Get Connected

Getting connected on social media helps to show others what I have been up to. What I find is that different platforms feed different needs. For example, on my official Facebook page, people like practical photography tips. I try to balance that with works that I have done. On Twitter, I like to make quick and easy tweets on things that I have done socially and some works. With Google Plus, I do tend to show more of my works, but ones that have not been posted on other social media sites. Finally, on Instagram, I will post my adventures in food, travel and culture. I do try to be aware of those who follow me on various platforms and not feed them the same photos. I also like to show a bit of versatility while showing what I love on various sites. Various sites for various purposes.

While I try to expand my skills and try new things like corporate photography that include more product photography, I have finally added a new social media site to promote more of my work – Model Mayhem. This is more so to get connected with others in the same industry so that we can help promote each other as well as use each other’s services.

Check me out here:

Official Portfolio

http://grecelnepomuceno.wix.com/portfolio

Model Mayhem

http://www.modelmayhem.com/iFoxyGN

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/ifoxy_gn/

Facebook

 

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Creating a Virtual Tour for a Small Business

Trends, for the last few years at least, is leaning more towards videos to help promote businesses. Its competitive edge help to demonstrate what a business can do for consumers. I was able to create a virtual tour for a small business which launched on their website near the end of January of this year. Although a bit lengthy, the business owner wanted to capture the daily routines of their business to address most frequently asked questions. They were happy with the result and feedback on the video were positive.

Cats Castle provides a temporary cat boarding service for people who need pet care for reasons that include going on vacation, moving to a new place or renovations. Check out the videos below and don’t forget to visit Cat’s Castle’s website: http://catscastle.ca/.

 

 

Below is a short tutorial on how to navigate Cat’s Castle’s official Facebook page to find photos of cats who board here. Although it may be simple enough for those of us who frequent Facebook often, there are those who are not on it. Although it may be unbelievable since membership accounts are in the billions, I know of some that just don’t care and don’t want to be caught up in social media. As long as someone has access the internet, they can visit any business’ official Facebook page without an account.

 

 

Looking, in a continued effort to expand my skillset, I would like to move more towards corporate and product photography. There is much to be learned and many resources to look though I starting with Lynda.com. I have also bought Geekology 2.0 by Jay Tablante. He is a Filipino photographer whose skills are just as impressive as his diverse portfolio The book itself is mainly about cosplay, but what I am more interested in is his process in creating his images.

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New Year, New Additions to My Portfolio

With the exception of a few weeks in August and a few weeks in January, it has been busy the last ten months with working for a company and taking on a few projects on the side. In my portfolio, I’ve added a few more portraits that include fashion, dance, and men’s portraits. I have also added product photography. Here are samples of what I’ve done:

Men’s Portraits
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Fashion
Designer Adriana Fulop

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Fashion
Designer Reanna Nicefero

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Fashion
Designer Adriana Fulop

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Dance
Gallery Italia, AGO

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Product Photography

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With all that work in the past several months, it was nice to catch a bit of a break. I headed to the east coast for a week on a bus tour with my family. Apparently, a handful of my friends and acquaintances (approximately five or six) did the same thing within weeks of each other. I was surprised to see them post similar images on social media. Much later, a friend approached me on New Year’s Eve and commented on all the photos I posted and said she even ate at the same restaurants. We must have been on the same trip but different buses. Here are a few of my favourite memories:

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
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St. Margaret’s Village, Nova Scotia
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Cavendish Beach via Duneland Trail, P.E.I.
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Shediac, New Brunswick
Largest Lobster in the World, Shediac, New Brunswick//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Quebec City, Quebec
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High Fashion Editorial Photo Shoot at the Art Gallery of Ontario

At the Art Gallery of Ontario

In the past two months, I was very busy with work which I took in stride. It was not without its challenges. Whether it’s trying to beat traffic during the Pan Am Games, working under various weather conditions or having a technological breakdown. Not to mention having to deal with deadlines. I survived and still remain a photographer.

In the meantime, I did manage to catch a portfolio builder workshop. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, when I complete a photo shoot for clients, these jobs are confidential unless they give me permission to post photos online for my portfolio and social media. I do workshops to help keep me up to date with the latest trends in photography as well as to update my portfolio.

The latest workshop was for High Fashion Editorial and Dance at the AGO. While I do portrait photography for dance schools, I am unable to use these photos for my professional use without the permission of both the company and those in the images. So I am very happy to have taken this workshop so that I am able to include dance in my portfolio.

I had taken the workshop on two different occasions allowing me to review images and improve the second time around. While the models and clothes changed, I had a better idea of where to place models and came better prepared with poses. I felt the images came out stronger the second time around.

The location was at the AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario in the Gallery Italia. In the second photo shoot, it also included the staircase in Walker Court section. In both cases, it was designed by architect Frank Gehry. I felt more confident photographing in the Gallery Italia the second time around knowing how the space looked like and and knowing where to place the models. There was still some challenges such as where the light was hitting the model. A more smoother and evenly lit model looked better than one with spotty lighting, especially around the face. Other than that, I was happy with the results.

For the photo shoot, the makeup artist was Anne Oster, jewelry provided by Diverse Creation Head Designer Reanna Nicefero and clothing provided by Plastik Wrap Designer Adriana Fulop. Each of the models have been given names to represent someone that can be in a woman’s life.

Without much further ado, here are some of what I captured:

The Best Friend

A day at the art gallery, she is the best friend that has been through everything with you.

High Fashion Editorial Photo Shoot

High Fashion Editorial Photo Shoot
High Fashion Editorial Photo Shoot

Sassy

 A day at the art gallery, her sassy personality will add flavour to any classy outfit.

High Fashion Editorial Photo Shoot
High Fashion Editorial Photo Shoot

High Fashion Editorial Photo Shoot Vivacious

A day at the art gallery, she will liven up the scene with her personality and confidence. 

High Fashion Editorial Photo Shoot  High Fashion Editorial Photo Shoot

High Fashion Editorial Photo Shoot

Confident

A day at the art gallery, she is the person who you trust the most to show up whenever you need her.

High Fashion Editorial Photo Shoot

High Fashion Editorial Photo Shoot
High Fashion Editorial Photo Shoot

Fashionista

A day at the art gallery, she will be the one to steal the show wherever she goes with her modern and up to date clothes.

High Fashion Editorial Photo Shoot
High Fashion Editorial Photo Shoot

High Fashion Editorial Photo Shoot

Ballerinas  

Ballerina

Ballerina

Ballerina

At the Art Gallery of Ontario
At the Art Gallery of OntarioAt the Art Gallery of Ontario

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Book Cover

photo

About a year ago, I met a wonderful lady named Daniela Szasz who told me she wanted to write a book. She wanted to use my services for a portrait session so she can have a photo on the cover. A year later, she contacted me letting me know that she had finally been published and had shown me what the book looks like (shown above). I like how it turned out and that I’m happy to be a part of her project. You may contact her to order a book if you’re interested.

Here is a link to her website: http://www.pureauthenticheart.com.

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Beauty Photo Shoot

Editorial Photo Shoot, Artistic

 

Ever since completing an internship for photography a few years ago, I was quite happy with the experience and the portfolio pieces I received for the work I put into the program. Butterflies fluttered in my stomach as I realized things were becoming real and I can move forward as a photographer should I choose to. I did leave with a job in tow. A few years later, I managed to retain this job in a tough and often competitive industry. I did manage to get a few freelance jobs on the side in the past few months. I do want to retain the respect of my clients by maintaining their privacy unless they give me permission to use their images for my portfolio.

The question remains – how do I show growth and update my portfolio?

Years ago, I was introduced to Meetup. I started out joining a few social groups. Since then, I have also joined networking and photography groups. It’s been a good experience so far. I started out taking workshops on basic photography. Afterwards, I started to pick and choose workshops suitable to my needs.

The last workshop I took was for beauty editorial with tips on how to submit photos to magazines. It was definitely informative and I learned a few more Photoshop techniques. The facilitator specializes in fine arts. I admire both her’s and another professional photographer’s work who also specializes in fine art. Recently, I was looking into the works of a professional photographer specializing in cosplay. With his comic book like style of editing, I want to learn how he does it. He does have a couple of books on how to achieve this.

With this in mind, I would like to start pushing my own boundaries and experiment in how to create more artistic images. Here are more images from the beauty editorial workshop:

Editorial Photo Shoot

Editorial Photo Shoot

Editorial Photo Shoot, Artistic

Editorial Photo Shoot, Artistic

 

Up and coming, I have a product photography workshop and ballerina at a museum. I look forward to having new works in my portfolio.

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Happy New Year

With lots to think about and do, my days are being filled with new projects. I have a mentor to help me focus on the important things. I have projects lined up this week including videography for a small business, a portrait session from which a photo may be used for an album cover, and two product photography jobs. I look forward to a positive, happy, prosperous new year. Thank you to those who read my blog(s). Wishing you all the best and may good things come your way.

Here is a link to the Weston Village Santa Claus Parade I covered over a month ago.

http://westonvillagebia.com/santaparade/photos/2014

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