Street Fight in Blood Alley

November 26th, 2012 No comments

Blood Alley was an appropriately named location for this street fighter photoshoot as there was certainly a lot of  blood involved! Tessa did an amazing job with the cuts and bruises and liberal application of theatrical blood.

Location shoots are a good change from the studio, and I like to do them when the weather cooperates. There are always challenges – in this case the sun was very bright, so we found shaded areas and I used reflectors and speedlites for lighting. Also, even though we were shooting on a Sunday, there was a lot of traffic (both vehicles and pedestrians) that slowed us down while we waited for the location to clear before continuing.

Thanks also to Douglas and Sean for their fighting choreography skills and Catherine for assisting me during the shoot.

Credits:

Makeup: Tessa Mitz

Photography Assistant: Catherine Millard

Fighters: Douglas McDowell and Sean Mathews

Location: Blood Alley, Gastown, Vancouver

Underwater Bellydance

November 16th, 2012 16 comments

I love doing underwater photoshoots – always a challenge but the results are worth it! Here are some photos from a recent shoot with Vancouver dancer and model Mahafsoun. The very cool makeup was done by Gun Street Girl Makeup.

On a technical note – I used a Canon G9 camera with the WP-DC21 underwater housing, which allows me to use all the camera’s controls while underwater. It’s a popular camera for scuba divers too! It’s a little daunting to submerge the camera for the first time and hope that there are no leaks. So far, the housing has kept my camera safe and dry. For my next underwater shoot, I’m going to use an Olympus E-PL1 with the PT-EP01 underwater housing. I’m looking forward to testing it out!

Check out my previous underwater photoshoot for more photos and here are some tips for doing underwater photoshoots.

Model: Mahafsoun

Makeup: Gun Street Girl Makeup Artist

 

Zombies!

October 21st, 2012 10 comments

Here are some photos from a recent collaboration with makeup artist Tessa Mitz. Tessa is a versatile makeup artist who I have worked with on many occasions. As you can see from these photos, she does amazing special effects work. With Halloween coming up and the new season of The Walking Dead starting this month, I thought that Zombies would be an appropriate theme!

The photos were shot on location in Vancouver. It was a lot of fun and we had a few curious onlookers during the shoot!

Credits:

Zombies: Helen of Joy, Christina Martine

Victims: Dustin St Christopher, Sobie La

Hair stylists: Kyra Harley, Karly Connell

Makeup Artist: Tessa Mitz

© 2012 Lloyd K Barnes

 

Vintage Portrait Photographs

September 9th, 2012 3 comments

I picked up some vintage photographs at an antique show last weekend. They were not in the greatest condition, but I liked the creases and wear that they have received over the years. The backs of the photographs were printed as postcards and some had information about the studios where they were taken. It looks like the photos date from the 1920′s to early 1930′s based on the fashions and information that I could find about the studios where they were taken.

One of the photographs was done by Jerome Ltd, a popular chain of studios in the UK. Here’s another link with some interesting information about Jerome Studios, including the types of cameras and film they used. There’s even a Flickr group for Jerome Studios.

I wasn’t able to find out much about the other photographs. A couple of them were done by D.R. Jones, Photo Artist, 92 Market St., Manchester and one was by Black & White Studios. Unfortunately, the other two do not name the photographer or studio.

I wonder who the people were who had their portraits taken almost 100 years ago, before World War II. Maybe someone will recognize an ancestor in one of the photos!

 

 

UV Photoshoot with Ruby Astell

September 3rd, 2012 2 comments

It’s been a while since I did a UV photoshoot. I recently teamed up with Meghan of  Meg’s War Paint, who has collaborated with me on blacklight photography projects before. I set up the UV Cannon and 4 fluorescent tubes for the shoot.

Model: Ruby Astell

Thanks also to Claire Karura for assisting during the shoot!

Here’s my first black light cinemagraph as well!

 

Check out some of my other black light photoshoots:

Dark Corners of the Mind

Native American Black Light

 

Street Photography

August 25th, 2012 3 comments

I just finished a 12 week street photography course at Langara College, taught by Jim Balderson. It was great shooting outdoors in  Vancouver in the summer!

It’s a major change from studio photography – it’s more about observation than creating the image. Instead of models, sets, makeup artists and controlled lighting, I photographed random people and worked with the light and environment on the street. I found it was a great way to practice composition and just get out and have fun shooting.

Most of the time, I used an Olympus Pen E-PL1 because it’s light and not as conspicuous as a DSLR, allowing me to take candid photos without attracting too much attention. I tried to capture images where people were involved in what they were doing and not posing for the camera.

Here’s a selection of the photos that I took during course. I’m looking forward to getting out and doing more street photography in the future!

 

Underwater Photoshoot

July 27th, 2012 2 comments

It’s been a while since I did an underwater shoot. It’s usually too cold in Vancouver, so an indoor pool works best. Luckily, Jeanine of Gun Street Girl Makeup hooked me up with a perfect location. So we got together and tested it out! We threw a couple of models in and they were amazing – and it’s tough work modelling underwater. Luckily they could not only swim, but pose while underwater. I’m looking forward to more underwater shoots in the near future. Thanks to Genevieve Clements and Shazmin Hussein for the great modelling work!

Aurora & Genevieve Part 2

July 14th, 2012 No comments

Here are more photos from the shoot with Aurora and Genevieve. See Part 1 here.

The idea for the shoot was to have two models – one Asian and one Caucasian - and have slightly over-the-top asian makeup based on the style of Chinese opera makeup. We shot on location at the Spectral Theatre, which was a great place for the shoot. We used both the stage and dressing room areas. I loved the creepy sci-fi and horror props that were stored in the theatre, which inspired more ideas for future shoots!

Makeup: Tessa Mitz

Aurora & Genevieve Part 1

July 9th, 2012 No comments

Here’s the first of a series featuring models Aurora and Genevieve with Chinese opera-style makeup by Tessa Mitz.

Rainbow and Lace Photoshoot

May 25th, 2012 No comments

I’m fortunate to have worked with many amazingly talented people in Vancouver, including makeup artists, hair stylists, models, photographers, stylists and designers. It’s a great pleasure to have the opportunity to collaborate and create beautiful images with such talented people!

Here are some photos from a recent photoshoot with model Lily and makeup artist Mika - both of whom are beautiful, talented and great to work with!

Rainbow and Lace

Lily and Lace

Lily and Lace

Rainbow Eye

Lily White

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