Eveline Charles Academy Hair Shoot

JOB: To photograph a series of beauty shots for Eveline Charles Hair Academy

 

SHOOT NOTES:

1. Eveline Charles is a line of Spas and Salons in Western Canada. They also have a beauty/hair academy to foster growth in the field of beauty, make up and hair.

2. This series was shot as a Fashion hair show that was held at the Academy.

3. We only had about 1hr to shoot all 8 models. I chose dark grey as a background so that the hair would pop out and stand on its own. The background is actually white… I just let the light fall off so it appears grey.

4. I used rangers on this shoot and shot tethered so the EC marketing could ensure they were happy with what was being produced.

5. Shooting beauty and hair is always fun, but the clients are always very particular, so patience and good post is needed.

6. The shot on white was my idea. No use per say, I just wanted to use a ring light and I loved the model. So I shot a few frames with a hard ring.

PC Party Alberta Premier Candidate Jim Prentice

JOB: To photograph a series of images for PC Party Alberta Premier candidate Jim Prentice that showed a different side of him.

SHOOT NOTES:

1.The goal was to show Jim as who he is. So I had an Idea of setting up a portrait scenario where I would shoot Jim in the environment. This would have the feeling of hey here is Jim behind the scenes.

2.  We photographed Jim at the campaign release media event.

3.  I didn’t tell Jim too much about what we were doing because I didn’t want him to prep for the shoot. His media team just kind of brought him over and we had a conversation while we were shooting.

4. Some of the media made their way over and were lurking around… so I invited the CBC reporter and camera guys into the shoot… It was a real candid moment with formal portrait lighting. I loved it the just a position for this series.

5. Overall I love this series. I like Jim, he’s a good man, he allowed me control and trusted in me to capture a series that showed him in something more than a stuffy portrait setting.

6.I have photographed the past 3 Alberta Premiers… Jim may possibly be the fourth, as it turns out he was the most poised and relaxed of the bunch, a wonderful subject.

Popular Science Magazine – Editorial Assignment

JOB – To photograph an Inventor for Popular Science Magazine.

SHOOT NOTES –

1. When a magazine like popular science comes calling you take a second to catch your breath and then realize no matter what the assignment you have to deliver on your final goods.

2. The inventor created battery powered 3-wheeled motorbike, It was kinda cool, but being a scientific illiterate means I had to rely on my subject to show me what was important detail wise.

3. It was very cold the day we shot. About  minus 3 Celsius. So my subject was wearing a bulky jacket. Bulk never looks good on camera. So it was very important for me to make sure the subject wasn’t wearing it. He agreed, but the only problem was that I had to shoot very quickly.

4. We shot this in the parking lot of a school on a weekend. I chose this location because the bike had to be somewhere with pavement, but I wanted the ability to work quickly in a wide open space.

Series of Lifestyle images for Alberta Tourism

JOB: To photograph a series of images for a farm table dinner Alberta Tourism

 

SHOOT  NOTES:

1. We shot this series in a farmer’s field in the middle of now where.

2. You can’t see it but there is a whole television crew behind me. They were shooting B-roll footage at the same time.

3. Because I was working with TV we had to ensure a working relationship that worked for both them and I. Fortunately the crew was Keen Eye. We have worked together a lot before so we had a good relationship.

4. Light and the clouds rolling in was a major issue. We shot this series between 6pm-9pm. So the sun was fading fast. I had to shoot some of it on 1600ISO to ensure a proper exposure.

5. When building this collection it was very much lifestyle. This suites me, but you need to make sure you work very fast. I had very little set up.

6. The only time I used light was on the shot where the chef is cutting food. For this shot I used one of the TV crews LED panels and bounced it back into the chef.

Avenue Top 40 Under – 40 DAY 2 AXED PICS

Day two was a rough one because I pushed the limits by booking 5 shoots that day. We have very little room for error. Kevan and I needed to be on our game for this one. It worked out, but I wouldn’t recommend doing this very often.

 

8 AM – Rona Fraser, President, Event Energy

We photographed Rona at an art gallery she fund raisers for. Naturally I decided to photograph her on some art pedestals. The pedestals gave shape and texture to the image.  I like the photograph but in hindsight its rather minimalist. It has little narrative compared to the photograph the magazine choose. I’m sure lack of narrative was the reason why this series was axed.

10 AM – Blair Lebsack, Chef/Owner, RGE RD

Blair’s restaurant RNG RD was a wonderful location to shoot in. I decided to shoot him in the kitchen in addition to photographing Blair in the main dining area (picture that was chosen). This kitchen shot was a little too posed for me but it gave the Art Department some options. In the end they axed the kitchen series because like me I am sure they thought it was a little too posy.

12PM – Don Berner, Freelance Musician

I shot Don at the a Jazz club called the Yardbird Suite. This was one of those locations where you look and say “Ok Art Department you are going to get one location because it just works”. I posed Don with his Sax looking at the camera and also shot him in a series where I had him playing. I really like the playing photographs but I am sure the reason this series got axed was because can’t really see his face. Had we been allowed more images in the story I am sure this image would have made the cut.

 

2PM – Nathin Bye, Corporate Chef/Partner, Wildflower Grill/Lazia/East

I photographed Nathin at his restaurant Wildflower. We shot a wonderful portrait of Nathan that had deep meaning and religious undertones. It ended up getting chosen. The image seen here was a second option where I shot Nathin in a relaxed pose in the restaurant. I shot it wide so you could see the the entire space as well as the huge wildflower art. I like this photo but I am certain it got axed because Nathin is too small in the frame.

 

4PM – Ben Weinlick, Founder, ThinkJar Collective

Ben’s location offered limited options to shoot. But the one option they had worked well. A wall of dozens of photographs pinned to wires. I shot one option of Ben sitting in a chair against the wall which ended up getting chosen. For an option I dragged a rather crappy looking lunch table in the picture and lit it to look like a reflective boardroom table. I like this photograph but it’s quite moody. I am certain that’s the reason it was axed.