I had the absolute pleasure of photographing one of Vancouver's top radio hosts and TV personalities - Carmen Cruz! Carmen currently rocks out on the world famous CFOX, Vancouver's coolest modern rock stations.
Carmen and I met a few years ago when she and our dear friend Darren Doyle co-hosted a cool home renovation show called 'Consumed'. I got to do their publicity portraits - which was a blast, but what struck me most was Carmen's instantly friendly, easy-going and fun personality. It was like we had known each other for years when we reconnected on Facebook some time after. We also had a lot of the same musical tastes which is super cool, considering she's a youngin' compared to me!
So when it came to finding a subject to photograph for my intro video for my website, I immediately thought of Carmen. What better person to photograph than a local celebrity who will instantly shine in my video and of course in the photographs! I knew she would be the right person to make me look good while I'm making her look good on film. As they say, a match made in heaven!
In any case, this is a spotlight on Carmen and our uber fun photoshoot together. Enjoy some of our favourite shots and no doubt learn a thing or two about Carmen that you didn't know before!
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Even though I'm born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, my first language is Spanish (both my parents are from Chile). I moved to Vancouver to further my TV career with a job working for CTV. Once that contract came to an end I somehow landed a dream job working as a drive time host for (what was known at the time as) 100.5 The PEAK. 7 years later and I'm still playing in radio land as the host of the weekend show on 99.3 CFOX, as well as working as a social media contributor and consultant, with the occasional voicing projects on the side. In my spare time, I love cycling, belly dancing, listening to music, and going for looooooong walks. I'm also incredibly passionate about skin care (I have 7 years of experience working for a high-end bath and body company) so I like to create my own skin care products in my spare time.
Linda is the type of person who makes you feel incredibly at ease, as soon as you meet her. She's kind, patient, and absolutely excels at helping to bring out your genuine self when posing for pictures (believe me when I say, that's no easy feat!). I look forward to using the photos for my own personal branding.
I love this image because Linda captured a moment I remember distinctly. It had rained for weeks and Linda and I happened to shoot on the one gorgeously sunny day. My dog had passed away earlier that year and at that exact moment, I had just sat down, stared out the window and I was thinking of him as I looked up at the sunny sky. It was the briefest of moments, but it was captured perfectly.
Life is like art. It's an ever changing work-in-progress that's never completely perfect, but perfectly yours.
A trip to Chile to see family and travel for an entire month! Later on this year, I'll be launching a new lifestyle website, as well as my own line of luxury facial oils called PuraFina Luxury Oils. Phew! I'll be keeping everyone updated via my website at Carmen Cruz!
Funny, fiery, determined, compassionate, and " a fast walker" - according to friends . Sorry! More than cinco.
Inspiration is everywhere! You just have to be open to new ideas.
2017! I've got some major projects in the works that I'm incredibly excited about.
Book: The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho and Movie: Kung Fu Hustle
The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins. ~ Bob Moawad
Anywhere dog friendly, and wine friendly. Vino!
I'm a bit biased as I make my own all-natural facial serum. It's AMAZING (if I do say so myself!).
Be brave. Take chances. Don't be afraid to ask for help or advice. And research, research, RESEARCH!!!