Bella Ricchi In Nine5Four Canada Magazine

Studio V photography. Wooohooo exciting news. My photos of Bella Ricchi are published in Nine5Four Canada Magazine. whaaaaaat!!! Sweet! Ya I'm pretty excited. Bella is a Toronto area Hip-Hop and RnB artist. She was so much fun to work with. Lots of laugh and positivity all around. She's got a killer body and lots of attitude. On a personal level I think it's so awesome to support local talent. I feel like we've really got to support our own and put Toronto on the global map. Enjoy the pictures.

Check Bella out on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bella_ricchi

Natural Light Portrait of Sarah Scotford

I found this quote got me in the right spot today. "Our brains are wired to find things we’re looking for – if you’re always cynical or waiting for things to go wrong, then your life will reflect that. On the other hand, having a positive outlook on life will bring you joy and provide you with inspiration when you least expect it"

Studio V Photography. I shot this several months ago with the gorgeous Sarah Scotford. She's easily in my top 10 favourite models of all time, ever, in the whole universe. lol. She's such an awesome person and I owe so much to her. She kinda, maybe, sorta' helped me launch my photography brand back in the day. But that's a story for another blog. For this shot Sarah and I were experimenting with natural window light portraits. I've been a studio strobe guy for years but over the past eighteen months or so I've been shifting gears and experimenting with natural light photos. Shooting with natural light has opened up so many more creative possibilities. I'm super stoked to get more experience shooting with just natural light. Having a hot friend that you can call in for a shoot when you get the itch to experiment with lighting is definitely a bonus. I'm really happy with how my natural light stuff is progressing. Cheers to beating that learning curve. 

On another note I'm excited to announce that the Bank Robber photo set with Sarah has been picked up by VX2 Magazine and will be published sometime in the next few months. And for those of you who have seen all the photos in the Bank Robber set don't worry, I pulled out the archives and edited a bunch of new photos. Plus all the images have been re-edited in a more modern editing style to make the photos artistically and creatively relevant again. I'm super excited to see them in print. 

Oh and May the 4th be with you!!!!! hahaha. ;P 

Two Old Ideas Made New Again

It's funny how life takes you off course sometimes. I'm a strong believer in learning lessons in life and I've learned a lot of lessons over the past few years. It's been hectic on all levels. On one side of the coin yes my business has suffered but on the flip side all the things I've gone through have made me a stronger wiser person. I look back at who I was in 2013 and who I am now and I can clearly see how much I've grown and for that i'm grateful. Now I'm back on track and refocused on developing my personal and professional life in a positive direction. With that being said it's time to take two business development ideas I let fall by the wayside in 2013 and bring them back to the forefront again. 

1.) One was a coffee table photo book. I was in the process of designing and branding a series of coffee table photo books. The idea was to create pictorial story books. 10 to 20 page photo stories. With 5 to 8 stories per book. It's always cool to see one great photo but it really takes a lot of thought to put together a cohesive story though a series of photos. That's what I was going to challenge myself to do with some of the hottest woman in Toronto. 

2.) The other idea I want to bring back to the table is a T-Shirt line. Just simple T's with either a logo or photo printed on them. Something to sell through an online store to accompany the photo books. Below I have 2 prototype shirts I printed back in 2013 to see how they would look and feel. Then life happened and I got distracted and never took the project farther. But you know, maybe it's for the best. Now that I look at these shirt designs I realize that they are far to simple and kinda awful. Got fresh eyes and new ideas on it now. It's going to be awesome.  

I have most of the ground work already layed out for these projects so now it's just a matter of revisiting the ideas and bringing them inline with my 2016 business plan. On a personal level these are ideas I was so excited about in 2013 and it's going to feel so incredible to finally bring them to fruition in 2016. So stay tuned. Online store coming this summer. It's gonna be awesome. 

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Studio V Photography Instagram studiov14

So I may have started to streamline my Instagram feed. In fact I may have started to visually streamline all my photography work. I think as an artist you get caught up experimenting and shooting everything because you're so eager to learn as much as you can. Then one day everything just clicks and all of a sudden you realize you've developed something you can call your own style. I've really been loving the way my images have been looking recently. Now the plan is to keep on developing and working with this visual aesthetic. One day, just like fashion trends change, photography trends will also change and, well, then i'll have to change again too. I remember five years ago bright edgy high contrast photos and ring lights were all the rage now that look has fallen out of vogue. Most of the work I shot back then looks so dated now. Now that i'm sitting back and thinking about it, it's kinda cool to realize that I've been working as a photographer long enough to see a major visual trend shift in the photography industry. 

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Memories of Summer

Memories of last summer. Hanging out with Dani and Annie at a cottage by the lake shooting content for VX2 Magazine. What a beautiful day on the lake. I'm missing the summer months. The good news is that that summer is on it's way. In a month or less it will be warm enough to get outside and have some fun. I can't wait. I have so many ideas lined up I just want to get out there now and start shooting. 

Sarah Ve Teaser

Here is a tease shot form a set I shot with the beautiful Sarah Ve. Last summer I met her on set and it wasn't long till we clicked on a creative level. We both seem to have that desire to experiment outside the box. Experimenting with lighting and different styles of shooting has always been one of my favourite things to do. It's so refreshing to find someone who likes the same things. I'm working on the edits from this shoot now. Can't wait to get them done and see what they lead to. 

Studio V Photography Submission Shoots

Studio V Photography Submission Shoots

Hello all you beautiful people! Why are you here? Oh yes, because you came to check out my blog to find out more information about my upcoming magazine submission shoots. 

Last summer I had the pleasure of meeting and working with some pretty awesome industry people. We collaborated on some shoots and got a bunch of sets published. I’ll say this now, it never gets old seeing photos that I put my passion into getting published. So with that being said, this summer I want to focus my attention on getting even more work published. Yes indeed exciting times await.  

Here is the thing, I don’t want to do things haphazardly again. I’m very big on staying organized and being on point when it comes to putting photo shoot together. My goal right now is very simple. I want to build up a roster of models that want to work with me on submission shoots this summer. So if you’re interested in working with me and want to get published this is what you have to do. I need your name, number and email as well as 5 to 10 portfolio photos. If I like your look and want to work with you i’ll add your photos to my collection and i’ll contact you for upcoming shoots. 

You can contact me via my webpage email here
You can also get a hold of me via my facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vasko.obscura

Karlie Vanessa Sal

Studio V Photography. Last summer I had the pleasure of meeting and working with the lovely Karlie Vanessa Sal. I was on assignment for Nine5Four Magazine. They wanted pictures of Karlie on a yacht. I didn't know what to expect shooting Karlie for the first time. I think that's one of the most exciting aspects about my job. That unknown with regards to personality and developing that connection with someone on the fly. Needless to say we clicked almost as soon as I pointed the camera at her and we got some fantastic shots. There was a good click between us and we got some awesome shots. Nothing like spending a hot summer day by the lake. If only summer lasted longer. To see the published photos form this shoot click here

Anni Laurie Wade

Seductive beauty Anni Laurie Wade shot by Studio V Photography. This past summer I had the pleasure of working with Annie twice on a set of magazine submission shoots for VX2 Magazine. This shot is from our second shoot up in the Georgian Bay area. Myself and fellow photographer Paul Venomous had shot all the content we had set out to shoot and the day was coming to a close. I was packing up my gear and getting ready for the trek back to Toronto when I noticed Annie and the other models playing around in the water. Annie was in her black bikini with black sunglasses black hair and striking blue eyes on the blue water. Well, let me just say, that was all the inspiration I needed to pull out my just-packed-away camera again and snap a few quick shots before the sun set. In the moment I was happy that I shot a few extra shots but later when I looked at the pictures I was kicking myself for not taking the time to try and shoot a full submission set. Chalk that one up to a learning experience. ;) 

Annie is an interesting character in the way that she is a happy, smiling, bubbly fun to be around kind of chick. That's how I perceived her character, so that was the way I tried to portray her in my photos. But every now and then the jovial expression would disappear and these confident seductive eyes would be gazing back at me. I had no idea she could pull off this look till the end of our shoot. For me this is a game changer. The next time I work with her there's going to be a little less laughter and a lot more fire. 

Casting Call: T-Shirt Line Shoot

I'm working with a T-Shirt designer/brand from New York on February 1st. The client has already booked Charlie Riina as the main model and is now looking for a hot brunette to compliment her look on the shoot. This is a paid gig. There are a total of 25 shirts and you would be posing in 10 of them. Makeup and hair will be provided at the shoot. The shots will be very simple white background catalogue type shots. You will be given copies of the edited pictures. Start time will probably be around 10-11am. You will need to bring black, white and nude bras for the shoot as well as shoes. 

If you are interested in the project please shoot me a message via my facebook or webpage email and we'll go from there.  

Good Luck. 

Karli Sal in VX2 Magazine

Studio V Photography. This summer we shot this set of Nine5Four Canada Magazine but that's not where these images ended up. I'm excited to announce that I have a Karli Sal photo set published in VX2 Magazine. I didn't edit these shots, don't judge me. lol. I was so busy last summer the magazine farmed out the edits to get them done. It’s not up to my standards but I’m happy to have the photos published. You can check out some behind the scenes shots from the shoot here. It was an awesome shoot. Nothing like hanging out by the lake with some beautiful models and getting creative on a hot summer day. Click here to see photos form this set that I actually edited.   

Elias Theodorou

Studio V Photography's first shoot of 2016. Always good to get that first shoot of the year off your back. If this is any indication of the 2016 shooting season it's going to be a really really fun year. Today I had the pleasure of shooting, The Man, The Legend, The Best hair in MMA, Winner of The Ultimate Fighter Canada, Elias Theodorou. What an awesome character. This man just oozes charisma. It's so much fun working with people that are confident in themselves. Only wish I didn't have a time constraint. There is so much more I would have wanted to shoot with him. Regardless of timing we ripped through a few different looks and nailed them all. The images will be used for an editorial feature in VX2 Magazine around the time of Elias' next fight which at this time is yet to be announced. Totally excited to see these images go to print. Here are some low rez teasers shot with my phone. 

Sorry ladies I know you want to see more. I'll post more photos of Elias Theodorou after the publication comes out. Enjoy these for now and stay tuned. 2016 is going to be amazing. 

Happy New Year

Alright 2016 is here! Happy New Year everybody. Best wishes and success to all in 2016. After taking time off for the holidays it's officially back to work day here at Studio V. The band is back together and we're ready to get awesome to the sauce! 

Happy 2016 everyone. 

Inside Fitness Hot & Fit Issue

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. 

Jungle Andy

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 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. 

Nine5Four Canada Magazine - Journey

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. 

Kesha Lynn Stevens

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.  

Nine5Four Canada Magazine - Megan Powell

Studio V Photography and Playboy Model 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. 

Magazine Shoot BTS

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