Herself.com in the News

In the wake of the launch of Herself.com, which went live on January 10th, over 3000 women have emailed to participate in the project. What an extraordinary response! It’s time to take Herself on the road and make sure each and every woman gets to share her story. Thank you all for your support!

Caitlin published a new addition to the site today. Her name is Aniela. Click the photo below to be directed to her interview.

"The fires we go through in life are really the best part of the journey. Enjoy the burn." - Aniela Photo by Samantha Dietz

“The fires we go through in life are really the best part of the journey. Enjoy the burn.” – Aniela
Photo by Samantha Dietz

The international press has been quite good to Herself following the launch. Here are is a small round-up of articles featuring the site:

How Caitlin Stasey’s NSFW Website Is Moving Feminism Forward – TIME Magazine

Reign’s Caitlin Stasey Urges Women to ‘Reclaim Our Bodies’ on Nude Feminist Website – People Magazine

Caitlin Stasey Launches Feminist Nudity Website Called Herself – Glamour Magazine

Women Are Posing Naked To Reclaim Their Bodies – Buzzfeed

Laid bare: Former Neighbours star and feminist Caitlin Stasey poses full frontal nude for the launch of her female-empowerment website Herself – Daily Mail

Caitlin Stasey dons Free The Nipple T-shirt with breasts drawn on at launch of her female-empowerment website Herself after posing for full frontal – Daily Mail UK

This Actress Just Launched The Most Important NSFW Website I’ve Seen – Upworthy

​caitlin stasey is reclaiming the female body by publishing her own naked photos on the internet – i-D Magazine

On Actress Caitlin Stasey’s Herself.com, Women Pose Nude To Reclaim Their Bodies – Huffington Post UK

We Talked to Actress Caitlin Stasey About Female Masturbation and Hollywood’s Sexist Bullshit – VICE

Caitlin Stasey: ‘Reign’ Star Posts Nude Pics On Her New Feminism Website – Hollywood Life

Why ex Neighbours actress Caitlin Stasey launched feminist website Herself.com – Daily Life

Herself.com Moves Feminism in the Right Direction – The State Press

Nude portrait series brainchild of Toronto photographer – Blog TO

Caitlin Stasey Goes Full Frontal For New Feminist Website – Oyster Mag

Actress Launches Artful NSFW Website to Empower Women – AP’s Pro Photo Daily

Thank you, thank you, thank you. xo

Niall McClelland: Hot Sauce @ Clint Roenisch Gallery

Niall McClelland’s new show “Hot Sauce” opened last night at the Clint Roenisch Gallery. The usual crowd of Toronto’s most stylish, artsy, quirky and endearing were in attendance taking in the art and warming up by the new, quintessentially Canadian fire pit situated out front of the space on St. Helens Ave. Niall’s work was beat up and free in essence. Here’s a note from Niall himself on his style taken from his recent interview with Mark Hall-Patch for 01Magazine:

A lot of artists envy the freedom that you put into theses works, some of them being dragged over land and destroyed but almost in a loving way.

Ha, I look at it more like punishment than freedom! Yeah I mean I don’t throw things around that easily either. A while back I came across Wabi Sabi, you know that Japanese idea of embracing transience and imperfection? Just the idea of the age and the experience and the life that these objects have is valuable. The more life they have the more important and valuable they are. If they have been dented up and nicked and paint is chipped, that’s desirable in Wabi Sabi. I saw that and I thought it was so lined up with how I see things, it totally distilled these vagues thoughts I had about what I was making. It’s something that has been done for centuries and it’s how I think about things too. I like everything around me to be worn, including art . I like it when a drawing has been beat up and kicked around. I like the holes in the corners after they have been displayed multiple times, the stained areas where something has been water damaged, I think that’s interesting. – Niall McClelland

Glamorama Redux for TNT Fashion

 

Sometimes it’s worth looking back through the archive with a fresh eye and revamping an old shoot. We shot Glamorama back in May of 2011 for TNT featuring dresses by Herve Leger & DVF and it is still one of my favourite fashion shoots. These are two previously unpublished photos that didn’t make the cut back then but are certainly popping now. Our model Natalie Sirianni has one of the best faces I have ever had the pleasure to lay eyes on. A gift that keeps on giving you could say. xo

Hair by Amber Fairlie // Make-up by Bronwen Weiderick // Styled by Chloe Wilson

Shot at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.

Davie, FLA

I took a little detour from the hip madness of Art Basel Miami Beach in December and got a taste of some real Americana. All photos pictured here are 35mm black and white film. xo

Herself.com Launch Party

The launch of Herself.com last Saturday night was a great success thanks to all the beautiful people who came out to support the project. The site has already crashed a couple of times due to overwhelming traffic. Caitlin Stasey and I are pleased to report we officially “broke the internet.” With such a positive beginning we are hopeful that Herself will become an empowering movement. Oyster Magazine and Buzzfeed have already reported the launch of the site with a couple of telling articles. We are excited to move forward showcasing ever more women and their stories. xo

Photos by Dave Gillespie // Shot at the Clint Roenisch Gallery

Dailytoole 2014 Highlights!!!!!

Looking back on 2014 I can’t help but feel incredibly blessed and grateful for the professional & creative opportunities I encountered this year. Not only was work steady, but it was almost always heart-warming as well. I found myself given full licence to art direct on more sets than not which is rare and why I am feeling so positive moving forward into my fourth year of business. Here are a few of my favourite professional highlights of 2014.

1) Publishing in Vogue Italia chelsea.vogueNow, getting a nod from the fashion bible that is Vogue Italia has most definitely been on my bucket list for years. I began submitting to the magazine daily at the beginning of the year and one gorgeous day in November they finally deemed the above photo worthy and published it in their ‘Best Of’ section. The slight blur and delicate colours of the medium format film photo featuring Chelsea’s ponderous stare and weighted posture have enough of a painterly quality for Vogue to consider it ‘art.’ We all know Vogue Italia only publishes ‘art’ and it made my year to be recognized by such an influential institution. I took the photo for Herself.com, which is up next on this list of favourites.

2) Herself.comherself invitationI believe it is very rare for photographers to come across a job that perfectly mirrors their own vision and greater cause. ‘Herself’ has been a godsend of a contract delivered by the angel that is Caitlin Stasey. When Caitlin asked me to work on ‘Herself’ with her back in the summertime I threw myself into the project headfirst booking and shooting all our incredibly brave participants. I shot some women in their homes and some outdoors. We trespassed to get to the perfect locations, made use of the light wherever we could, definitely engaged in some public nudity and had great conversations in between shots. I got to know every one of our participants and am proud to call them friends. Herself.com is a gesture to women for women by women. Through a nude photo shoot and in depth interview each participant is providing a raw example of her uniqueness and it’s that individualism in every woman we hope to celebrate. The site is launching on January 10th online and with a party in Toronto. Please consider the above invitation YOUR invitation. I look forward to seeing you there.

3) Talent Portraiture & Promotional Photography

It is always a pleasure to photograph great talent. In 2014 I had the opportunity to travel to France with Opera Atelier to shoot their lead soprano Peggy Kriha Dye in the gardens at the Palace of Versailles. It was a rainy morning and we miraculously had the place to ourselves. Canadian soprano Ambur Braid had me up to the penthouse of the Toronto Ritz Carlton to capture her elegance in a variety of couture dresses and diamonds. Culvert Records had me out to shoot their new recruits The Good Boys in dapper dress in the streets of Toronto. At the Carmel Bach Festival young Yale Music School graduate John Taylor Ward and I went for a stroll to the sea and captured a couple of gorgeous headshots. Toronto band The Wooden Sky had me out to cover their Vinyl Bike Tour on a rainy Fall day where the band and a slew of fans biked en masse to four of Toronto’s best record shops to hear the band play mini sets at each stop. Here’s a little video I shot of the tour:

4) Clint Roenisch (new) Gallery Opening

Clint.A-36The opening of the new Clint Roenisch Gallery at 190 St. Helens Ave., Toronto, ON on July 10th, 2014 was the beginning of a new era in Canadian art. Not only did my blog of the event photos have 54,697 unique visitors from all over the world (breaking the blog’s traffic record), but the subsequent workings of the space have been progressively stellar. The exhibitions of Jason De Haan and Harold Klunder’s works were prime examples of lasting Canadian art and also boasted sale numbers unheard of in this country. Clint also put on an elegant event at calculus mastermind James Stewart’s architectural masterpiece of a home The Integral House on July 24th, 2014. The modern estate was full of happy guests enjoying the art installations and live music. We sadly lost Mr. Stewart on Dec. 3rd, but can feel blessed that we all got a beautiful visit in before he left us. I am also very pleased to mention that the launch party for Herself.com will be hosted at Clint’s gallery on January 10th with an exhibition of my photographs from the project. I look forward to celebrating with you there.

5) Ex-Wives of Rock

Ex-Wives of Rock_Season 3_Courtesy of Slice copy copyThanks to the endlessly lovely and professional workings of Morcom Media and Tricon Films we executed a seamless studio shoot in L.A. with the four powerhouses that make up the Ex-Wives of Rock for their promotion of season three. With Lil’ Kim blasting throughout, numerous costume changes, notorious voyeurs and lots of swearing we had a blast and got the perfect shot.

6) Madonna @ Hard Candy

Madonna graced Toronto with her majesty’s presence in February to promote the opening of her new gym on Yonge St. named Hard Candy. I was so thrilled to be hired by the gym, working in tandem with Madonna’s personal photo/video crew, to exclusively cover the auditions leading up to the red carpet event and the opening itself.

7) Boudoir Photography

The fact that boudoir photography is still, going into year four, such a big part of my business is something I will eternally be grateful for. This is the kind of work dreams are made of.

8) Northbound Leather

Northbound Leather will always be one of my favourite clients. During the first quarter of 2014 we shot the company’s new line of versatile but always sexy handmade leather goods on a gorgeous variety of models. My favourite shoot featured Ms. Leather Toronto 2014 aka Patty and her wife Saoirse in a number of compromising poses at Oasis Aqua Lounge in Toronto.

9) Art Basel Miami

Friedrich Kunath, 'A Fucking Landscape (Study),' 2014

Friedrich Kunath, ‘A Fucking Landscape (Study),’ 2014

When Art Basel Miami issued me a press pass I made it my mission to get down there and put it to good use. What an incredible experience it was witnessing all the notable contemporary art work on the planet today in one enormous pop-up exhibition. Watching a Damien Hirst sculpture sell for 4 million pounds was totally surreal and exciting.

10) Wedding Photography

Erin-Mike.WEB-1_1000 Erin-Mike.WEB-3_1000Shooting the Scott’s wedding this Autumn was such a wonderful event to be a part of. I am currently taking bookings for weddings this coming Summer in Toronto and California. My wedding portfolio and contact can be found HERE.

What a year! Thank you all for being a part of it. I hope 2015 is full of TRAVEL, love, friends, great work and charity. xo