THE WORKER BEES
We believe in collaboration, cooperation, networking and community. HONEY is pleased to engage the minds and services of independent artists and creators in the realm of photography, video, styling, design and planning. Let us know if you’d like to meet with us!
BARBARA BLAKEY O’BRIEN - CREATIVE DIRECTOR + PHOTOGRAPHER
Barbara is the founder of Barbara Blakey Photography, The Studio Space Calgary, and Honey Creative. Starting at the age of eight, she used to take photos of her cabbage patch dolls with desk lamps for lights and a brownie camera in hand.
After having a family and enjoying a successful career in dance, a traumatic life-altering event in 2011 catalyzed Barb to turn to photography in a serious way. It served as a therapeutic outlet, and rapidly developed into a new career.
Since then, Barbara (Aka “Babs”) has become an in-demand creative professional, specializing in commercial, architectural, portrait and event photography.
An avid traveler, she has shot for clients at her studio in Calgary, and on location in Alberta, BC, Ireland, Italy, Austria, New York, Glasgow, Spain, and Hawaii.
Barb has a background in teaching and mentoring, and wishes to share her warm, nurturing and engaged instruction style with upcoming photographers.
Sam Hurd - PHOTO - Workshops
Sam hates to toot his own horn but we think he’s amazing. He creates the most original art through portraiture, using lines, lights and special tricks to achieve images that couples will treasure forever. A Sam Hurd Workshop is for photographers that want to learn the inner workings of his business, and how to shoot in real life, difficult, practical locations with real couples. His workshops encompass shooting techniques, marketing and business practices, technique and workflow. Join Sam at the HONEY Workshop session in Tuscany Italy, May 6-9 2019
LAURA BARCLAY - PHOTO - Workshops
Laura is an adventure elopement and wedding photographer based in Calgary, Alberta, and has traveled all over the world capturing couples in wild places. She loves getting to connect with couples that share her love of adventure and the outdoors and challenging and encouraging her couples in order to get the best shot. It’s a dream for her to work outdoors and mix her love of landscapes with happy couples. Working from home also allows her to take care of her energetic border collie, which is pretty awesome too!
Laura infuses a mixture of documenting a couple’s story naturally and candidly, directing couples for good lighting and epic photos. Her wedding couples love the natural feel and authenticity in her photography.
LYNN DEL CASTILHO - DESIGNER + PLANNER
Lynn is the principal at CHEMISTRY Events and Gatherings in Calgary. She is an accomplished wedding planner and designer. Lynn is a creative entrepreneur at heart and a lover of all things beautiful.
Born and raised in Calgary, Lynn is passionate about supporting and collaborating with clients, up and coming talents and businesses. She is always on the lookout for locally sourced products to incorporate in her designs and loves seeking out interesting venues around town where gatherings can be hosted.
Having grown up in a family where sitting together, sharing a meal, swapping stories and having a good laugh was the ultimate expression of bonding and affection, she aims to replicate these same meaningful experiences for her clients and their loved ones.
Lynn will be styling the Wedding Portfolio Building Session in December 2018.
MICHAEL Benz - PHOTO - LIGHT DESIGN
Michael has an illustrious background in photography, graphic design and event management. He studied at SAIT and has a diploma in New Media and Design Production. Michael has an edgy modern style and lends his masculine touch in his shooting and editing style. He has worked for over ten years in the realms of commercial photography, music events, and serves small businesses and personal clients with a professional approach. He lives in Calgary with his partner Chelsea, and fur babies Jeeves, Lilith and Mo.
NOA-ZEB OFFERGELD - FILM
With a deep family background in photography and filmmaking, Noa has been creating commercial and wedding films since 2009 and is the principal at Zeb Films Hawaii. He travels the world making visual love stories for families and also corporate and scenic videos for businesses. He prides himself on his relationships, and ensures that each film has unmistakeable visual impact. Utilizing a curated team of professionals, leading technology and creative techniques, Noa-Zeb strives to give clients an unforgettable film through creative story-telling. "I'm always so excited to hear each person’s story whether in business or personal life. A moment in time can become a blur. Being the one to capture these memories is an incredible privilege and responsibility”.
Noa will be filming the Calgary workshops in December 2018 and teaching video sessions at the Tuscan Wedding Workshop.
LEAH VAN LOON - FASHION & COMMERCIAL STYLIST
is an award winning fashion and commercial stylist with over 20 years experience in fashion, film and advertising. Her writing and styling work appears in fashion magazines in Canada and around the world. She currently travels between her home in Calgary and her beloved Paris where she curates specialty fashion and shopping tours for clients as well as a mentorship program for industry newcomers. Leah has worked backstage in Paris, Milan and New York and produces and styles fashion shows locally for private companies, brands and charities. Leah also provides styling and consultation services to brands and her personal shopping clients.
SUZANNE THOMPSON - HAIR + MAKEUP ARTIST
Sue has been an Aveda Purefessional since 2000. She has participated in NY Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week.
Her work has been featured on TV, magazines and print. In 2005 she worked in London England at Gina Conway as a creative director, and also worked at Chrome Hair in Calgary since 2003 as artistic director.
Sue freelances styling hair and makeup at weddings and in editorial styling in North America, Europe and Australia.
Sue has worked often on Stella McCartney’s creative team under Aveda Creative Director Antoinette Beenders and has travelled to Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London and New York.