught my eye. I'm sure I saw this as a child. I'm also pretty sure this video psychologically traumatized me both as a child and today as a designer & feminist. Honestly, you just kind of have to laugh about it. (One of those laughs you give when you're unsure if you should actually be laughing will be perfect)



2. Insinuated masturbation out of boredom. If you're bored, YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG.

3. Weirdo girl lurking, waiting on your every move.

4. The boots. Nuff said.

5. How fucked up is your budget that you have enough money to pay the orgy people (yes, there are orgy people) BUT not enough money to have, oh, I don't know, ACTUAL STREETS. Who thought it was a good idea to lay down all those garbage bags? Did you think people wouldn't notice? Is this some sort of artsy commentary? I don't get it. Actually, never mind - the WHOLE video is like this. 

6. Creepy rich dude in a car. God, I hope this doesn't get rapey. 

7. Yep. Here comes the rape. Being led away from a party to a dark and lonely alley. YIPEE! Geeze, is this really what you think women fantasize about?

8. She somehow walks into some sort of weird ballet/mask/tin foil orgy à la "Eyes Wide Shut" with our favourite potential rapist presiding over the whole thing.


10. Weird hand hallway that rips off your clothes & pulls your hair. Hmmm, I wonder what's about to happen...

11. Well, would you look at that. Some good ol' rape.

12. With some weird art students watching

13. ...and the doll saw the whole thing. Along with some creepy metaphors about fantasy, sexuality and abuse. Not cool beans Laura Branigan. You fucked up my night.

In Conclusion; WTF 1980s... W.T.F.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lavender May & Speakeasy Burlesque

Here's another artsy shot of Lavender May I took last week.
I just want to steal her hair. It's perfection.

The girls at Speakeasy Burlesque asked me for a secret garden poster for their next big show - so, of course, I got a little carried away and went all Sofia Coppola on their ass. 
Anyway, needless to say I overdid it a little. I know I go a little photoshop crazy sometimes!
I still love the poster though, so I'm posting it here as part of my rejected work.

The final poster will be significantly muted focusing on the "painting" I originally created for the centre with all the rococo flowers surrounding Lavender May and my little pug, Lotus. 

Join me at the show on April 17th at L'abreuvoir corner st-Denis/Ontario MTL QC

Friday, March 14, 2014

Acid Burn Special Effects

Audrey Ivory went a little FX crazy this afternoon with Meg. We were trying to get Meg into a dress but, well, nothing quite fit right... so topless it was. I like how Meg pulled off the "don't fuck with me" face - considering between takes she was laughing at Audrey and her background noise.
Amazing work by Audrey once again, the prosthetics are seamless and hand made.

Ever wonder what Audrey's background noise sounds like? Check out any video on her Instagram, it's pretty hard not to laugh.

Studio Man-Crushes

Every day we deal with gorgeous women - we transform them, we photograph them and then we blog about them. About time we list our man-crushes! Here's a whole bunch of dudes we love:

Madds Mikkelsen; you scare me as Hannibal but damn you be sexy

Viggo Mortensen is at his best scruffy and dirty, just sayin' 

Michael Ealy - Could you be any more handsome?
Google him, the answer is YES. 

Greg Grunberg is the guy I want to take home to meet my mom. 
Just look at those dimples! Total "Boy-Next-Door"

And finally, because I'm a total nerd, Dr. Who, just because...
well, who doesn't love a guy with a Fez?
Played by Matt Smith, and by far the best doctor so far.
Yes, I went there Whovians.

Unicorn Princess Lavender May & Makeup Reviews

Once again I've had the pleasure of photographing the lovely Lavender May in all her candy coloured glory! The candyland 2 set will be up and running for another 3 months!

In other news, a new shop opened up downstairs and needless to say I've fallen in love. The shop is called DECADENCE COSMETICS run by lovely Montrealer, Meagan Baker. The shop carries skincare and cosmetics from various awesome makeup lines as well as lashes and brushes. She also gives makeup classes for beginners to experts. Here's a list of products I've tried and my review:

The Balm Contouring Kit: 20$ each
WHY: amazing colours, durability and blending

Schwing Eyeliner by The Balm 18$
WHY: This gets a 4/5 only because it's not waterproof. Goes on perfectly, not clumpy or greasy, dries mate and has amazing durability.

Balm Shelter Tinted SPF18 Moisturizer
WHY: WOW is all I have to say for this product. Amazing coverage for a moisturizer, not greasy and can easily be layered for more coverage. PLUS they have the whiter than white line for my delicate, semi-transparent pinup skin. WIN.

Time Balm Concealer
WHY: this gets a 3/5 from me simply because it's too covering. Though, it's perfect for HD camera makeup. Works best with a thick primer.

Time Balm Primer
WHY: YO, you have to try this, no joke. I have transparent white skin, you look at it wrong and a rash pops up. WATER irritates my skin. The struggle is real. This stuff visibly diminished my redness and smoothed my skin in 10 SECONDS. SECONDS!!! Best primer I have EVER used.

Bitch Slap Brow Cream 12$
WHY: it's a little jar of gel for your eyebrows - easy application for that perfect pinup brow. Dries and locks in place but I suggest you lock it in with powder. 

The Balm Lip Plump
WHY: I didn't find much plumping going on, hence the 4/5 BUUUT the minty tinge and the bubble gum smell as well as the non-gooey texture is amazing. The colours seem vibrant but they actually go on much more subtle. I carry this with me everywhere!

Oh My Lash Princess Collection 
WHY: Super huge, long, thick and hand sewn so you can actually reuse them - I've reused mine about 8 times now without any apparent damage or deterioration. Easy to clean & has the prettiest box of LIFE!

Go visit Meg at Decadence - you'll be throwing money at her. She's honed her makeup skills and chosen the best of the best products. You won't be disappointed.