Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)

One of my goals as I branched out into this new form of genre, was also to expand on the options available to my clients. One of the simplest ways to do this, that could also drastically change the vibe of an image, is colour.

I started sampling this new (to me) style of portrait on a black backdrop. The result were images that were bold, dramatic, with a touch of mystery. The same image shot on colour could be light, airy, fun, etc.

I’ve stocked my studio with a variety of pastels (I like pastels)… blue, red, yellow, green, purple, pink, and a sort of sandy beige. And I absolutely love the way my photography looks against them.

Seen here is Jasmin, absolutely killing in in a slinky blue dress, against the pastel blue backdrop. Simply put; I love it. I love the vibe. It has a very light tranquil vibe. Almost calming. It’s so nice!

Chris Noakes (Heashot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Heashot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)

When I shot with Lorrie a few weeks back it was one of the first sessions I’d done in this newer style. You’ve already seen the red on red series I shared of her not to long ago.

During the same session I played with this slight variation, where rather then using a lot of bounce fill to even out the shadows, I instead used negative fill to make the shadows even more dramatic.

Same dress as the other series, but the way the light plays off her curves in this series, and the way the light falls off so dramatically... I’m absolutely in love with this series. And I fully intend to use it more in the future.

Any time Lorrie joins me in my studio, the photography we create is always some of my favourite. This session was no different... as a photographer, she's become a muse to me.

Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)

When one of your best friends is a photographer, who also happens to be this beautiful, she becomes an obvious choice when you need someone to practice new styles on.

We got together in my North Bay studio; the concept simply being to continue testing my new light setup. Drawing inspiration from Felix Kune’s Light Series, and a mashup of posing learned through both Sue Bryce’s and Lindsay Adler’s workshops (giving credit where credit is due).

I won’t say this series is technically perfect. Or that I don’t still have a lot to learn… but I also think we killed it considering where our starting point was. And let's be honest, Sabrina looks amazing.

Sabrina also has a habit of pushing me way past my own comfort zones. Where I tend to stick to simplicity and minimalism in my photography – Sabrina’s the “hey, a wooden ladder, let’s use it” type. Thankfully… because it ended up being my favourite shot of the entire session.

Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)

Stephanie is the biggest fan I know of the second-best fandom ever. The first very obviously being Firefly.

She’s also a beautiful young woman with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with a couple times now… and on each occasion I do her ability to create amazing photos blows me away. She’ll try to tell you it’s me… don’t listen to her.

She joined me in my North Bay studio for the second time a couple weeks ago, where we spent some time working on my more modern take on portraits. She was patient enough to let me try some new concepts, and for that I have to say thank you.

I have no doubt we’ll be working together more in the future, and I already look forward to doing so.

Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)
Chris Noakes (Headshot / Portrait Photographer)

Taylor and I had chatted on and off a few times before this session occurred, so I knew a little bit about her. I knew she's a nurse, a profession I have so much respect for. I knew she’s also an aspiring photographer herself, a passion I can definitely relate to.

And now I know, that along with all these other amazing parts of her, she’s also a beautiful young lady.

As someone who likes making new friends; I’m wicked glad she joined me in my North Bay studio. As a photographer; I’m wicked happy with the photos we managed to capture. And I’m wicked happy knowing she left my studio feeling amazing about herself.

Because she kind of rocks, just an FYI.