This was definitely one of my most favourite shoots to date. Partially because it was Alexandra Moore shooting; I find her such a natural photographer to work with, and we are almost always shooting in nature which we are both very connected to. Alexandra and I have shot a handful of times but this time was extra special. I asked her to do a couples photoshoot with me and my boyfriend Julian. It started off very casual, very much like the type of couple engagement photoshoots that she is booked for often. Shots like these: all very cute, light and candid.
Then we changed up the pace after the sun had set. We used the city lights as well as the lights from Julian's jeep. We changed outfits and suddenly the shoot had a whole new feel to it. It was slick, sexy and street.
Here is a look at this Herbal Essence commercial I starred in! It was filmed in Toronto late last year.
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I was really proud to represent my city through this up and coming local line. I RUN T.O. let's me express the part of me that was raised by this city, and that made me the individual that I am today. I've lived in nearly every corner of it and have had countless adventures. I know it inside and out. No matter all the places I go in life I will always call this city home.
So after an incredible weekend in New York City a couple weeks back, I started to realize that the world could be at my fingertips if I wanted it to be. New York opened my eyes to having a good time in a new place, and now I've got that contagious little travel bug.
So after returning home for no more than a couple days, I made huge plans with a friend of mine that I met while I was away in Israel earlier in the year, and he told me that he would be happy to host my stay in Los Angeles. Then within a week I was off to the City of Angels.
This trip was just as spontaneous and adventurous as the trips that came before. If only I could have made it worth while and get some great shoots in while I was there, but alas it still managed to be a fantastic vacation. I did a lot of relaxing, exploring, drinking and partying. It was full of great fun times and precious memories. I didn't do all that I wanted to do which will make it even more important to come back.
But 1 rule I have, is that I must have a license...
There is lots to see in the world and I really hope I can get around to it all.
Now that I'm back, I celebrated my 22nd birthday, got back into working. The fall breeze is already in the air and before it gets too cold to not fly down to the equator I think I'm managing to plan 1 final trip to NYC again at the end of October. Let's hope I can be more business less tourist this time.
Oh, life is so much more interesting when you are adventuring. I hope you caught my little travel bug and go book a ticket somewhere. It's worth it, trust me!
I am so excited to let everyone know that after 6 years I am being reunited with my favourite place. NEW YORK CITY! I am going back on the 29th of August and staying until the 2nd of September for the long weekend.
If any of you photographers, or models, or stylists, or MUAs, or anyone would like to work together with me I am looking for contacts because I want to do some good old shooting in New York. Take me to the Empire State. Take me to Brooklyn. Take me to Central Park. Take me to 5th Ave. Take me to the Plaza. I want it all!
I'm here to make some waves and have a great time :)
Please email me if you are at all interested or know anyone that you could hook me up with. Don't be shy to browse my portfolio while you are here ;)
Thank you everyone. And see you soon NYC!
So I'm a little behind on posting...! But that's ok :)
Here are some videos I made recently to tide you all over. And the last one has a bit of a surpirse!
They are all on my channel so make sure you have subscribed!
It's truly wonderful how summer makes me feel. The heat leads you outside into the glorious sun and all around the city looking to have some fun.
Since I came back from Israel last month I have been having the time of my life. Hanging out with all my friends and going out late. It makes me feel good when I look good, and in summer that's a daily feeling. Everything thrives. you see the beauty and action in everyone your around having fun and brimming with happiness.
Not much has gotten me down do far and it's such a great feeling.
Up late pondering my thoughts in the chill summer breeze on my balcony. Kitty is snuggled up beside my thigh.
Trying to dig into every corner of my mind and spirit looking for the answer on what to do next. After I came back from my spontaneous trip I've had this stinging feeling like there is more out there. If I live in this gracious city of hopes and dreams, why can't I become someone right here right now. I feel like I'm not looking hard enough, or I know that there is nothing for me to find here. Maybe it is across the world. Maybe I'm meant to go looking for it.
I've been inspired a lot lately. By colour, weather, fashion, books, friends, music, photographers, models, food, movies, hormones and more. I have all these ideas I want to outlet but I can't focus them enough to let them out. I want to exhale beautiful seamless projects and plans for an eventful future of doing something fun and fearless. Show myself and all that I can do to the world and let them hate and love me for it. For being me. Shaka, the model, dancer and world traveller. With a passion for fashion and flair for fierce movement. An exotic little thing attracted to the beauty of everything. Always trying to stand out and be different. A confidence that glows. Curiosity that shows. A body that flows. And an attitude that goes.
There is a roadblock in my way and I'm trying to figure out how to get over it while trying to guess what's on the other side.
I would love to see myself through all your eyes. I'm curious to know how my fans, peers, friends and family feel about the way I portray myself.
These days everything you do and say ends up on the Internet. Making your life very much like one huge profile page for everyone to view whether they should be seeing such things or not. I often forget that all I publicize adds to my image.
And at this age it is quite tough to judge what actions/projects are going to hurt you or tarnish your image.
I try to stay good, clean, fun and smart with what I post. But with my art (modelling, acting, dancing) I am always looking to experiment and try new things. Assume new roles, and even come out of my comfort zone a little to get a good result.
So lately with my bikini calendar, magazine spread, risqué portfolio shots and upcoming music videos and performances, my image is slowly turning to a more adult, sexual and flirty one.
It doesn't have to be that way, but I keep getting approached for projects of the same theme.
The way I portray myself as a confident, sexy, young woman is getting looked at the wrong way by some of my audience.
I would love it if you could all level with me and tell me what you see, and also tell me what you like to see and what you don't like to see.
I'm trying my best here! Feedback would be fantastic!
As if I could stand still for a minute. 2013 is in a hurry to start and aint waiting around, soon it's going to take off without me.
The days in the life of The City Gypsy.
No matter what day of the week it is, I always have something to say. So I'm here to let you hear it.