Flawless – Nude class body & light study

Nude study of light and its properties on specific skin type chosen directly for this particular lighting. Two big white “V-flats were used to each side of the model and bare strobes were fired into the “V-flats” to flood the subject with very soft and reflected light. All shadows become unusually soft and are still in hard contrast with the dark backdrop. The “V-flats” also work as flags to prevent any light from spilling onto the black background. 


Enjoy! 😉


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Mnt Seymour, BC Winter Camping in Snowy Thunderstorm


This is the time when I fulfilled my dream of sleeping in the craziest environment so I could feel and photography the peace and tranquility that was around me in such a harsh conditions.

Rain and snow storm on Mnt Seymour in Vancouver BC in winter months is just so magical. Not to mention that I was surrounded by the elements that very few people in the city get to experience in that moment –  because it was pretty sh@$*# out there for anyone to go out for a hike.

I made an upside-down fire to keep me warm in my snowy 1 bedroom apartment built by my own hands with avalanche shovel, and it is then when I realize why I came to such an unforgettable place… to experience and photograph the stillness! …literally 😉

See for yourself.

martin … xo 

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Out of darkness – Amazing darkroom exhibition at the Gallery 49 Langara College

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Shatter in Motion – 360 degrees spin of sheet of shatter

As the market progress’ and we are slowly approaching legalization in British Columbia, more people are seeking better quality of visual solutions for their products. This 360 degrees video of sheet of shatter is a pure example of well executed shoot which helps our clients to catch viewers’ eyes and attention. And imagine this to be played on your 4K tv to showcase your menus and visual branding in your dispensary or shop. Enjoy!

Shatter made by Shatter Shack in Victoria, BC.



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How to shoot an umbrella

Behind the scene video from my commercial product photo-shoot of their umbrellas for Vancouver Umbrella Inc. website, advertising and collateral material. It was lot of fun to set up full portable studio at the location in their warehouse.


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Vancouver One-On-One Photoshop Lessons


Vancouver One-On-One Photoshop Lessons for all skill levels,

as well as private photography courses tailored for the individual and their needs. All personal photography and photoshop tutorial lessons can be done at your location or a designated meeting spot around the greater Vancouver area.

Photography and Photo Manipulation & Editing helps us take what we see in our mind’s eye when making an image and bring it to that level. Martin edits almost every shot in some way; first, he starts with post-production, which is equal to developing a film negative. After this step, the actual retouching comes into play. Each subject is approached in unique and tailored way to bring out the beauty and soul of each photo, and represent the photographer’s vision.

Private Photoshop Class – Photoshop for Photographers

Here to be your personal Photoshop Instructor, Martin will cover the basics and any other advanced questions you may have. All classes and Photoshop tutorials are tailored to the individual and their needs. On going lessons can also be arranged at a lower rate after the first lesson. As the individual grows with their knowledge using Photoshop, we will progress into more advanced aspects of using the many different features, tips and tricks Photoshop has to offer.

-Photoshop + Adobe Lightroom + Adobe Bridge – Discover hidden easy modes for beginners, intermediate and advance levels. Ready for the next level – TONS of easy tips & shortcuts!

-Mac & Windows all versions

-Beginner to Pro: quick & easy photo editing tips, saving & sharing

-Honest answers to questions such as which version would suit you and which software you really need

-Beautiful black & white from digital files with a few easy clicks.

-Sharing made simple: email, Instagram, Facebook…

-Save your images without killing them in the process – important tips

-iPad & iPhone photography, video, photo editing (awesome free app!)

-Creating panoramic and High Dynamic Range Images

-Layers & masking and compositing made easy – the REAL power of Photoshop simplified.

-How to remove backgrounds

-How to add blur & vignette edges

-Plus what you really need to know to get drop-dead gorgeous prints! Consistently!

-Lots of time-saving techniques!

Martin has been a member of National Assoc. of Professional Photoshop Professionals and Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators for over 6 years. He is currently working as a freelance commercial and editorial photographer and retocuher. His past experiences range from 2 month commercial shoot in Africa as well as professional image retouching at VRX Studios in Vancouver, BC; and the list goes on.

Tap into all that experience – 9+ years in Canada total & counting!

Available for travel. $35 for travel time & up to 40km round trip from Langley. Each km beyond is 40km is charged at an additional $.75 cents/per km.

Payment is easy! Secure online processing using Square, eTransfer, and major Credit Cards and cash during the booking process. Martin does NOT keep card information, and he never shares your personal info.

Questions on any of Martin’s services? Please contact Martin – Happy to help!!

Price is $65 per hour!

Get started now – make your images look AMAZING with Martin’s time-saving tips & techniques.

Specialized Photography Courses, Lessons and Classes can also be booked on any of the following:

Digital compositing.

Studio lighting.

Food & Beverage photography.

Pet photography.


Fine art landscape photography.

Shooting with existing light.

Night photography.

Painting with light photography.

Action photography.

On-location portrait photography.

Landscapes and nature assignments.

Understand the relationship between aperture and shutter speed.

You have seen the gallery of Martin’s images here, now sign up so you can improve your own photography!

Special locations will be added throughout the year. We will be visiting areas that are close by for weekend or day trips. Weekend trips can range anywhere from English Bay, Mt. Seymour, to Whistler and Pemberton. Day trips can be focused on locations near the Greater Vancouver areas and multiple day trips are already being planned.

For more information and portfolio, please visit www.martinszabo.com

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Studio Product Photography – Vancouver Umbrela Inc Photoshoot



Studio Product Photography – Vancouver Umbrela Inc Photoshoot from Martin Szabo on Vimeo.

Behind the scene video from my commercial product photo-shoot of umbrellas for Vancouver Umbrella Inc. website, advertising and collateral material. It was lot of fun to set up full portable studio at the location in their warehouse.

Thank you to Petr Basel from baselproductions.com for this amazing video.

Sit back and enjoy.



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erb!ni and his AMAZING 10th sketch

I had the pleasure to meet very talented friend of mine Erik (a.k.a. erb!ni), who happens to be also a fashion designer. As an evolution of erb!ni and his talent, we decided to capture his 10th master piece for the first time on camera.

Enjoy art responsibly!


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The revolutionary photo-booth- Be Blown Away hits Vancouver

If you’ve ever gone to a party and had some fun in a “local photo-booth”, nothing will ever get you ready for what is about to come. The photographic revolution of the year will literally blow you away and bring on some faces you have never seen before. Get comfy in your chair, turn ON HD!!! and make sure your sound is pumped up! Get ready for 235Mph wind, press play and “Be Blown Away” …the extraordinary portrait-booth.

For more details and booking contact Martin @ martinszabo.com

P.S P.S. Big thank you goes to Boldly Creative Agency for making this video happen, especially to Creative Director Geoff Manton. Amazing work and job well done, guys. Thank you! You can see more of their work @ boldly.ca

Thanks for watching, guys!


P.S.: P.S. Initial idea was introduce by talented photographer Tadao Cern who introduced this in his “Blow Job” series, which you can find here.

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Be Blown Away Portraits with some serious ShareDDB action!

Hey guys,


It’s good to have time again and sit down with glass of wine to write another post. It’s Sunday night (11:46pm) and I had an amazing day today. Woke up at 6.15am to go for a sunrise hike on top of the Mt Seymour’s ‘Dog Mountain Trail” and got absolutely soaked wet with the heaviest snow rain and one foot of snow with my dog Buddy. He was the most unhappy dog in the world right after he got the touch of the ice-watered snow beneath him, which soaked his little belly in zero degrees water for about an hour or so. He was safe and happy after having a good breakfast 😉 and this story will be covered in the next post.

The thing I want to share with you today is some seriously amazing and crazy portraits I did few days ago (NOV 19th, 2014). I had the opportunity to donate my time and talent for one of the best agencies in Canada I know, which is DDB and support local charities at the same time. They needed a photographer to cover the event  but I also wanted to bring little twist to the “silent auctions” as we know it with some good portraits. After seeing so much stuff online and social media I decide to bring on the big guns. MAKE SOME NOISE! I’ve rented leaf-blower which was able to generate 235MPH wind and get some faces flying! Literally!!!

These are the best of the best from the evening:

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As far as the light set up and behind the scenes, here are some background shots:

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Thank you guys for stopping by and check back soon for next projects.

Have a great time!

Martin 😉


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‘the old soul in young body’ … a.k.a Vaughn Lowell Swenson



Hey guys,

It’s been a long time since I had time to sit down and write a post. I’ve had very busy summer including one of the best day of my life, my wedding (…but this will be covered in another post). I decided to pay more attention to the blog section of my website and start writing (more) again. I would love to kick it off with a post I was preparing for a long time and finally introduce you to a person who is very inspiring person to be around. I decided to photograph a portrait of Vaughn last summer or so which ended up as awesome afternoon with some ‘sick photos on the side’. Vaughn has a life long passion for music and piano and is influenced by true songwriting greats, such as Randy Newman, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, and auteurs like Ry Cooder and Van Dyke Parks. When I asked Vaughn why does he do what he does, this was his answer:

“I am in ecstasy when I play the piano, or when I listen to music, because music is the master vibration that everything in nature is trembling to express. Listening and composing and playing music is a complete necessity for me, a blessing and affliction. Music is an experience, intimately married to life. Currently, I’m trying to find a way to survive and thrive making music. I knew music would be my mistress when I was just a boy, and that, by virtue of this knowledge, I would potentially be living in a ditch with a foot of water as a pillow. I confess that this misgiving has crossed me in idle imagination, but has not spurred my feet in anyway.”

We had amazing times while shooting the portraits and I picked a location very close to my place, Swangard Stadium. The idea was to see Vaughn go nuts and really enjoy himself performing on such a huge stage of a big stadium, although there was no audience. In our mind, we totally “sold out” the whole place and Vaughn was ‘playing’ the best performance of his life. It was great to see the results and see his soul come through and being able to capture it in these photographs. This first photograph of this blog post is one of my favourites because it exactly portray Vaughn’s limitless love for music.

Here is a behind the scene photo of how this shot was made:

FULL RES_Vaughn Svenson photoshoot behind the scenes

These photos are from the same day and I think are the best pick. Having a blast and enjoying the sunshine (because that’s what life is about!)

Here is a useful link where you can find more details regarding Vaughn, his walkabouts and what he is up to:


Hope you guys enjoyed these photos and it will be a pleasure if you stop by here soon.

Cheers, Martin.

As a bonus I am including a 5 portraits of Vaughn and his boys, Joe Gibson and Jordan Lysenko, who are the core members of THE BRAND (a music band solely focused on the love for music). These portraits were taken on Mamiya RZ 67, which is a medium format film camera first introduce in 1982 and is my (third) love of my life. 😉



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Haunted House afternoon

If you happen to have a few spare hours on your hands and would like to brush up your Photoshop skills, here is a little inspiration from what I did today. You can pick any random images you can find online (but make sure they are not use for Commercial purposes, please! ), and transform a random house like this:


Into something like this:






Looking forward to see your work. All the best,


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Holiday Mini Session




  • 25 minutes of shooting.
  • Up to 2 people and 2 pets (Additional pets and people can be included for an additional fee).
  • 10 to 15 proof images in an online gallery. This is where you choose your favorite images!
  • Your choice of either (5) 5×7 prints OR 3 digital file downloads up to 8×10 in size.

Additional prints,products and gifts are available for purchase separately.


December 1st, 2013; starting @ 9am and finishing @ 3pm; LIMITED AVAILABILITY TO 10 TIME SLOTS

Book @





STUDIO 306, 128 W 6th Ave, Vancouver, BC

Terms + Conditions

We require advance booking along with a 100% retainer to reserve your time slot. We accept all major credit cards and cash..No-shows forfeit their retainer. GST tax is applied to all sessions.


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Glamour Pet Photography Vancouver behind the scene set up

7 Doberman puppies 5 & 1/2 weeks old was a big  challenge, but thanks for help from everyone involved, after 1 hour of getting their attention all at once paid off. The shot turned out perfect although I had to composite one of these fluffy “Teddy bears” from a second shot.

Here is a behind the scenes shot set. (There is also a Canon speedlight to the camera left set on 1/4 of power to bring out the details from that pitch black fur- creating mix hard light).

Click on the photo for the best preview of the photograph.



And this is the final shot:



Thank you for visiting… see you soon.

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Vancouver Pet Photographer- It Was a Pleasure to have fun with Toni & Lila

Photo Furrytale about two girls, Toni & Lila...




Here are more photos: Continue reading »
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Vancouver Charity Event Photographer- Beauty Buzz 411 Gives Back to “Fuck Cancer”

It was awesome to experience such an amazing night as BeautyBuzz411 2nd Annual Gala Event.
I had a pleasure to become friend with Crystal who is very inspiring person and happen to be my friend.
Her passion for her blog and "give back to community" is amazing and drives people forward.
I wanted to say thank you to everyone, share some of Crystal thoughts and my photos along side.

“After months of planning, the day has finally arrived for the Beauty Buzz 411 2nd Annual Charity Gala. There has been so much buzz and support, my heart is overflowing with love.

Two years ago when Beauty Buzz 411 launched, I knew that I wanted to celebrate my anniversary each year by giving back to charity. BB411 has blessed me with the opportunity to work with amazing companies and I have met incredible people along the way. I believe that one person can make a difference and no amount of giving is too small.

Last year on BB411 Anniversary I cut my hair and donated 11.5″ to Locks of Love, the proceeds raised went to the Make a Wish Foundation. With such a great turn out,  the hype for this years event has been building for months. We hope to beat our success from last year and give back by bringing awareness to an amazing organization for a cause that has affected so many people.

When scouting out what charity to support for this years gala, I kept coming across Fuck Cancer. There was just something that kept drawing me to the organization and it felt very dear to my heart. From the moment I got in contact with the team they have opened their hearts and supported me in so many ways. I love the community they have and their focus on education and early detection. As the weeks went on I soon realized that Fuck Cancer was not just a charity, it was a family. Fuck Cancer educates Gen Y on early detection, prevention and the communication of cancer.

With the help of an incredible team I wanted to create a photo shoot that would show my support and capture the raw beauty of this amazing charity. I wanted to take a stand and not only be a voice that supported the cause, but be part of the change I want to see in this world. I had the absolute pleasure to be shot by Photographer Martin Szabo, Stylist Crystal Carson, Make Up Artist Allison Giroday and Hair Stylist Simon James.

After doing our shoot I went through a health scare with the C word and lost a friend to Cancer. This event soon became closer to my heart. Stay tuned for the in-depth story. Continue reading »

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Furrytale – Cashew and Ayaka



Furrytale – Cashew and Ayaka


Once upon a time, from a land far, far away, came a shy puppy named Cashew. In November 2011 when Ayaka was in midst of doing volunteer work in the Hong Kong SPCA welfare department office, she first met her soon-to-be best friend. Originally, she planned to foster parent him for a month, but after one night she knew she had to keep him to be part of the family.   He was from an unethically run puppy mill, and was thrown away on the streets because he contracted severe ring worm all over his body. The little puppy was severely malnourished and very underweight when she first met him. Because he was an abused dog, Continue reading »

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