City Night and City Lights

Something that always captures my eye and attention is the city lights of Toronto. I've always been drawn to bigger cities despite being raised in small town. Yes, I'm from Newfoundland and I'm proud of it.

I wanted to incorporate some lights and neon signs for these portraits sessions! These were all taken in the Chinatown area of Toronto. 

Since I was a 1 man crew, I didn't want to have obtrusive light stands or anything when people were walking around on the streets. I used an 85mm 1.8 lens (to let in a lot of light) and an LED light that I held up with 1 hand. The LED also had a tungsten diffuser on it, which balanced with the colour temp of the city lights, then switched my white balance to tungsten, to come out with an appropriate skin tone. 

If you'd like to book a session, send me an email: info@mattstratton.ca or there is a form you can fill out on my contact page!

Thanks for reading,

Cheers!

Matt

 

Unity Festival 2017

The 2017 Unity Festival was held from July 13-15 in Toronto, ON. The festival celebrated art, spoken word poetry, breakdancing, beatboxing and music from local youth and international artists. 

I covered the Unity Concert portion of the festival, held on Saturday July 15th at David Pecaut Square in downtown Toronto!

The rap group Main Source headlined the event, as part of their 25th anniversary tour of "Breaking Atoms."

Other artists included; Tobi, The Sorority, Red Slam, Jayd Ink, Lola Bunz, Ebhoni, and many more!

Here are some of my favourite photos from the event, shot for Quip Magazine!

 

Let me know what you think in the comments below - ask any questions that you may have, feel free! Thanks to Quip Magazine and the Unity crew for having me!

If you'd like coverage of your event or festival, please get in touch info@mattstratton.ca or using the Facebook and Instagram links below!

Cheers,
Matt

Vacation in Kelowna

I spent last week in Kelowna BC, celebrating the wedding of my great friends, Neil and Pam! They met during our first year of university at orientation! We played a gig that night(I was part of a band of rock stars called U-Turn) and I wore a grass skirt and Nike high tops, which Pam reminded me of during the speeches :)

It was an amazing week, and Kelowna reminds me a lot of my hometown, Corner Brook NL. The view from a rental home we visited looked like the Bay of Islands.

Here are some photos from touring around Kelowna. It's a beautiful place, if you ever have a chance to go there, I highly recommend it!

I have some exciting things coming up, stay tuned for more!

 

Cheers,
Matt

Portraits with Angela

I recently met up with Angela for some corporate fashion portraits in the Financial District! The big banks, and cool architecture make for some really cool backgrounds and areas to shoot in. It plays well with the corporate image look!

Here are some photos from the session:

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Vacation - North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

This is something I've never done before, I'm a pretty private person, but I haven't been showing you who I am, what I do and what I'm all about. I've decided to be more open with you and show you more of me :)

I took a week off in April and went to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a much needed vacation! We stayed on Barefoot Resort in a condo and soaked up a lot of sun! 

We did a lot of exploring, went to Charleston, which was founded in 1670 by English colonists. It has cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses. The city has some pretty cool "row housing" which reminded me of St. John's, Newfoundland. We also went to Magnolia Plantation and ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp :) during our trip to Charleston.

I was excited to get out and play some golf, as I haven't really swung a club since October! It was sooo relaxing to be able to sit by the pool, with a cold drink in hand and catch some rays. 

One the way back from SC, we stopped over in Atlanta where we were treated to some great piano music at a pub in the airport......... and some great pizza of course! I mean who doesn't love pizza and live music?

I had an amazing vacation, thanks for reading this blog post. Do you have any vacation plans for this year? Let me know, right in the comments below!

Corporate Portraits with Jennifer

The world is full of opportunities, and putting out the best images of yourself when applying for jobs or creating a solid LinkedIn profile is crucial. You want recruiters to look at your profile and know that you put in the effort to present yourself in a professional manner, while creating that ever so important first impression. 

Let's be real, does your selfie that you took under horrible tungsten lighting conditions present a good image? Does that dark, underexposed snapshot you took on vacation grab the attention of a recruiter? 

I met up with Jennifer for some corporate styles portraits and headshots in the financial district.

 

If you'd like to get some great images for your LinkedIn profile or headshots to apply for acting or modelling jobs, get in touch! Drop me a line info@mattstratton.ca or you can find me on Instagram and Facebook!

Cheers,
Matt

Published in Uncut Magazine!

In February I was contacted by Time's Uncut Magazine to shoot the Thundercat show at Danforth Music Hall. I was super excited to do the show, and Thundercat is incredibly talented. Stephen Bruner (Thundercat) is a cool, experimental musician and producer that has won a Grammy and worked with artists like Kendrick Lamar.

His music is a combination of jazz, funk, experimental and soul that comes together through his amazing bass and vocals.

One of the photos was published in Uncut's May 2017 issue and I'm proud to show you! Uncut is a UK based music magazine, but you can get a copy online http://www.uncut.co.uk/publication/uncut/may-2017

Below are some of the shots from the show!

Cheers!
Matt

Portraits with Paul

Paul is a model/actor based in Toronto. We met up for some fashion/lifestyle portraits in the Financial District! Here are some images from the shoot!

If you'd like to book a shoot, send me an email: info@mattstratton.ca or get in touch via Facebook or Instagram!

 

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Cheers
Matt

Portraits with Phelisha

I met up with Phelisha for a photo session at a cool location in Toronto. We laughed, joked, danced and had a great time! Here's some photos from the shoot!

 

If you'd like to book a shoot, send me an email: info@mattstratton.ca or get in touch via Facebook or Instagram!

 

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Cheers
Matt

Portraits with Vika

Vika's originally from Ukraine, but lived in Winnipeg before coming to Toronto! She's pursuing acting and modelling! We met up for some outdoor winter portraits and headshots!

If you'd like to book a shoot, send me an email: info@mattstratton.ca or get in touch via Facebook or Instagram!

 

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Cheers
Matt

Portraits with Lena

I met up with Lena for some winter portraits at Alexander Muir Gardens! Shes a great actor/model and filmaker. Lena Burmenko - check out her www.lenaburmenko.com

Here are some of my favourites from the shoot:

If you'd like to book a shoot, send me an email: info@mattstratton.ca or get in touch via Facebook or Instagram!

 

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Cheers
Matt

Portraits with Destiny

I met up with Destiny - an up and coming actor/model in the University of Toronto area for some updated portraits!

If you'd like to book a shoot, send me an email: info@mattstratton.ca or get in touch via Facebook or Instagram!

 

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Cheers
Matt