Behind the Scenes with Tina Picard’s 70s Shoot

I had the pleasure of joining in on Tina Picard’s 70s Fashion Shoot on Wednesday! Makeup Artist Melody Iafelice and Stylist Kirsty Macdonald did a fantastic job of eliciting that modern hippie theme on models Corrie and Charlyne from Models International Management.

Here are some behind the scenes picture to get a taste of the work that goes into fashion & modeling. Click on each picture to view them with a title and description, offering further insight into this fantastic, whimsical world!

Photo of the Day – May 3, 2012

Here’s one of my Photos of the Day.

Today I explored the importance of light in photography. Considering that photography IS pretty much the manipulation and capture of light (and time), as the artist it’s critical to understand how to interact with it to get the results you desire.

Thanks to Vicki for giving me a wonderfully inspirational model, and thanks to the siren for smiling on!

What is your photo of the day/week/month? How are you interacting with light in your photography? Respond in the comments below!

Studio work and Ottawa Photography Friends!

I’ve been hard at work in my photography studio!

I need a remote control! Also a tripod that doesn’t suck. My test model is a bit too short ­čÖé

That said, I’m pretty happy with the way this shot turned out, given the amazing MacGyvering of my limited resources.

I have a lot to learn about my new camera, the Nikon D5000, but I already know I made a fantastic choice!

I’m using this time to really get in touch with what Lightroom has to offer in terms of post-production and file management. I grew up on pre-CS Photoshop, so it’s taken me some time to wrap my head around the idea of using Lightroom’s non-editing fixes instead of laboriously editing with layers. Overall I’m enjoying the program for one key reason: it reduces the time I spend editing, which increases the time I spend shooting and learning. More time making art, less time nit-picking it. A win-win.

Time to get back out shooting!

Speaking of which, if you’re a photographer in the Ottawa area and want to engage in more active local photography, a few friends and I are establishing a photography group with the goal of encouraging one another to shoot more and explore our talents. Especially if you’re a novice, you’ll always learn one amazing thing that will revolutionize your approach to photography! If this interests you, leave a comment below!


Just wanted to drop a quick note here to say hello to all my friends and fans! Of course I haven’t forgotten about you, couldn’t if I tried to. I’ve simply been super busy with all sorts of personal development. Sometimes I get the chance to come and write about my experiences here, but oftentimes the world travels so fast that I am already caught up in next thing before even taking a second to think about the last!

For instance, last Monday I met up with the super-talented photographer Tina Picard and her amazing creative team for this shoot: Erica Wark, Melody Iafelice, Kirsty MacDonald, and models from MIM Heather, Natasha, Crystal. I was given the chance to experience the making of style and fashion photography for fashion designer Belmaica. I learned so much about all aspects of the business, and left feeling as if my creative batteries were not just recharged, but overflowing with potential!

This and many other new activities give me so much to think about, and in place of thinking out loud in writing here, I was doing it in words with friends and others. But in doing so I realized that the things I was learning weren’t being shared with you, the world at whole!

Today I’m here saying hello to y’all, actively recommitting myself to sharing the knowledge I learn about us with you instead of keeping it all bottled up inside me. “You can’t sell what’s in the back room”, after all. The true value of knowledge is in sharing it for anyone who wants to listen and better themselves.