This past summer 2014 I had the pleasure of photographing POPULVR (pronounced "popular"), a rising pop band originally from Edmonton. They already have an impressive resume, having toured places like Asia and throughout much of Canada and the United States. But in an effort to open more doors and pursue bigger things in the music industry they've relocated and now call the city of Toronto home. The band has taken it upon themselves to re-invent their branding from top to bottom, including their sound and image, and this shoot plays a big role in all of that. The tight-knit trio is amazingly talented, hard working, humble and I believe they have a very bright future ahead... keep an eye out!
Tune into their social media pages (Facebook / Twitter) for more about the band, and more photos from this shoot as they become available.
Client: Sandro Rocciolo
Ontario band Horizons recently announced via their Facebook page that they would be going through some line up changes and that fans should expect some quiet time while they figure it out.
In a statement the band said: "Ben and Borys have decided to part ways with Horizons to focus on other things in their lives. This DOES NOT in any form mean that this band is breaking up. But with that being said, we are now going to be holding auditions to keep this band and our dreams alive."
Therefore, the majority of these photos can't be 'officially' used anymore by the band and so they've given me permission to post them here! I've always been a huge fan of these guys--not only their music but also their work ethic and professionalism. They are so easy to work with and their vision matched perfectly with mine for the direction of the shots. You can view some of the top selections from the shoot below.
Wishing all the guys the best in their future endeavours. -mv.
This month (January 2011) I've had the great pleasure and honour of working with an amazing artist and friend named LIGHTS on behalf of Warner Bros. Records.
For those of you who are unfamiliar (have you been living under a rock?) LIGHTS, is a Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter. She's known for composing and performing sythnpop music such as the songs "Drive My Soul", "Ice", "Saviour", "Second Go" and "February Air" and has performed internationally.
Right now she is in the process of recording a brand new album, collaborating with some exciting Canadian artists in a remote setting near Fort Erie, Ontario with an acclaimed producer named Tawgs. She'll also be traveling south of the border to Nashville to work on some of the songs as well.
It's almost impossible to put into words the feeling I had being in the same room with her as she worked on new songs - one of which I got to hear start from scratch. We had a good laugh that day as they perfected the "dirty hi hats" and "phunki bass" and synths - it was incredible watching it all come together. The talent in this small recording studio was staggering. My ears couldn't believe what they were hearing. She has matured beyond my wildest imagination as a musician and songwriter and the new music is going to take the world by storm, I can promise you that.
This photo (+video) project I'm working on with her during the recording process isn't entirely finished yet, which is why I can't share everything with you at this time. I will only share what her management makes public, so for now enjoy this little sneak peek below and there will be more content coming soon to my blog and hers this fall!
So... corporate portraits can be fun?? Yes they can! Not all corporate portraits need to be on a white background and totally boring. Check out a few of the photos I recently took recently for the team at C4 Church in Ajax, ON. We had some good laughs, and I think the personality of each volunteer/employee really shines through.
Of course for the sake of argument, yes most organisations also have a need for more structured studio portraits so I took a bunch of those as well. But I have no doubt that these more candid shots in the natural work setting better reflect both the individuals and the roles they play within their environment, plus they evoke a more welcoming mood - very fitting for a hip, fun team such as this.
Nike just launched this super cool ad featuring rising hockey star PK Subban of the Montreal Canadiens (NHL). About a month ago I photographed PK for The Fourth Period Magazine.
Nike says he's "More than an icon in the making... P.K. Subban is a Penalty Killer, Gladiator and World Shaker."
Below is one of my favourite shots from the shoot, and check out the video!
Last week I had a blast shooting with an awesome up and coming band out of Ottawa called Benefit of a Doubt. Check out some photos below and a behind the scenes video put together by my friend Andy Wood.
About a month ago I worked with my pals in Isle Of Thieves on their new promo shots after the addition of a new band member, check out the portrait series here: