It's been far too long since I've blogged something and I sincerely apologize. I wish I could say the reason is it's summer and it's difficult to be inside for longer than is necessary but judging by the last time I posted that excuse doesn't hold up. Truth is, I have a hard time spending more time on the computer than is necessary. I'm feeling really great about my workload as I'm all caught up on editing photos/weddings, able to spend time working on ceramics and am still managing to escape the city here and there. I love summer and am itching to shoot more. I'm currently reading Sally Man's recent book called Hold Still and it's inspired me to think more about photography and it's purpose. I've fallen into the habit of pulling my camera out for work and then leaving it at home for any personal events. I cherish being able to look back on the boxes of prints my parents stored filled with finger prints, creases and quick notes on the back of dates and occasions. All that being said, I'm setting a personal project or a new years resolution so to speak to shoot more. To bring my camera with me everywhere.
I was lucky enough to attend an absolutely amazing workshop/field trip with friends in California way back in February. Here are the film photos from my time there finally surfacing.
Kodak Portra 400 / Canon EOS 1n
Earlier in the summer, we spent a lovely evening among 1200 other white clad folks, dining on delicious grub for the table for 1200 event. Kodak Portra 400 / Canon EOS-1n
Last October I attended the most amazing workshop with the most amazing people in the most amazing place. At the end of February I'll be returning to California for another workshop where we will be camping out in the desert. Honestly, what could be better? So in honour of that I thought I'd finally share the photos I took at the last workshop. The beginning images are from an "assignment" we had where we had 1 theme, 25 shots consistently and the back of our cameras taped. My boring theme, which seemed brilliant at the start, was light. Have you seen the light that they have in California? That beautiful beautiful pollution. I haven't included all 25 from that series but I've shared a few with you. Early one morning, Amelia, Katie and myself, scaled the side of the mountain to watch the sun rise which was probably the best decision we made. Aside from the fact that there were snake holes all over the mountain. The last few images are from our shoot with Dan O' Day and Samm Blake out in the desert in the evening.
I couldn't be more excited to return to that beautiful place for what's going to be an incredible time.
I was lucky enough to have the time to run away to Vancouver for a week and a half earlier in July. Tagging along with a few other girls to see the boys on tour and then soaking in an extra week with an old friend was just what I needed. It's been years, maybe even before the "teen" years, that I've been to Vancouver. My only recollections from the beautiful city of mountains were: 1. The smell of dying star fish outside our hotel room door due to our very thoughtful neighbours. 2. The fear that I had while walking along the Capilano Suspension Bridge and joyous tourists were running/shaking the bridge - when there are large signs saying DON'T SHAKE BRIDGE". 3. A ferry ride. It's safe to say I don't remember much and I was due for another trip to Vancouver during my adult life.
I lucked out and Vancouver had GORGEOUS weather for the entire span of the trip, aside from the morning that I was leaving, a record number of hours of sun for Vancouver in July actually. Visiting Vancouver rekindled my love for travelling and adventures; I want to/need to go back and explore the rest of Canada.
It's been a dream/goal of mine for a while now to branch out into more lifestyle and food photography, and so I'm happy to say that my wish has finally come true. I paired up with two talented ladies, with the intentions of photographing a delicious fig creation in the making, but unfortunately we couldn't track down a few crucial ingredients on that day and so instead we made a tasty "Old Fashioned'. Being a photographer, I have an especially huge appreciation for light and last Sunday's overcast day provided beautiful beautiful light for us to photograph with. Deciding between B&W and Colour final images for this shoot was particularly hard since the lighting created stunning B&W but yet with the colours of the wood and the warm light, oh boy. The light, the wood, the drinks and the company combined made for a great Sunday!
So here's to an 'Old Fashioned' kind of day and hopefully only the beginning of more food photography posts!
I'm itching for summer; patios, warm weather, beaches, festivals, and much much more. Here are some film photos from years past of those gorgeous summer days.
A few months ago I teamed up with Poster, Haley Golin, Jessica Kmiec, Chelsea Neufeld and Amanda D. to photograph Poster's new Tee's! I believe there still are a few left at Freshair on Academy or Green Apple on Corydon. Hit them up for a T!
Megan Vosters was part of the Youth Outreach Program last fall and after falling in love with all the work they did I followed suit and took part in the program this year. These are some photos from Megan's exhibit last year. It's our exhibit tonight, Thursday, at Martha Street Studios from 5-7. Come for great conversation, cheese & wine and art!
Hope to see you there!
Remembering the boiling sun and the Dominican on this cold April day. Stay warm Winnipeggers.
It's this gorgeous lady's birthday today. xo.
As promised, here is the video of Carly Dow from our session a couple of weekends ago. I must admit that I was rather surprised at just how difficult video and audio was. Being my first time actually attempting a music video of sorts I really had no idea what I was doing other than the few suggestions from friends and the web. I underestimated how time consuming and tricky it can be to match up audio with video when you are taking video from 3 different sources. Wowzers.
This is the final result, now that I have more of a clue of what I'm doing you will definitely see more videos from BPB.
I've known of Carly Dow for a while now as she is an incredibly talented musician here in Winnipeg - if you haven't had a chance to hear her magical voice, youtube her, she's brilliant - and a little over a month ago we were brought together by a mutual friend. I love collaborations, especially ones where I get to photograph local celebrities, so of course I jumped at the chance to meet and photograph the extroardinary Carly Dow. On an alarmingly cold Saturday, we met up in her studio in the exchange for some shots and a video and then braved the cold for as long we could muster outside. Don't worry, plans for a second shoot are already in the works for the two of us.
PS. The video will follow soon! First ever for BPB!
This is the beginning of the personal posts. I've fallen into a period of not photographing enough for myself and since it's supposedly spring what better time to head out on more photography walks. Brings me back to my PrairieView days of being sent out on photo walks in -30 weather and having to be inspired/creative. This past Thursday, driving home from my meeting during rush hour, I realized it was way too gorgeous of an evening to not have my camera out so I called up Sara Bennet and we wandered around Wolseley together, cameras in hand. We stopped in for a drink and a bite to eat at the Neighbourhood Bookstore and carried on our way. I feel I spent more time watching where I was walking, careful not to slip on ice or step in giant puddles, than I did looking around for things to photograph. Nevertheless, here are the images from this past Thursday along with a few of my cats because let's face it, cats are the best muses.
A little while ago I decided I was wanting to try my hand at video. I've had the tools create videos for little over a year now but unfortunately I only made a few fun attempts and then that was it. With a few ideas in mind for BPB, I decided to give it a serious go again. Luckily for me I have an extremely talented muse at my fingertips that I plan on taking full advantage of so you will probably be seeing a lot of Jason over these next few months. Here are a few fun candids in between filming!