Monday, August 31, 2009

Katie and Mihajlo

I greatly enjoyed photographing Katie and Mihajlo’s wedding a couple of weeks ago.  The bridal party was a lot of fun, historic old St. Luke’s church was full of character, and Burlington Golf and Country Club was a lush backdrop for the reception.  Here are a few of my favourite images from their day.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rapidly Produced Corporate Portrait

Allison called me on Monday, asking about a head-and-shoulders portrait.  The journal publishing her article needed to have the portrait in hand by the end of the week.  I was fortunate that one of my favourite makeup and hair stylists was available on short notice.  (Great job as usual Ang, thank you!)  The three of us met at the studio yesterday and, a little over 24 hours later, I have delivered this finished portrait to Allison.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Some Exciting News

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Photodex Corporation invited me to be one of three photographers featured in their new promotional campaign.  The product that is being promoted is scheduled to be released on Photodex’s website on Monday, but as of this afternoon, you can view a sneak peek of the slide show that features my work, at these sites:

Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Photodex/91094736418?ref=nf

YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezbGWzddobo

Twitter:

http://twitter.com/photodex

Photodex:

http://www.photodex.com/sharing/viewshow?fl=3123996&alb=0

My bit begins at the 2m 15s mark, but if you have three minutes to spare, please enjoy the whole presentation.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Time is Running Out

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My Summer Portrait Special ends this Saturday.  It’s a great deal: you get two hours of studio or location portrait photography, and ten fully finished, full resolution images on CD-ROM, for only $199.  The subject must be an individual, not a couple or a group.  For more details, see this blog posting, and this one.

Originally photography had to be completed by August 31, but I have extended that cut-off date to September 30.  However, you must book by this Saturday August 15.

Contact me to book or if you have any questions.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Styling Your Boudoir Portrait Album

Every boudoir portrait album commission that I accept is highly tailored to suit my client’s taste and objectives.  As a result, I have produced albums in a range of styles, including colourful contemporary glamour, fashion-oriented, and fine art black-and-white.

For example*, in the following figure studies, we were aiming for a classic retro black-and-white glamour style.

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With the next figure study series, we went for a somewhat more contemporary fine art style.

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Developing the look for a custom portrait album is almost always a collaboration between me, my client, and sometimes a stylist that we engage for the project.  Talking about different styles such as the above, and identifying the target looks and images for the album is an important initial stage in that collaboration.  My clients invariably use words like fun and exciting to describe the creative journey that they undertake with me.

From concept, through photography, post-production, and printing, the process of producing a custom portrait album typically takes 8 to 12 weeks.  Some album makers have extended production lead-times during the annual peak demand seasons.  If you’re thinking that a custom portrait album like this would make a great Christmas 2009 or Valentine’s Day 2010 gift for your special someone, now is the time to contact me to open the discussion.

*I have said it here before, but it bears repeating.  It is a standard term of my portrait agreement that I will only make public use of a commissioned intimate portrait with the client’s written consent.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Engagement Painting

Why just get a photo, when you can get a painted portrait to commemorate your engagement?  There is something more timeless and spiritual about a painting.

Here is the painting, printed on fine art paper, that Katie and Mihajlo’s guests will be signing at their wedding reception, later this month.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Custom Boudoir Portrait Paintings

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Did you know that if you take advantage of my $199 Summer Portrait Special (details here and here), you can optionally have me create a painting from your favourite take for only $99 more? 

The painting is delivered as a high resolution digital image file.  Paintings can also be delivered printed on high quality art paper or stretched canvas. Custom framing and plaquing services are available. Please contact me for details.

To take advantage of this offer or just the photography offer, you must book by August 15.  Contact me now to arrange your session.

Do you know a bride who is planning her wedding?  Do her a favour, and let her know about this offer.  It's hard to imagine a more personal, intimate and unique wedding day gift from a bride to her groom than a beautifully styled boudoir portrait.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sheri’s Head Shot Previews

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On Friday I worked in the studio with model Sheri Knox.  Our main objective was to produce some creative promotional material for some upcoming workshops and facilitated photo shoots that we will be running at my studio.  While we were at it, I also made some head shots for her.  Makeup and hairstyling were once again by clever and dependable Virginia of Beauty on the Go

Actors and models, contact me to get a new set of high quality head shots produced quickly and at a reasonable price.  Makeup and hairstyling can be provided in the studio.  Including time in the stylist’s chair, you can be in and out of the studio in 60 to 90 minutes, depending on how many variations we do.