We’re in the process of finishing this lookbook-type spot for local swimwear company Saltwater Collective. We shot the spot in Studio Bon Soleil - a beautiful, rustic space flooded with natural lighting. These were shot exclusively on the Sony a7r, alternating between a Canon 50mm & 24mm. This was truly a learning experience for me - I don’t think I’ve shot fashion/commercial to this extent before. I usually stick to candid travel/street photography, throw in the occasional music photography experience in the pot… it’s different when you start directing people to look a certain way, move a certain direction, etc.
Included here are some behind-the-scenes photos of the small, dedicated crew working away!
Crew - @ricoferri/@stanleywoodfilms- director, @lmhggns - DOP, @artemmykhailetskyi - 1st AC, @ohioisonfiiire - producer + photographer, @beautybytaydownes - HMC
@miraclekerr / @miraclemgmt
Models - @sarah.spencerr, @tolulopeojo, @xomichieko
I was involved in the pre-production (scheduling, point of contact for cast and crew, etc.) leading up to the shoot day. I PA’d on set when I wasn’t shooting the BTS. I am the post-producer on this spot, organizing the edit, color/finishing and audio. The spot itself will be out sometime in mid March!
EDIT: The spot is out, please click here for more information!
Shades of Our Sisters just celebrated its 2 year anniversary since the premiere exhibit in the Tecumseh Auditorium at Ryerson University, February 2017. I personally can’t believe its been 2 years. A recap of our first three exhibits above really shows how we’ve progressed and managed to share the exhibit over 10 more times with other communities in the province. We’ve also included other families - all in all, this has definitely grown to become an even more extraordinary experience.
We’re currently open at St. James Cathedral in Toronto, ON until March 1st. This is the first time we’ve been able to host the exhibit for more than a couple days- however, we had to scale down a bit to fit the space and situation. But I’m always thankful to be apart of these exhibits. Scrolling through the blog section reminds me of how far the families have come in sharing their stories and raising awareness.
My co-worker Rico asked me if I could take some photos for his band, Enshades. They recently dropped a new EP, which you can listen to here. We took these photos on a relatively mild October evening (early evening, I guess. The sun was just setting) around the Dufferin area. We mainly stuck to the parks, and took the last few photos against the white brick building belonging to Blood Brothers.
Gear: Fujica STX-1N, 40 mm f1.6, Kodak Gold 400.
I did throw these images into Adobe Lightroom to tone down the harsh sunlight and balance out the colours a little bit. Maybe I should’ve asked them not to wear white, either.
I finally attended the Canadian Hot Docs Festival! I volunteered but also got the chance to watch a couple of docs:
The Arms Drop
Sandwich Nazi/Pop-Up Porno
Live From New York!
The Cult of JT LeRoy
More like 12.
My favourite has to be Live from New York!, Sandwich Nazi and The Nightmare. Live from New York! is a documentary about Saturday Night Live, from its original days to present day. Cast members from every era appeared and offered their 2 cents. They talked about topics like racial representation, how history affected the programming and how they ended up adapting to new formats (e.g., digital shorts) and changing the live TV demands. Sandwich Nazi is about an ex-male escort from Lebanon who immigrates to Vancouver and opens up a sandwich shop. He's fouled mouth and I'm pretty sure the title of the documentary came from Seinfeld's Soup Nazi character. The Nightmare is a documentary re-creating people's sleep paralysis experiences. They're really fucked up but also SO interesting. I've never heard of someone feeling physical pain from sleep paralysis. It's nice to know that it can happen to me, too (but hasn't yet so let's leave it at that).
I am very thankful for Hot Docs. They're astoundingly nice to volunteers and the shifts actually have a range- they're not all 8 hours long. I did street marketing and got 2 vouchers for 4 hours- it was great. I also met some new friends! As well, the doc channel sponsored enough for seniors and students to watch docs for free before 5PM throughout the entire festival.
Documentaries are one of my favourite art forms. I love learning and being inspired by all the true stories that filmmakers decided to tackle. I also find it to be one of the most time consuming and difficult art forms. Unfortunately, there's not a ton of money that comes with it but I'd love to produce my own feature length one day too.