Have you ever wished that your photographer and hair stylist were in bed together to create the perfect, cohesive image and atmosphere at a photo shoot? Meet Rob and Eliza Trendiak, husband and wife team at Vancouver-based Trendi Creative. Rob is an expert photographer and Eliza is a professional hair stylist/business school graduate. This dynamic duo has pooled their talents to create a one stop shop for clients needing hair, make-up and photography. Rob and Eliza design head shot, engagement, wedding and portrait collections to suit their clients style and budget. While you can read all of that on their website, an insider’s look into Rob and Eliza’s working relationship is here on Elasticpantcity.
How’d you meet?
R. & E. We met in a small group at church.
What was your first impression of each other?
E. My first impression of Rob was that he was super cute. I went home and looked him up on Facebook and found out he was younger than me so I immediately wrote him off as a potential. Haha, he ended up winning me over anyways!
R. I first saw Eliza playing violin on the music team at church and she was wearing ripped jeans and a toque. I loved the image of a rocker style musician. When we finally met in a small group I learned quickly that she can’t stand playing music and the ripped jeans were a front to a soft, beautiful hearted girl. She is truly amazing.
How would you describe the dynamic of your working relationship?
E. I always dreamt of owning a business with my husband but thought what are the chances of that ever happening? It has been the HUGEST blessing to be able to take on this endeavor together. We both understand the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur and can encourage each other because we know the risk and reward of working for yourself. I think it alsoworks well because we are working together but through different art forms.
R. Although we do work separately, when we are able to collaborate and work side by side it is the best thing because we feed off of each other and inspire one another. We come up with ideas we wouldn’t otherwise have. We have had to learn not to take the other person’s suggestions personally. We hold our art close to our hearts and its a vulnerable thing to share with somebody else; but who better to share it with than your wife?
Eliza, as a hair stylist what are your thoughts on all the DIY hair tricks on Pinterest? Our women sporting more elaborate styles because of the influence of Pinterest? Thoughts on the sock bun?
I think DIY hair tricks are fantastic! Whether on Pinterest, Youtube, or even Google I think this is a great way for women to learn techniques to mix up there style from day to day. My goal as a hair stylist is to give you a great cut and colour, but also give you the knowledge and tools to be able to style your hair the other 99% of the time. I personally have learned a lot of new styles from Pinterest and Youtube myself! Whenever I see a hairstyle I like but am not sure how they did it, I usually go straight to Youtube. And yes, I love the sock bun! I did this on all 5 of my bridesmaids for my wedding!
Rob, as a photographer what are your thoughts on apps like instagram? Love, hate, neutral?
I am an Instagram lover. I will often do a shoot with the most expensive, professional photography gear and then whip my phone and say “one more for instagram”
Eliza, do you remember the first hair you ever cut?
The first haircut I can remember doing was when I did a study abroad in Kenya during my second year of University. I was one of 3 white girls in the entire school and no one knew how to do our hair. So I just began cutting and thankfully the other girls trusted me with scissors.
Rob, do you remember the first picture you ever took?
I don’t remember the exact photo I took. I got into video and photography via skateboarding so it was most likely of skateboarding. I do remember the first roll of film I ever took. It was on my Grandpa’s Minolta 35mm and I found a roll of film my mom must have forgot about in the kitchen junk drawer. It was expired by 5 years. I had to look up on the internet how to load film into the camera because I had never shot film before. I took some photos of an onion and my moms living room lamps. I still have the photos.
If you can think of any other fun facts about yourselves feel free to share them!
E. Fun Fact: Rob has become my most high maintenance client. When I met him he had shaggy hair…now he gets it cut every 2 weeks! I have a lot of fun trying out new styles and techniques on his hair.
R. Some of my most memorable photo/video shoots have been: A road trip with a Lamborghini collector’s club, and live concerts with Ozzy Osbourne and Hey Rosetta. However, what I really love capturing are more personal moments, like at weddings and family portraits, because I get to witness real love in the moment and capture it forever.
Are you planning for a big event, need some professional head shots or want to capture a moment forever? Trendi Creative is the team you’re looking for. Need further convincing? The word on the street about working with this husband and wife team: “Good times guaranteed!” Check out their site for booking information!