BTS – Tilt Arcade: a love for the 80s

Hey Guys,

So slight change of pace for this week’s vlog. With Ready Player One ready to hit theatres this week, and with Tony a self-professed vintage video game nerd, it seemed just the right time to look back at one of our favourite shoots ever.

Its not every day that you find a bar chock-full of vintage arcade games and pinball machines, and more importantly, its not every day that that bar lets you do an awesome, 80s-style photoshoot after hours one day.

Lucky for us, Tilt Arcade Bar was about as excited to have us do the shoot, as we were to shoot there. The end results are pretty cool, have a look:

Location: @tilttoronto
Hair/Makeup: @megfraser
Talent: @pat_thornton, @thedjadvantage, @not.your.nachos
Wardrobe: @thegingermartini

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VLOG 1: Shooting Lighting with AM Studio

Our first VLOG!

We’ve been working with the awesome people at AM Studio, bringing their fabulous custom lighting fixtures to life. Joe and Danielle grabbed their cameras and took a look at Tony’s shooting process, and his supervillian aspirations.

We Changed our NAME!!! say whhhhaaat?

So we decided to rebrand our commercial division by renaming our site! woohoo! We changed from LBL PHOTO (BORING!!!) to          LBL Studio (AWESOME right!?!) We changed because we offer more than photo… we now have an 8000 sq. foot space complete with 2 cycloramas; one dedicated to photo and the other to cinema.

And what’s a new name without a logo with a dog – hello! Check it out…

 

EJ Entertainment – Social Media Photography

These days, imagery is everything. Having great photos to showcase what you do, is priceless and makes for great content on social media. We had the pleasure of shooting for EJ Entertainment this past weekend. Let’s just say these guys know how to get a dance floor hopping! It was the annual CPA convocation party at the Westin Harbour Castle in downtown Toronto. They shared the stage with youtube sensation, Mike Tompkins. Check out some of these awesome shots capturing what EJ entertainment does best.

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Athletes Kitchen – A MUST TRY!

We were thrilled to shoot the food photography for Athletes Kitchen in Liberty Village. If you’re into healthy eating, an athlete, or just plain trying to lose weight and be healthy, this is a must try. Let’s just say after the photography was done, we had a grand old time sampling all the delicious food! Yalda & Oscar are awesome folks and their food is fresh, tasty and superb. Don’t blame us if the pics below make you hungry 🙂

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Roddy Piper in PORTAL TO HELL!!!!

We had the best time working the photography end of a very awesome, campy, hilarious short film called “Portal to Hell(by Matt Watts and Vivieno Caldinelli) starring 80s wrestling legend and overall bad-ass, Roddy Piper!

The story is great: Roddy Piper plays Jack, an apartment complex maintenance man who discovers a portal to another dimension in the basement…aaaand then fights Cthulhu! WTF!!!! Awesome.

We were doing photography stills and we knew we should grab a moment to create a “hero image” for the film, in the limited time we had Mr. Piper in Toronto. With that said…it boiled down to a whole 50 seconds of shooting time with him…we had the idea scoped out, just needed him to step in and do his thing – easier said than done when trying to shoot a movie in 3 days. But here’s the thing: in all our years shooting actors, the vast majority of them need a little push, a little direction, and little “scene” in order to give something to the camera. With Roddy Piper, we gave him the 2 second “this is what we are trying to do” and he RAN with it. What a showman. Clearly shows why he is a veteran of entertainment, giving his all to arenas full of fans. Check out the image…we kinda love it!

Good luck on the feature, boys!

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Second City Toronto – Opening Gala

We were hired to photograph Second City Toronto’s Opening Gala of their brand new Training Centre. It was an awesome event full of (and we mean FULL) of very funny people.

Andrew Alexander cut the ribbon
Andrew Alexander cut the ribbon
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Jen Candy (John Candy’s daughter) and robin Duke.

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We took things a bit further and created a portrait station in the back to photograph VIPs/funny folk, giving them their moment to shine.

Matt Baram & Becky Johnson
Matt Baram & Becky Johnson
Lee Smart & Lindsay Leese
Lee Smart & Lindsay Leese
Kerry Griffin & Ashley Botting
Kerry Griffin & Ashley Botting
Marc Hickox & Lisa Merchant
Marc Hickox & Lisa Merchant
Kevin Frank & Jen Candy
Kevin Frank & Jen Candy
Reid Janisse & PK Kingston
Reid Janisse & PK Kingston
Ashley Marie Comeau & Karen Parker
Ashley Marie Comeau & Karen Parker
Teresa Pavlinek & Jenn Robertson
Teresa Pavlinek & Jenn Robertson
Allie Price & Tony Rosato/Andrew Alexaner/Robin Duke
Allie Price & Tony Rosato/Andrew Alexaner/Robin Duke