Shooting outside in Minus Thirty – Winter festivals

JOB: To photograph a series of Winter Festivals for the Government of Alberta Parks and Rec during winter.

SHOOT NOTES

1. In Canada its winter for over half of the year. So as a professional photographer one needs to learn how to shoot outside in very cold temperatures. At the time we shot these two festivals the temperature dipped to about minus 30.

2.  Model consideration is a MAJOR concern when shooting in such cold temperatures. My assistant and I can dress like Michelin men… but models need to look like they are enjoying themselves and thus need to keep warm.  The first concern when shooting in Canadian winter is where can the models warm up while we are prepping for the shot.

3. The other concern is gear. I use all Elinchrom and Canon gear and it performs under the harshest conditions. However on this shoot especially the ice sculpture ones my shutter on one body actually froze up.

4. The main tip I can give anyone reading this is get Merino WOOL socks and the warmest boots you can afford. Once your feet get cold the rest of your body goes down… Make sure to keep your feet warm. Also remember its not about style its about keeping warm!!

5. I was so impressed with all of the models on this shoot. They all look and acted warm for the shoots.I should note the crew over at Lindisfarne were the ones who found the talent for this shoot.

Actor John De Lancie – Star Trek

JOB: To photograph Actor John De Lancie. John has acted in several movies including his notable role as Q in Star Trek.

SHOOT NOTES:

1. John was a fantastic individual to work with he has a fantastic expression and looks wonderful on camera.

2. I shot him on grey to make sure the actor stood out on camera.

3. I love the expression on this portrait… sometimes the best work is the nontraditional expressions someone gives you.

4. I kept the lighting simple. only 2 lights and a few bounce cards.

5. I owe it to my boy Shane Turgeon for hooking me up with this shoot…

“Can you make people and food look good?” – Sure…

JOB: I was hired to photograph several people who chose their top items to eat for an editorial feature.

SHOOT NOTES:

1. It takes one set of skills to shoot food and a completely different set of skills to photograph people…  This project forced me to blend both skills together to make pleasant images.

2.  Some photographers really want to take their subjects out of their element and create images that almost shock and awe you, myself I tend to let the subjects be… I allow them to be themselves in front of the camera. It’s a much more subdued approach. However this shoot the Art Director wanted them to be a little more animated so I had to leave my comfort zone to get that.

3. Lighting was tricky. Hard light or Soft light? I chose to blend both hard and soft to create interesting images.

4.  The trickiest part was some people were shot in offices others in studio…but the food had to look and be fresh, so we often picked up the food just before we shot. It was imperative that the food was the “actual” food that the subjects choose.

5. In one shot of Don Iveson we had to shoot ice cream, which proved to be very challenging. I had to work fast, but also this ice cream was chunky so it was very difficult to stack.

 

Photographing the SAME home again for another magazine

JOB: To photograph and interior feature of the SAME home I just shot in the aforementioned blog for a different magazine.

SHOOT NOTES:

 

1. If you have a beautiful home and are open to letting a photography team into it and have a writer probe you about costs and design choices there is a good chance that several magazines will want to feature it.

2. When I pulled up to this home I had realized I shot it only months earlier in the aforementioned blog post. What was funny is I had no idea I was going to the same home till I literally pulled up to it.

3. This editorial feature focused more on the entire home and not just the kitchen reno so I had a lot more room to play around with angles and lighting.

 

4. When it came to the kitchen I really had to think of how to shoot it in a way that was different from the last feature. Because the magazines are both based in western Canada it would be a good chance readers would pick up both and I didn’t want the images to look the same.

 

5. Shooting the same space twice is always a bit of a challenge, but often different lens selections can allow for different perspectives creating a fresh new look.

 

Photographing a Kitchen RENO for an editorial feature

JOB: To photograph a kitchen feature for an editorial feature

SHOOT NOTES:

1.  This interior happened to be a kitchen reno project that the magazine was featuring.  It was well done, and like most kitchens featured in a magazine nowadays it had a modern feel.

 

2. Often there is little or no budget or it’s a logistical nightmare to scout a home before hand… however because the home is being featured in a magazine, it’s a good bet its going to look nice.

 

3. Going into interior editorial features often you have a layout before hand. Typically the opener is DPS and the rest of the images need to have a variety of options for the Art Dept.

 

4. Some magazines like to feature the home owners others prefer not to. In this case the art director requested a shot of the kitchen being “used”.

5. In this case the magazine opened with a vertical image I shot, it was a surprising choice for me but it worked out well.