Montreal Zombie Walk 2015

This year, on Halloween, I had a gruesomely good time shooting the annual Montreal Zombie Walk. I was dead impressed with the amount of creativity I witnessed that day. Honestly, I was not expecting such elaborate costumes and makeup. Many of the zombies did their own makeup, but I know that some of Montreal's most talented makeup artists, some of whom I've had the pleasure of working with before, including Kim Creton, were very much involved in making this event a success. Many thanks to all of the zombies who allowed me to photograph them. Your infectious enthusiasm truly put me in the Halloween spirit. I'm already looking forward to next year's Zombie Walk!

These are some of my favourite shots. You can view the full album on Facebook.


Autumn Promotion

For a limited time, Deena Roth Photography is offering a special discount to celebrate the arrival of autumn! Between October 10th and October 25th, take advantage of this promotion and get a personalised Portrait Session for only $200! Why not make the most of this special time of year? Book now to reserve your spot.

Your personalised portrait session includes...

• A pre-session phone or email consultation.

• Each session is custom designed to suit your personality. Therefore, prior to your session, you will be presented with a mood board which conveys the essence of the session concept.

• Custom-made, handcrafted props.

• 1-2 hour on-location photo session.

• Private, password-protected online viewing gallery.

• Digital download of 5 high resolution edited images with print release.

*Additional images may be ordered for $25/each.
** Professional makeup artist and/or hair stylist available for an additional cost.

Possible locations include...

• Mount-Royal Park
• Mount Royal Cemetery
• Westmount Park
• Mont-Saint-Bruno National Park
• Lafontaine Park
• Jean-Drapeau Park
• Bassin Bonsecours
• Bois-de-Liesse Park
• Morgan Arboretum
• Angrignon Park
• Marcel-Laurin Woodland

Concept Collaboration: Behind The Scenes

Thank you to everyone who came out to the 'In Reflection' Concept Collaboration meetup I hosted earlier this month here in Montreal with the amazing Clément Guégan! Special thanks to Dea Kaizoku, who was gracious enough to be our model for the day.

Our next meetup is still in the planning stages, so if you're interested in joining us, please stay tuned for details! In the meantime, here are some behind the scenes shots from 'In Reflection'...

A Perfect Springtime Location

A cemetery may seem like an unlikely location for a photo shoot, but the Mount Royal Cemetery, located on the north slope of Mount Royal in the borough of Outremont, is one of the most picturesque locations to shoot at in Montreal, especially during the spring. Furthermore, it is open to the public and no permit is required to shoot there.

Mount Royal Cemetery was the location of this ethereal shoot that I did with the lovely Elisabeth Fallen, with the help of makeup artist Margarita Stolbikova and assistant Erin Murphy. The location was recommended to me by Sylvain Blais – fashion photographer and art director extraordinaire of Dress to Kill Magazine fame – when I was fortunate enough to be under his guidance during my studies at Inter-Dec College.

Incorporated as a garden cemetery in 1847 and established in 1852, it is one of oldest rural cemeteries in North America. Covering 165 acres, it is home to over 100 tree and shrub species, including species rarely grown in Montreal, and is a haven to over 145 species of birds. In 1999, it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada. 

There may still be snow on the ground, but before you know it, the spring will be in bloom in Montreal. I certainly hope that I will get the chance to shoot at the Mount Royal Cemetery again this year. I will soon be launching a spring promotion, so please stay tuned...

Mount Royal Cemetery
Bleeding Hearts at Mount Royal Cemetery

Von Wong Workshop

About a year ago, when I was still at school, studying professional photography, something happened that changed my perspective on what it means to be a photographer. As a Creative Cloud member, I receive monthly newsletters in my inbox from Adobe. Occasionally, there is a feature called Creative Voices in which a cutting-edge artist is introduced via a short documentary or interview. Last March, the artist introduced was Benjamin Von Wong. I dare you to watch this video and not be inspired...

There are a lot of photographers, both past and present, who inspire me. However, something about this young man from my hometown of Montreal really struck a chord. Not only is he ridiculously talented, but he exudes an aura of positivity that can only be described as magical. His infectious attitude and limitless imagination make you feel like anything is possible. To see more of his mind-blowing images and learn more about his philosophy, check out his website, Von Wong.

Last night, a dream came true. I had the privilege of participating in a Von Wong workshop and it was an experience I’ll never forget. He is rarely in Montreal, so when I found out about a month ago that he would be doing a free workshop as part of a Radio-Canada documentary, I jumped on the opportunity. 

The workshop took place at photographer Thierry Quenette’s studio and after a brief introduction and Q&A session, Ben walked us through his creative process in a very organic way as he and his assistant Jessika Chiasson adjusted the lighting on models Oli Scar and Clara Cloutier. While shooting, Ben gave us invaluable advice about the importance of good communication, focusing on and directing your models and involving everyone on your team in the creative process. Afterwards, he invited participants to take some shots of their own. With 25 participants in attendance, I was lucky to get a couple of shots!

Oli Scar

Oli Scar & Clara Cloutier

It was wonderful seeing Ben’s creative process firsthand and working with a supremely talented team of individuals, including gifted makeup artist Tamsen Rae, angelic artistic model Clara Cloutier and extraordinary fire performers Oli Scar and Richard Erno of Pyrometheus.

Once the studio portion of the workshop was wrapped up, we all went out into the chilly night air to try our hand at shooting pyrotechnics, guided by Ben, of course. This was my first experience shooting fire, so there was a lot of trial and error, but I still managed to get some shots that I am pleased with.

Richard Erno

Richard Erno

Oli Scar and Clara Cloutier

Oli Scar & Clara Cloutier

It’s such a great feeling when you meet somebody that you admire and they end up exceeding your expectations. Not only was this an incredible learning experience, but I can assure you that Ben is just as gracious, down-to-earth and kindhearted as he appears to be. In fact, when he found out that I and one of the other participants live in the same neighbourhood as him, he gave us both a ride home, even though he had to get up at 6am for Toronto the next morning. Incidentally, I still can’t get over the fact that this legend practically lives (when he’s in Montreal, that is) in my backyard! I am so grateful for this experience and sincerely hope that I will have the opportunity to attend another workshop or assist Benjamin Von Wong in the future. 

New Beginnings

I’ve never been one to shy away from change. After all, I am the same person who left everything familiar behind to teach English and travel the world. I am also the same person who decided to completely change the direction of my life when, after a 15 year teaching career, I decided to pursue my lifelong passion and go back to school to study professional photography.

For over 20 years, photography was a way for me to share what the world looked like through my lens, to share my travels and to express myself, but it was only in 2013 that I resolved to take that passion to the next level and learn the technical skills and techniques necessary to become a professional photographer. I now hold a diploma in Professional Photography from Inter-Dec College and am an emerging talent member of CAPIC - The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators.

Although I have learnt a lot through my studies, personal projects and contracts with both private and commercial clients, my thirst for knowledge is not easily quenched. I am constantly learning to improve my technique, hone my talent and broaden my horizons by practicing every day, keeping up with current trends, following the work of other talented photographers, attending portfolio reviews and participating in photography workshops.

For almost two years, I have been sharing my work, offering photographic services and selling prints under the name Beautiful Colours Photography. However, I recently decided that, once again, it was time for a change. Therefore, I would like to welcome you to my new website, Deena Roth Photography. On the website, you can see my latest work, browse my portfolio, read client testimonials, learn a bit about my background and the services I provide, contact me to inquire about services, rates and bookings, and access my online store to purchase beautiful fine art prints.

On this blog, you can learn more about me and why I love photography. Most importantly, this is a place where I will be sharing recent and past work, my creative process from pre-production to post-production, behind-the-scenes glimpses of my photo shoots, guides for clients on how to prepare for and what to expect on a professional photo shoot, answers to FAQs, tutorials and photo tips, my personal experiences and adventures in the world of photography, some of the best locations to shoot in and around Montreal and beyond, and of course… my latest promotions!

I would like to take this opportunity to extend a huge thank you to my friends, family and the fellow artists who have encouraged me and supported me on this journey. Change is exciting, but it can also be quite daunting! The journey has only just begun…

So, stay tuned, and don’t hesitate to comment on my blog posts, as your valuable feedback is always appreciated. Please don’t forget that you can contact me anytime if you have any questions. I would love to hear from you!