PROFUSION EXPO 2017

THANK YOU EVERYONE THAT CAME OUT TO PROFUSION EXPO 2017 IN TORONTO.

IT WAS A GREAT SUCCESS, THANK YOU VISTEK AND ELINCHROM FOR HAVING ME BE PART OF THIS AMAZING TWO DAY EVENT AND ALLOWING ME TO SHARE MY ADVICE AND KNOWLEDGE IN PORTRAITURE AND LIGHTING.

SPECIAL THANKS TO ANTHONY FROM VISTEK AND BILL FROM GNIGAMI THAT MADE EVERYTHING RUN SO SMOOTHLY. THANK YOU TO TOMMY JAMES MURPHY FOR BEING OUR MODEL FOR THE EXPO.

HERE ARE FEW OF THE SHOTS THAT WERE CREATED AT PROFUSION EXPO 2017
ALL IMAGES WERE LIT WITH THE ELB1200 AND ELB400 WITH HI-SYNC. IMAGES WERE SHOT AT f1.4 AT 1/3200s ON THE NIKON D5

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ALIYA JASMINE – SCARS AND BIRTHMARKS

Working with Aliya Jasmine is always amazing, love her energy and enthusiasm, she’s so much fun to work with. So when she told me about her concept I was so down. Our shoot was one that was very close to her heart, it allowed her to show herself for who she is,  no photoshop,  just her raw in the wilderness. AJ is a role model to many young girls and this shoot will definitely help instill confidence in many.

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ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE – MIAMI PHOTOGRAPHER BRYAN BENOIT

BRYAN BENOIT

I was born in Venezuela and moved to the United States in the early 80s. I now call sunny and tropical Miami my home and base of operations.

My journey to photography is one that found its destination late in life. I am a graduate of the University of Miami with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Not exactly a very ‘artistic’ field of study. My interest in photography was sparked by a casual Internet search about 10 years ago. I stumbled upon some beautiful landscape photos and started to wonder if I could do that. Started as a nature photographer but soon found that my strongest interest was people.

Photography for me is an outlet for creativity and stress. I specialize in natural light beauty photography and my studio is the environment around me. My aim is to capture the true essence and vulnerability of the beauty that we all have inside of us.

My work can be seen in the model portfolio pages of agencies like NEXT, MC2, Elite, Wilhelmina, FORD, and others. As well as several magazines like IMPOSTOR, Nouveau, EDITORIAL, Style-ology and Glass Book.

I still haven’t shot a decent landscape…

1. How and when did you fall in love with photography?
I think it was around 2001. I fell in love with beautiful landscapes i found on the Internet. I wanted to be able to capture such beauty. These days I find people more fascinating.

2. What is your signature style.?
I would say it is simple all natural light portraiture

3. How did you go about defining and developing your style ?
I started shooting nature.. birds mostly… so the transition to natural light portraits was a natural progression for me

4. What cameras do you use on a daily basis ?
My main camera is the Canon 5D Mark III . Also use a Canon 1D Mark III if the weather is bad (it is built like a tank)

5. What is your favorite genre?
I love high fashion but can’t really say I shoot it. Headshots is what I am known for. I find them very personal so love shooting them.

6. Who in the industry inspires you?
Greg Kadel’s work is very inspiring to me. Sophisticated work done in a simple direct way. I also draw inspiration from the likes of Gavin O’Neill,  Russell James and Sante D’Orazio. Totally love the work of Fabrice Mabillot and Chenman.  I feel bad because I am sure I am leaving off some wonderful artist from the list. Blame it on senility please.

7. Is there any specific image that you came across in your career that may have changed the way u approach your craft?
I can’t think of any one particular image. I am more influenced by bodies of work . It could be from some of the photographers I mentioned before or just random photographers I come across.

8. If you can shoot any model on any location with an unlimited budget what would your shoot look like?
Well my ideal shoot would go something like this.. The location would be some small island close to Tahiti. A week long shoot. For it to be ideal my 3 favorite models of all time would have to come.  Alice, Vianna, and Olivia.  My main makeup artist would be Taryll (if she wants to hire Pat McGrath as her assistant that is up to her). We would shoot a little of everything. Of course if Miranda Kerr, Gemma Ward, or Adriana Lima want to come along I am sure we can make room for them.

9. What advice would you give to someone interested in following in your footsteps?
I wouldn’t follow my path as I am a part time photographer. However I have been at it long enough to learn that if you goal is to make a living at photography you need to be much more than a capable photographer. Without the proper business, marketing and people skills you will not go far.

One last nugget of advice. That camera that you hold in your hand is a very powerful tool of social change. If you ever have the chance to change someone’s life in a positive way with your images never pass it up. It may not make you money but it will save your soul.

10.  With the influence you have as an artist how would you change or better our industry?
I wish I could weed out the sexual predators out there. Many of them hold positions of apparent power and they use this influence to prey and the young girls (and boys) that come into the industry.

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SHOOTING MTV’S ALIYA JASMINE

SUNDAY JUNE 26 2011 AFTER YEARS OF KNOWING OF EACH OTHERS EXISTENCE AND BRIEFLY CROSSING PATHS AT INDUSTRY EVENTS FINALLY IN 2011 WE WILL GET A CHANCE TO WORK TOGETHER.

THE SHOOT WILL BE MORE PORTRAITURE STYLE THAN FULL ON  FASHION EDITORIAL .. IT WILL STILL HAVE A FASHION FEEL TO IT AS ALIYA IS A VERY BEAUTIFUL AND STYLISH WOMEN .. BTW LOVE HER STYLE .. BUT THIS SHOOT IS ABOUT TELLING THE WORLD WHO SHE REALLY IS NOTHING HELD BACK JUST ALIYA JASMINE IN THE RAW UNEDITED UNCENSORED ..

MAKEUP/HAIR BY MAY NGUYEN

STYLING BY KATIE TOBIN ( MTV’S OFFICIAL STYLIST)

AND WHO KNOWS THERE MY BE A VIDEO TO ACCOMPANY THE SHOOT.

CANT WAIT FOR SUNDAY .. SO COME BACK FOR A SAMPLE ..

DREK MARTINEZ REVISITED

AS MOST KNOW DREK MARTINEZ IS ONE OF THE HOTTEST DJS IN NYC AT THE MOMENT PLAYING NITES AT LAVO TO VANITY FAIR TO TORONTO’S ROOSEVELT ROOM. HE IS CURRENTLY IN TORONTO AND WHILE HERE PLANS TO SHOOT TODAY WITH MYSELF. IMAGES WILL BE VERY PORTRAITURE AND VERY CLOSEUP GIVING THE VIEWER A BETTER LOOK AT THE MAN BEHIND THE MUSIC AND TURNTABLES.

HERE IS A IMAGE FROM OUR LAST SHOOT