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Fashion editorial photography

Before it gets too cold, we have to take advantage of shooting outside. Our latest editorial was no exception.
Although the whether was cloudy and overcast, it was still bright enough for us to shoot under the right exposure.
Here’s my favourite shot from the day of. As per the editing time, I decided to go for a black & white treatment, focusing on showing as much tonality as possible.

Thank you as always to my great teammates for your time and effort :)

Andrea (Model @Anita Norris Models)
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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Recent work

The other day, I had the opportunity to work with Keltie who temporarily in Toronto to build her book before heading back to New York.
It was a breeze styling her this time as she already had a unique look and strong features.
When it comes to my editing process, I started colour grading in the raw stage this time instead of doing it later on in Photoshop.
In my opinion, you can achieve a more unique colour result since there's more information to manipulate in the raw format ;)

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Pale Skin Tone

I often edit models' skin tone to be more on the tan side, increasing the saturation to add impact. This time I took a different turn and went for a dewy pale look. To enhance her naturally pale skin, I added a blue gel in the fill, as well as further manipulation in post-processing.

Here's a photo from the session with the artistic model Anica from Elite Toronto :)

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Colour Grading

As of 2016, I've decided to reconsider my colour grading.
It's a whole other world for visual artists to dig into, that is a challenging and sensitive process.
These days, I've been experimenting with a variety of yellow tones in order to enhance the emotional content. 

This is a photo from a recent shoot with Stella (Elite models). 
Stella was only 14 years old when we had the session, yet already had a strong artistic sense and quickly understood the process of creativity. I was totally impressed by her.
I hope she is going to be a super successful model in the near future :)

Please check out my gallery page for more photos ;)

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Defined Edge

The other day, I had the opportunity to set up a men's fashion shoot with William (Elite Models). I usually focus on creating a soft lighting set up to complement the female models beautifully, so It was really enjoyable this time to be able to add some drama in the lighting. The harsh shadows pulled out his bold facial structure :)

Here's my favourite shot from the session. Please visit my gallery page to view the rest of the photos.

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Model: William (Elite Models)
Stylist: Michelle Davis
HMUA: Romy Zack

Back to Toronto, Back to Business

I went back to Tokyo for a couple of weeks to reinstall my identity from where I grew up. It was interesting to feel my perspective slowly changing towards my country. Hopefully I can shoot some fine art photography when I go back there in the future.

This is a photo from our first session after a long break.
Please check my gallery page for more photos :)

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Model: Charlotte (Elite Models)
HMUA: Rhia Amio
Stylist: Michelle Davis

To the Tee Planning

Today we shot a story for publication.
Every team member had positive energy during the shoot and we created so many awesome looks today. I appreciate each individual's creativity a lot. Also. I am really glad at the fact that the shoot went well based on our pre visualization and spontaneity on set.
Hope I can show you the editorial sometime soon.

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Happy New Year 2015

It seems these are going to be the last photos I can show this year. Here are some shots from a fashion test shoot I did a while ago. It was so much fun to edit all in black and white this time. It's a different kind of joy to edit, with your focus mainly being on controlling the brightness, darkness and sharpness.
This coming year, I hope to continue realizing new aspects of photography in order to deepen my style.
Hope you all have a great start to the year 2015!

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Model: Casey (John Casablancas International), Stylist: Michelle Davis, HMUA: Katie Elwood

High key

A while ago, we had an editorial photoshoot in my studio. I didn't have any photos with high key lighting in my portfolio and have been wanting to set that kind of shoot for a while now.
We are grateful to have had the chance to work with Sharleen (Key Model Management) for this shoot.
I believe she has so many weapons as a fashion model. Her looks and creativity show much potential for her future.
Also big thanks to our talented MUA, Faye Smith and the awesome wardrobe stylist, Michelle Davis.

Please check out the editorial in my gallery page.

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Model: Sharleen (Key Model Management), MUA: Faye smith, Stylist: Michelle Davis

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