Selena Phillips-Boyle Portfolio
Selena Phillips-Boyle is a freelance photographer, videographer, and communications worker with over 11 years of experience in the industry. Her work focuses on portrait photography, in particular environmental portraiture. She is also highly skilled in event, product, and architecture photography. Through her freelance projects she regularly ascertains the needs of an organization, and develops and captures the desired visual content as relevant to the project. As a photographer and videographer, she is comfortable in a high stress work environment and is able to meet tight deadlines. Her work in communications has honed her ability to strategize, develop, and implement social media campaigns and manage a regular content schedule. She is proficient at front end web design, search engine optimization, and managing multi-channel marketing.
Using the photographic style of environmental portraiture, Selena captures the techniques,machinery, and families of CAPE farmers while they are engrossed in their everyday environment, uncovering the intimate personality of their life and labour. This is in contrast with a greater trend in which rural production and rural life are made absent from the collective visual imagination. This series gives texture to modern organic, small-scale agriculture in Quebec in a vein similar to that of George Orwell’s exposition of rural working class life in 1930s England.
Selena’s work as a videographer has been largely focused on the medium of video interviews with community organizations, including the Association québécoise des parents et amis de la personne atteinte de maladie mentale and Mouvement autonome et solidaire des sans-emploi. From 2017 to 2018, Selena completed a video grant with Jeunes Volontaires entitled "Artists in Studio". Her videos include interviews with Montreal clothing designer Bunny and Claude and Montreal artist Kristy Boisvert Illustration showcases her skills as an emerging videographer. She spent ten months working as a digital video campaign videographer and editor for the Association of McGill University Research Employees within its $15 and Fair McGill project. Her role in this project was to develop the concept in coordination with their committee, execute the technical setup (including lighting, camera, and sound equipment), edit the footage into four 3-5 minute length videos, and process the videos for distribution over YouTube and Facebook.
Adept at both studio photography and making use of natural light on location, Selena works closely with subjects to capture the essence of her subjects through portraiture.. Her confidence and friendly disposition behind the lens puts her subjects at ease. Never rushed during a shoot, Selena gives space to relax and have fun. Her consistent ability to capture strong images for portraits and headshots sets her apart from other Montreal photographers.
In the summer and fall of 2016, Selena worked as team photographer and video assistant with 88mph TV to develop a multimedia toolkit for member farms of the Coopérative pour l’agriculture de proximité écologique. Throughout the project, she photographed behind-the-scenes footage, capturing professionalism and impeccable visual production. In her role as video assistant, Selena learned about the technical side of shooting video: lighting set-ups, shooting angles, technical equipment details. She also learned a finely honed interview style which elicited some prima interview footage. In her role as team photographer, Selena used a photojournalistic style to capture environmental portraits, landscapes, and the daily details of working farmers.