I’m a really big fan of aggressive, hard light, so when a brief came in to shoot some bold looking food images to promote an event series called The Supper Club, I decided to take a swing at making bare bulb work for food. Photographed by Alexander Vlad for Antidote Magazine.
Here are a couple of photos for our friend Alex. Shot by Christopher in Wakefield.
Ottawa based Real Estate firm Coldwell Banker Rhodes were celebrating their 75th birthday at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. It was an absolute pleasure to shoot in the main hall amongst the machines that chronicle a century of flight. Photographed by Alexander Vlad.
This was one for the books. The Ottawa Craft Spirit Society threw a stellar tasting party at Maker Space North, featuring a tremendous amount of small batch liquor from all over the world, including several in our region. Music was provided by Ottawa’s finest, DJ Dusty. Photographed by Alexander Vlad.
Was going through some photos from 2013 and am bringing them up to date.
Fast Food and Fast Nudes.
Shot by Christopher.
Trying to continue this trend of photographs from warmer weather, here’s a strobist portrait of Ottawa DJ/producer Michael Wayne. Two speedlites bracketed together on Mike’s right, each on 1/2 power and another on his left also at 1/2, triggered with Pocket Wizards. Due to silly lack of an ND filter in the kit at the time, it was shot at f20, 1/160. Photographed by Alexander Vlad with assistance from Alex Brazeau.
I lit and shot this portrait of a gypsy accordionist during a music video shoot close to Rupea in Transylvania. His traditional band was starring in a music video for Ottawa rock outfit The Wicked Mercy. More news on the production later this month, but it was hands down the most fun I’ve ever had shooting anything, ever.
Here’s a few shots of some of our favourite Toronto friends, Tynan Tragic and Jonny Rockwell from Canadian rap duo Philly Moves. Shot by Alexander Vlad in Toronto, summer 2014.
For this shoot we used plenty of red and blue gels (sometimes overlapping to make purple) on a variety of strobes. I wanted to have an outrageous amount of coloured light and I wanted to play with motion in a way that mirrored the energetic and colourful nature of the model.
Since my camera cannot do double exposures, I shot the majority of these images using longer shutter speeds and froze the subject multiple times in one exposure by having an assistant manually trigger the flash several times, while coordinating with the movements of the model.
The end result is both technically and creatively satisfying and a unique representation of our model.
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.
This portrait was taken during the early morning bustle of a Transylvanian wedding in September 2014. The subject is the mother of one of the village musicians that was playing at the wedding, and also knew the groom since he was a small child. I plan on returning to Romania in May of 2015 to shoot another wedding. The subject matter is always so rich and authentic in rural Eastern Europe.
Shooting Glowfair 2014 was such an awesome experience. In addition to working with some of my favourite production creatives, the event itself was a giant success and filled with vibrant performers. Here are some shots of some of the cyber-circus performers during Hex Hector’s Bank Street DJ Set, which later turned into a several thousand strong silent disco after free headphones were distributed for the entire audience. Mark Glowfair 2015 into your calenders if you are in the Ottawa region in July!
Finally released in the wild in 2014 is a music video we shot for American rapper & entertainer RiFF RaFF. It was a commissioned as a combination of recording studio footage, live footage, and as much elemental randomness as we could conjure up. The lyrics were really out there, as is expected, so the decision was made to spell it all out for everybody to experience in vivid detail. Neon flavoured waterfalls.