TF SHOOT GIVEAWAY: Giving Back To The Community

Exciting news!!!! I've been doing this for 10 years and I love it. It's been a great ride so far and I've met some amazing people along the way. When I first started out some really amazing models worked with me TF and helped my career move forward faster and I really appreciated that. Now I want to give back to the community that helped me get started. I'm going to give away one TF shoot per month for 1 year to help some of you get stronger portfolios and hopefully that leads you in the direction you want to go. 

 

HOW TO APPLY 

If you want to apply for a TF shoot please send me a message though my Facebook fan page and attach a picture of yourself in the outfit(s) you want to shoot in. I'll go through the images and every month I'll pick one look that really inspires me and we'll shoot. Looking forward to seeing your submissions. Good luck. 
Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/awesome.to.the.sauce

Leily - Creative Lighting

Staying true to my curious nature and to satisfy my intrinsic need to experiment with everything I switched gears literally in the middle of my photo shoot. I was in the middle of shooting pictures of Leily, which you can see in the previous blog post, when I got that itch to try something different. I switched up my lighting and totally changed the style of my shots on the fly to create these moody mysterious images. I love the way they came out. Totally worth venturing off the beaten path to play a little. And after about 15 minutes of this style I switched it back to the more traditional glam lighting and continued shooting. 

I always tell newbie photographers not to be afraid of experimenting, that's where learning happens. If you want to be a photographer you have to enjoy the process. In fact I'd say that's probably the most important thing. If you don't enjoy adjusting camera setting and playing with lighting and posing people, perhaps photography isn't for you. #justsayin' 

Leily

Recently I had the pleasure of working with Leily a beautiful Columbian model. We worked together on a shoot for Arsenic Magazine which was being broadcast live on the internet. It have to admit It was a pretty cool experience. I'd never done that before. I only wish I had more time to interact with the people watching but I was focused on the model. Can you blame me? hahaha. I have a cool idea I want to shoot with Leily so you just might see more of her on the blog again in the coming months. She's got beautiful eyes and a fantastic smile. 

Sarah Scotford Dancing

Alright here is the behind the scenes video you've all been asking me for. Sarah Scotford Dancing at the studio. There's a whole lotta yes going on here. 
Enjoy. 

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Mayra Beachwear Collection

I recently had the pleasure of working with Mayra from www.mayracollection.com for a second time. Woohooo. She wanted some new photo content for her webpage and this time she brought WBFF Fitness Diva Selena Stevens to model her bikinis. Myra was adamant about shooting on a blue background and lucky for her I have a recently painted blue textured wall at the studio. It worked out perfectly.  

Well it turns out Selena is a riot. Totally awesome to work with and full of laughs. Mayra was on point in serious business mode. But that didn't last to long. The conversation was light and fun and the laughs came often. Before long we hit our stride, everyone was happy and all the shots were winners. You know It's a funny thing, literally, when everyone is smiling on set all the pictures come out amazing. Maybe i'm really newage with my thinking but when the fun is flowing it changes the energy in the room and everything becomes better. It's so hard to take a bad shot when you're having fun. Than before you know it the designer and the model turn the shoot into a dance party. hahahaha. #TrueStory  

If you're a fitness competitor go check out www.mayracollection.com Mayra sews all her bikinis herself and she's a perfectionist which means you're probably going to get an awesome product for your stage show. I haven't seen one bikini from her that I didn't like. Oh and she also made those wings too. How cool is that. 

STUDIO V TV

Alright people it brings me great pleasure to announce STUDIO V TV. Time to start getting excited!!!!!!  

Above is my little intro video for the STUDIO V TV Youtube channel. Click on it, like it, subscribe! This is all part of the master plan to take Studio V and make it a multimedia entity out there on the interweb. Things change fast and I realized I cant get caught flat footed in this digital age. Markets shift, trends shift, technology continues to advance and create new fads and opportunities. The future of photography is gonna be a different world than the one we photographers grew up with. Being a straight up photographer might become a thing of the past very soon. Our future is multimedia production. This is an interesting topic i'll save this thought for another blog post. I'm getting way off topic. 

Back on track. Welcome to Studio V TV. For now i'm populating the channel with fast paced behind the scenes "Quickie" videos. In the future expect to see a series of several shows with ongoing themes and story lines. I really don't have a clue what i'm doing or how YouTube or video editing for that matter works. I have an idea and i'm running with it and I'll learn what I need to learn along the way. If I can give any of you advice it's that the race is not always won by the best prepared. It's more often than not won by those who take action. Action always leads to progress and it's progress that wins you that race. So for now Studio V TV is as they say, a work in progress. 

Enjoy

In Home Shoot - Casting Call

Here is one of my favourite sets ever. My friend Aleksandra called me about doing a shoot. She suggested we shoot at her apartment. I figured what the heck, let's give it a go and knock knock I was at her door with my gear. I have to admit It was an enjoyable experience shooing a model in her own environment. All the connections and emotions that came out only led to more depth in the photos. We shot a few different looks and this was my favourite. I like chaos and disorder because it creates an interesting visual dynamic. So I asked Aleksandra to toss clothes on the floor and make it look messy. After that I asked her to hop into her closet and we got to it. The result was a set that I totally loved. 

I was thinking the other day I would like to do some more sets like this. I shot Playboy model Rachelle Wilde in her apartment not to long ago and it was awesome too. So this is a casting call. If you're a model and want to do a shoot and get creative in your home send me a message via my contact page or via facebook and let's talk. I want to shoot more photos with a raw edgy visual impact. No lingerie or any of that overdone boring glam wardrobe. I want something fashion with lots sex appeal.  Lots of emotion. 

Caithleen Heffernan

I shot these photos of Canadian fitness hottie Caithleen Heffernan in the Dominican Republic on the Paul Buceta Pool Party trip. It was one of the fun-est shoots ever. One of those photo trip adventures you wish you could go back in time and relive. I scouted a great location for the shoot. A nice long pool between two white buildings which essentially acted like two giant reflectors. Lots of bright natural light bouncing around. The trick was to make sure that the speedlights matched the ambient light so I could fill in shadows on Caithleen's body without darkening the background. I used two speedlights. One on the camera as a fill flash and a second speedlight on a softbox to add depth to the body. Not bad for our first shoot together.  

ArsenicTV Shoot BTS

A little behind the scenes action from the Arsenic TV shoot. Got to meet and work with these lovely ladies for the first time. Special thanks to Adam Julian for putting the shoot together it was totally awesome. Thank you to Giordano Ciampini for assisting and snapping this shot. Got to catch up with fellow photographer Daniel Camer and shoot the breeze on a few ideas. And thank you to Everleigh for letting us use their spot. Stay tuned pictures coming soon. 

Studio V is now on YouTube

So I finally setup an official Studio V YouTube Channel. I hope to be posting a lot more videos over the coming months. I've put together a little action plan for video production so I have an idea of where I want to go and how I want to get there. 

I started things off with a little promo video I made with a phone app called Magisto. I shot some short video clips of my work on a computer screen and popped them into Magisto and let the app work it's magic. The quality of the video is far from good. It's meant for sharing via smart phones and tablets. However, all things considered I can't complain. It's a fun little clip and it promotes the brand. For now it's useful for that reason alone. At this point in time, thinking of the rebrand, I need to get as many people aware of the new branding as possible. That's one of my top priorities right now. 

Nine5Four Canada

Awesome news for all you fans of Studio V you're about to see a lot more of me in the coming months. Nine5Four is expanding north of the border and starting a Canadian magazine. If that wasn't exciting enough they also asked yours truly to be one of the staff photographers!!! YAAAAAAA!!! 

I'm really excited about this opportunity.  I had a long chat with the editor and they have some pretty cool ideas and access to some awesome talent.  I'm not going to go into to much detail. You'll have to come back and check out the blog for more news. Summer 2015 is going to be big. Instagram @nine5fourcanada 

Melissa

Here are some images from a Playboy submission shoot with Melissa. I first shot her back in 2008 and we've developed an awesome friendship over the years. Whenever she calls me looking to book a shoot I'm totally excited to work with her again. We always have good laughs, good conversation and get amazing shots together. 

Saying Good Bye

With a brand change the webpage also changes. I reluctantly updated my webpage to this new sleek modern design although I will admit that I miss the look and feel of the old webpage. I guess you get used to things and they become sentimental after a while. This new webpage is more SEO friendly and a lot easier to update which is something that is important to me. I was getting tired up uploading content via FTP than messing around in the back end to link it all up. I'll sit on this design for a while and in a few years i'll have to update it again. Webpage designs fall out of fashion just like everything else in this industry. . . hmmmm. Makes me wonder if those old school 1992 style html webpages will ever come back into fashion again? hahahaha. There's probably a slim change of that happening.   

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Arsenic Magazine Submission Shoot

Exciting News. A good friend of mine Adam Julian called me the other day with some exciting news. He's organizing another submission shoot for Arsenic Magazine and this time i'm getting involved in the fun. Myself and fellow photographer Daniel Camer will be shooting some sexy ladies at a hot venue in downtown Toronto. The shoot will be broadcast via Snapchat to thousands of people across the social media interweb. We are casting 8 solid models for the shoot. Everyone on my mailing list will get an invite to apply for the casting. If you're not on my mailing list you're going to have to find it the hard way on my Facebook page. We're selecting models ASAP as the shoot is in a few days.   

I'll post some behind the scenes photos via my instagram @studiov14 during the shoot and i'll post some BTS photos on my blog next week. It's sure to be a sexy day. 

Playboy Playmate Tailor James

Studio V Photography Tailor James magazine

A few years ago I had the pleasure of working with Canadian Playboy Playmate Tailor James. She was absolutely awesome not only as a model but as a person. Had so much fun working with her we're still friends to this day. It's so rare to find a model who can turn her eyes on like Tailor can. Being good at posing is great but if you can emote with your eyes that takes your modeling to the next level. For all you models reading this take my advice. Practice getting your eyes into character in front of the mirror. If you can master that skill it will help your portfolio. 

I'll write a more in-depth post later about working with Tailor James and post my favourite pictures from the shoot. This post is more about the publication. So ya, got published in Kandy Magazine. Woohoooo. *fist pump* *happy dance* OK nobody needs to imagine that. hahaha. I've been published so many times but it never gets old seeing my images in print. 

Enjoy the spread. 

Elizabeth Sabrina

Here is a set of unplanned photos. I was getting ready to shoot the beautiful Elizabeth Sabrina who had flown all the way to form Calgary to work with me. I had my camera setup and ready to go but I had the urge to experiment and pulled out my iPhone and started playing. These images were shot with an iPhone 4 and edited in photoshop. 

If there is one thing that can be said about Photography as a craft it's that there is a lifetime of knowledge to be learned. So don't hesitate to experiment because that's where the real learning happens. Courses and workshops are great but that's all second hand information. The deepest most effective way to grow comes from experiencing and leaning on your own. Whenever you have a moment, even if you're shooting something as simple as sunlight shining through a window onto a wall, or a fire hydrant on the street, take that opportunity to play with your camera. To be a good photographer you have to fall in love with photography. If you only pull out your camera when you have a photo shoot than you're limiting your growth. You should have your camera with you all the time and make time to play and learn by shooting whatever you feel. 

Thank You

I felt compelled recently to put a heartfelt shout out on social media to all you amazing people. After 10 years in the bizz I can truly look back and appreciate what I've accomplished and the people I've met, or more correctly stated, the relationships I've built. I'm grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way. Cheers to 10 years in the books and another 10 years down the line. 

My Social Media Identity Struggle

I was sitting around thinking to myself yesterday and I've come to the conclusion that I've struggled a lot with my online identity over the past few years. Some aspects of my work required that I maintain the utmost professionalism and I totally understood the need for that. Even the fact that I shot woman in lingerie was pushing the envelope for some of my clients and I had to try and get them to look past the glamour to see the talent. Is this just me or do you glam photogs out there feel the same? Can this one go under the hashtag of #photographerproblems or is it just me?

I'm glad to say that's all in the past now. Over the past several months I've restructured my business and divested Studio V of said client base. Quite unexpectedly I must say, I didn't anticipate I would enjoy this transition as much as I am. I feel like a great pressure has been lifted off my social media shoulders. I'm no longer confined to balancing the perceptions of one client base with the desires of another client base. It's a liberating feeling to know that I can create my online personality free from the the pressures of appeasing those who have preconceived negative notions of the glamour industry. I'm free to be me again. That's a great feeling. So cheers to Studio V. 

Jessica

Here are four pictures of Jessica from way back in July 2011. WOW time flies. It seems like just yesterday she was running around the studio laughing. She has stopped modeling so I won't use her full name. This set was from the first look we shot on our first shoot together. I had seen her pictures popping up on a lot of my photographer buddies' webpages and I wanted to work with her too. She had a look in her eyes. I'm not sure how to describe it but it resonated with me in a way that's hard to translate into words. As a photographer you love that feeling of inspiration you get when that happens. We shot some cool creative nudes that day but those pictures are for another blog. For now enjoy these.