PHOTOGASM

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!

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    Nikki Plays Make Believe

    by Alex Beetham on December 10, 2014

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    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.

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

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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:

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        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
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        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
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        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
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        And a couple of Self Promotional beauties too….

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

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          PHOTOGASM | NIKKI PERFORMS

          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

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          © 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!

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

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            PHOTOGASM | MATT’S ARTIST CORNER

            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.

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            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.

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            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.

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            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.

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              PHOTOGASM | A RETURN TO THE MIND OF MYERS

              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

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              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

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                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.

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                © 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

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                  PHOTOGASM | ANDREW’S TRAVELS

                  by Matt on November 8, 2013

                  Andrew B Myers has been doing a fair bit of travelling as of late. Both for work and pleasure.
                  Which is fantastic for fans of his creative side. As his work is our pleasure.
                  Enjoy.

                  H-I-D (Hidden Hollywood)© Andrew B. Myers

                  Lovin’ Spoonful© Andrew B. Myers

                  Tokyo Kirby© Andrew B. Myers

                  Happy Friday everyone!
                  All Images © Andrew B. Myers

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                    PHOTOGASM | THE DULUX COLLECTION

                    by Matt on November 1, 2013

                    As hinted at earlier in this weeks IN PRINT, the folder of behind the scenes images for George and Nikki’s Dulux work came in at a whopping 2 gigs worth of images. We’ve tried to narrow things down but with so many leftovers keep your eyes on our Facebook page for those who didn’t make the cut.

                    A special THANK YOU shout out to Stylist Marie-Eve Tremblay, who’ll start things off with a look at where her work began on The Dulux Collection.

                    From Wardrobe Stylist Marie-Eve Tremblay
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                    From Assistant Laura Crowell
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                    From DP & Editor Spot Cinema Inc.
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                    Big thanks as well to assistant Laura Crowell for kindly providing us with loads of extras for Facebooking. Have a great weekend folks!
                    Images © Marie-Eve Tremblay/ Laura Crowell/ Spot Cinema

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