I’ve noticed a fun little game being played on Facebook called Throwback Thursdays. Sometimes it’s called Flashback Fridays, which leads me to wonder if this game can be played any day of the week (Wayback Wednesdays, Too-Far-Back Tuesdays, etc.). In any case, the idea is that you dig up some old, possibly slightly embarrassing, photo from your past, post it on your wall, and share the story behind that photo. It’s kind of amusing to look back on how far you’ve come and how much you’ve changed over the years.
So I thought it would be fun to do it too. Although I haven’t picked an embarrassing photo. No need to slam my pride here; this is MY blog after all.
This is Hannah and the Naked Cat. It’s possible that I’ve just come up with this name right now, but it works. I think I did this shoot a little after I graduated from college. I was super lucky in that I landed a fantastic gig as a permanent assistant for one of Toronto’s top commercial shooters. I was originally introduced to the studio’s producer by my classmate who did his school work week with them. We were literally just in the neighbourhood with our freshly finished student portfolios when he suggested we just knock on the studio’s door and say hi. To all those young photographers and assistants trying to break into the industry, never under estimate the possibilities behind cold calling, or cold knocking in our case.
Anyway, on my spare days as a lowly, but eager studio assistant, I arranged my own test shoots using the studio’s equipment. The best perk of belonging to any studio as a lowly assistant is the universal, sometimes unspoken agreement that assistants get to use the gear in the off hours. This particular shoot was done in my friend’s basement apartment. She had the awesome couch and the weird naked cats. The model was a mutual friend from high school.
I’d like to talk about how I had some clear vision of a majestic, deep and meaningful artistic piece I was aiming to create, but that wasn’t the case. It was about ten years ago so I’m happy that I can remember the details I have retained. I remember just wanting to create something memorable, and hopefully have some fun at the same time.
These images never made it into a magazine or book, but I did gather a little more valuable experience from that shoot. It also landed me another job as a photographer at a small fashion studio a few years later. The head photographer told me that of the many applicants he’d seen, that image stuck out the most. It’s really crazy how sometimes the ripple effects of what we do today have such an impact on the doors that open tomorrow.
We had a lot of fun on the shoot for I Like Wolves. It’s always a pleasure working with Gina, one of our regular models. She always brings lots of energy and life to every shoot. It must be that dancing background of hers!
Our client wanted this campaign to really reflect the fun, young, and effortless cool vibe of their clothing. Lots of bright colours meant we wanted a bold and vibrant feel to this shoot. So we turned up the music, jacked up the wind machine, and just had fun (along with some fabulous styling by resident stylist, Bri Lurhmann, and some stellar lighting and camera moves by yours truly). Who says work and play don’t mix?
Great behind the scenes shot from our stylist, Bri Luhrmann, on location for our G-Star shoot. I think she even managed to nab this snap around the same time I shot the final select from the shoot. Amazing timing Bri!
Who doesn’t love the clean lines and every day elegance of Zara? We’ve been working on lots of photo shoots lately for our recent Zara promos. I’ve been known to be victim to a good deal on great clothes. Sometimes the best part of my job is the sneak peak on our latest sales. Check out our recent campaign below. And happy shopping!
It seems we’re really loving pink this season. Check out some our latest work.
We’re back in the studio after a much deserved holiday break. Here’s Eloise in our recent summer fun shoot. I’m pretty happy to be starting the new year diving right back into the summer action – especially after the Canadian deep freeze! It’s great to be back.
Happy New Years everybody! It’s been so wonderful spending a white Christmas with my family, and catching up with old friends in Canada. The good food and restful days were exactly what I’ve needed after the big rush leading up to Christmas.
This year Toronto was hit with a big ice storm just a few days before Christmas. It was a huge blow to the city as hundreds of thousands of residents were left with no power for days. With temperatures plummeting to -20C, no power resulting in no heat became a serious problem across the Greater Toronto Area. But our family was incredibly fortunate to escape the power outages. We spent Christmas Day hunkered down in the warm comfort of home.
After piling on layer after layer of clothing, I did venture outside to grab a few photos of the beautiful, yet amazingly destructive ice storm of 2013.
The long haul flight over the Pacific is never an easy stroll through the park. This year we decided to make a short stopover in South Korea on our way to Toronto.
Visiting Mount Namsan was definitely a cultural experience. Aside from the typical amazing views most major cities make accessible in order to attract hoards of tourists every year, this particular tourist attraction was also geared specifically at couples. Named Kiss Kiss Paradise (what?!?), the viewing platforms had been advertised as THE place for couples to pronounce their unending love by symbolically attaching a personally decorated lock to the wall of lovers’ padlocks.
There were countless locks of all shapes and colours. Animal shapes and the random phone covers were particular standouts but not uncommon. Not wanting to miss a deep cultural experience, we promptly bought our own little green lock from the conveniently placed gift shop. Can you spot our special little green lock? I drew the panda myself.
Another year, another great Christmas party! This year’s theme was a masquerade ball. I actually had enough foresight to do my mask shopping right after the theme was announced. All the Halloween costumes were still on sale in stores and I nabbed my lace bunny ears for a bargain.
The ladies and I had a blast getting ready for our big night right at the studio. One of the perks of working at a big studio is that there are plenty of mirrors for all of us ladies to do our make-up and hair at the same time! We turned up the tunes, laid out some nibbles, and had some great laughs doing our own private photo shoot.
The Christmas party was held at Cala Luna in Mosman overlooking Middle Harbour. Being that it was the third year running that we’ve booked this restaurant, we were expecting the same amazing food and service as previous years. Sad to say that both have fallen in quality. I actually left the dinner table still hungry since my chicken was so dry I could no longer swallow it once the sauce was all eaten up. They also denied us tea or coffee claiming that the barista had gone home. Since when do you need a barista to make you a cup of tea?! Needless to say, we won’t be returning.
Still, all you need is good friends and a maybe a little bubbly to have a wonderful time. We danced till our heels had to be kicked off. Then we kept dancing some more.
What a lovely way to ring in the holidays. I’ll be taking off soon to spend Christmas and New Years back with my family in Canada so it was really nice to have a big night out with the team.
Just a quick entry this week from us folks at Studio 8. We’ve been super busy these last few weeks with all the sales and promos coming up to Christmas. Between all the photo shoots, retouching classes, and updating my portfolio, I’ve hardly had a chance to slow down! Can’t wait for the holidays to finally arrive.
Here’s a taster of what we’ve been up to lately. We’ve had the pleasure of recently welcoming back Jordan Coulter from his many months wowing the masses in London. We paired him with a current favourite of ours, Kristina Agioski, for our latest Diesel photo shoot.
Below are some shots from the shoot. Effortlessly cool, comfy yet stylish, Diesel apparel is always an easy sell. The clothing speaks for itself.
I was that geeky camera chick who spent her high school lunch breaks in the darkroom. I still miss the smell of those stinky developer chemicals. Sort of.
Born in Canada, I graduated with top honours in Applied Photography at Sheridan College before spending several years assisting and producing for some of the best commercial shooters in Toronto. After gathering a wealth of valuable skills and getting my first DSLR, I bought a plane ticket to Asia.
It was my first backpacking adventure, but I managed to survive nine months from Seoul to Singapore with only some shoddy mandarin and a lot of luck. I had the time of my life. So I did it again. Seven months of zig-zagging around India and Nepal taught me ingenuity with limited resources, clarity when surrounded in chaos, and how to eat with just my right hand.
Sydney became my new home in 2008, and I’ve been enjoying the sunny weather and great coffee ever since.
Today, I’m a fashion and product photographer extraordinaire. Based at Studio 8 in the northern beaches of Sydney, I relish the challenge and precision of studio lighting. My clients are drawn to my clean, stripped back approach to every project. My simplistic yet direct style is refreshing and elegant in a market full of heavily Photoshopped images.
When I’m not in the studio you can find me hand folding dumplings or scaling walls at the rock climbing gym. I’m also really good at winning board games (or my friends are just really good at losing).
Finalist – Shoot The Chef 2013
Top 5 – Australia’s Emerging Travel Photographers of 2010 – Capture Magazine
Winner – Best Marketing Imagery Award 2010 – New Mardi Gras
Semi-finalist – Shutterbug Awards 2010 – Shutterbug
Short-listed – Travel Photographer of the Year 2009 – TPOTY
Finalist – Cultural Explorers 2009 – STA Travel
Winner – World in Focus 2007 – Photo District News
Top Emerging Photographers of 2007 – Photo Life Magazine
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