January 2011

Matt Barnes & Nikki Ormerod in TRAVIS Magazine

by Westside on January 26, 2011

Matt Barnes and Nikki Ormerod are featured in the current issue of TRAVIS Magazine.

TRAVIS is a student-run magazine published by Sheridan’s Student Union.

Shooting The Shit with Matt Barnes by Bryan Myers
A Taste of Style with Nikki Ormerod by Matt Main

Matt Barnes with assistant Spenser Forrest © Kevin Bryan

Nikki Ormerod © Luis Mora


    Matt Barnes – Klaxon Howl – Video

    by Westside on January 19, 2011

    When Matt Barnes travelled to Hamilton to photograph Klaxon Howl’s Winter Lookbook, DA Media Group tagged along and shot video footage:

    © DA Media Group


      Vicky Lam Shoots For FASHION Magazine

      by Westside on January 18, 2011

      Vicky Lam has work in the current issue of FASHION Magazine.

      She worked with Art Director Erik Mohr and Photo Editor Nicole Stafford.

      Vicky shot the initial images, cut them out, layered them and then re-photographed the arrangement to create a collage.

      Photography © Vicky Lam


        From photographer Derek Shapton:

        Back in September I received an email from Jorgen Stovne and Courtney Colomby at DDB with some interesting layouts. It was a project for a chain of high-end dog boutiques called Timmie Doggie Outfitters. They were revamping their website and the campaign would help announce their new online store. Each of the ads would feature a dog interacting with a digital hand, the kind that appears when you cursor-over a link in a web browser:

        Original Layouts

        After some discussion we decided that having two shots in a park/field setting would be repetitive, so one of the shots was changed to a sidewalk in a residential area. I usually hire a scout to find locations but I immediately had some ideas for where these shots might work so I did the location scouting myself. An added bonus of doing it myself was that I was able to use the shots as a lighting test. Jorgen wanted to keep it as natural and understated as we could, so we used as much ambient light as possible, keeping secondary light sources limited to reflectors and fill cards. With this in mind, I went to the various spots at the specific times of day I thought would work best lighting-wise. These are the locations we settled on. As you can see, the locations look close to how they appear in the final ads:

        Location Scout © Derek Shapton

        The interior shot was a bit different. We chose this house based on how the ambient light felt. But the interior light level was so low it would be difficult to stop motion and get a reasonable depth of field. So we planned on lighting this shot to match the others.

        The next step was getting the hero prop built. In keeping with the “real” feeling Jorgen was after, we decided to fabricate a big, pixelated digital hand. By making an actual object to use in the shots, instead of doing it digitally in post-production, we hoped to add an extra level of believability. This way the lighting on everything would match perfectly and the dogs would have something real to interact with. And we thought it would be fun to have a big pixelly digital-looking hand! We called Franc Madden at Uplis and after some sketches and tests, he built one for us. It’s made of foamcore, plexi and plywood, with a mount on the back for fastening to a grip arm.

        Hand Prop

        Due to budget constraints we couldn’t use trained dogs and an animal handler, so we e-mailed friends and family and ended up with Harley, Lola, and Joe. For non-professionals, they were remarkably well behaved. I’ve worked with pro dogs who were total prima donnas and much less disciplined!

        We scheduled a shoot day and a rain day, which was fortunate, because it poured on the first day, but the 2nd day was great. Here are some pics from the set showing the simple rig we used. We positioned the hand on a light-stand; we shot plates for the background and then removed the rig in post. Quite straightforward and effective. That’s Jorgen, the art director, in the shot of Harley on the sidewalk.

        Behind-the-scenes © Derek Shapton

        After some more back and forth, including some retouching tests, we arrived at the final product. The client was really happy and the posters look great! Keep your eyes open, they’ll be out any day!

        Images © Derek Shapton


          Derek Shapton – Castor Design

          by Westside on January 13, 2011

          Derek Shapton recently shot a series of interiors for Castor Design.

          Castor Design is a furniture and lighting company that specializes in products made from – and inspired by – found, reclaimed and repurposed objects.

          Images © Derek Shapton

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            Nikki Ormerod Shoots for Harry Rosen

            by Westside on January 10, 2011

            Nikki Ormerod worked with Art Director Bob Goulart on a series of advertisements for Harry Rosen Calgary.

            Images © Nikki Ormerod

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              Matt Barnes Shoots for The Globe & Mail

              by Westside on January 10, 2011

              Matt Barnes worked with Photo Editor Claire Jordan and The Globe and Mail Fashion Team to illustrate the latest “Globe Style” feature:

              Images © Matt Barnes


                Tom Feiler – Irish Spring Spec Ads

                by Westside on January 7, 2011

                Tom Feiler worked with Art Director Amy French and Copywriter Sanya Grujicic at Y&R on a series of speculative ads for Irish Spring. The images were retouched by Katarina Marinic.

                Images © Tom Feiler


                  Matt Barnes and his team travelled to Hamilton yesterday to photograph Klaxon Howl’s Winter Lookbook on the HMCS Haida:

                  Images © Matt Barnes


                    Derek Shapton Photographs Director Nolan Sarner

                    by Westside on January 6, 2011

                    Derek Shapton photographed Director Nolan Sarner for the December issue of Shots Magazine.

                    Images © Derek Shapton