There’s nothing I enjoy more than working with creative talented folks, especially ladies like hair stylist Kara Firman. Kara and I met about 3ish years ago and we immediately clicked as collaborators and friends! Since then we’ve been doing creative photo shoots together where we are able to challenge ourselves in our respective fields. Kara is also my own personal hair stylist and recently opened her own hair salon with stylists Shelby Gaudet and Lindsay Mann called Spectrum Hair Studio. It’s located at 706 Broadway Avenue and if you haven’t already, pop in and see their beautiful space and say hi (tell them Maki sent you)!
This past winter Kara approached me about shooting a hair collection for her to submit into the hair competition, the prestigious Canadian Hairdresser Magazine Mirror Awards. I was excited and nervous all at the same time as this would be a first time for me in hair photography but I was ALL in. We had makeup artist Caty McCulloch create magic on the model’s faces and the results of that collaborative effort is what you see above. Everyone, including our amazing models worked extremely hard to make Kara’s vision come to life. Well wouldn’t you know that her hair collection made it as a finalist in the category of ‘Saskatchewan Salon Team’ so off we went to Toronto to attend the awards in person, get away from the frozen Saskatchewan tundra and have some FUN!
The night of March 23rd, Kara won!!!!! It was truly an amazing experience to hear her name called and see our collection on the big screen at such a huge awards ceremony! I am so proud of this hair collection and discovered another facet of photography that I truly adore. I would shoot hair, again and again and again-contact me if you are interested in working together.
Happy Anniversary… to me! This past month I celebrated 5 wonderful years with my portrait photography business, Maki Fotos. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be doing what I’ve come to absolutely love- taking portraits and bringing joy to people’s lives. Becoming a photographer and operating a thriving studio is a personal journey I have been SO fortunate to have and I celebrate this good fortune each and every day. To commemorate this momentous event I have a big announcement to make!! I have launched Lola by Maki Fotos ™!! What exactly is Lola? Lola is a new and exciting photography line of Maki Fotos specifically for women! To me, ALL women have the potential to find their INNER STRENGTH and my beauty sessions serve as a means to feel confident, alive and gorgeous. Honoring yourself and your life journey with a photography experience that is tailor made for you, is what I am passionate about. Whether you are celebrating a personal milestone or desire to get photos done ‘just because’, Lola is for you.
Lola has been a while in the making and I just cannot thank everyone enough who helped Lola have wings and take flight! From my beautiful, amazing clients to my unreal network of friends to the following: Jason Inkster, Marcy McCreadie, Christa Bilsky, Farideh Olsen, Krystian Olszanski, Sandra Hails, Amanda Zinovich, Kara Firman, Karen Mackie, the get along gang, my Lunar Kaos girls…. and of course the 30+ woman who participated in the ‘I am Lola’ campaign video- you ALL believed in me, so from the bottom of my heart- Gracias!! (if I missed anyone, you know who you are and you know that I love you!)
Anyone can book a Lola beauty session with me- it’s easy! Starting today for the next 2 weeks, I am running a session fee promo that includes full professional glamour makeup by the uber talented Amanda Zinovich from A to Z Make-Up Artistry. This is a huge value in savings and trust me, you won’t be disappointed with doing this for yourself. See the ad on the Maki Fotos Facebook page here. While you are there, let’s be friends- Like my page and stay connected!
Be a force of beauty.
peace & love, Maki