VICTOR VAIN

ABOUT

I am a published portrait photographer, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario Canada. I purchased my first camera in 2005 and haven’t stopped capturing beautiful human beings ever since.

I share my visuals with world, through my website and social media.

Send me a message to inquire about rates and availability

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YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

How did you get your name?

For those have the unquenchable desire to know why I use Vain in my name. 

When I was in high school, I had several magnetic mirrors on my locker door. A teacher walked by and said "Victor, your mighty Vain" and that was it.

What camera do you use?

Only other photographers will care about this question, I’ve shot with a Nikon D50, D80, D7000, Canon T2i and currently a Sony A6300. 

That being said, it doesn’t really matter what you shoot with. I’ve done an entire photo shoot with an android phone.

How much do you charge?

Way less than what a wedding photographer would charge you and more than what your buddy with a camera will accept.

Trade for photos (TFP)?

Sometimes

Do you pay models?

Not for personal work. If it's for a job, the client usually finds and pays for themodel.

Do you photoshop?

I have the program but will rarely use it. It forces me to get the lighting and composition right in one shot. I much would rather just post raw out the camera. 

That being said, “Ain’t nobody got time for that”

How would you describe your style?

Can’t say I have a style, I don’t have a signature look or one way of editing, I’m cool with that since I like trying new things.

Do you have any advice for new models?

1. Becritical of what you post online. Have the discipline to use your top 5 photos in every shoot, usually your top image for each outfit. I find this will develop your eye for being more selective.

2. Most people are lazy, and won’t go the extra step of checking your online portfolio, so treat your social media account as a portfolio and try not posting mediocre work.

3. If you're uncomfortable in your own skin, this may not be the industry for you. Not all shoots will require implied or full nudity; as a matter of fact most shoots won't require nudity at all. But this industry is not for the prude and timid. If you're concerned about the nip showing consider a career in accounting.

4. Adding on point #1, this is the Internet and with the advent of social media, I find we all want the instant gratification. Just remember once you post; it’s hard to remove,  just ask Ashley Madison clients.

5. Be on time, I can’t stress this more than anything else. This may not be your full-time job but treat it like it is, if your shoot is at 1pm then arrive at 12:30pm to get prepared.

What do you look for a in a model in Trade?

Aside from the obvious, I look at how the model flows and transitions between poses. Is she one-dimensional? Does she look she'll need a lot of direction? I’ll usually refrain from working with a new model because I don't have the energy to direct and pose models all day.

This is also primarily the reason why photographers like working with signed or established models. They usually have much more experience and approach the work professionally. This differs from the part time model that thinks she'll get by with her good looks.

If this is your craft then perfect it, come to the shoot with more than a head tilt to one side, and the hands on the waist pose. Study poses in magazine, watch and practice posing videos on youtube.

How did you get into Fitness Photography

I use to work as a personal trainer at a gym. I had friends that were prepping for competitions. I had invested in my first pro camera and wanted to try shooting portraits. I got a few friends to shoot with me and they posted the pictures on their social media, from there it all took off via word of mouth.

Do you have a studio?

I do, I’ll convert my Toronto condo for shooting when necessary. I prefer shooting more at different locations, as I like to take a break from being inside my own space. 

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