California Dreaming with Matt Barnes

by Alex Beetham on June 2, 2015

At long last, the frost has left the ground (and our souls) here in Toronto.  10 degrees is completely acceptable spring time patio weather, right?  Matt Barnes wasn’t having any of winters chills, as he kept finding himself back under the warm sun of California, USA.  Matt has been kind enough to share some personal work from his last few trips to the West coast.  Below is everything you’d expect from Matt:  Sexy bods, beautiful faces, low riders, Lady Hayes flower crowns, family & friends, and… well just have a look see for yourself.  A snapshot into the world of Mr. Barnes:

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All Images © Matt Barnes


    Shanghoon with a Tangerine Twist

    by Alex Beetham on May 7, 2015

    In the hustle and bustle of this industry, photographers often have jobs tucked away on a (hopefully multiple) hard drive(s) that, well, just sit there.  That’s a shame, and good work deserves to be shared!  For example, Shanghoon just re-discovered this refreshing campaign he shot a couple years back for Molson.

    Here’s a step by step look at creating Shanghoon magic:

    Step 1)  Acquire many tangerines.


    Step 2)  Have a skilled food stylist peel some perfect twirls.


    Step 3)  Delicately prop said swirls & twirls.


    Step 4)  Take a (many) break(s) to play with Mandu.  Would you look at that face!?  (For more Mandu, search #westsidewoofs on instagram)


    Step 5)  Apply Shanghoon digital sorcery.

    Step 6)  (not pictured) Dedicate a decade of relentless work to your craft, constantly experiment with gear & techniques, surround yourself with talented & enthusiastic people who share your passion, and just be flat out talented.



    Not too shabby for something forgotten about in the archives, eh?

    All Images © Shanghoon


      Joey L and his Dudes With Cameras

      by Chris Payne on April 16, 2015

      When you pop open a portfolio and are immediately greeted by the gaze of an A-list celebrity, some of the most traditional cultures in the world or images you have seen a thousands of times on billboards and in magazines…  there is a good chance that the front of that book may read “Joey L”.

      Have you ever wondered what the life of one of the best commercial photographer looks like?  What it is like to look through a lens and see some of the worlds most rich and famous?  What would it be like to get the perfect shot and then be flown across a continent or two to do it all over again?  Joey L lives a hectic, but incredible life because of his talents.  Recently he published a new series of videos offering you a look into his life has a commercial photographer.  It is called Dudes with Cameras.

      Dudes with cameras is an answer to all those questions and maybe more.  It will make you laugh and give you a little peek into how awesome it is to work with Joey L and his team.  Check out this video below of the shoot that Joey did with us for the folks at DentsuBos and Canon.  You will also spot our very own Nick Leadlay retouching and Kirsten White producing!


        Nikki Plays Make Believe

        by Alex Beetham on December 10, 2014




        I’ve been wanting to do a shoot with Lola for over a year now. I felt like if we didn’t do it soon – she wouldn’t be a kid anymore.. This little lady was such a great model it blew us all away. She kept us entertained with her vibrant personality and with her live performance of The Llama Song. I really felt like I was a child again. It was such a fun day. I have a fascination with film (some films…) I really wanted this to feel like a total throw back to my childhood hanging out in my grandparents basement. Playing make believe. Dressing up. day dreaming. I borrowed colours from my memories and built a set accordingly. It has a very “Virgin suicides” feel to it… Its cool how ideas just grow and end up in spots you didn’t necessarily intend. I love when creative plans unfold organically and you’re left with something beautiful.

        - N


        Model is Lola,
        Her mum is Sacha.
        Wardrobe: Pascal Alhani
        Makeup: Angie DeBatista
        Set Design: Nikki Ormerod & Alex Beetham
        Assistants: Gabe Nivera & Jamie Rosenthal


        03_Lola__0337All Images © Nikki Ormerod

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          Tasty Treats w. Shanghoon

          by Alex Beetham on November 26, 2014

          Howling winds and snowy squalls make many a stomach crave warm, gooey comfort food. Shanghoon and food stylist Sarah Sweeney cooked up a delicious creative with this homemade turkey pot-pie. Try and keep from drooling.

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          Shanghoon & Sarah on set:



            AND THE AWARD GOES TO……..

            by Tom Nesbitt on May 13, 2014

            There are few things in this industry that do more to propel the careers of a photographer than having their work accepted into an awards annual. There are many of these to chose from. Local, National, International you name it. Each year begins a new as photographers, agencies and designers alike send in their best work in hopes of recognition. To be accepted into the pages of the annual is by no means a small feat. The competition is steep. For instance Communication Arts On average, each annual receives roughly 5000 entries and only 150-200 are chosen for the book. That means you have a 96% – 97% chance of not making the final cut. A 3%-4% chance of winning is not an attractive gamble to many. But those odds make it even sweeter when your work is chosen by a distinguished panel of jurors. And hey, you are a photographer, you are used to taking chances.

            For this year the first one out of the gate is the internationally acclaimed design publication Coupe

            In this we have Vicky Lam and Nikki Ormerod

            Vicky worked on these sinister images for Fangoria Entertainment with:
            CD: Zack Mroueh
            AD: Mooren Bofill
            Writer: Nick Asik
            Agency: Zulu Alpha Kilo




            Nikki hooked up with the team at Juniper Park on these ethereal beauties.
            ECD: Barry Quinn, Alan Madill, Terry Drummond
            Design: Natasha Michalowska
            Client: Kim Good




            Next up is Canada’s leading visual communications publication Applied Arts and in this years pages we have several Westsiders…..
            George Simhohi, Matt Barnes, Tyler Gray & Derek Shapton for stills and Chris Gordaneer for both stills & motion

            George doing what George does best, for this Advertising Single entry
            Agency: Bright Red Communications
            AD: Doug Bramah

            And a couple of Self Promotional beauties too….

            North California rugged cliffs on the coast 07 no releases


            Derek worked his wonderful portrait skills on Tim Godsall for Shots Magazine


            Tyler knocked it out of the park for ESPN Magazine during ExposNation
            Photo Director: Karen Frank
            Assoc Photo Editor: Kaitlin MarronApplied Arts

            You would have had to have been living a rock if you missed these stunners from Chris Gordaneer for the Canadian Olympic Committee
            Agency: Proximity
            AD: Josh Stein
            Art Producer: Jessica Valentini
            Digital Imaging: Mark Tyler / Stir Images



            And then there were these winners from the old country in the unpublished /personal category
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            Theres more to come folks. Plenty of awards to be handed out still this year.
            See ya soon.



              by Matt on April 8, 2014

              Nikki O took full advantage of extra hands around the studio during the recently passed ‘Intern Season’, and showed some youngins a fun and safe way to perform with water in the studio. Here’s the lady herself with some words before we get into her latest PHOTOGASM.

              I shot this fun performance inspired creative a little while ago. Thanks to the help of some awesome people here at the studio, and some hard working interns from Sheridan and Humber, I was able to pull off some wet and wild photos. Hope you enjoy. ~Nikki

              © Nikki Ormerod

              © Nikki OrmerodPhotographer: Nikki Ormerod
              Styling: Nadia Pizzimenti
              Hair & Makeup: Jukka
              Assistants: Alex Beetham, Spencer Blackwood, Joanna Gigliotti, Caitlin Allen, & Michelle Brussolo

              © Nikki Ormerod

              © Nikki Ormerod

              © Nikki Ormerod

              There’s a few more images from Nikki’s creative over on her blog, but before you go here’s a bit of behind the scenes thanks to Nikki and Stylist Nadia P!

              © Nikki Ormerod

              © Nadia PizzimentiImages © Nikki Ormerod
              BTS Images © Nikki Ormerod/ Nadia Pizzimenti



                by Matt on March 7, 2014

                In a double down we’ve dubbed his Artist Corner, today’s Photogasm from Matt Barnes features two men who respectively, to put things apt, are on top of their game. While their fields are on drastically different ends of the art spectrum, both produce a product capable of wowing the masses. Much like our man Matt.

                We’ll start things off with a quick trip to The Big Apple, where Matt and his crew met with the sartorial sultan, Nick Wooster. Now in his second time before Matt’s glass, the sharply dressed fashion expert was again kind enough to share words with The Passing Shot, a sample of which you’ll find between Matt’s images.

                © Matt Barnes

                The Passing Shot: We’re pleased you were able to reconnect with Matt after meeting for a quickie a few years back. Is there a distinct difference between the Nick Wooster of 2011 and he of 2014?

                Nick Wooster: I guess I am just older. I am never really conscious of “what I am wearing” or “what I am going to look like”. I just acquire stuff that I think is cool or that I really like…and figure it out as I have to get dressed.

                © Matt Barnes © Matt Barnes

                TPS: You shot in studio this time, the result of which feels more intimate than on the street. Have you a preference to location versus studio photography, when it comes to being photographed? You’re certainly often photographed but do you enjoy sitting for a portrait?

                NW: I truly hate having my picture taken. I know that sounds ridiculous, but when I am caught on the street with sunglasses, there isn’t much I have to do. Sitting in front of a camera is way more intimidating. It brings every shred of negative self image straight into my consciousness like a bazooka, but Matt made it way less scary for me – for that I am super grateful.

                © Matt Barnes

                Our second subject of Matt’s is a man whose talents know no bounds. Musician, mixed media and performance artist, Curtis Santiago, better known as TALWST, hails from Trinidad but connected with Mr. Barnes after moving to Toronto several years ago. His latest project – Infinity – is a series of miniature dioramas housed in reclaimed jewellery boxes. Large worlds in extremely small places. It’s definitely worth the click to see for yourself – after you check out these portraits though.

                © Matt Barnes

                © Matt Barnes

                © Matt BarnesAll Images © Matt Barnes



                  by Matt on February 18, 2014

                  It’s been some time since paying visit to his mind, and so today we excitedly show off some recent creative work from Andrew B Myers.

                  Mum’s the Word© Andrew B Myers

                  Rainbow Road© Andrew B Myers

                  Lights On/Lights Off

                  © Andrew B Myers © Andrew B Myers

                  Taste the Rainbow© Andrew B Myers

                  I Believe in the Loch Ness Monster© Andrew B Myers

                  Check out more from the mind of Myers over on his website.
                  All Images © Andrew B Myers


                    PHOTOGASM | NIKKI’S ESCAPE

                    by Matt on February 11, 2014

                    Days like the one we’re having here in Toronto are the type that remind us of the warm sunny times ahead. However some of us can’t wait another 36 days* for Spring to have sprung, and so we pack our bags and head south to hang with the birds. Nikki Ormerod is one of these types, and with late January’s low temps, she quickly made her way to the airport – fortunately for us – with camera in tow.

                    I couldn’t take it anymore. So I ran away. ~ Nikki

                    So take five, sit back, enjoy some new creative work from Nikki O, and maybe inspiration for your own winter escape while you’re at it.

                    © Nikki Ormerod

                    © Nikki Ormerod

                    © Nikki Ormerod

                    © Nikki Ormerod

                    © Nikki Ormerod

                    © Nikki Ormerod

                    © Nikki Ormerod

                    © Nikki Ormerod

                    © Nikki Ormerod

                    © Nikki Ormerod

                    © Nikki Ormerod

                    © Nikki Ormerod

                    © Nikki Ormerod

                    © Nikki Ormerod

                    © Nikki Ormerod*It might not feel like it, but March 20th is really that close. And yeah, this is Canada, we probably should have counted you down to Summer. But that is 129 days away. :(
                    All Images © Nikki Ormerod