TITANIUM: published in Obscurae Magazine

I always love it when I can get an editorial picked up, and love it even more when it's in a new magazine I've not yet been published in. This time around it was a beauty editorial entitled: TITANIUM and it was published today in Obscurae Magazine, a first time for me in this publication.

Featuring one of my absolute favorite models Michelle Baker, this editorial is comprised of 6 painterly looks that escalate from lightly textured brush strokes to heavily smeared/blended makeup with TITANIUM WHITE as its base. Titanium white is a staple and backbone to any visual artist's paint palette and is a foundation colour (or non-colour) that is easily adapted to different situations. For example:

  • add layered brush strokes and it becomes a lattice of pattern and texture
  • mix it with colour and it becomes a pastel tint of the richer, pure pigment
  • use it alone for emphasis, mystery and masking


  • The focus of this editorial was Michelle Baker's exquisite, ever changing, expressive face;  I have long considered her to be one of my photographic muses (not sure you knew that MB - but you do now lol!). She is a joy to work with and her sweet, quiet ways and hard hugs bring out the mother hen in me.
  • MUAH Heidi Cheung and I haven't worked together in a while, so this shoot was a great opportunity for both of us to catch up, put together some beautiful, creative looks and capture some gorgeous shots of Michelle.

I'm thrilled to finally be able to share this lovely set and hope that you like it as much as I do.

Check out the editorial here or visit my Flickr account for the complete editorial set.

tori - beauty session | richmond fashion photographer and retoucher

when retouching images that have been shot with the intention of being used in fashion magazines, webitorials, etc... i always retouch the original SOOC [straight out of camera] image. one the original work is done, then I work with the file and utilize colour shift, toning and other adjustments to get a fashion forward image, one appropriate for publication. each post-production file can take a long time to finalize, but luckily i'm an efficient editor and have streamlined my workflow into a thing of art =)

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technical patience | richmond fashion photographer

I absolutely hate it when technical issues come up on a shoot... yesterday was such a day. Our instructors at Langara [where i'm taking the Commercial Photography Program] often tell us that most of our time as photographers is spent 'trouble shooting' a photo session. Trouble shooting can mean anything from wrangling your photo subject(s), lighting in difficult indoor/outdoor situations, working in a limited amount of time, camera failures, strobe and small strobe failures, weather, etc... Well yesterday certainly tested my patience and trouble shooting abilities :/

Nothing... and i mean nothing makes me crazier than when my flashes don't cooperate. I'm firing away and poof, no flash, no pop, no light. In a studio environment, I can't even explain how much that sucks. It sucks - hard. It causes delays, makes me feel flustered and makes me seem inept in my view - even though technical equipment failures are out of my control. I mean really, if you change out your small strobe batteries, switch out the batteries on your triggers, switch from a fully charged power pack to another fully charged power pack what more can you do but hope and pray, each time you press the shutter release, that your irritatingly tempermental flash will fire? Um yup... there was a lot of cursing and praying at the same time last night LOL!

I have to thank Christie Romanowski and MUA Mariana Padilla for their patience last night as my 580ex canon flash decided to take a siesta periodically through our twice rescheduled beauty shoot. They were the picture [grin] of patience and understanding. Christie in particular was a real trooper, holding poses through two sometimes five shots waiting for my tempermental flash to fire. Thanks chickie - you were awesome.

Anyways... I love being a photographer. I love the creative aspect of coming up with the idea of the shoot, the wardrobe selection, the accessorizing process - really I love it all. I'm so NOT a fan of unhappy, misbehaving equipment.

In the end the pictures look great. Christie looks beautiful, elegant and saucy in the photos ;) The lighting was good [when it worked] and overall I'm pleased with the shoot.

Next is the editing [see screenshot below], but right now? I'm going outside into the garden to curse and bury my 580ex in the flowerbed.