calgary fashion photographer

Shooting Fashion with the Fuji X-Pro2

This blog post going live means the Fuji X-Pro2 has been announced, and if you're here reading this, that likely means you're looking for a little real world info on it. I've had a pre-production version of this camera since the beginning of November so I've had a little time to play with it, but rather than do some huge write up about it I took some time to create a behind the scenes video / small wrap up about the camera which you can view below:

And here are a few of the images from that shoot:

Model: Jeremias

Hair / Makeup: Karen Malcolm

Styling: Lauren Larsen

Assistant: Alyssa Howland

Being that I am not a camera reviewer (all I really care about is if the camera does what I need and if the images look good) I joined up with Chris and Jordan from TCSTV who know a whole lot more about the specs of this camera than I ever will, so that might possibly answer some more of your 'techy' questions.


Some point form notes:

  • It feels pretty much exactly like the X-Pro1.
  • The larger file size is great.
  • I haven't had any way to access the RAW files yet as the only software Fuji could give me wasn't written in English, so I don't know how much DR there is in comparison to the older sensors.
  • This camera is basically the X-Pro1 on steroids.

As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed the videos / images.


Raw Beauty | Personal Work

A lot of my personal work over the past year has been shot in black and white. I have this style in my brain that I am trying to figure how to best portray, which is a balance between polished but raw, and sort of intersects where fashion meets portraiture. It's really hard to put into words. Those of you who follow my work will know about the Texture Series that I have been working on for the last year (see it here), well this isn't an evolution of that, but more of a step sideways, riding on that same aesthetic but creating something with a different feel. Portraits like these don't come together without team work, so a huge thank you to Paris Solati for modeling and to Mira Pucchi Maqillage Inc. for doing the awesome hair & makeup.



{ Behind The Scenes }

I created these portraits using what I lovingly refer to as "The Black Box". At the studio we have this huge wall of south facing window light in the front foyer, and I constructed the black box out of a bunch of black foam core. It's held together with c-stands and super clamps so I could move the walls into whatever position I needed in order to shape the light. The photo below shows what it looks like...sort of... it's a tight space so it's the best angle I could get.

All of the portraits were shot with the Nikon D800 tethered to LR, with the first image shot with the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G and the rest on the Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4.



Thanks for reading.

Cheers -Nate

Winter Fashion at Upper Kananaskis Lake

Calgary is a cold city come the winter months, and those winter months seem to last forever, but one of the few perks we have during this time is that locations like this one are only a short hour and a half drive away. It was a wee bit nippy, and there was a lot of time spent warming up in the vehicles in between shots, but our model Elise made standing in the cold wind wearing nothing but a dress look easy while the rest of us were bundled up. I'll hit you guys with some photos, then follow up with some behind the scenes and gear talk.

Photography: Nathan Elson Model: Elise Styling: Odessa Bennett Hair/Makeup: Emilia Photographer Assistant: Sam Hoffe Styling Assistant: Brittany Morrow




All of the photos were shot using the Nikon D800 with a combination of the 24mm-70mm f/2.8G, 70mm-200mm f/2.8G, 85mm f/1.8G, and Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4. For lighting I had one Einstein head with the 64" PLM with diffusion panel attached. I didn't want the lighting to be over bearing in these images, but rather a soft sweep of light to create a little bit of shaping. *Side Note* One of my PLM's was destroyed by a heavy gust of wind, ripping the poles out, so be prepared for that with extra modifiers if you're shooting on location.

Some BTS photos, taken by both my assistant Sam and Hair/Makeup Artist Emilia:



And the team that made it all possible (missing Brittany because she was packing up the clothing in the car):


Thanks for reading. Questions or comments go in the box below.

Cheers -Nate