Recently I had the oportunity to shoot inside one of the Full House Lottery homes, and WOW it’s something to behold. Stunning features & design through out. Built by Parkwood Homes it serves as a lottery to raise money for the Royal Alex Hospital Foundation.
- This was part of a meet-up hosted by URBANYEG who dedicate their time to supporting local creatives through social media & mental health awareness.
- Walk The Talk, is a 2-day model development course presented by four professional individuals within Edmonton's fashion industry. This course is designed to properly educate and prepare aspiring models, and/or models already in the industry.
I provided a couple of short videos & some headshots for Hair Inc to showcase some of the styles they have to offer their customers. It helps having a nice salon with some really cool textures to use as backgrounds to the hair models too! See a 1 min video of this cut in progress here.
- Check out Hair Inc here.
I met David a little over a year ago, he hosted a small shoot out for local creatives at his salon, Hair Inc, just off Whyte Ave in Edmonton, AB. Since then I have created a couple of short social media videos to showcase his immense talent for hair styling. David is a master at his craft, a kind funny guy, a teacher and an employer to others that share his passion for being the best that you can be.
- David runs an academy for those wishing to further their skills, check out his courses here.
— Hair need a trim? Get booked in with the incredible Hair Inc team here!
David wanted to create a hairstyle similar to Sandra Bullock in Bird Box. Lucky for him, he knew a beautiful young lady that was willing to get the chop! All I had to do was go ‘click’. Not really, check out the BTS video here.
- David runs a stunning salon, Hair Inc just off Whyte Avenue in Edmonton, AB.
After chatting with the owners of Defy Your Culture Apparel, I was commissioned to provide a number of images of their new clothing line and update some existing shots. They were wanting their products to be ghosted, showing off the fit and styles they had worked hard to design. Ghosting is a “simple” task (ask Kevin Bacon!), but having a large number of your products match seamlessly and have a neat cohesive website is one more step to looking professional online!
- Check out DYC Apparels newest items here!
— PS. I hope you got the Kevin Bacon reference…
Solar is a huge part of Kentons tiny home. Even though they live sustainably and completely off grid, they still were able to meet their power requirements, they have 10 huge panels on their home! This affords them the luxury of a full sized fridge and being able to use their electronics when ever they please. Neat!
Here is a shot of Kenton posing in front of his custom build tiny home situated north of Edmonton, AB. This is one variations of the key shots we had to get for his new website images and also his workshop promotional materials. I recently spotted this image in Earths General Store on Whyte Ave in Edmonton advertising his upcoming workshops on tiny homes and sustainable living!
As plants are a huge part of Kentons work, he doesn’t just teach about living tiny, but is also an expert on food forests and permaculture. So naturally he wanted to get some images surrounded by plants and what better place than Holes Greenhouse in St. Albert? After securing permission to shoot inside the facilities we scoped out for some nice angles and plants too.
- Like any heavily backlit shot some fill light was needed, a OCF was positioned camera right to add extra illumination on his face and body. Or else he would have just been a silhouette, and that wasn’t really what we were going for.
Another shot inside the incredible facilities at Holes Greenhouse St. Albert. Here Kenton is rummaging through the foliage presumably looking for something to make for lunch! But failing that we had a great lunch at the Greenhouse Bistro & Cafe. Seriously, if you’re looking for a killer sandwitch the Turkey was incredible!
A while ago, Kenton & Melissa had a similar image like this featured in a news paper article. They really wanted to recreate this for their own use. It’s such a great way to showcase the physical limitations of a tiny home whilst demonstrating the potential of the space.
- All my clients are granted unlimited usage of the images they purchase from me. This removes headaches of having to individually license images for different uses and renewing expired licences.
Fun fact: I was sitting on the floor in the bathroom to get this shot, #tinyhomeproblems…
With the failing light, we wanted a couple more outdoor options for Kentons new website. Grab a chair, lean forward and look like you mean business. Kenton used to be a school teacher, I’m guessing thats where he aquired his “are you paying attention?” face.
His teaching background is testament to just how effective he is in the classroom, whether teaching about building homes, or creating a self sustaining garden, he knows how to get people passionately interested in anything he has to say, find out more here.
Last year I was commissioned to photograph a number of accessories, large and small, for a local apparel company right here in Edmonton, AB. They were in the process of redesigning their website for a new look and needed a whole load of new products photographed. I delivered to them a consistent, high quality image that would really make their new website pop just that little extra!
A water bottle really has 2 requirements.
1. Hold liquids,
2. Dont leak said liquids,
Pretty simple really, after photographing a number of RVL Apparel’s new accesory line Steve was kind enough to let me keep a couple of items for some personal SWAG. Having never found a bottle that fulfilled these 2 simple requirements I snapped up the offer! It goes with me everywhere and is solid, stylish and never leaks. (I have the black one) ;)
…have you seen fishing line? Sometimes a little fishing line goes a long way, a challenge when photographing multiple products that are the same is to get them to all be as close to the same size and shape. This is pretty handy if your site has a mouse over function to show multiple colour variations on the products!!!
Even simple items can be photographed to make them look more interesting, it’s all about the light! There were a number of wristbands to shoot, some more colourful than others. Each required a slightly different approach to lighting them to make the 3D text pop. One thing to note when working with rubbery objects, they get dusty, like really dusty. Wear gloves and don’t take it out of the packet until you really really have to.
Some tools are complex. Others are as simple as a stick. I recently got this handy-dandy monopod from Vistek to help take a load off my shoulders. I have a few Manfrotto products and they take a beating and always perform like brand new. My tripod is around 6 years old and is as solid as the day I bought it (mom bought it as a birthday gift actually). It’s nice to have an extra option that fits inside my main bag and weighs nothing!
Working smarter not harder applies in many aspects of photography, sometimes it’s being efficient with time, sometimes it’s being efficient with energy. Does being tough and hand-holding a heavy body with a large f2.8 zoom get me better images after 12 hours sitting on the sideline? No. But this tool does reduce fatigue and physical stress from having to bear that weight all day. More physical energy results in sustained mental focus.
If you have been through my Galleries page you will have seen images from this camera and my current backup body. I have always been a Canon shooter and I love their colours, lenses & functionality. At the end of the day they are tools to get a job done and there is no one “perfect” tool for everything. For years I have been shooting with my trusty 1D Mk3, while it had a low MP size in comparison to many modern bodies it still delivered stunning quality and was reliable and solid. If I was to upgrade it had to be a big step as camera bodies are swiftly outdated.
After really getting to know this camera (it took a while to adapt) I have totally fallen in love with it. I still think there are too many menu items and it’s a bit less streamlined than the 1D series bodies but it works for me. Paired with some of the best lenses Canon has to offer it’s in another league to my 1D Mk3! That guy still has a special place in my heart…
…and my bag!
Mj contacted me a couple of years ago looking to get some headshots & other photos done for herself. She was starting out a new venture as an events planner in Edmonton, AB. After a quick coffee meeting to chit chat, discuss ideas and get the fine details nailed down we were set. We did a studio session and got a wide variety of looks for her new headshot, and we also did some full length shots in some wonderful dresses made by one of her designers!
- Studio headshot sessions are easy, fun and in the winter, WARM! Almost any look you are wanting to achieve can be done in a studio with the proper tools. Just needing a quick headshot? That can be done almost anywhere and doesn’t take much time at all. Contact me today to ask about pricing options and getting a session booked!