Portrait

Tedi and Bogdan - Couple Session.

Bogdan really knows how to make Tedi laugh. Heck, he even knows how to make me laugh. Needless to say, I had a great time with these two, laughing and exploring our great city of Victoria. Tedi and I go way back. Well, let me rephrase that. We go back to my first week in Canada, where we shared a class or two at my new school. It's as far back as history goes for my "Canadian life." I've always known her to be a cheery one, and couldn't see her with a better fit than Bogdan. Since these two started dating, Tedi has slowly fed me information about how great he is, and finally, after much time and talk had gone by, she decided it was time for a shoot. We hit up the railroad and then the very familiar Galloping Goose trail which I have cruised through on my long-board many times in the past. We ended the "date" off at a lake to watch the final moments of sun dip behind the mountains.


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Calvin, Amelia, Austin & Cohen.

It's not often that I do a family shoot, but when I do, I like to do it a little differently. Fortunately, Calvin and Amelia shared the same idea. Instead of a 30 minute pose and snap session in some pretty park to get some nice and traditional family shots, we decided to just have a good family oriented afternoon. We started out buy grabbing some snacks at the Red Barn, then headed out to the grandparents beautiful property way out of Victoria. Here we stayed a while to hang out, laugh, ride tractors and just have a swell time in the summer sun. Afterwards we decided to drive out to the beach to catch the last of the golden rays and relax. I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon as a family, or even with a family. Afterwards I felt nostalgic about the days when I was a little child running around with fewer cares than finding the best rock to skip along the water. Without photography even being a factor, we had a good time, and that's important.

Family time is important.

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Duncan

So Duncan wanted headshots. We took it one step further. It turned into some sort of editorial shoot, unlike anything I've done before. He's an actor and comedian. He's on the right path to a successful career.

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Dylan and Elise - 2 Year anniversary.

On Saturday, I rented a lens from Camera Traders for the weekend. Being a Tilt-Shift lens, it was completely out of the ordinary. I'm sure you will be able to tell what makes these images different to normal ones, and understand for yourself how tilt-shift lenses work. The brief explanation is that you are able bend light and shoot the wall of focus at different angles almost perpendicular to the sensor (normally, it's parallel). I felt like a little kid playing with this lens... and I couldn't wait to take it out for a spin. Fortunately, it was my brother and his girlfriend's 2 year anniversary. I know, right? Two years? That's a feat I haven't matched up to, even with my 18 month head start on life. Anyways, it's about time I get some pictures of my brother on here. We took a walk around downtown and did some fun things - even a little planking (the viral internet sensation which I do not endorse in any way on a count of it possibly being lethal...).

Alchemy Fashion Shoot.

I was assisting a friend of mine, Jordan Insley, on one of his fashion shoots. I took some "behind the scenes" shots, and thought I would blog about it. First off, it was really cool to see how Alchemy's hairstylist, Mary, styled the hair. I can now see why people keep telling me I am so lucky to have curly hair - it is really hard to turn straight hair curly. Mary definitely pulled it off perfectly. Solange did a phenomenal job with the models makeup. As well as that, she brought along her lovely dog, livy, who kept us entertained the entire time. Otherwise, being in a fashion environment was very different to a portrait environment - or even a wedding environment. It is still a lot of fun, just a different type of fun. As with Weddings, though, there is the "hair and makeup" session before the ceremony - or in this case...fashion shoot. You'll see the final product sometime in the future, but here are the candids for your indulgence.

Tynan

The cherry blossoms are out, signalling a change in weather here in fair Victoria. It's spring-time! I am incredibly excited for the Wedding and Portrait season to hit full swing. Today I thought I would celebrate and so, I took my sister downtown for a little fun. I'm beggining to love Victoria more and more for all of its incredible locations.

Chris and Ronni's Family

Happy New Year to those of you who are stumbling across my blog for the first time this year! I'm sure everyone had a lovely end to 2010, as I did. As some people out there will know, I haven't been shooting for a long time: I saved up some cash during springbreak in March of 2010 and bought my first DSLR with the money I made packing apples - arguably one of the best decisions of my life. In the past few months that I have been shooting, I have been on the craziest ride of my life. It only took a few weeks of non-stop shooting for me to realise that I have never been so passionate about anything as I have for photography before.

The art of photography has become a way of life for me; this is what I want to do as a career. With more support than ever I could have imagined towards this endeavour of mine, this lifestyle I am persuing seems increasingly achievable week after week. For accompanying me along this adventure, I am very thankful to all of those out there who regularily check my site and are interested in what I do. All the very best to you in 2011! I am incredibly excited for the year ahead and to share with you some projects I will begin work on soon.

Before I get completely into the new year, here are some more pictures from one of my favourite shoots of 2010:

Cory and Marcus

I just met these two on a quick adventure of mine a moment ago. I get stuck inside the house for long periods at a time doing work, and watching the weather outside. When it gets as spectacular as this I feel inclined to go outside. I grabbed my faithful longboard and took the galloping goose trail to Swan Lake. My bearing: a dock that brings some sort of awesome everytime I go there.

This time was my first encounter with Canadian Geese - ever. I was immediately greeted by a very friendly couple by the names of Cory and Marcus. After talking for quite some time, and feeding many geese - and an odd duck -  I found out that these two do this quite often. So often that they have watched the entire flock grow from birth. They can even distinguish between certain geese and their characters. Joining the flock was a duck whose story I now know.

The duck was sick at a very young age, and outcast by its team. So it joined the flock of geese that I came across today. It recovered from its weakened state, but was never accepted back into the team of ducks. Now, it raoms the area with the geese. You can see the entire flock of geese fly off 6 pictures below, and the duck in the top of the picture. Unfortunately this is one of those pictures where I could have focused better had I known what was going to happen a second before it did - so have fun distinguishing between him and the geese.

Back to Cory and Marcus; they are getting married next year in the Okanagan, in full traditional wear and cultural proceedings. They'ld love for me to shoot their wedding, and I couldn't be more honoured to do so. It will certainly be a very different vibe to 99 percent of the weddings I'll be attending next year.

 

Kylie and Wes - Teaser

These two are a marvelous couple and were so much fun to shoot. I have a mental list of certain shots I want to capture throughout my life, and with their help I definitely checked a couple of these off. I am amped to show you the rest, but for now you'll have to settle for just a single image.

Perhaps it isn't correct to say single image, as this image is infact 24 Images stitched together to form an unconventional panorama popularized by Ryan Brenizer. Even after cropping it, the Image is 9962 pixels long and wide! This is HUGE! From start to finish, it must have taken me 3 to 4 hours to do.

This is my first Brenizer Panorama, and I expect to do a lot more in the future. Thank you Kylie and Wesley for remaining motionless while I took 24 images of you. 

Canon 50D, 50mm f/1.4 USM at f/1.4, 1/750 sec, ISO 200.

Sierra and Brooklyn

Sisters! It's always a pleasure to shoot siblings that are such good friends too. Brooklyn now studies on the mainland, but when she's back on the island, Sierra and her hang out downtown quite often - so where better to shoot than downtown? They started the day out with something hot from Habit to warm up, and then we went on our way exploring the city.

My Sister. (Twin)

If anyone out there know's both me and my sister, they know a few things: we're quite different in almost every way, but share a few similarities other than just a birthday. We both work a lot and have completely different schedules too, so to find some time where we weren't working and I hadn't already had a shoot lined up was nearly impossible. In fact, it was impossible. A few days ago we had spontanoues, coinciding schedule changes though, and so we ran off to the nearest park for a short 30 minute shoot.

She was interesting to capture. She has a tendancy to "conquer" things. So where I would normally compose someone around an object, she would "conquer" it by jumping on top of the object in question and striking a pose. Thankfully she didn't conquer the Hitachi bull-dozer we found towards the end of the shoot. 

Well it was fun to edit these. With her being my sister, I had a lot of freedom to mess around. I'm not too scared of what she may think of me experimenting drastically on her (I'm just a little scared). Well now she is in Seattle, shopping with my dad and preparing to fly home. While I would have LOVED to go home at this time, I will have to settle for next year some time, when my schedule allows for it.

Without further wait - and trust me, she put the sister pressure on - here are some pictures from our super quick spontaneous shoot.

Bella and Finley

The images are complete! Not only did I have a lot of fun with the shoot, but with the editing too. It brought back some pretty swell moments.

Within the first few minutes of the shoot, just as Bella and Finn started having fun in the park, Bella took a tumble. A single tumble can cause a little grief sometimes, no matter how happy you are. Here is a before and after photo:

So the time came for quick thinking. I pulled out my "Magic" Instax camera - which is like a polaroid camera - and took a photo of her and her mom. I don't think she had ever seen anything like it before and wasn't very interested in a white photo the size of a business card. So while waiting for the "Magic" to happen, I was ready to take some more shots. As I did when I saw my first polaroid picture develop infront of my eyes, her face lit up in a thousand ways. In good ways.

...a few moments later, and Bella and Finn were back on an adventure.

Even though it took quite some time to grab Finn's attention, he was striking some pretty solid poses.

 You can view a slide show of the rest of the pictures on my Smugmug.

 

Slaine and Kieran

Shooting Slaine and Kieran on Sunday reminded why I loved shooting so much. When I'm not shooting, I'm working, editing, emailing, blogging, researching ... etc etc ... and I don't get to venture out of the house much while I'm doing this. With portrait sessions being on location, I get to see new things each time. In this case, the three of us found ourselves deep within a forrest in Metchosin.

I had never before been to Metchosin, but the long drive was well worth it once you witness the scenery. Of course, it's even more fun to go exploring with other people - especially people who know their way around. Slaine and Kieran are quite amazing siblings, and the strong bond they have made for a fun shoot.

Well here they are.



Bella and Finley - (Teaser)

Two amazing things happened this morning: I had one extra hour of sleep without having to wake up later, and the sun decided to shed its beautiful light on Playfair Park. This was a big step forward from the previous day where Kim and I had to cancel the shoot of her children, Bella and Finley, due to rain. As soon as we saw the window of opportunity, we met at the park to get the shots done.

What captivated me most about Bella and Finley was their imagination. I may try and be creative through the lens, but I don't posess the extraordinary powers to turn a path into a magical path to a magical world, where magic resides, like these kids do. It was fun photographing them on their adventure this morning. Here are a few of the images I got the chance to edit tonight:

 

Autumn Fun!

On Sunday everything seemed to come together; the group, the clothes, the fun! A group and I had planned to do a shoot through Beacon Hill Park and Ogden Point, and for an October day, the weather was absolutely scintillating. It only helped bring out the beauty of both the autumn scenery and the young ladies who ventured around with me chasing the light. 

All through the shoot, it seemed like the girls had fun. They climbed trees, threw leaves at eachother, swung as high as they could and more - we even stopped for Ice Cream to relax a little from all the walking around in the park. 

Here are some of my favourites:

 

 

 

 

Jaclyn Harper - Spontaneous Portrait Session.

I had just gotten my very own Canon 50D and finally made the switch from Pentax. Within a week I had figured out how to use a Canon model as opposed to my Pentax - everything is almost exactly opposite. With my new 50mm f/1.4 USM ready to go, I was eager to shoot anything that came in my way. 

On an odd weekday I made my way towards Jaclyn to hang out and catch up on life. After some relaxing at Starbucks we headed back towards her house to do some exploring while the light was slowly transcending into that warm, sunset glow we see before dark. Well, in the end, we were exploring the Royal Oak Burial Park. 

At first I was a little weirded out, as I fortunately have not been to a cemetery in years, but this was apparently a very common place for people to walk their dogs through, speed through on runs and saunter through on casual strolls. We found some pretty locations and as I started taking pictures, Jaclyn weaved her way into a couple of them.

When I was expecting the typical, "DELETE THAT PHOTO!" I got the photographers dream phrase instead: "I don't mind, take as many pictures as you'ld like." And thus, my first portrait session had begun. Both Jaclyn and I had tremendous fun running around, looking for more interesting spots in the cemetery to capture as many images as humanly possible. It was a race to the end, until the sun had finally set on us.

Here are some images of Jaclyn taken that day: