Two tales to tell you about today dear reader; brought together under the umbrella of dapperness, we shine the spotlight on two men who, while differing in styles, are both photographically fashionable in their own right. Derek Shapton brings fight club to the corporate portrait, while Matt Barnes gets a few dingers out of a Sharp-ly dressed Blue Jay.
Our first stop is Planet Shapton, where Derek shares a bit of thought behind his upcoming images.
Brian Richer and Kei Ng from Castor Design were told by their PR company to come up with some new portraits — the website we worked on together has been a giant hit (it’s just won a FWA, and has also been nominated in numerous categories at the Cannes advertising awards), and with all the attention, they’ve also had an inevitable flood of PR photo requests. Brian and Kei are not particularly corporate individuals, so we thought it would be fun to take some business-style portraits and put a bit of a different spin on them. Inspired by photos of mobsters, and playoff hockey interviews where stitched-up goons appear on live TV wearing $5000 suits, we went into the studio with the exact same setup I’ve used on many AR headshots and played dress-up for an afternoon. I think the results speak for themselves. Special thanks to Andrea Heldman for the outstanding SFX work.
In keeping with the genteel, we come to our second stop; The Passing Shot, where thanks to Sharp Magazine, Matt got to have the Rogers Center all to himself while shooting Jays’ slugger, Jose Bautista. Styled by Donovan Whyte of Judy Inc, #19 certainly plays the part, outfitted in Hugo Boss complemented by a ‘Capeland‘ watch. Fine wears indeed.
A behind the scenes look at Matt’s assistant Papi working hard with Joey Bats!