showcase magazine Sep 2010toronto issue 234
Welcome to the debut issue of Showcase Toronto, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the very best of the third largest production city in North America within the visual media industry; with more information available in our dedicated Toronto Photo and Film directories.
Toronto’s remarkable ability to transform its appearance to fit a particular location as well as the city's wealth of highly experienced, creative and technical talent makes it a critical draw for many high-profile producers. With award-winning technicians and the ease of shooting in a diverse range of locations it is no surprise that Toronto's film and photo industry is thriving.
In this debut Showcase we present the leading companies and top professionals currently working out of Toronto, including Kathi Z, Westside Studio, Klaxonnez, Fuze Reps, Suzanne Lindsay Artist Management, Sugino Studio, S1 Group, Michael Kohn, Terry Collier, Andrew Ptak, Nadia Molinari, Rob Waymen, Luis Albuquerque, Robin Wong Photography, Andreas Trauttmansdorff, David Hou and Anna Scetinina.
Our cover was shot by photographer Gabor Jurina represented by Kathi Z Management.
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Kathi Z Inc. Toronto photo agents
Kathi Z Management is a Toronto based team of agents and producers that represent and support the careers of some of the best photographers in Canada. Our photographers specialize in fashion, celebrity, beauty and advertising photography also specializing in motion video.
Photographers include Geoff Barrenger, Gabor Jurina, Francisco Garcia, Norman Wong, Andrew Soule and Adrian Armstrong.
Westside Studio Toronto photo agents
Founded in 1985, Westside Studio is Canada’s largest advertising and design photography facility, encompassing six separate studios and covering over 14,000 square feet. 12 world-class and diverse photographers are on-hand to provide invaluable expertise, along with a general manager, two agents, top producers and an executive assistant.
The award-winning and internationally respected Westside Studio offers an unrivalled level of creativity and professionalism. Servicing top advertising agencies and Fortune 500 clients across North America, the ever-creative Westside roster includes Matt Barnes, Ian Campbell, Tom Feiler, Chris Gordaneer, Tyler Gray, Frank Hoedl, Vicky Lam, Russell Monk, Nikki Ormerod, Shanghoon, Derek Shapton and George Simhoni.
Klaxonnez Toronto photo agents
Klaxonnez, founded by Anne Desrochers in 1996, is a boutique agency providing artist representation, career management and production services for photographers worldwide. The agency is dedicated to nurturing creative collaborations with gifted artists and clients from the world of advertising, corporate, fashion and publishing. Its approach is to focus on quality while successfully orchestrating all the details needed to customise production for an efficient and smooth shoot. Having a boutique agency allows the Klaxonnez team to have a personal approach to managing artists' careers and to work closely with clients throughout the creative process.
Clients include Air Canada, Amica Magazine, Bell Canada, Birks, Bootlegger, Bluenotes, Canadian Tire, Cassis, Canada Post, Cashmere, CBC, Dove, Fashion Magazine, Flare Magazine, Investco, John Frieda, LCBO, L'Oréal, Mexx, Nike, Nikon, OREO, Plaza Magazine, Rogers, Sony Ericsson Worldwide, Second Cup, Shoppers Drug Mart and Winners.
Fuze Reps Toronto photo agents
Fuze Reps is a Toronto-based boutique agency representing top photographers and CGI digital and motion artists whose work spans internationally across the US, UK and Europe. Its handpicked roster is comprised of award-winning talents who consistently surpass client and brand expectations.
Photographers: Rob Fiocca, Jim Norton, Carlyle Routh, Hamin Lee, and James Tse.
CGI digital artist: Pierre Bourjo.
Clients include IKEA, Walmart, AEG, Halls, POM, Absolut, Patron, Iceberg Vodka, Budweiser, KRAFT, Elle Décor, Umbra, Nestlé, LEXUS, Mazda, Kellogg's, Rogers Communications, Bell Canada, Cox Communications, Ontario Government, Tim Hortons, Breyers, Mancho WOK, McDonald's, KFC, Martha Stewart, Holt Renfrew, Sears, Schick, Kroger, Sobey’s, LCBO, Food & Drink, and many more.
Suzanne Lindsay Artist Management Toronto photo agents
After 25 years of styling and producing, Suzanne Lindsay evolved and SLAM (Suzanne Lindsay Artist Management) was created. The company represents an elite group of artists including photographers specialising in fashion, lifestyle, food, interiors, product, soft goods and portraiture. SLAM's artists balance insightful knowledge and experience with original, cutting-edge vision, offering creative ingenuity and practical resource at every turn.
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." Scott Adams.
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Sugino Studio Toronto Photo & Film Production
Sugino Studio's motto is “Evolve or Die”. Its artists create and capture stills and motion imagery using the very latest technology available, while the studio's equipment, facilities and labour infrastructure are second to none in Canada. Sugino's mission is to maintain a business model that allows it to acquire clients' visual assets as cost efficiently as possible while maintaining the best creative quality standards.
The studio's roster is comprised of artists capable of both stills and motion capture, with in-house digital artists, assistants and producers in full support. As a result, there are no borders either in scope or creativity when taking on jobs both big and small.
Visit the website for more information.
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S1 Group Toronto rental studios
"Photo shoot in Toronto, Canada?"
The number one destination for New York and LA photo productions visiting Toronto.
S1 is a unique full service photographic rental studio and location production company. It provides photo shoot support from small to large scale, on location or in the studio.
- Lighting, grip, computer and camera rental.
- Sprinter van production packages.
- Digital capture service and digital techs.
- Production services and crew.
- High-end digital imaging.
"Just plug-in your photographer or production; we look after the rest."
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Michael Kohn Toronto food & drink photographers
Michael Kohn is a Toronto-based food and drink photographer who has been preparing, playing with and photographing amazing food for at least the last 20 years.
When not in the studio creating images for the likes of Nestlé, Kraft and Frito Lay, Michael photographs the food experience in all its glory, at such venues as bakeries, markets and wineries.
Michael's home life inspires his passion. His wife, Bonnie Gordon, is the celebrated talent behind Bonnie Gordon School, a high-end cake and confectionary school.
Visit his website for more information.
Terry Collier Toronto car & transportation photographers
Born and raised in England, Terry Collier's passion for images led him initially into the film industry and then into the commercial world of advertising that he now pursues in Canada. His work has been gracing billboards, magazines and posters for the past 25 years and he has shot in most major North American locations and in Europe, with access to all the required production support.
To say Terry brings clarity and the caressing quality of light to the automotive arena is an understatement. His portfolio includes virtually every automobile manufacturer known, resulting in over 100 international awards. For the past seven years he has used the Phase One digital capture system with on-site, top-notch imaging artists.
Terry's latest work includes a location campaign for the new Toyota Prius and studio and location work for the Lexus IS group and the entire Lexus model range. Whether on location or in the studio, his stringently high standards are balanced by his calming force and sense of humour. With his crew of highly trained assistants and digital technicians, the most ambitious of projects are executed with unlimited creative potential.
Luis Albuquerque Toronto still life photographers
Born in Portugal and raised in Toronto, Luis Albuquerque has been working as a commercial photographer for over 10 years. He works mostly in the studio on still life projects but also appreciates the change of pace offered by going on location to shoot products and environments.
Luis is known for his use of vintage props and mini vignettes in his photography.
“People love coming by the studio and checking out my vintage finds that I have displayed on
the shelves,” he proudly says.
Clients include Holt Renfrew, Home Outfitters, Keilhauer, Kellogg's, Le Chateau, Nike, PC Home, Progress Packaging, Second Cup, Sula Beauty, The Hudson Bay Co., Best Health, Canadian Family, Canadian Living, Chatelaine, Hello, House and Home, Style at Home, Today's Parent and Where Magazine.
Nadia Molinari Toronto portrait photographers
Primarily known for her portraiture, versatility enables Nadia Molinari to move comfortably between a variety of photographic disciplines. With close to 15 years of experience and a no-nonsense approach, she brings directorial straightforwardness coupled with technical expertise and attention to detail to every assignment. It is clearly evident in her work, and to her clients, that Molinari loves what she does.
Visit her website for more information.
Robin Wong Photography Toronto celebrity photographers
Award-winning Toronto-based photographer Robin Wong has been creating distinctive images for over 25 years. He has had the privilege of working with talented, unique individuals and strives to continually develop his style and technique. He is thrilled by the challenge of shooting on location and succeeds in expressing his clients' visions. Robin's love of capturing intimate moments in the lives of his subjects is surpassed only by his passion for snowboarding.
Visit his website for more information.
Andrew Ptak Toronto interiors & exteriors photographers
Andrew Ptak is primarily a location photographer and specialises in capturing light and colour in different ways.
Renowned for getting the job done, on time and on budget, Andrew is equally at home shooting in elegant hotels as he is knee-deep in snow shooting on the ski slopes. For almost 30 years, his careful pre-production planning and sense of humour on set have produced compelling images.
Acknowledged for his skilful post production, he was recently interviewed by Bloomberg Business Week Magazine regarding his retouching techniques on hotel and resort shoots.
Visit Andrew's website for more information.
Rob Waymen Toronto celebrity photographers
For 20 years, Canadian photographer Rob Waymen has been surpassing the expectations of even the most demanding of clients with his award-winning work. Based in Toronto, he often travels the globe for clients and personal projects.
With great attention to detail and a mastery of lighting, Rob is sure to get the shot, no matter the circumstances. His versatility is evident in the range of subject matter: from an album cover for jazz legend Wynton Marsalis to the corporate leaders of Fortune 500 companies, and celebrity portraits in between.
Rob inserts himself comfortably into any situation. “I trust his instincts completely,” said the late Brian Linehan. “I know Rob will always get the shot”.
Andreas Trauttmansdorff Toronto interiors & exteriors photographers
With 15 letters in his last name alone, Andreas Trauttmansdorff could very well be the biggest name in the business. His versatility, 20 years of experience, numerous awards and client list only serve to reinforce that claim.
People and lifestyle, decor and interiors, food, landscape, gardens and cars all continue to be subject areas of inspiration for Andreas. Add to that a recent return to shooting motion and he has come full circle from his beginnings in the film industry.
Visit his website to see more of Andreas' images.
David Hou Toronto beauty photographers
David Hou is one of Toronto’s most sought after industry photographers whose work spans the worlds of performing arts, fashion, and design, His tell-tale signature is the happy fusion of all these styles which gives his photographs their distinctive edge.
Dance is imbued with the vibrancy of fashion, fashion is transformed into theatre, and design jumps off the page in settings that are as innovative as they are inventive. Whether he is shooting productions by the prestigious Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the magnificent oriental rugs of Artweave Studios, or fashion icons such as Mirabelli, David's photographs draw the eye with their originality.
Visit his website for more information.
Anna Scetinina Toronto * new talents
Anna Scetinina is a Toronto-based creative professional specialising in photography, photo retouching and art direction. Anna started her career in Eastern Europe where for over five years she was an Art Director at a fashion magazine. Over recent years she has been in retail fashion providing artistic direction and photo retouching services for Canadian retailers.
Fashion photography is Anna's most recent passion and she has already succeeded in creating unique artistic projects that demonstrate her potential. Aside from photography, her specialties include retouching, art direction, creative management, creative strategy and execution, branding, graphic design and illustration.
Visit Anna's website for more information.