TF and Microstock

Jojo fashion

Fashion – Jojo on pedestrian overpass

Really, it’s just one sale today but one of many that add up over time..

A fashion image from the same set as the one pictured of friend and model Jo-Ann Carrington (Yoell) sold on DepositPhotos today. The image was created on 2010-11-29 in the late afternoon, on a pedestrian overpass on Huron Church Road in Windsor, ON during a TF shoot.

As I’m working on business today, I am reminded to give thanks to those who I have worked to create portfolios by way of TF or “trade for” shoots.  The “trade for” aspect is a barter of time for time and images for all parties.  What this means is no money changes hands.  Everyone typically gets some pretty nice images for donating their time for a collaborative photo shoot. As a commercial studio owner, I have rent, maintenance expenses and others associated costs so, I needed to find a way to do TF and still generate revenue. Some people refer to them as free but there is nothing “Free” about TF shoots.

Enter microstock. I have found a way to make these shoots work and garner a small return for equipment maintenance and studio costs by making select images available to microstock markets.  Making some images available to microstock image buyers, gives a small return (typically anywhere from $.20 to hundreds of dollars if the right buyer comes along).  Any profit after overhead is split 50/50 with the model based on number of sales and amount of commission at the time of payout by the agency.

If you would like to become a stock model for Akey Photography or would like to know more about microstock, let us know via our contact page.

Equipment used: Canon 5D, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8IS, off camera flash, no modifier.

Posted in Business, Microstock, Photography

Video: Can an Alien Bees B1600 Survive a Fall Into the Lake?

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Video screenshot – See below for the actual video!

A week ago, I was shooting with one of my models on a beach along Lake Erie (to be released in a future blog post) when my stand with Alien Bees B1600, Vagabond Lithium battery and a Yongnuo remote receiver fell into the lake while power was turned on. With shock and horror still on my face, I said aloud, “That can’t be good..”  So, I grabbed the light stand leg, dragged it out of the water and immediately proceeded to switch everything off. Once powered down, I set everything to the side and finished our beach shoot with available light.  All in all the shoot went well and produced some of my favorite swimsuit images to date.

After the shoot, we (model and photographer) drove back home, parted ways and I went home to deal with my wet equipment.  I immediately placed the lithium battery in a box of rice and proceeded to dismantle the B1600, clean the sand and rocks out and then spray with compressed air before setting the unit in a room with low humidity to dry out for 2 days.

Once 2 days passed, I reassembled the strobe and set up to record the following video.  Can an Alien Bees B1600 survive a fall into a lake?  Watch and see for yourself!

(Click here if video does not appear)

Disclaimer: Disassembling an Alien Bees unit will void your warranty. Also, the unit contains a high voltage multiplier circuit and may result in electrical shock. This is an educational video. I assume no responsibility for your use or misuse of the information presented.

Posted in Equipment, Hints and Tips & Tutorials, Video

KISS Tribute Band Destroyer at Walkerville Art Walk and Rock

Walkerville’s Art Walk and Rock took place on July 24-25 this year. Sharon and I took a bike ride down to check out the festival which always has good food and entertainment, along with art hanging in shops and galleries along the way.

Before we left, I packed the 5D Mark II and 2 lenses (Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS). I didn’t plan to shoot the event as I know a few of my photographer friends are usually present taking more than an ample number of shots of the crowd and stands/displays. I came to photograph the band(s)!

KISS tribute band Destroyer took the stage at 8pm on Friday. Below is a small selection of images from the first half of the show! You can find DESTROYER Canada on Facebook.
Please be patient while the slideshow loads..

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Atmora | Ray Akey Photography | Windsor, ON

Atmora

Atmora

I recently had the extreme pleasure of working with a local Metal rock band to shoot images of the band for promotion.

I met the lead singer (Bailey) and one of the band’s guitarists (Nathan) at my studio to consult as to what would best represent the band and what “feel” they were going for. After talking about music, influences and imagery, we decided to go for a gritty, punchy series of images. We would shoot some in the formal studio on black seamless and then finish the shoot with a series of captures in the basement area of my studio. Shortly after our meeting, Bailey sent me some demo tracks to listen to, to get a feel for the band’s music.

The band arrived on the day of the shoot ready to roll and we spent two and a half hours shooting what I think is a pretty darned good set of images. We started on the main floor of my high key white wall studio with a wide roll of black seamless. Using a 3-light setup, we proceeded to capture group shots of the band and individual shots of each band member; Bailey, Nathan, Michael,  TJ and John on black. Before moving to the studio basement, we captured one last set of images of Bailey in the lovely gown she would use for the basement shots.

The basement area of my studio is a grungy, unmaintained space full of character; old bank vaults, an old coal chute, a large metal sliding door, aged and exposed red brick and, of course, a lot of spider webs and dirt.  We chose a few good walls to shoot on and again captured some personality shots of the band and individual shots of Bailey complete with rich, backlit fog.

All in all it was a great time! See more of ATMORA in the slideshow below!
Atmora is comprised of Bailey Soulliere on vocals, Nathan Schiller and John Serio sharing Guitar duties, Michael Schiller on Bass and TJ Dowhaniuk on drums!
You can find Atmora on Facebook

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Fashion in the Alley – Windsor, Ontario – 2015-07-18 by Ray Akey Photography

Alley Art Show and Sale is a hip art/music/fashion fusion event organized in Windsor, Ontario in coordination with a bunch of local businesses including Heather Teahan Photography, Hello Beautiful Bridal and Fashion Boutique, The Squirrel Cage and Windsor Independent.

I have been an exhibitor at past Alley Art shows but this year, I had to forego a display/table at the event.  Instead, my lovely wife Sharon and I rode our bikes (as in bicycles — more on Sharon’s bike in a future blog post) down for Fashion in the Alley, a newly added segment of this year’s event. I brought two lenses (Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS) as I didn’t yet know the layout of the fashion show or how it was going to flow and how much light Windsor’s moody skies would give us. I did not want to use any flash/strobe light. Doing that would trash the colours and tones of these beautiful fashions and accessories by Ana Stulic, Hello Beautiful Bridal and Fashion Boutique and Dilly Daisy.

I was pleased to see some familiar faces in the lineup with Crystal Feetham, Em.G, Misty Renaud, Nicole Demers, Ashley Steele, Sarah Mac and Sarah Noemi amongst the lovely ladies modeling these fashions and accesories!

I shot the complete fashion show with the 70-200mm wide open at f/2.8 and I started at ISO800. By the end of the show, I had to bump that even higher, up to ISO1000 as light was starting to fade as it got close to 9PM.

I am extremely happy with how these images came out. My 5D Mark II once again proves itself as the workhorse I have come to know and appreciate.

I hope you enjoy the slideshow!
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Please be patient while the slideshow loads, it is pretty big; 124 images..

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– Ray

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Miley-inspired with Nikki Leigh

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Nikki Leigh and I often get together to create something different than we have done previously. Sometimes there is an idea or concept planned and other times we just play with light and posing.

The idea for this series came from a photo Nikki sent me as inspiration for her shoot. She sent me a photo of the shirt she had in her closet that she thought would be perfect and she was right. I decided to have some fun with a one-light setup for visual impact with the t-shirt pattern. Here are some images from the shoot with Nikki Leigh, inspired by Miley Cyrus.

 

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Portfolio: Carol Parris 2015-05-30

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Meet Carol Parris. Some of you may know her already as Carol was a model in her teens. Carol is now older and would like to find work as a professional model.

We think she couldn’t have picked a better time to come to Ray Akey Photography to start a new portfolio.

Debenhams launched a fashion campaign in 2010 featuring middle aged and mature models and The Star noted in 2012 that mature models are in demand to fill a void in fashion for the older crowd, so the future is bright for beautiful women like Carol. Elle also published an article in January citing stories of successful older models.

If you are an agent or agency interested in Carol, please contact us and we will put you in touch.

 

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Modern Model Magazine – January 2014

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Back in 2014, I was contacted by the publisher of Modern Model Magazine who was interested in publishing a feature on one of my models. This was a first for the magazine as they hadn’t previously published any Canadian models as a feature.

The model, as seen above, was Laurel Mcintosh. I met Laurel, when she was 17 and began working with her, mentoring her to attempt to get her legitimate work as a model. We did a number of photoshoots with Laurel and helped get her signed with an agency who used our images on her composite card.

Laurel has taken a personal hiatus from modeling. However, you can still see our work in my online portfolios and of course this website, as I continually add more content for your viewing.

Modern Model published a 5 page feature on Laurel and also made Laurel their cover model for that month. Digital Tear sheets can be seen below. You can find the issue of Modern Model Magazine here.

 

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Joseph and Gailan

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Joseph, a local salon owner, and his lovely bride-to-be Gailan hired Ray Akey Photography to capture images to mark the beginning of their journey together as future husband and wife.

We met at the couple’s chosen location and, with chaperone on hand, captured a selection of unique and memorable moments on Windsor’s riverfront.

Below is a small selection of images from the session..

 

Posted in Couples, Engagement, On-location, Photoshoots

Fashion with Nikki Leigh

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Nikki and I get together every so often and shoot new work for our respective portfolios. I wanted to experiment with light, something I do often when Nikki and I work together.

So, today’s post is a bit of fashion, style by Nikki!

 

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