Posts Tagged ‘photoshoot’

Creepy and Beautiful Photoshoot

March 21st, 2010 No comments

Living Doll It’s great when everything comes together during a photoshoot! I’m expanding my editorial portfolio and love anything edgy, alternative and surreal. One of the jobs of a photographer is to translate creative vision to photographic images. I'm attracted to the creative possibilities in fashion editorial photography, where models, makeup artists, hairstylists, wardrobe stylists, and photographers work together in the creative process.

For this shoot, the team consisted of wardrobe stylist Laura Anne Image, model Yomee and makeup artist Sylvia Szczepanska. Laura Anne's concepts are inspired by her art work, which she brings to life in the photoshoot. She was great to work with because of her creative vision and great art direction. Also, she did an amazing job sourcing the wardrobe and accessories. Sylvia is a very talented makeup artist, graduated from John Casablancas Institute. Yomee is an alternative model from Australia who is now lives in Vancouver.  She was also wonderful to work with and responded to art direction with great poses and expression. This is the first time that I have worked with this team and hope to do more shoots in the future!

Laura Anne described her vision as "colour contradiction where innocent colours look villain-like."  The colour palette was to be pastels - light pink, light blue, lilac and a white background. Unfortunately the original model broke her leg before the shoot, so Yomee was the replacement. Yomee is an alternative model with body mods - piercings and tattoos. However, Laura Anne wanted clean skin for the model. I was up to the challenge of Photoshopping the the tattoos away. I've done it before and can make it look convincing. Also, the model's eyes were to be blank - again another Photoshop challenge! I've never tried that before - I have done much Photoshopping of eyes - removing contact lens edges, clearing up small blood vessels, brightening the eyes, darkening the pupils, changing the eye-colour - but never completely removing the irises and pupils!

I  used a beauty dish for the main light because it gives a bit more edgy look with more shadow definition than with a softbox, but still gives soft light. I used a white seamless paper background, lit with another strobe and a gridded strobe behind the model as a hair light.

I think the photos have a creepy feel mainly due to the unsettling blank eyes, and the styling, model and makeup go together to make some beautiful images that brought to life Laura Anne's creative vision.

Here is a slideshow with more images from this shoot:

Jennifer Nguyen “Rocks the Blue Jeans”

February 18th, 2010 No comments

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Jennifer Nguyen

Here are some more photos of Jennifer Nguyen from a photoshoot that we did in January 2010. We did 4 sets and the first was a natural look with blue jeans. The shoot went great and Jennifer brought some very sexy outfits. I’ll post more of those sets later! Check out Jennifer’s blog and Facebook page if you want see more photos and become a fan!

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Valentine’s Day Photoshoot Themes

February 9th, 2010 3 comments

document.write(" let's go party!" href="">Come on Barbie,     let's go party!This is a photo of model AsianSensation with makeup by artist Megs War Paint. The shoot was fun and sexy with lots of pink and girlie stuff, and definitely made a great Valentine's themed shoot.

The model lives in Montreal and was in Vancouver for the holidays, so we arranged the shoot and planned the makeup, outfit and look. I got hold of some props including a couple Barbie's at the local toy store - wow I didn't know that there are so many Barbies! I also bought a long pink wig - I splurged and bought the higher quality wig for a little extra cost because I wanted it to look good in the photos. I have used cheaper wigs before and they are hard to use - the hair is too thin and frizzy! Now I own a long pink wig - so I'm sure it will appear in photoshoots again. I also got lollipops, bubbles, pink tulle fabric, tissue paper and bows.

On the day of the shoot I brought all the stuff and set up the lights while the makeup artist did her magic. I used a white seamless background and lit it with a strobe and pink gel. The model wore a sexy pink nightie and used the tulle for a skirt. The shoot was a lot of fun and the model was great. There were many photos from the shoot making it difficult to select a few for final editing!

We did not plan for this to be a Valentine's Day theme, but looking at the photos, they are perfect for the occasion. Check out this set of photos from the shoot.

Feel free to comment and ask if you have any questions about my work. I am available for bookings, editorial and commercial assignments!

Black Light Photography

January 23rd, 2010 No comments

Blacklight Portrait

Black Light Portrait with Strobe

I did a couple photoshoots this week using black lights combined with strobes to create some trippy neon glowing effects. Also, as in this photo, I was able to get a beautiful surreal glow.

Photographically, black lights are basically low powered continuous lights so I used the same techniques that I would use for tungsten. But the fun thing about black lights is that fluorescent paint and objects give off a glow and become light sources!


  • Work with a makeup artist who has fluorescent makeup and body paint. Check the makeup under a black light to see how much it glows. The makeup for the photo on the left was done by Catriona Armour.
  • Bring neon fluorescent clothes and props to the shoot. Glowsticks work too. I found some neon tulle fabric that worked great.
  • I used four 48" fluorescent tubes to provide enough light. They were available in some hardware and party supply stores, but I had to look around.
  • You can go with either long shutter speeds or high ISO - both have advantages and disadvantages. The long shutter speeds risk motion blur and the high ISO shots can be noisy. I found that for my camera ISO 400 worked well, but different cameras perform differently so experiment.
  • Try using a strobe with a long shutter speed by setting your camera's flash to second curtain sync. You will get some trippy effects by moving or zooming the camera or having the model move around.
  • The black light is dark blue-violet, but you can add other colors by using a backburst and gelling the strobe.
  • Have fun and experiment!

Check out some more of my black light photos on Flickr:

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