Meet stylist and photographer power couple Luisa Rino + Evaan Kheraj

Luisa Rino and Evaan Kheraj are kind of like fashion’s take on a superhero duo. Each of them is an amazing talent in their own right, but together the Canadian photographer and stylist make some serious magic. Collectively and together, the husband and wife team have worked with the likes of Nylon, ELLE, Refinery29, Flare, Nomia, Obakki, the Hudson’s Bay… to name a few. Oh and a few famous faces like Emily Haines, Tom Felton, Evangeline Lilly and Arizona Muse. They recently began splitting time between their hometown of Vancouver and New York City so we caught up with them to find out how they make time for a little romance on two time zones with such crazy schedules. Plus, they spill on their musts in NYC.

HOW DID YOU GUYS MEET?

LUISA: We met in 2003 just after Evaan had graduated from his new media program. I was the fashion editor at NUVO Magazine and he came in to meet about a photography assignment. I didn’t think much past the job assignment but Evaan’s side of the story is much more romantic.

EVAAN: I was working as a video editor at the time and my roommate was working as an events photographer for NUVO. She was moving away to Alberta and asked me if I would want to shoot events. She got me the interview at NUVO. I met with Luisa and showed her my portfolio which consisted entirely of travel images. At that time my dream was to shoot travel stories for National Geographic and I hadn’t the foggiest idea of what the world of fashion entailed. I pretty much fell in love with Luisa the moment I met her. I just remember thinking my portfolio didn’t have a single event photo and that I was probably making a fool of myself. Anyway, I went home that day and told my roommate that I was going to marry Luisa. My roommate laughed and said in my dreams. Well, dreams come true.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?

LUISA: We both have pretty hectic schedules so the fact that we get to work together means we get to see each other and spend some time together during really busy times. In terms of the final product, there is a level of trust and collaboration when you really know each other. But I would say we feel this way about our crew as well. We’ve all worked together for many years and we understand where to help, how to make something better. It makes for a really supportive atmosphere.

EVAAN: That’s easy, I get to see my wife. I am always happier when she is around. I’m lucky.

WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART?

LUISA: I don’t know that I’ve ever thought about that. We resolve any disagreements quite quickly and I have all the confidence there can be in Evaan’s skills and his vision. We’ve worked together a long time now and on so many different projects and problem solved a lot together. He has an incredible sense for what will work and what won’t. We rarely disagree.

EVAAN: I don’t think there are challenges. We work well together and that’s always been the case.

HOW DO YOU LIKE BICOASTAL LIVING?

LUISA: It’s fun, best of both worlds kind of thing. I can only be grateful that we get to experience these two incredible cities regularly.

EVAAN: It’s amazeballs. Vancouver and New York are two world class cities. You have the stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest and of course in NY there is always something going on. I have learned to sleep on a plane with ease so the time zone shifting doesn’t bother me. You have to go where the work takes you and New York has been an extremely satisfying step in our careers.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU’RE IN NEW YORK CITY. L

LUISA: It’s been there forever but I really like starting a relaxing day at Café Select. Then, because I’m always on the hunt for deals, I’m pretty much scouring the sample sales.

EVAAN: You can almost always find me wandering the halls of the Met on any given weekend or strolling through Central Park. I take my camera everywhere. My days usually begin at Oatmeals in the West Village which is a fabulous breakfast spot. They have every kind of oatmeal under the sun and the staff there makes you feel right at home. They even have a bowl called The Canadian. My job is fairly tough on my back and shoulders so once a week I head on down to Little Italy and get a good ol’ fashioned Chinese Chair Massage at The Relaxing Station. It’s a hole in the wall sandwiched between a mediocre Tourist-alian restaurant and things-your-clueless-aunt-buys souvenir shop. It feels like you are getting mugged while getting the massage but I exit there feeling refreshed and ready to tackle another 20 blocks and at $13 bucks for 15 minutes, it’s easy on the pocket book and keeps me ready for the next shot. The best coffee I have had is at the OST Cafe in the East Village. Best French toast can be had at the Irving Farms Coffee Roasters in the Lower East Side. It’s made with challah bread and it comes dripping with maple syrup, a fork and a big napkin. For dinner hot spots, I am digging Lovely Day in Soho which serves up some amazeballs Thai food.

Check out more work from these two dynamos here: evaan.ca and lizbellagency.com/artists/luisa-rino

Photographer Hannah Burton on London and portraits

The legendary fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon famously said: “A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he is being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he’s wearing or how he looks.” That complex exchange, between the photographer and the subject, is what up and coming photographer Hannah Burton explores in her work. Based in London, and a recent graduate of the London Collection of Communication, she focuses on portrait photography and is a contributor for Dazed & Confused, Accent Magazine, The New British and more. We originally fell for Hannah’s graduate project, an intimate series of her mother that has since been turned into a book. We had to know more, so we asked and she answered.

WHAT DREW YOU TO PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY? It’s always been about people for me, characters or people that have a certain look about them is what draws me in. I’m interested in the way we behave and perform out our identities. By holding still a moment’s expression, the photographic portrait offers us a unique perception that has the potential to reveal something authentic and genuine about the human condition.

HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR SUBJECTS? Anywhere really, walking around, doing things, meeting people, some things stick and make me want to return to and make work about in some way.

IF YOU COULD PHOTOGRAPH ANYONE, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE? Elvis.

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Tiny Atlas Quarterly is our new favorite travel magazine

We always get a little wanderlust at the start of a new year, whether it’s dreaming of our next big trip or just plotting an escape from gray winter days. Thank god for the internet. Lately we’ve been clicking over to Tiny Atlas Quarterly, a must read for anyone planning out their vacation days. The magazine blends stunning photography with illustration and narrative for a totally unique take on travel journalism. It began as a personal project in 2012 by photographer Emily Nathan, alongside a few colleagues, friends and her husband to tell the untold, personal stories of all the travel they did for work. “Think of it as the after party, once the commercial shoot wraps and, handily, the little black book of where to go and what to do if you find yourself there one day, too.” We caught up with Emily to find out more.

HOW DID TINY ATLAS GET STARTED? The magazine started online as a collaborative personal project of mine with a major dose of help from our design director, Liz Mullally and our UX designer (and my husband) Jake Huffman. We have all been working professionally in our fields for over 15 years and did this a bit on a whim. But, as soon as the first issue launched I started receiving emails from others who wanted to collaborate. I then realized that a lot of creatives would love to share work, and actually be assigned personal work and a larger project was born.

HOW IS YOUR APPROACH DIFFERENT THAN OTHER TRAVEL MAGAZINES? I think that the personal approach we take to travel and narrative is what is different about Tiny Atlas. We do this through series of lifestyle photos, which is also a newer approach in the traditional travel magazine space.

As a photographer who had worked for many years in both editorial and advertising, I felt that the best work I created, the work I put in my portfolio, was never the work that got out into the world. In travel editorial shoots, the expected images that I wasn’t interested in would be the ones that would get published. When you do advertising work, there is a lot of production talent behind a project, but the consumer viewer will never find out about the great places ad productions go to create their magic. Tiny Atlas was a way to put this all together.

WHAT ARE YOUR MOST MEMORABLE TRIPS? One of my early memorable trips was after my junior year of college, when I traveled around South America solo after a semester abroad in Santiago, Chile. Although I’d traveled prior to that with my family, hitchhiking and taking trains and buses across South America by myself was a totally different experience. Much more empowering.

Another early experience that was pretty amazing: When I was first starting out as a photographer and started going to NYC to cold call and get myself into meetings at places like Condé Nast headquarters I landed my first meeting with Gourmet magazine. The photo editor looked at my book I had been creating with her in mind for the past year, and then hired me during the meeting – which is pretty rare and amazing! – to do a food and travel story in Costa Rica. So for a week an assistant and I wandered around and created this travelogue about place and food (based on a loose brief).

The Sea of Cortez on a shoot with Apple was another very memorable trip. It was a big and very produced shoot, but I had worked with Apple so many times at that point that it played out in this really fun way that felt more like a personal work than a big job with a lot of people on set (which is what it was).

ARE THERE ANY CITIES OR COUNTRIES THAT YOU THINK WILL BE TRAVEL HOT SPOTS THIS YEAR? Our ethos at Tiny Atlas is that travel is a personal thing, and therefore the best travel spots will always be different for each person.

For me, a few spots that have been on my mind lately are: the far east of coastal Russia, Zanzibar, and the west coast of Sweden.

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Photos (clockwise from top left): Emily Nathan, photographer; Helena Price, photographer, Julianna Goodman, illustration; Shelly Strazis, photographer; Wynn Myers, photographer. All appeared in Tiny Atlas Quarterly.

Candids and Instagram with photographer Jonathan Nafarrete

Named one of the “Top Instagram Users that Advertisers are Dying to Work With” by Business Insider, Jonathan Nafarrete has seriously mastered the art of the candid. Follow him now. Based in Los Angeles, he works in digital advertising by day and takes to the streets with a camera during his down time. His photojournalistic style was honed shooting for publications like The Guardian, Daily Mail and LA Times newspapers. But we had to know how he manages to find all of these incredible moments off the job. So we asked, and he answered.

YOU CAPTURE CANDID MOMENTS. DO THEY NATURALLY HAPPEN LIVING IN SUCH A BUSY CITY OR DO YOU GO OUT IN SEARCH OF THEM?

I walk the beaches and streets of Los Angeles almost on a daily basis and always choose to shoot film. Never with any real intent, only just to see what may appear during these walks. I pace slowly with my headphones on, music blaring. The headphones keep people from bothering me, asking me for change, inquiring about directions. It is then that I can focus visually and also helps push me through the often monotonous times of seeing very little and capturing even less.

For me, shooting on the street has always fed my perpetual need to collect things. I have collected furniture, art, vintage clothing, domain names, cameras… you name it. I am in a constant state of searching and finding the items that are discarded or thrown out. In the case of street photography, these are the moments that are overlooked and happen in the blink of an eye.

Every photographer needs to do it for themselves. Discover what the world looks like to them and disregard all the emphasis placed on celebrity, sex and violence by the media on a daily basis. I have shot some very violent situations as a photojournalist in the past but what I love about shooting on the street is the order I can make of my reality. It often feels like I am directing a movie and I can visually see street actors in my mind moving into their places. I slowly watch as the scene unfolds, “Places everyone.” And at that moment – instead of yelling “Action!” – I press the shutter and freeze the scene.

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Photographer Max Wanger on fatherhood and inspiration

In a list of things that bring us heartfelt, tear-in-your-eye joy, Max Wanger’s photography would definitely be in the top five (along with Pharrel’s hat collection). The Los Angeles-based photographer has the ability to capture the sweetest moments in life with super stylish composition. We first discovered him after stalking blogger Joanna Goddard’s engagement photos and have been part of his massive following ever since. He’s famous for his wedding photography and was using those gigantic balloons before they were a must-have for brides to be, but his lens of looove has turned to a new adorable subject lately: his one-year-old son Dash with his wife Margaux Elliott (also a photographer). With Father’s Day approaching we caught up with Max to talk fatherhood and inspiration.

YOU’VE BEEN A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR SOME TIME NOW. YOU’VE CAPTURED A LOT OF MOMENTS IN OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO DOCUMENT YOUR SON’S LIFE THROUGH YOUR OWN LENS? It’s invigorating. I have the most amazing subject in front of me every single day. And all I want to do is take pictures, capture moments, find ways to tell stories. He makes me want to be better in every way. And he’s made me much more aware than I ever have before. Just as he is seeing things for the first time, I feel like I am too – that’s pretty amazing.

HAS BECOMING A FATHER CHANGED YOUR OUTLOOK ON HOW YOU WORK? OR HAS IT INSPIRED YOU DIFFERENTLY? It hasn’t changed how I work, but it’s changed my perspective on work and what’s truly important. Becoming a father is the greatest gift and experience – it’s hard not to be more inspired in everything I do.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH ALL OF THE PHOTOS YOU TAKE OF DASH? HE’S ONE LUCKY GUY. I don’t know! It’s already overwhelming and I wish I had come up with a better organizational system from the start. Right now I have photos saved on hard drives and in folders on my desktop and on my phone – they’re everywhere. One day, I hope to get it all sorted and then make some sort of book. We have friends who make books every year as a way to look back and remember. That might be a fun thing to do – we just need to find the time!

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5 minutes with Switcheroo photographer Hana Pesut

Every now and then you come across something so rad that it makes you think to yourself, “Damn, I should have thought of that.” That’s how we feel when we look at photographer Hana Pesut’s Switcheroos. She takes couples and photographs them twice, once in their own outfits and again with their clothes swapped against the same background. Elle Magazine recognized it as “Gender Flipping”. Simple? Yes. Brilliant? Hell yes. We had a few minutes to sit and chat with Hana. So we asked and she answered.


WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT DOING YOUR SWITCHEROOS?

It’s such a fun way to meet people! If I’m traveling somewhere I usually put a note on my site about casting for switcheroos and people who I’ve never met reply. A lot of people have shown me around their city and obviously if they are willing to swap clothes in a public place for a stranger they are going to be pretty awesome.

HOW DID THE CONCEPT COME UP?

I came up with idea while camping with some friends and two of them were dressed very different from each other. One was wearing leopard print leggings, a tie dyed shirt, gold embroidered coat. Everything was very bright and colorful whereas the other was wearing black jeans and a black t-shirt so I thought it would be fun if they traded outfits and I took before and after photos.

HAVE YOU EVER DONE ONE WHERE THE GUY LOOKED BETTER IN THE GIRL’S CLOTHING?

Actually a lot of guys are starting to learn that short skirts and high heels can really make your legs look amazing.

WHO WOULD YOU PHOTOGRAPH IN YOUR DREAM SWITCHEROO?

A lot of people ask me this and I think my answer changes every time. Today I was thinking the Obamas would be pretty good.

Buy Hana’s Switcheroo book here.

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Wedding photographer Shannen Norman on capturing romance

Who better to interview this week than someone who captures love and eternalizes it in a photo? We know, we know. What we just wrote sounds super cheesy. But just take a look at Brooklyn-based photographer Shannen Norman’s portfolio. She shoots proposals, engagements, and weddings. If you’re single, she’ll make you want to get hitched. If you’re married, she’ll make you want to get re-married. She can’t help it. She’s THAT good.

WHAT DO YOU FIND THE MOST ROMANTIC ABOUT THE PHOTOS YOU TAKE?

I think the most romantic thing I find in shooting is being able to observe and attempt to capture the connection between two individuals. I know that’s a really elusive thing to try and describe. When I spend time shooting with a couple, after a while we get to a level where they’re just comfortable. They become at ease with just being them. You get to see the little nuances of how they care for each other, make each other comfortable when nervous, and relate to one another in a way that is always incredibly unique to each couple. I think that connection and love that comes out is what makes a gorgeous environment. It turns into a magical setting that speaks of romance and not just a beautiful scene. It’s one of my favorite things. Of course a sunrise or sunset never hurts to add to all that either.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVOURITE ENGAGEMENT SHOOT.

My favorite shoot was probably an engagement session I did with a couple friends of mine, Jenny and Chad. We did a short road trip together shooting along the way to a lake in Chad’s 4Runner with the roof off, wind in our hair, taking random stops at creeks and in little towns along the way. We kept running into picture perfect settings everywhere we went and Jenny and Chad are such fun friends. It was like we were doing a travel lifestyle story. Road trips are some of my favorite things in life so combining that with a shoot was just the best. (See the shoot here)

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