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Josh Goot 2015 Resort Collection

On June 19, 2015
By Connie
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It was such a pleasure to be shooting another editorial showcasing Josh Goot’s stunning designs.  I love the bright colour blocks in his 2015 Resort collection.  As my style is quite minimal and clean, I chose to keep my backgrounds simple, but with a nod to his colour splashes by matching the floor to each outfit we shot.  I wanted the colours to really pop so I used a spot as my key light knowing that the hard quality of the light would allow the colours to photograph vibrantly.  I aimed a soft box on the background to lighten the grey and allowed that light to spill onto our model, Vanessa, creating more depth and separation.

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Calvin Klein Editorial

On May 16, 2015
By Connie
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Calvin Klein sleepwear editorial featuring model Yasmin Baildon.

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Mothers Day BTS

On May 10, 2015
By Connie
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Behind the scenes shot on our Mother’s Day video promo thanking all the mums out there for just being mum.

Two words: dinosaur onesie.  Happy Mother’s Day!

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Josh Goot Lookbook Video

On February 11, 2015
By Connie
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This was one of those projects where working with incredible talent can make any job feel so easy.  First of all, Josh Goot creates beautiful apparel – the clothing speaks for itself.  We created a minimal set with minimal styling in order to let his gorgeous designs stand on their own.  We knew that excessive styling would just clutter the imagery and would work against Josh Goot’s clean and elegant designs.

We had a limited amount of time to shoot each outfit so I designed a set and lighting scheme that would offer several interesting angles to shoot from.  I didn’t want to fuss with making dramatic changes to our set once we started shooting because I was concerned it would disrupt our workflow.  I am really happy with the results of this set up as I think I was able to create enough variety in the shots to avoid repetition without allowing the backgrounds themselves to pull focus from the clothing.

Our model, Natalie, was a pleasure to work with.  She truly did make my job easy.  After a quick chat about the Josh Goot brand and the look and feel I wanted for this video, it was obvious that Natalie and I were on the same page.  Aside for some minor directions here and there, I was able to just sit back and let Natalie interpret each outfit as we went along.  Since I knew that I would be laying music over the video, I had the luxury of being able to call out how I was framing my shots while I moved the camera around her.  In this way, we were always on the same page about what I was focusing on at any given time.  I had the fortune of having lots of great shots to choose from during the editing process.

So here it is, our finished lookbook.  I’m pleased to say that the folks over at Josh Goot were as excited with our video as us!

Behind the Scenes Stop Motion

On October 26, 2014
By Connie
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Check out my behind the scenes stop motion of our homewares photo shoot last week.  I set up a camera on a tripod next to my shoot camera and set it to interval shoot mode so it would automatically take a shot every 5 seconds.  There were a few times I paused the camera for longer chats about the shoot, but I still ended up with over 1000 frames!

I actually had to edit out a lot in order to get the pace of the video to feel just right.  It turns out that making lots of incremental adjustments to cushions isn’t all that interesting to watch repeatedly – even in fast forward.  The final video has about 350 frames.  Even though I cut out about two thirds of the original footage, it still shows a pretty good overview of our styling process.  The shoot itself took about 2 hours with a big chunk of that time devoted to making styling adjustments.  Big props to our stylist guru Bri Lurhmann – fantastic work as usual!

Tony Bianco Sunglasses

On October 19, 2014
By Connie
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Hello summer!  Nothing else better signals the start of sunnier days ahead than the changing of clocks for daylight savings.  That jump of just one hour really makes a difference.  I’ve been loving the cycle home from the studio with the warm sun at my back instead of those chilly, dark evenings in winter.   The approaching summer also means that sunglasses are now our favourite must-have accessory.  So, I was more than happy to create this fun editorial of Tony Bianco sunglasses.  We were lucky enough to also have some colourful bedsheets in the studio for a different shoot when I walked by and thought these would make a great background, and so voila!  Instant awesomeness!

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Philip Stein Editorial

On October 7, 2014
By Connie
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I had a great time shooting these Philip Stein watches the other day.  I’ve been shooting a lot of fashion and video lately so it was really nice to shoot a still life editorial again.

I almost forgot how much I enjoy a quiet day in the studio focusing on precise product lighting.  I sort of tune out the busy world around me and zero in on my set bubble.  It can be quite peaceful to zone out on a creative project of this nature, where it feels like it’s just me and my inanimate object of a subject.  Time slows down, or maybe it only feels like that because I’m staring at clock faces stuck at the exact same second for hours on end!

In any case, I’m very happy with the final series, and I’m grateful I got to enjoy a day of quiet tinkering.  Studio life for the win.

 

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Style Session: Stylemology

On September 27, 2014
By Connie
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We thought we’d switch things up from our usual flay lays and do something a bit more three dimensional for this week’s style session with Stylemology.  These product stills were created using clothes hangers, fishing line, and lots of patience.  The trick was waiting for some of the items to stop spinning back and forth on their fishing lines!  The extra time and effort was completely worth it though as we’re thrilled with the final results.

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It’s Finally Spring!

On September 13, 2014
By Connie
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After weeks and weeks of endless rain, I’m so happy to finally enjoy some sunshine.  The weather is warming up, and the studio is full of bright pastels and casual short dresses.  Spring is here!  And about time too.  Here are some of this week’s photo shoots.

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Style Insider: TOPSHOP

On September 5, 2014
By Connie
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TOPSHOP has arrived to our Australian site!  Yet another perk of working for the Mysale Group is getting access to big brands from overseas.  I love living in Australia, but boy do I wish we had better shopping opportunities here!  Thank the gods we have online shopping.

Check out this promo video I created highlighting the latest designs by a huge favourite, TOPSHOP.

About Connie

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).

 

Accolades

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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