An Experiment in Pin Up

For a few years now I’ve wanted to take a stab at shooting a Pin-Up themed session. After Justine and I met Nicky on the Wedluxe shoot a couple months ago, we had a feeling that she would make a good model for this. Justine did a bit of a background on her inspiration for the make up on this shoot over on her blog, and Alex Jaques did an incredible job with the hair! Katie Harrison styled the shoot and did a great job finding awesome props considering the budget was around $50! Also have to hand some major credit to Nicky, as we came to realize that some of the common pin-up poses are pretty tough to hold for long enough to get a great shot!

Have a look at some of the results!

If you think walking in heels is a mission, try dialing with them.

Waiting for the Milk Man.

Why would anyone ever sit like this?

OMG

This was my favourite shot of the night. I don't know why.

This is the operator, how can I connect your call?

Cheating

Big thank you to the whole team for making it such a success!

Studio – Low Key Studio – lowkeystudio.com

MUA – Justine McKnight – juxt13.com

Hair – Alex Jaques

Styling & Set Design – Katie Harrison – cupofktea.com

Photography – Christoph Benfey – cbenfey.com

CBMK with Phil & Z Roy

It was through skateboarding that I first got into still photography, so I was stoked when I got a call from Phil asking if I wanted to go shoot with him at CBMK last week. Z Roy came along as well and we pretty much had the whole park to ourselves for the night. I haven’t been to this park in about 4 years, but not much has changed, and it’s still one of my favourite winter spots in the GTA.

Phil McKnight with a large Ollie to Fakie

Z Roy with an Ollie from the Upper Flat into the Mini-Half

Z Roy with...I guess a Nosegrind up, 5-0 down?

Phil with a lofty switch kickflip

B-Roll Weapon of Choice...$5 from an antique store and it has a hot shoe!

Z Roy again, with the 50mm instead of the 15mm

My favourite photo from the night, cropped square so it's Instagram-ready 😉

I also decided to warm up the motor drive and try out a couple sequences. Z Roy’s finished up a bit sketchy, as every other attempt I’d had to duck under his board flying out of the mini-half…so I was a little uneasy…but I assure you it was a land.

You already know.

Sometimes 1 frame just isn't enough.

...or one angle...

It felt really good to get back to my roots and shoot some quality skateboarding with old friends, I’m really looking forward to skating street in the coming months!

Ghetto Fabulous

So stoked to be sharing this with the world! We just released Johnny Major‘s first Music Video for Ghetto Fabulous, off their debut album “This Is The Sound”. I had the pleasure of Directing this video, and could not have done it without the extremely talented camera operator and editor, Chris Wardle. Anna Cyzon is also featured in this song and video which was shot in entirety in Hamilton, Ontario. Take a look and spread the love!

Hamilton Time Lapse Test Shots

I’m working on a little Time Lapse Video to showcase the beautiful city I live and work in to the rest of the world. My goal is for outsiders to see this city the way we (optimistic!) Hamiltonians see it!

These are some of the test shots I did when I was first ironing out the kinks with my super ghetto, self-designed, home-made time-lapse dolly rig…When I say ghetto, I mean I have to move it by hand, 1/8th of an inch at a time, 500 times per shot…in the freezing cold! But I love this city, so it’s worth it!

Please excuse the shakiness…again, these were just the test shots. The final video, which will drop sometime towards the end of January, will be flawlessly spectacular!

I’ll be shooting up until mid-January, so if you know of any cool locations to set up for a time lapse, please email me at christoph@lowkeystudio.com and I’ll make sure you get credited for the location in the final video if it’s used! If anyone knows of any ways to get funding through sponsorship or something, let me know! It would be awesome to have proper equipment, but if not…I’m perfectly fine to do this by hand, 1/8th of an inch at a time!

Please, enjoy (and share!) the video!

Christoph Benfey

Low Key Studio

Shooting at Night in Hamilton

Hamilton has some fantastic architecture, and lately I’ve been scrambling to capture some of the finer buildings in the area before the cold weather really hits.

The Herkimer at Bay building is a fine example of a building which was headed down a path of dilapidation until the right developer came along and saw a diamond in the rough. After almost 100 years of use as rental apartments in Hamilton’s Durand Village, the building had seen its fair share of mediocre repairs and unmitigated neglect. In a time when most developers are knocking over historical buildings to make way for skyscrapers, Core Urban Inc‘s Steve Kulakowsky decided this building deserved to be preserved in time and updated tastefully, while maintaining the deliberate intention of integrity and character of the original architect, William Palmer Witton.

Herkimer at Bay Luxury Condominiums

I’ve had a few people in the building ask me for prints of this one, so if anyone else is interested in getting in on the order before Monday hit me up at cbenfey@mac.com. Or, if you would like your own house/building photographed, send me an email with the details.

Now if only it would stop raining every night!

Party Time!

I’ve finally gotten enough ducks in order to officially announce the Grand Opening party for my Photography Studio in Hamilton! Low Key Studio & Gallery will be holding a massive party to celebrate it’s Launch into the community on November 26th at the Studio. DJ Adverb will be spinning and Sanjay Patel will be doing his Live Painting thing. There will probably be a lot more going on as well, I will update everyone as other leads develop further.

If you’re interested in having your work showcased in the gallery on the night of the party, shoot me an email at admin@lowkeystudio.com and we’ll set something up.

I hope to see many of you at the Launch party, you can register for the guestlist on Facebook by clicking HERE, it’s helpful for me, but not mandatory.

Herkimer at Bay

I was invited by a friend who purchased at the highly coveted Herkimer at Bay Luxury Condominiums in Hamilton to take some pictures of his finished suite. The building’s exterior is almost finished, and I’ll definitely be going back to take some shots here when it’s fully complete. The finished suites are a beautiful harmony of old and new. All the original trim, doors, floors, and hardware were restored to their original beauty, while new electrical, plumbing, and air handling systems were hidden behind bulkheads and walls to give the suites the comfort of a modern home.

The project was completed by Core Urban Inc. They are also beginning construction at the Witton Lofts which are sure to be equally as unique and beautiful and there are still some suites available!