Creative studio shoot with Raavyn.

Today I had the pleasure of working with an amazing team of creatives on a shoot that’s been brewing in my head for a while. I will always be a student of light and one of the masters of lighting is a photographer by the name of Albert Watson. You might know him by his famous portrait of Steve Jobs that was used pretty much everywhere when Jobs died.
I recently watched a video of Albert Watson working in the studio with a Russian dancer and was inspired to do a session with similar lighting.

Today’s shoot was out of a studio in the Cotton Factory in Hamilton. The studio is owned by a former student of mine and I had shot there before. This was my first time working with makeup artist Kaitlin O’Neil and she was amazing! Our subject was Raavyn who I photographed in a fitness session a few years ago.
My friend and colleague Megan Muir was first assistant on today’s sessions and I always enjoy working with her.
All in all it was an incredible team effort, enjoy the results below.

Tony and the Paris Crepes Cafe

About a week ago the phone rang at the studio and at the other end I heard a beautiful accent that sparked my interest right away. It was Tony the co-owner of the Paris Crepes Cafe in Niagara Falls. She is being featured in a South African magazine in an article highlighting women entrepreneurs from around the world. Tony wanted me to do the photographs of her that would accompany the article.  We spent an hour shooting and we did some outdoor shots in front of the cafe despite the chilly temperatures. We soon moved inside as I could see Tony was getting cold. My personal favourite from the session is below. I blended the great ambient light streaming through the entrance windows and doorway with a main light to the right which was a Canon 600EXRT Speed light flash reflected into a 36 inch white umbrella. I just love the fantastic diffused highlights we see on Tony's face. She has classic African beauty with a slender neck and regal features. I emphasized those attributes by choosing a low camera angle. I love the colour in this portrait and you might just see this hanging in my studio in the coming weeks. RN 



Paris Crepes.jpg Niagara Falls Ontario