Victorian Rose | Gidget Gravedigger

Posted on 8th June 2017 in fashion

Gidget Gravedigger (fb, ig, podcast) is a fascinating human. Her and her sister have a podcast where they talk all things horror films; clearly by her name, she’s a horror themed human. Sometimes when I talk to Gidget, she says she’s doing something like practicing her ‘horror makeup application…’ she has tarot reading nights, and she likes her bourbon sours.

I always reflect (maybe wince a bit) on whether or not I let people be their true selves when I’m shooting them. I really am trying to stay away from telling them to do things like: “Be a hipster,” “Wear those casual pants there,” or even: “Just do natural makeup,” when they’re clearly not a casual type of person. Some people are, which is totally awesome (cause that’s the way I lean), but some people just don’t get to excited about being casual.

Fortunately for me, Ms. Gravedigger also likes Victorian themed photoshoots in rose gardens – I think it was her who actually suggested we try and do something spooky in the rose gardens of Stanley Park, Vancouver while they were all just thorns, and not blooming. I’ll let you comment down below to approve if we nailed the spooky part, but we definitely got the look down.

tech specs // sony a7 / Super Takumar 55mm f1.8 / Helios 44-2 58mm / Jupiter 11A 135mm f4

Gidget Gravedigger victorian rose - Ned Tobin

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AUKEY 30000 mAh Power Bank

Posted on 27th May 2017 in tech

I’ve been experimenting with various power banks or batteries over the past years. What this means is both recharging my devices with portable power banks, and also trying to switch all of my devices over to USB rechargeable, which usually means they have a lithium battery inside of them.

Without a doubt, this AUKEY Power Bank is pretty damn impressive. It’s got 30000 mAh, which means about 15 phone charges for my Samsung phone. Comparatively, those smaller ones you see that look like a lipstick container can probably recharge the phone once. This AUKEY Power Bank can very easily fit into my day bag and is hardly any heavier than most other power banks out there.

Needless to say, living life as a nomad, with electronics (phone, camera, speaker, flashlight, tablet) having a power bank is indispensable. Nobody wants to be stuck running out of time, power dying on the phone, and the only directions to the place tonight is on the phone.

Head over to Teition to read my full write up about the AUKEY battery power pack (a site better suited for the full details!).

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Tristan & the Soskas

Posted on 6th May 2017 in artists, portraits & headshots

This is a case of rad humans doing rad things. The Soska Sisters are movie directors and actresses. Just to give you an idea of their radness, a few days after the shoot I was chatting with Jen who said she was just at a farm practicing how to be put on fire. Tristan Risk (previous, instagram, fb, fb page, twitter), the mutual friend who brought this all together, is good friends with and acts with the Soskas in movies, all around bring a rad human doing pretty rad things. For example, I’ve photographed Tristan spinning fire before.

The Soska Sisters, being fairly specifically horror film directors, and Tristan, being primarily of the occult, made accessories to this shoot fairly easy to choose. They all come with a big bag of tricks.

Makeup done by the talented Sarah Moon (fb)

tech specs // sony a7 / Super Takumar 55mm f1.8 / Super Multi Coated Takumar 28mm f3.5

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Personal Trainer Jannette Brodersen of JB Fitnez

Posted on 23rd April 2017 in lifestyle

Working inside of a gym is usually a fun experiment. Most gyms are made to be rugged and indestructible, with each different piece of equipment laid out in a grid to maximize space. Some are made well lit, many have zero windows, and most have mirrors everywhere.

Jannette Brodersen (fb, instagram), of JB Fitnez came to me and said she had a private gym of a new apartment building to shoot in with an eager client, Federico (instagram), to work with. Awesome. Yes. I’m game.

Curious, I asked her for photos of the room, and when I saw the floor to ceiling windows I knew this was going to be a well lit shoot, if nothing else!

Jannette is a personal trainer, yoga instructor and flamenco dancer. For this shoot, I had Jannette take Federico through a workout.

tech specs // Sony a6 / Super Takumar 55mm f1.8

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Olivia Martin & Her Bassoon

Posted on 19th April 2017 in portraits & headshots

Perhaps it’s just the music I’m listening to right now, but when a friend that I’ve shot before in a creative setting comes to me for some headshots (typically photographs used to get gigs and promote things in print), it makes me incredibly grateful. To me it says, more then with just words of flattery, that they really like what magic we make. I could luxuriate in this feeling forever.

Olivia Martin (fb) is a bassoonist based in Vancouver, BC, who works with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Kamloops Symphony Orchestra (and a lot more that I’ve forgotten). Anyways, she had a very big solo (she said over 20 minutes long) with the Kamloops Orchestra playing a concerto by Mozetich and wanted to get some West Coast soul into her headshots that were going to be on the flyers and schedule and online and everywhere everywhere. So, she said: “Ned, I’m coming in on the ferry, let’s drive to some beaches and find some soul?!”

Done.

It was a bit cold and she was a trooper and I was in my warm jacket.

tech specs // Sony a6 / Super Takumar 55mm f1.8

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