I wanted to do something different in studio and came up with this set. The images of Jeanne laying on the sand turned out close to what I was going for but not exactly. I simply could not find white enough sand in Montreal and just went with the regular Home Depot kind. I now understand why they travel to Caribbean islands for this kind of shoots. Oh well, maybe some day...
Here's probably the least humble kitchen designed by Filo Plus.
The space have many interesting features and is very "open space". This allowed me to shoot whole nine angles instead of usual three or four. It was especially cool to be able to show the kitchen in the context of the whole living area.
I used natural light with touch of strobes to bring out detail and colour of certain surfaces like wood of the cellar and metal of the fridge.
Working with Lise and Monique from Filo Plus is always a pleasure because they are both very particular when it comes to framing and prop styling. So I, as a photographer, can take time and have fun setting up and lighting each shot carefully.
The bathroom shot was probably most complicated image and involved some heavy compositing using multiple exposures, keeping in mind that main focus should be on cabinetry.
Here's a swimwear shoot feating model Brandi Gray.
This was an overcast and rainy morning in Bouctouche, NB that day. We had to wait while storm passes and hope for the sun to come out. It never did during the shoot, and when it did, we were already wrapping up. :(
I have images from quite few shoots just sitting on my drives and waiting. Some shoots I was just not happy with at the time, others just didn't know how to edit. And so they wait like unfinished paintings for me to dust them off and continue working on them again.
Here're few images from one of those shoots back in 2014 with good friend and musician Gregorry Parra.
Creating this set of images was truly a group effort. As the shoot progressed, we figured that much better images were coming out while the dancers were moving, instead of trying to hold each pose. I took series of images while the dancers improvised. After capturing about 30-40 images, this particular images really stood out from the computer screen making it an obvious choice.
I recently did portraits of Les Grands Ballets dancers for their upcoming show in Montreal called "A Suivre". Quote from press release about "A Suivre":
"A space where experimentation and bold ideas are given free rein, Les Grands Ballets’ choreography workshop is an opportunity for the company’s dancers to explore the art of choreography and the various aspects of staging a show. Entirely conceived and created by the dancers of Les Grands Ballets, who for the occasion will be choreographers, technicians, publicists, and last but not least…dancers. "
Dancer's career can be really short and that's why it's so cool that they have the opportunity to try themselves in something different. If you want to get more info about the shows and dates or support the guys, you can do it here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-suivre--2#/. Here are portraits of all twelve choreographers as well as some behind the scenes images. We shot the guys in their ballet studio. Individual portraits were mostly lit with window light and only strobes were used for the group shots.
Huge thanks to Mike Phang for helping out on this shoot.
I'm learning that there're many male models in Montreal anxious to get in front if the camera because most photographers prefer photographing girls (big surprise). So maybe there's a niche to be filled. :)
Here's another new face at Specs Models - Tiago.
Shot on Phase One P30+/DF camera with Schneider 80mm LS 2.8 and Mamiya 210mm 4.5 lenses
I don't know what we did to deserve this weather and such glorious sky, but it was unforgettable! When inspired people get together with single idea to create, good things are bound to happen. Inspired people: Photography: Sasha Onyshchenko / www.kravetzphotographics.com Models: Anya Nesvitaylo and Eldiyar Daniyarov MUA: Belle by Joëlle Video: Atlas Films