DAILY EDIT: DJ Michael Wayne

Trying to continue this trend of photographs from warmer weather, here’s a strobist portrait of Ottawa DJ/producer Michael Wayne.  Two speedlites bracketed together on Mike’s right, each on 1/2 power and another on his left also at 1/2, triggered with Pocket Wizards.  Due to silly lack of an ND filter in the kit at the time, it was shot at f20, 1/160.  Photographed by Alexander Vlad with assistance from Alex Brazeau.

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DAILY EDIT: Gypsy Accordionist #1

I lit and shot this portrait of a gypsy accordionist during a music video shoot close to Rupea in Transylvania.  His traditional band was starring in a music video for Ottawa rock outfit The Wicked Mercy.  More news on the production later this month, but it was hands down the most fun I’ve ever had shooting anything, ever.

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DAILY EDIT: Tom Green

While conducting a food & beverage shoot for Brother’s Beer Bistro in the Ottawa’s Byward Market actor and comedian Tom Green walked into an otherwise empty restaurant with a small entourage of beer representatives and proceeded to get involved in the shoot!  Photographed by Alexander Vlad.

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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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INDUSTRY: Some Lessons From Shep Gordon

If you haven’t seen Mike Myers award-winning documentary Supermensch, stop what you’re doing and watch it right now.  It’s about Shep Gordon, one of the most prolific managers that ever lived, who was responsible for some of the most incredible arts-marketing moves of all time.

Some lessons from Shep Gordon (the biggest creative industry OG of them all).

1) If you have no wife and no kids, you have nothing to lose, so put it all on the line from time to time. How’s not giving your absolute everything been working out for you?
2) Where your career starts isn’t where it has to end.
3) Guilt by association isn’t always a bad thing. (He basically made Anne Murray’s career by getting John Lennon, Alice Cooper and the drinking club, the Hollywood Vampires to come and be photographed with Anne. The buzz from that got her on Midnight Special which was her big breakout moment in the US).
4) Do compassionate business. There are no winners and losers, only winners.
5) All the opportunity in the world isn’t worth a damn if you don’t have the skills. Some of the biggest moves in music history were the brain child of a relationship that paired unquestionable management with incredible talent, but talent alone isn’t enough. All the best ships have navigators.
6) Sometime you have to save every bullet in the gun for one shot. You have to make a decisive plays.
7) Get the money.
8) Always remember to get the money.
9) Never forget to always remember to get the money.
10) In rock and roll, if you can get the parents to hate you, the kids will love you.

Bonus: Don’t put your own happiness on the back burner.

DAILY EDIT: Get Your Lean On

This portrait was taken during the early morning bustle of a Transylvanian wedding in September 2014.  The subject is the mother of one of the village musicians that was playing at the wedding, and also knew the groom since he was a small child.  I plan on returning to Romania in May of 2015 to shoot another wedding.  The subject matter is always so rich and authentic in rural Eastern Europe.

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DAILY EDIT: Glowfair #1

Shooting Glowfair 2014 was such an awesome experience.  In addition to working with some of my favourite production creatives, the event itself was a giant success and filled with vibrant performers.  Here are some shots of some of the cyber-circus performers during Hex Hector’s Bank Street DJ Set, which later turned into a several thousand strong silent disco after free headphones were distributed for the entire audience.  Mark Glowfair 2015 into your calenders if you are in the Ottawa region in July!

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MUSIC VIDEO: Riff Raff The Neon One

Finally released in the wild in 2014 is a music video we shot for American rapper & entertainer RiFF RaFF.  It was a commissioned as a combination of recording studio footage, live footage, and as much elemental randomness as we could conjure up.  The lyrics were really out there, as is expected, so the decision was made to spell it all out for everybody to experience in vivid detail.  Neon flavoured waterfalls.

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