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Though, my professional modeling days are long behind me, I still occasionally dabble in modeling. Most of my time is taken up by photography, but when an opportunity presents I participate in creative shoots as a model. To my surprise and amazement one of such shoots has been published in a Japanese magazine “Kirameki.” The issue was called “Red” and all the photos complied to this color. This Editorial was photographed by the amazing Nina Pak – one of my favorite photographers. Nina Pak Art
I present to you the wonderful Editorial titled “Bela Rosa” published in “Kirameki” magazine and shot by the talented Nina Pak. Photos of me appear on pages 70 and 71.
I am overjoyed to announce the much awaited publication of my Wedding Editorial in the Vancouver based Wedding magazine – Coco Bride! To read about the making of this editorial please view my previous blog post: Making of the Creamtone Symphony
With ought further ado I present to you my published Wedding Editorial. I am elated to see my photos in such an amazing magazine as Coco Bride!
I would like to that the wonderful team that consisted of Naomi West, Dana Truhar, Carmen Tse, and Brendan Hopwood for making my dream of being published in a Wedding magazine a reality.
For the full version of the magazine please go to:
This Bridal Editorial shoot took me months to organize, but in the end it was worth every drop of sweat I put into it. I am overjoyed to announce that once again my photos will be published in a magazine, this time a Wedding one! To a photographer there is no bigger reward than seeing her work in print. Well, seeing my clients happy is also rewarding, don’t’ get me wrong. 😛
My wonderful team for the shoot consisted of:
Makeup Artist: Carmen Tse
Hair Stylist: Brendan Hopwood
We began the shoot in the usual way – getting hair and makeup done for the models. Here are a few of the getting ready pics.
After getting hair done for our beautiful models, wonderful Brendan Hopwood asked if he can also braid my hair. That was unbelievably sweet of him! I have to say that Brendan is an absolute sweetheart and it was such a pleasure to work with him! It was very neat to be in the chair getting my hair done. I felt like a model again for a split second. 😉
After everyone’s hair was done (including mine!) we began shooting. The dresses fit unbelievably well with the antique furniture!
The results of this wonderful collaboration with Carmen, Brendan, Naomi and Dana will be published in the upcoming issued of the Coco Bride – Vancouver based Wedding magazine. I am very proud to have my photos featured in this wonderful magazine.
I will post magazine tear sheets as soon as I get them. Stay tuned!
In the summer of 2014 I was invited to take part in a photo shoot for the Print Work Magazine. The concept was for five talented photographers to take photos of the same models, wearing same dresses and posing at the same studio, but to produce completely different photos. The photo shoot was a great success.
Following the shoot, one of my photos has been chosen to be on the cover of the Print Work magazine! This was my very first magazine cover! This issue of the magazine was presented at the Park Studios in Los Angeles and subsequently distributed in Los Angeles, Vancouver and New York. I am very proud of this accomplishment and foresee many more covers in my future!
My photo on the cover of Print Work Magazine
The shoot took place at a studio in Vancouver. When I arrived the other photographers were already set up and starting to shoot. In comparison to the others, I had the bare basics in terms of equipment. Here is a setup of one other photographer.
Here is my setup! All I had in terms of equipment was my camera and a small portable soft-box with a strobe (the stand to the left of me is the soft-box, the other stands are decorative).
Therefore, to be honest, when I walked into a studio I was intimidated. I kept thinking: “Will I be able to produce work comparable to other great photographers in the studios?” Little did I know that my photo will soon be on the cover! 😉
To be honest, this was the fanciest shoot I’ve done in terms of conditions. I am used to working with MUAs and stylist, but this was a first time I was shooting with a DJ and a barista in the studio! It was very neat to be shooting while the DJ was spinning and to get a late made for you in between the takes. For a moment, I felt like I am a big shot photographer in New York or Milan. Though, I don’t even know if they get such royal treatment.
I was absolutely in love with the dresses designed by wonderful Syra Emerson. The models were great also. Here are the other photos that were included in the first issue of the Print Work Magazine.
While I was shooting, I kept thinking: “What will make my photos stand out from the others? What props can I use to make this more interesting?” To my delight I saw a ladder in a studio and had an “Aha” moment. A ladder is a wonderful prop as it allowed my models to move and find interesting poses. Luckily for me, Anna – one of the models, was adventurous and fearless enough to climb to the top of the ladder! As this was much higher than my poor little stand could reach, I asked one of the photographers to help me hold the light. The result is one of my favorite shots from this shoot. I like how simple and clean it is. I absolutely love the lines and the triangles that can be found in the ladder and model’s poses.
After a long but very satisfying day at the studio, I went home to retouch the photos. I soon found out that my photo was chosen to be on the cover! The issue of the Print Work Magazine was launched in LA at the Park Studios Hwood. I was invited to the reception, but unable to attend. Here are a couple of photos from that reception with my photos on the walls.
I am very grateful to Curtis Bechdholt and Andrea Bell for inviting me to this wonderful shoot! It exceeded all my expectations. I am very proud to have one of my photos on the cover of the Print Work magazine!
If you’d like to see the results of other photographs work and to browse through the issue, please follow this link.
Tinka is a great model and a remarkable human being. I met Tinka the same way I meet most of my models – through an online casting. We talked about wardrobe and ideas for the shoot. At the time, I was fortunate to have access to a student Studio at UBC. I wanted to start our shoot with simple editorial shots, but then, ultimately, to progress to fantasy like setups. Tinka was the perfect model for this plan. I have to admit, that initially what drew me to pick Tinka as a model was her flaming red hair. It made such a statement! But, as is often the case with my models, Tinka won me over with her life story.
Tinka came to Canada from Croatia just months prior to our shoot. She was 26 years old and world was her oyster. Prior to Canada she had a stint in the US. When I met her, Tinka had already made connections in the Vancouver Film community and was going to work at the upcoming Vancouver Film Festival. She subsequently went on to work in the film industry and to have a variety of colorful experiences.
Tinka on set
I kept meeting Tinka throughout the following year. This girl is like sunshine, a truly remarkable human being! Having come from Croatia with no money, no connections, not much of anything really, Tinka quickly navigated the Vancouver film industry and made literally hundreds of friends. The last time I bumped into Tinka on the street, she informed me that she is going to Burning Man as a part of a troop! She also attended countless festivals throughout the summer.
Tinka at Burning Man
I subsequently found out that Tinka went to South America for the winter. She is a truly remarkable girl in being able to just make things happen. After the shoot with her, I pondered for a long time if I should be taking more risks. It is remarkable to see someone as free as Tinka to literally take over the world, while the rest of us are working the 9am to 5pm grind and save for retirement. To me Tinka has continued to be an inspiration and I follow her remarkable journey through facebook.
In Costa Rica!
Now, let me tell you a bit about our shoot. We were shooting at the UBC Studio. Makeup and hair was done by wonderful Momo Liu. I’ve worked with Momo on a couple of shoots and she is extremely friendly and creative.
Once we started shooting the results were truly fantastic. This is one of my all time favorite profile photos. I love how well the color of the flowers works with Tinka’s hair!
We then ventured outside. Momo helped me with the lights. They kept falling over because of the wind! I love how the tree provided the perfect backdrop for this portrait.
As is often the case, my best ideas usually come to me towards the end of a shoot. I saw little while flowers and something told me that we have to make use of them. I asked Tinka to lay down on the ground. Momo was helping by holding the light. At first it was difficult to get anything decent, but Tinka persevered, made an effort to hold her head above the grass to avoid distortion and as a result we ended up with this amazing portrait! This is one of my all time favorite photos because of how unusual it it. I love the background, pose and lighting.
It was a wrap with Tinka and Momo, but I continue to think about what Tinka said during our shoot. I’ve since told many people about this remarkable girl. She is a continued source of inspiration and I wish her the very best.
American girl in Paris
My photo shoot with Ellen will forever hold a very special place in my heart. Photography, for me, is as much about building relationships with people as it is about taking pretty pictures. But there are times when photography is my rescue, my salvation from whatever hell happens to be happening in my life. Photo-shoot with Ellen was of this variety. For personal reasons, when I met Ellen I was a mess. Days prior to the shoot I discovered that I have been lied to for months on end by someone who meant a lot to me. In the state of emotional upheaval all I wanted to do was lie in bed and cry, but my inner core wouldn’t let me stay home and wallow. So I went on the photo-shoot with Ellen.
I am usually composed and organized during my shoots. But when I met Ellen I was simply a mess. I thought that we would probably end up cancelling the whole thing due to the dire state I was in. To my amazement and delight Ellen, albeit only for the three hours that we were shooting, made me come alive, made me forget about the hell that just happened in my personal life. This is probably one of the more emotional posts I will write on here. This is raw, real and very personal. I wanted to share this story here to showcase how a passion, be it for photography or something else, can save you, can lift you up from the destruction and upheaval in your life and give you the only thing that really matters in life – hope.
So without further ado, I would like to tell you more about my shoot with Ellen. I was inspired to do a shoot like this long before actually visiting Paris. The following photo was my starting point. I wanted to make use of magnificent architecture and landmarks in Paris.
Location of the shoot was Place de la Concorde. It is the largest square in the French capital. At the north end, it has a magnificent stone building which I wanted to have in some of my shots. I also wanted to make use of a quiet alley adjacent to the square. Place de la Concorde is a very busy place with hundreds of tourists roaming around. It was nice to begin our shoot in the fairly quiet alley. The light was just right and I took advantage of the beautiful shadows being cast by the trees. I used a strobe with a portable soft-box to properly light the face and body of my wonderful model.
I then asked Ellen to change into another dress and we went on to photograph with a magnificent stone building in the background. I subsequently titled this photo “Grief” and it went on to become very popular on 500px with many photographers complimenting me on composition. Out of the series with Ellen this was my favorite photo. I love the background and the texture in this shot.
After shooting for about two hours at this location we decided to take a stroll in Tuileries Garden. It is absolutely stunning! The only downside is that with so many people in the park it is challenging to shoot. Also, this park has many restrictions in terms of shooting and we were almost immediately approached by a security guard informing us that we can not set up lighting equipment there. But I am resourceful, so we did manage to shoot a few more frames with an aid of a reflector. I love the Decorative Arts Museum in the background! Ah, Paris, it is easy to be a good photographer while roaming your streets! 🙂
It was a wrap for my shoot with Ellen, but this post wouldn’t be complete without saying few words about this remarkable woman. Ellen is originally from New York. She sung in the Metropoletan opera for over 20 years! She then fell in love with a Parisian man and overcame many obstacles to be with him. They are now happily married and Ellen partakes in small productions around Paris, though, sadly, she doesn’t sing in the opera any more. Here are some links to Ellen’s videos. She is extremely talented, but also unbelievable kind and caring. I was very touched by her generosity and kindness.
After our shoot, knowing that this is my last day in Paris, Ellen invited me to a fancy patisserie and tea house – Angelina! The place is unbelievable and I am drooling as I remember the tasty pastries and the out of this world hot chocolate. This was by far the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had in my life!
I will forever be grateful to Ellen for making my last day in Paris so special. Now when I think back to the end of my vacation I remember my photo shoot with Ellen and sipping hot chocolate at Angelina. 🙂
In the summer of 2013 I was fortunate enough to visit the beautiful city of Paris. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As a photographer I fell in love with its magnificent architecture, rich texture of the buildings, and charming street cafes.
During my trip to Paris I was fortunate to participate in 5 photo shoots. In two of them I was a model! (Yes, I still dabble in modeling a bit.) I also organized 3 photo shoots with the local models. This post is about the photo shoot I did on the streets of Paris with the beautiful model of Russian origin – Irene.
In the traditional Russian fashion first thing Irene did was poor me some tea and offer me delicious pastry. I have to say that I am not used to this hospitality any longer and this was a real treat! After a brief chat while sipping tea, I began setting up my equipment. First thing that I noticed as I walked into Irene’s apartment was the paint that was literally falling off the walls. Perhaps to a regular person this would not be appealing, but a photographer in me immediately went: “Aha! Texture!” So the first shot we did was against that wall. In terms of a setup I used a single strobe for dramatic lighting.
I then noticed that Irene had a great view from here balcony. Also, it was about 3pm and the light was at just the right angle to take photos outside. I photographed mostly with an aid of a hand-held reflector. Also, Irene really wanted to showcase her new shoes. So, Voila! 😉
We then headed into the beautiful Jardin du Luxemburg to take advantage of the magnificent architecture of Paris. I have to admit that shooting at such a busy touristy location had its drawbacks, such as numerous tourists that would stop and take photos, but Irene was a trouper and managed to pose beautifully despite all the attention we received. At the end of the shoot we even had to fight off unwelcome coffee invitations! Our annoying “suitors” wouldn’t leave even after I repeatedly asked them not to interfere with our shoot. But Irene managed to get us out of this uncomfortable situation with grace and elegance. She also managed to tune out all the hustle and bustle around us and to pose beautifully.
At the end of our shoot Irene was kind enough to snap this picture of us. Overall, I am happy with the results of our shoot. I am also very grateful to Irene for being such a great model. Shooting on the streets of Paris was a dream come true, but not every model is capable of shooting with so many distractions and so much unwelcome attention. Irene did a wonderful job and for this I am very grateful.
Posts about my two other shoots in Paris are coming soon! Thank you for reading.