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I've known Steph for many years, I met her in the nightlife industry back when I first started shooting events. She's one of the owners of La Gogue Inc, a local GoGo dancing troupe based out of Calgary. We've talked about doing a shoot over the years but with busy schedules nothing ever panned out until recently.
My SO, Tina is an amazingly talented lady and offered to do the makeup for the shoot. We're a big fan of hiking through Kananaskis and had a great location planned out.
Meeting up in the morning, we had coffee and breakfast and the girls went off to do makeup while I packed my bag.
We arrived at the trail head and got to the base of our ascent. We climbed up steep terrain with the only foot holds available were tree roots that the soil erosion left behind. We used tree trunks to pull ourselves up, and used logs to cross the river back and forth. After an hour of hiking we made it to where we had our original vision. I tend to like shooting earlier in the morning but I'm glad we took our time getting ready and driving out. With the ever looming Winter season approaching us, the mountains had gotten some snow and with the warm afternoon sun hitting the tree tops, the snow started to melt and pretty much rained on us with the sun lighting the droplets up which you'll see in some of the photos below.
Tina assisted me and was my VALS (voice activated light stand) and helped hand me gear and made sure I didn't fall into the river. Steph was a trooper. Rolling around on pine needles and wet rocks? Check. Waist deep in a glacial fed river and waterfall? Check. She's a very talented model and I look forward to working with her again! I'm very proud of what the three of us accomplished and created today. I hope you enjoy these. :)
KATIE & PAINT
Last month I helped out with a silent auction that some of the cities top promoters put on to help the victims of the Nepal earthquake. I was put in charge of the silent auction and had to collect the pieces being auctioned. To make a long story short, Katie donated an amazing painting (that I had my eyes on, bid and won! yay) and we had talked and decided we wanted to collab on a shoot down the road. After bouncing back and forth over a few weekends due to other commitments or overly harsh hangovers we chose today to meet up and make some pretty cool images!
So this is a little bit delayed, but lately I've been getting a bunch of great opportunities to shoot for some blogs and mags and with that, come restrictions on sharing photos until those articles go out. Back in April, I got to shoot a great live band by the name of Caribou, thanks to Betty and Kora and LiveNation for the media pass! If you haven't heard these guys yet, I highly suggest you get on it.
There's something to be said about shooting acts that perform music live. Instead of a mostly static person in front of a set of CDJ's or a laptop, they're fully involved. If they stop, the music stops. It allows photographers to get different angles, expressions and energy from them.
My bread and butter has always been shooting an entire event, a little bit of the people in the crowd, a little bit of the artists performing and a couple of the room. It's always a treat when I can sit in the shadows, keeping to myself and not having to interact with anyone and focusing solely on the environment as a whole. Crowd shots, the artists and trying to capture the energy of the event. Maybe I'm just getting older but I really look forward to shooting these types of events. Here's a bunch of my favourite photos of the night, and check out the Betty & Kora write up of the show!
Last week was crazy! I was lucky enough to get media accreditation for the Caribou show, which I really enjoyed! I'd really like to start seeing shows like that end earlier like it did. I was able to head over to HiFi a few blocks away to check out my homie Bryx and his ever eclectic and diverse set he had planned. You could tell that a large portion of the Caribou crowd had made its way to HiFi and was ready to party! Table/DJ booth dancing and lots of twerking everywhere made for some great photos that night.
Later in the week, on the Saturday J.Phlip of Dirty Bird donned the stage after a evening full of great tunes thrown down by an all female DJ lineup including Dr. Dance, Isis Graham and Chane.
Here are my favourite photos of the night. The rest can be found on The HiFi Club's Facebook page!
Got to check out this really awesome hair and fashion show last week at Aloft hotel which was put on by Diva Salon|Spa for WaterAid. My wonderful lady Tina did the makeup for the avant garde portion of the show. I do have photos of the other parts of it, but these were the most creative and appealing to me personally. I love how all the head pieces and parts of some of the dresses had little LED's that created some really cool light fall off which I tried to capture.
A month or so ago, my friend Mike and I decided to head out the mountains and go for a hike. Last year I was introduced to the Troll Falls trail, with it being easy and fast to get to from the city, it's turned into one of my favourite hikes to do. Mike had never done this hike so we decided it would be the one we did that day.
The weather around that time in Calgary was warm and we figured the trail would be in great condition. Unfortunately as it's heavily tree covered, the entire trail had a layer of ice on it. Multiple wipe outs, close calls off the side of some steeper parts, we called it a day. We were able to make it to the first falls and got shut down hard when we tried to make it to the second. Not all was lost though, we stumbled across a unique landmark and not so far away found the perfect spot for a photo shoot. I spent the entire hike back to the trail head and the drive back to Calgary putting together images I wanted to create at that spot. Which brings us to yesterday......
I've known Taylor for many years through the music scene in Calgary and I knew she'd be a great subject to shoot in the forest. My girlfriend Tina has been doing make up for years now and she's shown an interest in photography and the lighting gear that goes with it so she assisted with the lighting, tear down and killed it on the makeup.
We left the city on Sunday morning bright and early with a bunch of Timmie's and excitement to see what we could create together. Here are some of my personal favourites from the day,
Art Battle 258
If you've never been to an Art Battle, you need to check it out. It's an evening of local, amateur and professional artists going head to head for 20 minutes in what can only be described as a room of inspiring music and a frenzy of paint on canvas.
Voting opens up on their website after the round is done which makes it easy to feel like you're part of the event. Two winners are chosen after each of the two rounds with the final 4 battling it out to the end. There are events all across Canada throughout the year, this is Calgary's 2nd Art Battle of 2015. Looking forward to the next one!
Full album can be found HERE on The HiFi Club's facebook page. Here's a few of my favorites from the event.