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How to Take Better Instagram Photos

17
08.2017

Capturing a picture for social media requires patience, good apps for filters and a lot of editing. Don’t worry if you don’t have a professional camera, you can use your old iPhone 5 and still make a photo look bright and sharp as if it were taken with an iPhone 7.

The Tips and Tricks to Taking High-Quality Instagram Pictures: 

The Basic Rules:

Before you take any picture with your smartphone, make sure you have the grid feature turned on and try to use natural lighting as much as possible. Keep an eye on the subject you are trying to capture for your photo, and play around with the angles. Taking pictures from unusual viewpoints tend to come out very interesting and different.

The Background: 

The background for where you take your photos is crucially important. Choose an appropriate background that will go along with your Instagram feed and one that doesn’t have distractions. A great image can often be ruined with a Starbucks cup or other clutter in the back.

Here’s some inspiration for different styles of photos: 

Hair Photos: 

When using a ring light for hair photos, make sure you are up close and personal with your client! The closer you are, the clearer the picture. Using natural light is also a great option. Get your client to laugh, play with their hair or shake it around to add some movement to your feed. With those action shots – use the burst function to get a clear photo.

Up your Instagram hair page by using decor with clients pictures. See these inspirations photos from John Casablancas Institute’s Hair graduate and instructor, Elissa Wolfe:

Fashion Photos: 

Fashion photos are always tricky, because finding that perfect background that suits your outfit is time consuming. Take a look at where local bloggers around you take their pictures by clicking on the location tagged in their photos. That should give you some inspiration on where to find good backdrops around your area! Try a mix of urban settings, natural backgrounds and plain walls to capture the perfect #OOTD post.

And don’t forget to take pictures from all angles!

Nail Photos: 

Before taking pictures of your nails, or your clients, many bloggers say that their secret tip is to use baby wipes to moisten any dry bits on your hands and have it looking clean before taking pictures. Lighting is also super important! Try using a ring light or taking your pictures outside to get the clearest image. Make sure your nails are the focus in your pictures and use these pictures as inspiration:

Makeup Photos: 

Whatever you do, do not use the Instagram camera to take pictures, especially when taking pictures of close-up makeup looks. Makeup pictures always have to be extra clear in order to view crease lines, eyebrow colouring and all other products used on your/your clients face. See below for examples:

The Smartphone Rules:

  • Always use the Rule of Thirds
  • Keep HDR off: Photos may turn out unnatural and overdone
  • Try a clip-on selfie ring light for your smartphone when taking close-up selfie pictures
  • Shoot during cloudy days: lighting is spread all around and these days are perfect for photography

The APPS:

Here are the must-have editing apps that you will need:

With these tips and apps, your Instagram pictures will be better than ever! Remember to stick to an Instagram theme and you’ll start gaining more likes and followers.


(JCI) is widely recognized as the industry leader in providing job-ready training and has been setting the standard for artistry and innovation for over 30 years.

Established in Vancouver since 1978, JCI continues to stand behind top professionals in the areas of fashionmake up, hair and esthetics. With note-worthy careers as award-winning makeup artists, international fashion stylists, skilled spa technicians and cutting edge hairstylists, graduates of JCI continue to shine.

Supportive and positive learning practices provide students with the most beneficial educational experience.

Our faculty is comprised of leading industry professionals and guest instructors from various aspects of their respective fields. Our instructors and graduates continue to win awards and gain recognition for their work and contributions to their industries. Just 1 block down from the Waterfront Station, JCI sits surrounded by cafes, design studios, art galleries and photographers’ studios – the perfect place for students to absorb creativity and find constant inspiration.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Events

How to Prepare for the New School Year

14
08.2017

With only a few weeks left of the summer holidays, it’s time to learn how to prepare for school before September begins. The advantage of preparing in advance allows you to begin the school year on a positive note and you’ll stay organized for the rest of the semester.

Kick off the school year stress-free with these steps: 

Step One: Make A List

Ease back into the school year by creating a list of supplies and other items that you will need. Back to school clothing sales begin from mid-July to late August! Make your list of things to buy and each time you purchase an item, check it off from the list.

Buy separate journals for each subject to make your life easier! Also, it’s an efficient way to study for exams. Besides the basic school supplies: pens, textbooks, highlighters, etc., here is an emergency kit that every girl needs:

Step Two: Label Your Stuff and Gather Your Textbooks

Labeling your binders/notebooks with subject names is a must. This way you’ll be able to grab your notebooks in the morning and leave without accidentally packing the wrong book. Labeling your supplies is also convenient, this way you’ll never lose your items!

If possible, gather all your textbooks that you’ll need for the semester and skim through them before the first day of classes. Get ahead of the game and you’ll be prepared for all the first-day questions!

Step Three: Tidy Up Your Workspace

Keeping your desk/workspace organized is important because it’s where you’ll be spending most of your time studying and working. It’s difficult to concentrate in a messy environment, so tidy up your workspace with these DIY basics found on our Pinterest.

 

Step Four: Plan Your Outfit

Plan your outfit the night before the big day. If you’re someone who can’t decide on ane outfit, lay out multiple clothing choices ahead of time – you’ll be thankful for this tip in the morning.

Step Five: Get a Good Sleep In

Go to bed early and rest up for the long day ahead of you. If you struggle with sleeping early and can’t seem to put your smartphone away… then here are a few tips you’ll need to read on how to turn your bedroom into a sleeping cave.

For more back to school hacks, check out our Pinterest page! 


(JCI) is widely recognized as the industry leader in providing job-ready training and has been setting the standard for artistry and innovation for over 30 years.

Established in Vancouver since 1978, JCI continues to stand behind top professionals in the areas of fashionmake up, hair and esthetics. With note-worthy careers as award-winning makeup artists, international fashion stylists, skilled spa technicians and cutting edge hairstylists, graduates of JCI continue to shine.

Supportive and positive learning practices provide students with the most beneficial educational experience.

Our faculty is comprised of leading industry professionals and guest instructors from various aspects of their respective fields. Our instructors and graduates continue to win awards and gain recognition for their work and contributions to their industries. Just 1 block down from the Waterfront Station, JCI sits surrounded by cafes, design studios, art galleries and photographers’ studios – the perfect place for students to absorb creativity and find constant inspiration.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Fashion / Features

Jason Pillay: JCI Fashion Graduate and Stylist

10
08.2017

Born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in Vancouver, BC, Jason Pillay is a fashion stylist who also works in the film industry and manages a small dance group.

“I always loved seeing what people wore at red carpet events, fashion and award shows. Even watching music videos, I was intrigued by the creative direction.”

Jason enrolled at John Casablancas Institute for the Fashion Business and Creative Arts Program in 2014 to further educate his knowledge in fashion and seek opportunities in the industry.

“I always had an interest in fashion and knew JCI would be the right place for me.”

Before beginning his journey with JCI, Jason took empowerment and personal growth courses at workshops to experiment what career path he wanted to take. Enrolling at JCI helped Jason narrow down his options and he knew exactly what direction he wanted to take in the fashion industry—styling.

At first, Jason didn’t know exactly what a “stylist” was— but he knew he enjoyed putting outfits together, shopping and helping his friends and family select clothes for their wardrobe.

“I had a captivating experience at JCI. It was a rollercoaster of emotions, but definitely a memorable year. I knew going into the program it would be very tough as I had many commitments before and during the duration of the program, but I was certain the timing was right.”

While Jason was studying Fashion at JCI, he was also working two part-time jobs, managing a dance group, building a career and maintaining a social life. During the program, he also completed a twelve-week internship.

“I had a great time with all my courses in the program at JCI. My classmates turned into a family and all the teachers became personal mentors. The great thing about the program is that it covers the diversity of careers in the fashion industry.”

After graduating in 2015, Jason continued to focus on his personal growth and gained more experience in the industry. He launched his career as a stylist and worked hard to create his own brand.

“The highlight of that year, (2015), was being able to attend New York Fashion Week where I was able to see all the magic that goes on from behind the scenes!”

Jason has been inspired by watching people around him grow and achieve what they want. Hearing successful fashion icons of major designer brands share their stories and journey has been inspirational to the stylist.

“My family and friends are everyday inspirations.”

From attending New York Fashion Week to presenting his very own show at Eco Fashion Week in both Vancouver and Seattle, Jason has had a number of prize moments throughout his career. His favorite styling project thus far has been working on an actor for the Fox series, “Empire.” Most recently, he has also been styling a high profile international celebrity client.

“The best part of working in the fashion industry include: being able to express yourself, meet people, travel and have a variety of careers options.”

Jason acknowledges that there are a lot of different areas to work in as a stylist. The first tip he would give to students aspiring to get into this career path is to figure out your niche. Secondly, begin to network as much as you can because it is important to meet people and stay relevant.

“Nothing comes easy and you will hear the word “no” from time to time, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. You have to work hard in order to go a long way to your career.”

When Jason isn’t working on styling projects, you can find him spending time alone for self-therapy, hanging out with his friends and family, planning new projects and traveling. He recently got back from a vacation from Central America which was followed by a trip to Los Angeles.

“I have plenty of projects that will be revealed in the future. I am hoping to go to London in September and the rest of what goes on in my life can be viewed from my  social media outlets!”

Keep up with Jason on Social Media:

Instagram     Website     Facebook     Twitter


Love fashion and want to make it your career? JCI Institute Vancouver’s Fashion Business & Creative Arts Diploma Program provides students with a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry, combining creative and business elements. This diverse approach gives our fashion school grads a distinct advantage both in knowledge and skill. Prepare for many jobs in the fashion industry, including becoming a fashion buyer, fashion stylist, or for work in fashion merchandising. If becoming a fashion designer is more your speed, choose our Core Fashion Program. This course at our fashion design institute will give you all the skills you need to be a fashion designer. Choose between our fashion programs to find the best fit for you!

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Body Spa

Top Nail Trends to Try Right Now

08
08.2017

Make a statement with your nails for this last month of the summer holidays. Try new neons, creamy pastels, out of the ordinary colors and fun designs on your nails. Whether you’re going to a party or simply off to work, your nails will definitely stand out with these trends:

Summer Nail Art

Why paint your nails one color when you can mix and match different shades together? Take a look at these minimalistic and creative nails painted and designed by John Casablancas Institute’s Body Spa Instructor, @lili_beautyart.

Fun Fact: Lili was featured in FLARE Magazine this month!

New Month, New Colors 

Are you one of those indecisive people that can’t seem to pick one color at the nail salon right away? Try these new trending summer nail colors that will save you time at the salon for your next visit!

Acrylic Nails by @nailsbydenyse 

Two color tones that compliment each other are better than one. JCI graduate @nailsbydenyse added Swarovski crystals to glam up her client’s nails.

Coffin Cherry Nails by @nailsbyfrancesca 

You can never go wrong with a classic red polish. Check out this list of the perfect red nail polishes to add to your collection. This cherry red polish is done by JCI Body Spa graduate @nailsbyfrancesca.

Mustard Nails by @lili_beautyart

From Beyonce to the Kardashians, the color yellow has become a popular summer polish and there’s something about it that brightens up our mood!

There are several shades of yellow to choose from: mustard yellow, neon, and even golden yellow. This mustard yellow nail color is by JCI Instructor @lili_beautyart.

 

 

Find Nail Shapes That Suit You

The round nail shape is everyone’s go-to because it is simple, classic and easy to maintain. Try a new daring shape for your nails to freshen up your look this summer. From coffin nails to almond shaped, ask your tech to give you a new feminine silhouette for those claws:


The 44-week Body Spa Program is one of a kind in professional spa training, encompassing basic and advanced spa services. The program consists of in-depth theory and practical knowledge, constant student practice, family practice week, weekly tests, creative projects and spa floor services in a beautiful spa setting. By the end of the program, you will be spa ready by projecting professionalism and confidence in performing both basic and advanced spa services.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Fashion / Features

JCI Fashion Graduate and Knitwear Designer, Sally Sandusky

03
08.2017

Born in Cardston, Alberta, Sally Sandusky dreamed of working in the fashion industry for as long as she could remember. Her dreams became reality when she hopped on a plane with her two suitcases and enrolled in the John Casablancas Institute Fashion Business and Arts Program in 2011.

After graduating the Fashion Program, Sally volunteered at many fashion events, including Vancouver Fashion Week and Eco Fashion Week, and soon pursued her goal of designing knitwear for her line: Omeme.

How was your experience at John Casablancas Institute? 

I always dreamed of working in the fashion industry. At first, I began a career in Health Services in Alberta, and in my spare time, I learned to knit, which became a hobby. It wasn’t until 2011 when I discovered JCI and knew I had to enroll in the Fashion Program. It was a tough year because I found myself facing money and personal growth troubles.

My favorite quote throughout the program was: “Obstacles are what you see when you take your eye off the goal.” 

The instructors at JCI supported and encouraged me a lot, which gave me the strength to overcome any problems. I still consider them my mentors.

What did you do after graduating from the JCI Fashion Program? 

After graduating JCI, I began to pursue my dream of designing knitwear and volunteered at as many fashion events I could. I had a strong work ethic at Vancouver fashion events which helped open a lot of doors for me. I was able to design and showcase my first ever knitwear line at Eco Fashion Week.

It’s important to ask for what you want— whether that’s a career opportunity or internship. When an opportunity arises, seek for it. 

Who are your inspirations in the fashion industry? 

To this day, I remember the first time I watched the Dior Fall/Winter 2011/12 Fashion show— it was complete magic to me. The details in the show from hair and makeup to the music really inspired me. I’m also a big fan of Murad Zuhair, D-squared, and Tom Ford

What inspired you to become a knitwear designer? 

I learned to knit just over ten years ago. I had a vision of a scarf and asked my mom, who is an exceptional knitter, if she could knit it for me. Instead of knitting me that scarf, she taught me how to create my first stitch and knit on my own. It was both exciting and scary at first, but when I created my first sweater, I knew I could get the hang of knitting.

It wasn’t until attending JCI that my pursuit of becoming a knitwear designer became real. I have my instructors at JCI to thank for that as they encouraged me every step of the way.

What has been your prize moment throughout your career? 

There have been many moments that I will cherish throughout my career. Some of those moments include designing for my JCI graduation fashion show and also seeing my designs come down a runway for the first time. I’ve also had my designs published in a magazine and have been approached by a photographer for British Vogue. These are all prize moments that allow me to take a step back and realize how grateful I am.

JCI gave me the opportunity to be part of Vancouver Fashion Week. 

What advice would you give to aspiring fashion designers? 

If you are truly passionate about getting into the fashion industry, then be prepared to take risks in order to work towards your dreams. Be open to opportunities that come your way and be brave enough to open your own opportunities. And remember to be kind and respectful to everyone you come across in the industry.

Each step throughout my career has prepared me for the next step forward. 

When Sally isn’t knitting away and preparing for her next collection, she is passionate about writing, film, and photography. Currently, Sally is studying film making personally with a film director and hopes to be able to collaborate with film projects in the future. She has also applied to study film in Toronto.

Omeme will be releasing a Menswear Sweater Collection for Fall 2017.

Keep up with Sally on Instagram


Love fashion and want to make it your career? JCI Institute Vancouver’s Fashion Business & Creative Arts Diploma Program provides students with a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry, combining creative and business elements. This diverse approach gives our fashion school grads a distinct advantage both in knowledge and skill. Prepare for many jobs in the fashion industry, including becoming a fashion buyer, fashion stylist, or for work in fashion merchandising. If becoming a fashion designer is more your speed, choose our Core Fashion Program. This course at our fashion design institute will give you all the skills you need to be a fashion designer. Choose between our fashion programs to find the best fit for you!

Davneet Dhillon,
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