David Giral Photography Blog | Editorial Portrait: Late Afternoon lifestyle Shoot in Mile-end with Actress Brittany Drisdelle
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Editorial Portrait: Late Afternoon lifestyle Shoot in Mile-end with Actress Brittany Drisdelle

During my assignment for The Guardian, I had the opportunity to walk around Montreal and re-discover several neighborhoods in the city. From all the locations I visited, the Mile End district is the one that struck me as the being  the best for a portrait series I had planned with my friend Brittany.

My approach to this photoshoot was really simple. Brittany is an actress (Jack Ryan, Division 2, Bad Blood, Assassin’s Creed Origins) and I told her I wanted the shoot to feel like “a late afternoon walk in The Mile End with Brittany”, something genuine.

Also, for this shoot, I decided to stay close to my subject only using only my Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 VC G2.

Meeting late afternoon, the light was perfect and just close to our meeting location I noticed stairs in the shade which would make the perfect spot for the first photos.

Having photographed Brittany before, I knew how natural and authentic she is as a model … and as you can notice, she was ready right from the start with some great shots.

Walking around, I noticed this small cafe/restaurant and thought it would be a great location for some photos through the window, using a drink as a much needed prop and source of refreshment.

Then a bit further, we both thought this alleway would be a good spot for some photos.

Switching to shorts and a top, I was immediately struck at how this “depanneur” would make a great background for a urban lifestyle shot.

By now you all know how much I love murals, and while exploring the neighborhood I thought this amazing mural would make the perfect backdrop for this shot. What I love about this spot is the contrast between the greenery and the building.

Now everyone knows that train tracks make for a great shooting location, so why not have fun with it anyway…

And how about taking a break from all the walking at a skatepark… it also makes for some really interesting photos. Well, as usual, Brittany makes it seem so easy.

Going back full circle to our initial spot with Brittany switching back to the summer dress, I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to use a classic VW Beetle as a prop for some last minute shots with a slight classic feel.

And on this last black and white portrait lit by the last breath of the setting sun, Brittany wishes you a good evening.

Thanks so much for viewing!

David Giral is a published Montreal/Toronto based editorial and commercial professional photographer specialized in architecture, interiors, portrait and travel photography.

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1 Comment
  • Vinny 8

    Loved Brittany Drisdelle ih Hudson and Rex.

    2022/05/17 at 11:28 am

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