New Music Video with Buff Justice

OUT NOW!
Check out the latest video from Buff Justice, The Long Way!
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In December I teamed up with Brett MacMillan/Buff Justice (www.buffjustice.com) to create two live music videos filmed at The Meat Locker Studio in Toronto.

Buff Justice is comprised of Brett MacMillan on Guitars and Vocals, Sarah Thawer (https://www.sarahthawer.com/) on Drums and Luke Wood on Bass.

We knew we wanted to release the first video, Seize The Day on New Years (because, hello, timing) so we went with an “After A New Years Party” theme and focused on capturing the raw energy of their performance.

I’d love to know what you think of the videos and if we managed to capture the essence of the music!

I’d really love to build on this video work and start creating more conceptual videos. Lets connect if you’re looking to do the same!

 

Thanks for stopping by.

xoxo

jo

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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.

Third Eye Blind | Summer Gods Tour 06.28.2017

I’ve fallen a little behind on these as concert season has slowed down a bit and wedding season is in full swing but I’m going to try and post them more consistently!

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On Wednesday June 28th, I saw Third Eye Blind at Echo Beach in Toronto. This was a special show for me. The band is on their Summer Gods Tour, celebrating 20 years since their release of their debut, self-titled album, and an album which has meant a lot to me over the last 17 years.

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I was 10, the album had already been out for 3 years but my sister was getting in what I called a “grunge” phase and had picked up this CD from Music World at our local mall. (Shout out to Music World, where I first went to discover new music). She was 16 now and was moving out to live with my dad and was leaving a lot of her stuff behind. So I took it upon myself to take some of what I thought were the cooler items; like her plaid shirts, chain wallet and one CD, because I liked the cover. After she left I finally had a room to myself, after sharing it with her for so many years, I put the CD in the stereo and laid on my bed and listened to it from start to finish.

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It wasn’t until I saw that same album performed live 17 years later that I realized what a pivotal moment that was for me. This band and that album changed the music I listened to and started the mould of the person I’d become. Their music got me through some of the toughest times and songs like Semi-Charmed Life and Jumper would be on playlists for years to come. The friends and memories made to these songs are unforgettable. When my car stereo died last year and all it would play was CD’s from start to finish, it was the first album I grabbed. It’s practically perfect, I have so many favourites it would be easier to say the only song I didn’t like at first was London but even that has grown on me.  The Background, Narcolepsy, God of Wine, Motorcycle Drive By… seriously, so many good ones.

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I was eagerly anticipating this show. Keeping my fingers crossed for months because I didn’t want to miss it. Luck was on my side and our approval came through! I arrived at Ontario Place, memories from my childhood flood back, despite it being a shell of what it once was. I got my pass and we were escorted to the pit through the anxious crowd. They range from 20 to 40 somethings eagerly awaiting the forthcoming wave of 90’s nostalgia.

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We got in the pit and a big black curtain gets raised in front of the stage. The music begins and lights cast silhouettes of the band as they take the stage on the raised platform behind the black veil. The curtain drops as they open with Weightless as Stephan’s suit lights up with the beat of the music. The best part was they didn’t play any songs from their first album until after I got out of the pit so I could watch the whole show and sing my heart out to every word.

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I almost wish we were allowed to photograph the whole show, even from the crowd. The lighting was so much better during the latter half of their set. The raised platform was actually covered in LED’s and THIRDEYEBLIND appeared in giant lights behind them, plus the CN tower was in the background! I still can’t believe how many people there were, and so many singing along to every word of the songs. I was pretty far back but I still enjoyed every minute of it. I haven’t been to a show like that in a long time. It reminded me of when I was a teenager waiting to see my favourite bands and experiencing that euphoria all over again. I took some videos but unfortunately WordPress won’t allow me to upload them, i’ll try and put them up on youtube and maybe link them below.

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Seeing them live after so long sort of brought things full circle for me. I laughed, I cried and had one of the best nights of my life. I honestly can’t express what It was like to see them and this album performed live for the first time.

Thank you Third Eye Blind, for everything.

All photography by myself, Joanna Glezakos. Please do not share or post without proper credit.

xo

jo

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

Concert Recap: 05.15-21.2017

Hey guys! I’m back and on track! Somewhat. haha! So this week was a little slow for shows, I’ve been shooting quite a few portraits lately that I can’t wait to show you guys but I’ve had to keep them on the DL. I’ve also been up to my knees in weddings, I assist two studios along with shooting my own events but these images are shared on those respective sites so this weeks recap will be short but sweet.

I was truly hoping to shoot Bush on Thursday but alas approval didn’t come through. But on the plus side, it did for Tokyo Police Club so I can’t complain!

Tokyo Police Club, May 18th, 2017 @ The Danforth Music Hall

Lighting was actually pretty nice tonight at The Danforth Music Hall plus I got to see my photo lady friend Veronique who also shoots for 102.1 The Edge. The night was sponsored by Mott’s Clamato to celebrate National Caesar Day. They handed out free samples of their new Pickled Bean flavour and it wasn’t half bad. I’m a fan of Caesar’s though and I know they’re not for every one. I entered the venue and they had big Mott’s Clamato Logo’s projected on the walls which I thought was a nice touch. The show was great and they played their classics along with some new songs.

Unfortunately there were no more shows this week as I spent 39 hours this weekend shooting weddings and I was so exhausted I practically slept till Tuesday. I hope you enjoyed these though, I’m quite happy with how they turned out. More photos at FridaeTV.

Thanks for stopping by! And once again I’d love to hear what you think! Were you at the show? Anyone have a cool experience?

xo
jo

P.S I also learned in the USA they don’t have caesar’s, but Bloody Mary’s which are made with Tomato juice. I had to explain to someone that our Clamato juice has clams (hence the name) and that’s what makes it that more delicious (sorry vegetarian’s).

9 Bands in 12 Hours – Concert Recap: 04.21.2017

From April 18th to the 23rd, bands, industry reps and concert goers flooded the Toronto core for Canadian Music Week. Although we didn’t receive accreditation for CMW this year I still managed to find myself at three shows on Thursday, April 20th. One, a Strut Entertainment Social Event introducing the wonderfully talented Command Sisters from Alberta. They recently moved to Toronto and as intro to the media performed an acoustic set in a hotel suite in the Sheraton in Toronto.

I then rushed to catch a Women’s Showcase at the new Ildsjel Collective, a studio space on Carlaw in Toronto. It’s a neat open space with tall ceilings and even a garage door that lets in lots of daylight. There’s a bar at the front which is convenient for events and overall a really cool space!  There were a total of 6 performances including Jacelyn Holmes, Caren, Gillian Nicola, Gray, Altered by Mom and The Commoners! (It was a treat running into these guys two weeks in a row, they put on a killer performance, their tunes are catchy and I have a feeling they’re going to go far.) While shooting this show I received approval for the evenings events which was an extra bonus for the day!

It was a pleasure to catch all of these performances, everyone was also really awesome about let me shoot during their whole set but I always try to ensure I’m not disturbing everyone else’s experience. I hate when I’m trying to enjoy a show and there’s a guy or gal with a camera front and centre stage the whole time. (But I digress) Timing couldn’t have been better, The Commoners set finished and I had just enough time to head to The Velvet Underground to catch The New Electric and Courage My Love.

Oddly enough I had seen the guys from The New Electric earlier in the day during The Command Sisters’ performance, they’re part of the Strut Entertainment Family so I wasn’t surprised but it’s always nice to see a familiar face. The show was amazing, I always love seeing bands in smaller venues, their performances are more intimate and I usually get more expressive shots.

Lighting however proved to be VERY challenging on both the dummerss but especially for Phoenix Arn-Horne, the drummer of Courage My Love. I ALWAYS try and take shots of the drummer, why? Because they’re often forgotten. I can’t even count the number of times I have been thanked by a drummer for taking photographs of them! And to be honest it’s not their fault, I find lighting guys either forget the drummers completely or light them like their gods, I’ve never really seen a middle ground (you’ll see what I mean in a later post). If anyone is interested I can get into the difficulty of concert lighting and how to prepare yourself for various types of lighting.

That’s all for now!

Thanks for checking this blog out and please follow for more.

xo
jo

 

Concert Recap: April 10-16th, 2017

Hey friends!

I wanted to start sharing more of my photographic experiences and experiments with you as I’m continuing my journey I figured I’d share some of my favourite shots from recent shows as well as tips or tricks I learn along the way!

This past week I photographed Walkwaves at The Horseshoe Tavern and a double header on Thursday night, Crash Vegas at The Danforth Music Hall and Age of Electric at The Mod Club.

This was a fun show at the Horsehoe, I love the tinsel in on the back wall, it adds a nice bokeh when shooting with a longer lens. It’s funny because I see people mock when people use a 70-200 in a small venue but there’s a difference in lens compression and bokeh you can’t get unless you use a long lens.

This was an interesting shoot at The Danforth Music Hall, generally it is GA/Standing but for Crash Vegas this night it was seated and photographers were only allowed down the aisles and not against the stage where we normally are for three songs. That wasn’t the challenging part for these images though I found the lighting to be very harsh so editing was a bit tricky but I think they turned out alright!

The Mod Club can be a difficult venue to photograph, these images were taken from the balcony since I had to head to Crash Vegas earlier in the evening I didn’t have the opportunity to get close to the stage, there was no pit and the Mod Club doesn’t really have the best layout to get past the crowd blob so I worked with what I had.

I am based in Toronto so most of my shows will be at local venues but I am available for travel if you’re ever looking for photographic coverage! If you’d like to see more of the images check out Fridae TV.

I would love to hear your thoughts! Criticism is always welcome as I’m looking to grow so please let me know what you think in the comments! Also let me know if you’d like to see more of these!

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Thanks for stopping by!

xojo