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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Back from Stittsvegas!

I am officially back from Stittsvegas!  I had a great time spending time with my family and friends and enjoyed the holidays thoroughly.  I hope you all enjoyed the break as well.

While in Ottawa, I had the opportunity to take pictures of Bob & Lisa who are engaged to be married!  Ah, young love!  I will be posting photos of them shortly, but I still have some unfinished business to attend to:  The last of my school photos.


Here are the final pictures of my handsome husband from bring your own model to class night.

:) Roon-bop

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Bring your own model night

For our last class, we got to bring our own model.  I brought my husband, who is an aspiring composer for film and TV.  He will be creating a website soon, and will need a headshot of himself for that.

We decided to go with harsher lighting to make it more interesting.  In these shots, it's just him (he's so handsome)!  Next post will be him with his guitar.  But that won't be until the 28th of Dec because I am Ottawa bound!

Happy Holidays to all!

:) Roon-bop

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays

OMG I just saw this video greeting and its SO cute!

Happy holidays everyone.  Looking forward to goodness in 2010!

:) Roon-bop

She's got a good Aura - part 3

So, this is the last pictures of Aura.  I really like these ones.  I think they are my favourite of her.  Mostly because to me they look like a classic painting.  I love the tones, I love her sari, I love the way she is posed in them.  She's so awesome!

Tomorrow I leave for Ottawa, so hopefully I'll get my pictures of Curtis posted before I leave.  My in-laws only have dial-up and my parents don't have the Internet at all (I know, I can hardly believe it myself!).  So that means that there will be very little internet activity from yours truly until my return to Toronto.  I will make sure to get something posted tomorrow before my early morning departure.

:) Roon-bop

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

She's got a good Aura - part 2

Well, last night was my last class.  It was nice to see everyone's work.  I am sad that its all over... but well, it isn't quiet yet, because I still have pictures to show.

Here are some more of Aura.  I really like the way these turned out.  She was such a great model to work with, great personality, beautiful, fun and down to earth. And good news!  More of Aura tomorrow. 

:) Roon-bop

Monday, December 21, 2009

She's got a good Aura!

I'll be heading to class for the last time tonight at 6 o'clock.  Today is the day we show our final work.  There are no more pictures to be taken.   There is however some bright news:  I still have photos from 2 models left to share.

Today and probably for the next couple of days will be Aura.  I had a lot of fun with her, and as a result, have a whole bunch of pictures of her.  That and the fact that I got a LOT of time with her on the set, because 2 of the 4 other people taking pics with me didn't feel like taking pictures.  It was a nice change to have more time with the model.

Aura came to the studio with a couple of beautiful saris.  I had a lot of fun playing with that and allowed for a good variety of poses and shots.  She was great too and brought some ideas to help make some awesome pictures.  And I love her green ring!

:)  Roon-bop

Thursday, December 17, 2009


And here are some pictures of the lovely couple!  This is it for Elena, Daniel and Matteas.  Thanks again to all three for some great pics! 

I guess I'd better get started on post-production on the pictures of Aura.  I've already picked my favourties, but I haven't done any work on them.  I'm excited for these pictures though, because Auro wore 2 beautiful saris.

I can't believe it!  There is just 2 models left in my post production - Aura and Curtis... and then that's it... finito!  After that I need to work more dilgently on my website.  w.o.w.

:) Roon-bop

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Daniel is also a model.  He came to class full of energy and a bag full of clothes.  He was certainly a funny guy!  This is evident by his choice of accessories.  I really enjoyed working with Daniel, because he was up for anything.

Don't worry, this isn't the last you've seen of Daniel and Elena.  Tomorrow you'll see pictures of the two of them together.

:) Roon-bop

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Elena and Daniel, the parents of sweet little Mateas, are themselves models.  It was a very diferent experience working with a professional model.  Elena would move very fluidly into different poses.  I hardly had to speak with her at all!  (As in providing coaching).  She was very nice, and I LOVE her sweater.  She said it was her mother's.  The fact that its vintage makes me love it even more. 

Last night was my last class in the studio.  Last class for People Photography - last studio session in the GBC studio ever.  It's crazy.  I have 2 more classes (last business class on Saturday and last People class (which will be going over our work) on the 21st).  Then that is it for me.  Crazy.

Tomorrow will be pictures of the wild and wacky Daniel.

:)  Roon-bop

Monday, December 14, 2009

Baby Mateas

Baby Mateas was the youngest model I have had in the studio to date.  There certainly were some challenges.  It was difficult to get a good picture of both baby and parent.  Sometimes it'd be a great pictures of Mateas, but not so great of Elena or Daniel (and vice versa). 

That being said, Mateas is such a good baby!  He didn't cry once, and the little guy was there from 6-10!  Amazing!  Funniest part of the evening?  Mateas going to the washroom on set with no diaper!

Tomorrow?  Pictures of Mateas' mother Elena.

:) Roon-bop

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The last of Kyle

So, I wanted to take a moment to explain this picture of Kyle, because it slitghtly fits into Rembrandt lighting, which was one of our assignemtns.  There was a whole class dedicated to this, but of course, it was the class I missed.  We even have an assignment to produce one and it was looking like I wasn't going to get it, when I found this!  It's not perfect, but considering I hadn't set up the lights with this goal in mind, its not bad.

This was achieved by using one light on the left side of his face.  Generally, I believe that the model would be looking straight on.  The light has to be positioned just right, and the second the model moves, the effect is gone.  Rembrandt lighting, is a traditional lighting technique used for portraits, however is not employed often today.  The goal is to light up one half of the face, much stronger than the other, and have a triangle of light under the eye.

This picture of Kyle is not a great example of such, because of his angle and the strength of the triangle, however you can find more pictures from Google images.

:) Roon-bop

Monday, December 7, 2009

Into the Light, Kyle

These pictures might be the result of one of my most awkward moments behind a camera (thus far).  Asking a man I just met to take his shirt off... was... weird.  However, I did learn from the experience.  The more awkward I make it, the more awkward it will be.   Thank goodness Kyle was not shy!

So, for these pictures, I decided to do something a little different.  I shot into the light, so the light (soft box) is behind him.  I really like the effect this had on the contours of his muscles and the way it lit up his face.
The third picture I also really like.  Kyle looks like an alien or something.  I was plesantly surprised with how that turned out.  Something to keep in mind for the future.

:) Roon-bop

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sponge Kyle Square Pants

I can't believe I forgot to post yesterday!  I had pictures all ready, and it just slipped my mind.  In my defense, eysterday was a very busy day... school in the a.m. then a meeting for a few hours, then the first Christmas party of the season... I suppose its understandable.

Kyle was fun.  He was teaching me some new dance moves (which is essentially a hopeless cause).  My favourite of which was called Sponge Bob.  I have no idea why and I still don't fully grasp the dance.  It felt a little more like ho-down dancing, but maybe that's just my lack of skills.  In turn, I taught Kyle my own dance, called the Roon-bop.  It's very simple: just flop around and move your head side to side in time with the rythm of the music.  Genious, I know!

I got to try a lot of things with Kyle which is nice, and used 3 light settings. As such, Kyle is going to be a three part series so I can discuss what I did with 2 of the light settings.

:) Roon-bop

Friday, December 4, 2009


Danica is a jazz musician and also sings and plays guitar for children as young as a few months old.  I really enjoyed taking pictures of Danica.  She was very easy going, easy to talk to and was very relaxed.  I love the pictures of her in the plaid shirt, because it matches her eyes, and I love the photo of her smiling because it looks so genuine.

Tomorrow will be photos of Kyle & then I have to get back to work and edit my photos from the last class.  I don't know what I'm going to do with myself once class ends.  I've gotten used to this & I really enjoy meeting new people and taking pictures of them.  I'm going to have to get down to some serious business to feed my addiction!

:) Roon-bop