DAILY EDIT: Wild Eyes

A little while after the new year, as is tradition, thousands of media professionals thaw out, sober up or get back to business and say “what the hell happened?”  As we begin taking stock of the previous 12 months for cerebral clarity, emotional sentiment, data backups or to draw fresh marketing material for the next push, we hopefully will encounter standouts along the way.  For me, this next image is such a standout.

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Shot in Bucharest, Romania while working for a Canadian textile import brand called Poco Loco.  The gig had taken me all over the country, shooting everywhere from castles to medieval mountain cities, but I finally snagged the frame I was looking for on my last production day in Eastern Europe, in Herastrau Park.  After the jump is a narrow crop of the shot, which I also find striking.  Oh, and the model’s natural, wild eyes which seem to follow you around the room. Continue reading

DAILY EDIT: Kania Montréal Shoot

We love location work at Captivate.  Like really, really love it.  Near or far and all the challenges and rewards it brings.  After a few trips and several months shooting in Europe in 2015, one of my favourite shoots was much closer to home in Montréal.  We were working with our friends from Kania Couture, a Canadian based clothing brand that retails online and from their swanky York St (Ottawa) boutique.  The gig was to produce a short documentary about their entirely made in Canada manufacturing process, and after wrapping up that portion of the project we had enough time to cast a model and do some fashion portraits in Montréal’s Old Port district.  Which, of course, is when the storm hit us.

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Location lighting can be tricky enough without dealing with the elements, but heavy rains present their own unique set of challenges.  We tackled this by wrapping the lenses in a scarf/rubber band combo, and trusting that the robust Canon 5DmkIII, Speedlite 580exII’s and ziplock bagged transmitters would get us through.  For the sake of the model, we tried to keep her out of the rain as much as possible, but to get the shot the lights and myself were almost constantly exposed to the storm.  Even still, we worked through a number of looks and locations and had an absolute blast.  Check out Kania.ca to see some more of the shots in action!

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DAILY EDIT: Cleaning up the Mayor of Ottawa

It is that time of year once again, Movember. To launch the beginning of Movember, my friend Jeffrey Rafuse (House of Barons) was asked to come to the office of the mayor of Ottawa to give him a straight razor shave. Matt (GM of House of Barons) Jeff and I brought everything necessary for a proper shave including an over 100 year old barber chair to the brief case/shave kit. During the press conference held by mayor Jim Watson, he was sat down and shaved in the boardroom infront of the local press. Thanks for bringing me along.IMG_0002 IMG_0005 IMG_0020 IMG_0023 IMG_0035 IMG_0052 IMG_0068

FEATURED: Colour Theory w/ Emma

For this shoot we used plenty of red and blue gels (sometimes overlapping to make purple) on a variety of strobes.  I wanted to have an outrageous amount of coloured light and I wanted to play with motion in a way that mirrored the energetic and colourful nature of the model.

redvsblue_advance-hi-34Since my camera cannot do double exposures, I shot the majority of these images using longer shutter speeds and froze the subject multiple times in one exposure by having an assistant manually trigger the flash several times, while coordinating with the movements of the model.

The end result is both technically and creatively satisfying and a unique representation of our model.

Photographer: Alexander Vlad | captivatecreativestudios.com
Assistant: Christopher Eades | eades.captivatethem.ca
Makeup / Direction: Meredith Lyman | meredith-lyman,com
Model: Emma Quinn

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