After the big game between Uganda and Canada, we went on a road trip to Lyantonde, about 200km south west of Kampala. It took us about 4-5 hours to travel that distance on the bumpy dirt roads in our little buses. The scenery was lush and beautiful, but everybody was exhausted from the game earlier that day. I gotta say our Canadian kids are troopers. The hot weather isn’t something they are used to, but never once did I hear any complaints. 

Once we got to Lyantonde, our first stop was Salama Shield, a NGO that focuses on alleviating health and poverty related challenges. I was absolutely exhausted, but my spirit got a big boost when I heard the beautiful songs and drum beats coming from the music group at Salama Shield. There was also a basketball court nearby. Jason the documentary cameraman and I couldn’t resist the idea of a tall lanky white dude and a short stubby asian dude playing street ball in Uganda, so we joined in for a pickup game with the local kids. That’s where I lost a piece of skin on my eyebrow… I think. I now have a big scar on my eyebrow, but it’s all good. I’d like to think it’s a permanent gift from Africa. 

I was really overwhelmed by the hospitality at Salama Shield. I know they don’t have much, but they still put on a big meal for us. While we ate, the drummers, dancers, and singers performed for us. I don’t know how other people could sit still. I couldn’t at all. I had to join in the dance. I am pretty sure I made a fool of myself, but the way I look at it, a little bit of entertainment from me was the least I could do to show them how much I appreciated the hospitality. 

After the dinner I got to sit down outside in the warm breeze with some local kids for a nice conversation and a private lesson in Ugandan. Jabaleko Thank you for your work. Nsanuse Kukoo la va I am very happy to see you. oli mu qua no quan ge You are my friend. 

These were exactly the words I wanted to say to the people at Salama Shield. Thank you for having us, my friends. I appreciate your hospitality, but most of all I appreciate the hard work you guys put in long term to help making a difference in Uganda. Jabaleko. 

We are finally here! Our Canadian kids were so exicited Our Ugandan friend Bus ride after the plan ride Our amazing volunteer team doctors

Vancouver - Minneapolis - Amsterdam - Kigali - Entebe - Kampala. Spent the day traveling half way across the world. The journey is exhausting, but I am very excited about the coming week. To be honest, I am also a bit anxious. This is bigger than any of my commercial assignments because I really want these photographs to make a difference in these children’s lives. I don’t know if it’s naive because I know their challenges are much more than baseball, but perhaps baseball can become an anchor the children can hang on to, so that when life challenges come, they have some tools they can go to. I am hoping to make these tools more available to them. 

Met Lindsay the nurse in the check-in line-up in Amsterdam. She is very inspiring. She pooled together her holidays so she can come out to Uganda to volunteer for 3 weeks. Amazing. She is very generous, but from looking in her eyes, I know she is getting more than she is giving.  

 

Giving brings more happiness than receiving.

Domaine di Boisbuchet evening. The week I spent at Domaine di Boisbuchet was one of the highlights for me this year. The one week we spent studying design and building everything by hands definitely has changed how I view myself as a creative. I am still very hesitant to call myself an artist, but I have come to realize my medium does not need to be limited to just photography. It is just one creative language I speak now to tell stories. There can be many more.

Long time no post! Christmas came and I was finally able to rest a bit. December has been an exciting month at HKP. We shot for Pan Pacific Whistler, BBDO Toronto/Shaw Cable, and Report on Business Magazine. 3 totally different shoots, but totally fun! I am proud to say we shot both motion and still for Pan Pacific and Shaw. I am stoked to be finally integrating motion to my still shoots. It’s gonna be really exciting from now on as we keep finding ways to utilize the 2 tools together. I am having a blast so far.
Here is an image shot earlier this year at Lake Louise. Quite a bit of a whiteout but we added some interest with the strobe/flare. My fearless assistant Jay held a Profoto strobe up high from the lift chair behind the models. I twisted myself around from the lift chair in front of the models. The whole time the awesome art director John from Karo Design was on the radio directing the models. This image didn’t make the final select, but it was a lot of fun to shoot!

Long time no post! Christmas came and I was finally able to rest a bit. December has been an exciting month at HKP. We shot for Pan Pacific Whistler, BBDO Toronto/Shaw Cable, and Report on Business Magazine. 3 totally different shoots, but totally fun! I am proud to say we shot both motion and still for Pan Pacific and Shaw. I am stoked to be finally integrating motion to my still shoots. It’s gonna be really exciting from now on as we keep finding ways to utilize the 2 tools together. I am having a blast so far.

Here is an image shot earlier this year at Lake Louise. Quite a bit of a whiteout but we added some interest with the strobe/flare. My fearless assistant Jay held a Profoto strobe up high from the lift chair behind the models. I twisted myself around from the lift chair in front of the models. The whole time the awesome art director John from Karo Design was on the radio directing the models. This image didn’t make the final select, but it was a lot of fun to shoot!

Here are some more winter shots from the campaign I shot for Travel Alberta earlier this year. If snow looks awesome in the photos, that’s because it is! Lots and lots of dry power snow in the mountains of Alberta. I can’t wait to go back this winter to hit the slopes properly. Last time we were out there we only had the chance to make one run after we wrapped the day… but I ended up carrying my 40lb camera bag because I wanted my assistant to enjoy the ride after a long day.

There are more! I just need some time to go through them again. I think I have been showing about 1% of the stuff I shoot…

Talking about snow, tomorrow we head to Whistler to shoot for an awesome hotel client. Still not gonna be able to hit the slopes this time, but hey staying inside a cozy fancy hotel sounds pretty good to me, too.

It’s finally online! Here are a few screen grabs from Travel Alberta’s new site http://www.remembertobreathe.com. Working with talented Art Director John Halliday from Karo Design, I shot some of the still images for their winter campaign. It was an absolutely amazing experience. This winter I am definitely going back to Alberta to snowboard. Seriously the best powder I have ever seen anywhere.