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March 27, 2020
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I hope you and your family and friends are safe and healthy.  I wish you strength, courage and good health during this unprecedented time.  In light of the current health situation around COVID-19, we are accepting bookings for new assignments happening after July 1, 2020 only.  We are still open to inquiries and remain active on social media if you want to stay connected.  Don’t lose hope – we’ll get through this.

Sincerely,

Lydia Nagai

Coal Harbour

Coal Harbour on March 21, 2020. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Happy International Women’s Day.  We are so lucky to have worked with these amazing powerhouse women who are leading on global issues.

Women leaders at a Vancouver conference.

Tarana Burke (Founder of the #metoo Movement), Vanina Escales (Ni Una Menos), Tina Tchen (Former White House Chief of Staff Michelle Obama, Co-Founder Times Up Legal Defense Fund), Noelene Nabulivou (Founder DIVA), Yvonne Leina Chi (journalist, Founder Gender Danger). Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Natalie Anchowa and Jenny Boucek

Natalie Anchowa (WNBA player) and Jenny Boucek (assistant coach, Dallas Mavericks). Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Beverly McLaughlin

Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Beverly McLaughlin. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Thowback to when American comedian Stephen Colbert was in Vancouver during 2010 Winter Olympics to film the Colbert Show.  He filmed his show on February 17 and 18, 2010 (10 years ago today) at the park down at Science World and invited the public to come.

He called us bunch of syrup sucking ice-holes and rode a prop moose after the crowd started chanting, “Ride the moose! Ride the moose!”

Stephen Colbert Vancouver 2010

Stephen Colbert talks to one of his producers. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Stephen Colbert in Vancouver 2010

Stephen Colbert getting ready to go on stage to film the Colbert Show. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Stephen Colbert in Vancouver 2010

Stephen Colbert waving the Canadian flag. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Stephen Colbert in Vancouver 2010

Stephen Colbert riding a prop moose after the crowd starting chanting, “Ride the moose!”

Stephen Colbert and Seth Wescott

Stephen Colbert with snowboard cross gold medalist Seth Wescott. Vancouver, BC Canada.

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The Olympic Cauldron was relit on Wednesday February 12, 2020 to mark the 10 year anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.  Athletes Jenn Heil (freestyle skiing) and Mercedes Nicoll (snowboarding) and Carla Qualtrough (Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion) were among the speakers commemorating the anniversary.

Dignitaries at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics 10-year anniversary

Dignitaries including Mercedes Nicoll (snowboarding), Jenn Heil (freestyle skiing) and Carla Qualtrough (Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion). Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Jenn Heil

Jenn Heil (freestyle skiing) speaks about her Vancouver 2010 Olympics experience. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Mercedes Nicoll

Mercedes Nicoll (snowboarding) with a group of athletes. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

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January 31, 2020
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A plasma injector by General Fusion that I saw at an event I covered a couple years ago.  They are trying to replicate how the sun creates energy for mass commercial use for a cleaner alternative energy source.

Plasma injector by General Fusion

Plasma injector by General Fusion. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Plasma injector by General Fusion

Plasma injector by General Fusion. Vancouver, BC Canada.

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Lunar New Year Festival at the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza on January 25 and 26, 2020 in Vancouver, BC Canada.

Wishes on wishing tree

Wishes on wishing tree at Lunar Fest 2020. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Wishing tree

Wishing tree at Lunar Fest 2020. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Bubble tea bubbles

Bubble tea bubbles at Lunar Fest 2020. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Racing rat robots

Racing rat robots at Lunar Fest 2020. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Coastal Lunar Lanterns

Coastal Lunar Lanterns at Jack Poole Plaza. Vancouver, BC Canada.

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January 20, 2020
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I often look at the websites of companies who are looking to hire me and have a look at their board members or executive staff page.  Many times the corporate headshots are an inconsistent collection of snapshots that the board members or executives have submitted themselves.  It reflects poorly on the company.  The good news is it’s not hard to get a decent group of headshots even if you’re not a professional photographer.  Some tips to DIY:

1. Choose the right background.

The most noticeable thing I see is inconsistency in backgrounds.  Some are done on clean white background, some are done outdoors. Even if your team cannot be together, everyone should get a photo done with a similar background.  Choose a white wall, choose a building foyer, choose a setting with some greenery – whatever it is make is similar for everyone.

2. Good grooming.

Hair done, make up done, clean nails, ironed clothing, properly fitted clothing, teeth brushed.  These details make a difference in the final photo and it’s the one we are often trying to correct right before the photo is taken.

3. Use a longer lens.

If you are using zoom lens, use the longest focal length and move away from the person.

Hopefully that will help you, but call us if you want a professional to get it done quickly.

 

Corporate headshots

Corporate headshots in Vancouver, Canada.

Corporate headshots

Corporate headshots in Vancouver, Canada.

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A record-breaking 6500+ swimmers participated in the 100th anniversary Polar Bear Swim on Wednesday January 1, 2020 in Vancouver, BC Canada.  Air temperature was 10 degrees Celsius and the water temperature was 7 degrees Celsius.  Happy New year everyone!

Swimmers at 2020 Polar Bear Swim Vancouver

Swimmers at 2020 Polar Bear Swim. January 1, 2020. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Polar Bear Swim 2020 Vancouver

Swimmers of all ages. January 1, 2020 in Vancouver, BC Canada.

Polar Bear Swim 2020 Vancouver

Dressed up. January 1, 2020. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Swimmers dress up in costumes for the Polar Bear Swim 2020 on January 1, 2020 in Vancouver, BC Canada.

A group of swimmers support each other. January 1, 2020. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Deadpool Lego by Styorgirls

Deadpool Lego character by the Styrogirls. January 1, 2020. Vancouver, BC Canada.

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Spotted a Google Maps Street Trekker in Vancouver on Thursday December 5, 2019. They are used to record street views for Google Maps in places where their cars can’t go. They’ve used it to document places such as Angkor Wat and the Grand Canyon. They also have a Streetview snowmobile which has documented Whistler Blackcomb Mountain and a Streetview Trolley for museums and similar spaces. And the best thing is they loan the Street Trekker out to organizations (government agencies, tourism boards, non-profits) for places they’d like to document. googletrekker streetview vancouver canada googlestreettrekker googlemaps

Google Street Trekker

Google Street Trekker in Vancouver, BC Canada.

Google Street Trekker

Google Street Trekker in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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December 02, 2019
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Happy December readers!  Here’s a photo of the Tim Sars Band playing at the Candytown Winter Festival in Yaletown this past weekend.

Tim Sars Band

Tim Sars band playing at the Candytown Winter Festival in Yaletown. Vancouver, BC. Canada