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:





Rheal Vienneau for Canadian Wildlife Magazine




 "Rheal Vienneau has reared thousands of monarch butterflies in his backyard. “I’m giving them a little boost,” he says. “My biggest goal, though, is to educate people about the plight of the monarchs.”

Here is an image from recent assignment for Canadian Wildlife Magazine and couple others not included in the issue. I got to say, I did learn a lot about monarch butterflies and that it takes one kind and passionate man to do this job right.

Assisted by Christopher Roxs.

Jacques Heroux for Canadian Wildlife Magazine





Here are few images from recent assignment for Canadian Wildlife Magazine. 

My subject was Jacques Heroux who was awarded Roderick Haig-Brown Award for his contribution to conservation and the wise use of recreational fisheries in Canada.

Conceptually it had to be environmental and intimate portrait somewhere near water.

Photo: www.kravetzphotographics.com
Assistant: Christopher Roxs


Sam

Working with experienced models sometimes means working with all photographers she or he shot with in the past and often it takes a lot of effort to make them fit my particular "molding".
That's why I really enjoy working with people who have little to no experience at all in front of the camera.
Sam was one of them. I approach every session as portrait session and focus mostly on personality  and I think that the less experience the subject has, the more genuine and intimate their portrait can be.

How it actually turned out is, as always, for viewer to decide.

Make-up by Joelle Martin
www.kravetzphotographics.com







Xavier.



Over the past two years I photographed this wonderful family. I think it's a huge honour and responsibility to record these sort of milestones to any photographer. I don't consider myself a family photographer, however, when someone comes to me and we "click" with them on every level, I know that we got foundation for creative collaboration and opportunity to create interesting images.

What started as one simple maternity photo shoot, led to another session when Xavier was just born, and then to another when he turned one.

What you see here, is final layout design of a photo album. The design is already approved and sent to production. 11"x14" vertical prints will be put together into a black leather bound book. I will update this post with pictures once book arrives.

I won't bore you any longer. I only hope that chemistry of this family comes through these images and you'll enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Regards,
Sasha.
www.kravetzphotographics.com

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Holiday Family Portraits




Birth of your first child - what can be more important?!  Over Christmas I had the pleasure of making some portraits of Armand Doucet's newborn. You may have heard about Armand and know him better by his "Iron Will" organization (http://www.ironwill-volontedefer.com/#!armand/cwy
   When planning this session with Armand, it was significant for him having all three generations in one picture. 
These are simple family portraits, but because they are simple, it doesn't mean they are less precious. 

Hope you enjoy!
Sasha.