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Make me Laugh

Shot some promotional images for a local comedy show called The Mission Position. It was a rushed lunch hour shoot on location but fortunately we found some interesting backdrops and comedians know how to ham it up.

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I also shot some photographs for Stella the Good Witch who besides being a great astrologer is also my ever supportive girlfriend.

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Upcoming shoots I’m excited about include some for a tango dancer and a retro pinup themed shoot. Stay tuned!

As always if you’re an artist, a professional, a performer or any other sort of person who’d like some custom creative photographs, don’t hesitate to get in touch. I love helping people to create exciting images and can work with any needs or budget. Let’s make art!

PULSE 1 Year Anniversary

Went back to BoomBox this month for another PULSE event, this time with a 24-70mm f2.8, a 50mm f1.8 and my new flash. Got some great shots and learned a lot of new things about how to shoot in the dark.

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I also got some video footage that should be coming out soon.

PULSE: Nightclub Photography

Did a job shooting PULSE with Laughing Buddah on Friday the 13th. Great party with great music and great people. The focus of my “assignment” was mostly to capture the vibe of the event rather than the typical photobooth style shots that most nightclub photographers do.

Since my 50mm broke when I was moving I was running with my 28-105mm and 10-22mm both of which worked well despite the low light and use of fog machines. Also used the monopod as a boom pole to get some cool overhead shots of the DJ and crowd.

Post processing in Lightroom saved me from the noise inherent in shooting at high ISOs but I’m definitely going to be replacing my 50mm ASAP as well as adding a strobe or six to my arsenal. I’ve got some neat ideas for rockin’ these kinds of events even more in the future. Stay tuned.


This summer I took on the job of being an official shooter for the Montreal and Toronto Spartan Races for Nuvision Action Image. For the uninitiated a Spartan Race is sort of like a triathalon, only instead of riding bikes you have to jump over bonfires, crawl under barbed wire and battle past gladiators with foam staves. I hear at one event there were even paintball snipers. Its pretty extreme, but also in a spirit of great fun. Lots of people get dressed up in costumes and for every extreme warrior out to win there’s probably a dozen others who just want to have a good time doing something physical.

The first day in Montreal it poured rain for almost the entire race. They went ahead anyways and I shot, squatting in the mud with my camera in a plastic shopping bag. I think I endured about as much as the runners, muddy, wet and sore as hell after six hours of continuous shooting. At the end of it the sun broke through, we had a BBQ and headed home. Toronto was better weather, but there I got a sunburn after forgetting my hat at home. Still, great fun and great events.

Now because I was sub-contracting with another company and because they sell their images to the racers I can’t post many photos, but I’ll give you a teaser, just so you get an idea of what it was like. I plan to shoot them again next summer.

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Just did a shoot for PoeCirque today and I’ve gotta say, circus people are always a blast!

Portraits/headshots are often an awkward, somewhat stressful affair, even for experienced performers. Its hard to know what to do with that unblinking glass eye staring at you. If people are nervous or unhappy it shows in the photographs. My job is much more than picking the right settings on the camera and snapping the shutter, its all about putting the subject at ease and making sure that everyone has a good time. Fortunately PoeCirque was all about having a good time.

Its was a simple, casual shoot, just the way I like it. A big piece of paper as a backdrop with plenty of natural diffused light from the windows of the dance studio. I brought my portable lighting setup but it was hardly necessary. My 50mm f1.8 gave beautifully sharp images within a nice shallow pool of focus. Shooting so many photos in RAW did tax the T2i‘s single processor a bit and I did have to switch memory cards at the very end to snap the last few pictures, but all went smoothly and we’ve got some killer images for their website.

All in all a great time! I hope I get to work with them again!

TED Done!

TEDxMcGill was a resounding success by all accounts. The room was packed with curious people, the stage graced by wonderful performances and fascinating speakers and a lot of my photos came out pretty well too.

It was fun running back and forth to get different angles, trying to anticipate the movements of the presenters and capture them just at the right moment. When you click the shutter and freeze someone in mid-speech you can end up with some pretty unflattering faces. It takes practice and concentration to each presenter’s natural rhythm and idiosyncrasies to capture the best moments. The 2.8mm lens I rented was amazing and it was great to get better acquainted with it in a real life situation. I think overall I underestimated its ability to produce sharp images wide open and shot too conservatively early on making it harder to freeze the motion in the speakers. By the end of the day I’d gained a new confidence in the lens and was shooting crisp shots with a huge aperture. I’m amazed at what this lens can do!

I’m happy with the results that I got but as always came up with a few things for future shoots that will make my life a little bit easier. For one I’m going to get a quick release plate for my monopod. Switching from shooting speakers up on stage to navigating the crowds in between sessions was a bit of an adventure with the monopod. I also bought a new 500GB hard drive for my laptop since shooting rapid fire RAW images on the T2i’s 18MP sensor fills up space pretty quick. I had to transfer a bunch of older files to my external hard drive before I could download and edit any photos which killed my workflow. Now I have room to breathe.


Already I have a couple of new video projects in the pipeline – coming up fast! Old friends of mine from Calgary have developed a new gizmo for real estate agents, lawyers and the like to make their paperwork a bit easier. They’re launching the device in January and are hiring me to produce the video loop that will be playing in their trade show booth. We might make some other related videos as well for the website and other media. That’ll take me back to Calgary for a few days but I’m happy to do it, especially for old friends.

On the more creative edge I’m also working on a music video with the Montreal band ‘Ol Savannah. This is going to be a real treat since music videos are one of my favourite formats to work with. Its going to be a relatively simple 2 or 3 day shoot, next to no budget, but I think we can produce something pretty slick if we plan it out right. I’m working on storyboards right now and we’re hoping to have shooting done by the end of the year, though with this other project in Calgary also due by the end of the year I may have to stretch that a bit. We’ll see how the schedules for both the band and the guys in Calgary mesh up. It might not be a problem at all.

Finally this afternoon I’m having another writing session for a web series with my co-writer/producer Keith Waterfield. We’re working on story outlines and the script for a pilot episode. Both of us are pretty excited about this project and dedicated to seeing it come to fruition early in the new year. With any luck we can get some funding to produce the whole series, or maybe we’ll start playing with new Internet marketing and revenue generating strategies. I’d be very interested to hear peoples’ thoughts on that. Would you pay $1.00 to watch an 11 minute episode of a funny and well produced show? Would you rather watch ads? How about each episode is only released after a certain dollar value has been met in pledges? Let me know what you think, its a whole new ball game out there.