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Education & Personal

If you’ve ever met Danuta, you know she spends all of her extra waking hours learning. Last week, we attended a photography conference in Toronto. These conferences are densely packed with information, great speakers and after hours pub laughs.

NOBS Inferno 2011

NOBS Inferno 2011

I was completely oblivious (as you can see) when another photographer, Denise, snapped a photo of me talking to Jason Groupp. Was I questioning him about the fusion of photo and video work? Was I telling him his videos make me cry? Were we deep in discussion over flashes or strobes or cameras?

No. I was thanking him…

Joanna & Jason Groupp

Joanna & Jason Groupp

Last summer, during a week long photography workshop, I questioned Jason about New York. I had a weekend trip coming up and wanted advice from a local. Specifically, I needed to know where to find an authentic, small, jazz club. Where jazz lovers hung out, not tourists. He led me to Smalls. “Smalls” was a perfectly appropriate name and the musicians I saw had been collaborating together since the 80s. They played obscure and original work and I was in love. I have no evidence of this considering it was my first time taking my professional camera out. Anywhere. So taking it out on the town in New York city didn’t seem like the brightest idea at the time.

Here are some photos from that New York trip.

Street photography by Joanna Zgurzynski - New York 2010

Street photography by Joanna Zgurzynski - New York 2010

Street photography by Joanna Zgurzynski - New York 2010

Street photography by Joanna Zgurzynski - New York 2010

Street photography by Joanna Zgurzynski - New York 2010

Street photography by Joanna Zgurzynski - New York 2010

Danuta followed up the conference with a day of watching two of her heroes, Joe McNally and David Hobby. They are both tech types. They like talking about lights and all the techie things that don’t interest me as much as they interest Danuta. Here she is, with one of her favorite photographers, Joe McNally. Look at that happy face. They probably just finished talking about TTL vs. manual flash. Because they like talking about that kind of stuff.

Danuta & Joe McNally

Danuta & Joe McNally

 

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Melissa ~ Niagara Pin-up Photography

Here is a sneak peak at the process of a pin-up shoot. Melissa had her hair done by Lorraine at Stone Mill Salon & Spa before coming to the studio. Her makeup was done by Sandra, from Before and After Makeup. We love working with Sandra, as she always brings the exact right kind of energy, among her fantastic makeup skills. It doesn’t seem like work when everyone is doing what they love, while chatting and laughing.

Melissa had the French maid outfit all ready to go for the shoot and we had to think of another idea as well. I asked Melissa if her husband had any favorite foods. Apples. Apple pie. Apple crisp. Apples disappear quickly in her household.

Here is a little taste of her shoot. Her husband will just have to wait and see what else we did…

Niagara Falls Makeup Artist for Pinup Photography

Niagara Falls Makeup Artist for Pinup Photography


St. Catharines, Niagara, Ontario, Canada Pinup Photography

St. Catharines, Niagara, Ontario, Canada Pinup Photographers


St. Catharines, Niagara, Ontario, Canada Pinup Photography

St. Catharines, Niagara, Ontario, Canada Pinup Photographers


St. Catharines, Niagara, Ontario, Canada Pinup Photographers

St. Catharines, Niagara, Ontario, Canada Pinup Photographers


St. Catharines, Niagara, Ontario, Canada Pinup Photography

St. Catharines, Niagara, Ontario, Canada Pinup Photography


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  • MelissaApril 1, 2011 - 8:21 pm

    Danuta and Joanna! I absolutly LOVED this session with the both of you! This is my second time doing this kind of shoot and I didn’t know how it could get any better but it did. I loved the energy and how the session flowed so well, it went by so fast and I had so much fun while I was doing it!
    I loved my look and the whole process of make up and hair this time it was new and fun for me. The planning process really helped me pull together my look and make it just right for me to enjoy and feel good in front of the camera.
    I really think every woman needs to do this for themselves at least once-it’s an amazing feeling to see how beautiful you truly are-surprise yourself and do it for you, you won’t regret it.

    Thanks again so very much-Melissa

Hot for Teacher – Niagara Blushing Pinup Photography

Hot. For. Teacher.

I mean…is there anything we can say beyond that??

(J)

Niagara Blushing Pinup Photography

Niagara Blushing Pinup Photography

 

 

Hot for Teacher, Niagara Blushing Pinup Photography

Hot for Teacher, Niagara Blushing Pinup Photography

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Stef ~ Niagara Blushing Pinup Art

Pin-up clothing, or 1950’s style clothing in general isn’t easy to find. And let’s face it, the clothing has the ability to make or break the pin-up shot. We are thrilled that lovely Stef has opened a retro clothing boutique called Betties and Bombshells in Niagara Falls! This store is a fantastic way for ladies in the Niagara region to find alternative clothing. Online shopping is great, but it is also really nice to be able to try something on or see it in person before purchasing it. If you’re looking to do a pin-up shoot, Stef will happily help you choose something that you’ll feel beautiful in. You can go to Betties and Bombshells Facebook page HERE

Meet Stef! She’s wearing clothing from her store, you should probably go check it out in person. Just sayin’

(J)

Canada Ontario Niagara Pinup Art Photography

Ontario Niagara Pinup Art Photographers

Canada Ontario Niagara Pinup Art Photography

Ontario Niagara Pinup Art Photographers

Canada Ontario Niagara Pinup Art Photography

Ontario Niagara Pinup Art Photographers

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Blushing Boudoir Ladies ~ Niagara Ontario Glamour Photography

Due to the intimate nature of our photography, most shoots never see the light of day (outside of the client’s personal use). Boudoir photos are especially sensitive, as most of our clients use us to provide surprise gifts for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, celebrating personal achievements or just because. That’s not even mentioning the type of clothing they are wearing! Understandably, not all women are comfortable having photos of themselves online. So we’d like to thank these lovely ladies for letting us use their photos and showcase our work!

Shantelle wanted to surprise her fiance with some boudoir photos for Christmas. Trust me when I tell you they were absolutely stunning. Here’s a little outtake of her session.
Glamour and Intimate professional photography in Niagara Ontario Canada

Glamour and Intimate professional photography in Niagara Ontario Canada

With each new client, we discuss inspiration and the general look we’re going for. Marta really liked the look of perfume ads from the 90’s. She liked the moody dramatic look, coupled with lingerie under a white button-up shirt. So that’s exactly what we did. She pulled the look together perfectly and we got some beautiful, sexy photos.
Glamour and Intimate professional photography in Niagara Ontario Canada

Glamour and Intimate professional photography in Niagara Ontario Canada

It was the second boudoir session for Tracy.  She decided to upgrade her book to a bigger size and needed some extra photos to complete her album design. Here is one of our favourites from the extra shoot…

Glamour and Intimate professional photography in Niagara Ontario Canada

Glamour and Intimate professional photography in Niagara Ontario Canada

To view more of our Blushing Boudoir photography samples, go to the Boudoir Photo Gallery here.

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Blushing Pinup Girls – Niagara Pinup Photography

December was a busy month. We thought we’d show you a sample of some pin-ups that we did.
C. got her hair done so perfectly that it took 8 washes to get all the product out. I’m kidding of course, but you get the picture. Her friend Sarah from the Storm Hair Group in St. Catharines did her hair and we couldn’t have been happier seeing her walk through our door! Here are a couple of samples from her shoot. We loved the rolling pin that she brought in that belongs to her boyfriend’s grandmother!
Pinup Photography in Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Pinup Photography in Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Pinup Photography in Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Pinup Photography in Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Shantelle came for both boudoir (coming soon) and pin-up photos as a gift for her fiance. Sometimes we wait for the right girl to do a specific pose. Shantelle was the perfect girl for the first pose you see. She makes it look easy but it’s actually pretty difficult to hold. The second photo was kind of a joke. Shantelle has some Polish roots in her family. Combine that with us being full on immigrant Polish, and you see the results in the second photo.
Pinup Photography in Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Pinup Photography in Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Best Pinup Photography in Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Best Pinup Photography in Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Natalie had her photos taken as a gift from her godmother. She had seen a pin-up photo with oranges as the prop that she liked so we customized a different look with apples. Here are two of our favorite apple themed photos.
Best Pinup Photography in Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Best Pinup Photography in Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Best Pinup Photography in Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Best Pinup Photography in Niagara, Ontario, Canada

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Barb as Pinup Girl – Niagara Pin-up Photography

Meet Barb. Some people just have something about them that helps you immediately spot them in a room. For me, it’s my laugh. I couldn’t hide from anyone if I tried. For Barb, it’s her hair pieces and shoes (with makeup to match!). After a week of educating ourselves in different aspects of the photography business at NSI, we had a pin-up session with Barb so she could have photos that captured her and her favorite things. We were all exhausted after what seemed like 20 hour days of learning, so this was the perfect way to end the week. Barb brought a suitcase of stuff for us to work with, which made it super personalized and fun. If you live in the London area, check her out at Barb Weir Photography

It’s always beneficial for the person who’s used to taking photos, to be IN the photos. We’d like to thank Barb for being a great model!

by Joanna

Toronto, GTA, Niagara Pinup Photography

Toronto, GTA, Niagara Pinup Photography

Toronto and Niagara Best Pin-up Photography

Toronto and Niagara Best Pin-up Photography

Ontario, Toronto, Niagara Pinup Photographer

Ontario, Toronto, Niagara Pinup Photographer

More Pin-up Art – Niagara and Toronto Pin-up Photographer

Here are a few more photos from recent pin-up shoot! This beautiful young lady collects vintage cameras and they were a perfect prop for this session. We love it when clients bring something of their own to use in a session. It not only brings out character and personality, but it also ensures no two pin-ups will be the same. Thank you Aleks for bringing all those cameras!
Joanna

Toronto and Niagara Best Pin-up Photographer

Toronto and Niagara Best Pin-up Photographer

Ontario Best Pinup Photographer

Ontario Best Pinup Photographer

Toronto and Niagara Best Pin-up Photographer

Toronto and Niagara Best Pin-up Photographer

Toronto and Niagara Best Pin-up Photographer

Toronto and Niagara Best Pin-up Photographer

Pin-Up Girl…. Kasia – Toronto and Niagara Pin-up Photographer

It’s every parent’s dream for their kids to want to pose for them… My dream came true in full recently when my lovely daughter Kasia (Joanna already did it) decided to give Pin-Up a try… I think she did very well….;)

Toronto and Niagara Pin-up Photography

Toronto and Niagara Pin-up Photography

Toronto and Niagara Best Pin-up Photographer

Toronto and Niagara Best Pin-up Photographer

Toronto and Niagara Pin-up Photography

Toronto and Niagara Pin-up Photography

Toronto and Niagara Best Pin-up Photography

Toronto and Niagara Best Pin-up Photography

Vintage Pin-Up ~ Niagara Pin-Up Photographer

Here are just two of our favorite photos from our last Blushing Pin-Up day! Shawnna’s husband works in construction so she was a sexy construction gal. Aleks has a massive collection of old cameras so this shot shows her as the paparazzi. We had an amazing time helping these lovely ladies playing these roles. There were fits of laughter and we hope every woman that day felt like they were in another world. Makeup and dress-up and hilarious posing made for a very fun day. Here is a vintage look at two of the photos.

Joanna

Toronto and Niagara Vintage Pin-up Photography

Toronto and Niagara Vintage Pin-up Photography

“Wow I love them!  It’s so nice to do something different. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the photo shoot and the pictures! Thanks for making it so much fun! Regards,

Shawnna”

Toronto and Niagara Vintage Pin-up Photography

Toronto and Niagara Vintage Pin-up Photography

“Just want to say you both did a FANTASTIC job! Not only did you manage to make me (the girl behind the camera) comfortable but you also managed to make it lots of fun! I’m only hearing great comments but most of all chris loves it ;P
Thanks again!

Aleks”

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