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On Friday, after popular demand, we had the supreme pleasure of hosting another edition of WTFunk?! This time, being St. Patrick’s…eve…we decided to take advantage of the holiday and theme everything around it…green light bulbs, green and irish beers, and of course the Photo Booth.

I’ve never had so much fun running a photo booth at any event as I did on Friday, and the photos turned out great! I’ve included a bunch below, and the rest can be found on the Facebook Page, go check them out! If you are in them or know who is, tag them!

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We would love to pack this thing and take it to other parties! Get at me christoph@lowkeystudio.com if you want to rent out a photo booth like this for your event or party!

The next WTFunk?! party is going to be in June, so keep checking back from time to time here, or on our Facebook Page to get details! And don’t forget about the upcoming Instagram Gallery on April 28th, there’s still lots of room for submissions!

YES! It’s the moment so many of you have been waiting for…The Instagram Gallery Show at Low Key Studio & Gallery!!!

This is YOUR time to shine! To share your perspective! To see YOUR PHOTOS in a Gallery Show!

On April 28th at 7:00pm, Low Key Studio will open its doors to the public to mingle and look at your work!

THE PARTY

DJ Adverb (who has worked with Koushik, Classified, Rich Kidd, Smash Brovas, Muneshine and many more) on the decks and the iPhoneography of you and your peers on the gallery walls. Cash bar and free refreshments (including yummy squares – everything’s gotta be in square format!). It’s going to be another epic Low Key party, so even if you don’t plan to submit photos, you’re not going to want to miss it! There will be awesome prizes for great submissions, and the photos will be available for sale – so if yours sells, you get paid!

We’re bringing back the famous Low Key Photo Booth (it’s now a must at every party – check out past events here and here).

SUBMISSIONS

Submission is really easy. All you have to do is send us an email (christoph@lowkeystudio.com) which includes:

  • First & Last Name:
  • Instagram Handle (your @name):
  • Link to your website or blog:
  • Attachments with the Instagrammed photos* you want included in your submission.

*If you’ve never saved your Instagram photos to your computer before, it’s really simple. Just go check out Statigram.com, log in using your Instagram user info, and then you can see your whole portfolio on your computer. Then all you have to do is right-click on the image and save it. Using this method guarantees that the resolution will be high enough for a 5×5 print, so please follow these steps if you’re not sure!

We’re going to take care of the rest for you – printing, mounting, promoting, etc. To cover those costs, here are the submission prices:

Early Entry Deadline NOW EXTENDED! (on or Before April 14th, 2012 at 10:00pm):

  • 1 Photo: $5
  • 3 Photos: $10
  • 8 Photos: $20 **

Late Entry (April 14th at 10:00pm – April 20th at 10:00pm):

  • 1 Photo: $7.50
  • 3 Photos: $15
  • 8 Photos: $30 **

**If you submit and pay for a minimum of 8 photos, you also get a feature! This means we’ll highlight your section of the gallery and make sure it stands out from the rest.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

We recommend using PayPal to ensure that your entry submission fee gets to us quickly and without issues. Our PayPal account is linked to christoph@lowkeystudio.com. Just make a note in your PayPal submission to link us to your name and instagram handle so we know who has paid.

If you prefer to make an alternate arrangement (email transfer, or cash or cheque dropped off at the studio), please let us know in your submission email how you will be paying.

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

The first 20 people to complete the submission process will also receive a voucher for 25% off studio rental! So don’t dilly dally – start looking through your Instagram library now and get those submissions in!

Got questions? Email christoph@lowkeystudio.com and we’ll get right back to you.

We are so excited about this chance to connect the online #HamOnt community at Low Key Studio & Gallery. Tell all your friends!

Be there or BE SQUARE!

See you there!

I just saw on Facebook that Rex’s video for Double Fistin’ Cups was live, it was shot here at Low Key Studio only a couple weeks ago by Jason Matos. Check it out!

Jason does a lot of work with Hip Hop artists in Toronto, but always manages to convince them to make the trek out to Hamilton to use our facility here. Check out the Studio Rental page to find out how you can book Low Key Studio for your upcoming photo shoots, video shoots, or event!

Our newest addition to the creative team, Justine McKnight, will be launching her new website, Juxt13, in a few weeks.

Justine at the Make Up Desk at Low Key Studio

Justine is a highly experienced make up artist, currently working for MAC Cosmetics and also working as a freelance make up artist. She came by the other day to do some promotional shots for her upcoming launch on Feb 14th.

We’re really excited for the launch of Justine’s site and looking forward to collaborating with her on upcoming projects at the studio!

On Friday we threw a party to celebrate Johnny Major‘s Debut Album “This is the Sound” going up on iTunes, and we also took the opportunity to premiere their new music video for Ghetto Fabulous. If you weren’t able to make it out on Friday, don’t worry! Ghetto Fabulous is now on YouTube! Watch below…

This was a Christoph Benfey‘s directorial debut and also features the talented and dynamic Anna Cyzon. Chris Wardle held things down as the camera operator and also edited the final cut. The entire video was shot in 1 day in Hamilton, Ontario.

Since the Photo Booth at WTFunk Happened to 2011?! was such a success, we decided to do it again! But we all ended up having the most fun in it after the party was over! Here are some pics, the rest will be up on our Facebook Page later tonight or tomorrow.

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GG Cole did an amazing job of warming the crowd up before the video started andSanjay Patel made it out again to contribute his signature live art in between sets. This one turned out to be one of my favourites so far!

Another masterpiece by Sanjay Patel

I hope everyone had a great time and we’re definitely looking forward to the next one! Thanks again to everyone that made an effort to come out for the party! Now go spread the word on this video!!

Christoph

Everyone in Hamilton knows what happens on the second Friday of every month. Of course I’m talking about Art Crawl! What you didn’t know is that starting this month Low Key Studio will be launching the Art Crawl After Party.

To kick things off we’re pairing up this months Art Crawl After Party with some great friends of ours, Johnny Major. They just released their debut full-length album on iTunes and they decided to celebrate the occasion with us here at Low Key! This will also be the Official Premiere Screening for their Music Video for the song Ghetto Fabulous. They’ll be doing a live acoustic rendition of some of the songs on their album, and GG Cole will be doing an acoustic set as well.

Poster by Christoph Benfey

There will be art on display and for sale in the gallery, as well as Live-Art by Sanjay Patel. Cash bar, so this will be 19+, but FREE TO GET IN!!! If you’re Art Crawling on Friday the 13th, definitely make an effort to stroll over and pop in for a look! Things get started when the Art Crawl starts to slow down. See you here!!

Oh, and while you’re here…check out the workshops and studio rental we offer here at Low Key ; )

It’s been a busy month here so far, so I haven’t had much time to do any updating! But things are winding down now for the holidays, so before I get to my last minute Christmas shopping…here’s what’s going on!

The Work of Sanjay Patel is currently on display in the Gallery. He’ll be doing a live painting again on December 30th with live music and the like. It’ll be a fantastic time! Details HERE.

The Work of Sanjay Patel, on display and for sale at Low Key.

The Work of Sanjay Patel, on display and for sale at Low Key.

The Work of Sanjay Patel, on display and for sale at Low Key.

The Work of Sanjay Patel, on display and for sale at Low Key.

In other news, in between rentals and shoots, I’ve been finding time to hang some of my own prints!

A canvas wrap of my photo of the Herkimer building.

One of the hot sellers

Paradiso, by Christoph Benfey

Lonliness, by Christoph Benfey

Easier on the wallet...the 5x5 collection

Nothing like a little bit of shameless self-promotion! I also realized I don’t have any photos up yet of the actual studio since it was finished! What was I thinking? Here you go…

The Make-up Area

The Kitchenette...the mini-fridge is being delivered next week.

Comfortable Couches

Manfrotto Ceiling Mounted Seamless system & Top-Line Speedotron Lighting System.

We have a Neutral Grey, White, Black & Green mounted by default.

Control up to 4 heads from this pack, slap a pocket wizard (we have them) on your camera and you're good to go for wireless shooting!

So there you have it! A bit of an information overload, maybe…but hey, it’s Christmas! There are still spaces available for the workshops in January, so check that out if you’re interested for yourself, or for a gift for the photo enthusiast on your list. Have a safe and happy holiday everyone!

Christoph

Of course one of the many uses for the studio is going to be film shoots (by the way, rental rates are now posted!). Since opening at the beginning of December we’ve already had the pleasure of having 2 music videos shot at Low Key Studio, and a third one is happening this Saturday.

The boys (along with the ridiculously talented and animated Anna Cyzon, who is featured on the track) from Johnny Major stopped by last weekend to shoot their video for Ghetto Fabulous [which I’m directing!]. With Chris Wardle as D.O.P. and Editor on this one, it’s sure to be an awesome first video for them! I just got some screen shots from some behind the scenes footage that was shot by Chris, so here they are!

(All Photos property of Chris Wardle)

The video will be dropping on January 6th 2012, and there will be a release party for the iTunes release of their new album “This is The Sound” and the music video release at Low Key Studios on the 6th as well. More details will be coming soon.

In other news, Katie and I were in studio shooting our Christmas cards the other night, and I was playing around with some long exposure stuff for fun when I got this photo…

Merry Christmas from Low Key Studio & Gallery!

If anyone is interested in booking a photoshoot for a friend or loved one as a Christmas present, we’ve got some sweet packages available at a discounted price during the Holiday Season. Shoot me an email at christoph@lowkeystudio.com if you’re interested! And don’t forget about the Workshops!

Bye bye for now!

Christoph

So stoked to have a true legend of Toronto hip hop in the studio today! Mindbender made his way all the way out to do a shoot to promote his upcoming mixtape. Although the studio is still in a state of construction, I couldn’t turn down this opportunity. So glad we were able to make something work in the disaster area that is the current state of the studio!

The Mixtape, No More Mr. Nice Guy Vol.3 – Romantic Mindfuck Decapitation, drops on the 26th and there will be a Release Party at This Ain’t Hollywood in Hamilton. Be sure to check it out before or after you swing by here for our own Launch Party!

Much Love,

Christoph

We’ve finally gotten enough confirmation to move forward with an Official Announcement for the Grand Opening Party! Low Key Studio & Gallery will have the official Community Launch Party on November 26th featuring DJ Adverb on the Technics and of course Sanjay Patel doing the Live Painting.

There are still more possibilities including a possible acoustic set by pop-duo Johnny Major who’s newest album is dropping on the 11th! And there will definitely be a fun-photo booth set up at the party.

Keep checking back for more information on this BYOB party. To sign up for the facebook event, click HERE. It’s not mandatory for entry but will help me with numbers and I’ll be able to keep you in the loop.

Hope to see you all there!

Christoph

 

 

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