Allie was an absolute beast in the gym! I tried to replicate some moves she was doing myself, and my heart rate went straight up! I have no idea how she was doing all these moves without sweating. I had to bring out the old fake sweat trick.  

It was another good day shooting some personal work. It was fun figuring things out in a tight space with little time. A great exercise to keep my photographic mind sharp.

March was a busy month! In March We shot for BC Hydro, Fairmont Hotels/BMW, Canadian Business Magazine, Report on Business, and of course some personal work. Spent a couple weeks in Toronto. A little bit of time in Montreal. Visited lots of new and old clients. Looking back I was surprised so much was done! One thing I didn’t do is update my blog more often… So here is an image from this really fun shoot with Canadian Business Magazine. We shot the coolest fusion rector with General Fusion. The magazine is now available on news stands, with my image on the cover. This reactor here is the clean energy of the future. There are some seriously smart people in Vancouver. 

March was a busy month! In March We shot for BC Hydro, Fairmont Hotels/BMW, Canadian Business Magazine, Report on Business, and of course some personal work. Spent a couple weeks in Toronto. A little bit of time in Montreal. Visited lots of new and old clients. Looking back I was surprised so much was done! One thing I didn’t do is update my blog more often… So here is an image from this really fun shoot with Canadian Business Magazine. We shot the coolest fusion rector with General Fusion. The magazine is now available on news stands, with my image on the cover. This reactor here is the clean energy of the future. There are some seriously smart people in Vancouver. 

My friend Jeff is a great model, actor, personal trainer, and all around athlete. After we did the CEF shoot together back in December, last week I was lucky enough to photograph Jeff again for this little shoot we put together for ourselves.  Jeff couldn’t be more pleasant to work with. Really the perfect type of talent a photographer could ask for. Professional, well prepared, enthusiastic, and full of ideas. I was able to bounce ideas with Jeff as we go. It was initially a challenging shoot as the weather turned out to be nothing I prepared for, and I was just not that familiar with body building/ fitness. But now I can say I learned so much I am much more comfortable with this subject matter next time I go into a similar shoot. I feel a big part of a photographer’s skill set is the ability to quickly learn and adapt. To sharpen that skill is another perfect reason to do personal projects!

Although I hardly play anymore, basketball is still one of my favourite sports. When I am sitting in front of the computer, inevitably once in a short while I find myself checking out ESPN or Bleacher Report for hoops news and highlights. Last week I had the opportunity to spend sometime with 2 amazing Vancouver players: UBC’s Kedar Wright, and formal college and pro player Demitri Harris. They played hoops while I played D with my camera. It was good times. Definitely in awe of their skills.  Again, thanks to photography, I got to witness first hand how amazing these athletes are. Really grateful.

I got to spend an afternoon to photograph my friend Roma who is an amazing runner and yogi. Perfect combination really! As a runner myself I know how awesome it is to combine running and yoga. The recovery and extra core strength yoga provides is unbelievable. Roma’s inspired me to perhaps give yoga another try. 

Last month I went down to Colorado to photograph an amazing group of young Canadian freestyle skiers. I am still going through thousands of images to put together an edit, but here are a couple of teasers for now. Keep an eye on these guys. They are all going to be future stars!

A few months ago I decided it was time for me to revamp my portfolio. I looked into the catalogs of the images I shot in the last few years, and it was a shocking and very scary feeling to realize how little I had shot for myself. Nearly everything was done for commercial assignments. On one hand it was really good to see how busy I have been. But on the other hand, I felt like I had stopped experimenting. I promised myself that would never happen again.

So on Sunday I did this little shoot with my friends Clayton, Allie, and Sonya. Very spontaneous. Very little planning went into it. I just showed up with a camera and a couple of lenses. No assistant ( as much as I love the people I work with!) No lights. Not even a reflector. It was such a free feeling! I thought the images turned out well. It really reminded me that, as a photographer, I have the responsibility to myself and my clients that I continue to practice and innovate. Musicians practice all the time, so do athletes. So why don’t photographers do the same?

Here are some images from a shoot I did for the Compassionate Eye Foundation on Giving Tuesday. The concept was to create some stylized sports images that aren’t commonly seen in stock photography. Both were quite a bit of a departure for me as I don’t tend to introduce much artificial lighting in my images, and I haven’t shot stock in ages. But I have to say I am quite pleased with the result. But above all, the best thing was that I got the opportunity to work with a group of fantastic volunteers who all donated their time and energy to help me create these images on a very cold night outside. The resulting images will be sold on Getty Images, with the proceeds going to the Compassionate Eye Foundation, and the projects it supports around the world. Thank you CEF for letting me be part of this wonderful cause, and thank you everyone that helped out! 

Here is a blog post from CEF about the shoot. Check it out, and maybe join us in 2014? http://blog.compassionateeye.org/?p=4083

I can’t put it in words, so I thought I’d share some photos I took when visiting our local SPCA a few weeks ago. Please adopt. These dogs didn’t do anything wrong and don’t deserve being abandoned. Don’t put them through this. Please read this article below, and think in your heart that these dogs you see here may have been put down already. 

http://topworldpost.com/a-very-important-message-to-all-pet-owners/

Please adopt.

Just some quick snap shots from last Saturday at Nate Bailey Stadium. It was a quick shoot, but a very meaningful for me. To me it marked the beginning of Pearl of Africa Series II for me. Nearly 2 years ago I travelled to Uganda with our local Langley little league baseball team. The story is told here: http://www.sportsnet.ca/fair-ball-from-canada-to-uganda/. 

Now, I am getting ready to return to Uganda. In January and February I will be in Uganda for 3 weeks to teach a baseball scouting video workshop, shoot some scouting videos of the excellent local talents there, and shoot a small documentary on the progress Pearl of Africa Series has made in the last 2 years. I am beyond excited to see all my friends in Uganda again.

In these photos here, Dr. Ed Conway, POAS coordinator Ruth Hoffman, along with volunteers Sandy and Jeff, are packing up boxes of equipment donated to POAS. It was really great to see so much baseball equipment has been donated, but the kids in Uganda can definitely use more. No more games  stopped because a ball has disappeared in the grass. No more running on bare feet. No more injuries. 

These equipment will be on its way to Uganda in the next little while. So will I.

Every year I try to take some time to attend a workshop to keep my work fresh. They don’t necessarily need to be photography. Just anything that may give me more creative energy as an image maker. In 2010 it was a design workshop in the amazing Domaine de Boisbuchet with the guys from Culdesac in Valencia. In 2011 it was a still/motion workshop with Embry Rucker in Santa Fe Photo Workshops. Again this March I returned to Santa Fe to take a workshop with the super talented Peter Yang. Peter has to be one of the most humble and generous guys I have ever met. During the 5 days we had with him, he just kept on giving an incredible amount of knowledge and inspiration. I learned from him that it’s totally possible to remain a nice guy but still push boundaries with my images. I used to be so concerned about the feelings of the subjects I was photographing, I didn’t push the images as far as I could.  Peter showed me it’s possible. Everyone on set wants to make kick ass images. Just be confident about your ideas, and explain your vision to your collaborators. The idea might not be the best ever, but it’s the best at that particular moment. So these images are my attempt to push things a bit for me. I don’t typically incorporate humour or sadness in my images. Here are my tries. 

ps. I need to make a dedicated post about Santa Fe Photoworkshops. It’s where I learned everything I know about photography. People there are also like my family. I can’t recommend it enough. 

Going through some of the projects I shot in the last couple of years. This one is a fun one. We were hired by advertising agency DDB and Canadian Tourism Commission to shoot a tourism project in Southern Ontario. It was 7 fun but exhausting days. Really hot and humid weather! So this shot was taken in our second last location, in a list of probably 30 for the 7 days. Our small and tight knit crew was hitting a wall at that point, but this jetboat ride near Niagara Falls really picked us up. We sort of decided to do this shot on a whim. I picked up a little Olympus water proof camera in a strip mall on the way. I could barely hold on to the boat when it’s going at 80km/hr, but I knew exactly what I wanted to capture. The results are some of my favourite images of the whole shoot. All on a little $200 point and shoot, despite having a whole car full of gear.
I think it’s a good reminder for myself of what makes good photos a lot of time. Just be there, be present, and work with really fun people! This is to our crew last summer. Thank you. I am a lucky guy to have worked with you guys!
*Update: here is the link to see the whole travel story: http://bit.ly/1clYSNh

Going through some of the projects I shot in the last couple of years. This one is a fun one. We were hired by advertising agency DDB and Canadian Tourism Commission to shoot a tourism project in Southern Ontario. It was 7 fun but exhausting days. Really hot and humid weather! So this shot was taken in our second last location, in a list of probably 30 for the 7 days. Our small and tight knit crew was hitting a wall at that point, but this jetboat ride near Niagara Falls really picked us up. We sort of decided to do this shot on a whim. I picked up a little Olympus water proof camera in a strip mall on the way. I could barely hold on to the boat when it’s going at 80km/hr, but I knew exactly what I wanted to capture. The results are some of my favourite images of the whole shoot. All on a little $200 point and shoot, despite having a whole car full of gear.

I think it’s a good reminder for myself of what makes good photos a lot of time. Just be there, be present, and work with really fun people! This is to our crew last summer. Thank you. I am a lucky guy to have worked with you guys!

*Update: here is the link to see the whole travel story: http://bit.ly/1clYSNh