Yard Sale Haul - $10 Polaroid Cameras

So today I think I hit the jackpot, 3 Polaroid Cameras for only $10 CDN .  The best one I think is the SX-70, awesome condition. The others are OneStep 600 and ImpulseAF. Nice find. 

#Polaroid yard sale finds. $10 haul. #sx70 #impulseAF #onestep600

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My Top 2 Questions Asked By Models

The 2 questions that I get asked by models and fashion portrait clients.

Here is a short but hopefully helpful article about the topic of what to bring to a photoshoot. It is one of the most common questions I get asked by portrait clients and models prior to a photoshoot.

Many models turn up for a photoshoot and have no idea of what to pack in their model “go to bag” and usually end up forgetting something. Many times it's not possible to go back home to retrieve something you really need for your model or portrait shoot so you just have to do without. This article will hopefully help you to be prepared when going to a fashion or any other type of photoshoot session.

What To Pack In Your “Go To Bag” "Model Bag" "Photoshoot Bag"

You have a model photoshoot to go to. But, did you remember to pack your bag? Did you put everything you need in it? I hope this model photoshoot checklist will be helpful to you and start you on the right foot in making sure your “go to bag” is complete.

What Should You Bring?

What you bring to your model photo session will depend upon whether this is your first portfolio shoot, a test shoot or a paying job. Either way, this section will help you with a model photoshoot checklist to be prepared for whatever reason you're doing the model session.

The First Question To Ask Yourself Is:  What Kind Of Photoshoot Is It?

If you are modeling for an agent, photographer or client, he/she will tell you what to bring but you still need to carry the basics in case of changes in hair, makeup, etc. All the tips listed here are meant to be a guide and a checklist of sorts so you can always add to the list when you feel it's necessary.

Below I'm going to list suggestions for your photo shoot mainly so you don't forget anything the day of the shoot. In fact, I'd like to see your model case prepared before the day of the session so there's no rush. You may want to copy and print the section below so that you'll have a guide handy each time you go for a photo shoot.

How Do I Become A Model 

Ever so often while I am photographing portraits, I receive requests on how to become a model. 

Some of the usual questions I get asked are:

How do I get started?

Where do I find a Modeling Agency?

How do I get my first photo shoot?

 Beauty Model

Before you start doing anything, you should really ask yourself these questions as they will help you for the rest of this process.

What do I want to get out of modeling?

What am I willing to do and put into becoming a model?

What kind of model do I want to be?  Fashion, Beauty, Runway, Swimsuit, Sport, etc.

How flexible and willing am I to travel and put in the time?


Once you evaluate these questions, there are a few ways you can go. 

The first one is to contact and get signed by a Modeling Agency which I will explain below. 

The other method is to “Freelance” and represent yourself like your own agency and create your own portfolio. This can be easily done over the internet, now with many places in which you can showcase yourself by posting pictures, and information about yourself to attract clients.

 Fashion/Editorial Model

If you choose to go the traditional route and to work with a Modeling Agency, It can be hard at times to know first of all how to find a reputable one, and what to look for in an agency. You can easily find agencies in phone books or online. 

Before you do any of that, I would recommend contacting anyone you know, that is a model, and ask about some of the experiences that they have had with modeling in general. 

Once you have a good understanding of how the business of modeling works and how becoming a model may be exactly what you want, contact some of the Modeling Agencies and arrange an appointment to meet with them. Meeting with an Agency Representative can be the hardest and most nervous part of the whole experience. Be confident, and don’t allow the agency to take advantage of you. 

A reputable Agency will not ask for any payments from you. If they see potential in you and think that you are the right fit for them they will guide you through the initial phase. Often the Modeling Agency will send you for “Test Shoots” with photographers that they trust, this is a great way to build your portfolio.

Things to ask and look for are:

Can they meet all What have they done for other models?

What can they do for you?of your needs as an individual and as a model?

Does the Agency have the same goals for you as the ones you have set for yourself?

One final question, How you get that first photoshoot depends on which route you take. If you choose to go with an agency you will have to arrange with them, to have a photoshoot taken, and to start building your portfolio.

 If you decide to go “Freelance” and on your own, you will have to build your own portfolio. Either by using existing images that you already have, or by contacting a professional photographer to have a photoshoot session done. 

I would recommend that hiring a professional photographer is the route to go, your images will be professional, and the quality will be much greater than simple family and friends snapshots.

Full articles on both subjects can be found here I want to be a model and here Model Photoshoot Go-to Bag

Author: Marc C

Behind The Scenes Fun - Summer Portrait Photoshoot

Here is a quick video of some fun moments that happened along the way. Shooting with this young lady is always a pleasure and I look forward to it every time. 

Please don't forget to check out some of the other videos on my YouTube Channel

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Late Summer Portrait Session in Muskoka

As the weather starts to change and the days get shorter, this was the perfect day for a portrait and photoshoot session. The sun was out and it was a really warm day , warm enough to get in the water at least.  

Shooting with the fabulous, energetic and gorgeous Kendra. You may remember her from a shoot I did last fall. Check it out here.

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A Day At The Beach - Muskoka Photoshoot

Making the most of a beautiful Day In Muskoka.

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UK Photoshoots - Dates Available - Book Now

Photoshoots Available - July 30th - August 17th 2015

If you are looking for a photoshoot this Summer and you are in the UK, then now is the time do it. I will be based out of the North West (Liverpool) but will be travelling to a lot of areas during my time there. 

Please feel free to drop me an email if you have any concepts or ideas you want to do. I love to create exceptional creative portraits that show the natural beauty of the subject. So now is the time to get that awesome image for yourself that you may have always wanted to get.

Rates are very reasonable and also there will be limited TF (trade for ) sessions available.  I am really looking forward to utilizing the amazing locations that make the UK the special place that it is.

So get thinking and lets see what we can create together. 


Author: Marc C

New Album Cover Photoshoot - Pam Millar

CD Album Photoshoot with Pam Millar "Echoes"

"Echoes" the new album by Pam Millar official release is March 17th 2015. You can preorder this awesome album at Pam Millar Music . 

Pam was such an amazing model for this photoshoot, very enthusiastic while trudging around in deep snow and trying to stay warm. From the finished images you would never believe that it was a very cold day. 

Album Cover "Echoes" by Pam Millar

Album Cover "Echoes" by Pam Millar

The final images were chosen by Pam herself and because I had delivered so many to choose from it sounded like quite the challenge for her. 

After a very successful Indigogo crowd source campaign, Pam was able fund this project that meant so much to her. 

I was so proud to have been a part of this project and I am so looking forward to working with Pam in the future.

Below I am including some of the other images that may be used in the album sleeve and for promotional purposes. As you can see , Pam is a natural performer full of life and energy. 







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To connect  with Pam , please check out her Facebook Page and show your support . 

Author: Marc C

Fitness in Muskoka | A Personal Trainer Inspires

I recently had the pleasure to photograph a very inspiring lady. Her name is Leslie Cockwell and she is the proud owner and personal trainer at the "Limberlost Gym". Located in the beautifully scenic area of Dwight, Muskoka. ON. Leslie is a past bodybuilding champion and former member of the Commonwealth swim team. 

The photoshoot was an idea to document Leslie and her love for all things fitness. Once we got to chatting, I soon found out that she was about to have a fairly major surgery procedure. Knowing this surgery was going to sideline her from training for 3-5 months, I really wanted to capture Leslie in a way to show the dedication and hard work she had accomplished..

After previewing the images from the shoot, Leslie really is looking forward to a post-op photoshoot, which I am so looking forward to doing. The following images really capture both sides of Leslie in a way that shows her physical fitness dedication as well as her love of laughing and enjoying life.

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Author: Marc C