Evolution of Joker

Joker Photoshoot

Sometimes I get an idea in my head and the only way to excise the image is to get the images onto my camera.  I have had this image of the old campy comic book Joker playing chess against the dark Heath Ledger Joker in my head for several months. I finally got around to pitching the idea to a Makeup artist Adriane and she jumped all over it. I knew my friend Roywould be perfect for the Heath Joker, and he said his friend Christian would be a great Campy. Casting could not have turned out more perfect! They both got really into the roles and I am thrilled with the final images!

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Archie Comic Photoshoot

Archie & The Gang hit Edmonton

I saw that the Mac Makeup store has a promotion going right now themed after the beloved Archie Comics. It brought mind the wonderful shoot I did in the summer of 2011

My wonderful girlfriend Melissa actually came up with the concept one day as she was looking through her Archie comic collection. I fell in love with the idea and we went to work finding all the elements that could make this project a success!

Casting of course was the key element here. I had all the cast set in my mind using friends and models I have worked with in the past, except for the pivotal character, Archie himself. Social media to the rescue! We put the word out there and low and behold we found the PERFECT Archie.


Next on our list was location. I instantly thought of the 50’s Diner decor at Dadeo New Orleans Diner &  Bar. They were amazingly accommodating and I can’t say enough about how well they treated us!


Archie and the Gang

Now to costuming, hair, and Makeup. We used thrift stores, Value Village, and Goodwill for most items, and had Archie’s and Jughead’s shirt made at a local t-shirt shop. The amazing Kazmetix Makeup Artistry once again worked their magic, even making Jughead’s hat from scratch! Hair styles were ROCKED by the super talented Victoria of Metropolitan Rockabilly Hair Design

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Concept & Creative Director – Melissa Monz

Archie – Jeff Rivet

Betty – Darcy Dalgleish

Veronica – Danika Wild

Jughead – Cory Jennigs

Reggie – Ty Cusack

Ethel – Jamie Lynn Richard

NB – the feature image was edited by retoucher Falt Photographics

All of these people were an amazing team and I could not have pulled it off without them!