Once in a while, I’m on the front page of the website of my modeling agency, Orange Model Management Inc. Photos are randomly loaded every time you reload the page, so you may or may not see me on there if you go visit. It’s kinda neat 🙂
A couple of weeks ago, I had a photo shoot with the Toronto duo group, istoica. They do some really interesting, edgy, punky work – I was really happy to shoot with them. They’ve posted a couple of the shots on their site (go check out their other work, too). I think they turned out quite well – lovin’ the expanse of blue.
So, remember that commercial I was in? Well, it’s now on the air. Also here for your amusement (until I get told to remove it).
When I first saw it on my computer, I was embarrassed. Then I saw it on TV, on CFMT during Friends while I was in the exercise room in my building (unfortunately no one else was in there at the time to recognise me and point me out or anything *grin*), and I was giddy with excitement. I’m on TV!
I suppose that’s pretty neat. 😉
(By the way, I’m the girl amongst the umbrellas.)
I got my first real, paid modeling job! Today I was shot in a commercial for The Beauty Supply Outlet. It’s going to be on tv “soon” (no idea when). Pretty exciting, I have to say.
My makeup was done exceptionally well by a Ms. Jenna Treat. She was very patient and sweet with me and all the models. The rest of the shooting crew were all really kind as well. I couldn’t believe what a long day it must have been for most of them. I didn’t have to be there until 2 PM, and even so I still didn’t get my shoot in until 9 PM this evening.
The first portion I was filmed in was a group shot with about eight women sitting on a couch, looking pretty. My “solo” scene involved a lot of red umbrellas, and me standing in the rain, first looking down, lifting my arms to catch the rain and then lifting my head and eyes to the sky, or the camera. I got rained on…
So, I guess, keep an eye out for that. I’m not sure what it’s going to look like once edited. Hopefully I pulled it off all right – didn’t get to see the result before I left. I wonder if I’ll get to have a digital copy of it or something… I don’t watch any tv, so I doubt I’ll ever get to see it!
Jan 12, 2007 Update: The commercial is now out! Check it out.
Tomorrow – Friday, October 20th starting at 6 PM – is the opening night of the Autumn Art Sale put on annually by volunteers at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinberg.
The sale lasts all weekend, but come out tomorrow evening to meet the artists and mingle with volunteers. I’m going to support a photographer I’ve worked with – Penelope Edgar. Apart from doing fashion photography, she has some beautiful landscape, scenery and building shots in locations around the world.
Below is one of the photos we came up with during our shoot together.
This issue of over-photoshopped images has been on my mind since I saw the insanely faked image of Pamela Anderson in a Mac makeup ad. I didn’t recognise her and only later knew it was her when I saw a photo of her, the way she looks in reality at about 40 years old, standing beneath the poster. I’ve also started to see photos of Mila Jovovich using the same techniques of erasing all personality from the model’s face.
The video can be seen at danah boyd’s blog in her post about it. I link directly to her post, and not the video on YouTube, because I appreciate her article and the comments written on it also.
Other insightful and interesting posts about this can be found at the Proactive Living blog, and another over at the SmartCanucks blog.
My final point is… we’ve seemed to have hit a sort of breaking point in this issue. It’s beginning to get a lot wider coverage and I’m seeing it all over the blogosphere. Truly, awareness is key. But, in fact, is this really going to change anything? I doubt it. It’s just a further example of what’s been happening in video games for ages: the pixel is far more instantly gratifying than reality. Society has an addictive personality, and is easily addicted to new things. I don’t see this as something that will go away.
Just thought I’d list the websites of the photographers, makeup artists and fashion designers I’ve worked with:
- Melissa Munroe
- Monika Kollar
- Steve Wilkie
- Katie Scanlan
- Penelope Edgar
- Mechanical Donkey
- Stephanie Sonnemanne
- Edwin Tse
I’ve also created a spot in the sidebar for the people I’ve worked with, so any new photographers, makeup artists and fashion designers I have shoots with will be listed there along with the above list.
I’ve been absent for almost a week now. This is because I’ve been quite ill with some sort of horrid cold whose only goal seems to be to tear apart my lungs.
I’m glad to have my energy back, though the cough is still present. In any case, I’m back to posting more frequently.
This weekend I had a photo shoot with Melissa Munroe, one of my clients in Toronto. I have been doing ongoing updates on her website since January, posting her photography and directing work among other things.
As part of the redesign for my own site I decided to include a photograph of myself, and so I enlisted Melissa’s services. The results are quite spectacular, and I highly recommend Melissa as a very patient, accomodating and creative photographer.
Not being one for makeup or doing much with my hair normally, the professional look I was able to pull off was helped immensely by having my makeup and hair done beforehand by a very talented young woman, Monika Kollar. I highly recommend her whenever you need makeup and hair professionally done, as she provides excellent service at an affordable rate. She also works on film sets, doing prosthetics and fake injuries.
Visit the Fashion photography section of Melissa Munroe’s website to see some of the more fun results we got as the shoot progressed (I’m in the first eight). And next time you need photography services in the Greater Toronto Area, hire Melissa!