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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A little studio fun - part 2

So, as I mentioned yesterday, Lisa decided to steal my camera and take some pictures. According to Lisa I was in need of a new facebook picture... so now my profile shows the last picture. I'm sure my husband is so proud of me!

In class last night, we started to get more complicated lighting, so I'm considering using a lighting map to keep track of everything, which I will also be placing in my blog for your viewing pleasure. Last night we took pictures of Devon, an actress and Maria, a make-up artist. And of course... Lisa and I got goofy again, and we even got someone to take pictures of us together. I'll have to wait a while for those ones, but I look forward to seeing them! And sharing them.

:) Roon-bop

Me explaining to Lisa that I am a quote: real photographer: end quote. Though, on closer inspection, I look more like an angry chipmunk with talons.

Monday, October 26, 2009

A little studio fun - part 1

So, Lisa and I had a few minutes alone in the studio while photographing Andrew and this is what happens when you leave the two of us alone with cameras, lighting and a model.

And tomorrow you will see the results of Lisa taking my camera and pointing it at me! The nerve of some people...

:) Roon-bop

Happy Happy Joy Joy

Lisa's dance moves are still haunting me!


Showing a little faux groupie love.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Natalie is Truly Truly Truly Outrageous

While taking some pictures of Natalie, it hit me. She looks like Gem! Awesome!! But with that eye make-up... maybe she looks more like the lead singer of The Misfits (from Gem)... either way - its pretty awesome because I loved that show growing up.

So if I remember correctly, the lighting for this was similar to what we had done in earlier weeks with a white reflector between me and the model. I was up on a bench shooting over it and the light bounced around it to light her face. We also had a light behind her with a red or I guess pink gel over it. Unfortunately in this picture you can't see it (the pink was what made her hair look pink and thus Gem-like). I suppose if you look very very closely you can see a bit of it in her hair at the bottom left hand side.

:) Roon-bop

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Other Andrew

Here are some pictures of Andrew by himself. All these pictures were shot with the same set up as the shot of Andrew and Natalie in the last post.

Andrew himself is a budding photographer, and has been in a couple of my classes. It's always slightly more stressful taking pictures of a photographer, because they know what you're doing and what you may be doing wrong. Luckily, taking pictures is all about trial and error and trying new things in order to learn new things.

:) Roon-bop

Friday, October 23, 2009

Faux Hair Metal

Well, it has been WAY too long since my last blog and I'm so happy to be back. I've been very busy with my real job putting together a conference, but I'm back and ready to get back to photography and school and all that fun stuff.

So, as promised blogs ago, here are some pictures of Andrew and Natalie, our Faux Hair Metal models. They were pretty fun to shoot with. They certainly took on their roles with gusto.

The first pic is of the 2 of them in studio. Lighting was a boom right over top and if I remember correctly, another light in front, both in soft boxes.

Next up will be solos of the two and then a little more fun.

:) Roon-bop

Monday, October 12, 2009

Barbaro & Security

I am back from Ottawa!!! I had a great time visiting everyone, but I am very glad to be back home! Now I just need to find some food...

Until then, here are the last two pictures from the Sunday Centre Island trip. The last two models were a little late getting there, because they missed the ferry we took and then apparently they had some trouble with a grumpy ferry dock worker. The bad news is that because of that, I didn't get much time to take pictures of the two of them.

I feel really bad, because I have no idea how to spell his name and I'm too afraid to attempt to write it, so I'll refer to him as Security, because he is our wonderful night security guard at the school. I walked by him one class and asked him why he never modeled for us... and then when I get the chance, I have to go home. He brought with him a friend, Barbaro. They were both very, very sweet. But as I said, I didn't get enough time with them, and it started to rain pretty hard shortly after they got there. It would be nice if we had another opportunity with them. After I left, the class moved on to the animal farm. I'd love to see some pictures my classmates took from that portion.

:) Roon-bop

Friday, October 9, 2009

Noelle & Donna

Okie Dokie, today we have Noelle la chanteuse and Donna the HS student. I considered writing the entire blog today in French, all because Noelle is French for Christmas, but I decided against it, figuring my writing skills would be too shameful.

I didn't get to spend much/any time alone with either Noelle or Donna, however, they were both very pleasant. Donna brought her camera along. She is the granddaughter of one of the students and I later found out that she's been selected to take her HS yearbook photos this year. Hopefully, if she like photography, this is part of her photographic journey.

And, as I mentioned, its Thanksgiving weekend this weekend. I'm traveling to Ottawa and the wonderful world of dial-up Internet. I would like to note that Ottawa does have access to high speed Internet, just not in my parents' and in-law's homes.... or my sister's... possibly my brother's. In any case, I'll be offline for a while.

To all my Canadian friends: Happy Thanksgiving & Happy long weekend!
To everyone else: Sorry you have to work Monday :(

:) Roon-bop


The Toronto Island is a great place to take pictures, because you can take pictures of the city.

I love Donna's hat in this picture. It reminds me of Holly Hobbie (from when I was little - not this new millenium version).

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Father Murray

So today we have Murray. As I mentioned yesterday, Murray is Lucy's father. He was a great sport and up for anything. At one point he was climbing and dangling from an abandoned Ferris wheel! I am told that we will be seeing Murray again for classic portraits class.

On another note, today I signed up for my last photography class at GBC. I may take more in the future, who knows, but its the last one I need to complete my certificate. This means that I'll be done all my classes on Dec 21st. Crazy.

:) Roon-bop

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Lucy in the Sky with Duckies

Alright, so as it turn out, I did have time to edit and now to post some pictures from Sunday's extra outdoor class. For this class we went to the Toronto Island, and to Centreville, which was closed for the year, giving us great opportunities for pictures.

First up is Lucy. Lucy is Murray's daughter. You'll meet Murray later. I got talking to Lucy while she was watching the geese in the water. She then went on to tell me how much she loves ducks. She has a cousin with a farm and her favourite stuffed animal is a duck. And guess what? She had it with her. The stuffed duck's name? Ducky!

It was a good opportunity for me to take pictures of a kid, because I never really get that opportunity, except for when I visit Ottawa and take pictures of my nephew. Photographing children certainly has its own challenges. They need a different kind of attention than adults.

So, here are some pics of Lucy, with and without ducks.

:) Roon-bop

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


I would like to announce that I am officially following Lisablog. Apparently, its not good enough to follow it manually, by checking in via direct link, nor to have it listed on my list of favourite photography blogs to the right, or even to have posted about it back in July 2008. However, you will all be happy to know, that I am officially following it through the Google "follow" button.

In addition, I would like to take the opportunity to re-endorse Lisablog. Lisa has a great eye for photos. If you visit her blog you will find many lovely photos of live music shows and of course, be exposed to her lovely Winnipeg charm.

In addition, I would like to say that last night's class was fun. We got to take pics of Andrew (not Andrew, Andrew - a different Andrew) and Natalie, who were both dressed up in hair metal regalia.

In addition, I would like to mention that it might be a while before I am able to post the aforementioned photos, as it is Thanksgiving weekend and I will be traveling to Ottawa with my husband and dogs to visit family and friends.

In addition, Happy Thanksgiving.

In subtraction, I apologize for the gratuitous use of the term "in addition".

:) Roon-bop

Sunday, October 4, 2009

James the Great - part 3

All good things must come to an end. And so too it is with Jamesness.

These final pictures were taken on a black background with two primary light sources (soft boxes) on either side of him and an umbrella light pointing at him (from afar) to light up his eyes.

Big thanks to James for spending an evening at GBC.

:) Roon-bop

Saturday, October 3, 2009

James the Great - part 2

So for part 2 of Jamesness you will see pictures from the black background set up. Very similar to Sarah's set up, except that we also added a strong back light to the mix. I had much fun with this. And I got to listen to James sing to boot! Who am I kidding, Erykah Badu was playing, so I was singing too.

:) Roon-bop

Friday, October 2, 2009

James the Great

I had such a great time photographing James. He gave me so much energy and variety and he was great fun. James is a dancer, but he has got some amazing modeling skills as well. He was smizing and modeling H2T, which for those of you who have not watched ANTM means smiling with the eyes and modeling head to toe. (I say that with such confidence, like I know what I'm talking about). Long story short, he was awesome and as a result, I got some pretty awesome pictures that I'm really excited to share with the rest of the world.

So because I had such a great time taking James' pictures, you will be seeing more of him. This is the first of a three part series. Each blog will have 3 photos of him. In this first one you will see a picture I took outside while we still had light, before we set up the studio lighting. The last 2 are from my first of 3 sittings with him.

Stay tuned for more James! You know you want more.

:) Roon-bop

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sarah the Pondering Actress

I have some pictures ready from Monday's class. First up: Sarah the Pondering Actress.

I got to take pictures of Sarah in 2 different light settings. It was nice meeting her. I think I prefer the light setting with her in the red sweater best. For that one, we had a light set up on her left side, pointed towards a large piece of white paper. This allowed the light to hit her smoothly and drop off on her right side. Very nice.

She told me that she will be taking part in one of the Nuit Blanche art pieces this Saturday. Too bad she has to work it! I'll be making my way through Nuit Blanche on my way home from the Louis CK show that night... oh it'll be a good Saturday evening!

Next I'll be sharing some pictures of James the Great. This will likely be a multi-post series.

:) Roon-bop