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Riaz O.

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I am a photographer from Mauritius Island, i have been raised by my grandfather who had a huge passion for photography. At 13, my house got robbed as well as my first camera I've ever had as a gift from him. I decided not to pursue anything in photography until 3 years ago. So far it has just been the best thing that happened to me. I decided to come to Montreal, joined Collège Marsan for a Photography course but I did not continue the studies, to be honest, I found it limiting as a course and to creativity. I have been working in the food/product photography world for around 3 years now. I am also a trained thirdwave barista, and made a reputation into shooting mostly coffee shops.

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camera

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | Sony Alpha 7 II

lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 | Canon 50mm f/1.8 | Sony 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6


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What do you love about your job?

I love the fact that it's always something new, despite it might be the same theme of photo shoot, same product. Every frame is different, every photograph has a different touch to it. It will never be exactly the same. What I love about it is, it brings me to a world where everything goes to mute and all I see is a ideas of how to capture what I'm seeing in the best way I can.

What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?

There was a photo shoot for a famous mural painter in Montreal. Ola Volo.
I did her photos for a very special project for Louis Vuitton at the time. It was extremely challenging and was of great deal to her.
I had to handle all the pressure and come up with very creative ideas at the time. I think I made it special by coming up with ideas that focuses on the human touch of the project.
The feedback was very positive and Ola hired me multiple times after that.

Awards, honors, and recognitions received

I have been published multiple times, sold a lot of frames but unfortunately did not receive any awards.
As publications : Les 7 Doigts , NuVo Magazine for Ola, Blogs for an actress in Montreal, Marie-Pier Morin, about coffee shops and several more.

A fun fact about this photographer

I am from a tropical island and highly allergic to seafood. (all of them).

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