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Photo Session with Evan: Round Two

Last night we got rained out during our photo session. Today — much better. I had a good time with Evan, whom I’ve known for a few years now. In fact, it was his first band, Loaded Stream that got me into concert photography and eventually led me into weddings, band promos and all that other fun stuff. Evan was in Vancouver for a couple of years playing with The Rebel Spell and then opted to do his own thing because touring was getting to be a little too much at the time. He’s moving to Nelson, BC aka BC Paradise at the end of the month to live the chill life and write music with his girlfriend Katia. Here’s some photos from today’s shoot:

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

    MTPWSY: Brianna Munro

    Who are you?

    Brianna Munro from Kamloops BC

    Schooled or self-taught?

    Self taught, but had a few photographer friends teach me theory!

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

    Well i did get my first lime green film camera when i was in grade 6. All i did was take pictures of my friends in the school yard or on field trips. I loved having a camera in hand. Went from those times, to yearbook class, to writing my career goals the summer I graduated (my sister “forced” me to…a photographer was one of them).

    What type of photography do you specialize in and why?

    Portraits of people. I love capturing the emotion of peoples smiles, or the love showed in a couple on their wedding day.


    Favorite lens and why?

    my 50mm 1.8. I’m bokeh obsessed!

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

    Zack Arias! I love his work and hes so brilliant at giving advice and teaching photographers! I would probably ask him why he got into the world of photography.

    Ideal gig would be ….

    A individual photoshoot in Victoria BC. Victoria is so gorgeous!

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

    Don’t give up on your dreams!

    For more of Brianna’s work, visit: http://briannamunro.com/

     

    Leaves

    Leaves from the backyard. I love the texture and the waviness to them, almost looks like they’re swimming or floating.

    I also did some more random shots of watches, chains, etc.

    Isn’t All Photography Still Life?

    I Thought I’d Take This Path Home

    Photographing Lumber

    I set out on a mission today to get some photos, but I didn’t have the intention of photographing old piles of lumber. There’s an old sawmill in the industrial side of town that’s been abandoned for years now and so I thought it would make for some interesting photos. When I got there I took a few wide shots and then it happened — I got distracted with a bunch of stacks of old lumber sitting in the yard. I immediately fell in love with the texture and the design of the wood so I got in close and took some photos. Here they are:

    Meet the People Who Shoot You: Shane Deringer

    Who are you?

    Shane Deringer / Photography

    Schooled or self-taught?

    Self taught

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

    The first camera I ever had was a film point and shoot camera my Dad gave me when I was about 15 but the moment I knew I was hooked was when I started taking photos of my first child, Joshua. As soon as I started taking pictures of these once in a lifetime moments of my family I couldn’t stop and once I started being able to do the same for other people I knew I wanted to be a photographer.


    What type of photography do you specialize in and why?

    I feel like I don’t specialize in exactly one area. I started with surf and landscape photography, moved to children and now photograph people everywhere and at any time of their lives. My main loves for what makes me feel good are definitely weddings and maternity sessions. I definitely strive to photograph people in their element, whatever it may be.

    Favorite lens and why?

    This is a very tough question to answer. All of my lenses have a purpose and I switch regularly. For general use though I would say that my 24-70 is my most relied upon lens. Very sharp and always dependable.

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

    I have many influences for my photography. I would say without a doubt that my influences are all wedding photographers. I feel like a wedding photographer really has to learn how to use all aspects of available light, as well as off camera flash photography. Right now my influences for consistency and lighting are Tony Hoffer (Photography), style BENJ HAISCH (photography) and Sergio Mottola (Photography) and just plain beauty is Kate MacPherson (Photography). There are far too many to actually name, and there are a lot of locals I look up to for various reasons. A few that I follow often are Jon-Mark Wiltshire (Photography), E/A Photography and Karen McNeil (Photography). <—- all of the preceeding are talented photographers and amazing people.

    Ideal gig would be ….

    Doing what I’m doing, hopefully full time. Shooting it all, weddings, concerts, people…This is a fulfilling job and it would be amazing to be so blessed as to be able to do this full time.

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

    Camera related – if you have a dSLR turn it on then switch it off of P mode. Learn your camera.

    Business – Hustle, organize your files from the beginning and shoot what you love. And Good luck.