Paris

Two weeks ago, James and I went to Paris for the weekend and it was absolutely amazing. I thought I'd share some of the images here and the things I saw instead of myself trying to explain it x 

Ana Ivanovic

I recently had the pleasure of shooting Ana Ivanovic for a Toronto based sports magazine, Sportsnet. It was quite the timing because I had just started getting into tennis about a month before this opportunity was handed to me. Watching her practise after my shoot was fascinating because -- obviously -- I'm no where near her level of skill, and seeing how easy it all looked made me interested in the sport even more.

As you can imagine, she was absolutely lovely. I made her hit rally after rally and asking her to do slightly outlandish things like "can you look at me as you hit the ball?", "can your arms stretch out a little more as you hit it?", "can you smile and look at me and hit the ball and look comfortable and look like an angel?" Despite my slightly silly requests, she did it like a complete pro, which is not surprising because she is, in fact, a pro. A real, heart-of-gold, anyone-will-become-a-fan-in-a-second pro.

I would also like to add the fact that I was pretty much standing right in front of her as I was shooting, but she always made sure I didn't get hit. Obviously, this is her job and her aim is going to be pretty darn amazing compared to the general population, but knowing my tennis levels and how hard it can be to control where the ball is going to go, let alone predict where it will go... Ahhh... I just love seeing professionals in their field. It's so inspiring. 

Thank you to the Sportsnet Magazine team and Ana's management for making this happen.

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Assisted by Josh Birrell

HANA: Part XII

Featured flora: 

Hypericum Androsaemum

Hypericum androsaemum, commonly known as sweet-amber or tutsan, is a plant in the genus Hypericum native to open woods and hillsides in Eurasia. It is a perennial shrub reaching up to 1.5 m in height.

The common name tutsan appears to be a corruption of toute saine literally meaning all-healthy. This is probably in reference to its healing properties. The leaves were applied to wounds, and as a stomachic. Nicholas Culpeper, in his 1653 publication Culpeper's Complete Herbal, says "Tutsan purgeth choleric humours ... both to cure sciatica and gout, and to heal burnings by fire." The berries which turn from white/green, to red, to black are poisonous.

The lovely Natalya at Clyne Models and Talent

Special thanks to Kingsize

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This will most likely be my last post for 2015. Thank you for all of the support and kindness this year. Although I am sad this year is ending, I am also very excited for all the new things that will be coming my way in 2016. 

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Karen x
 

Talea

Beautiful Talea from Clyne Model Management by the Waikato river