DAILY EDIT: Hero of The Morning

Sometimes, you just have to run wild at sunrise with a flash and your favorite lens. Good friend of mine, the photogenic Christian Hill, joined us on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for some early morning hero shots as we at Captivate get back into the swing of things for this summer!

Canada Day weekend brought with it a horrid heatwave by Canadian standards with it reaching as high as 35°C and 44°C with the humidity index. Now is as good a time as any to take advantage of cooler temperatures in the mornings to get your shoots done if you plan on doing location oriented work.

As photographers we cannot always control everything in our environment but we can sure as hell try. In this case, it meant getting out at around 5 a.m. with a single flash, a stand, and my camera. It may take some extra initiative for some (I am one of those people) but just know that you’re not the only one who hates early-mornings. Personally, I hate the heat way more than I do waking up early. It’s a no-brainer for me.

So get out there and enjoy the morning. Your results will be worth it. I shot these images on a Rebel T5i with a Canon 35mm EF lens. You can get away with using any type of flash you have on hand so long as it isn’t your built-in. Mount that baby above your subject, pointing down at them and you have a recipe for magic.

Happy shooting and be sure to keep up with the blog as we are going to be releasing a lot more content over this summer! 



DAILY EDIT: House of Barons Staff Education Day

All the staff from both the Sussex and Wellington locations of House of Barons, showed up for education day. We all sat attentively as Domenico showed us different techniques and styles of cutting. The best way to stay on top of your game no matter your career, is to always revisit the basics and never shy away from learning something new. “Appeal to the masses, eat with the classes.”IMG_4263

INDUSTRY: Some Lessons From Shep Gordon

If you haven’t seen Mike Myers award-winning documentary Supermensch, stop what you’re doing and watch it right now.  It’s about Shep Gordon, one of the most prolific managers that ever lived, who was responsible for some of the most incredible arts-marketing moves of all time.

Some lessons from Shep Gordon (the biggest creative industry OG of them all).

1) If you have no wife and no kids, you have nothing to lose, so put it all on the line from time to time. How’s not giving your absolute everything been working out for you?
2) Where your career starts isn’t where it has to end.
3) Guilt by association isn’t always a bad thing. (He basically made Anne Murray’s career by getting John Lennon, Alice Cooper and the drinking club, the Hollywood Vampires to come and be photographed with Anne. The buzz from that got her on Midnight Special which was her big breakout moment in the US).
4) Do compassionate business. There are no winners and losers, only winners.
5) All the opportunity in the world isn’t worth a damn if you don’t have the skills. Some of the biggest moves in music history were the brain child of a relationship that paired unquestionable management with incredible talent, but talent alone isn’t enough. All the best ships have navigators.
6) Sometime you have to save every bullet in the gun for one shot. You have to make a decisive plays.
7) Get the money.
8) Always remember to get the money.
9) Never forget to always remember to get the money.
10) In rock and roll, if you can get the parents to hate you, the kids will love you.

Bonus: Don’t put your own happiness on the back burner.

Rebirth 2015

Happy New Year!  Christopher Eades and myself will be curating the Captivate Creative Studios blog here at it’s new location, and expand our focus into reviews, industry discussions and interviews with other creatives.