Creating the look. Toronto Wedding Makeup & Hair Stylist

Any wedding and lifestyle photographer knows that a talented make up and hair artist can create a specific look and feel for the client... and not to mention it makes our end result that much more visually pleasing =)

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of working with Lang Nugyen and her talented team of hair and make up artists (Salon Diva).  I spent the day capturing 3 talented models being transformed into various looks… and the results were fascinating.  This was a fun shoot as everyone was so easy going.  Big thank you to the models and team at Salon Diva for the awesome session and also a sincere thanks to Dave at DNA Management & Consulting Services for making this all happen.  Can’t wait to see how the new site is going to look.

Your Friend, Leon Chai
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Portfolio Shoot

Remember a few weeks back when the weather was crazy, crazy hot, and you basically had two options.. stay inside somewhere with the AC and stay hydrated or schedule a photo shoot outdoors and melt along with the model… I chose the latter of course =)

I’m a lifestyle photographer and in any given situation, I would rather use the outdoor environment as a background.  Every spot, every nook… every place can give a sense of the environment and create a mood. When Wayne contacted me regarding a portfolio shoot, I specifically chose a spot that complemented the look we wanted to achieve – and in this case I chose the back alleys of Liberty Village.

For the session, it was a HOT day… and even scheduling the shoot in the evening,  didn’t allow us to run away from the heat. But in the end, it worked out well.  I got to know Wayne during the shoot and aside from the obvious – being a good looking dude and built like a tank (this was one shoot I had zero fear of a bystander wanting to jack my gear) like myself, he’s driven in life by passion and determination.   There something to be said for someone that been training for 10 years + and has an end goal determined.  Enough with the blabbing on my end.. here are some pics from our session.

Your Friend, Leon
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Fusia Magazine – The making and the final result

For those that know me well, EVERYTHING I do in life is fueled from passion first.  For me, the best advice I will give to anyone is that you have to be passionate about what you do, and the rest WILL come. I know that sounds so cliché, but its the formula has worked for me.  For example, with the wedding side of my business, if you think about it logically, being on your feet for 16 hours plus, editing all day and night, and giving up every single weekend is really not about the money, but its cause I truly freaking love it.

Last year when I met Meera Solanki, I saw that same fuel in her eyes when she was explaining to me the concept of Fusia Magazine. Everything she said on why she wanted to start this magazine was based off passion – I like.  When she commissioned me to be the official photographer for the magazine, I was honoured and excited. The shoots for this magazine was divided into various session throughout the year.   I had the awesome opportunity to meet Sitara Hewitt twice, once for the interview shoot and then for the cover.  The concept of the various interior (ad) spreads was inspired by Gi and my trash the dress session, which involved graffiti walls and an urban background   Since I’m always interested in “the making” or “behind the scenes” of movies and ads, I thought I would showcase some images I shot for Fusia Magazine.  You guys can see the complete final results by picking up a copy right now at your local Chapters/Indigo!  I’m personally excited to see a copy, since I’m out of Canada right now.

Special thanks to Meera and Jon for the awesome opportunity, The School, for the location shoot, all the awesome models, Minal Kharkar for her fantastic design skills and working along side the talented make up and hair person, Malinda Noronha for making my job easier. I can’t wait for the next edition of Fusia!

Your Friend,

Leon Chai
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