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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!

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

I had the pleasure of working with a local Hamilton model, the lovely Ashley C. yesterday. These are some of my favourite shots from the afternoon.

Ashley will be one of several highly experienced models that workshop participants will be able to shoot with starting in January’s first batch of Studio Techniques workshops. Check back later this week for more information on the workshops and other featured models.

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

Things are moving along this weekend. We’ve been framing out the North facing wall to accommodate bigger window sills, finishing up the kitchen area, and getting the make-up area set up.

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We also picked up a bunch of square frames from Ikea for the Instagram showcase and Augie from the Hamilton Tiger Cats stopped in to drop off his barely used leather love seat and micro suede chairs.

Still a lot to do before the Grand Opening party, but most of the big stuff is out of the way so we’re feeling pretty good about moving forward!

Having just acquired the keys to the former architect’s office yesterday, work is already underway at Low Key to prep the shooting area.

After a days work, we’ve got half the walls down, as well as half of the 1/8th inch facade covering the original brick walls.

We’ve got a lot of work to do before the Grand Opening party in November. Check back often for updates on the construction and the party!

Christoph

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