Secret Work

I have posed this question to other professionals in the industry, “Do you create any work that does not fit your book?”

I received a few answers: 

- “Yes for SEO

- “Yes for creativity”

- “No, I am currently focused on shooting my book and nothing else”

- “I already shoot what I love”

These are generally very personal answers as most creatives are generally in different places in their lives. I for one am on the - let’s call it- ‘building steam’ phase as I tried most of it but tends to gravitate onto certain areas.  As you may have noticed by browsing my main page, I mainly do sports and portraits. This is where my main focus is. Building a portfolio that I can be proud of plus showing range while remaining focused. I take the word from Jay P Mogan; “Be a specialist to the market and a generalist to your clients”.

More and more, the message that remains on any ‘social media’ guidelines or your own website is: show consistent work. Your work, has to remain the same vein and same feel to every image so we can know it’s yours. 

That’s cool and all but….where do we explore ideas and how do we share them? I just finished the book ’Show Your Work’ by Austin Kleon who preaches to avoid hoarding any work you produce. I tend to agree with Kleon but I am teared apart with keeping consistency and simply exploring an idea.

Show you work!

Photo by Austin Kleon - get it here https://amzn.to/2HpI25k

So what to do?

1) Solution 1 - Create an entire new website where you can throw as much stuff as you want.

An ok idea but that another thing to manage with as little time as I have.

2) Solution 2 - Keep it hidden

Meh, it’s art, show it, you never know what it will yield.

3) Solution 3 - Blog it / Keep a section of your portfolio for personal projects

To me, that doesn’t deter from your original message (caveat: make your original message REALLY strong) and shows range into your skills. From what I heard from other professionals, personal work is what gets them the most work other than their regular portfolio. 


With that in mind, I’ll share my most recent personal shoot! 

It started as an idea but now it is a full set!

With that said, I’ll be posting later how I got the shot on Instagram. Make sure to follow me to daily updates about what floats in my head!

Instagram

Cheers!


Signature Ballet Lighting with Sasha O.

I am super excited to share this with you guys! 

May 19th 2018, Sasha (the official photographer for Les Grand Ballets de Montréal - www.sashaonyshchenko.com ) and I will be hosting a photography masterclass in Montreal.

The even will be packed with information and is built for intermediate to advanced photographers. In this class we will: 

+ Sasha’s background and how he learned photography

+ What makes a good photographer

+ The gear used behind some of the best ‘Les Grands Ballets’ campaigns

+ A live demonstration of the technique with a live model

+ Photoshop and Capture 1 post-processing

+ Q&A

+ And more!


To book your ticket - click here! Early-bird discounts are available until April 23rd - don’t miss your chance to save 50$ on your seat!

More information will be added to the event. Follow this blog and the Facebook event to stay up to date.

See you there!


Bare Yoga

**Heads up, this is NSFW (Not Safe For Work)**

In the quest of fitness and strength, one crucial element is often forgotten: mobility. I can’t think of any sports that does this better than yoga, which I am terrible at (due to sheer laziness).

With that in mind and to get away for my usual sports photography, Michele and myself did a REALLY cool yoga session highlighting the limits of human capacity of staying in place while not wearing much. 

The beautiful muscle and grace that yoga produces are simply too awesome to put aside and I want to thank her for her participation in that cool little project of mine which I will absolutely reproduce with other daring athletes.

Below you will find the full (NSFW) set (last chance!)


Let me know how you like this set by commenting on my Instagram page! Also make sure to check out Michele a world traveling dancer on her Instagram also :)

Cheers,

Yvens