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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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

The BaDD HaBBiTs


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.



It’s been a while but I’m keeping busy!

I kind of forgot about this place lately. I have been pretty busy with work and family over the past couple months not to mention filming and photographing a few projects.

The first big news is the web series I have been DPing for the last 6 months is almost ready to launch and we released the teaser just last week for it. The show has been a labor of love for the writer/director/producer/editor/lead actor Devon Ferguson and myself but it’s turning out really funny and pretty good looking if I do say so myself. It is a super low budget project but we have been adding a ot of production value by getting creative as well as calling favors. It has been a challenge for me because it is my first multicam shoot, we have been running 3 cameras for every setup which has been interesting for lighting, blocking, and trying to make every angle look good as well as catch the action. My B camera operator has been Lena Vinogradova for most of the series and C camera operator has been a locked off tripod. I can’t wait for the whole series to be out so I can share them but for now here is the teaser.

How to be an Actor

The other film I recently did was a short film for my work’s private film fest. It was really a friendly challenge among the locations of Sim Digital to shoot films on our gear to build some teamwork skills and get some hands on time with the pimp new gear. So when it came time for me to choose my dream camera/lens package to shoot on my choices were damn near limitless. Unfortunately the reality of our business is that if we have the gear and a customer wants it we rent it, so my “dream package” slowly went out the door on paying rentals leading up to the shoot day. Sigh…. oh well I guess I will have to make due with an Arri Alexa and the new Fujinon 19-90 Cabrio lens. (For those of you who don’t know what that means the Alexa has shot damn near every feature film and TV drama for the last 2 years, and the lens? Well just picture a Porsche Carrera Cabriolet, now picture a camera lens that is more expensive.) So I was still spoiled with gear way better than I would usually get to work with, and a great cast and crew made for a fun weekend of shooting. The other really cool part of the festival is that we are being judged by a panel of industry big shots most notably master cinematographer and academy award winner Guillermo Navarro who just completed shooting Pacific Rim. The results of the judging will be in next week but we feel pretty confident in our film to impress.

Here are a couple bts pics from the shoot.


Sneak peek at new work.

So I have been pretty busy lately between personal projects, music videos, web series’, commercial contest videos, and photo shoots it a wonder my kid recognises me. Oh and I have that full time job too. Anyway I thought I might give a quick update on my current work. The first is my entry for the Peak radio station commercial contest, there are only a few days left until they announce the winner and I have been getting great feedback. I don’t know if I am in the running to win but I definitely am happy with what I put out there. The other long term project I have been working on is a Web series with Director/writer/actor Devon Ferguson, it is still in production so I can’t say too much about it but I think it will be damn funny and a different look than my usual style of film making. I also collaberated with Devon on a music video for the sexy all girl rap group Dipit n’ Butta Moah for the single “Grit in my Slit”. It was a tough day with a busy schedule starting early on the beach at Spanish Banks and ending late in the East Village Factory studio. But it was worth it because I actually pulled a still from one of the clips that I would be happy with as a photograph. And I don’t know if I have ever done that before. So check out the frame grab of Dipit smoking a fat “cigar”. This clip is also making it into my new reel which I am hard at work on and should have done in the next few weeks. I will also be updating my photography portfolio to better match the new website and the new direction all of my work has been moving toward.

Keep checkin in as all this new work starts surfacing.

Commercial for the Peak radio station

So the Peak radio station is having a contest to make a commercial advertising there new stronger signal. I figured why not throw something together, I could use the 10g first prize I guess. So with a quick bit of planning and some Salvation Army costume shopping I put together this 30 sec commercial. Just me shooting on my Nikon D800, Jonah ripping it up on the bike and “Peak Man” hanging in the beautiful North Shore wilderness at magic hour. Enjoy!


Fireworks and the Celebration of Light

I went out to shoot some photos of the Celebration of light fireworks final last night. It was a good little learning experience shooting long exposures on my Nikon D800 for the first time and trying out a cheapo ebay remote shutter release. Over all I got a couple keepers and didn’t have to fight the crowds since I shot from up on Cypress mountain.

Good times.

Corby Martin Director of Photography