Blog of a portrait and lifestyle photograher

Bryan Cranston for the cover of The Hollywood Reporter

There is a reason why cameras love Hollywood actors. Of course they have powerful presence and charm, but they are also super professional and not just in front of an Arriflex. 30 minute long photo session is an everyday reality, but when you need to shoot a COVER and at least a PAGE for the magazine in 30 minutes… now that’s intimidating. To my great surprise half an hour with Bryan was enough to get at least a dozen cover-worthy images. The magazine just came out, but it was already noticed by the Society of Publication Designers. Presented as the COVER OF THE DAY here: http://www.spd.org/2011/09/cover-of-the-day-september-14.php

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Rob Turenne for THE GRID magazine

Last week I shot Rob Turenne, a barman star of Parts and Labor on Queen West. Rob made a very beautiful drink called Elqui Sour with a bunch of ingredients I thought belonged in a gourmet meal. At the end I was lucky to savor it (yes I drove under a bit of influence this time!), but the cocktail had this amazing pink color with egg whites on top, I cannot imagine a girl who’d be able to pass on it! Apparently I was not the only one who thought the drink looked girly – you can read the article here: http://www.thegridto.com/life/food-drink/drink-pink/

And yes, it was HEAVENLY!

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Saturday Surf in New York

On the recent trip to New York I got a chance to hang out with my son’s aunt Diana, who’s currently doing a PhD in philosophy, does private fashion consulting and teaches surf lessons (how cool is she!!!). I spent the morning shooting her and her friends (she styled the shoot) at Saturday Surf Cafe, afternoon surfing the Rockaway beach and later shooting again on a Williamsburg rooftop at sunset. What a perfect day! The shoot we did is coming here soon…

Michael Webster for THE GRID magazine

Last week I shot Michael Webster –  a star barman of the Drake Hotel in Toronto. When Shelbie Wermette (photo editor of The Grid) told me that his specialty is crashing ice, I wondered what that meant. It turned out that Michael has a special technique for adding ice to drinks such as Mexican Wrestling Mask . He holds a large ice cube in one hand and hits it with a long mixing spoon in the other. With the right degree of power and precision he makes the ice cube literally explode! An impressive move! I have not tried the drink because I was driving, but it looked very delicious.

http://www.thegridto.com/life/food-drink/old-fashioned-and-proud-of-it/