- Model: Jessi Morton
- MUA: Tatiana Taveres
- Hair: Jen Mathison
- Styling: Sarah D'Arcey
- Assistant: Winston Tong
I recently purchased a new camera and lens system for an upcoming travel adventure. Not wanting to carry what I affectionately call my "brick" (Canon 7D with battery pack and 2 very heavy, fast lenses), I began to look at the latest in mirrorless, compact interchangeable lens systems. After researching and reading reviews about the latest and greatest in compact mirrorless cameras, I settled on the retro styled Fuji XE2 with a 18-55mm f/2.8 and 55-200mm f/3.5. It is 1/4 the weight of the "brick" and 1/4 the size. Perfect for travel. Many of my photographer friends have expressed interest as to whether or not I would consider a wholesale change over to the mirrorless FujiXE2 (which I have nicknamed "bebeh") for my fashion, editorial and portrait photography. So today, having scheduled an outdoor editorial in Vancouver with a new model, I decided to put my new gear to the test. All I can say is WOW, I am totally impressed with this set-up!
Lightweight, compact and packing a serious punch, "bebeh" can produce the same image quality, if not BETTER, than my Canon 7D MKI (bear in mind my 7D is about 4+ yrs old and "bebeh" is a young, whippersnapper tech-wise). The Fuji XE2 X mount lens system is also exceptional. Fast and sharp, these compact lenses are the perfect size for travelling, coming in a wide range of focal lengths, all without sacrificing speed and quality. Brilliant!
Technology aside, what shooting with this compact system has proved today is that BIG, heavy, pro gear has its place and for me, that is in the STUDIO, not on location. Location shooting with the "brick" means I end up with my shoulders/back stooped and in pain by the time a 4 hour shoot wraps, hands are aching from gripping the 8+lb monster for hours and I am left feeling exhausted and whipped by my trusty "brick". Not so with "bebeh"... Two lenses and a body weigh all of maybe 4 lbs, less than a 1/4 of my brick and camera bag. For a 4 hour location shoot this is HUGE. Less fatigue, less physical stress on my old, bad back and less stress on my old slightly arthritic hands is a big score and boon to working outdoors.
All those size and quality comments aside, the proof as they say is in the pudding. Well, today my team and I created some outstanding work using nothing but the "bebeh" set-up and a reflector.
- Photography: Christina Lazar-Schuler
- Assistant: Candace Bergmann
- MUA/H: Elena Ismail
- Stylist: Taylor Ramsay
- Styling Assistant: Janelle Knihnitski
- Model: Kristin Linkletter - Key Model Management
Here is a sneak peek of our work today...
It's been a busy week of new editorial releases - 4 in fact with, 2 more on the horizon! The volume of work published goes to show how busy I've been throughout our gorgeous summer this year. Since I stepped out of a reliable, predictable studio environment this past season, virtually all my published editorial contributions have been shot on location... making the shooting process more challenging and in a lot of ways, more satisfying. Bending natural light to my will was a formidable task some days with very intense sunlight being my enemy. Other shoot challenges included voracious mosquitoes in field/park settings and finding high/low tidal schedules that meshed with ideal sunlight conditions. Yup, mother nature can be a bit of a bitch at times... but in the end I think I benefited from being pushed on my technical skills and thoroughly enjoyed my time out of the studio.
Here are some samples and editorial links to the work my creative teams and I have created these last few months:
FOLKLore: featured in Estela Magazine print-on-demand /online Fall 2014 Issue and on Estela Magazine's website
As I said, it's been a busy Summer! There are at least 2 more editorials scheduled to make their appearance in the next 4-12 weeks and more work to come in the new year.
Fun afternoon today with a gorgeous new face from Charles Stuart International named Renata, stylist Taylor Ramsay and model beautiful MUA/H Victoria Ferguson. This sneak peek from our editorial DORKALICIOUS was inspired by young, geek-chic fashionistas Tavi Gevinson and Susie Bubble. Its a look at fashion that is as awkward and nerdy as it is fabulous! The fact that our beautiful model has just gotten braces was a happy bonus and worked perfectly with our geek-chic vibe LOL :)
More from this colourful, awkward, young style editorial coming soon!
Sometimes it feels like a long time coming... This is one of those moments. When shooting an editorial submission for magazine publication consideration, you are often shooting on spec. and months in advance of publication seasons/deadlines. You try to forecast ahead to the new fashion trends, review colour palettes and try to capture the spirit coming season. Sometimes you miss the mark and your editorial isn't picked up. It happens. Then sometimes there is a light in the tunnel, the stars align and you hit the editorial nail on the head; publication submission accepted. This time we hit the nail on the head - hoorah!
Published in the Fall 2014 issue of Like Magazine, this latest editorial captures the transitional fashion styling we are all currently experiencing in Vancouver. Its still sunny, warm through the day, but there is a definite chill in the air come evening. When it comes to fashion, that means light layers and a softening of colours to the more neutral and jewel tone palette of Fall. Gone are the hot pinks, sun soaked oranges and chartreuse greens... What we see emerging are deep blue hues of navy and cobalt, burnt oranges and rich browns, dark teal and classic taupe; its a Fall colour palette that makes my heart sing.
I have to thank my brilliant, girl-power fueled team for their hard work on this shoot, putting up with tempermental summer weather and the layers of fine dust that coated everything while on location. You were troopers and I truly appreciate your creativity and energy. You inspire me.
- Photographer & retouch: Christina Lazar-Schuler
- MUA/H: Victoria Ho
- Stylist: Amanda Karaca
- Model: Kesley Moore - Leo Model Management
To see the complete editorial gallery please visit the Oceans Apart gallery here.
Many thanks to Aaron Richard Jay of 'Jaywalking' for this amazing behind the scenes video! We're hoping to share the final editorial still images very soon in a publication near you...
Creative Team includes:
- Photographer: Christina Lazar-Schuler
- Video: Aaron Richard Jay
- MUAH: Jordan King
- Stylist: Amanda Karaca
- Models: Naomi West and Aly Cheese - Charles Stuart International Models
- Photo Asst: Aislinn Fall
Yay! My editorial Sorbetto sees publication status in the Spring 2014 issue of Vezzo Rivista magazine. Thanks to my gaggle of girlies model Michelle B and Meaghan B [NUMA], MUAH Elena Ismail and stylist Lily Li - as always, it takes a village ;)
This past weekend I was lucky to work with an outstanding CURVY model from Wilhelmina Vancouver's Curve Division and her name is Jihan Amer. Tall and curvy in all the right places, Jihan is a beauty that knows how to work her angles for the camera ;) Add beautiful makeup looks and hairstyling by the lovely Lily Ling (Lily Does Makeup) and it's a recipe for great, sexy, big haired fashion shots of an awesome curvy chick. Check out the sneaky peeks below...