TEDxToronto Portraits

TEDxTORONTO 

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Hello Friend! 

My name is Darius Bashar and I can't wait to meet you in real life. 

Below I've included some notes and a few visual references to help you prepare for our shoot. I'm sure it's going to be lots of fun. 

If you have any questions I am always here to help.

You can email me at darius@dariusbashar.com or call me, on my direct line at 647-895-8585. 

See you soon!


 

 

 8 Tips TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR OUR SHOOT

  1. Please bring at least 2 or 3 clothing options. We might only shoot 1-2 but it's helpful to have an extra option, just in case. Whatever you decide to wear, it is important that you feel confident and comfortable. 
  2. Try to bring clothing options that have some range in necklines. (eg. v-neck, scoop, turtleneck, off-the shoulder, etc)
  3. Try and bring clothing options that have range in brightness. (eg black vs white)
  4. Textured clothing such as sheer and denim look great in black and white. Also, layering clothing with contrasts in brightness looks awesome. eg darks and whites together. 
  5. Solid colours also work well. Please don't bring anything with any logos or distracting patterns/graphics. 
  6. For people that wear make-up, I'd suggest bringing your make-up bag with you. Sometimes we need a few quick touch-ups - it's normal. Also, a good idea to bring a hair brush (if you have longer hair) and also chapstick is always helpful to have on set. 
  7. For women (or men), a little bit of eye make-up can go a very long way. Mascara will help bring out your eyes, which is always helpful for portraits. Just be careful not to over due the make-up, especially with cover-up or powder. 
  8. Please make sure at least one of your clothing options is a darker tone. 
 

5 Quick Visual References To Help You Prepare

 
 
 
Example 1 - Layering YOur Outfit Here is a good example of how to layer two different and simple garments. There is a nice contrast of texture and brightness between the two layers he is wearing. 

Example 1 - Layering YOur Outfit

Here is a good example of how to layer two different and simple garments. There is a nice contrast of texture and brightness between the two layers he is wearing. 

 

Example 2 - Contrast Above is a good example of how dark and white shades pop really nice in black and white portraits.  

Example 2 - Contrast

Above is a good example of how dark and white shades pop really nice in black and white portraits.  

 

Example 3 - Personal Style Above is a good example of how there is plenty of room for each person to bring their own style to the shoot. No matter what your style, it is important you wear clothing that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Remember this is NOT a fashion shoot. It is a YOU shoot. We want you to be confident and comfortable. :)

Example 3 - Personal Style

Above is a good example of how there is plenty of room for each person to bring their own style to the shoot. No matter what your style, it is important you wear clothing that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Remember this is NOT a fashion shoot. It is a YOU shoot. We want you to be confident and comfortable. :)

 

 
Example 4 - Textured Fabrics Above is an example of how textured clothing can look very nice in black and white photography. The shear garment she is wearing above provides very nice texture and an added depth to the photograph. 

Example 4 - Textured Fabrics

Above is an example of how textured clothing can look very nice in black and white photography. The shear garment she is wearing above provides very nice texture and an added depth to the photograph. 


 
Example 5 - OVERALL CONCEPT  The overall concept, for what TEDxToronto intends to do with each photograph, is to add a powerful and short quote from each speaker onto the final image. It's a great way to help spread each speakers core message. 

Example 5 - OVERALL CONCEPT 

The overall concept, for what TEDxToronto intends to do with each photograph, is to add a powerful and short quote from each speaker onto the final image. It's a great way to help spread each speakers core message.