Golden hour lighting using gelled strobe

Over the summer I had a chance to do few personal shoots for my portfolio and here is one of them.

I rarely shoot without additional lighting. This time I used strobe with full CTO gel to accentuate the effect of the setting sun. 
The background is panorama of 5 vertical images. Shot on Phase One DF with P30+ back and Schneider 80mm LS lens. 


Family Portrait. To do or not to do.

Here is a special group of people to us. I've been photographing Tony and Jennifer's family for few years now: beginning from their wedding in Caracas until their first born son Alex, and finally this portrait with the newborn Elliot. 

But this post is not about that. Based on my experience, and experience of many of my colleagues, the main reason why parents never do their family pictures is the feeling of fear (mixed with embarrassment) that their kids won't behave properly during shoot. I understand that, I sure do.

All I want to say is that every photo shoot is different because we are all different and shoot dynamics  are different for each single individual. Sometimes we just have to let it go and roll with things as they happen, and the image above illustrates my point better than I can explain it.

Yes, your worst fear may come true during shoot but it can be the best picture you will ever have displayed on your wall.


Set design by Unico Decor Inc /

Christmas Portraits

After 2 days of painting and putting new trim, I'm finally ready for series of Christmas portraits.  
Guys behind UNICO DECOR INC.  created this set and it looks wonderful.

This set up will be available until Christmas (including Christmas). Great for families or couples heading to a party and who want to do a shoot just before the party. The cost is $150 for about 90 minute session. Variety of wall displays and albums are available on a-la-carte basis. Professional Make-up and Hair Stylist will be available on site at extra charge.
Call, email, message, drop by the studio to look at samples, talk about your shoot and to book!

Here's a look behind the scenes:

"Different" Portrait

I was recently contacted by one person, who wanted something different for his portrait. Every time I hear word "different", I feel like I hit jack pot. "Different" - is a magic word for me (just like for many other photographers) which makes me free to create what I like.

Roy Gould is a psychotherapist.
He came by the studio one day to meet and tell me about himself and his job. This helped a lot in understanding what kind of portrait I need to create. Roy deals with a lot of darkness in people and he wanted a portrait which would convey this story about him and his difficult job.

Hope you enjoy!

Sasha Onyshchenko

Jemma. Toronto

Here is a photo shoot I had earlier this year with some great people in Toronto.

While in Toronto I visited good folks at B3K Digital and rented Phase One IQ160 to play with for this shoot.  

Technical details:
Phase DF body + IQ160
Schneider 80mm LS

Hope you enjoy!

Photographer - Sasha Onyshchenko /
Model - Jemma Babayeva
Sylist - Nav Bajwa
Hair/MUA - Emily Sara Pike

Continue reading for more images and Behind the scenes.

"Soldier". Fashion Editorial for The Storm Magazine

At the beginning of the year I traveled to Toronto with Denis Duquette. My initial goal for the trip was to network and make some connections (primarily in the architecture field).
I also planned to do two creatives while I'm there.  I'm super pumped that one of them featuring androgynous model Seth Atwell was just published in The Storm Magazine (

You can view the issue HERE. 

Creative Team Credits:

Story Title:  Soldier
Photographer - Sasha Onyshchenko / Kravetz Photographics / 

Fashion Stylist - Jay Mitchel.
Vintage clothing provided by Toronto store - “Kings of Kensington”
Make-up Artist/Hair Stylist - Hasina B
Model's Agency - Seth Atwell / Peggi Lepage ( and Plutino Group    (
Photographer’s Assistant:  Elijah Yutuc

Click on the images to open full screen viewer.
Continue reading for Behind the Scenes.

Avenir Hearing Team.

 Here are some portraits I created of a team of audiologists at Avenir Hearing Clinic.  These images are part of their re-branded advertising and marketing material. 

The guys wanted to look casual, relaxed and approachable.  Just the way their patients see them.

Photography/retouching by
Make-up: Joelle Marti /
Hair: Natasha Gallant

Branding and web design by