3 models and 3 lighting setups in a 20 square foot space.

I had a fun challenge the other day shooting some fun creative portraits with my GC team and some awesome models.

We had a free night in our calendar and decided to get together to shoot some no pressure practice shots with three new models that needed some practice. To keep it casual we decided to shoot in Ziicka’s place, which is a tiny, basement suite with 6′ ceilings and hardly enough space for 2 people. So we decided to stuff three models, Ziicka doing makeup and styling, Jessica Holloway doing hair and myself with all my lighting and camera gear into that little space.

We ended up have a great time and shooting late into the night only stopping to eat some delicious Sal e Lemon tacos.

 

Here are a few of my favorites from the night.

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A crisp fall morning with Ravi

A couple weeks ago I had a great quick little morning shoot with local model Ravi Bansal. We met up at my local dog walking park and shot a quick couple setups before the rain ended our session. First we snapped some portrait shots for her commercial portfolio. There is a beautiful pond surrounded by trees and bushes that are in full Fall colors so we chose that as our background.

Here is one of the finished shots, it was real simple lighting. Just one medium softbox filling in the shadow side of her face, and putting a little glint in her eyes..

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Next we setup for my commercial style shot. I was going for a fall catalog or print ad style photograph. I wanted it to be clean and simple and to display the clothing looking good in a cool fall setting.

Again it was a very simple setup, one medium softbox to the camera left and one small box up high over her right shoulder to give a warm rim light. In Photoshop I mostly played with the tone of the foliage and cleaned up the background a bit. I chose to crop to a wide cinema aspect ratio because I thought it placed her in the setting without showing too much distracting foreground or sky. And the real reason is because I have been walking my dog down this path for months thinking I would love to shoot a scene here for a film so I have imagined it in wide screen film format. Here is the shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I will have a new shoot to post up in the next few days to check back often.

 

 

Early misty morning with Ziicka

A few days ago me and my favorite MUA/model/producer/creative director/blue haired friend Ziicka got up bright and early to shoot in the morning fog. I had a lighting setup I wanted to try out and Zii is just always game to help out in front of or behind the camera so we loaded up and went down by the water front to catch the morning mist and fall colors.

Turns out the fog wasn’t going to stick around for us but we made the best of it and got some nice shots in just a few minutes.

Here are a couple shots from the day and a behind the scenes look at the lights.

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Giving in to BaDD HaBBiTs

I had a great shoot a couple weeks back collaborating with Glass City wonder girl Ziicka, and the awesome local band The BaDD HaBBiTs. It was just a quick run and gun shoot in an east Van alley to create some new images for the band and to make some new friends. We had a blast goofing around and making damn good use of available colors and textures within one city block of alley.

Zii took care of the creative direction and styling while I concentrated on squeezing every ounce of light out of my poor little speed lights. Fighting daylight aint easy with small light sources and big modifiers covering a whole band.

Check out the whole photo set over at the Glass City blog

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Finally updating some of my current photography work.

Fire red in the wind.

Again it has been a long time between posts on here. I have been busy, what can I say. But the good news is now I have some content to show off. I just added a small gallery of photos from a practice session with Ziicka at the Glass City space in EVF studio called Blue with Ziicka. It was a fun little testing session to try out some new lighting ideas I had and Zii wanted to try out not having eyebrows. OK. But they turned out pretty cool and I have had great feedback on them from the few people that have seen them. Check that gallery out here.

Next I shot an evening with clothing designer Harrison Oswald modeling his own creations and Ziicka doing makeup and styling. Check that set out here.

We had a great time and finished up so quick we had time to get Zii in front of the camera again to model some Titans Eve tee shirts. Check that set out here.

And finally for today I am posting up a few shots from a shoot I did for hair stylist Lucy Lopez. We were working with a theme of blazing orange and red hair on three beautiful models, Marmar, Liz and Kayla. Again it was fun times had by all and I really enjoyed getting to play with light to showcase the amazing hair styling of Lucy. That gallery can be viewed here.

That’s it for now, I have a bunch of video work coming up in the near future so look out for a big post of links to music videos soon.

 

Corby

Trunk Show by Misty Greer

So this is another bit of older work that I am finally posting up. It has been floating around on Facebook for a while but hasn’t really had a proper post. Ziicka from Glass City Collective was the master mind of this shoot and she assembled  the cast and crew as well as all the logistics for the shoot, her and the rest of the crew at Glass City are a great one stop solution for producing a shoot of any size both still and video. Check them out for your next project at http://tourglasscity.wordpress.com/

designs by TrunkShow by Misty Greer
Corby Martin // photography
ziicka // makeup and model
LittleBit Lizbit // model

 

Check out the whole editorial spread here.

Corby Martin Director of Photography