The feast photo shoot (2010)

As soon as I posted the ‘Tea party’ photo shoot I felt it’s necessary to mention its sister shoot I’ve done in 2010. Both of them have food and fashion as the main elements of the concept, but that’s probably where the similarity ends. This is one of my most favorite photo shoots to date. I love the dramatic historic feel of it. This is where fashion and fine art meet.

‘The feast’ photo shoot. Photography © 2010 Alex Maxim

Makeup: Beatrice Jean
Hair: Irina Lavrega
Model: Cait MacLachlan

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Tea party photo shoot

Tea party with a beautiful asian hostess Josie at a table served with desserts and accessories. The settings took a few hours to create but it was well worth it. Thanks to the help of everyone involved, we managed to pull it with impeccable quality. The edible part of the set didn’t last long after the shoot.

Tea party photo shoot. Photography © 2012 Alex Maxim

Makeup: Beatrice Jean
Hair: Dat Salon
Model: Josie Lee
Milliner: Blair Nadeau

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Beauty in water photo shoot

Should I mention that I love water? It’s always different, magical and beautiful, especially when there is a beautiful woman lying in it. I was quite curious myself as to how far I can push it in order to create a large variety of looks, from natural to almost surreal, within just a few hours of a single shoot. Thanks to the amazing team, it went pretty far 🙂

Beauty in water photo shoot. Photography © 2012 Alex Maxim

Makeup/Hair/Nails: Delia Lupan
Model: Richelle Coomey

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Newspaper Copyright Infringement

The Daily Telegraph infringes copyright. Read here.

It seems to be a new trend for some editorial publishers to treat photography as a commodity and photographers as nothing but a middle man between the camera and the end user…

I really look forward to seeing our courts evolve on copyright infringement matters making it much faster and easier to protect creator’s works and settle infringement cases. There is a huge room for improvement.

I am also looking froward to seeing US copyright registration office switching to a subscription based service, which would allow registering new unpublished works on a daily basis, without paying extra and just having one reasonable annual subscription fee.

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Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario

Autumn nature at Killarney Provincial park, Ontario, Canada. Landscape photography.

Lake George before sunset and at sunrise. Photography © 2011 Alex Maxim

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Lady Samurai photo shoot

Lady samurai with a katana sword. Modern and vintage looks. Seductive and deadly.

Lady Samurai  photo shoot. Photography © 2012 Alex Maxim

Makeup: Beatrice Jean
Hair: Dat Salon
Model: Josie Lee

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90s Grunge Fashion Photo Shoot

1990s – the beginning of the rejection of fashion. The popularity of grunge and alternative rock music also helped bring the simple, unkempt grunge look mainstream. (wikipedia)

1990s Grunge fashion photo shoot. Photography © 2012 Alex Maxim

Makeup/Hair: Diana Mejia
Styling: Tasia Cole
Model: Hayley Campbell

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Natural beauty photo shoot

The concept of this shoot was to show natural beauty and sensuality of our model Charmaine without indulging into any heavy makeup or retouching techniques.

Natural beauty photo shoot © 2012 Alex Maxim

Makeup/Hair: Delia Lupan
Model: Charmaine San Pedro

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You are publishing a book and deciding on a cover photo

You have devoted a part of your life to writing a book and now it is the time to publish it. No matter if you choose to go with an established publisher or decide to self-publish it, you need to decide on the book cover, and that’s not an easy decision to make.

A cover is what your potential first-time readers see first and make up their mind whether they want to go ahead and take a closer look. The decision is made subconsciously and is based on your reader’s taste and past experiences. A good cover can sell your book, while a bad one can greatly limit your readership.

For most people, whether they are your first-time or devoted readers, the image on a book cover will trigger imagination even before they start reading the story, and will affect the way the book is perceived.

A great book can last forever, but you need to give it a proper take off by choosing the best and relevant cover photo that entices a reader and doesn’t have any flaws, whether artistic or technical.

I am not a writer myself, but I am a photographer. And I believe, there is much we have in common.

You can find a selection of my photographs that I put aside as a separate gallery to illustrate sample book and e-book cover photos here. Or you can look through my entire photo archive here.

Have an inspirational year! And make sure your covers are as amazing as your stories!

Truly yours,
Alex Maxim

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Awkward stock photos

Contributors to Awkwardstockphotos keep finding amusing and surprising jewels on stock photo sites. Have a look yourself: http://awkwardstockphotos.com/

It’s not even the photos themselves that are hilarious, it’s the fact that they are marketed through major stock agencies and are supposed to meet needs of commercial and editorial clients.

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