MIKE RUIZ

Biography 

Mike Ruiz is a world-renowned photographer, creative director and director. Mike was born and raised in Montreal, Canada, and at the ripe age of 20, he moved to the United States with just $300 bucks in his pocket and a desire to be in the entertainment world. After working for more than a decade as a successful model, his true calling came into focus one Christmas morning, when he received a gift of a lifetime: his first camera. Wide-eyed, he took the camera out of the box, and in the blink of an adept eye, his whole life was about to change. With focused determination, Mike immediately took to his new present–taught himself the intricate mechanics of the camera and to this day, he hasn’t stopped clicking away. Perhaps it’s only when you might hear him say, “we got it!”, that there is but the slightest of pauses to an otherwise very hectic shooting schedule. Sharing with the world the images that he captures is tantamount to poetry. Whether it’s Kim Kardashian, Betty White, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry or Prince, Mike has seen and shot them all.

Like everything he touches, Mike is a man who brings to life the fantastical, which in turn, is inspired by his brilliant optimism. His lens has done a lot of zooming in and out, while the world keeps a keen focus on his high-impact, surreal brand of celebrity and fashion photography. He has successfully branded himself across platforms, including print and video, which expands his appeal in the industry. His clients include L’Oreal, Garnier, Jafra and AlfaParf. Mike’s work has appeared in Conde Nast Traveller, Elle, Interview, Paper, Flaunt, Spanish & Brazilian Vogue, Citizen K, Vanity Fair, Verve, and other publications. He is also a regular contributor to the following magazines: YRB (USA), Rouge (Russia), Prestige (Hong Kong), Spot (Mexico).

 

Throughout it all, Mike’s hard work, dedication, and passion behind the camera gives him the opportunity to bring his message of hope to the forefront of all his efforts. Mike has a true sense of social responsibility and is always intent on giving back to the community. Among the countless organizations he supports, are GMHC, The Trevor Project, Housing Works, It Gets Better Campaign, Live Out Loud, Project Angel Food, GLAAD, and he is on the honorary board of the “Let There Be Hope” research foundation. Mike is also the communications consultant on The Men’s Sexual Health Project 36:00:00 for NYU School of Medicine, as well as a recurring motivational speaker at New York University, The Harvey Milk School, Art Center College of Design, Brooklyn International High School and the College of Design in Sacramento. Mike was recently awarded a Proclamation from the City of New York for his contribution to the arts and his philanthropic effort. His efforts extend to our 4 legged friends as well. Mike has become an advocate the protection and adoption of abused and abandoned pitbulls working closely with Los Angeles rescue, Bullies and Buddies.

In addition to his photography and humanitarian work, Mike Ruiz has branched out as a director and television personality. He has produced music videos for artists, such as Vanessa Williams, Kelly Rowland, Jody Watley, Kristine W., Shontelle, The Blonds among others. Back in 2007, Mike took on a passion project for himself when he directed one of his role models, RuPaul, in an indie film entitled, Starrbooty. 

 

Mike has recently launched an APP for the iPad, iPhone and Android devices which will be a digital interactive extension of his book, Pretty Masculine. Versions of the all will soon be available for the iPhone and Android devices. The online promotional video has won him a Telly Award. 

Social Media
Instagram: @mikeruizone
Twitter: @mikeruiz1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikeruiz1

ALEX EVANS

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TED BELTON

Ted Belton is a Canadian photographer, currently in Toronto, and sometimes in London, UK. But his deepest, darkest desire is to become a renaissance man and save the world. Mostly because if you save the world, you generally get to wear a cape.

YAN BLENEY

Since its inception, the work of Yan Bleney conjugates his interest in the diversity of the world, culture and people. 

After being introduced at a young age in diverse art forms, he studied retouching before being trained by his peers in photography.

In 2006, he left Montreal to settle in Paris, where he spent seven years studying photography and shape interest in artisans from the capital of haute couture. 

The fashion and beauty, a discipline that now exudes from his artistic approach.

LILY & LILAC

Lily and Lilac are identical twin sisters and a fashion photography duo. Born and raised in Montreal, they earned their professional degrees at Dawson’s Institute of Photography. At the age of 20, they moved their business to Toronto. Since then, they continue to work in both markets shooting for major advertising campaigns and editorials. In 2012, Lily & Lilac were nominated for Photographer of the Year at the P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards.

Editorial work has appeared in Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam, Harper’s Bazaar Kazakhstan, Elle Canada, Fashion, Glow, Dress To Kill, Loulou, Clin d’Oeil, Weddingbells, Globe & Mail, The Kit, Today’s Bride, S Style, Women of Influence, and Zoomer.

ANDREW SOULE

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JAVIER LOVERA

Originally from Colombia and a Purdue University graduate, Javier Lovera is an award-winning photographer with a focus in fashion, beauty, and advertising. Javier’s images and films tell strong, powerful and intimate stories. His style is clean and creative, and strongly influenced by his passion for graphic design. His commercial work for clients such as Adidas Canada, Cougar Boots, Maybelline NY, Blammo Worldwide, The Royal Ontario Museum, Montana Steele Advertising, and LA Ads Inc, has appeared in regional and national advertising campaigns. His editorial photography has been published in international and national magazines such as Elle Quebec, BULLETT Magazine, NUVO, ZINK, PLAID, Poor But Sexy, Contra and FILLER. In 2009, The Applied Arts Magazine Photography Annual competition granted Javier an award in the Fashion and Beauty category.

Being passionate about multi-disciplinary projects, Javier is currently developing and researching interactive and projection based installations in collaboration with Derooted Labs, making use of his engineering and design backgrounds. This growing collaboration has resulted in commissioned work for clients such as BMW and Nike, among others.

MARIE H RAINVILLE

Born and raised in Quebec City, Marie H Rainville discovered photography and was introduced to the darkroom during her teenage years. She graduated in Graphic Design in 2010 and worked as a photo retoucher for almost three years before moving to Montreal in 2012.

Marie H Rainville’s work has been shown in various magazines over the globe. Her imagery expresses both strength and sensitivity. Shooting on locations inspire her most, allowing her to work with the environment and bringing out the authenticity she seeks in her pictures. She never hesitates to step out of her comfort zone and is always eager to take on new challenges.

MICHAEL WILLIAMS

Known for his glamorous yet unpretentious style, celebrity and beauty photographer Michael Williams began his photography career in Paris. He quickly rose to the top of his profession and has shot for many of the world’s leading publications including Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Marie Claire Etc.He has also shot and directed many advertising campaigns in addition to having photographed many Academy Award winning actors.

Michael’s work has recently expanded to include directing TV commercials and now many of his photo shoots now involve video or motion capture. Michael has residences in both NYC and LA and frequently travels the globe on where ever his assignments take him. Michael is equally noted for his professional ease on set and intuitive understanding of is clients needs. When he isn’t juggling his hectic career he can be found at his neighborhood playground trying to keep up with his five year old son.

JUSTIN WU

Fashion photographer & film director, Justin Wu, was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He is based in Paris but often divides his time between Paris, New York, and London.

Starting out as an exhibited fine-art photographer, Justin continually experiments with different media. Currently he focuses on developing commercial fashion films, TVCs, music videos and photo stories globally. He is most well known for his fashion week lip dub videos which are genuine, fun, and attempt to show a lighter side of the industry. His latest film for Jay-Z’s Life+Times was among New York Magazine’s Best Fashion Films of September 2011. Justin’s work is always a current topic in the blogosphere and has been featured on CBS News, Vogue, Elle, MTV, VH1, Huffington Post, Entertainment Tonight, Le Grand Journal (Canal+), Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine and even Perez Hilton to name a few.

His photographic work can be found in GQ, L’Officiel, W, V and Vogue Hommes and has developed short films for Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, L’Oreal Paris, Garnier, Publicis, Holt Renfrew, Lane Crawford and Max Mara. Recently a video interview about his work in W Magazine was featured on Entertainment Tonight and another interview with his collaboration with Dolce & Gabbana can be found on Vogue Italia’s website. He aspires to break boundaries and bridge the gap between photography and film.