As you might know, we consider ourselves to be specialists when it comes to shooting flames, but you could say that THESE guys are REALLY the specialists when it comes to fire. Last week we managed to hook up with them at the Fire Academy to, well, capture fire.
Firesound is a band comprised of real live fire fighters from across the City of Toronto, this group plays high energy pop, rock, and soul music and probably knows every song that remotely has to do with fire. You’d be surprised how many of those there are really.
You can learn more about Firesound by visiting their website or better yet, if you have an event that you are organizing and are in need of a band with huge energy, massive talent, and on top of that the heart to perform for charity (all of their fees go to charities such as Camp Bucko, a camp for children with burn injuries) then give them a call and see what kind of show they can put on just for you.
Their next CD will be coming out soon, and will feature the photos you see above. When it is available, we will let you know, so watch our twitter feed.
In late February we spent a couple of days shooting for Art of Fashion. They had asked us to be involved in a fundraiser whereby their designers would have access to professional photography services in order to get a professional head shot that could be used in promoting themselves and their design collections.
For years we have noticed how many people try and promote themselves – and by extension their personal brands – on social media channels and personal or professional websites with photos that they have taken themselves (the dreaded selfie), cropped from a larger photo, or in some cases photos that have been taken by a ‘friend with a camera’. The result is invariably bad, bad, bad and only now are people generally starting to realize the value of a professional profile photo. A poor photo can potentially create a poor first impression, especially in the creative fields, so with this in mind we agreed to help raise money for Art of Fashion while providing a wide variety of people (a much wider variety than just the designers) with a head shot that they can use to promote themselves.
From opera singers (two of them!) to business professionals, to actors and those there just for fun, we tried to create something that expressed a bit of what each person was about.
Above, a small sample of the photos we created.
One of the things we seem to have become known for – and in fact Mark has inadvertently become quite an expert in – is fire photography. It takes a specific understanding of lighting and fire, not to mention very precise timing to capture fire the way he does. When we covered Toronto Buskerfest at the end of August we were reintroduced to Pyromancer (David Bolee), one of the world’s best fire breathers and a fantastic performer. He wanted some new promo to showcase the funnier/whackier side of his fire show and so we collaborated to come up with some ideas on how to bring this side of him to light.
We don’t want to toot our own… oh, never mind… but we think we managed to bring out a bit of that fun in the photos above… what do you think?? 🙂
David Boelee, also known as Pyromancer, is a master pyrotechnician – he is one of the best firebreathers in the world and we were lucky enough to work with him last week on a series of photos for some of his new promotional material. David puts on an incredible show and can adapt his feats with fire to a variety of show styles – but first, to keep things safe, he must train his fire to behave.
Above, an example of how we imagine he might do that.
A few years ago we published this post after a creative session with one of our favourite clients – the idea of the shoot was to produce business portraits that would showcase the individual and the space within which they worked in a way that was more personal than the standard corporate head shot. Since that time we have been called upon to shoot business portraits for a number of clients in a variety of styles.
Capturing the personality of the individual we are shooting and making them feel comfortable and relaxed in what otherwise might not be the most relaxing setting (not all of us like to be photographed!) is a challenge that we enjoy. If you are looking to refresh your business portrait or series of corporate photos for your company’s marketing or promotional material please contact us, together we can create the perfect style of portrait for you and your business.
So it’s been hot. Very hot. After months of wondering when summer was really going to arrive – it is here.
One of the cooler places to be, if you don’t like quite this much heat, is the waterfront. Though under some construction (to make it an even more inviting place to be) the waterfront area still has a lot to offer, with shops and restaurants lining the water’s edge and events and attractions ready to entertain visitors.
Once again this year (as was the case last year) the Waterfront BIA has employed ambassadors to stroll the waterfront, providing musical entertainment as well as help and suggestions for visitors to the area. If you are looking for the best place for Sunday brunch, or want to know what is happening in and around Harbourfront Centre, you can seek out these singing ambassadors.
Last week in preparation for the launch of the program we shot the ambassadors at the Toronto Music Garden, found along Queen’s Quay between Bathurst and Spadina. The kids were a lot of fun to work with and finally having a warm, sunny, summer day to shoot was a great way to usher in the summer season.
Above, a selection from our recent creative shoot at Loft 404. Our thanks again to the team – Rebecca, Victoria, and Michelle – you were fantastic to work with.
We were lucky enough yesterday to work with a new team in putting together a fashion creative, shot at Loft 404. The space at loft 404 has to be seen to be believed – one experiences a sort of sensory overload walking through the maze of rooms and hallways covered in eclectic scavenged goods from around the world. It is a space that truly inspires creativity.
Our model for the shoot was Rebecca Leung and she was a dream to work with, you will be seeing a lot of Rebecca in the future. Her makeup was expertly applied by Victoria Fedosoff who took each description of the look we wanted and made it a reality, Victoria also served as our hairstylist for the day. The shoot was styled by Michelle Price who did a great job in making sure nothing was overlooked. It was energizing to work with such a fun group of creative professionals and we look forward to working with this team again.
Below, a few shots from the start of the day – Rebecca in one of Loft 404’s vibrantly coloured rooms.
Kyle Hosick, President and Creative Director of Addrenaline Media, came to us recently looking for a series of photos for a media kit he was putting together for a new venture that he will be launching in the coming year. We were excited to work with Kyle, having worked along side him a few years ago during the famous roof top champagne juggling shoot we did for Chuck Champers – Kyle shot the video and created Chuck’s website which of course features our photos.
We always look forward to working with other creatives – the ideas just flow and we love the freedom of trying different things and seeing what comes out of it all. In this case we were very happy with the results and we hope that Kyle was too.
Above, a sample of one of the profile photos… Kyle and his Great White tattoo.
The winners of this year’s People’s Choice Award at the ScotiaBank BuskerFest in Support of Epilepsy Toronto was Dream State Circus – the multitalented duo made up of Sophie and Jacob McGrath. We have shot several of Dream State Circus’ performances in past years – they were also People’s Choice Award winners in 2009 – and this year when they approached us to do a full on promo shoot for them in the week following the festival we jumped at the opportunity.
Apart from being a world renowned acrobalance, fire juggling, and highly synchronized circus act Sophie and Jacob are really wonderfully fun and honest people, they are very open minded and our shoot was a complete collaboration of creative ideas – the best kind of situation that we can hope for when shooting promo. We shot using a few different locations and were enjoying ourselves so much that it seemed the time just flew by (well, it flew by for US – we’re not sure about Sophie and Jacob who were responsible for doing all the acrobatics required and still had to make the trip to Niagara that night in preparation for another festival that weekend)!
At the end of the afternoon we felt we’d created some material worthy of these power performers – a couple of samples can be seen above.
We also should take a minute to thank Julie Pilkington and the staff at the Novotel Toronto Centre. We are becoming known for our fire photography and as I’ve mentioned before, when we shoot fire the fire is real – there is no photoshopping or post production to make it bigger, brighter, or more ‘fiery’ – it comes out of the camera just as you see it in the photos and Dream State Circus does BIG fire. With our assurance that all of the necessary precautions and safety measures were in place (Dream State is also very safety conscious) Julie allowed us a perfect location to shoot uninterrupted, so again – our thanks to Julie and of course to Sophie and Jacob of Dream State Circus. We had such a lot of fun.
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