Pinned- Blur with the Nude

Fashion, Personal, Photos, Photoshoot

Adding to explorations in use of blurring, Photoshop I’ve recently incorporated elements of historical beauty, specifically the late 1920’s- mid 1930’s. Subtle references to the more modern pin up girl can be seen, however, this wasn’t intended. I hope to explore that style someday soon.

Mikayla Yale Photo

Mikayla Yale Photo

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Move Me-Experimenting with artistic blurring

Personal, Photos, Portrait

Photoshop is an art all of it’s own. The hours spent selecting the best of the images, that one with something special to it- be it a chance bird in the background, the absolutely perfect geometric composition, or the genuine expression… Taking that image further by processing and refining it, either accentuating its apparent beauty or manipulating it into something else entirely… Photoshop is a gift, a skill and a pain in the ass.
Here, I used myself as the ready model and took my self portrait along several varying pathways, creating very unique, rather beautiful finished pieces.
‘Move Me’- Artistic blurring by Mikayla Mazur

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‘Scription’- Donnie Brasco

Fashion, Photos, Photoshoot, Portrait

I had the pleasure of working with a new friend, Donnie Brasco, this past Friday afternoon. We met downtown and headed to a location that I’ve had my eyes on for quite a while now- Very industrial and rugged, with barbed wire, graffiti, the works. Donnie has some beautiful tattoo work done, that created an interesting continuity of lettering and illustration through the background of the images and onto his person.

‘Scription’ with Donnie Brasco and Mikayla Yale Photo.

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Sunday Shoot- Katherine

Fashion, Photos

A selection of shots with lovely miss Katherine.
I approached this shoot with a far different image in mind, aiming for something rather dark, incorporating our decaying yet beautiful autumn foliage. The outfits were chosen by Katherine, along the guidelines of being bold, bright and playful, adding contrast to said scenery.
After spending more time sourcing for locations, I came across some very interesting features-both natural and non- that called to be photographed!
Katherine and I worked well together, coming up with many images, edited and styled in varying ways, yet all issuing a youthful, innocent serendipity with a sidelong glance towards the sexy side.
Check out Katherine’s personal blog at www.katherinehiggins.tumblr.com

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Street Photography- Peter

Photos, Portrait, Street Photography

Thursday afternoon, four o’clock.

School ends, photos start.

After my day of classes my trigger finger was twitching and I was feeling relaxed and excited- that wonderful combination that is rather hard to come by in the fast tempo of daily beats that these shoes walk.

A break in the weather and light breeze had me drifting towards the Vancouver Art Gallery. The concrete features of the outdoor courtyard give way to a grande, sloping climb of concrete steps; an ideal perch for the urban traveller to soak in some of that rare, misted sunlight.

My camera and I watched a man doing an incredible, tribal dance inside the bare ice arena parallel to the steps.

We peeked to the right, at a man and his cigarette(s) doing some serious mulling.

Down the steps and to the left offered a handsome stranger, waiting. Just waiting.

As I shoot, I smile.

And then I met Peter.

I smile.

His confidence and excitement to be in life, learning and exploring the world, was catching. We talked about technology and social media. He showed me some projects from school, studying technology and design. They were beautiful.

I showed him some photos and we shared our perspectives, enjoying new views and surprises found within the images.

Through our conversation, Peter agreed to do some modelling! I think these images turned out well. His wide mind and thirst for knowledge reminded me of a chalice, being poured into and filled via life. I posed Peter at the top of the stairs , sunlight highlighting his profile.

Thankyou, Peter.

Street Photography – Peter

Before My Birthday

Personal, Photos

Yesterday, by luck, turned into a free day. No one to see, nowhere to be.
So I took off to the seventies.
After a few hours researching shooting and editing techniques, doing  magazine pulls and drinking coffee, the photos were ready to be conceived.
Minimal styling, low saturation and contrast. High noise.
Cigarettes and vodka-colas.
Bada Bing! Etc…
Mikayla Mazur attempting a 1970’s era inspired photo series.
A plus: Poor lighting, poor quality and distractions are all positives when aiming to shoot this style!

This Man Is My Man

Personal, Photos

Let go our being

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View One as

Eachother.

LOVE. I cheated a little there…

How do you capture the emotions, the memories, the physical and non-physical ‘ness’ of The One that you love?

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I write this post only hours after attempting a Self Portrait project I assigned myself… Could I capture what it is I  feel that I express?  Is the woman I appear as somewhat remotely similar to how I perceive myself to be?

It was tough. It was frustrating. I got sad. I was kind to myself. I was cruel.

Now, try to do this same thing, photograph, the one whom you love.

SexiPepsiWhen were in love, we have seen through our eyes, with our hearts. We have listened, compared, imagined, transformed, sacrificed, grown, felt and cried. We have learned the hard way about some things, been fortunate, felt inspired, felt crowded, felt both childish and wise.

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We nurture. We lust. We travel.

In our lover, our love, our partner, our spouse, we create from us- and they from them- the relation and perspective of a best friend, a mother, a father, a child, a mentor.

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They are stunning.

Capture that in a single click of the shutter.

I try.

Self Portrait

Photos

Attempting to internalize a reflection.
Mull that one over.
Self portraits are often utilized by one as tool towards self understanding. What we are seen as to others very often reflects some of our own self perceptions, but only a seldom few.
The portrait-A Metaphor.

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