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Merry Christmas

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Seasonal themed photo shoots are fun and popular.

Themed photo shoots are common around Christmas, Valentines Day, and Halloween and they bring out the festive.

These are two models who came to Look Studios wanting to capture something ‘Christmassy’ for their respective portfolios.

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The Ticket...

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At the end of doing some fashion photography for a model’s portfolio, she pulled out a New York City Police uniform shirt and hat for a few fun shots.

When it came time to sign her model release, she said “Hey, lets pretend I am writing you a traffic ticket!”.

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Her eyes, they shone like diamonds...

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Creating images for a model’s portfolio often provides fun challenges for makeup artist and photographer. Models often bring unique concepts they want to us to help them to create.

For example, this model wanted her “eyes to shine like diamonds”. So the make up artist glued small diamonds to the end of her eye lashes.

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Retro pinup / 1950's glamour

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Miss Dottie Squish is a new and emerging Vancouver model specializing in pinup. Miss Dottie came to Look Studios asking us to create new material for her modelling portfolio.

Her goal was contemporary images inspired by those of the classic Hollywood era (1940s and 50’s).

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Betty Page themed pinup shoot

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Recently I had the opportunity to do a portfolio photo session with a well established Fetish / alt / pinup model from Vancouver.

We did two looks and outfits, but the one that was the most fun was inspired by the work of Betty Page. It was amazing how well the model was able to portray that ‘erotic yet playful Betty Page spirit’ .

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Dancing in natural setting

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This photo shoot was to help a dancer create new images for her portfolio. We did this shoot out in nature near Squamsh. The concept was to photograph dance poses in a natural setting by a stream and waterfall.

This was the second time I have worked with this dancer. We had preciously collaborated on an urban dance project that we shot in and around the back alleys of Vancouver.

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Blowing in the wind

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This was the second time working with Ashara who attends the National Circus School in Montreal. We shot several concepts near Squamish, including with fabric blowing in the wind.

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Angel - aerial hoop

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This image “angel” is from a photo session with two circus performers who perform on the aerial hoop. The goal was to creature portfolio images for promoting their shows. Their repertoire includes an aerial burlesque show on the hoop.

As a photographer, it is amazing the wide variety of subjects we photograph and talented people we work with. The challenges in this shoot was similar to dance, which is to create a lighting setup in a studio or gym to give the appearance of a performance on stage.

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Heavy Metal

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Heavy metal music and trains. When I was asked to take photos of Susie Myers, lead singer of the heavy metal band “Over the Coals”, I wanted to shoot her in front of some heavy metal and chose an old steam train as backdrop. The image is for a fundraiser calendar featuring artists who performing in the annual Armstrong MetalFest this summer.


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contortion artist

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A portfolio photo shoot on location with Circus West contortion artists/performers in a Vancouver Park.

It is always fun to have opportunities to photograph something a bit different. This recent photo shoot was with contortion artists who train at the Circus West training facility in Vancouver. Working with 2 contortion artists in a lovely park on a stunning spring day produced some great images.

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Creating the 'Look' for a model's portfolio

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How to create ‘a look’ for a model’s portfolio.
The process begins with a model, then add professional makeup and hair stylist, studio lighting, and photo editing in post production.

Creating images for modelling portfolios is part of the magic of being a photographer.

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Dancing with Escher

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This was from an urban dance project working with a local dancer to create images for her portfolio.

For this project, we shot a variety of dance images in a number of Vancouver’s back alleys near Gastown.

One of the locations we shot at was in front of this graffiti mural that incorporated a reproduction of the famous self portrait by the artist Escher.

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On the beach

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With the popularity of magazines such as Maxum, we often get requests from models wanting to create the ‘Maxum’ look to either add to their portfolios, or for magazine submissions with the hope of landing a magazine photo shoot.

This was shot at Third Beach in Stanley Park on a late summer’s eve.

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Swimwear & fun in the sun

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With the popularity of swimwear photography in magazines and fashion, summer time brings requests from women who want professional photos of themselves in swimwear.

Often swimwear photos are intended as a gift for a partner. As well, models often seek swimwear images for their portfolios.

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boudoir and lingerie

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At Look Studios we focus on simple sets with dramatic and elegant lighting for our boudoir and lingerie photo sessions. We work with a makeup artist to provide glamour makeup look and hair to set the stage for the photo session to follow.

This photo shoot was with a Oksana, a Russian model based in Vancouver. She was looking to add some new images to her modeling portfolio. In a 4 hour dedicated modeling portfolio photo session that included three different looks with makeup and hair to go with a casual fashion outfit, a portrait / headshot, and finally a lingerie session.

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Lady of the Mist

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Sometimes to get that shot you are wanting to create takes considerable effort. This image about half an hour of hiking, crossing logs over streams, and thrashing through dense bush. In the end, the effort was worthwhile.

Here the model is draped in loose fabric that is wet from the mist of the waterfall behind her.

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Swimwear portoflio

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It is nice in the summer to get out of the studio and do photo sessions on the beach.

Many models want to add swimwear images in their portfolios. One thing about Vancouver is that there are so many places to photograph swimwear on the many beaches and parks. This swimwear modelling portfolio photo session was conducted on the beach at Whitecliff Park in West Vancouver.

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Even dog's like bikinis

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Expect the unexpected. Whenever I do a photo shoot, I never know what will happen or how it will go. Every photo session is dynamic and has a life of it’s own as it evolves. This model bought her admiring pet Chiwawa for the modelling portfolio swimwear photo session.

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Honeymoom suite

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To create quality boudoir / lingerie / glamour images can require considerable time and effort.

Choosing lingerie that is fun, playful and sexy, hiring professional hair and makeup artist for the photo session.

In this case, rather than shoot in the studio, the model rented the honeymoon suite in a post downtown hotel for an exotic location and look.

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