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A Canadian Photographers Artistic Journey - Edmonton Commercial, Creative and Fine Art Muse Photography

Through the Eye of a Street Photographer, 4 days on the Streets of New York

My latest creation "Through the Eye of a Street Photographer". As a student of Jay Maisel's in NYC, I wanted to create a photographic piece in honor of my teacher and his particular style of work. I dedicated 4 straight days on the streets of New York City to create this video and it is my hope to continue on his legacy of capturing 'gesture' in my own work.

This video, "4 Days on the Streets of New York is dedicated to my mentor, Jay Maisel of New York City.

~ Ben Amoz

How to Create a Stunning Portfolio with Creative Headshots!

 "Red Riding Hood" by Benamoz

"Red Riding Hood" by Benamoz

 

Most actors rely heavily on headshots in addition to their resumes, and the audition itself to showcase their work. In the world of film and television, you need an acting portfolio which typically includes the standard head shot, portfolio, resume and a reel.

A great headshot is a critical component of your portfolio that will need to stand out – an amateur image or selfie just won’t cut it these days! Headshots are a crucial step to getting your dream job!

What is so important about a Headshot?

A headshot is a photograph of you from the shoulders up. It MUST be shot professionally. While we agree that the basic headshot is important, we have some suggestions to 'mix it up' a little...

Any headshot/portfolio you submit during auditions can unfold a lot of information about you in a matter of seconds.

Like your acting résumé, first impressions that casting directors may get from your headshots can be vital in the audition process. As you start your audition, the headshot would communicate your casting type, what you can do, what role and genre of movies or shows you would fit in, and your experience as an actor.

At Benamoz we provide headshots but we also provide performance and acting portfolios that serves as proof of your recent acting exposures. These can either be publicity photographs and/or creative shot formats!

Such documentation is intended to show off the range of your acting ability. The more proofs that you showcase, the better!

Most actors have at least four creative photos in their profile, which includes the headshot. 

Providing a variety of poses and expressions to show your range, such as having your hair up and down, being clean-shaven or with facial hair (men of course!), the use of natural lighting and studio lighting combined provides a consistent and creative range for the casting director to browse. When staging performance shots for your portfolio, there are many options to choose from when working with us. 

Additional factors to consider for your shots include costumes and makeup. If you have a special ability, like juggling fire, tightrope walking, stunt driving, working well with large animals, or anything else that will help you stand out, the creative/performance shot is a great way to stand out and highlight your talents in action.

Whether it's your first acting portfolio or updating an old one, it's important to include a wide range of photos to show your acting and casting range, keeping images recent and up to date.

We have provided a few images from a recent creative/performance session our client requested. She was interested in a wide array of photographs and wanted a certain look in story-telling mode style.

The session took place over a 3 hour period in 2 locations, a variety of poses and shots which included editing and unlimited edited images provided in USB format for our client.

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Playing with Light

 A natural look and smile, showing her completely at ease!

A natural look and smile, showing her completely at ease!

 A distant look from our actor...

A distant look from our actor...

 Our actor/model wanted a more alluring look with a mix of rustic. She pulled this off quite nicely!

Our actor/model wanted a more alluring look with a mix of rustic. She pulled this off quite nicely!

 This has a magazine, vogue-like feel which we included.

This has a magazine, vogue-like feel which we included.

 Playing with silhouettes in the door frame, giving a theatrical feel while showing off her form.

Playing with silhouettes in the door frame, giving a theatrical feel while showing off her form.

We were so pleased to present this portfolio to our client. There were, of course many more images, but these were the main focal point for her and one she was extremely happy with! 

If you would like to book your own session, send us a note or click 'here' for more information.

Happy Acting!!

 

~ Benamoz

Commercial Portfolio, Edmonton Photography

Silhouette of our model.

As I wade a stream, I think wordlessly of where to cast the fly. Sometimes a difference of inches is the difference between catching a fish and not. When the fly I've cast is on the water, my attention is riveted to it. I watch the fly calmly and attentively so that when the fish strikes, I strike. Then, the line tightens, the playing of the fish begins, and time stands still. Fishing, like photography, is an art that calls forth intelligence, concentration, and delicacy." ~ quote by Ansel Adams


www.photographybybenamoz.com ~ Image copyright 2017 Photography by Benamoz Ltd. #edmontonphotographer #benamoz #yeg #photography #classiccreation #creativephotography#canon #profoto

 "Delicacy" by Benamoz

"Delicacy" by Benamoz

Edmonton Commercial Photography, "Wild Woman" by Benamoz

"To photograph is to hold one's breath when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy." quote by Henri Cartier-Bresson
www.photographybybenamoz.com ~ Image copyright 2017

 "Wild Woman" by Photography by Benamoz Ltd.

"Wild Woman" by Photography by Benamoz Ltd.

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Fine Art Beauty Captured

If you are inspired by art and desire to be part of an artistic photography production; you are in the right place! 

We seek the unique and wonderful differences in each of our subjects.  We look for those that have an interest in the arts and can be natural - posing is not on the repertoire!   We seek models that can work with us long-term, those who love art, are comfortable with their form and are wonderfully reliable. 

About our Professional Fine Art Photography Production:

Wonderful locations, professional art direction, elegant props, portable lighting and equipment on location.  

More samples of some of our work can be viewed here: 

If you are interested in fine art modeling, please fill out the below (your information is for our purposes only - we respect your confidentiality).

Thank you and we will be in touch shortly!

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Are you over the age of 18 and willing to sign a release? *
Many of our projects include posing nude. Are you comfortable posing in this manner/aspect? *
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Lifting Fog - By Benamoz

Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. Fog on the Essex marshes, fog on the Kentish heights. Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on the yards, and hovering in the rigging of great ships; fog drooping on the gunwales of barges and small boats. Fog in the eyes and throats of ancient Greenwich pensioners, wheezing by the firesides of their wards; fog in the stem and bowl of the afternoon pipe of the wrathful skipper, down in his close cabin; fog cruelly pinching the toes and fingers of his shivering little ’prentice boy on deck. Chance people on the bridges peeping over the parapets into a nether sky of fog, with fog all round them, as if they were up in a balloon, and hanging in the misty clouds. ~ Charles Dickens

Lifting Fog - print available at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/PhotographyByBenamoz

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Hibiscus Print

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more." ~ Lord Byron

Sepia Floral Hibiscus Print by Benamoz Available at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/PhotographyByBenamoz

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Edmonton Family Portrait - Micaela & Lexi

Our portraiture is all about the story of each person we capture; Micaela and Lexi are no exception and as far as family goes - well, you can't get much closer than this:

"I used to work at a shelter and would work with problem dogs. One day while walking through the shelter I saw Lexi. She was scared, hiding in the back of the kennel but looking into her big icy blue eyes, it was almost love at first sight! I found out that she was probably going to be euthanized as she wasn't fit for adoption since she had been a stray until she came to the shelter. She wouldn't let anyone near her without barking and lunging but I knew I had to do something, so I insisted on taking her home to foster her. It didn't take long for her to take to me, we had a connection almost immediately. Although it took some time and a ton of hard work (and lot's of love) eventually she developed trust, even with strangers and she became the biggest sweetheart ever! I fell so in love with her that I had to foster fail and keep her. Now she is my ever-faithful companion!"

~ Benamoz

Edmonton Best Family Portaiture - Benamoz

Let's Go Back to the Attic - by Benamoz

Our "Let's Go Back to the Attic" project is officially underway!  We are working with various wonderful folks in the Alberta region who are making this historical project a success and we are loving the creativity and range of endless possibilities! Clients have stepped-up, from close-knit families with children, to couples with a love of vintage, to historical society's getting involved, we have had an influx of truly wonderful and creative collaborations on board for our Photography Series!

As one who grew up on a small farm and now living in the city (albeit one could call it an urban farm) I am still drawn to the 'simple life' - it still speaks to me. There is something about living this way, without modern distractions, "things" to take me away from what I genuine long to do - which of course, is to create!

“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning sun can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem, or saying a prayer.” 
― Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The idea behind this series is first to gather and capture the relationship between people/family members and second, to hold true to as detailed a background and props of any historical era as closely as possible.

If you would like to get involved in our project, visit this link and fill out our super-quick form: http://www.photographybybenamoz.com/lets-go-to-the-attic - we would love to see your creative ideas and collaborate!

~ Carrie, Producer/Studio Manager of Benamoz

Edmonton - My Best Headshot and Actor Portfolio Photo Session Experiences ~ by Benamoz

I have had the good fortune of working with many actors and models throughout Edmonton, NYC and LA, but just a few stand out in my mind as the more memorable.

"Erin", a fantastic singer was invited to sing as Josh Groban's singing partner in Vancouver. She needed a portfolio created with a variety of headshots and artistic-style imagery that stood out from others.  Naturally, with her fair hair and my obsession of the 'run-down', her session was chalk-full of a few great locations and some wonderful gesture.  Erin was a joy to photograph and had some great stories along the way!

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This gal had some great ideas for apparel and contrast of costume and design. We found that some of her best gesture stemmed from little to be worn at all!

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Our lovely model from Russia desired photographs to build her portfolio and those big brown eyes were only complemented in a white background.  Showing her hands are all a part of the gesture!

 

 Benamoz Russian Model

Benamoz Russian Model

Our gesture models desired photos to add to their portfolio together as a couple on the beaches of LA and were an absolute joy to photograph!  See more about their session here

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Benamoz Models LA

Morgan, a wonderful model in Edmonton wanted a few images that stood out in her portfolio. We added some black and white imagery that explored her range of gesture, adding interest and made for an interesting day in various locations. Natural light was used in this image, subtle, yet soft.  Morgan was a wonderful model 

 Benamoz Edmonton Model Portfolio

Benamoz Edmonton Model Portfolio

This interesting fellow needed imagery that showcased his best assets - his piercings!  We had a chat about his goals and desires, and his dream in LA was to make it on TV.  Last I saw, he did make it on a show highlighting his many piercings.  

 Benamoz Gesture Photography

Benamoz Gesture Photography

"Maria" was an absolute wonder to work with.  She wanted photographs of herself that were full of creativity in a fine art muse-style session.  We were amazed at her range of gesture and as a result of her comfort and her own creativity, many images were created just from the sheer joy and interest in the arts.  Here she portrays a dark look, surrounded by darks.  What an excellent model - a joy to work with! 

 Benamoz Model Session

Benamoz Model Session

These are just a few snippets of features from some of my more interesting headshot/portfolio sessions.  My interest in creating portfolios has grown into creating wonderful and interesting works for my clients and working outside of the studio. I find this is where most of the natural gesture comes from - where my clients may be at their most comfortable. I have created a new package speaking to this for a half-day session in various locations and my clients are loving it!  Book your own session here! 

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Benamoz

 Benamoz Commercial Work

Benamoz Commercial Work

Benamoz Studios in Edmonton and now in nYC!

 Photography by Benamoz

Photography by Benamoz

 

We are pleased to announce that Benamoz Studios has expanded to NYC! 
Travel between the two cities has been so frequent that we decided to make the leap and work from both cities.  It's an exciting time for us and a final decision that we have been looking forward to since 2011!  

 

Benamoz Headshots New York City

From Headshots to Model Portfolio building, Actors, Musicians and other working creatives, the Benamoz Team is excited to offer services in both Edmonton and NYC, with clients across North America.

 Night shot of NYC

Night shot of NYC

 Katz Deli - a favorite lunch stop!

Katz Deli - a favorite lunch stop!

To book with us, contact us via our website and mention your preferred location.  We look forward to a year of beautiful imagery and forging ahead with new creative works, in whatever city you choose!

~The Benamoz Team~

 

 

 

Headshot Photography - Edmonton, NYC & LA

A few samples of creative headshot work - a little variety of high and low key images.  Contact us to book your session in Edmonton, NYC & LA!

6 Minute Model Shoot ~ Benamoz Headshot and Model Photography Edmonton and NYC

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6 Minute Model Shoot ~ Benamoz Headshot and Model Photography Edmonton What can you do in six minutes? Brew a good cup of coffee, skim a magazine article, Something About Mary's "6 Minute Ay-abs", maybe, but a photography session? It is possible when you have a great team and all of the right elements!

To describe the session (it will take me longer than six minutes);

1. The perfect setting - the beaches of LA, quiet, in the month of December, the sun was very bright but there was a haze, acting as a diffuser over our models. It was almost directly overhead in the noon-day sun. You often hear other photographers talk about the horrid and harsh nightmare of mid-day light, but this session did not exactly suffer because of it. In this case, a high-key, GQ-look was what I was after.

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2. The Perfect Models - my models (and yes, they are a couple) really were pros. I say this after working with many models, sometimes over more than a few hours to try and generate the look I achieved here. I am always after natural gesture and this couple ruled in this area! The ability to work with models who do not require coaching is invaluable - sure, there is directing, but not coaching when it comes to true pros!

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LA Models-3

3. Time Crunch - at times, there is nothing more motivating than being under a tight schedule. Of course, I am not a fan of this, but when you need to get a job done, you have two options. Get it done, or don't!  The variables that lead to a hectic schedule can drive you nuts some days, but through a combination of trained study and work with some of the greatest photojournalist photographers, not to mention the world of weddings has prepped me for pretty much anything.  Nothing says "get going" like a call to cocktail hour!

4.  Less Time in Post - the better the photo means  less time in Photoshop.  'Nuff said.

Photography...specifically work that causes me to stretch (given over a longer span of time) is my true passion.  When I am approached with a project and the only stipulation given is 'just run with it', it truly opens the door to so much more creatively.  Which leads to...

5. Time.  The ever-evasive element I seem to be chasing.  This session, however, may just have proven me wrong!!

Interesting days...more to follow!

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My Groom Waits - Editor's Choice - #Viewbug

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A beautiful bride looks out the window just before meeting her husband-to-be. This photo captures the bride's sense of calm before the bustle of the day's activity is about to begin.

Taking the time to capture an image such as this during the getting ready portion of the wedding day, gives her a moment to pause and reflect on all that is before her.  A unique 'getting ready' memory that brides love to have from their wedding day! An inspiring photograph voted "Popular" on 500px.com.

Photography by Benamoz Ltd. www.photographybybenamoz.com

Red Riding Hood ~ #KelbyOne

Just a quick post to show my latest photo voted as Photo of the Week on KelbyOne.  This was a great shoot, a ton of fun with our model Micaela.  I used the Elinchrom system with a large beauty dish for this shot.  A special thanks to our model!

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Fashion Portrait ~ Photography by Benamoz Ltd. - Portrait of the Week on KelbyOne.

Seaside Photography ~ Benamoz

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Clients often end up taking us to wonderful places and this was no exception!  On my off-time from client work, I took some time to wander and capture wonderful photographs in and around Jamaica.  More of my work can be seen via my portfolio prints that are now available over at Benamoz.  Here is a wee peek at some others as well.  Enjoy!