I was browsing through a pile of old magazines sitting around the studio and found this gem. WBFF superstar Bree Lind in the Inside Fitness Magazine Hot & Fit 2012 issue. Pretty sweet. Never gets old seeing this stuff. This dates back to before I rebranded to Studio V Photography. Bree was a lot of fun to shoot. To bad she's from Calgary or I'd shoot her a lot more often.
What do you do when you find yourself in the jungle with a gorgeous model? Well you shoot pictures of her that's what! hahahaha. Well if you're Studio V Photography that's the first thing you do. I was shooting down in the Caribbean and I brought Andy McParrot with me as an assistant. It's always handy to have a little help when shooting on a location in the middle of nowhere. Andy's always experimenting with things and doodling and coming up with cool ideas. That's probably why I loved having her around. It is fun to be around likeminded individuals. That's the trouble with having a creative state of mind, you're always seeking other creatives to interact with. Everyone else is just to Plain-Jane. But back to the story, this was just a little impromptu shoot for fun while we were in the jungle waiting for the models to get themselves ready. We wanted to experiment with this tassel thing that Andy brought. See what we could come up with and if we wanted to use it for a shoot concept. Having an assistant who's a creative and also a model, Double Rainbow! hahaha. If you got that reference I know you're laughing.
I had the pleasure of working with Journey on a photo shoot for Nine5Four Canada Magazine. She did some modeling when she was younger than took some time away from it all. Now she's back and trying her hand at glamour modeling. Studio V Photography thinks this beautiful Native American model has a lot of potential. If she makes the right moves and builds up her experience she could create a name for herself. She's got the right look she just needs to put herself in a position to succeed. And of course it's always exciting when I see my images in a publication. So cheers to that! Another magazine feature for Studio V. I'm excited, looking forward to more.
Studio V Photography: Meet all natural beauty Kesha Lynn Stevens. She's just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. One of my favourite people ever and such an awesome person. Miss her. Here's a little memory of days past. We shot this in the Dominican Republic a few years ago.
When I had the chance to shoot this naturally curvy beauty on the beach this Toronto Photographer jumped at the opportunity. I was done shooting for the day and looking forward to spending some time away from the camera. My assistant and I had retired to the beach bar to check out the action. We were at one of the infamous Paul Buceta pool parties and there were a bunch of models and photographers hanging out with drinks in hand. There was a good mix that year with photographers coming in from all parts of Canada and the US. A group of us had wondered over to the beach to check out the stars. Keshia suggested let's do a night shoot. I had worked with Kesha before and it was a good time so I thought what the heck let's do it. My room wasn't far so I grabbed my camera, flashlight, and speedlights. Can't forget that flashlight if you want a good night shoot. Ya so than this picture happened. It was a memorable night. The group of us just hung out on the beach drinking and friending and having a chill night. I miss those Pool Party trips down south. There hasn't been one in a while.
Studio V Photography and Megan Powell featured in Nine5Four Canada Magazine.
This past July I had the pleasure of working with Megan Powell on a beautiful luxury yacht. This is the shoot that almost didn't happen. It was a hot sticky day in the city and I couldn't wait to feel the cool breeze out on the water. Paul the magazine editor, Sarah Ve the Makeup artist, Swimwear designer Tatiana Vano and the models all met up at the marina parking lot ready to head out on the water but our yacht was missing. That's a new one to add to the list of #PhotographerProblems (Read that story here) Eventually we sorted out the, kinda important, no boat situation, and we were off into the cool refreshing lake breeze. We spent the afternoon out on the lake weaving between the Toronto islands looking for good spots to shoot. I got fantastic shots of Megan doing her thing all over the boat. That polarizer sure came in handy shooting in the bright summer sun. I was really happy with the way the shots came out. Megan is such a silly playful personality it was really refreshing working with her. I hope to run into more models like here. As the chief photographer for Nine5Four Canada Magazine i'm sure I will. :)
Hahahaha love this pic. Everyone is working on something and than there's Megan with her tongue out. lol.
Today we're off to the Marina again to shoot on the Poco Loco. We have Karlie a beautiful Latina bombshell, Felicity winner of Miss Teen Ontario and Paul the editor in Chief of Nine5Four Canada Magazine. The day started out nice and foggy and I was looking forward to doing something creative in the thick fog but I knew by the time makeup and wardrobe wraps up the fog will be gone. But whatever the weather i'll make it work.
Here is a little teaser shot of Karlie sitting on the stern of the Poco Loco. She had some killer curves. You guys will love the magazine feature when it comes out. Got some amazing shots of Felicity as well. What an awesome day out in the sun shooting. Can't wait to get these pictures published. You can find more behind the scenes pictures up on my instagram feed. Look up @Studiov14
This is a set I shot of the beautiful and multi talented Sara Ve. She is not only a fantastic model but also a makeup artist and a jewellery designer. I met her on set shooting the cover for the inaugural issue of Nine5Four Canada Magazine. We had a bit of a click and talked about doing a creative together someday. That day came and went and we shot some really cool stuff. After spending most of the summer shooting magazine style glam content it was nice to get outside that box and do something different. We started shooting around 5pm and kept on going till 2am. I'll post more sets on the blog as I edit them. For now enjoy these.
Studio V Photography
I have a shoot early in the morning for a magazine feature and the rest of the day is open so I thought, you know what, I have access to a great location and some time why not do something amazing. Who wants to shoot with Studio V Photography?
I'm offering five 1 hour sessions $250 per session. Each session comes with 4 edited photos which will be submitted to magazines for publication. Nine5Four Canada for a fitness feature, MMA Magazine for a glamour/fitness feature and also to Inside Fitness' Hot&Fit Issue. (If you don't want images submitted that's cool too) Depending on time I may make a quick video feature of you for a quicky YouTube video. I'm all about promoting the people that I work with on Social Media. It's a win win for everyone. Sessions are open to male and female fitness and glamour models. (Makeup artist is not included)
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I know it's a bit of a silly question and I ask it form the perspective of my own genre of photography. What kind of photographer are you? I think the answer to that question lies within the realm of "what motivates you to be a photographer" We all do it for many different reasons but there is alway one underlaying reason that is more prominent than all the rest. There are some who do it because they want to meet hot women. There are some true artists who do it for the love of art. Some people are drawn to the technical side of photography. Some have the intrinsic desire to create. Others do it for the money. So what kind of photographer are you?
After 10 years in the industry watching and observing other photographers one quote holds true. I can't remember which photographer first told me this but he said: "Shit always rolls down hill" What he meant was successful photographers rise to the top and unsuccessful photographers naturally roll to the bottom. I've seen this play out so many times over the years. Now you're forced to ask yourself what is a successful photographer? I know, I know this post is going on tangents but follow me there is a point to all this.
What is a successful photographer? This is an interesting question because the answer may not be what you expected. Does a successful photographer shoot great photos? nope. In fact I've seen a lot of so called successful photographers with boring photography skills. On the flip side I've seen a lot of fantastic photographers with great skills never achieve much success. Why? What's the deal there? This industry is strange in the way that talent with a camera doesn't necessarily lead to success. Lots of great artists start rolling down hill while mediocre talent finds success. Why is that?
In order to achieve success in this industry you have to have longevity. Camera equipment is expensive. Programs and computers need to be updated constantly. There is a sizeable expense behind photography. A lot of the glam photographers who do it for the girls shoot for free, don't make much money, can't keep up with the expense of it all, and start rolling down hill. The photographers who are great artists and do it for the love soon learn that the love doesn't pay the bills and they too start rolling down hill, unless they get discovered by an agency and then they are given success. The photographers who love the technical side usually end up becoming hobbyists and weekend worriers. The ones that do it for the money, those are the ones that find success and stick around the longest. I know crazy right? But it's true.
If you want to have success in this industry you HAVE TO approach your photography form a business minded perspective. Most people don't realize how important that is until it's too late. No bucks, no Buck Rogers. Forget the quality of your work that takes second seat to your business plan. How do you make money? How do you market your business? How do you create brand loyalty? How to you cultivate your clients? What are you doing to grow your brand? How strong is your business model?
Now I ask you again. What kind of photographer are you?
So we were wrapping up our laugh-a-thon, i mean photo shoot. Always a good time when Studio V Photography and Laura Christine Clark get together. I had a simple concept I wanted to shoot with Laura. Black pantyhose and bra on a hardwood floor. I wanted to pop the texture of the floor and contrast that with the smoothness of her skin and finish the image off with a blueish tone. Something beautiful sexy and slightly abstract with the finishing touches. I've really been pushing myself to try doing things a little differently. It never hurts to experiment. I'm liking the results but I know I can do better. The lighting is too straight on. I want to create more of a light to dark gradient across the body next time. Some areas of the wood came out too dark so I want to revisit the workflow and I know the pose can be improved. So i'm going to call this one a work in progress.
After I got a few shots of Laura on the floor I gave her the camera and a mirror so she could shoot some shots of herself. The idea just came to me out of the blue and I wanted to follow it through because I was curious to see what it would lead too. I pulled out my phone and shot this video of her shooting herself. I wanted some content for Studio V TV. My YouTube channel.
Conclusion: The camera is better utilized in the hands of someone who knows how to use it. lol. Although Laura did have some beautiful unfocused shots. I pretty much always have my camera set to centerpoint focus and I find it hard to explain to people that you can depress the shutter button half way to hold focus and recompose the image. It's a little more complicated than point and shoot.
I had the pleasure of working with the beautiful Laura Christine Clark. Playboy Cyber Girl, home town model and totally awesome chick. We had a blast shooting together for the first time in 3 years. But we picked things up right where we left off way back when. I'll write a better blog post about the shoot later for now enjoy these behind the scenes videos. This is the first video of a series I'm going to do called "Another Day In Paradise" which will be a little bit of a behind the scenes mixed with a day-in-the-life type stuff.
So half way though our photo shoot we decided to go grab a bite at Glory Hole Doughnuts. Laura had never tried them before so I figured it would be fun experience for her. Gotta love that name. We started giggling before we even got there. hahahaha. Glory Hole Doughnut!!!! They are seriously delicious if you get the change to try them go for it.
A little behind the scenes action. On set with Studio V Photography as we shoot Marianne D'Vaz, Megan Powell and Anna for an editorial feature for Nine5Four Canada Magazine. These three beauties were a fun buzz all day.
This is the shoot that almost didn't happen. The magazine editor lined up a beautiful vintage yacht for the shoot. I saw pictures of it before hand and it looked amazing. However when we got to the marina it was gone. Apparently the owner of the yacht decided to takeoff for the day and leave us stranded. Lucky for us the models were attracting all kinds of attention at the marina and it wasn't long before we found another yacht to shoot on. So in the end everything worked out perfectly and we made a great contact at the marina. Always keep a positive mindset and good things happen. That's the trick. Swimsuits by Venao Swimwear. Makeup by Sarah Ve. I'll post more pictures from this shoot when they get published.
The one lesson I've learned over the years is that marketing is always a good thing. Even if you're doing well getting your logo in front of people is always an important business building endeavour. Look at big companies like Pepsi and Burger King. We all know of those brands yet they still continue rolling out the marketing campaigns to keep their branding at the forefront of people's mind's. That's what it's all about. I've been rolling out the instagram marketing campaigns slow and steady for the past year. Little by little hoping to build up more brand awareness. Now everybody go follow Studio V. lol
Same name for Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat: @studiov14
I was waiting for a model to show up for a beach shoot and I figured why now. Let's do some marketing. The Studio V Photography logo in the sand. In today's social media world things are not what they were even a few years ago. Everyone is self-publishing and marking all the time and I feel I have to do the same to stay on the bubble. The joys of being self-employed.
Hey guys, sorry I haven't had time to blog recently. I've been so busy shooting and trying to catch up on editing the blogging has kinda started to slow down. As most of you know I'm now the staff photographer for Nine5Four Canada Magazine and the launch date for the first issue is August 15th. Needless to say I've been on an editing crunch.
I've had a few really awesome shoots lately and I've posted a ton of behind the scenes stuff on instagram. @studiov14 https://instagram.com/studiov14 Give me a follow and keep up with the action as it happens.
As you know I've been working on building up my YouTube Channel. It's been slow so far because time is always hard to find this time of year. With that being said I'm excited about the video's I've managed to get up there so far. Got a lot of content shot i'll probably get to editing that stuff when things start to slow down in the fall. Gees I don't want to think about the fall yet. Summer just started. lol. For now enjoy these first 11 quickie videos.
Exciting times here at Studio V. So many things moving and shaking both literally and figuratively haven't had time to keep up with the blog. Lots of projects on the go including a bunch of upcoming magazine publications and cover, a really cool top secret project announcement on the way and next week I'm shooting Canadian hottie and Playboy superstar Charlie Riina on half a million dollar speedboat. vroooooommmmmm. It's going to be so amazing.
Lot's of positive things happening here. Gotta stay focused and keep the good vibes rolling. Hope you all enjoy Playboy model Laura Christie's bootyfull booty. How could you not have a good day now. ;P
I've been experimenting in photoshop recently. I wanted to create a new editing style to put in my repertoire. I've been motivated by the fact that the glamour scene is starting to get a bit trite. It's so repetitive. Most models look the same, fake boobs, fake lips, long hair. Most photographers shoot the same, either natural light with a retro vibe or studio light with vibrant colours. My work included. Glam is getting very predictable.
It's in my nature to go left when everyone goes right. So why not try and do something a little different. I've been doing a lot of thinking about how to take things in a new direction. My plan is to add an element of fantasy and create a sexy whimsical vibe to my new work.
Only a few more days till I get to shoot on this sexy 74 foot luxury yacht. It's going to be awesome. Super pumped. Shooting an editorial feature for Nine5Four magazine. The model is a relatively new face on the scene but she has so much potential to become huge in the industry if she plays her cards right. Valerie oxx