We used four different photographers on this shoot, including Alexander Velásquez García, Jarret McKenna and Lukas Maier and myself, all working together and collaborating to get some amazing results. In this case we used a combination of stage lighting and a large white LCD flat light, which pushed out a tremendous amount of filling light. While stage lighting is great for performance, it can leave a heavier shadow than we’d like in this type of shoot, so punching in a little targeted fill is very useful. Sam Luk also worked on video and is putting together some great documentary material. Sam and Jarrett are Harlequin veterans, and both have very strong backgrounds in technical aspects of film, video and animation. One of the wonderful things about working in Vancouver is the availability of people who are multi-talented and very well trained in these fields.
Alona Kuzyk and Zoe Savage did a great job on makeup and hair for our ladies. On a project like this there will typically be about 3 hours of preparation and about 30 or 40 minutes of shooting. For those that are interested, we also have a small amount of time spent on Photoshop after the shoot. This is done in Ottawa, by Queena Li, and just adds a finishing touch.
When we do a shoot like this the primary outlet is Facebook and a few other online destinations. It’s to garner interest in the show and let people know what we’re up to. We have a great time with our photoshoots and the team at The Orpheum Annex have been very helpful to us. Peter Kendall and his staff always provide us with great support.
We’re always interested in talking to photographers and models about working with our team. We often invite photographers to our show, as we know the value of the visuals that result. If you are interested in being invited to either one of the shoots or the show, let me know and I’ll see if there’s anything that we can do. Should you be interested in working with any of the subjects, makeup and hair team, photographers or costume team, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do what I can to organise it.