First creative of the year! by Tina Picard

Yesterday I got back in studio with my first fashion editorial of 2015. Days like this are without any question my favourites! We shot this vintage theme creative with incredible styling from everyone in the team : stylist Amanda Fox, hair stylist Daniel Fortunato, makeup artist Ana Sorys and model Emily Fox (NEXT Canada), who was just amazing in front of the camera. And special thanks to my wonderful assistant Anastasija Smirnova for taking these behind the scenes shots! :)

To an amazing year! by Tina Picard

2014 was a year filled with dreams, big decisions, daring moves, a lot of surprises, a ton of work, many challenges, and successful achievements. The thing that influenced my whole year was undoubtedly my move to Toronto. Moving to a new city is a big step. It has been a great challenge for me, which caused me to grow even more than I expected. I could never be where I am right now if I did not make that decision. This proves once more, that it is important to always keep challenging yourself. And it brings me to an exciting beginning of 2015, with amazing projects in the making.

This year also made reminded me how much I love what I do. It is true that if you don’t wake up every morning jumping out of bed with a smile on your face, then you should reconsider your job / career choice. I am fortunate to have found my passion and to make it my “work”!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has supported over the years, but especially in 2014. I met and worked with with incredibly talented people this year, and I am very grateful to being able to continue to do so in the next. :)

To everyone I wish you an outstanding 2015! XO

T.

NATURAL BEAUTIES Photography Series by Tina Picard

In this world where perfection is the ideal, our society shows us an image of what we should look like. This makes so many people feel uncomfortable with their body, and makes them feel as they have to change it, or rely on some product, makeup and cosmetics, to make themselves feel better.

Over the years I have shot with many models, and while in the fashion industry, we do use makeup almost 100% of the time, I found that models were often more beautiful without anything on their face. So before every recent high fashion editorial shoot, I decided to sit them in front of the camera to snap some shots. I wanted to capture something beyond just the face - an emotion, or a personality trait. And prove to the industry, and the rest of the world, that we don't need any cosmetic to be beautiful. 

Hope you enjoy this series. :) T.

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  • * Special thanks to models from the following agencies : Angie's Models, Models International Management, Peggi Lepage Model Scout, Paul Mason Management, Elite Toronto, Plutino Group.

The Roaring Twenties Fashion Editorial by Tina Picard

This week was filled with creativity! I got to put together this fun 1920's inspired editorial with an amazing team : stylist Kathleen Osland, makeup artist Melanie Rose and NEXT Canada new face Gemma, who was perfect for the shoot. Take a look at some behind the scenes photos taken by my wonderful assistant Anastasija Smirnova and keep your eyes open for the editorial coming out very soon. :)

Knight & Taylor Look Book Shoot - Behind the Scenes by Tina Picard

This weekend I got to shoot GTA based fashion designers Knight & Taylor's new line, coming out in 2015. It was a pleasure shooting with these talented guys, and the whole team was a blast to work with! A huge thanks to Ed Tse for taking these awesome behind the scenes shots!

What do I do when I am not shooting? by Tina Picard

What do I do on days when I am not shooting? A lot of people have this impression that a photographer's job is to snap photos all the time. This is far from the reality. For example, I can spend twice as much time in front of the computer, editing and finalizing the final photos from a photo shoot, after the shoot itself. And there’s also the pre-production of the shoot (meetings with client, location scouting, getting a team on board and meeting with them, preparing the details of the day etc). A lot of elements are included in a photo shoot, so it far more than just a shooting day!

Also, professional photographers are business owners before anything else. This means there is a lot of tasks that are more business related than photography related that every photographer has to do every day. Answering emails, dealing with the bookkeeping and finances (my favourite), working on advertisements, promotion and marketing of the business, as well as maintaining a social media presence - which is VERY time consuming - are all important duties that a photographer has to do.

The chart below, created by ISPWP, really shows how a professional photographer spends his/her time. ;)

Why TORONTO is such a great city for photographers by Tina Picard

 

1- You are not alone - Toronto is filled with photographers! 

This can be a bad thing if you see photographers as your competition, but it can also be the best thing for any photographer! Share your thoughts on photography, your tips and techniques, and you will in return get inspired more than ever if you make them your friends. In fact, photographers should be your best friends.

 

2- Most people in Toronto have an open mind and are supportive.

A big percentage of people in this city do encourage artists and entrepreneurs. Work at being creative and standing out of the crowd, and you will be successful without a doubt. There are many organizations and communities for artists - I highly suggest looking into them!

 

3- People are friendly. 

Before I moved to the big city, I heard so many times that Torontonians were rude and cold. But it’s basically a generalization that people have about bigger cities. After I moved, I met so many down to earth and friendly people, so you really have to see for yourself. One thing that is true - Canadian are nice people. Which makes it easier for artists and entrepreneurs to make friends and connections.

 

4- There are a LOT of opportunities. 

Everywhere you look. If something doesn’t work out, you can be sure to find something else without too much trouble. Just keep your eyes open at all time!

 

5- The money is here.

Being good at business is a must, and if you excel at it, the money will flow. Toronto has this great advantage over smaller cities in Canada.

 

6- The city keeps growing. 

This means even more of everything in the future - more people, more talent, more jobs, more opportunities, more art. :)

 

What other reasons makes Toronto a great city for photographers and artists? Share your thoughts below. :)

Booking in Ottawa! by Tina Picard

During the weekend of November 14th to 16th, we will be booking photo shoots in Ottawa!

Are you starting your modelling career and need some fun and professional shots that show your diversity and abilities in front of the camera? Or do you need to update and improve your portfolio with new fresh images? Book your FASHION photo shoot with Tina Picard Photography now! Makeup, hair and styling with a team of pros also available.

You don't need modelling experience to book a PORTRAIT session. Treat yourself and let us create beautiful images with a concept or theme that shows your personality! 

Contact us via email at tina@tinapicard.com to book your shoot. Spots are limited!!

11 Ways to Stay Creative by Tina Picard

As artists, we sometimes get caught in our own limitations. It’s important to keep an open mind, and try new things all the time. Here are a few things you can do to keep your creative flow going.

1 – Have a conversation with an artist. Artists often motivate and inspire each other. Hearing about somebody else’s visions and exchange ideas is refreshing for the creative mind!


2 – Start early or work at night. For some reason, I am always way more creative when I work late at night, or when I start working early (always with a cup of coffee :-)


3 – Turn off all distractions. Turn off the TV and close Facebook! Get away from anyone who might disturb your creative process. Music, however, is a great tool to get in the right mood.


4 – Take breaks often. Concentrating is a must, but taking a break is as essential! Make sure that you take breaks often during your day.


5 – Go somewhere new. It doesn’t have to be out of the city. Go somewhere you’ve never been or do something you’ve never done before. Every time I do this, I get some new fresh inspiration.


6 – Do something you’ve never done before. Try a new sport or hobby, join a club, take the time to learn something you’ve always wanted to learn. It can be something totally random!


7 – Meditate or take some time “out” from everything. Take the time to relax your mind of think of “nothing”. Meditation and yoga is excellent for the body, and for the mind. Every since I have started practicing, my creativity has improved drastically.


8 – Let go of your fear of not being “good enough”. Everyone, once in a while, has this limiting fear of having ideas that or not good enough. Everyone has brilliant ideas.


9 – When you have a new idea, don’t reject it right away. The first idea you get might not always be your best, but it can certainly lead to your best idea. Start with an idea and build from there. When you start getting creative, don’t stop yourself halfway through. It is a process. Many times, I found that the best ideas appear when you don’t limit yourself.


10 – Write everything down. If you are like me, you often get brilliant ideas at random moments. When you have a flash, write it down to not forget it.


11 – Challenge yourself. Set yourself goals and challenges every week. Staying in your comfort zone is far from being the best thing for your creativity!


What else do you think is a good way to stay creative? Share below! 

How to make it in the fashion industry by Tina Picard

 

Whether you are an aspiring designer, stylist or photographer, there are easier ways than other to break in the fashion industry. Below is a list I made of things to do that can give you a great advantage. By the way, if you are unfamiliar with the industry, a good way to start is by talking to people in your networks and surroundings who already made it, or even by contacting someone that you admire.

1 – Know your outcome. 

What is your dream, and what is your specific goal? If you take the time to know what you are really after, then elaborating the steps to get there will be a much easier task. One thing that is absolutely needed to succeed, is passion. If you are truly passionate about your art and your dream, there is nothing that will stop you.

2 – Learn about the industry around you.

Chance are, if you live in a smaller city or town, the fashion industry won’t be as developed as in a bigger centre. That makes a huge difference in how successful you can be with your goal. Unfortunately (or fortunately for some), opportunities in the fashion world happen mostly in bigger cities, so consider moving if you can.

3 – Be there.

Attend every fashion event possible and introduce yourself to new people. Your presence is your most powerful tool.

4 – Collaborate.

Again, try to meet everyone you can. Work on projects creative together, especially if you are starting out. Creatives are a great way to make new friends and gives you the opportunity to work on your own creativity and vision while improving your technique.

5 – Be present online and social medias / Start a blog.

Becoming a social media pro is a must! The internet is SO powerful for freelancers.

6 – Consider joining a class or a group.

In big cities, there are classes for everything. It’s a great way to meet people who share the same dream as you and who can become great friends or collaborators. You can grow so much more if you are sharing your passion with others!

7 – Say Yes to new opportunities, but stay smart about it.

I think that when you are starting out, it is ok to do some volunteer work. But you have to be careful. This industry is growing and changing so fast, and so many people are wanting to be part of it, that a lot of them will do stuff for free because they want their name out there, or they just do it “for fun” and not for the money. This is not good for the ones who are serious about their dream and goal. Those are the ones who want to make their passion their way of making a living, and so they should take opportunities like this very seriously. You want to make sure that if you volunteer on some project, that it will help your career in a big way.

8 – Take initiative.

Never be afraid to ask or to reach out to someone, even if you barely know them. In this industry, if you are fearless, you will go a long way.

9– Keep up with the new trends and new technologies.

Everything changes so fast in this industry, so you’ll have to keep up! Again, it isn’t a hard thing to do if you are passionate about your career.

10 – Believe in yourself.

The most important part, and sometimes the most easy to forget. Being confident and believing in your own abilities is the final touch that will bring you to your goal. <3