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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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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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Beauty Retouching Class

On November 24, 2013
By Connie
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I’ve enrolled in the Beauty Retouching class with the Australian Centre of Photography here in Sydney.  I started using Adobe Photoshop about 15 years ago, and although my retouching skills are decent, they have definitely been in need of a refresher for quite some time.

Anyone who uses Photoshop on a regular basis can probably relate to falling into a personally refined pattern of methods used to enhance any image one might be retouching.  It’s familiar and comforting.  The ease and speed of using your overly practised methods makes you feel like a pro.  A stagnant pro.

I haven’t learned many new Photoshop skills in the last several years and it was time for me to jump start my learning once again.  For anyone who has never really explored using Photoshop, it is a truly brilliant program.  It never ceases to amaze me how extraordinarily powerful that one program can be.  In the right hands that is.

So far I’ve attended two of the five classes of this coarse.  My mind has been sufficiently blown multiple times.  I don’t know if that was due to my Photoshop ignorance or if my years of previous knowledge helped me really appreciate just how amazing some of these new techniques are.  I have spent countless hours struggling with smoothing out skin tones and blemishes while keeping textures intact.  I have a high admiration for flawless gradations from highlights to shadows.  Don’t get me started on cleaning up wrinkles in clothing.

My instructor made those problems look like child’s play.

Basically we learned a technique called Frequency Separation where it’s possible to separate the texture of a surface from the colours and tones of that same surface.  What does that mean?  It means I can now remove blemishes from skin with ease and without messing up the colours and tones.  It also means that I can smooth out colours and tones without obliterating texture.  It means awesomeness.

Below is a sample of my progress so far.  The image on the left is the “before” and the image on the right is the “after”.

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The technique is completely new to me so I have a lot of practising to do.  It takes some mucking around in order to refine my brush strokes and settings.  But I’ve lucky to have lots of material to practice on.  I’m really excited to use these new techniques for the new portfolio I’ll be adding to my website.  I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me so I better get cracking.

Icon Sunglasses Shoot

On November 10, 2013
By Connie
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Summer is fast approaching this year.  The recent 30 plus days have been a foreboding glimpse into what could be the hottest summer I’ve had to survive here in Australia.  I’m a born and bred Canadian.  I may love the sunny skies and endless beaches, but my ability to function drastically slows in those searing 35 plus days.  We pray to the air-conditioning gods that the air-con units will be installed in the studio before one of those days occurs.

In the last few weeks we’ve been churning out the summer season shoots.  Swim suits, short dresses, and sun glasses galore.  Check out the behind the scenes shots of our Icon Sunnies photo shoot.  I know the models make it look easy, lying around smiling for the camera, but that’s why they’re pros.  Poor Felix had a fresh sun burn on his back and that turf is in no way soft and comfortable.  More like scratchy and prickly.  Like needles.  Every time I asked our models to shift left or right, I was met with a few silent faces of anguish accompanying every move.  But in the end our clients were really happy with the results. Thanks for your great work guys!

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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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