"Ghost" Rider.

I already posted some images from second part of the shoot with Halifax model Kelly Martell (http://kacorbeau.tumblr.com). If you missed it, then go HERE.

Kelly drove her Harley Davidson "Ghost" to our shoot in Shediac and I wanted to feature them together. For a backdrop I chose mural painted by local artist Monette Leger.

Photography: www.kravetzphotographics.com
Model: Kelly Martell
Make-up and hair by Joelle Martin/Belle by Joelle
Assistants: Kirsten Gargan and Molly Ilse Hope 


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George Belliveau. Album Cover Shoot

Past summer I was working on a new album cover for NB country singer George Belliveau. We planned a studio portrait shoot for George alone and one shoot on location with his band.  While going over some location options, George mentioned he would prefer old pier or wharf. For no apparent reason. Just because it would look cool.

I knew of couple locations around Moncton which would fit the description. One of them is old wharf located in Belliveau Village. When I told George about it, I learned that that's where he grew up. And all of a sudden everything clicked. I knew we had to shoot there and nowhere else. It made perfect sense. It wasn't JUST cool place anymore. Now it had a story.

Photography/Postproduction: www.kravetzphotographics.com / ©2015 Sasha Onyshchenko
Assistent: Devon Rogers

All images were shot on medium format Phase One P30+, DF body, Schneider 80mm LS, Mamiya 35mm and Mamiya 210mm.

You can see some behind the scenes in this short film by Atlas Films:

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Fitness Model Jessica Bonnelly. 3 Years Later

First time I worked with Jessica was in 2012.  It was right before her very first competition (click HERE to see images from her coffee table book).

And here we are three years later shooting together again, right after she took 1st place in medium class at NB Provincials.  It was interesting to see how much she's grown as a figure model. She has gained a lot more confidence since then, but still remained same humble girl I remember when we met first time.

Model: Jessica Bonnelly
Make-up: Krystal Poirier
Photography/retouching: www.kravetzphotographics.com ©2015

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Unretouched Portraits of Models

Models left to right: Brooke MacDonald, Shannon Marie Isaacs, Sam Kaminsky, Jamie Smith - represented by Scout Development Agency,
and Sophia Frigault 

I decided to leave these series of images unretouched and kind of raw as an attempt to get away from  the technical aspect of photography and to focus on my subjects and their personalities instead.  
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that retouching is bad (cause this statement doesn't really come across in my work). It's just sometimes I want to make something simple and truthful. 

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Airtime Fitness. Environmental Portraits

During my last visit to Moncton I had the opportunity of working with one of Airtime Fitness instructors Rob Brydges.

Rob wanted to create a hand full of fun and creative images to use on his website and improve his social media presence with professionally looking content.

The idea behind red couch images is this:  Rob's suit represents his past as a real estate agent. Coach stands for "working out at home" cause that's primarily what this online training program is about.

Rob was fascinating subject to photograph, to say the least. I was really impressed with his personality  and ability to go through so many different expressions in one shoot.

Photography: www.kravetzphotographics.com / ©2015 Sasha Onyshchenko

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Kato. Test shoot in Old Montreal

Series of images from a test shoot with Kato.

Old Montreal is my favourite place to go and I've wanted to shoot there ever since I moved to Montreal. I did a quick pre-shoot location scout to make sure that surroundings work well with Kato's clothing and off we went shooting.

Model: Kato Alexander
Agency: Specs Models
Photography: www.kravetzphotographics.com

On technical side I decided to keep things simple - one camera, one lens, and on camera flash.
Phase One P30+, DF body, Schneider 80mm LS mostly shot at f3.2, Nikon SB900. Pocket Wizard was only used as a shoe.

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Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada. Company Artists for 2015-2016 Season

During one of my recent trips to Moncton I had the opportunity to work with the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada to create new portraits of the company artists for their 2015-2016 season. 

My goal for the pictures was to show everyone's personality as much as it is possible in formal studio environment. 

 Being very reserved person myself, communicating with people off-studio is usually a big struggle for me. It gets a bit better, when I'm behind my camera in studio though. Connecting with people is what I've been working really hard on in my photography lately and after this particular photo shoot I felt like I was able to connect with my subjects, recognize their personalities and capture right expressions at the right time. 

Hope you enjoy! 

Make-up: Joelle Martin / www.bellebyjoelle.com

Technical info:
Phase One DF, P30+ digital back, Mamiya 210mm 

How shooting tombstones made me a better portrait photographer

I was always fascinated by technical aspect of photography. For example, I could spend hours researching product photography and watching tutorials just to feed my curiosity.

Last year I was hired by Goguen Monuments to create product shots of their tombstones. It still remains my weirdest subject I ever shot.
I had to do a little research on how to photograph products which have shiny reflective surfaces such as polished black marble or granite.

Here are some final shots of the monuments created for the client: