NHL Goalie Reto Berra of the Colorado Avalanche

JOB: To photograph Reto Berra of the Colorado Avalanche for Sherwood Hockey

 

I wanted the viewer to see Reto from the view of the puck.

SHOOT NOTES:

1. I have shot a lot of NHL hockey players in the past so working with Reto wasn’t stressful at all. He is also a very laid back guy so the shoot was made easier by that.

2. I still play hockey (Goalie) to this day, and often times while I am playing I think to myself “oh shit this would be a great photograph”. Its usually right about then that the other ream scores on me.

3. The only challenge to this shoot is that for the hour before Reto was on the ice working with his goalie coach François Allaire. So he was a little tired after his practice.

4. I needed to work fast with Kevan to ensure we didn’t “lose” Reto because he would be too tired. To get Reto to do what I needed I made sure to include him in the process… So I kept showing him work.

5. I shot 5 scenarios in just under 40mins on ice… then shot about another 10mins in the dressing room. When working with athletes like this speed, organization and experience is KEY!

Italian Feast for some large window banners

JOB: To photograph an Italian Feast for large window displays for the Italian Centre Shop

SHOOT NOTES:

1. I was approached with the idea to photograph food for some large window displays. In conversation we decided we wanted to show a MASSIVE family feast in the photographs.

2. Next step was go get approval. Doing this concept meant we needed to use ALOT of food. And not cheap food. So once we shot it you really couldn’t re use alot of it. So the client had to be on board.

3. I wanted a rustic look to the images so we used an old table and a brick wall as a background.

4. I wanted warm organic tones in the series so I made sure that all the bowls etc had an organic feel to them. I also wasn’t going to be afraid of shadows on this shoot either… so deep tones were also very important for that rustic look.

5. We had to move fast to ensure everything looked fresh… Everyone from the stylist, art director, Kevan and myself. I didnt want things like the basil to wilt while I was fumbling around with lighting.

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.