Saturday, October 17, 2015

Once upon a morning

I collaborate frequently with my friend Judi Willrich, who not only does great makeup and hair but also shoots a mean Pentax K-3. Professionally she does headshots, portraits, boudoir and promo, especially for bands and musicians.

On this occasion in August we got together in a secret location in Port Credit (in "downtown" Mississauga) and worked with the very energetic powerhouse of a model, Araina Nespiak. About her I will say: if you haven't photographed Araina, you haven't photographed!

I shot this entirely with my then brand new Pentax 645Z medium format digital camera, with the DFA645 90mm macro lens mounted. Mostly hand-held, which is not easy as this combo weighs a lot.

We shot the whole shoot using window light as well. Out light modifier of choice: large sheets of white foamcore.

I cobbled together a group of shots from the afternoon and created a Zivity set from them, which you can see here. Warning: NSFW.

Project: Cabaret

I was inspired to do a Cabaret-themed shoot with one of my favourite models, Dorrie Mack, after our first shoot together produced an image that strongly reminded me of the cabaret look.

So I enlisted designer and cosplay enthusiast Eva Mocek / Gearpunk'd to create some pieces specifically for the project. She recommended her good friend Coral Brandenburg for makeup and hair. Coral loves doing burlesque work and was a perfect fit. And I was able to borrow my wife's assistant Anique Alletson for the day to give me a hand with lighting gear and setup.

Online mag NIF Magazine published the project (NSFW), and UK-based print mag Femme Rebelle published a shot as well.

I shot the project at Peter House Studios in Mississauga. Pentax camera/lenses and Paul C Buff lighting.

Overdue updates!

Wow! Have I really not posted any updates since July 1? Bad Bruce: no biscuit!

I will rectify that immediately.