Tetley and Timmie

Last week some clients of ours asked us to take some portraits of their beloved dogs Timmie and Tetley. This elderly duo were a bit timid at first, but with some biscuit fuelled coaxing they relaxed and gradually let their personalities shine through. 

What better way to spend an afternoon than playing with some charming dogs?

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Tasty Treats

Last week we had the chance to photograph some delicious desserts from a couple of local bakeries. Fortunately we had some extras to keep our blood sugar nice and high while shooting. 

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Likely General

A few weeks ago we had the chance to photograph a new shop on Roncesvalles Ave., Likely General. This quaint little spot has been receiving a fair bit of media attention and  was nominated for best new design shop of 2013 by BlogTO. They feature handmade goods from Canadian artists and crafts-people. So many little details made photographing a pleasure with interesting arrangements to capture in every corner.

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Tour De Bloc Local : Climber's Rock

Yesterday we spent the day shooting the Tour De Bloc's first stop of 2014 at Climber's Rock climbing gym in Burlington, ON.  In the end Nova Scotian Holly Reid took home the win in the women's category followed by Clarrie Lam in second, and Sasha Vince in third. For the men, Sean McColl brought home the win followed by Eric Sethna in second and Dylan Barks in third. Mccoll's surprise appearance was a treat for the crowd and along with strong climbing from many of the Canadian favourites, it was a great show.

Climber's Rock Indoor Climbing Gym | Burlington, ON.

A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to photograph Climber's Rock in Burlington. This newly expanded facility features gorgeous climbing walls, a new competition wall, and auto belay stations. As part of their recent renovations a hot and a regular yoga studio was added upstairs. It was a pleasure working our way through their spaces. 
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Channel 1 Media, Interiors.

Recently we had the pleasure of checking on Channel 1 Media's newly renovated office space to shoot some interior images. We really enjoyed this space with its clean lines, a gorgeous ceiling and even an ipod controlled, colour changing wall! Everyone at the office was very friendly and didn't mind us moving around their space for a few hours. Hopefully the end result was worth the inconvenience.

These images were all shot on a Canon 1DS MKII with either the Canon 24mm f/4 TS, or the Canon 17mm f/3.5 TS. Like we've said before, these are amazing lenses!

Check out some of our favourite shots from the day.

New Residential Interiors

Last week we were contacted to shoot some interiors to accompany an article for an online publication. The owner of this house did all the decorating herself sourcing her pieces from a slew of Toronto shops. 

We used both the Canon 17mm f/3.5 TS, and the 24mm f/4 TS ||. These are incredible lenses providing exceptional sharpness edge to edge. In such a small space, correcting for perspective isn't that much of an issue, so the movements on these lenses are a mechanism for stitching two images together to achieve a wide final image, as well as a larger image size.

Take a look at some of our favourite images.

Saulius & Catalina's Wedding

Not too long ago we had the pleasure of photographing Saul and Catalina's wedding. Last year we shot their engagement photos and it was great spending the day with them again. We stuck with them while they got ready, during the ceremony, reception, and into the evening. What a day!

We brought the usual grab bag of gear - Canon 5D MK3s, Canon 16-35 f/2.8 L, 24-70 f/2.8 L, 70-200 f/2.8 L, and Canon speedlights. For the group photos we employed the workhorse Profoto 7B battery pack and 2 heads with a pair of large softboxes. 

At the end of a long day, we ended up with some images we're very happy with.

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Boulderz Climbing Center

Last week we had the chance to shoot some interiors of Boulderz Climbing center. Having shot there many times for climbing competitions, it was exciting to shoot with a different goal in mind. We were looking to showcase the interesting angles and architectural qualities that went into the design of the facility by Vertical Solutions.

These images were shot on the Canon 1DS MK2 with the Canon 17mm TS-E f/4, and the 24mm TS-E f/3.5. These are magnificent lenses and a must for shooting interiors. Their incredible sharpness and range of movement are very impressive and yielded some results we're very happy with.

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Seraphina and Theadora

An afternoon with Sera and Thea!

New Headshots!

Recently one of our clients asked for some new headshots for himself and a friend. No big deal, although they wanted to stay far away from what they described as the "real estate agent" look and gave us carte blanche to create something that we thought would suit them well. How refreshing! We opted for a bit more of an editorial style and created two separate lighting setups that we felt worked for each of them. From there we just kept the energy high and had fun with each of them, yielding some great results.

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Coca-Cola Happy Fest: Down With Webster @ Echo Beach

A few weeks ago we were asked by Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment to photograph the Coca-Cola Happy Fest at Echo Beach. Coke is one of MLSE's corporate partners so there was a large focus on capturing the different branding elements as well as the patrons attending and obviously the performers on stage. The headliner of the show, Down With Webster, put on a great performance full of high energy. The crowd had a great time and we captured some images we're very pleased with.

Going into this shoot we anticipated that the main issue would be poor lighting conditions, which translates to two things: wide apertures and high ISO.  We used the 5D MK3 and a slew of L series lenses. The obvious picks like the 16-35 f/2.8 L, and the 24-70 f/2.8 L performed expectedly well. However the real standout was the 85mm f/1.2 L. This is obviously a very sharp and fast lens, yet the autofocus is painfully slow which generally makes it a pain to use with fast moving subjects. We loved it for one reason though, bokeh. Shooting at f/1.8-f/2.8 gives gorgeous results, the only hard part is keeping your subject in focus. Lenses aside, the 5D performed admirably as the light faded and ISO climbed higher and higher until landing around 6400-10000. All in all, a great experience for us.

Take a look through some of our favourite images from the day! 

BMO Halifax & Toronto

Recently we began working with the Austin, TX based marketing firm, Ambient Squared. One of their clients is Bank of Montreal for whom they put together the Ice Cream Truck campaign. This entailed driving BMO branded ice cream trucks coast to coast giving out free ice cream at each stop. The final stop, Yonge and Dundas square was transformed into a backyard barbecue with free ice cream, burgers, and even a ferris wheel!

This was a tonne of fun to shoot with a mix of crowd reactions, landscape, and panoramas to capture the whole experience. Also, free ice cream! 

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Zeus' Retirement Portraits

We were contacted not long ago to head out to Newmarket and take some retirement portraits of Zeus. He was a show horse, and his trainer Vera wanted some portraits that would showcase his coat, build, and personality. 

For equipment we brought a mixed bag of goodies with the theory that the correct combination of lensing and lighting would give us the results we were looking for. For the interior shots we decided to avoid using flash as to not startle Zeus. Instead we used a 500w hotlight fixture with a large silver umbrella. This yielded a useable f-stop and shutter speed at a reasonable ISO. We used the Canon 85mm f/1.2 L for this image mainly because of its sharpness, but also because of its bokeh and contrast. For the exterior images we switched over to the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM. This lens is definitely amongst our favourites for isolating subject from backgrounds. It was able to track Zeus as he ran through the pasture and with it we were able to snap some shots we are very happy with.

 

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Slashpile Designs

A few weeks ago our good friends at Slashpile Designs, Courtney and Tara, brought some of their awesome jewellery into the studio to be photographed. Check out some of our favourite pieces!

Moti and Renee

Our good friends Moti and Renee stopped by the studio a few weeks ago for some new head shots for their portfolios. Here are some of our favourite shots. 

Climb Nova Scotia's 12th Annual Boulderfest

Every year, Climb Nova Scotia (CNS) hosts the annual rock climbing festival, “Boulderfest”.  This weekend long festival takes place on Dover Island, NS., a small granite island off the eastern coast of Nova Scotia. Climbers are ferried to the island, fed, and spend the weekend climbing in one of the most picturesque settings imaginable. This wonderful event is made possible by all the sponsors and most of all, Climb Nova Scotia. Thanks largely to the efforts of the CNS executive board members and a strong roster of volunteers the event went very smoothly. 

We were attending Boulderfest to photograph for Gripped Climbing Magazine as part of a feature piece for their September issue.  While Dover Island is beautiful, it is equally remote making shooting a bit more complicated. We brought minimal gear, and had to make sure it was somewhat sheltered from the ocean while shooting. Incredibly high winds caused massive waves to crash all over the island and the subsequent spray created a constant salt water mist in the air. However, we managed to pull off some shots we're happy with and all the gear made it off the island without issue.

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Mark & Monica's Wedding

Last week we had the pleasure of photographing Mark and Monica's wedding. Talk about detail overload! There were so many gorgeous things to photograph from the henna, to the jewellery, and of course the ceremony itself. This was a photographer's dream in a lot of ways. We were given the freedom to photograph however we liked in a beautiful environment that was very open to us shooting. 

On the technical side of things, we brought a pretty vast arsenal of gear. For cameras we brought two Canon EOS 1DS MK2 bodies, and a 5D MK3. For lensing we brought a 50mm f/1.2L, 24-70 f/2.8L, 24-105 f/4L, and a 16-35 f/2.8L. This gave us quite a bit of overlap to allow both of us to shoot without having to switch lenses back and forth. For lights we used a Profoto 7B pack, and an Acute 1200 pack. Between both packs and 4 heads, we were able to put out around 2400ws to light the ceremony.

We had such a great time shooting this wedding and are quite pleased with the images we created. Please take a minute to check out some of our favourite shots!

Monica and Mark's Maiyan and Mehndi Ceremony

Recently we had the wonderful opportunity to photograph and participate in Mark and Monica's Maiyan and Mehndi Ceremony. Check out some of our favourite photographs!