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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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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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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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Xmas Party!

On December 8, 2013
By Connie
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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.

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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