I met up with the one and only Lola Jade, Owner of Wikked Surfboards. a couple weeks ago down close to San Diego in an amazing beach town called Oceanside. The purpose of this shoot was to get some lifestyle and editorial photos for 2015 publishing’s for Lola and her brands. We had discussed the concept of fancying up a shaping room with a couple props and I loved the idea but I wasn’t entirely sure how we could make a shaping room look that interesting because well a shaping room has a couple purposes but none of which involve cameras haha. My skepticism instantly changed when I saw all the props that Lola had crammed into her car. Now we have a location and options to do whatever we want in the room best feeling to have! The first half of the shoot we turned the shaping room into something functional but that really brought out Lolas personality. For the second shots we toned it down a bit and got Lola actually working on a board.
This shoot was one of the most fun ones Ive been on in Southern California and just hanging out with Lola and the people at Hydroglass was an amazing time. I cant wait to catch up with them again next time Im down there.
I was recently back in California shooting an editorial piece on the Muscle Up Kings of Venice Beach for Fitness Star Magazine. Oddly enough I had ran met Andrew the muscle up king himself on my last trip to LA when I went to Venice to train at the outdoor gym. He is a calm and quiet guy when you meet him but when the tourists come walking by he stops at nothing to put on a show drawing crowds around the little beach side gym. When I came back down to shoot the Fitness Star piece on him he remembered me as soon as he saw me and it made getting the shot really easy and fun. Some difficulties using pro gear and studio lighting in LA (the same as NYC in an older post) but the permits are easy to get at the city and no one will stop you if you have them.
Here is an outtake from the shoot. For more pictures and to hear the full story wait until the March issue of Fitness Star Agency!
While I was down in Vancouver working I had the pleasure of meeting one of the top 30 CFL players of all time and best kicker, “Lui Passaglia.” I met with Lui to shoot his editorial for “Man Of The Year” in the CFL’s alumni association magazine.
Its always cool to sit down with the people you photograph and hear their stories I could have spent hours talking to Lui. A very humbled guy he even let me try on one of his 4 Grey Cup rings!
The pics we took did well for the editorial and even made the cover of the magazine. I lef the pics below including a couple outtakes. for more check out http://bankomedia.com or http://cflaa.ca
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!