March 2014

Portfolio Building with LiaC
March 21, 2014

You’ve no doubt seen some of the previous posts about my recent “Intro to Glamour and Beauty” workshop a few weeks ago. It was so much fun hosting this event and meeting so many new models and photographers.

One such model was Lia Carranza. Lia’s been in Halifax here for a few years now for school after moving from Ontario and recently decided that she’s like to get her feet wet in the industry after a few years away and we’re all glad she has.

Lia is a 22 year old exotic beauty with Spanish roots who is incredibly comfortable in front of the camera. She is hoping to explore the glamour industry and get a little more exposure, pardon the pun. 😉

After chatting with Lia during the workshop, we booked a portfolio session with styling ideas she had in mind and with the assistance of my favorite make-up artist, Bryana Doyscher, hit the studio. We all chatted in more detail about important topics such as model releases, preparing for a shoot, escorts and model safety. After our chat, we hit the set running and although I set a new personal record for how few actual frames I took during our 90 minute shoot at only 62 frames, we came away from the shoot with a record number of potential keepers too at an incredible 16 or 25%!

I expect some great things from Lia and am happy to have been a small part of helping kick start her new modeling career here in Halifax. She is in the process of setting up a dedicated model page and I’ll update this to include a link once that’s done.

Here are a few samples. Enjoy!

Introduction to Glamour & Beauty Recap
March 11, 2014

Well, it was the most massive planning that I have ever poured into a workshop and after nearly 2 months of preparing, the Intro to Glamour and Beauty (Round 2) came to life this past weekend and from all accounts was a success. A few glitches, but everyone left on Sunday smiling and happy with the results.

We ended up losing two models on Saturday and one photographer due to the flu that seems to be rapidly spreading around, but those who ventured got two full days of awesomeness. I cannot believe we tried to stuff all this into a single day last fall. I should have my head examined…

We covered topics including Social Media, Safety, Contracts, Releases, Make-Up, Posing, Hair Styling, Model Agencies and even offered one on one portfolio reviews by some of the top talent in Nova Scotia with special guests Brent McCombs (Alter Ego Studios) and Andela Campagnoni (City Models / Lux Girls) joining us for appearances on Sunday.

We had a total of nearly 6 hours in the studio between two separate group photo shoots and from what I’ve seen so far, there are some great images that came from the shoots.

Krystal and I want to thank everyone who participated and already have a long list of things we want to add or improve for next time.

When will next time be? Well, we aren’t sure yet. But it could be as early as the fall of this year. Keep an eye on this blog as well as at Models Of Halifax and HMP-Halifax Models and Photographers groups on Facebook. Any date announcements will be made here and in those groups at the same time.

For those who couldn’t make it, here is a gallery of BTS images taken by my good friend James Vaughan who was visiting from Moncton for the weekend. Thanks Jim! 🙂

And finally, a huge thank you to those who sponsored our giveaways and door prizes…

Atlantic Photo Supply

Stila Cosmetics

Life Salon Spa


Allen Print



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