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to seeing US copyright registration office switching to a subscription based service, which would allow registering new unpublished works on a daily basis, without paying extra and just having one reasonable annual subscription fee.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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First fashion photo shoot with a Hasselblad

After hitting the limits of my faithful Nikon D2Xs, in 2009 I finally decided to switch to medium format. After a bit of testing, the choice became clear. It has to be Hasselblad H3D-II 39.

Here is a photo from my first fashion shoot with the camera. It’s also the first photo shoot with Daisy. We worked together many time after that, and had many amazing and fun shoots. But this one photo will always be one of my most favourite ones. All the elements came out just right. The light, the mood, the model, the settings, the wind, the composition. It has some fashion and fine art elements. I sketched it prior to the shoot, but the result has beaten all my expectations.

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Thanks to the camera, the photos didn’t lose any details in shadows or highlights and came out very soft and natural. I had to boost the contrast a bit, to give the photo the mood I wanted it to have.

No noise, amazingly sharp details, skin tones and tonal gradations. I don’t want to go into all the geeky stuff, but I must say that my clients who are going to use this or any other photos, I shoot with H3D, as a spread in a magazine, as a poster, a large fine art print or on a billboard, are not going to see any quality degradation even close-up. These files have enormous potential for editing, cropping and rescaling.

Since getting my Hasselblad, I haven’t shot with anything else, whether it’s a studio or a location shoot, hot or wet weather. I pay a lot of attention to detail and quality, and IMO, there is no other camera that gives better results. I had some photos printed at over 60″ on the longest side and I am more than 100% satisfied with them.

I am sure, photographers who shoot with this camera, retouchers and graphic designers, who worked with its files, know what I mean 🙂

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Alex

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Good bye Ukraine, Hello Canada!


 

 

 Ukraine, Kiev. Photos © Alex Maxim

After two and a half years of waiting and worrying, I have received my immigration visa. It was night of December 2007, when after a 12-hour non-stop flight, I finally arrived to Toronto. What a beautiful night that was. A dream come true.

The next morning brought us a snow storm. I’ve never seen so much snow in my life. Warm welcome from Toronto 🙂 I wish we had as much every winter.


 Toronto, Canada winter 2007-2008. Photos © Alex Maxim

It was love from the first sight. The country, the nature, the people. I haven’t had a single disappointment since and never looked back. Yes, it wasn’t easy to start everything from scratch. Feeling like a first grade student, learning new language and culture, meeting new friends and exploring new places, I found this process very enjoyable.

 Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada. Photos © Alex Maxim

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