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Urban Landscape/Photo Journalist/Fine Art Photographer

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The Stew Cover

I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot the cover for the November issue of The Stew Magazine. Simple concept and simple set-up. Thanks to Todd and Julie for letting me do this, and Sam Numsen for modelling for the afternoon.

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Some New (and Exciting) Things!

I just noticed that my last Blog update was April 19th — that means I didn’t post a single blog in the month of May!! How inappropriate of me. The month of May was slow for me. I got a new job and it required me to work quite a few night shifts and that took up a good portion of time I would have loved to have dedicated to photography, but never fear, for I have returned, haha.

Last week I was asked by local singer/songwriter and friend of mine, Oren Barter, to take some photos to promote his upcoming tour. We used a great space in the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society building and this is what I came up with:

A few weeks ago, I ordered a Holga 120GN medium format camera from an online store in Hong Kong. For those who don’t know what a ‘Holga’ is, it’s simply a plastic toy camera. That’s right, a toy. They’re cheap, plastic and they take AMAZING photographs! Because of its limitations with 1 shutter speed (1/100th), two apertures (F/8 and F16) and problems with light leaks, the Holga produces ‘unpredictable’ dreamlike images. Some Holgas have a cheap plastic lens that creates a sharp middle, blurred surrounding and also have a strong vignetting around the edges. I bought a Holga that comes with a glass lens because I like sharper images. The Holga is also medium format, meaning that rather than 35mm cropped photos that you would normally get with an SLR, the images are 6×6, meaning they’re square. The reason I bought one is because rather than trying to create a mistake-ist look in Photoshop, I figured why not just go to the source and embrace the unpredictable beauty of the real deal? I haven’t had a chance to develop the film yet and hopefully within the next couple of weeks, I’ll be able to do that. This is by no means a ‘pro’ camera, and it’s advised that you do not solely use one for commercial or client work, but it’s certainly fun to have on the side for personal use.

In the next month or so, I’ll be getting a Photography Group established in town. The purpose is to not only create a group of like-minded people to get together with and talk photos, but also to create a community where people can talk business and marketing strategies, hold exhibitions, promote one another, host workshops and develop a stronger photography movement in the area. With the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society in town, I believe this is the time and place to take advantage of such a thing and it’s exciting! I’m hoping to get a few people interested and from there we can meet a couple of times a month and work out a plan that best suits everyone and they’re levels of skill and development.

Also, just finished some new Business Cards — I do have to credit Victoria, BC based designer Alain Champagne for the original design, which I did buy the rights to use.

MTPWSY: Kate McLaren

Who are you?

Kate McLaren

Schooled or self-taught?

I learned retouching in school and that definitely helped me make up for what I lacked in technical skills and equipment. I’ve gradually bridged that gap by some assisting but mostly it’s amazing what you can teach yourself online. There are so many great resources out there.

When did you first pick up a camera and the moment you just knew?

It’s been a long process. My dad writes books on archival marine photography, so growing up, I’d always been exposed to a lot of really interesting imagery and had a strong appreciation for great pictures instilled in me. Although he’s a fairly burly sea captain, he’s been known to steal my Vogue Magazines from time to time! I honestly didn’t do too much in high school aside from a few run of the mill angsty teen goth shoots in Ross Bay Cemetery. After high school, I attended Emily Carr and went on to graduate from Capilano University’s design and illustration program with a view to becoming a graphic designer. I’d started taking photos at Cap mainly so I could hone my retouching skills, but it wasn’t till after graduation when my dad bought me my first DSLR that I really decided it was something I couldn’t live without.

What type of photography do you specialize in and why?

I specialize in portraiture and fashion. My mother is a phenomenal portrait artist and I think that is where I got my fascination with portraying people. She has this amazing way of getting to know her each of her subjects and capturing their personalities on canvas and if you’re good, you can do the same thing on film. While I appreciate architectural and nature photography when it is well executed, I personally feel that nothing is more interesting and beautiful than the human form. I’ve always been a fashion junkie and the theatrics/fantasy of it all has always intrigued me – it’s all about building an illusion and I love that. I’ve also become a bit of a drag queen specialist -not something I really planned on, but I happen to know a lot of fabulous queens personally and no one has better make up or more glamourous wardrobes.

Favorite lens and why?

Equipment comes second to my interest in the subject. I’ve never really liked talking about it although I recently upgraded and love, love, love my new baby.

Who are your influences? And if you had one question to ask them, it would be ….. ?

My influences vary greatly, ranging from Hedi Slimane’s stark black + whites to David LaChapelle’s saturated grotesque fantasy creations and even to a lot of the amazing emerging talent on flickr is incredibly inspiring. I would probably ask LaChapelle what Amanda Lepore is like on set.

Ideal gig would be ….

Shooting Amanda Lepore….for Italian Vogue

If there is any advice, whether it be camera or business related, it would be ….

The only way to grow as a photographer, or as anything else for that matter, is to jump in the deep end – to put yourself in uncomfortable situations and force yourself to rise to the occasion.

    To see more of Kate’s work, visit www.kate-mclaren.com

    Rifflandia – Unposted

    MTPWSY: When Shutters Click//Natalie Woods

    Who are you?

    Natalie Woods

    Schooled or self-taught?

    A bit of both. I got my first DSLR at the age of 16 and taught myself via online resources and books before taking a photography course at Victoria Highschool in my graduating year. Since then, I’ve taken workshops and have picked the brains of fellow photographers, such as Jon Faulknor and Scott Alexander. I’ve considered schooling, but for now I prefer the hands on approach vs the classroom setting.

    When did you first pick up a camera and the moment you just knew?

    My family and I are drawn to expressing ourselves creativity, but I hadn’t found an outlet that felt right. I had taken painting lessons on and off for years, but didn’t enjoy it. I wasn’t musically included like my older brother, nor have I ever been great with words like my mother, but when I got my first camera it was like something “clicked” in my brain.  I was 15 and it was a simple point & shoot, nothing fancy but it wasn’t long before I was driving my friends nuts taking photographs! I had never taken photos before and dreaded having them taken of myself, but I fell in love with taking them! I was severely limited with the camera I had but I got a job, saved up, and got my first DSLR, a Canon D30, when I was 16. I haven’t looked back since.

    What type of photography do you specialize in and why?

    I specialize in Portraits and I think I do because I love change. With portrait photography, your backgrounds change and your subjects change. You can experiment, have fun and meet people you might not otherwise have had the chance to. I’m actually quite shy most of the time, but when I’m with a client that all changes, I’m comfortable being outgoing and cracking jokes to make them smile and relax…I love it. I don’t think I’d get the same satisfaction or enjoyment out of photography if I focused solely on still-life.

    Favorite lens and why?

    I’m probably going to get some eye-rolls for this but honestly, my 50mm f/1.8. I’ve switched from Canon to Nikon and have upgrade a few times, but no matter what I always make sure I have a 50mm lens before anything else. I think one main reason is that it was my first lens ever, so it was part of my beginning. While I enjoy using other lenses and drool over some of the more experience, out of my reach lenses, I find I come back to it time and time again.

    Who are your influences? And if you had one question to ask them, it would be ….. ?

    I could lie and make up some influences, but honestly there isn’t anyone in particular I could place under that category. While I admire many photographers, some that I know personally and some that are strangers to me for their work, I don’t know that I could go so far as to call them influences in the true meaning of the word. That probably makes me sound like I think I’m too high and mighty to have any influences, but trust me that’s not the case at all. Ha-ha.

    Ideal gig would be ….

    I’ve never really taken the time to think about it, but I think my ideal gig would just be something that challenges me; something that would take me out of my comfort zone to get me nervous and excited at the same time but in the end, teach me something new. I know that sounds pretty boring to most and that you can challenge yourself but I don’t think I could do it in a way that a project I had no part in creating could.

    If there is any advice, whether it be camera or business related, it would be ….

    Be professional, but learn how to make any situation comfortable for yourself and your client. Most importantly, have confidence in yourself and your work. It’s hard to make your clients have confidence you will do a good job, if you don’t have confidence in yourself.