The Commoners | Portrait Session

Over the last few months I’ve had the pleasure of catching The Commoners perform live a few times and I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about a new band. I saw them for the first time at The Crooked’s Debut/Release party at Lee’s Palace and I couldn’t contain myself, they’re so captivating when they play. Then I happened to run into them again at Canadian Music Week at a much more intimate performance at Ildsjel in Toronto.

Not only are they extremely talented musicians (I highly recommend you check out their latest video Walkin’ South, it’ll give you chills) but they’ve got a phenomenal stage presence and are the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.
Watch their latest video below & check out the photos from our session!

We headed to Cherry Beach at the start of their session just before sunset. so we got some really nice soft lighting especially since it was an overcast day. I knew we would be walking around quite a bit so I wanted to keep equipment light.
For the most part I used my Nikon D800 and Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 Lens.

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Since Cherry Beach is also home to a rather large unleashed dog park we got a lot of awesome photo bombs which were my favourite part.

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We shot a variety of candid and some posed images but I just asked the guys to be themselves. I like to work like a fly on the wall rather than directing every single movement. I just kept in mind what they wanted to use the images for and we’re lucky that Cherry Beach has such a variety of backgrounds to shoot with that we got a lot of great options.

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Afterwords we headed to Polson Pier nearby, I know it’s where everyone goes but it is a beautiful view of the city so we got creative with the skyline.

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You’ll be able to catch the guys this weekend at Taste of The Danforth on Sunday in Toronto. All the information is available on the Facebook event here.

Thanks for checking these out!

Photography by Joanna Glezakos.
Please do not share to repost without credit.

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Brett “Buff” Justice | Portrait Session

I’ve known Brett a long time and he’s a very talented producer based out of Toronto, ON. We caught up last month to photograph a concept we had in mind for a while.
At his studio they have a ton of equipment, old and new instruments and amps, stacked neatly around the room so we decided to create a wall of instruments that represents the complexity of his skills as a musician and producer.

The studio is very dark, a repurposed meat locker (hence the studio’s name, The Meat Locker), so after setting up the room I lit the it using three LED panels for the colour casts and some christmas lights for the background.

Brett and I have had the pleasure of working together on many projects over the years with music videos and photoshoots and so much more. He’s such a laid back and relaxed guy who’s into some pretty funky music so with the coloured lights i wants to create a vibe that would suit him.

It was really fun and I even had little four legged assistant that got in on some of the shots.

This has been one of my favourite shoots to Direct, Brett really let me take control and try so many things I could barely stop shooting.

If you’re looking to set up your own portrait session I would love to hear from you!
Feel free to contact me and don’t be shy, please use the contact form.

Thanks for stopping by! More sessions coming up next week!

xo
jo

Divinesque | Portrait Session

As many of you know, June marks Pride Month. The celebration began as a way to commemorate the Stonewall riots that happened at the end of June 1969. Many events are held this month worldwide to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world.
Divinesque has been a staple in the Toronto Drag and LGBTQ community and has been performing for over 30 years. She’s recently lost a whopping 117lbs and wanted to update her portraits and had a great idea for where she wanted to do them.
Despite it being incredibly hot we met up and took a stroll on Church St to start the session. We started on the corner of Church and Alexander St since there’s an awesome rainbow crosswalk.


We made our way up the block to Church and Wellesley to recreate an image Divinsque had done previously for a “Before & After” shot to show off her incredible transformation. That’s where we found the rainbow barber wall and of course her mural.

The whole time people were honking their horns and hollering “yaaass girl” at her, cause well let’s face it, she looks amazing, and we were stopped multiple times as people asked her for a photo.

After, we headed to the AIDS Memorial for some of my favourite shots. I’m ashamed to say I actually didn’t know this was here. Opened in 1993, it is a series of concrete pillars carrying stainless steel plaques engraved with the names and dates of those who passed.

 

It was a ton of fun, her outfit was amazing and absolutely popped when we went to the memorial. Despite shooting in +38C weather, we were lucky that we managed to survive shooting in the heat. Hoping for more portrait sessions like this one!

If you’d like to see Divinesque perform, she’ll be at Hamilton PRIDE in the Park.
Mainstage, Corktown Park, Hamilton, ON, June 17, 2017 in the afternoon!

If you’d like to inquire about doing your own portrait session I would love to hear from you! Please submit all inquiries through the contact form.

Thanks for stopping by! More coming up soon so be sure to follow!

xo
jo

Nicole & Robert | Engagement Shoot

On Victoria day last month I ventured up to Alliston, ON to photograph an engagement session for Nicole and Robert. They’re tying the knot on June 17th, 2017 in Toronto.
This was a special session as Nicole and I have been best friends since the 8th grade, so we’re closing in on 15 years! From our emo days of listening to My Chemical Romance in the halls of our High School or skipping class to meet AFI, through different colleges and career paths and many adventures, it’s crazy to think in 4 days I’ll be photographing her wedding.

They met about 5 years ago while working as chefs together at the Auld Spot in Toronto (aw, kind of like No Reservations except without the kid & stuff.) After 5 years together he popped the question and she said yes! These two compliment each other so well and I can’t be happier for them.

They weren’t planning on doing an engagement shoot but I’ve known Nicole to be a bit shy in front of the camera so I convinced them to do a little trial before their big day.

We drove around Alliston looking for some locations to shoot at. We started at a nearby park and then headed to a Heritage Farm and of course found ourselves in a random and smelly field but it was worth it. Take a look at some of my favourite shots below.

The last two are a couple of the outtakes, including our version of American Gothic by Grant Wood. I had so much fun, I don’t think I’ve ever laughed this much during a shoot. I can’t wait for their big day! Let the count down begin!

If you’re looking to get portraits or engagement photos done I’d love to hear from you! Currently looking for alternative and bad ass couples for Summer/Fall 2017. Please use the contact form for details!

xo
jo

Crystal Countess | Product Preview

The other weekend I got to work with the extremely talented jewellery designer Bryan Greenwood with Crystal Countess. His work ranges from necklaces, brooches, earrings, bracelets, tiaras and so much more. Each piece is an exquisitely crafted, one-of-a-kind original featuring handset crystals and you should check out his website here: www.crystalcountess.com.

I spent the day at his beautiful home with him, his partner, James and their fur babies, photographing some new work that Bryan has been working on. It was a pleasure working with Bryan and the girls and spending the day snacking, laughing and making new friends!

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Crystal Countess Jewellery by Bryan Greenwood | http://www.crystalcountess.com | Photos by Joanna Glezakos | http://www.vengenza.ca
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Crystal Countess Jewellery by Bryan Greenwood | http://www.crystalcountess.com | Photos by Joanna Glezakos | http://www.vengenza.ca
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Crystal Countess Jewellery by Bryan Greenwood | http://www.crystalcountess.com | Photos by Joanna Glezakos | http://www.vengenza.ca
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Crystal Countess Jewellery by Bryan Greenwood | http://www.crystalcountess.com | Photos by Joanna Glezakos | http://www.vengenza.ca
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Crystal Countess Jewellery by Bryan Greenwood | http://www.crystalcountess.com | Photos by Joanna Glezakos | http://www.vengenza.ca
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Crystal Countess Jewellery by Bryan Greenwood | http://www.crystalcountess.com | Photos by Joanna Glezakos | http://www.vengenza.ca
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Crystal Countess Jewellery by Bryan Greenwood | http://www.crystalcountess.com | Photos by Joanna Glezakos | http://www.vengenza.ca
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Crystal Countess Jewellery by Bryan Greenwood | http://www.crystalcountess.com | Photos by Joanna Glezakos | http://www.vengenza.ca

 

Thank you so much for coming by. Feel free to leave or e-mail a comment or question to shootme@vengenza.ca & Stay tuned for more!

xo

jo