Duyen Huynh is a hair stylist and micro blading arist. Duyen’s work has been featured in several magazines, including CHLOE, Preferred, Canadian Hairdresser, Salon, and Culture, Lucy’s , Promo, Modalina , VGXW,Shuba ,Borealis,Mordant , Today’s Bride,Wedluxe ,Bridalmagazine , Elegant Magazine , Preferred, Canadian hair Dresser and Salon. She’s also Beauty Editor at Culture Magazine.
Her awards include Contessa Apprentice award 2010; Canadian Hairdresser Mirror Awards People’s Choice Award 2012; L’Oréal Professional People’s Choice Award 2013; and Contessa Session Hairstylist Award 2017. Celebrities Lauren Holden, Mia Martina, and Ksenia Solo have had their hair styled by Duyen. Some of Duyen’s CLEARlife contributors work can be seen here
Makeup & Hair
With over thirty years of experience, Diana is one of the most highly regarded experts of the beauty and fashion industry in Canada. Her continually evolving approach to makeup and hair have kept her fresh, current and consistently in-demand. Her career has taken her around the globe, having contributed to editorials for Vanity Fair, Dutch Marie Claire, Vogue Spain and Cosmopolitan España. In addition to her work for publications abroad, Diana has also been a regular contributor to Canada’s top fashion magazines FLARE, Fashion and Elle. Some of Diana’s CLEARlife contributors work can be seen here.
Nicole Garbanzos is currently a contributor for multiple lifestyle websites. She has written a collection of content ranging from health and lifestyle to music and entertainment. She has written for The Thought Catalog for over 2 years, discussing topics around dating and relationships, self-love, and astrology. She’s produced work for Unwritten that explore concepts around health and lifestyle, entertainment news, and dating and relationships. Lastly, Nicole is a music and entertainment writer for HOLR Magazine, she’s discussed various ideas from the latest music news to trending topics in the entertainment industry. Nicole believes in always producing work that’s outside the box. She strives for pure originality and the highest extent of quality. To read one of Nicole’s CLEARlife contributors stories go here
Published Author, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Holli Kenley is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a retired thirty-year California State Licensed Teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. In addition to her Private Practice in Rancho Mirage, CA, Holli also works in the field of psychology as an author, speaker, and workshop presenter. Holli has authored eight recovery books and one novel. She has been a six-time peer presenter at the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists’ Annual State Conferences and a featured or keynote speaker at college level clinical programs, state and national advocacy organizations, and educational institutions. You can read some of Holli’s CLEARlife contributors stories here.
Food Stylist & Recipe Developer
Carol is a freelance food stylist based in Toronto, On. Prior to that, she worked in the food industry in all capacities, working with pastry, chocolate, bread, and croissants in Halifax, Victoria and Toronto. She traveled extensively in Europe for a couple of years after finishing her visual arts degree at NSCAD.
She has a strong visual understanding on set, and talent for trouble shooting when necessary. Her experience includes advertising, editorial, advertorial, packaging and motion for Canadian as well as International clients. To check out some of Carol’s CLEARlife contributors work go here
Johann Bona is a portrait, beauty and fashion photographer whose approach relies on the foundations of strong portraiture. His work assembles the revelatory elements of an image by tying in clean, graphic compositions and lighting with the mood and expressions of his subjects. There is an elegance in his visual language that highlights the beauty that otherwise might be overlooked, giving space for the stories of the subjects he is working with. To see some of Johann’s CLEARlife contributors work go here.
Holistic Wellness Editor
Daphne Kostova is a holistic nutritionist, best-selling author and speaker, leading presentations for businesses and corporations on health and wellness. As our CLEARlife Holistic Wellness Editor, you can find Daphne’s new stories and videos monthly across CLEARlife platforms.
A yogi and food lover, Natasha’s sensibility strikes a balance between om and om nom nom. Expertly capturing lush and plentiful imagery, she has been noticed by food and drink giants like McCain, KFC, McDonald’s, Olivieri, and the LCBO. Her photography expresses themes that easily match her personality – a grateful reverence for all things tasty, and a sweet zeal for life’s simple pleasures. You can some of Natasha’s CLEARlife contributors work here.
Above The Salt is a food studio in Toronto. We are your one stop shop for food photography: pre/post production, prop rental, hand models, photography and stop motion. And we don’t just make things look good, we also offer unique recipe development. We don’t just style and shoot food, we live it through constant exploration. We regularly explore markets, restaurants and producers in search of new and tasty things. Food is our passion, our pastime, our pleasure, and our joy. It is this enthusiasm that makes our work stand out, and which will in turn make your product shine. You can find some of Janet’s CLEARlife contributors work here.
Natasha Gerschon is a Argentinian-born photographer, producer and director based in Toronto. She’s infused her creative vision into the worlds of fashion, beauty and hair. Garnering a reputation for being anything but ordinary. She has a permanent exploration with different methods of lighting, editing, composites and concepts keeping her evolving with her precision and immaculate executions.
Natasha explains that she tends to ‘analyze and explore freedom as a synchronized dream, A place where one can break free from the constraints of society’. She tries to identify hidden qualities in her own character, to better understand her own reality, and express her interpretation of the world around her. To see some of Natasha’s CLEARlife contributors work go here.
Chris Haylett had been shooting for five years in Vancouver, BC when he was discovered by Herb Ritts and signed to Ritts’ Los Angeles agency, Visage. He spent the next nine years based in Los Angeles working for clients such as Levi’s, Dockers, Macy’s, Target, Eddie Bauer, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. His work appeared regularly in the NY and LA Time’s Fashion Supplement, Elle, Shape Magazine and Vogue. In the late 1990’s he moved back to Vancouver to raise his children, Matt and Marisa, but continued to shoot for American ad agencies and international clients including Mexicana Airlines, Sprint Mobile, Solo, Tourism Mexico and Grey Goose Vodka, as well as fashion and beauty clients Garnier, L’Oreal, Fidelity Denim, Woolrich and for four years as the main photographer for Nordstrom. His location work still keeps him globetrotting for clients such as Ritz-Carlton, Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Health and Sony.
With a career spanning over twenty years, award-winning photographer, Lorella Zanetti has continued to create images scripted with storylines and still life photographs infused with skill and beauty.
The unique intimacy of her portraits have been showcased in the pages of international magazines, where her photography series of film actors Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Martin, directors Deepa Mehta, Amy Berg and breakout creative talents Brandon Cronenberg and Jeremy Irvine, have appeared.
Lorella has a comprehensive client base and has created compelling visual narratives for CIBC, The Canadian Blood Services, Enbridge, Gay Lea Foods and GTAA. Her meticulous still life photography can be seen in ads for Absolut Vodka, The Body Shop and Maybelline.
Lorella has also worked on a number of cookbooks. Lorella Zanetti has received several awards for her work –the International ARC Awards(New York), the National Magazine Awards, Applied Arts and NUARS (Canada), to name a few.
My name is Colin and I am from the sandy shore of the blistering Atlantic coast. Growing up by the free energy of the ocean, I used my spare time drawing strange tales about mythical creatures and fashionable mutant alliances.
Being a true perfectionist, my fascination with photography began when I realized that my eye skewed the proportions of my drawn subjects. Thus, my exploration through a second lens began.
I am attracted to unique subjects who can bring personality and character to my images. I find infinite inspiration in the interplay between contrasting colours in both symbolic and design based meaning.
To see some of Colin’s CLEARlife contributors work go here.
Hair & Make–Up
Born and raised in Toronto, Sandra Yang’s fascination with the art of makeup and hair began as a young teenager, transforming and experimenting with her school friends.
Sandra has been fortunate enough to work with some of the industry’s greatest professionals such as Laura Mercier and Scott Barnes, as she developed her skills as a makeup and hair artist.
Her flair for makeup and hair has taken her from Tribeca’s International Film Festival to the Toronto International Film Festival, to working on the off Broadway musical hit Evil Dead the Musical as make-up and hair/wig designer in Toronto, as well as projects in advertising, fashion and print campaigns.
The love for her craft has transcended upon such clients as Lisa Ray, Jillian Michaels, Molly Parker, Piper Perabo, Don Mckellar, and musical performers Emily Osment, Sarah Slean, Deborah Cox, Lady Sovereign, KT Tunstall, Hedley and Thirty Seconds to Mars.
To see some of Sandra’s CLEARlife contributors work go here.
Richard Dubois has been shooting beauty, advertising and editorial fashion for the better part of two decades. His work has appeared in ad campaigns and publications worldwide, including ELLE magazine, Elizabeth Arden, Cashmere, Studio magazine (Italy), Tributé (Paris) and Highlights (Australia).
His work has also been featured on Fashion Television, Project Runway, and Canada’s Next Top Model. In 2008 he received the International Press Association Award in Paris for Best Fashion Photography. Richard splits his time between Toronto, New York, and whatever convenient tropical location.
To see some of Richard’s CLEARlife contributors work go here.
Shin’s career as an image-maker has spanned the last 30 years. From fine-art photographer and University lecturer to commercial photographer and motion director, it’s not cliché to say he’s done it all. He’s been recognized with awards from Cannes, The One Show, The Advertising & Design Club of Canada, Applied Arts, Photo District News, Communication Arts and Luerzer’s Archive.
His drive and ambition lend to his success. Never one to say “No” his problem solving abilities enable him to always get the perfect shot – be it stills or motion. His ambitious attitude has kept him at the forefront of technology. Being an innovator can have its challenges, but Shin is always up for it. Surviving in an industry that is forever evolving requires balance. That is why Shin is passionate about the Wet Collodion Process and creating ‘Tin Types’. His high tech digital studio still houses a darkroom dedicated to his creative outlet.
To see some of Shin’s CLEARlife contributors work go here.
Born in Portugal raised in Toronto Luis is a product photographer who is known for his use of vintage props and mini vignettes. Luis has worked with clients such as Aldo, Best Health, Bite Beauty, HBC, HomeSense, Holt Renfrew, Le Chateau, Nike.
Margaret Swain, journalist, has been writing regular columns in the National Post newspaper since its inception. Her most recent is Forks & the Road on culinary travel. She also writes the bi-monthly Global Gourmet column for www.travelindustrytoday.com. She is a principal critic and spirits columnist with www.WineAlign.com and pens feature articles for many publications including Zoomerm USA Today, The Globe and Mail and American Express Travel.
Karen Bliss, founder of Samaritan Mag, writes as the Canadian correspondent for Billboard, is a contributor to Rolling Stone, MSN, The Huffington Post Canada, Elle Canada, Hits, Pollstar, the Toronto Star, Melody Maker and many more.
Paul Wright works in Toronto and New York as a fashion and advertising photographer. Wright’s clients include Joe Fresh, Target, Winners, AT&T, JC Penny, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Macy’s.
Joseph Marranca is a commercial photographer, digital artist and motion creator. Specializing in advertising, marketing and direct clients alike, Joseph works worldwide. His work has taken him
to various locations in Canada, the U.S., India, Mexico, Cuba as well as other locations for personal projects. Recent client projects include HGTV, Moneris, Billy Bishop Island Airport and Save My Reno, a new tv show that premiered in April/17 in Canada.
Constantly exploring and testing new industry trends and techniques has given Joseph an edge on the future in this ever changing field of photography, image making and story telling through his visuals. A passion for creating, exploring new trends keeps Joseph fresh and current.
After graduating from Humber College twice, Graphic Design first followed by the Creative Photography program (back to back), I’ve worked for two different labs assisted various photographers as well as shot for a variety of clients for large in house studios.
The year 2000 is when I felt it was time to start shooting for my own set of clients out of my own studio. Because after all, it really is all about me. As it turns out, it was best move ever. Lighting, finding the best angle and paying attention to detail is what it’s all about. Whether I’m shooting in the studio or on location, every job big or small gets equal consideration. As long as it’s still fun, then I’ll still be shooting. I feel truly fortunate making a living doing what I love.
Paula has more than 15 years experience photographing for national magazines, advertising and cookbooks. Her extensive list of repeat clients includes many of Canada’s top restaurants and chefs.
After studying Media Arts at Ryerson and shooting entertainment personalities from Cirque Du Soleil to Hollywood celebrities, Paula discovered a passion for food photography. Both an artist and a technician, Paula is equally comfortable working in the mad chaos of a kitchen or on the detailed planning of an editorial spread.
Michael is a fashion photographer working from New York and Toronto.
Writer & Publicist
Sarah Jean Harrison is a sustainability communications specialist working with sustainable fashion and lifestyle brands. An eco-fashioinista in love with local food and sustainable design, Sarah Jean is monthly sustainable style columnist with Village Living Magazine. Her work has appeared in The Canadian Organic Farmer, Spin Off Magazine, FORWARD Fashion and Eco Warrior Princess.
Sarah King is the head of Oceans & Plastics at Greenpeace Canada with a MASc, Environmental Applied Science and Management.
Shawna is a Toronto based makeup artist working in print, tv, film and with celebrity clientele. She is known for creating flawless looking skin and focusing on bringing out the unique beauty in each of her subjects. Her friendly personality and professionalism have garnered her top advertising campaigns and magazine editorials.
Her celebrity clients include: Amber Heard, Jane Krawkowski, Shay Mitchell, Kristin Kreuk, Sean Astin, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Heather Morris, Penelope Mitchell, Landon Liboiron, Freya Tingley, Drake, Sydney Crosby, Daria Werbowry, Jessica Stam, Jamie Oliver, Bobby Orr, Emily Haines, Lisa Ray, Alexandra Richards, Richard Simmons, Yasmin Warsame, One Direction
For over fifteen years, Robert Weir’s artistry has graced the pages of magazines, come to life in music videos, and allowed some of the world’s most famous faces to look their best.In Style, Vman, Purple Magazine, Fashion Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Vogue Arabia, People, and The KIT are included in Robert’s editorial roster. His work continues to catch the eye of key players in the global fashion industry.
To view some of Robert’s CLEARlife contributors work go here.
Brodine’s career includes working with international makeup artist Pat McGrath. Under the direction of Pat, she works on numerous runway shows and clients in Paris, New York, London, Milan, and Japan…including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Christian Dior, Prada, Miu Miu, Galliano, Jil Sander, Dolce & Gabbana, and McQueen.
As an international Makeup & Hair Artist, David travels the world. His work with the renowned Pat McGrath includes runway shows in Milan and Paris for Prada, Versace, Bottega Veneto, Jil Sander, Dolce & Gabbana, Paco Robanne, Lanvin, Christian Dior, Yoji Yamamoto, Viktor and Rolf, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, Valentino, McQueen, Louis Vuitton, and Miu Miu. David’s has worked on campaigns Prada, Gucci, Miu Miu, Brioni, and Versace. His editorial clients include Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Wall Paper, GQ, Grazia, and Flare.
Viv is a Toronto-based life coach and personal growth writer. An optimist by choice (not by nature), she promotes self-awareness and empowers others to live with greater confidence, authenticity and joy. Viv’s work can also been found in Tiny Buddha, Rebelle Society, and Elephant Journal.