Beauty Portrait Photography

I would like to share a recent beauty story where we played around with the theme of "Galaxy".  We opted for airy and spacey elements such as fluffy hair and subtle, but pigmented shimmer. 

Please visit my gallery to view the rest from the story!

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Emma Vancoughnett (Next Models)
Windy Chiu (HMUA)
Michelle Davis (Stylist)

Fashion Portrait Photoshoot

Here's the shot from our recent studio session with Emi from Chantale Nadeau.
This was only her second photoshoot, however she took guidance really well and the session went smoothly!
This is a shot from the shoot taken on a Kodak Porta 160 film.

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Emi (Chantale Nadeau)
Sherlyn Torres (HMUA)
Michelle Davis (Stylist)

Fashion Model Portrait

This post I would like to share an image from a recent test session with Sarah, an awesome upcoming new face from Anita Norris Models.

We used up 2 rolls of films for close up shots and here's the result of the development.

Thank you as always to my awesome teammates for collaborating on this shoot :)

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Sarah Gowanlock (Anita Norris Models)
Vanessa Garland (HMUA)
Michelle Davis (Stylist)

Film Photography

I recently shot a story collaborating once again with my awesome teammates, Windy Chiu and Michelle Davis. I also had the opportunity to reunite with Shelby Love, a model whom I worked with a couple of years ago.

Here's a closeup from the session where I experimented with developing film by myself for the first time. 

I'm looking forward to blogging and sharing future images I develop!

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Model: Shelbey Love (Next Models)
HMUA: Windy Chiu
Stylist: Michelle Davis

Stylizing the background

This session I played around with the background by adding various shapely objects and lines in attempt to make the graphics stronger. As I mentioned a few blog posts back, last year I didn't focus much on the background of my photos, which is why I've been recently prioritizing set styling.

Thank you to my lovely teammates for making this photoshoot happen!

Danielle @ Anita Norris Models (Model)
Vanessa Garland (HMUA)
Michelle Davis (Stylist)  

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TBT location shoot with film

I shoot most of my work with a digital camera primarily for ergonomic reasons.
However, what I truly long for is the results one can get from film photography. The degree of tonality I can get is off the charts gorgeous, significantly adding to the realness of the image.

Here's a throwback to last summer's location shoot with the beautiful & very skilled model, Megan @annitanorrismodels, shot in collaboration with my awesome teammates Vanessa and Michelle!

Stylist: Michelle Davis
HMUA: Vanessa Garland

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Background

This is the result of my experimental session where I tried to make the background more intricate. My goal here was to use recognizable shapes placed organically to add visual interest. I'm not sure If I've achieved the exact feeling I want, but I'm expecting to experiment more in the coming year!

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Kaitie (Ciotti Models)
Michelle Davis (Stylist)
Vanessa Garland (HMUA)

2018 is "background"

I spent last year focusing on models mainly as a graphic with several visual components. In the editing process, they were perceived through the language of skin tone, lighting, colour grading, and emotive posing.

However, I've recently been focusing on taking a step back and experimenting with whats behind the model. My goal this year is to try to understand what makes a background busy and intricate while still being interesting and non-distracting. The challenge will be to find that fine line between chaotic and organic.

I will post my attempts in future posts :)

In remembrance of my team's hard work from 2017, here's a image from a recent editorial :)

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Red Pepper

Recently we shot an editorial titled "Red Pepper," an exclusive editorial for Design Scene. 
Instead of going for the traditional clean tan skin, this time I experimented with a more raw and organic look. In order to achieve that effect, I tweaked the skin colour to an almost ill-looking state, whereby I added a large amount of grain in the final processing stage. The complete story can be viewed in my gallery. 

Hope you all enjoy this story, and a big shout out to my awesome team mates!
Nadja (Elite Toronto)
Vanessa Garland (HMUA)
Michelle Davis (Stylist)

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Sand colour

This time, it was my intention to make the model's skin tone look like the colour of sand by the ocean. I wanted to create a dry and worn out feeling while remaining edgy and fashionable.
I still need to figure out a way to lessen the information in the mid range colour tones so that the image looks more graphical. Nevertheless, I am grateful to have been able to try out this new method thanks to great team work by Sher (MUA), Uno (Hair), and Michelle (Stylist).

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