Photographer: Melissa Aquino

February 01 2012
Describe yourself in five words.
Cat-lover, Neat-freak, Open-minded, Calm, Friendly 

What's your superpower?
Is extreme organization a super power? 

Why did you want to be a photographer?
I really enjoy portraiture. I like to make people look and feel good about themselves through photographs ;)

What is your favourite part about photography?
I love learning about all different types of photography and that I get to meet so many people along the way!

Picture #1: This is a portrait of my neighbour that I did for an assignment in class. The theme in all the images was smoke/smoking. There is just something I love about the smoke and the shapes it creates in an image when someone is smoking (I don't smoke nor do I like smoking so I'm not sure why). He came over for the shoot but he doesn't speak much English so I had a difficult time explaining what I was doing and I am still not sure what his name is! This one was my favourite of the series; the look in his eyes, the wisp of the cigarette smoke. Every time I see him he is giggling and laughing and just so happy, and this picture shows a more serious side of him. I still have to show him how it turned out!

Picture #2: Here is another portrait for a class assignment. The theme was old Hollywood. I was looking for a certain model for this portrait, and I felt that he fit it perfectly (boyfriend's friend). Again, I love the expression and the look in his eyes. I was going for an actor headshot type of portrait and I think that the lighting and pose work well together. He is definitely one of my favourite people to use as a model.

Picture #3: This was my first attempt at shooting a boudoir/pin-up/Victoria's Secret type of photo. The model is my best friend, and she absolutely loves Victoria's Secret and all the beautiful models ;). Out of all the shots, I loved her expression in this one the most. I liked the animated/fun look of it. In a few of the other shots I had trouble with the lighting and we were using white wings on a white background; the boa turned out to be the best prop for these photos. I'd love to do more photo shoots like this, it's a lot of fun! 

Photographer: Linda Arki

January 31 2012
Describe yourself in five words: 
Strange, dark, mysterious, eccentric, profound!
What's your superpower? 
Though I do need this sharpen this particular skill:
 I'd say the ability to observe and fondly acknowledge the stories that lies beneath the surface of a person's face.
Why did you want to be a photographer? 
Life is photogenic in and of itself, thus I find my duty to capture the beauty of it all to the extent of my abilities. =)
What is your favourite part about photography? 
The ability to be expressive and provide a voice to silent imagery.
01 = My favourite image I've ever shot. The dance of colour and light accompanied by the subtle, bashful expression on her face demonstrate a young female drifting into a dream world for the sake of achieving a peace of mind.

02 = A second favourite. During a personal beauty photoshoot, the subject in this photograph made an unintentional move she closed her eyes for short of a second. Infatuated with this expression I requested for her to repeat the action. Her calmness gave the photo a breath of life. With the use of subtle selective colouring and a dry grainy mask, I've attempted to cover the details of a silent, personal, and vulnerable beauty that is often not seen nowadays.

03. = Aside from my love of portraiture, I do admire the simple still life. One day I was feeling under the weather and noticed it began to rain. I remember sitting by my bed watching the droplets dance down the glass of my window when I happened to notice the residue that left behind made me inspired. I often have a collection of fake flowers lying around and thought it would be a nifty idea to demonstrate two separate forms of nature [plant and water] separated by a barrier [the window] to present, in a quiet and despondent manner, a sense of loss. After all, the rain plus a cold can at times leave a girl both somewhat depressed and creatively inspired! =P

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