About Me


I studied graphic design at the university and worked in advertising as an art director in multinational companies e.g. Publicis, Euro RSCG, Bozell Worldwide, and The Coca-Cola Company for 14 years; art-directed numerous of commercial photo shoots and TVCs. Therefore, I see things more from the vantage point of an art director rather than of a conventional photographer. This also means that I pay big attention to not-creating a distinctive style and living in the puddle of it. I'd rather have styles that fit to individual moods and needs of the assignments. What I aim at is not taking pictures, but creating images that communicate. I am good at working with creative concepts and creative teams.

I am also an academic with a PhD in visual semiotics. I have taught in several college and universities design, advertising, and photography related courses.

That been said, I am a Toronto-based portrait, fashion, and advertising photographer. I have work published in printed and online media in Canada, US, and Europe.

In 2015, proudly showcased as one of the selected fashion photographers representing Canada by the Model Management: http://www.modelmanagement.com/close-up-magazine/26/photographers-canada/

Oz John specializes in

● Fashion and Editorial

● Advertising

● Corporate & Actor Headshots


● I also offer creative and graphic design consultancy and services specific to your needs (from logotype, brochure to POS), too—in case you need more support beyond photography.


My Clients include:

- Barkas Productions

- Björn Borg Apparel

- Chalk

- CityTV

- Don Ferguson Productions

- Hibou Décor

- Mark Belford Couture

- Max The Mutt

- Pigeon Brands

- Shoppers Drug Mart


Editorial Publications include:

Baron Magazine










Life Styles America

Model Citizen (cover)

OK Okey


Polis Art

Promo Magazine


REV Magazine



Sour (cover)

Surreal Beauty



Unsere Stimme

Veux (cover)

Visual Artistry

West Coast



For business inquiries please include detailed information such as the types of images, the (approximate) number of images, location or studio, date and time frame, and the intended usage. Ask for a quote.

Note: I offer a very special discount for model portfolios.



Terms and base pricing that apply >