The Toronto Commercial Photographer Process

Being a commercial photographer is truly an underestimated profession. An astonishing number of people assume as a commercial photographer you show up take photos, and that is the scope of your work. In reality it has many complexities and nuances. After having good hard laugh when someone makes this assumption, the question of ‘what goes into a commercial shoot?’ is posed. Without the assumptions I still find I am asked this question a fair bit, particularly by those who are just starting out. Continue Reading

How to Direct a Model

In fashion photography people bring life to art. As the focal point of most photos is the model and their movement; this makes their capacity to perform in front of your lens a critical component of the final product. It is important to make them comfortable in expressing mood and tone on set. I have found that the on-set mood can dramatically affect the quality of the images, and in some cases can make or break the success of the final images.Continue Reading

Assisting 101

Each year thousands of young budding photographers graduate from their institution of choice across Canada. Set on a long and difficult path of ongoing learning and development. With this rite of passage comes more applications to assist than I know what to do with. I find that there is always a fall term surge in applications for students looking for a co-op and again around August right after diplomas have been received and OSAP gets ready to start harassing you for payments.Continue Reading

If you want to make god laugh, tell him about your life’s plans.

Once upon a time in a land far far away, I was arriving on set for what was to be a fashion campaign for Hazelton Lanes a.k.a Yorkville Village. I’s were dotted and T’s were crossed, everything was falling into place as planned. Little did I know that a sinister force called the weather was about to cast an evil spell on my production, and throw me one of the hardest curveballs I’ve ever been met with.Continue Reading

White Cashmere Collection

So one of the most common questions I am asked when someone finds out I am a fashion photographer is what was your favorite photo shoot or what has stood out in your career? There have been many, I can’t say exactly what my favorite shoot was but there is a long list of shoots that have gained notoriety in my mind. The White Cashmere Collection of 2009 is one such shoot. It was particularly complex due to the nature of the materials we were working with, but I was fortunate enough to be collaborating with some of the most hard working and dedicated people in the Toronto fashion industry.

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“But I don’t want a blog” – Koby 2007

From the moment I created my website, I decided that I will keep my personal sharing to a minimum. I hardly posted on social media and refused to hop on the blogging bandwagon.

Yet, here we are, at my blog page.

Over the last few years my friends, clients, and mentees have repeatedly asked me to share more on social media. Which I have started to do; But I feel like it makes almost no difference. In between algorithms and trends your voice gets lost in a sea of a thousand perspectives, and millions of users. Share as you might, unless you somehow manage to go viral few, even those who keep an eye out, will ever see, hear, or read your work. If I’m going to spend my time doing something few will ever know about I’d rather it be useful for me.

So you must be wondering, with a cynical outlook on this whole blogging concept why on earth am I here?Continue Reading