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Derek Heisler - Directing models vs. posing them during photo shoots

Creative Director and Conceptual photographer Derek Heisler explains the benefits of directing your models rather than just posing them during your shoot. Here's a small bit from his talk in Toronto May 11th, 2017. We want to thank Canon Canada and Vistek for sponsoring the event.

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It's about the car, the girl and the road.

It's about the car, the girl and the road. All distractions we need. The open road gives us the freedom to stretch our wings and refresh. The car gives us the power we need to travel through miles and miles of thoughts. And the girl, the girl. Music reminds you of her, glimpses of her smile in your peripheral. She's the angel and the devil on your shoulder on an adventure we all need to take. Take a deep breath, this is what life is about. 

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Jerome, Arizona

Jerome, Arizona the largest ghost town in the United States of America. I've been to my share of ghost towns and Jerome is by far the most interesting/spooky. Founded in the late nineteenth century for it's rich copper mines. At Jerome's peak it had a population of 10,000. Much has changed since those prosperous mining days. 

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Clearly we are scared.

Clearly we are scared.

Editorial - SOL

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Light and dark. Polar opposites that require many shades of bending and blending to reach either end of the spectrum. The day night cycle of Sol (our sun) follows this practice. Like the rising and setting of a sun, our lives and personalities find themselves in the same such dance. Between light and dark, the Soul finds itself. We transform as we grow, and every new experience either drives us closer to light or dark. Some need to experience true darkness before they realize the importance of the light. Others shine brightly to lead the way for others. What side do you find yourself on?

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Photography - Derek Heisler http://www.derekheisler.com
Model - Patience Silva
Creative Direction - Derek Heisler
Assistant CD - Bekka Gunther
Wardrobe Design - Derek Heisler and Bekka Gunther
Makeup - Marissa Vossen
Location - Santa Clarita, Califorina 

Also published for 1968 Magazine and Stellar

TEDxYYC Campaign

I wanted to share a very cool campaign I recently worked on with WAX and DDG. The idea for this year’s TEDxYYC was Where Ideas Mix.

To achieve that we set out to make dripping mannequin heads which would appear to be dripping into each other… ideas mixing.. you’re getting it now.

It was amazingly fun to work on, and was very happy with the resulting stills. Follow below to see the campaign and the amazing video from the guys over at DDG. A few behind the scene shots follow as well.

Wax recently featured the campaign on their blog here

Make sure to check out the credits at the end.

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Trailer:

Credits:

Client: TEDxYYC

Ad Agency: WAX

Creative Director: Trent Burton

Art Director: Brad Connell

Copywriter: Chris Lihou

Production Company: Deluxe Design Group

Director/Camera: Nick Thomas, Chris Krieger

Camera operator: Brock Mitchell

Editor: Brock Mitchell

Post production: Creative Fields

Supers: Greg Marshall

Audio House: Redemption Audio

Music: Mitch Lee

Photographer: Derek Heisler

BTS:

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Model Animals

We often see female and male models in a studio setting, it has become a very large part of our advertising culture. 

For this series I wanted to put animals in that very setting we are so accustomed to seeing people in, all while still capturing their essence.

The Bashful Black Bear. The Stoic King Penguin. The Motionless Whooping Crane. The Towering Andean Condor. The Vibrant Gentoo Penguin.

They are, model animals.

The Generations Project

The Generations Project.

A gritty intimate portrait session with Don “The Rev” Brunning and his son and my friend David “The Kid” Brunning. The Generations project is glimpse into the deep bond between father and son. Two men, two motorcycles, two stories, one generation apart. Enjoy. 

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See the full series and write up here.