A bright expanse of white, edged with swooping lines of chartreuse green, welcomes clients arriving to partake in Hairsoda’s trifecta of hair, beauty, and photography services. As clients sink into a row of matching chartreuse salon chairs, stylists shear locks shorter, swath manes in colour or foils, and apply Kera Straight formula to tame unruly heads of hair. Behind the chairs, a photo studio snaps pictures of people and pets looking to memorialize affectionate memories or disprove rumours of vampirism. Elsewhere in the salon, aestheticians treat bodies to beauty services that include brow threading, professional makeup, and manicures and pedicures, all set among lime-coloured furnishings, styling stations, and wall accents.
Awarded honours for store design by The Retail Council of Canada, Caya supplies modern photographers with an array of gadgetry, plus photography products and print services. After picking up a four-gigabyte USB flash drive at any Caya location, buyers plug the drive into their computer, digital camera, or brain to upload images, then drop the drive off at any Caya location for development of up to 250 4”x6” images. Using advanced printing and imaging technology, Caya can develop images with sharper contrast and more precise colour rendering than the traditional wet development of silver halide chemical printing. Caya's process blooms the deep reds, magentas, green shades, and '80s fluorescents that older modes often cannot capture, and its greater dots-per-inch (DPI) resolution capabilities can result in clearer images.
After graduating from Capilano University's cinematography program in 2005, Alex Waber decided to freeze his motion-picture sensibilities into non-moving pictures. Using the knowledge he gained during his post-Capilano photography studies at Focal Point, he's led a distinguished career capturing striking eye-level portraits of actors, designers, and drag kings, and producing gripping fashion editorials and long-exposure, movement-oriented creative work, some of which has been featured in various publications and galleries throughout Vancouver. During photo shoots, Alex harnesses his unique blend of motion- and still-picture experience to tastefully immortalize his model's images onto digital images, canvas prints, and pieces of toast.
Laserium Med Spa's staff solves skin- and beauty-related challenges through their mastery of the Laserium laser system. The specialized technology, used only by the technicians at Laserium's clinic locations, possesses the capability to both slay unwanted hair and shrink fat cells for effective cellulite reduction and body contouring. The clinic's online media gallery exhibits a collection of video clips depicting selected med-spa services that include VelaShape, photofacials, and the internet laser that transforms kittens into master pianists.
A baby shows off its chubby cheeks. A bride and groom, in their wedding day finery, wander through a cornfield. A woman lounges on a couch in a strapless corset. After working as a photographer more than a decade, Kari Heese can expertly capture each scene, whether it’s a candid shot or a formal occasion. Originally a wedding-only photographer, Kari has expanded her stylistic repertoire to include boudoir and pregnancy shoots. As she shifts between shoot styles, however, her basic philosophy stays the same: she strives to capture natural images infused with authentic emotion, rather than cheesy camera smiles or “surprise” visits from a local television personality.
Robert Marlow has navigated the rapid evolution of photographic art since 1981. He specializes in straightforward studio and beach photography for families, capturing images "that people will want to use" with his simple, modern aesthetics and eye for classical composition and lighting. Making his subjects feel at ease, he draws out natural expressions that highlight their personalities through varying sessions, resulting in images of fun and goofy families, a newly engaged couple's tender embrace, or a tasteful close-up of Dad's baby bump. In 2007, he hired on photographer Heather Jean, who supplements Robert's skill with families and children with a dynamic take on actors' headshots and modelling photography.