Studio V Photography. Glamour portrait of Polish Canadian beauty Angelina Polska. I was shooting down in the Dominican Republic for the Paul Buceta Pool Party and Angelina was one of the models down there with us. We had finished shooting for the evening and were just hanging around the beach. Angelina has these stunning eyes and that night they were on. So I popped the flash back on the camera just for fun and shot this photo of her which turned out to be one of my favorite photos from that shoot. You never know when that perfect shot opportunity will pop up so you've always got to be ready.
Studio V Photography. Here's a little teaser video form a shoot I did with Toronto Hip-Hop artist Bella Ricchi. For those of you who follow my vlog or blog you might remember her form a shoot I did a little white back where we shoot a pictorial for Nin5Four Canada Magazine. That was a fun set. So we got together again and shoot some social media content to pump out there over the next few months. I have a full vlog from the shoot coming soon but for now here is a little time laps teaser video of us doing out thing.
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Studio V Photography. Last summer I met Dita and there was something very interesting about her. I couldn't put my finger on it but I knew I wanted to shoot her again. Oh by the way those images from our first shoot at Indian Head Beach haven't been put out on social media yet because they are going to be featured in a magazine so I can't show them off yet. BUUTTTTTT they look amazing! I love them. Hopefully in a month or so they'll get published and I can show them off but for now you have these.
This vlog and photos are from our third shoot together. We did a few different looks. The photos form this shoot were for fun so it was a nice change. I didn't have to worry about how the images would fit into the layout of a magazine. I could just shoot as I wanted.
My favorite shots from the shoot are the ones of Dita sitting on a vintage chair with a cigar. I setup the lights behind her as to illuminate the cigar smoke and I also added a star filter to my lens to create light streaks running across the image. I was super happy with the way the shots came out.
Studio V Photography. A little vlog of me doing a test shoot with Sarah Scotford for a t-short company in New York. They wanted me to shoot some more look book images for them and are scouting for a new model. I end the vlog with a little talk about some a bit of a business situation I had to deal with. Enjoy the vlog and if you like it please subscribe.
Studio V Photography. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with Aneesa Badshaw. The editor of VX2 Magazine had wanted to shoot a few beach concepts with her and so we went out and made the shoot happen. It was a fun day of shooting. I can't show any pictures yet as they are going to publication but if you want to see what happened at the shoot give the vlog a watch and if you liked it please subscribe to the channel.
Studio V Photography Toronto Glamour Photographer
Last summer I had the pleasure of working with the lovely Asha Urielle. If you guys were following my SnapChat at the time you'd remember the story for sure. It was a fun day of shooting and I think I got a little punch-drunk off the sun. We shot at a beach just outside of Toronto. The day started off nice and foggy which opened up some creative possibilities that had me pretty excited. But it wasn't long before the sun came out and I had to rethink my game plan. The angle of the sun plays such a huge role in determining how and where you're going to pose the model. Overall it was a great experience. Good times all around for everyone involved. The images will be featured in an upcoming issue of VX2 Magazine. So stay tuned for that. Watch the vlogs below and give them a thumbs up. It really helps to get those thumbs on those videos. Thanks.
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Studio V Photography / I shot these beautiful shots of Sarah Scotford back in 2010. But back then I was editing my photos in a super high contrast vibrant edgy style. That style was cool back in 2010 but now it's 2016 and that edgy look is no longer in vogue. So a few months ago I showed the original edits to the editor of VX2 Magazine and he loved them. But when I sent him the images he told me they were only 72dpi. Needless to say the images were too small for print. At first I was a little miffed because I loved this set but soon spun things around realizing that this was just a great opportunity to re-edit these shots in a more contemporary style. And so I did and I love this set even more now and they look amazing printed in the magazine. I'm so happy with the way these came out.
If you want to book a submission shoot contact your favorite Toronto glamour photographer and book a session. I'm always game for getting more work published. :)
You can check out Sarah on her instagram @sarahscotford
Studio V Photography. I recently had the pleasure of working with Journey. Apparently she is a rear white skinned Native American. Not sure if she was pulling my leg or not because I've never heard of that before but still pretty cool if it's true.
This was one of the hottest shoots I've ever done, literally. We wanted to shoot a set in the sauna at a downtown lounge in Toronto. Only thing was there were patrons of the club using the sauna so we had to bite the bullet and shoot in the heat. Needless to say it was a challenge. Sweat dripping into my eyes. The model's face perspiring. It not something I would do on the regular but we got the shots we wanted.
I recently had the pleasure of working with Alison Galbraith while she was in town for a fitness competition. It was her last day in Toronto and she had to be at the airport by noon so needless to say we had to be super efficient with our time. But when the pressure is on the shoots are always more fun. I seem to enjoy that get-it-done pressure. We got some fantastic shots which will be submitted for publication. Can't wait to see where they go. Enjoy the vlog.
Here is the teaser shot from the shoot. I'll post the rest of the shots from the shoot up on the blog and vlog once they get published. In the end I decided to leave the photo with the face in the bottom left. I'm really liking the mood and emotion of the shot.
Soooooo, I kinda, maybe, sorta', possibly could have, at some point, started vlogginggggg. If you look real close, it looks like some vlogs have popped up on my Youtube channel.
I've been toying around with different ideas for the Studio V Photography YouTube channel and perhaps i'm still experimenting with ideas. I wrote down all the things I want to achieve with my YouTube channel and out of all the ideas i've experimented with vlogging appears to be the one. The idea of vlogging wasn't even on my radar till recently. Now I'm really into the idea. It's going to be a fun experience sharing my photography world with all of you. I'm really looking forward to the learning curve. I know almost nothing about video editing so my videos are probably gonna be super basic for the time being. But don't worry, I've got a good eye and it's only a matter of time before my technical skills catch up to my creative vision.
In my first vlog I open up about why my photography business has started slowing down. 2013 to 2015 had been a really trying period in the life and times of me. A lot of different factors all came together to create a perfect storm that took the wind out of my sails. Rather than being down about things I've decided that this is the perfect opportunity to start vlogging. I'm going to bring all of you with me on my journey to rebuild my brands to where they were in 2012 and then take them up to the next level. I have the knowledge, I know how to run a prosperous business, I have the motivation, I have everything I need to be successful again. So I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel and come with me as I rebuild my business and have a ton of exciting adventures along the way. As of today I have 184 subscribers. I want to grow that number to 1000 by the end of the year.
Here is a link to my Youtube Channel. Go check it out and hit the subscribe button. I'd really appreciate it.
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
Studio V Photography. So I just picked up a Canon G7X Mark II the other day and I wanted to test it out. I've really gotten excited about the idea of vlogging so that I can share all the fun moments that happen at my photo shoots. I really have no idea what I'm doing at this point with respect to creating vloggs but just as I did with photography, I figure the best thing to do is jump in with both feet, make my mistakes and learn as I go. The fear of failing holds us back so much. I figure failing is part of the learning experience and the experience is what it's all about. . . . So anyway. . . I wanted to test out the new video camera and called Megan Klassen in for a shoot. I met her the year before at an even for Arsenic Magazine and wanted to work with her so that's what I did.
We had a good click right from the get-go and the shoot was a fun experience. It was a little different for me to think in terms of creating photo content then at the same time think about creating video content as well. It was a bit of a challenge but I'm sure I'll get better at it as I do it more often.
Below I have two vlogs. The first one is a behind the scenes vlog from my shoot with Megan and the second vlog is me doing a time laps edits with Megan's photos.
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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
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.
A beautiful portrait of blonde bombshell Megan Klassen. We shot this at Everleigh night club in downtown Toronto. They had this beautifully worn and textured floor and once I saw it I knew that would be the spot. It was just a quick shoot with Megan. I wish I had more time to get into it but hopefully there will be a next time.
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.
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.
Studio V Photography and Jessica Ashly featured in VX2 Magazine. How exciting is this? I love getting work published. Here are the magazine shots of the Jessica Ashly photo set. There are more pictures in the series which are not in this post because I didn't shoot the magazine pages but i'll put them up in another blog post soon. This set was from the first shoot I did with Jessica. I had seen her images in other photographer's online portfolios and wanted to shoot her but for whatever reason we were never able to figure out a date that worked for us. So one day she messaged me when she was free and we totally did a spur of the moment shoot. No planning, no fuss, no problem. We shot a few lingerie sets. against a textured red wall I had at the studio at the time and then we shot some beautiful artistic nudes of Jessica rolling around on a mirror. Those came out really awesome. DOUBLE THE JESSICA!!!! hahaha. As you can probably tell her body is all about stunning natural curves. Those pictures to this day still have not been seen publicly. Now that I think about it, I should go revisit those shots and see if I can get them published. Finally we shot this set. Originally this was intended to be a high contrast, ring light, edgy, black and white set but the edgy look has fallen out of vogue in the glamor scene. Even the lighting style in these shots are dated. Everything has changed since I shot these pictures. But in any case Jessica is a character and we had a great time shooting together and have shot together a few time since this first shoot. Keeping my fingers crossed, hopefully there will be some more Jessica Ashly tearsheets coming.
And for those of you who who have found this post through watching my vlogs. Welcome. Glad you found the webpage.
If you want to shoot magazine submissions with me check out this blog post: Studio V Photographer Submission Shoots
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
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.