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Creative Spotlight: Billie Chiasson

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"It just takes time and a lot of patience. I love every minute of it." - Billie Chiasson

Hey Peeps,

My first photograview is with Billie Chiasson, a most talented photographer, based in Toronto, ON, who brings a timelessness to her work.
 
I've known Billie for a number of years and she is as wonderful a soul as she is creative.
 
My thanks to you Billie for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions and letting me display some of your work here on my post.


1. You moved from Halifax to Toronto last year, what major changes has this move created, and how has that effected your work/opportunities for you?
 
This question requires me to take a step back and observe my surroundings, as I spend so much of my time shooting & have become accustomed to a busy lifestyle that I really haven't taken a look at what I have accomplished since moving to Toronto.
I guess in terms of my own career everything has changed since moving to Toronto. I'm fortunate to work with incredibly talented people in the industry here; makeup artists, models, hairstylists, stylists, assistants, editors & agencies. Moving to Toronto was one of the best decisions of my life and I feel as though I am moving towards my goals & increasing my skill level by working with such talented people.
I have several images on Vogue.it, have had editorials published & I also have a cover & spread coming out shortly. All of which I have accomplished since moving to Toronto. I still do a lot of collaborative as I feel as though I am in the process of building a name for myself & improving my own skill & art. At one point I made more money in Halifax then I do now in Toronto - however the resources for Fashion & Editorial are far more vast in the big city.
It just takes time and a lot of patience. I love every minute of it.

2. Your style has a simplistic beauty and your subjects seem to exude emotion and drama, would you consider yourself primarily fashion? Fine art? Emotive? Portrait?
 
I consider myself an artist & I don't feel as though my style fits into what would be considered "fashion", as I'm primarily focused on the emotion in my images instead of the actual clothing. That being said, I have shot editorials for clothing before & enjoy it. I also shoot A LOT of lingerie & testing for agencies here in Toronto. So maybe my style is a little bit of everything for the moment. I still feel as though I'm growing and developing as an artist.

3. What types of clients have you found attracted to your work?
 
Mostly agencies, models & the odd editor.

 
4. Do you primarily use ambient/available light with your subjects?
 
I do primarily use ambient or available light.

5. When working with a "green" model, how do you get the level of emotion that you accomplish with your other work?
 
I generally don't work with models that would be considered "green". I am very selective of the individuals that I do work with for collaborative because of how and what I shoot. Confidence and the ability to show emotions are a must! Also, my clients are generally agencies, so the models are more experienced and comfortable in front of the camera.
If I do have a paying client who is not as comfortable in front of the camera, I'm very good with direction as I know exactly how I want the images to be reflected for the client and for myself. I feel as though open communication during a shoot is a must - especially when your working with larger teams.
If you are confident in your skill and know what you want, you will be able to pull emotion out of a person no matter how shy they may be; it just takes a split second for them to let go & for you to capture it.

6. What is your process or method when creating a body of work?
 
There are so many different things that go into it & whenever your shooting you have no other choice but to think of these things all at once. It's the best adrenaline rush to know that something is perfectly exposed, that your capturing just the right essence and emotion while maintaining the integrity of the other artists working with you (Hair, Makeup, Clothing (If I'm shooting an editorial) ), all while taking into consideration the post-processing & knowing what you will do with the image afterwords. (Ok, I'm done drooling now).
All of these different things combined with the small details (ie.- the way you light something, how you move, your position in relation to the model, the time of day, your own feelings, how the model is feeling, how you thrive off the emotions and environment around you, etc.) plays so much into the signature of your work it's ridiculous. You do all this in 1/125 of a second or faster ;) Of course post-processing plays a part in your signature after you capture the image, however I'm a firm believer in "doing it right the first time", especially when it comes to lighting & knowing exactly how you want the image to be relayed.

 
7. You have been published several times, what is your approach when dealing with publications and what is it like working with their teams?
 
In comparison to my fellow photographers in Toronto, I really have not been published that much - however that will change ;) I will make sure of it.
I'm refining my own skills and coming up with concepts/ideas and approaching fantastically talented people to take part. (Super excited).
In terms of getting published and submitting for publishing, sometimes it is a hit or miss & it's always good to review a magazine and/or online publishing beforehand to see if your style is suitable to what they are looking for. (I made this mistake a couple of times) In terms of working with "their" teams, I have been incredibly fortunate that even if I do get published, regardless whether or not it's for print or online, that I get to select the team I work with and/or am provided options of individuals to choose from.
When it comes down to the success of the images for all parties involved there needs to be a good flow of energy. In the future, if I do shoot for larger clients I may not have this luxury, however it really is a matter of perspective & I don't think I would ever take on a client where I did not think I could work and/or do their publication justice. It just wouldn't be right to me, regardless of the money.

8. Are there any recent/current/future projects on the go that have you excited?
 
Of course there is! & I'm always excited. My excitement does not end!

9. In five years, where will we find Billie Chiasson?
 
It's hard to tell where I will be in 5 years as life can throw you a curve ball when you least expect it.
For Example: 4 years ago, I was not even a Photographer. ;)
I like to think that if you put out beautiful things into the world that people will take notice & hopefully be inspired by the beauty of it. In 5 years, I hope to continue to create something that would be considered "beautiful." If I happen to be working with larger clients and have taken on photography full time, then so be it.
I'm incredibly excited for my own life and very much look forward to what the next 5 years will bring me.


Thank you again Billie for letting me delve a little into your work and life. Have a great holiday and a Happy 2013!!
 
My next photograview will be with Liam Hennessey of Applehead Studios.
 
Laters,
Michael Carty

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End of 2012 Treat: Creative Spotlights

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Hey Peeps,

I wanted to do something similar - yet different from last years creative interviews.

If you don't remember, last year I sent questions to some of the most talented photographers in the industry in all different genres and posted them for New Year's.
 
This year is a little different.
 
I wanted a more in-depth look at the creatives that I approached, so after doing some research of each, I have sent them specific questions designed personally for the creative and their work.
 
Each post will be from a different and talented artist/creative/entrepreneur/etc in the industry and I hope will help you, the reader, to gain insight and direction in the field that inspires you.
 
The first creative is Toronto-based photographer, and good friend,Billie Chiasson.


Enjoy!

Laters,
Michael Carty

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Who Wants A Moustache Ride? (I'm going to regret that title...)

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Hey Peeps,

I can bet you know at least one dude, be it your friend, brother, father, son or some other label that connects their life to yours.

I can also bet that at least one of those guys has suffered from a fight with prostate cancer or some form of mental health like depression and/or anxiety.

If not, well you do now.  Me.

For an explanation of the moustache, keep reading.


I haven't had prostate cancer - thank goodness, and it may not look like it from the image above, but I have suffered from large struggles with anxiety and depression.  Bottomless pits that left me in a world that was flat and colorless, without substance or meaning of any sort.  

But I fought.  

I still fight today.

And this month, I'm hoping you will join me in that fight by joining/donating Movember & Sons.  They are a great organization in these struggles and I am proud to be part of a team of men who support it.

Our team, the League of Extraordinary Moustaches, is made up of over a dozen guys in my local area, led by our Team Captain and fellow photographer, Adam Graham.

We have raised several hundred dollars in just these few days and are continuing to collect more with your help.

You can see my progress on my Fanpage every two days as I update my moustaches growth.

Check it out so far.
Day 1
Day 3


Day 5


Okay, okay, not much growth right?  Well it's only been 5 days - cut me some slack, it will get better.

One of the many fun things with Movember are the free, customizable cards you can order, here's a shot of ours that I just received today and I also hope to grow by the end of the month.

Man, that makes me look old...

Also, I wanted to generate more fundraising by using my photography, so I am donating 10% of every shoot I take in Movember towards this cause.

How my Holiday Special helps Movember


I challenge all of you, whether an artist or whatever it is you do to do something similar in support of Movember.


So please listen, care, grow and give.


Oh, before I go, a quick "Good voting" to my American readers, I hope you all the best in your leadership choosing and sincerely enjoy the democracy that so many in this world don't get to.

And I hope Obama wins.  BAM!!  ;) 

Laters,
Michael Carty




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Ally+Andrew

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Hey Peeps,

This blog is dedicated to two people who have known each other for a long time.  I've known them both for a long time too.

I've never seen a couple so comfortable with each other as Ally and Andrew.  They are always there for each other, the perfect teammates, the perfect partnership.

Their wedding was beautiful and the weather worked out for us in the end.  Both of their families were wonderful to meet and I even got to talk shop with Rob, a photography enthusiast, who has a great eye and love of photography.

Here are just a few images from their wonderful day.  Congrats Ally and Andrew, I wish you both the best!

Everyone was helping on this windy day

A moment between the Father and the Bride
Great decor for this event!


The Wedding Party at the Garden Path, beautiful place to shoot!
Congrats again you two, you truly deserve all the happiness in the world.

Later,
Michael Carty





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The Steve Jobs Factor and You

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Hey Peeps,

I've had a repeating conversation with a lot of people over the last few weeks relating to the new iPhone 5 release, Apple Inc. and Steve Jobs.

How does that relate to you?  Plenty.


Job's first pet?
Two men, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, started Apple back in the days of dinosaurs and the coming invention of the Sony Walkman.
Don't even ask what this is.


Apple has primarily been a company of innovation and breaking rules.  Taking the path least taken, at least according to their product designs.  That's what made Apple unique, what makes their customers more than happy to stand in line overnight for the newest thing, to take mid to low-level customer service with a smile occasionally, to keep going back even if their product gets technical issues over and over.
China's lineup for the IPhone 4

Very different from most businesses.

Most don't have that type of loyalty.

But most don't have a clear message that resonates with their client-base.


Steve Wozniak is the man who knows how to set things up and get things done.  He is the guy who can build the engine of functionality into a cause and clearly express the purpose behind a business.

Steve Jobs was a visionary.  He was the message.  He was a dreamer of change, of uniqueness, of nonconformity.  Jobs was a man who went against blind repetitive, cookie-cutting business practices and product models.  

In a time when the Motorola RAZR was incredibly popular, a flip-phone with over a dozen buttons and a half decent screen(for the time, I actually sold these, *sigh*), Jobs created the iPhone - a full screen/no flip phone with a single button.
Motorola Razr

Totally against the direction things were going.

But look at us now.

Every major manufacturer is copying - or at least emulating that same design years later.  

Sadly, Apple is now one of them.

At present day, we are looking at the Apple iPhone 5 and I wonder if it would have even existed if Steve Jobs were still alive.

I can't believe it would.

I can see Jobs totally against it for so many reasons;  its repetitive design and lack of originality; the fact that the only major design changes are things like slightly altered software and a new port design that can only frustrate customers because of needed upgrades to accessories.

Is there really a huge, fundamental difference in the products below?
iphone 1



 







iphone 5






Is Apple dropping the ball here?  Have they forgot the vision of Jobs?  Have they lost the Steve Jobs factor?

I've wondered about this since Jobs passed, and from what I've seen the corporation is leaning towards what most businesses do;  turning their unique product/service into a commodity - aka. corporate suicide.

If they don't take what they are doing and realign it with the vision of why Apple exists in the first place, their competition will soon eat them alive.

It devalues their products, lowers customer loyalty and breeds a feeling of desperation.

Speaking of desperation, have you noticed how many lawsuits they have with their competitors?  Why?  Did Jobs go after his competitors over miniscule things like rounded corners?  Did he care?




Nope.  He had better things to do, like come up with the next greatest product that everyone wished they invented.  He had innovations to produce and dreams to make reality, and that's what made Apple great.

What would Apple be producing now if Jobs were alive?

Well, starting out as a computer company, delving into mp3 players and then cell phones, I can only imagine they would push into other, high risk industries.

Maybe the car manufacturing industry, the iDrive or iRoll?(Copyright Michael Carty)  Does it come with OnStar or maybe they designed their own version - iLost?  Universal ports?  Hybrid or 100% Electric?  Solar power option?  High end battery life?  How many die-hard Apple customers would HAVE to have one?  How many Apple employees would get one and double as free advertising?  What unique body designs would it have?

It sounds funny, but it's true.  Jobs was the type to do something like this, take something normal and make it completely different, unique and hip.  Go against the direction everyone's heading and make his own path with it.

Again, it doesn't seem like that is Apple's current direction.  It sounds like they want to push a tonne of hype on a product that is only superficially different from one they have previously produced.  That they are commoditizing(real word?) their products and business and losing the message behind their purpose.  They are going from,"I do it my way." to "Let's make some money."

So finally what does this have to do with you?

Is your purpose resonant with your actions?  With your business practices?  Customer service?  Product designs?  Workflow?  Do you have the (insert your name here) factor?

Last week I wrote on my FB page:


"I shoot photography because..." is a horrible way to describe the "Why" behind your work. Try "I feel/believe/want to _______________________________________, and I express this through my photography.", and you will truly find your path.
 
This is not only exclusive to photography, but for every business that wants to be unique, unhampered by external forces and for individuals who want to remember why they do what they do and have a consistently clear image of their direction - which can be incredibly difficult in all of the minutiae of doing business. 
So what do you believe?  What do you feel?  What do you want to say and what do you do to express it?
Tell me yours and I will tell you mine!
Cheers,
Michael Carty
 
 
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