Personal Work:

At Strast Media, we love working for others and helping to turn our passion into their vision. However, we also enjoy pushing ourselves creatively in our own personal work! Future Is… Series

What is 'The Future Is' Series? 

'The Future is... is a photoshoot interview series by Adrienne Row - Smith. She commbines images taken during the interview with the person and combine it with their responses and opinions to her questions about the Ottawa Creative Community.

Adrienne wanted the focus of this series to be on women, primarily LGTB2A women of colour. However, the series is not going to be limited by those parameters. The focus is meant to be on the marginalized voices that are often overlooked or never heard, and she wanted to gain insight into the diverse Ottawa Community. 

The interview will always follow these questions:

1. Who Are You?

2. What is your field of expertise?

3. What is your favourite thing about the creative community in Ottawa?

4. Do you have a significant moment from working within the community?

5. Any advice for those just coming into the community?

6. In your words, what does the future of the Ottawa Arts/Creative community look like? 

7. Finally, is there anything else you would like to share?

However, just like any honest and open dialogue, there may be portions of the interview that drift from the subject at hand! 

Check out the most recent interview

SoGal Ottawa: Prepping For the Future of Work

Recently, I was hired by SoGal which is “largest global platform for the education and empowerment of diverse entrepreneurs and investors”, Their mission is to close the diversity gap in entrepreneurship and venture capital. Sogal’s Ottawa chapter were recently having a networking event to ask how they could prep themselves and the youth for the future of work. They hired me to to film and put together a little recap video for their Ottawa Chapter. The event had a keynote speaker: Shauna Pollock: co-founder & director of Ottawa’s leading experimental prototype school, Blue Sky School. Check out the video below!

Music by: Ben Sound

Kenneth & Kennedy: A Peaky Blinders Session

I met Kenneth and Kennedy during my studies at Carleton University. During that time and since then, I have been amazed and humbled by their beautiful souls and intellect. But beyond their amazing personalities, I also have been in awe of their fashion sense and just had to get a photosession with them in! The twins operate a radio show (on break until April) , but be sure to check it out!

Behind The Scenes: With Justina Sadecki & Chris Roussakis

Shows the retouching of an image shot by Photographer Chris Roussakis featuring Model Justina Sadecki - (Click to See the full thumbnail)

In this day and age, if you’re not on some form of social media you tend to miss out on a lot of talent. However, if the spotlight isn’t for you there are still roles in which you can be near the light but not directly in it. At Strast Media, we pride ourselves in being both in and out of the spotlight. Anytime we can help a fellow creative shine we are over the moon about it!

Which leads us into today’s post, as our founder Adrienne Row - Smith assisted, retouched and shot a video for fellow Ottawa Photographer Chris Roussakis. Chris specializes in commercial and editorial photography and is always willing up for a challenge, and wanted to do something a little bit different and also wanted to take the opportunity to feature model Justina Sadecki in his portfolio.

Check out the animated video for retouching and the Behind the scenes video of his shoot and Strast Media work!