Thursday, November 24, 2011


I've just completed my new website where you can find galleries, contact information and all my latest work. 

I will be closing this blog in roughly 1 month so visit my new site and bookmark it!


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Street images from France in September

Having lived in France for a number of years, it was amazing to go back and visit with my wife. Visiting old haunts, eating in favourite restaurants and experiencing this different way of life makes me remember how amazing a time it is to be alive.

 Arles, France

Sunday, October 30, 2011

2 Winners at 2012 Contessa Hair Awards !

After the dust has settled the amazing stylists from Space Salon and Caramel Salon brought home 2 pieces of crystal ! Congratulations toWinners: Chrissy Allan - Student Apprentice of the Year and
Devon Plamondon - Newcomer of the Year. A huge congratulations to Alina Sulaiman Friesen for her 2 huge finalist nominations, Space Salon for a finalist nomination, and Salon Team for a finalist nomination and finally, congratulations to all the finalists and winners this evening, really looking forward to doing it again soon.

MUA: Jena Jacquot-Boisvenu

2012 Contessa Student/Apprentice of the Year Winner: Chrissy Allan from Space Salon, Vancouver
MUA: Jena Jacquot-Boisvenu

2012 Contessa Newcomer of the Year Winner: Devon Plamondon from Caramel Salon, Vancouver

 2012 Contessa Canadian Hairstylist of the Year and B.C. Hairstylist of the Year Finalist:
Alina Friesen MUA: Jena Jacquot-Boisvenu Clothing stylist and designer: Wendy Cook

Hair by Alina Friesen                                                                         Hair by Amber Turcotte            

Hair by Alina Friesen                                                                                                  Hair by Carly Schneider

                                                   Hair by Alina Friesen

2012 Contessa Salon Team of the Year Finalist: Alina Friesen, Carly Schneider and Amber Turcotte
MUA: Jena Jacquot-Boisvenu Accessories styling: Alina Friesen

All images copyright KaleJF Photography

Saturday, October 29, 2011

My images on Vogue Italia

Recently created a photographers profile on and had 5 images accepted by the editorial staff for posting on Vogue Italia. Below is one of the images. Follow this link to see my other images.

Hair by Vanya Petkova
Copyright: KaleJF Photography

Monday, October 3, 2011

New personal work

Here are three images I created after getting back from our honeymoon in France. Refreshed and inspired I stumbled upon a new feeling of freedom with my images I didn't think previously possible, and a new way of looking at my photography and what control I would allow myself to wield over the image post capture. I am proud to say this is my work now.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

La France, tu me manques beaucoup

Been back in Canada for almost a week and a half now, and have to say, wow, do we miss Europe. Having lived in Paris for many years going back for the first time in 3 years was like seeing an old friend that you missed oh so dearly. The sites, the sounds, the language, the food... all these things are so foreign to home. Once you visit France once a love affair that lasts a life time has begun. So here are a couple images from our trip I'd like to share, maybe it will convince you to visit these places or revisit them if it's been a while.

Friday, September 23, 2011

6 Finalists for the 2012 Contessa Hair Awards !

Just got back from 3 weeks in Europe to some incredible news!

I'd like to congratulate the following people I worked with this year on the Contessa 2012 hair awards.

Canadian Hair Stylist of the Year - Alina Friesen - Stylist from Space Salon in Vancouver BC
BC Stylist of the Year - Alina Friesen - Stylist from Space Salon in Vancouver BC
Student/Apprentice of the Year - Chrissy Allan - Junior Stylist from Space Salon in Vancouver BC
Newcomer of the Year - Devon Plamondon - Stylist from Caramel Salon in Vancouver BC
Salon Team of the Year - Alina Sulaiman, Carly Schneider and Amber Turcotte - Space Salon and Caramel Salon in Vancouver BC
Salon Interior Design of the Year - Michael Levine - CEO of A Michael Levine Salon Group

A special thanks to our MUA Jena Jacquot-Boisvenu and Clothing designer and stylist Wendy Cook.

Winners will be announced at the Gala in Toronto on Sunday October 30th 2011 ! Best of luck to everyone!

Links to Space Salon and Caramel Salon and 2012 Contessa Hair Awards

Some of the incredible work I did for the 2012 Contessa Hair Awards.

Hair by Amber Turcotte of Space Salon Vancouver BC - Semi-Finalist - Contessa Makeover Colourist

Hair By Carly Schneider of Caramel Salon Vancouver BC - Entry for Newcomer of the Year

Thursday, August 18, 2011

TJ Schneider for Showboarder Monster Backside Magazine

Ol' pal TJ Schneider asked if I had a minute to shoot a photo of him for a interview in German Snowboarding Magazine Monster Backside Magazine. The article is called Toy Story and as far as I can tell all the riders being interviewed were asked to make a toy out of clay for their image. TJ, being that battle weathered shred dog he is came up with these awesome clay daggers, and a menacing facial expression.

Monday, August 8, 2011

It's been a while, here are some flicks!

Well, it's been a while since I've been able to post anything on here. I've been quite busy the last month and a half shooting for Caramel Salon and Space Salons stylists for this years Contessa Hair awards, so I'm can't post any of this recent work just yet, but super excited as we created some amazing work this year. Until then... Here are some photos of the Vans Roadblock skate comp, downtown Vancouver. I don't fashion myself a sports photographer, but I still enjoy capturing skateboarding, something I've done and loved a majority of my life.

Cory Wilson- Backtail

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Recent hair photography work

Here are some of the most recent hair images I've shot over the last couple months. I'm really excited to shoot for a bunch of local stylists for their 2012 Contessas entries as well. Would have to say shooting hair has become my latest obsession.

Voici! Les photos.

 Hair by: Alina Sulaiman Friesen

 Hair by: Alina Sulaiman Friesen

 Hair by: Aimee Cox

Monday, June 13, 2011

BTS with Space Salon Stylists at the 2011 Show Off

I was asked to create this behind the scenes video for Space Salon's performance at this years L'Oreal Show Off hair awards held in Vancouver BC at the Vogue Theatre.

Click below to view the videos

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Portrait of Alina Friesen

When ever I have the creative itch, my wonderful wife is always game to let me shoot some photos. Here are a couple results from just such an afternoon.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Coming Soon !

It's been a while since I posted anything on here, kind of bums me out,
but as it's known to do, life has gotten crazy, lots of great new projects, marriage to the
love of my life and the loss of my Grandfather has left me scattered and overwhelmed.

Regardless, I have some great images I'm super excited to post, in the very near
future, so please come back soon and check them out.

  Grandpa, Alina and I on our wedding day. You are forever in our hearts Johnny.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Proposal

Just finished this little video of our New Years 2011 we spent at the Rockwater Resort on the Sunshine Coast. As I had decided this would be the perfect occasion to finally ask my Love of 2 years to be my wife, I gathered clips of our New Years trip, and as I wanted to capture the actual proposal, I set up the camera to take a picture before dinner, but ever so cleverly press record on the video and caught my proposal on video, couldn't have worked out better. Our special day is planned for this September 10th 2011 on a lovely animal rescue farm on the Sunshine Coast. 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Adam and Laura

These are a sample of images from Adam and Laura's wedding this last December 2010. I love smallish, intimate weddings where I can move around the space as if I was part of the family and capture real unscripted moments mixed with my own style of posed images.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My Review of Flashpoint II 620m, 300 Watt Second AC / DC Monolight Strobe.

Incredible value

By KaleJF Photography from Vancouver, Canada on 1/12/2011


5out of 5

Pros: Good Color Value, Fast Recycle, Attach Securely, Powerful

Cons: Big

Best Uses: Studio lighting, General Use, Indoors

Describe Yourself: Semi-pro Photographer

Was this a gift?: No

I began working in studio about a year ago and was looking for a good value introductory strobe, and I couldn't be happier with the Flashpoint mono lights. The light shaping attachements from Flashpoint work great and are value priced.

Image taken with Flashpoint mono lights


Tags: Studiofashionportrait, Made with Product


Friday, December 3, 2010

Caramel Salon Cut-A-Thon for the Vancouver Food Bank

Here's a short video I made of the Cut-A-Thon at Caramel Salon in Vancouver.

The Cut-A-Thon is an annual fundraiser for the Vancouver Food Bank, where all proceeds  from the salon go to the Food Bank, a more then worthy cause.

A big thanks to the wonderful crew at Caramel Salon.

Caramel Salon Cut-A-Thon from Kale Friesen on Vimeo.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tao Salon and Caramel Salon Working Portraits

The following is a series of working portraits of stylists at  Tao Salon and Caramel Salon  in Vancouver  BC.The challenge here was to produce images that were beautiful enough to show off the salons and their stylists but also show them in the salon working with clients. Pretty excited with how they all turned out so check out some samples.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Photographer Joel Fraser

Friday night in Greenwood in Seattle photographer and good friend Joel Fraser showed some prints in his show titled "Born of Roma Blood, Sometimes I go places".  The show, a little tickling of images from Joel's extensive travels around the globe, contained images from Europe and Asia that showcased Joel's sensitive eye for  composition and character.

Joel was the one person who inspired me to pick up a camera and introduced me to the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Magnum Agency, for that I'm for ever in dudes debt.

Go check out Joel's work at

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Brittany and Tony McKechnie

Some images from my dearest of friends Brittany and Tony Mckechnie's wedding.
It was an honor to have been part of their day.

My girl

I'm proud of you Love.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Stylist Alina Sulaiman

Some photos I took of hairstylist Alina Sulaiman on the job.
Alina is a finalist in the Newcomer of the year category for the
Canadian Hairdressing Awards in November.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Sea and Cake and Broken Social Scene at the Commodore Ballroom

I had the pleasure to see a couple bands I'd always wondered about listening to but never
really made it happen. As I've probably said one hundred times I left the show with a new
respect for both acts that took the stage at the Commodore last Wednesday night.

This is going to be a mega post cause, well cause I feel like I got a lot of images I was more than
happy with.

Thanks to Reid Stewart for getting me in to see these two great bands.