Thursday, June 11, 2015

Testing At Night The New Android Cell Phone Samsung Galaxy S6 by Montreal Photographer Hera Bell


I have recently returned from Venice from a two weeks trip.

I have put to test my new Samsung Galaxy S6's camera almost every day during this trip.

Very sharp, very clear, low grain at night shots high quality and large image files.

I also did video with it. Especially at night during almost pitch black situations its capacity shines though.

Here is an example.



To see the files larger just click on to the images.



After editing, the result is below. I just did bring out the details and used Noise Ninja to smoothen the grain.
 
 
And the video sample.
 
video
 
 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

About The Bully by Montreal Glamour Make Over Boudoir Portrait Photographer Hera Bell

When anyone tries to bully you, the reason behind it all is to turn the attention towards themselves and meanwhile their entire purpose with this cowardly act  is to cut you into pieces and they want you to react and feel hurt.

Stand TALL. Ignore. Shake it off. Ignoring the bully is the best way to get back at them.

A bully thrives on controlling a group of people by directing them to gang up on others. Meanwhile that same leader bully tries to show a friendly face towards the bullied. Bullies are insecure controlling cowards. Their insecurities make them suffer from the disease called envy.

Several years ago I watched a great play about this at Centaur theatre. I wish I remembered the play's title.
 
 


Thank you George aka DarkAngelOne   for creating these two fabulous animated gifs below of my photo "Getting Bullied" from "Emotion In Motion" series. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. George is a legally blind Amerindian photo animator. He is extremely creative.
 
 
You either repulse the poison implied to you by others.
 
 
 
 
 
Or you let it in and get hurt. The choice is very clear. You are the master of your own universe.
 
 
 
 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

About Relationships And Friendships by Montreal Portrait Photographer Hera Bell

Most friendships or most relationships are like a pair of shoes. You got to wear them out, only in time they will show if they were a good fit for you. Sometimes you are better off running shoeless to feel the difference.  Often we push ourselves to fit in a pair shoes out of desperation much like friendships Just because we don't want to feel lonely, or the shoe looks good but feels bad.

Do not forget. We are our choices in life. Much like our choices in our relationships.

Patrick was photographed in my studio in 2004.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Centaur Theatre Launches its 2015-2016 Season by Montreal Photographer Hera Bell

I am proud to be the photographer behind the 2015-2016  season's theme poster and the play posters. yay. now we can show the results. no more secrets. The much awaited media launch happened yesterday.

When Centaur's graphic designer Steve proposed me as the photographer to create the photos to the theatre's artistic director Roy, I was quite excited to undertake such task and achieve the very specific visions of 3 people. Steve, Roy and Eloi the communication director.

After few email exchanges with Steve, we had a very productive lunch meeting at my place, where I cooked, we ate, drank and brain stormed about the direction we were about to take.

I went ahead and booked few people for the shoot. As some of the play's actor's were not casted yet.

The two full days of shoots happened at the main stage. 7 sets, over 600 shots, then putting it together in two separate meetings with the boys.

We achieved in a very tight schedule (about 10 days from the shoot to completion) what you are about to see below.

As they say, I am not sad it ended, I am happy it happened.

Thank you boys. It was a great privilege to cooperate with you all 3.

6 plays which 4 of the play rights are Canadian women, which are represented in one theme poster "Luminosity"



Roy's fast sketch the day of the first shoot , photographed by me under available light with my cell phone.

 
 
The Brochure for 2015-2016 Season At Centaur.
 
 
 
Did I mention that I have a fear of falling? photo snapped during our shoot by Steve Ross.



At the media launch






Saturday, January 31, 2015

Power Of Gold Audiovisual by Montreal Glamour - Boudoir Portrait Photographer Hera Bell


During my travels to Thailand, I witnessed Buddhist placing 24 karat gold leaves on Buddha’s statue at their temples.  I must admit, this has fascinated me.

Every temple is covered with gold in Thailand. The Burmese burnt the Thai city Ayutthaya just to melt and steal the gold on the entire city’s temples and architectural structures. Today when you visit the city, it stands in ruins reminding us the greed of human kind towards the power of Gold.

I am deeply affected by human kind killing their own kind. Unfortunately we never learn from our history.

In my recent photography project which you can see in this audio visual, I used 24 karat gold leaves directly from Thailand.

Everything in this video has for me deep symbolism. Gold is a beautiful precious metal. I used it on my beautiful chocolate skin muse Widline.

I will let you ponder on who we are as a human race today. Nothing much has changed since our existence.

Thank you,
Hera Bell


Concept, art direction, photography, styling, hair and make up was all done by yours truly.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Two Images, One International Competition 4th Place By The Jury And By The Crowd by Montreal Glamour Portrait Photographer Hera Bell

Montreal Glamour Make Over Portrait Portrait Photography Studio by photographer Hera Bell
I love entering competitions with my images.

I do not often just aim to win, but to see the reaction.

I have recently entered an international  photo competition.

The theme was: Fashion & Beauty

339 images have entered. You could enter two images only.
55879 votes were casted by the crowd formed by other member photographers at Photocrowd.

One of my images became 4th chosen by the crowd. Here is a screen grab below. You can see it larger just click on the image below.





The other one became 4th by the expert jury. Here is a screen grab below . You can see it larger just click on the image below.




Opinions matter for me. It only makes me a better photographer. Thank you Photocrowd.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Lux Perfume Ad Campaign Photographic Creativity Does Not Need Eyes

I have always said. The camera is just a tool. In the hands of a creative artist it becomes magic. In the hands of a technician it is just a tool of the trade. I want all my blog followers to watch the 3 av's in red texts. And then tell me if I am wrong. Have a wonderful day.

To me photography has always been capturing a feeling, not recording reality. A feeling can't be seen, it is only felt. You can't become a successful  artist overnight by emulating others.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Montreal fine art glamour make over boudoir portrait photography studio by photographer hera bell

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Simply Jessica Another Glamour Make Over Boudoir Session Bites The Dust By Montreal Portrait Photographer Hera Bell

January 3 2015, this was the years first glamour make over boudoir portrait session.

My client is Jessica, a 26 years old beautiful young Armenian lady.

No need to say much. The photos will always speak for themselves.

I promised like usual 20 different shots, we ended up with 21 photos.

Enjoy the visual journey. And the 10"x10" amazing album that I have created with 20 thick laminated pages printed on high quality photo paper. The pages are flush mount and it makes a great  coffee table book.. A true conversation piece. The price $250.00 Canadian. Yeah! High quality product for an amazing value.
























The contact sheet of the entire results



Saturday, December 13, 2014

Beyond Simple Glamour Portraits By Montreal Glamour Make Over Fashion Boudoir Portrait Photographer Hera Bell


A client arrives with a red dress for a glamour make over session. She is beautiful. She has chosen me to photograph her. From a sea full of us shooting glamour or what some people call it "boudoir"...

It is my job to stamp the images I shoot with my signature style.

Off course I do photograph her indoors where most of my work is done. But I push the envelope a bit further. And you will see how below.

I love creating realistic fine art digital collages with my photography. My digital collages do not look like fantasy paintings. They look very real. As if they were shot on the premises.

I take that glamour portrait from indoors to outdoors. I photograph also all my backgrounds.

The road was shot by me in France in the summer of 2014.

To me photography is beyond just a clever click. Photography is just a tool to let my imagination go wild. A perfect study of light and shadows. A discovery of self for each of my client who enters my studio.

May I invite you to witness the  evolution of the Lady In Red images.










 



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Magnificent Maleficent...By Montreal Fine Art Glamour Boudoir Photographer Hera Bell

The magnificent Maleficent...

 The good and evil resides in all of us. The secret to inner peace is to find the balance in between both. The movie exemplifies this quite well.

 Once we are hurt, the obvious reaction would be to strike back to our attackers.
I leave such injustices into the God's hands, in time he will spread his wings of justice upon us.

I had a photo shoot with Emily yesterday. Our session was booked few months ago. I was looking forward creating something different with her this time around.

It was our second shoot this year.

Voila, the result.  Where Glamour make over photography meets fine art. The background was shot by me this summer in France at   Chateau de Vaux Le Vicomte   grounds.

I did shoot her with many other costumes yesterday. But this was my favorite.

 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Montreal Glamour Photographer Hera Bell & French Fashion Designer Patrice Catanzaro Collaborate Together


I  recently had the privilege to photograph French designer  Patrice Catanzaro's a part of amazing sexy clothing collection.

Merci Patrice de m'avoire confie cette grande plaisir...

They recently did a Blog post about it. Check it out. The red link below.

French designer Patrice Catanzaro's Blog About My Photography


 




 
Above my beautiful muse Widlyne. Styling, make up and photography by Hera Bell.
 
Below is stunning Emily, she is a burlesque performer.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Taking Your Children Portraits Towards Another Level by Montreal Fine Art Portrait Photographer Hera Bell


After photographing people for over 17 years, as a fine art portrait photographer I started searching more creative ways of serving my clients who have been trusting me to immortalize them on to paper or via digital pixels.

About 7 years ago I started experimenting intensively creating realistic photo collages. When I moved my downtown photography studio after 10 years, to my current West Island location, it became more evident to me that the future of my portrait business was on solid grounds with the new direction I had taken when I did my first photo collage years ago.

My husband and I we travel. When we travel, I am constantly searching to photograph that special location to use it in a further date in my photography.

Most of the time when I photograph a client in my studio I have no idea which background image I will drop them in. It is as much of a surprise to them as it is for me. There is nothing cookie cutter style approach in my photographic works.

I have been always seeking to create realistic collages. The way the light will hit my subjects will never reveal that the images are a collage. However I rarely hide the fact. I am actually proud to reveal my secret behind such collages. What I do is beyond simple photography.

Few weeks ago I had a mother and daughter "mini me, mother and daughter glamour" session in my studio. I have permission from Madeleine to share the results.

Check out the 6"x6" album from this session. Soft man made leather hard  cover, 20 pages, retail cost only $250.00 Canadian. Images are printed on real waterproof photography paper. The full bleed pages are thick and rigid.





Welcome to my magical world of the children photos.












Then we had our regular studio session also.