Studio Lighting

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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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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HNY + First Beauty Session

The other day, we had an opportunity to set up a beauty editorial with the talented makeup artist Sherlyn Torres. For this session, I tried a couple of gobos in my studio experimenting with what type of light shape I could make. I used a relatively hard light to preserve the edge nicely, and tried various objects such as duct tape and table placemats.

Here's the photo created with light shaped from duct tape :)

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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

3 months

It's been 3 months since I moved to Toronto. I've been trying to make myself busy in order to focus on improving my photography skills which includes post production and building up connections. Hope these efforts allow me to continue doing my passion in the future.

Here's a BTS shot and sneak peak of new work to come ;)

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Nicole (Elite Models)
Windy Chiu (HMUA)
Michelle Davis (Stylist)