The next shoot I had was for Kenny Santucci (MTV, The Real World, etc) I originally pitched a concept that seemed really cool and very stereotypically “New York.” The idea was that we would wait until it started getting dark and head down to broadway with all the bright lights. The team would set up the lights based around a location dead center in Times Square. Once the lighting was perfect we would hail a cab and pay him $20+ to park in the frame (which was a no stopping zone) so we could stage the shot of Kenny getting out of the cab looking out at everything around him in Times Square.
At first everything went pretty flawless we met up on time got to the shoot spot at basically the perfect time got everything set up and lit fairly quick but as we got ready to call a cab over the NYPD showed up. The whole team was so shocked but from the mess of a day we had yesterday we should have expected that the shoot couldn’t have gone perfect.
The cop explained to me that a professional photographer setting up lighting on the ground anywhere in New York City is considered using the city as a set (which to be honest we were.) and to do that you have to file through the city and request a permit. He went on to say they do encourage photographers shooting the city but only hand held devices were allowed to be used and as soon as you start setting up generators and stands you are going beyond the typical photo.
At this time my team had already begun tearing down the soft boxes so I pointed to one of my assistants holding a battery flash and asked the cop if lights were fine if they weren’t touching the ground he said yes. This got my mind racing so I ended up handing My assistants the full light with the 4 ft soft boxes and we hooked them up to little lithium generators and clipped them on their belt loop. Now the light was ready to shoot but it was not technically breaking any laws, almost a loop hole in the system. We called over a Cab quickly and ended up rushing through the shoot but getting a pretty cool shoot. (if you watch the video above you can see Kyro filling in as a human tripod.)
The cop laughed at the way we “bent” the law and actually ended up letting me snap a quick picture of him as well. Somehow a day that almost went horribly wrong ended up turning around in our favor once again.
The original plan for the New York City shoots was planned out a couple weeks before the actual shooting date. I needed two assistants to help on a couple of the shoots we initially intended on driving out on a road trip from Hamilton to Manhattan. We would shoot a couple days and have the car with us in case we wanted to explore and see the sights. Those plans quickly changed when I had a last minute shoot in Ontario doing corporate portraits for Parada Goalkeeping a great company Ive shot with in the past.
The last minute changes put a ton of stress on everyone that ended up resulting in probably one of the most hilarious trips Ive done for photography today. My team headed for the boarder by car with my gear at about 4AM on the first day of shooting while I headed with some studio gear to meet up for the shoot at 7AM back home. I finished the shoot and got to the Toronto airport just in time to catch my flight and headed to Laguardia in Queens New York. I landed with the stress running through my mind on if my team was alright on the road and would make it to the airport in time to pick me up. Coincidentally I got out of the airport at almost the exact same time the team arrived.
As we all laughed and joked with each other about how worried and intense the last 12 hours were the stress level started to fade and we left the airport confident we would get to the hotel and even have some time to rest before the first shoot, but that wasn’t going to happen.
Not even 5 minutes out of the airport Kyro took a turn wrong and we ended up at the side of the highway with a flat tire. I think that because of how intense everything was leading up to this moment no one wanted to face what just happened so we just looked at each other laughed and pulled out the cameras. Looking back at it I am so happy we reacted that way. I remember standing on the highway looking at all the camera and lighting gear on the ground with the car up on a jack as we tried to put the tiny spare tire on. Everyone was smiling and making the best of the whole moment. If we didn’t all have the same attitude towards the situation I know that the rest of the trip wouldn’t have been as exciting as it was.
We pulled up to our hotel in NYC and parked the car with the little spare wheel on it and decided to forget about the wheel and deal with it the next day. To our surprise we still arrived with time to rest before the first shoots of the trip.
The first shoot was for my fine friends in F-Cancer that Ive worked and toured with a couple times in the past. My awesome team Kylie and Clinton covered the sold out event while I shot the founders and celebrities on the red carpet who came out to support the cause. I also had a press release shoot for Pauly D (Jersey Shore) because he was the headliner of the event.
We all had a blast there laughing and enjoying the night the event and the shoots and by the time we got back to our hotel we all knew everything was back on track and we were happy.
A while back I did a shoot for Jason Meyers (Project Runway Canada) where we had models defying gravity. I had a lot of feedback and questions on how we did the shoot and it seems to always be brought up when people are discussing my work. I ended up doing a little workshop for some local photographers on exactly how I got the shots to work. I have to say it was unreal to re-live that shoot again even more so because one of the original models I used for that shoot offered to come back for the remake!
You may remember a shoot I did a while back for this up and coming band. Since that shoot the band and I have actually kept in touch sharing stories of our adventures on the road with each other.
Shortly after I got back from Hawaii I was on a call with the guys in regards to potentially shooting a little viral for one of their singles. Between both of our schedules we only really had a two day window to put this whole thing together. It seemed like a far stretch but we decided to go for it and judging by the feedback since the launch of the video it looks like we pulled it off!
I was recently on stage with The Ascot Royals at Molson Canadian Live: On The Lake. I always wondered what those Molson Live parties or Budwiser Bud Camps were like if you won so it was cool to experience it! One of the coolest nights of my summer!
After this event Molson Canadian decided to make a Molson billboard featuring The Ascot Royals that was something funny and beach themed. The boys called me up and over a couple hilarious discussions we ended up with this hilarious outcome!
As much as I will always love traveling for work and for hobby there is always something nice about being back home. The thing I love the most about my home town is that it’s a location gold mine for places to photograph or film. It took me about ten minutes to find the location for this shoot and about ten more to gain access to it. Its called “The Hamilton Guesthouse,” and it is actually an operating hostel in town. The owners of the Guesthouse were unbelievably accommodating to our shoot needs and even offered to help in any way they could. I got to chat with them a bit while my team prepped the model and I learned so much.
For such a simple portrait the set up for this photo set actually took a pretty large team and several hours but we all loved how it turned out. A huge thanks to my team who helped organize and create this one and again big thanks to the amazing people at The Hamilton Guest House!
There is nothing more exciting than getting a call for a cool last minute shoot! I originally planned on having a weekend back home to relax and catch up on some things that I have been putting off. The funny thing is every time I make time to play catch up something comes up. I don’t want to give away too much but on Friday I ended up getting a call to meet up with some long time friends in Toronto about an unreal secret that is going to launch this year. As we reached the tail end of our shoot and discussions it turned out that the first thing I would be involved in with the secret project was a shoot with David Hasselhoff. (pretty cool day #1 right?)
I don’t want to toss out much more beyond that but here is a couple shots from the evening.
I Spent the last week shooting across Saskatchewan with Banko Media. When I first heard we were heading out that way I didn’t think it would be that exciting Probably just for the reason that you never hear memorable stories about people traveling to Saskatchewan. That being said, everything I thought about prior to going was almost the exact opposite after spending the time there. Not only were the people so welcoming (inviting you into their home for dinner before they even know you) but some of the sights to see down grid roads and even the Trans Canada were unreal.
We got a little bit of time between some long days of shooting to actually travel around on our own little adventures to find some really cool places. We found a couple ghost towns, some crazy landscapes and even some cool rural spots in smaller towns. A photographers dream as far as location goes, I’m already planning a trip back on my own terms and trying to get some designers and models in on it so we can plan something really awesome for my personal portfolio!
The photos videos and commercial from our time out there are not edited yet but I will leave you with some photos from a couple of the sights we saw out there!
Just before I left for a month to work in Jamaica I was In Toronto Shooting Karl Wolfs 2013 press photos. This was my first time working with Him and his team and they were awesome to work for! I ended up getting a call back from him a couple months back that he was going to be releasing a new single and he really wanted me to shoot the photo for it!
Once I got back to Ontario for a couple weeks I ended up meeting up with him almost on the fly and we set up quick for what ended up being one of the most fun plain backdrop shots Ive ever done!
The single came out today Ill post some pics here and the song if I can find it.
Im sorry for being lacking with the posts lately Ive been traveling all over. For the people who follow my photography on social media you know that Ive been all over the place for work already this year. Across Canada, New York, Hawaii, Jamaica, Miami and a few places in between!
I spent the past three weeks all across Ontario shooting nearly every day in a different city and the last shoot of this crazy Schedule was the 2013 MMVA’s!
This was my third year being called on by the Much Music team for MMVA’s and it’s always one of the best live event I get to shoot! From running around on the red carpet to juggling between the two big stages Much sets up on the streets I not only got to shoot some really cool artists but I got to catch up with a bunch of clients and friends!
While I was out in Banff this week I got the chance to meet Chef Brandon Szocs at the Banff Springs Hotel. The shoot location for this photo set was probably one of the coolest places Ive seen. Very medieval times. Here is a preview of the portrait shoot.