I met up with the Arkells during their upcoming music video set to shoot a photo of them with a dog. Why you ask? Well the Arkells are one of the bands Ive been shooting that are supporting local animal shelters in their home town (and mine) The project launches January 2015 and involves several Hamilton grown artists like the Arkells, and Monster Truck.
It was one of the first times I shot back in my home town and it was amazing because I actually knew most of the artists involved too!
A few months ago I shot the photos for Karl Wolf’s new album. This week that album was released in stores around the world!
Huge thanks to the guys at Universal and Lone Wolf Ent. for sending me a copy!
I was contacted last minute by my friends at Fitness Star Magazine asking if I could help with a photo and video campaign for Burnbrae Farms that would show the relationship between a healthy diet and fitness. Its funny how the food industry has us eating all these processed foods and supplements when in reality if you go to the source and just eat real food instead of “food like products,” you wouldn’t need to worry about anything.
The shoot related closely to me because being healthy and active is a huge part of me being able to travel and work such long hours and drag camera gear across the world. In fact my whole team lives a very healthy lifestyle for the same reason.
I met up with the Burnbrae marketing team through several phone calls and emails to figure out exactly what we were doing on very short notice and on a Friday night my team rushed out to the Ottawa Quebec boarder. The next morning was when I actually got to meet the Burnbrae team and everyone I would be working with in person and they were amazing people. Like minded just as I was which made the ideas flow and the concepts come together really quick. It is also the reason you may see a hilarious chicken costume show up now and then!
Over the next few days we laid down 5 Viral video / Commercials and snuck in some lifestyle and product shots between set ups making for very long days. Well worth it though as the end result was not only some of the most fun Ive had but it also looks pretty cool and gets the companies message across. Check out a couple sneak peeks from the weekend!
While I was working down in LA I got a call from Jon Lalanne (LaLa surfboards.) who I have shot for a couple times. He happened to be in central California for a while so I made the trip up to a small fishing town called Morro Bay over the weekend to surf off the giant rock and snap some new LALA Surfboard shots for him!
It was awesome to catch up with Jon I seem to always be somewhere really cool when we set up shoots, Jamaica, Hawaii and now central Cali! Here is an outtake from the weekend.
Right before I left to LA for a couple shoots I met up with Mark “Suki” the current host of YTV’s The Zone and The Next Star. Suki is one of those guys I run into at industry events and every time I talk to him the conversations get pretty hilarious. We had planned on setting up a shoot for a while but are both all over for work so I was excited finally meeting up to nail this photo set and catch up! We ended up in the Badlands with a few strobes and a sweet pineapple tee shirt so as you can imagine the shoot turned out amazing!
Over the past month I was fortunate enough to shoot a portrait of Kevin O’leary for the Retail Council of Canada Store event. I can honestly say that hearing Kevin talk in person is just as informative and brutally honest as what you hear on TV! It was definitely as entertaining to shoot him as it was to hear everything he had to say and I got a lot more out of the portrait than just a photograph!
As many of you know I’m stranger to the MMVA Red Carpet or the stage performances. Years ago I met a good friend and producer at Much Music while on set with a band from EMI and was invited out to be the MuchMusic.com Photographer for the awards. I have since shot every MMVA for the team and its more like hanging out with family than being on a fast paced set!
If you look back in my blog you can see photos of everyone from Justin Bieber, to Katy Parry, Psy, Dallas Green, Ed Sheeran, you name it. This year I was just as impressed with the performances as I got to shoot the fine gents in Hedley again and I met the laid back dudes in Imagine Dragons!
Ill drop a couple photos in here for you to see what this year was like! check out http://muchmusic.com if you want to see more!
A couple weeks ago I met up with my team really early in the morning to blow up hundreds of balloons in the studio for a shoot for the really rad up and coming gents from Wassaga Beach, “High 75!” These Canadian locals just finished their recordings with my family over at Cloud Empire and have some huge things on the horizon for the tail end of 2014 so keep an ear out! Until then I’ve added a couple photos to the post for you to see what we got up to on set.
Over the weekend I went down to the states again to meet up with some good friends at Crossfit GSP to shoot their new lifestyle series. This was my first time ever stepping foot in a Reebok gym and it has to have been the coolest layout I have ever seen!
I was on set the entire day between shooting a couple ad campaigns and doing a bit of video work so I wasnt able to train in the gym but I got the invite to come back and train in a month and I am definitely heading down to try it out!