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Musician-turned-cook and food photographer @dennistheprescott was taking a break from touring when he decided to borrow cookbooks from the library and make a meal for friends. The connection and community he felt in that moment inspired him to grow his passion for food, sharing photos of his dishes on Instagram along the way for fun – until Food and Wine called requesting he develop recipes and take pictures to share with their readers. Since then, Dennis has released his first cookbook, Eat Delicious, has had his work shared by the likes of Nigella Lawson, and continues to strive to inspire people to invest in time in the kitchen and around the dinner table.⠀ ⠀ We joined Dennis, who lives in his hometown Moncton, New Brunswick, to discuss food styling and photography, and how he doesn’t just want followers to like his photos – he wants to inspire them to build meaningful community around accessible, attainable meals. ⠀ ⠀ Director: Dylan Mitro @meetdylan ⠀ Cinematographer: Matt Levin-Gold @matt .lg⠀ Producer: Stephanie Hooker @_stephaniehooker_ ⠀ Production Manager: Josiah Joseph @josiahjc ⠀ Sound Recordist: Sam Rodgers⠀ Editor: Leah Lalich @leahlalich ⠀ BTS stills - Tylor Key-Carr @tylorkc ⠀ BTS stills - Jared Brookes @momentsbyblue ⠀ HMUA - Mikey Elliott @elliotteyedeas ⠀ Production Assistant: Marcel Phang ⠀ #canoncreatorlab
Visual artist and photographer @briony is known for her vibrant work, combining pop culture with surreal elements that draw viewers in. Since relocating from her hometown of Woodstock, Ontario to Toronto at the age of 16 to pursue becoming a full-time artist, Briony has built a career on bringing who she is to her work. She has brought her unique perspective to work with brands like Nike, TIFF and Vogue, and her photographs been published around the world.⠀ ⠀ We joined Briony on her latest project to discuss bringing who you are to your work and the strength in being different.⠀ ⠀ Director - Dan LeMoyne @danlemoyne ⠀ Producer - Stephanie Hooker @_stephaniehooker_ ⠀ Feature Photographer - Briony Douglas @briony ⠀ Wardrobe Stylist - Caitlin Wright @caitliniswright Cinematographer - Matt Levin-Gold @matt .lg⠀ Production Coordinator - Josiah Joseph @josiahjc ⠀ Interview Cinematographer - Liam Higgins @lmhggns ⠀ 1st AC - Maurici de Haro @mauricideharo ⠀ Sound Recordist - Nicolas Field @nicolasfield ⠀ Sound Recordist - Ferdinand Meurer @ferdinandmeurer ⠀ Feature Model - Helen⠀ #canoncreatorlab
Ontario Arts Council Award-winning photographer @_anishinaabekwe is known for her powerful portraits of Indigenous people, capturing diverse perspectives, voices and stories that challenge colonial narratives. The self-taught Anishinaabe photographer and founder of photography company @_redworks has traveled Canada for over a decade, shooting events and portraiture that empower those she covers to share who they are.⠀ ⠀ Nadya invited us to Six Nations Reserve to share her most recent series, the Red Chair Sessions, and discuss how she uses her perspective to photograph identity, culture and a sense of belonging.⠀ ⠀ Director / Cinematographer - Dan LeMoyne @danlemoyne ⠀ Producer - Stephanie Hooker @_stephaniehooker_ ⠀ Feature Photographer - Nadya Kwandibens @_anishinaabekwe ⠀ B-Camera - Dhani Oks @dhanioks ⠀ Production Coordinator - Josiah Joseph @josiahjc ⠀ Interview Cinematographer - Liam Higgins @lmhggns ⠀ 1st AC - Maurici de Haro @mauricideharo ⠀ Sound Recordist - Nicolas Field @nicolasfield ⠀ Feature Model - Derek Miller⠀ Music Composer - @ziibiwan
While photographer @luismoraphoto has built a career capturing the culture of Toronto—from covers for Toronto Life to lookbooks for OVO and the Toronto International Film Festival's annual portrait studio—his connection to his hometown of Bogotá, Colombia is central to who he is. Luis recently received the Edward Burtynsky Photobook Grant, allowing him to publish his first book and photo exhibit Say it with Flowers, a project focused on one of Colombia's largest flower markets, and the moments of transition that happen within this beautiful space.⠀ ⠀ We joined Luis at Paloquemao in Bogotá to capture the energy of the market, and discuss how the flower industry mirrors his own experience, and how he hopes to inspire people to reconnect with where they're from.⠀ ⠀ Director / Cinematographer / Editor - Dan LeMoyne @danlemoyne ⠀ Producer / Cinematographer - Stephanie Hooker @_stephaniehooker_ ⠀ Feature Photographer - Luis Mora @luismoraphoto ⠀ Production Coordinator - Josiah Joseph @josiahjc ⠀ Interview Cinematographer - Liam Higgins @lmhggns 1st AC - Maurici de Haro @mauricideharo ⠀ Sound Recordist - Nicolas Field @nicolasfield #canoncreatorlab
[RSVP 12.05] 🦉We all know that moment when the stage lights dim and the audience anticipation is palpable. What most don’t see is what happens behind the scenes. The tireless prep, unforgiving schedule, creative fatigue, endless rehearsals, nonstop jet lag, and finally: the triumph of when it all comes together. For the past 7 years @theo .skudra has been singularly documenting these moments for one of the world’s biggest artists, Drake.⠀ .⠀ Theo is the creative mind behind some of @champagnepapi ’s most iconic images and director of his most recent videos (Money In the Grave & Nonstop ), both showcasing his signature monochromatic style. He’ll be dropping by the #canoncreatorlab for a discussion and audience Q&A as well as a first-ever gallery of his work, giving us a backstage look at some unforgettable moments from his impressive career. ⠀ .⠀ Note that this is a 19+ event and space is extremely limited so be sure to RSVP [🔗 IN BIO].
[RSVP 11.19] Stories of Things w/ @luismoraphoto 🌹 We all have objects in our life that hold great meaning. We animate them with our emotions, memories, and unique way of seeing them as characters in our own story. . Luis Mora is a Colombia-born artist and commercial photographer based in Toronto. His eclectic portfolio of work includes covers for Toronto Life, lookbooks for OVO, celebrity portraits for the Toronto International Film Festival's annual portrait studio, and countless others. He’ll be stopping by the #canoncreatorlab to share his approach to shooting still life photography and show you how to tell a compelling story about anything, including the objects that are laying around your house. RSVP OPEN, LINK IN BIO 🇨🇴📸💐
The Houston-based photographer and filmmaker is known for contributing visuals to Solange’s “When I Get Home” project and shooting the cover of A$AP Rocky’s 2018 album “Testing”. After years spent working with human subjects, he began turning his camera toward still life and inanimate objects – namely, chairs. In documenting his own creative process, Cary has found that inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places. . Director / Cinematographer: Dan LeMoyne @danlemoyne Producer: Stephanie Hooker @_stephaniehooker_ Feature Photographer: Cary Fagan @cary .fagan Cinematographer: Latifa AlBokhari Interview Cinematographer: Liam Higgins @lmhggns 1st AC: Maurici de Haro @mauricideharo Sound Recordist: Ferdinand Meurer @ferdinandmeurer Production Assistant: Lucas Espinola #canoncreatorlab
[RSVP 11.07] Waves w/ @zaknoyle 🌊 — Surf photography is different from many styles of photography in that it's physically and mentally demanding. Elite surf photographers have to train as extensively as the athletes they shoot. Zak Noyle is one of the top extreme ocean photographers working with clients like Chanel, Stussy, GQ, Patagonia, and Mastercard. Often a mentor to emerging photographers showcasing that aqua-photography is not an exclusive club, Zak will be stopping by the #canoncreatorlab at @Free Space to participate in a convo with photographer Tristan O'Brien ( @tristancobrien ) to share stories and images from the waves. RSVP OPEN, LINK IN BIO. 🔛🅰️🌊
Josef Adamu is a Toronto-based creative director, producer, and founder of @ssunday .co. In this episode of POV, his camera tells the story of a young man who finds strength in fashion and personal expression. . Director / Cinematographer: Dan LeMoyne @danlemoyne Producer: Stephanie Hooker @_stephaniehooker_ Feature Photographer: Josef Adamu @josefadamu Assistant Photographer: O'shane Howard @oshane .howard Production Manager: Josiah Joseph @thelittlealchemy Interview Cinematographer: Liam Higgins @lmhggns 1st AC: Maurici de Haro @mauricideharo Sound Recordist: Ferdinand Meurer @ferdinandmeurer Feature Model: Kristian Okiring @kristianokiring Production Assistant: Lucas Espinola #canoncreatorlab
Creator Class alumni Maria Jose Govea AKA @TheSupermaniak is comfortable around a stage. The Venezuelan-born, Toronto-raised photographer travels the world shooting iconic artists at shows & major festivals. Here are some of her selects from @JessieReyez recent performance at the @RedBullCanada Music Festival. Do you shoot concerts? Join the community and share your work using #thecreatorclass and tag @thecreatorclass
— @tonjethilesen is a Brooklyn-based photographer whose work has been featured in Pitchfork, VICE, and Vogue Italia. Sparked by a fascination with suburban America, she uses her lens to document the mid-century architecture that defined the culture. We visited Tonje on set with model Caitlin Frame from The Drums to chat about keeping your subjects comfortable and the importance of a close creative community. . Director/Cinematographer: Dylan Mitro @meetdylan Producer: Stephanie Hooker @_stephaniehooker_ Feature Photographer: Tonje Thilesen @tonjethilesen Feature Model: Caitlin Frame @caitlin_frame_ Sound Recordist: Antoinette Tomlinson @favsoundgirl Stylist: Phil Gomez @styledbyphil Make-up: Sarah Karges @sarahkarges Production Assistant: Joel Isaac #canoncreatorlab @canoncanada
[10.24] — “The Ascent” w/ @BenjaminHardman . The Iceland-based arctic landscape photographer, shares his story of how he changed course from becoming an accountant to shooting for National Geographic and documenting the most beautiful and barren places on earth. RSVP — LINK IN BIO. 📸: @benjaminhardman #thecreatorclass #canoncreatorlab @free @canoncanada
— Irene Yee is a photographer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Growing up with a passion for rock climbing and photography, she began taking bold, vibrant photos of her friends’ adventures to showcase the diversity of women addicted to the sport. We caught up with Irene to chat about Las Vegas’ natural beauty, putting the world in perspective through a lens, and being comfortable with discomfort. Featured Photographer: Irene Yee @ladylockoff Director/Editor: Dylan Mitro @meetdylan Cinematographer: Shawn Robertson @shawntron Camera B: Samuel Crossley @samuelcrossley Rock Climber: Favia Dubyk @felinefavia Rock Climber: Savannah Manning @Savhappy @thecreatorclass @canoncanada #canoncreatorlab
Spencer Badu is a Toronto-based designer and fashion photographer. After gaining online attention with photos of his early work, he’s now the name behind one of Canada’s hottest unisex clothing brands, challenging public perceptions of beauty and gender with bold, unique designs. We visited Spencer on-set to talk about what it takes to set yourself apart, and the importance of staying true to your vision. . Featured: Spencer Badu @spencerbadu Director / Editor: Dylan Mitro @meetdylan Producer: Natalie Pannaci @nataliepanacci Cinematographer: Sebastian Back @cebastianbask Camera B: Alex Tse Stylist: Bobby Bowen @bobbybowenn Hair & Make-up: Mila Victoria @milavictoria Sound Recordist: Amanda Wong @amandaamwong Models: Denzel Arthur @amiiboacidreflux Teesh @youngteesh Spencer Badu SS19 Photos by Neva Wireko @_____neva #canoncreatorlab
Charlie Lindsay is a Toronto-born action/sports photographer. Growing up with a love of basketball and a thirst for new experiences, his camera became his passport, landing him court-side to capture NBA stars like Terrence Ross and Zion Williamson in their element. Charlie stopped in to the #canoncreatorlab to chat about some of his favourite action shots, and how the right gear can take you places you’ve only dreamed of. @free @thecreatorclass @canoncanada #canoncreatorlab
@Norman__Wong is a Toronto-based portrait photographer. Dreaming of being a filmmaker, he discovered a love of photography through the stories and faces of his friends – musicians such as Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew and Leslie Feist. He dropped by the #canoncreatorlab to discuss some of his most captivating portraits and the gear that helped him achieve them.
[08.22] Cinematic Exploration w/ Matti Haapoja — Level-up your filmmaking with the acclaimed @YouTube creator. With 720k+ subscribers and over 38 million views, Matti Haapoja is making learning filmmaking relatable and cinematic at @free space. Discussion and Q&A with @markandrewbone RSVP — LINK IN BIO. #canoncreatorlab
[07.30] Moving Pictures w/ @KaylaRoccaPhoto : A 4-part workshop series at @Free Space, focusing on run & gun photo and video projects. Published photographer, director and videographer, Kayla Rocca, will share her perspective and techniques for building a successful career through photography and video. JULY 30 Part I: “VISION”: A workshop exploring the ways visual storytellers can thrive in a crowded marketplace through incorporating new ideas and techniques. RSVP — LINK IN BIO. 📸: @kaylaroccaphoto #canoncreatorlab @canoncanada
Matthew Neubauer is a Toronto-based photographer specializing in portrait, landscape and street photography. After discovering his talent during a trip to Italy, he began honing his craft, creating captivating content for brands such as Westerly Goods and Joe Boxer. Matthew visited the #canoncreatorlab to chat about a few of his favourite photos, and how experimenting with the right gear can open up new worlds of possibility. @thecreatorclass @free @canoncanada
The Journey w/ @Jayscale : A 4-part workshop series focusing on documentary photography projects is coming to a close. Part IV — JULY 23 @ 6:30PM: “Selector”: A photographic workshop exploring image editing, selection, and project curation. The final session of the series is about fitting all the pieces together. RSVP — LINK IN BIO. 📸: @jayscale @free @thecreatorclass @canoncanada #canoncreatorlab