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Guess Footwear

On August 3, 2014
By Connie
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What is it about women and shoes?  I didn’t understand the whole hoopla when I was a kid, but somewhere between high school and my first real grown-up job, I became part of the movement/craze/irrational use of your pay cheque.

We’ve been buried under shoes galore here at the studio shooting the upcoming Guess Footwear promotions.  The greatest thing about Guess shoes is that they’re never afraid to be bold, edgy, or just plain fun.

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Check out our different style sessions: Wild For Prints, Red Love, Bad*ss Basics, and Sparkle & Shine.  Let’s just say that I’m grateful to be the sample size of shoe!

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Stop Motion Start

On July 13, 2014
By Connie
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We’ve starting playing with stop motion these last few weeks at the studio.  As this is my first foray into stop motion, I’ve been really keen to dive right into these projects.  So. Much. Fun.  It’s playing and craft time all the time!

I understood the general concept of stop motion videos: lots of still images of incremental movements played sequentially in a video.  I did not, however, really understand just how many still images were needed to create a short video of only one minute.  We assumed a lot.  We should have assumed a lot more.  Thankfully, amazing things can be done in Final Cut Pro.

For this stop motion video, we did a style session called One Knit Three Ways.  It’s pretty self-explanatory; we took one green knit sweater and created three different outfits involving said sweater.  We created our set on the ground, and high above we rigged a camera on a stand.  The camera was tethered to a computer so we could see our progress as we moved the clothes around the set.  It was good fun making the clothes walk around, flap about, and dance on the set.  There was plenty of laughter, and, by the end of the day, a lot of sore knees.  Next time I’m wearing knee pads!

When we pulled all the images into Final Cut Pro, we started to really see how much control we had in this editing program.  We experimented a lot with speeding up or slowing down the frame rate to see how it changed the tone and pacing of the video.  It really started to highlight just how essential it is to have a skilled and talented editor for any video project.  Tiny adjustments to the frame rate, the sequence of imagery, and the length of each shot drastically changed the overall tone and story of the piece.  This was a new skill I really wanted to master (or perhaps, more realistically, just be good at – lots of props to professional editors out there!).

So behold – my first stop motion video.  Thank you.  Thankyouverymuch.

Ted Baker Campaign

On June 13, 2014
By Connie
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We’ve been drooling over all the Ted Baker apparel in the studio this week.  Their gorgeous prints are that perfect combination of quirky yet sophisticated.  I’m particularly in love with that red bird print cardigan.  Tissue please!

 

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Throwback Thursday

On April 10, 2014
By Connie
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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.

 

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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.

I Like Wolves

On March 24, 2014
By Connie
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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?

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Behind The Scenes With G-Star

On March 2, 2014
By Connie
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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!

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Zara Campaign

On February 16, 2014
By Connie
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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!

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More Pretty in Pink!

On January 26, 2014
By Connie
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It seems we’re really loving pink this season.  Check out some our latest work.

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Happy New Year!

On January 12, 2014
By Connie
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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.

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Diesel Photo Shoot

On December 1, 2013
By Connie
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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.

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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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