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Capturing the Real Me.

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When I lived in Toronto, I was fortunate to work with some amazing photographers. My all time favourite photographer was Adrian Jendrasik. Adrian loves capturing real moments. Moments that aren’t faked or created or imagined.

A photo-shoot with Adrian is never just a photo-shoot. It is an adventure. The adventure goes something like this:

Adrian, Julie (jet-set make-up artist extraordinaire) and I, all hop into his brown, 4-door Sedan and drive off into the hot and muggy summer day to destinations unknown. We chat about life, love, and beauty. Julie talks about her many travels, as she is also an Air Canada flight attendant. And Adrian tells us tall tales of the fashion industry, while he drives and drives and drives.

Suddenly, something catches his eye. The light, the place, the angles, the obscurity, we will never know. But it is the right place. Today, the “right place” happens to be a large field of tall grass, sandwiched in between a major highway and some old railroad tracks.

Without a single word, or a single signal to the car behind him, he abruptly pulls-over into a dirt patch by the side of the highway. He excitedly jumps out of the car, camera in hand, and marches off into the horizon along the railroad tracks.

“Let’s go!” He waves to us and keeps on truckin’. “Put on the white dress,” He yells from up ahead.

I make eye contact with Julie. She looks slightly confused or annoyed or amused or a little bit of all three. I have no time to change elegantly in the car, or behind a carefully held towel, so I just grab the sundress and hurriedly pull it over my jeans while running to catch up with him. Julie chases both of us carrying her heavy metal make-up kit in one hand and a tube of lip gloss in the other.

About ten minutes of trekking through said tall grass and I’ve stepped on one too many crickets in my bare feet (because I’ve lost my flip-flops in the grasslands somewhere). I’m hot and sticky and I’m pretty sure Julie silent internal “fuming” is about to manifest itself externally.

And then we see it: Adrian’s perfect spot. And it is perfect. The grass. The light. The colours. The angles. The obscurity. All perfect and it’s *magic hour.* It is a nice moment of understanding.

Then Julie reminds Adrian that she still needs to do my make-up. “There’s a spot over there,” He says pointing to a 2 ft by 2 ft dirt patch. “Julie might lose it,” I think. But she calmly opens her bag, takes out a beach towel and places it on the ground. “Calm.” I can actually hear her thinking this word in bold face.

* * *

Together, we traveled to some unique and unexpected places. I found myself scaling up a concrete wall under an overpass, sipping from a drinking fountain at an old, abandoned boathouse, and hitchhiking on the side of a road.

Adrian is colourful and eccentric and wonderfully European. He is also the only photographer that allowed me to be me. With him, I felt free to explore the different facets of me. For this reason, I have always felt that he was the only photographer to actually capture the real me, instead of the character I usually play.

Here are some behind-the-scenes “real moments” shots of me getting my hair and makeup done by Julie from the contact sheets of my Adrian Jendrasik photo-shoots.

Make-up by Julie2 (LD)

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make-up-lipstick-lisa

make-up-by-julie-boathohair

lisa-and-sundress-adrian

lisas-feet

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    jorees
    April 6, 2007 at 5:48 PM

    Hi Lisa,

    Your description of the photo shoot adds meaning context to the fun spirit present in this photo series. I love the grainy black and white feel. In addition the good feeling you clearly are showing is radiating throughout the photos. A fun moment indeed. Nonetheless I get the feeling that there were more photographs taken on the shoot. The first one and third one are my favorite but it would also be nice to see the rest.

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    Nate
    April 6, 2007 at 7:48 PM

    I love photos 1 and 3, you look B-e-a-utiful!

  • Reply
    Lisa Belovely
    April 7, 2007 at 2:47 AM

    Thanks Jo and Nate!

    I scanned these photos from a print-out of a contact sheet and then I made the images 50% larger that the originals, so that is why they look so grainy. I kind of like the effect as well.

    There were many many photos taken and when I have time I will scan in some of my portfolio shots from this shoot to share with you.

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    seb
    April 9, 2007 at 9:21 PM

    You look beautiful! those first four pictures are magnificent!

    Adrian sounds great, I love people who find inspiration wherever they are and are passionate like that. Beauty is never lacking in this world, it can be found anywhere, I always find that fact to be so true yet it always blows my mind.

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    Justin Lenz
    April 15, 2007 at 2:52 PM

    sounds like you had a lot of fun

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