TIFF's Cameron Bailey: HOUSE Magazine Nollywood Editorial Photoshoot by Sean Berrigan


I can’t believe i’m only just sharing this now in 2019 and not in 2016 when this shoot originally took place. Back in the early summer of 2016 I was commissioned by Soho House head office in London, UK to shoot a feature story for HOUSE, their international quarterly magazine that goes out to over 40,000 Soho House members worldwide. Soho House for anyone who isn’t familiar was founded in London in 1995 as a private members’ club for people in the creative industries, including film, fashion, advertising, music, art and tech. With over 23 clubs across Europe and North America, as well as restaurants, cinemas, workspaces, spas and bedrooms, Soho has been a major hub for creatives in Toronto and all around the world.

The feature story was written by a man named Cameron Bailey who is a Canadian film critic and festival programmer. He is better known as the artistic director and co-head of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Cameron is very prolific within the Nollywood film scene a.k.a the Nigerian film industry and he was writing an article on how Nollywood is the most ambitious film scene of the moment. This was a last minute shoot that came through back in the summer of 2016, and I was extremely excited and eager to have the opportunity to shoot something for HOUSE as it’s a beautiful publication with stunning design. HOUSE wanted to see relaxed, candid lifestyle images capturing Cameron in various locations throughout the iconic TIFF Bell Lightbox centre on King St. W in downtown Toronto. They wanted the images to highlight his environment which was downtown skyscraper-filled Toronto. We didn’t get any time to location scout the area so we were going in almost completely blind, except for vague memories of the building when it was first constructed as I worked on a photoshoot there years prior.

We had some help from Cameron’s assistant who showed us all the locations we could shoot once we arrived. We had about 20 minutes to get a tour of the building before Cameron arrived camera ready. Vanessa and myself ran about like maniac’s trying to find locations that had nice light and we managed to find a couple great spots. The shoot went great, we had a lot of fun and Cameron was a blast to work with for the hour and a half we had him. Fast forward a couple months and the issue of HOUSE arrived at my apartment and it was surreal to see the images in print. Soho House, myself and Cameron were very pleased with the images that came out of the shoot, even though the shots that you least expect, always end up being the ones that get used. The images below are my favourites from the shoot. :)

All images were edited with my ONYX Signature Lightroom Presets, which are available for purchase HERE!

The new Receiver Brass Shop Roastery & Breadworks by Sean Berrigan


Our good friends over at Receiver Coffee here in Charlottetown just opened their second location called The Brass Shop Roastery & Breadworks. It is located in the port area of the waterfront in downtown Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. We had the chance to sneak in during their unplanned soft opening and capture some shots before it got crazy. I went to junior high and high school with the owners Chris Francis and Sean Bruinooge way back in the day; and since opening their first flagship location on Victoria Row, these guys have been going full blast with helping to create a bustling craft coffee scene on PEI. These guys showed me the light when it came to making a good cup of coffee, and that sometimes mean dialling into things and getting very scientific when making that fresh, smooth, non-bitter coffee. I'm super excited and proud to see these guys powering through and really succeeding in their field. A lot of people helped with the buildout of the new location (sorry if I'm missing anyone important), but it wouldn't look so damn slick if it wasn't for our friend Brodye Chappell of Brodye Chappell Builds. Brodye has been a close friend of mine since childhood and recently burst onto the scene a couple years ago as a fine woodworking genius with his BCB brand. He, along with some others, spent weeks and weeks building out the amazing wood finishings you see from the second you enter the Brass Shop, to the time you leave. If you're in Charlottetown, most likely you've probably already had their coffee, but if you haven't, don't miss out on their incredible coffee roasted in house by Sean, Chris and their team. We had the chance to sneak in during their unplanned soft opening and capture some shots before it got crazy.

Montreal Brunch at Passé Composé by Sean Berrigan

We were recently in Montreal and NEEDED to get some good brunch in while we were downtown. No questions asked, Passé Composé was the spot we needed to go to. We had been there a few months back and we thought it would be the perfect place to take our friend Katlyn for her first time in Montreal. The day started out pretty rainy and gloomy, but the drive there was pretty peaceful and good music made it even better. What better way to start your day then getting dope breakfast when you're hungry. 

The spot is located in the Gay Village and everything is pretty colourful around there. We walked passed some beautiful murals and had to snap a few pics. The menu was pretty extensive and incorporated exactly what the french do best: french toast, fois gras, and anything really. Needless to say, all three of our meals were so delicious that we ended up getting too full!