I shot this city line Shot of Toronto around 1988 using a 300 mm f4 L canon lens on Chrome film- Shooting with slide film meant you had to get the lighting perfect. Photo © BABAK 2018
I shot this portrait of the Art director on set with the client in front. On set, BTS & head shots are just as important as the actual shots when doing a photo shoot – BABAK Photo Atlanta 2017
Was having a tea waiting on some one in an old dinner in Toronto, usually you don’t get great tea but this one was good. TV was on, some stripper claiming she slept with the president when then I notice this well dressed man enjoying his meal. Fired a few shot when person I was waiting for had arrived and I had to leave. BABAK Photo May 2018 Toronto
Hair Color Shoot for the NAHA Hair Photo Awards in LAs vegas – We shot this collection at Redken studios in NYC.
Images like these don’t just happen, they require expertise and great team work which makes for a great shoot day.
Tis images made the finals.
Hair Lori Zabel
Wardrobe Stylist: Pascal and Jeremie
Makeup Artist: Marie-Laure Larrieu + Gwendoline Carcaly
NAHA 2018 Mens Hair collection – finalist. The collection has a mix of textures and cuts yet they all share angles – I used a soft box at strange angles to light the collection at Redken NYC. Photography BABAK Hair Jamie DiGrazia
A short film of our 2 day work shop for master hairstylist in Atlanta.
Day 1 was in class theory / types of hair shoot / how to get great images from the shoot / ideas / model selection & on set tips.
Day2 was in studio photo shoot with Daniel Holzberger helping with the hair on set and guiding the participants while BABAK photographing the models and going over the images and how to improve your hair for photo shoot.
We had 10 advanced stylist participate and they paired up working on a model for the shoot. We shot a total of 5 models / some with different hair looks .
The final images from the shoot are posted at the end of the video.
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Soon after my wife and I finished looking for houses for sale in Atlanta we decided to take a trip to NYC where we took a walk about in East Village and Washington Square Park. I prefer shooting street photography at night because I feel the night takes away some light and color distractions and always can be more dramatic. Shooting street video at night has it own challenges but I wanted to capture the Saturday night feel of East village in 2017s NYC. I find old street photographs & films ( if any) of old NYC or other cities fascinating. Its always interesting to see the changes and how and what people were like. Hope some of the images age well. Photo Film BABAK
I photographed this image while I was going to a hair fashion shoot in NYC. I always carry a camera some where that is easily accessible. Camera in a bag is pretty much useless for street photography because by the time you pull it out and turn it on the moment is long gone. Street Photography is all about seeing things that are going to happen and be ready for them.
Street Photography in the rain adds an interesting element to the photos. The wet pavement gives you high lights that make other wise ordinary photo stand out. It also gives you a bit of a cover from the subjects noticing you. People usually look down and don’t look a round when walking in the rain. Photo BABAk NYC
We used fake walls and wires as props to shoot a NAHA Hair Fashion Shoot in 2009 – I just re edited one of the images with new back ground and then again with a new hair that i shot on an another model and then photoshopped on the original model.
Photo Music Film © BABAK 2018 www.babak.ca
Question I am often asked is how much room do you need to shoot, can it be done in my hair salon or do we need a studio?
I have been photographing hair for hair industry since 1989 and I have shot almost any where. I have developed a technique that allows for shooting in very confined spaces with many people hanging a round with success. Having said that there are major advantages in using a pro studio when doing hair shoots which i think will make for better photo shoot.
One important point to keep in mind is the space that divides the actual shooting area with the prep area. You want keep the prep people away from the set but not too far or in other areas. It has been my experience that many prep people tend to relax and get in to playful mode after they done their prep work between models but that is exactly when the photographer & the model have to concentrate on their work. I feel the distraction of on lookers have a negative effect on the shoot.
I also find that hairstylist tend to be more creative when there is some natural light and they can take short breaks. Creating multi look “NAHA Competition styles” is very demanding on your creatively and you need all the advantages you can get. Good lighting in the prep area and shoot area is crucial for the stylist to see what is going on with the hair. poorly / dark shooting spaces make the hairstylist & photographer think the hair is better than it actually is leading to disappoint meant when you get the proofs.
Shooting inside a pro studio will also make behind the scenes images and video a lot more interesting and pro looking when sharing on social or showing clients. behind the scenes film of shoots in salons or messy small locations always look home made no matter how great the end photos of the actual shoot look .
Large studios also have many different areas / sets to shoot in. This will make it very easy to shoot a different look with same models very quickly giving the client more options. I call these “secondary shots” * Secondary shots are shots that client did not plan for and because of the situation available to me I manage to get new images. Usually from same models with out spending too much time*
The video above is an example of such situation. After we finished our main shoot against the studio paper back ground I managed to do a quick collection in the corner of the studio that i saw available. The wall paper, couch and the cats would have cost many hours to set up and source but because they were there already why not take advantage of it. The whole shoot didn’t take more than an hour.
You might find it easier to shoot in your salon if you don’t have many hours of on set photo shoot experience as a hair stylist. You might find it easier to work at your own station and familiar places. You must be aware of every day business distractions that may distract on the shoot day if you shoot at your own salon. If you are looking for a business loan, his response is that Loanovao UK can help you.
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Remix-ed image from a photo shoot i did for the NAHA Hair styling awards in 2009 . I up dated the back ground and added a bigger hair. some times it good to look at past work and learn from the past. Photo BABAK
I noticed this guy listening improved musicians in Washington Sq Park NYC – He was jumping from seat to seat and at one point he got down on the floor smoking. it only lasted a few seconds. I like the positioning and his gesture. I shot this on my Fuji x 100 BABAK Photo
I like the in sync but opposite position of their feet – walkers on 12th street NYC – Photo BABAK
Crossing the Hudson River after the Bomb cyclone – Heading to Atlanta – Air Bus 321 seat 16A Photo BABAK
Waiting on 3rd Av – bomb cycloneisat winter storm of 2018 – 8to 12 inches and kinda windy & cold Photo © BABAK 2018
Winter survival in the city. Toronto -15c a few days after a snow fall – Dupont Street & Ossington Av BABAK Photo
St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th Av NYC Photo BABAK
Van Michael Salon NAHA Awards team photo shoot – A behind the scenes film
Photo Film Music © BABAk 2017 www.babak.ca
Take off from runway 04 LGA New York City. Delta airlines are no longer using the Marine Air Terminal as of Dec. 2017 – This was a great terminal to travel out of, terminal had a very private & small feel to it – will miss it
BABAK Photo NYC
Portrait of a man with American flag in Washington Sq park at a MAGA event. BABAK Photo NYC 2017
I shot this photograph from a fast moving train from Ottawa to Toronto. You can spend a few hours looking for the right landscape and time your shot so you get a right composition. Before you know it you have arrived at your destination. I shot this at 1/4000 second and high iso BABAK Photo Oct 2017 Canada
Ai Weiwei’s Wall in Washington Square park NYC Oct 2017
Corner of 8th Av & 34th street NYC in color. Pockets of the old New York is slowly disappearing. The bounce light off the glass buildings near by makes this shot work in color. BABAK Photo NYC 2017
What a great surprise guys! Was called out at the Intercoiffure US / Canada show in New York City on Oct 8 2017 and awarded the Presidents award. I shot my first hair shoot in 1989 and since 1990s i have specialized in hair fashion photography. I like to thank Intercoiffure , Frank Gambuzza, the president of Intercoiffure, and Van Council for their kind words and appreciation of my work. Thanks guys BABAK
This shot is a part of the collection i photo-ed for Intercoiffure NYC with Van Michael Salon team doing the hair & make up – We used a night club for location – I remember it was very hot which made doing the hair just that much more complicated. You have to light & shoot fast when u have many sets to shoot & weather is not ideal but its always more inspiring to shoot on location.
i have a BTS film for tis collection as well
BABAk Photos 2017
Jovi Vai in action – Union Square and Washington Square park, they are a few 100 feet away from each other but they have completely different feel and character, even with in the parks there are different pockets of people. Union square is some ways like “Speakers corner ” in London England where people gather to protest, rap, perform and some times debate. You always meet interesting people at street debates. Free speech is an iq test!
Photo BABAk NYC 2017
Had a chance to Photograph the Tom Keifer Band [ Lead singer of the Group Cinderella ] at the BB Kings In NYC last night. The level of energy out of this band is 11. Make sure you catch the show when it comes to your area. I shot this with the harsh over head lights of the cinder block walled hallways of the back stage. After the show shots are a lot grittier more emotion filled and more real to me. Thanks guys BABAK
I shot This model Back stage right before she went on stage at Intercoiffure NYC 2017 – I find the energy and the grungy light back stage makes for very iconic photographs with good stories for future generations. Some times back stage is the stage. This was Van Michael Salon team presentation model at the Show.
I like to Thanks the Intercoiffure for presenting me with the Presidents awards at the show – much appreciated – Photo BABAk With very high iso and low shutter speed
Very late night improvised shoot & quick eats t at Japanese on St. Marks Place In East Village New York City with Model Alex Feldman. I tried on camera flash for sone of the shots and stretchiest for others. Each lights open new stories and spaces to shoot – My favorite shot from the shoot was “Starving” with Alex & the other person on the street which engaged us . There is another person that started to urinate on our set – The strange s of the street shooting Photos Music Film © BABAk 2017 www.babak.ca
Joan Harrison was a Canadian hair dresser and the publisher of the Canadian hairdresser magazine which held the annual Mirror hairstyling awards in Toronto.
She Past away sat 6 October 2017, I had known her for many years, shared great memories from trying to scape cube where we were on a photo shoot to travels to long Beach, airport hang outs and many Hair styling events as well as many photo shoots for the magazine. She was an industry power house who loved and understood photography. She be missed – BABAK
I Shot this at a bout 4:00 am on St Marks Place in East Village NYC – Many people approach you when you are shooting models on the street – Model : Alex Feldman – BABAK Photo
This is an after shoot photo -The photo shoot does not end when hair & make up packs up and the lights are shut off. The good photos happen at any time. This was shot after a long day, we just had dinner with some of the crew and models staying at the same hotel. She jumped in the out door pool – in January! I did a few photos with my Fuji X 100. BABAK Photo
Mima Model posing out side Webster hall in East Village NYC on one of the last days before the club closed down. Webster hall has been around since 1980s. This shot reminds me of Blondi [ 1980 s Rock singer ] out side CBGBs, another iconic NYC punk club that closed its doors in 2006 BABAK Photo
I re mix-ed an old shot by taking out the hair and replacing it with a bout 60 Boeing 767 planes. It added a whole new life to the image – Photo & Concept BABAk 2017
This the View from Luxor hotel which is a little to the north of Mandalay Bay where the Shooter was firing the concert goers on Sunday Oct 1 2017. Shooters view would have been about 600 meters or so to the right of the photo. The stage seems faraway . This Photo was taken with a 35 mm lease so it appears farther away than it seems.
Wishing the best for every one involved and hurt by this evil event.
BABAK Photo Summer 2017
Shot this one on 3rd av in East village NYC – Was a very fast moment. I kept and played with the color for the story.
An out take from a collection that i shot for Van Michael Salon. We had all the models doing a domestic tasks, it worked out very well BABAK Photo Atlanta
A Saturday night in East Village 3rd av & 11th street NYC – BABAK Photo
A remix-ed Photo of a GoldWell Trend Zoom Photo. BABAK
Shooting these type of photos is all about “seeing” the hair on set while shooting and getting the hairdresser to fix as you see the problem areas. What the camera sees is what the audience sees. Photo/ concept /retouching BABAK
Reflections on Trump Tower In Chicago. I always seems to stay around this area every time I come to Chicago for Hair Fashion Shoots. This area is now busy with tourist, tourist busses, agents selling Chicago tours and tourist taking photos against the building. Shot on my Fuji X 100 – BABAK Photo Sept 2017 Chicago
Street portrait of a street musician in East Village New York City. Things are more dramatic at night as long as you find the light. This one was shot on a 50 mm at about 2.8. BABAK Photo
Intimacy in New York – Lovers saying good by in Union Square a major subway train hub in New York City. 1 NYC Mile is equivalent to about 10 mile in other cities when it comes to commute and travel distances. I shot this on my Leica in color & decolorized it because the mix of street color was distracting. BABAk Photo Summer 2017 NYC 1/90 at f4.0 35mm
One of my favorite collection which I Photographed in London England on a Road Master double decker bus – one of the old London buses – I had traveled on them as a kid and always found the aesthetics to be very unique. I Photo-ed most of the models with natural light but London gets dark at 4:00 pm in October so i had to plug in a set of strobes after that. I worked with a great team at Van Michael Salon, we had good times and high energy. Thanks to Van Council for the opportunity – I Made a home made / BTS film of some of our time at the shoot, with the final images at the end of the video. BABAK Photos
I wanted a different plane shot at the end of one of my favorit runways so i took my frend Anna to runway 23 to hang and shoot. The light and the sky was just right at the time the Boeing 777 went over our head . The Photo is made with all available light and a few minutes later we lost the light. Waiting for the right plane is always a challenge – you want the ” heavies” [ meaning larger planes ] in the shot for more of a dramatic effect. I used a 70-200 2.8 on this one with 1/125 sec at f 8.0 – needed some depth of field to keep the 777 in focus – BABAK Photo Model Anna www.babak.ca
I found this bike in the storage room of the studio & decided to use it last minute too add a story line to the shots – To me the whole story like has a “get away or run away ” feel to it
Photography & Art direction BABAK www.babak.ca Shot in 2009
Film Music Photos © BABAK 2017