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.   

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. 

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.   

Back In Action

It's been a while since I wrote a blog on my old webpage but now that I've got a shiny new webpage and new branding I'm excited to get the blog train rolling again. Woootttt wooooot. hahahah. I'm so punny. My objective with this new webpage is to let my personality shine through and the same goes for this blog. I'll try and keep it real and true to who I am and give you all a glimpse of what goes on inside STUDIO V. 

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