Steampunk Fashion Photo shoot

I am extremely happy to finally be able to share this with everyone!

Since Early December 2013 I have been working with some awesomely talented ladies to shoot my first ever Fashion Photo-shoot.

Teaming up with Wasteland Artisan and Sarala of Bittirsweet Hair we decided on a Steam Punk / Cyber Goth theme. We acquired many other talented people including Gabrielle Kellock MUA and by our shoot date we were well over 18 people!

You can follow my Facebook page to see the new images from this shoot as I complete them, stay tuned next week for a behind the scenes post on this shoot!

Plaugue Dr Tea

Steam Punk Sitting Room

Plague Dr and Black Cape


Plague Dr and Lovecraft Patient

Steampunk Mask

Lovecraft Steam Punk travel

Cyber Punk Body Contortion

Darra 2

Clay 2


Nina Haigh Photography Etsy Shop

Did you know I opened an Etsy shop? I did and this week I am part of a Canadian Etsy Vendor’s sale!

Etsy Montreal Vendors Band together to offer you savings

Etsy Montreal Vendors Band together to offer you savings

You can visit all the links to the participating shops here (including my own)  – Happy Shopping!

Use the coupon code CANADA15 on any of the listed shops to receive 15% off your purchases this week only!

Matelele – Baby bandana bibs, accessories and nursing clothes.

Boutique Beausejour – Nature jewelry by Métis artist Michelle Beauséjour

polymerclaybijoux – Ethnic style and nature inspired handmade jewelry

NinaHaighPhotography – Fine Art Photographic Prints

StudioMilika – Handmade Jewelry and Home Accessories

TheCallendersFlowers – Reusable bags, flowers and placemats

CADEAUTE – Bold designs

BarbeRose – Handmade Underwear

StudioMilika – Handmade Jewelry and Home Accessories

CestLundi – Dainty jewelry, simple and modern.

Thehobotrain – Cross Body Bags, Hobo Bags, Crossbody Bags, Hippie Bags

BLPhotography – Prints, Cards and Photo Gifts

Bullesdesucre – Bath & body products

AelaDesign – Handmade and hand painted jewelry

LescreationsAlepine -Alepine’s Creations

OmmaSae -Elegant and personalized bulletin boards

ValeriePullam – Valerie Pullam ~ Social Stationary & Design

Thrownfloatingstones – Beyond the beach wire wrapped sea glass jewelry.

RagamuffinsandCo – Fine Items for Babies and Tots

RetM- yoga mat bags, upcycled

HafsaCreates – Handmade greeting cards- DIY Card making kits -supplies

K52Artworks –  Original & printed artworks + linocuts
StudioSundari – Sundari Dreadlock Shop & Natural Clothing & Accessories

Ice storms and shooting at 1 am … again

I must have a thing for night time photography when I don’t even think twice about heading out at the wee hours of the morning to take pictures.

I was getting ready for bed and looked out my bathroom window to the back yard and saw a light from the building behind me shining though my trees that were covered in ice from an winter ice storm.

Walking around was pretty hazardous since there was at least a centimeter tick layer of ice on the snow.

I’m glad I went out though because the pictures are STUNNING.


Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014



Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014




I’ve been editing furiously for two portrait sessions I had last weekend. One was with the Lovely Michelle who is starting out her portfolio for modeling. Her picture started out my week for the 354 day project. The other  was a client wanting a good head shot for her business as a psychic.

I have put a lot of effort into learning how to retouch people, faces and skin and I feel that I am making progress but that I also have far to go. I am looking forward to the planned shoot I have for Wasteland Artisan and Bittersweet Hair Designs. I can’t wait to meet with both of these talented artists to start planning out the shoot.

I have so many creative ideas I want to try now, it seems the more I shoot the more creativity I get… so I just gotta keep shooting 😉

Sooo with all that babble aside I present to you this week’s edits.

Michelle on swing


light painting circle






Taking on Black and White Photography

Since making the switch from film to digital photography a few years back I seem to have completely forgotten about Black and White images. I find this rather sad considering I trained in black and white film photography back in college and LOVED shooting B&W film as a teen.

The past month I have been playing around with various tools to transform digital color images into black and white.

I found some methods rather mediocre, but recently I found a few I seem to like.

I feel a new door is open to me now, my once beloved black and white images are available to me again!


Passion FLower


Blue Morpho Butterfly

Canada Malting






Beauty Portrait


Week 3 of my 365 Day Photo Editing Project

Little Wild  Mushroooms


Last week I was feeling down and questioning myself but I made myself stick to it – and I’m glad I did! This week I was on creative fire and got some FANTASTIC edits and also idea’s for other shoots I want to do once I get the space to work on things like that!

I found a few more diamonds in the rough and with some editing turned out to be real jems!

I also am learning some skin softening techniques in Photoshop so I am improving my editing skills yet!

I did a photo shoot on Saturday so that will lend new content for the blog. I have several shoots planned for January!

I can’t wait for the holidays to pass by to have time to work on things again!


Blue Morpho Butterbly Color vs Black and White Study

Love Earth

Annie Portrait

Parc Jean Drapeau Sculpture

Passion Flower

This is an artistic edit of the Canada Malting building meant to be printed on metal. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

This is an artistic edit of the Canada Malting building meant to be printed on metal.
I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Week 2 of Nina Haigh Photography’s 365 day photo project: Struggles and Pondering

I just completed a second week of my 365 day project and while I have yet to miss a day I am struggling with finding work I like, even after I edit it. I take out interesting pictures, edit them and then just let them sit, all over again because I am not in love with them. I feel perhaps there is a reason I overlooked things the first time and wonder if there is any real point to this project at all?

I know its too early to tell and I will keep plodding on, perhaps I’m just in an editing rut this week.

People listening to some one recite a poem

People listening to someone recite a poem

Jazzy Lights

A light Art Installation at Place Des Arts in Montreal

Crystal and Beauty

A beauty shot of a Psychic at Studio Sundari

Night time flower market

A night time flower market in Montreal

Nuit Blanche Art Installation

An art installation from nuit blanche in Montreal

Reflection of a moon

An artistic shot of an art installation giving the impression of a giant moon in Montreal

peek a boo

A colorful graffiti on the Abandoned Canada Malting plant in Montreal Quebec

The first week of my 365 day Photo Project

Train Yard

Light Painting

Love is a Light

Studio Sundari Festival Wear

The Stairs

Fawkes Victoria - Occupy Montreal

Lachine Waterfront

I did it! I started my 365 day project that I announced back in September! I will edit and upload to my facebook page one image per day. In addition I will attempt two photo-walks or photo shoots a month. I will also attempt 1 difficult image to edit a week and intend also to do one creative editing project a month. I hope I can keep all those commitments – whew! Check the blog for weekly updates!

So my journey begins and I’m starting to chip away at the back log of pictures collecting dust in my computer. Support, ideas and collabs are all welcome. I may need a cattle prod now and then!

Here is to a year of Photos!

Product Photography Pricing

I have had a few comments from friends, family and potential clients saying they just don’t understand my pricing system for product photography. Why are there two prices? Which one do you charge and why?

To see for yourself you can see my price list here.

In reality both rates are applied to a project and while that may seem strange and even unfair there is an important reason for that: I only charge you for the images that you want and need.

Red Rock
So say you have 20 objects and I take 2 hours including set up and tear down and shot each image front , back and a side view. I also had a bit of extra time to do some creative shots featuring your products. Some shots of your products together and a few other idea’s I get while I’m taking pictures.
I come home sort though them all, do some light touch ups and send you proofs and you want 1 image per item. You pay for my time and then you pay for the 10 images you want and that’s it. If later you want to purchase the other images that are possible too. I never delete old projects, I even  have them backed up in case something were to happen.

For an example on a bigger scale: A client has 80 products and wants each one photographed in three positions at their warehouse. How does the pricing break down?
I know I can comfortably do 10 products an hour 3 poses so that would be an estimated 8 hours of shooting on location: 600$

If they were to choose 1 shot of each image that would cost: 2400$
If they wanted all 240 images it would be: 3600$

Turquoise Necklace
I know this seems like A LOT for something that seems so simple. The hourly rate feels expensive to most, but take into considerations for each hour I spend shooting it’s often 2 hours back at home, uploading, backing up, sorting and editing the images. It’s especially long editing product photography since everything must be perfect.

My hourly wages includes my set up and tear down. I start the clock when I start shooting pictures. It also includes my travel time and expenses when I’m shooting on location

The price per image fees, they include usage rights. As a business you need to be able to use the images in printed media, advertising campaigns and now a day’s social media too. Buying the image rights when you purchase your product photos gives you the permission to do all that. You don’t even have to mention the artist (unless of course you want to 😉 )

So that’s the break down, if you still have a hard time figuring it out contact me for a quote.

It makes it easier if you know how many products you need photos of and how many different positions and I will give you an estimate.

Festival Clothes

Why to Invest in Professional Product Photography

The problem I encounter the most often when trying to book clients for product photography is they don’t seem to realize the worth of professionally shot product pictures. I have even had an artist think I was scamming them once when I proposed a skill trade earlier on in my career.

It’s not to say that a business will always need product photography; there is a place and time for it. Certainly one isn’t going to bring in a photography each time they make a new product… or are they?

It really depends how you want to grow your business. A professional Product photographer will  immediately brings an air of professionalism to your work.  Home shot images, while showing your product, may not always do it in a way that will show your product in the best way.

Seen below is a before and after of a soap maker’s shopping cart. The before screen shot is with pictures taken from a cell phone, with no proper lighting, positioning and no attention paid to the back ground. The second is after I had been brought in to do simple on white product shots. The feeling of each store front goes from a “starting out home business: to “something professional and trustworthy”… just with the change of a few images.

Note the different impression each store leaves you

Note the different impression each store leaves you

I see the difference all the time, better images mean more sales in the long run. If you are launching a new line, or have a best selling product that you will  be selling time and time again DEFIANTLY invest in product photography. If you are investing on launching an online store it would be wise to invest in the photography as well, not to mention a printed advertising campaign.

People often complain by the high cost they feel product photography entails and in a way I can understand, starting a business is hard, however the amount of preparation and time shooting and editing your products really does add up. There are some solutions though. Some photographers such as myself might have bundles for Small Businesses, use them to your advantage.

If you have the means to invest by all means have a professional take your product images,  your budding business will thank you! If you don’t well I can help with that too. Tune in each Wednesday for a mini series of blogs that will help you take better product images on your own.

A big thank you to Savon KC Soaps for letting me use screen shots of her before and after product photography photo shoot.