Spring is around the corner

In Edmonton, it would seem there is precious little time for outdoor on-location sessions.   The days are getting longer, the weather is milder.  I was able to take advantage of a nice snow day to practice some portrait  techniques.




Frozen prairie landscape

I travelled East to Provost again, for the second time in a little over a year. My Uncle Norman passed away and I took leave of my family and attended the services. About 5km from my Uncles graveside, I found this old wooden granary. The sky was bright and the wind was coldly feathering the clouds through the sky.

This image is stunning, in my opinion. Its natural aspect ratio would lead to a nice 24 x 36 Landscape orientation print. Let me know if this catches your fancy.

csquared portrait studio

Over the holidays, I had invested the time and money to upgrade some gear. I made the jump to off camera flash. I picked up the Pocket Wizard Mini TT1 and the TT5 Flex, and so far I have found them to be incredible. I will do some range testing soon, but I have no doubts that the triggers will be a very worthwhile investment. The wireless triggers have enabled me to get my strobe off camera and create some excitement and polish to my portraits. I also picked up a dyed muslin background, and I have completed a portrait session with the new gear. This will allow me to create high quality formal portraits and headshots either on location or here in my home studio. Its pretty exciting since the harsh Edmonton weather always seems to cut in to shooting time. Its nice to be able to fall back to a warm location and create some magic.

Controlling the Skies.

As a photographer, my art and skill lies in controlling and harnessing light to express mood and substance.

I had the honor to work with a number of women of whom are very familiar with control.

Late October, I was approached by Kendra Kincade, a client of mine, to donate my time and services to be the principal photographer for her concept calendar. Kendra is one of the select few that hopes to raise awareness and funds for the Royal Alexandra Hospital’s Orthopedic Center.

From August 8 to 19, 2011 a group of doctors, professionals and business leaders who support the Royal Alexandra Hospital will embark on the journey of a lifetime, the ascension of Mount Kilimanjaro — the rooftop of Africa Kincade is part of the climbing team, and has set her own goal of $5000 prior to her ascension.

Kendra is an Air Traffic Controller, and works with a number of very strong and capable controllers out of the Edmonton International Airport. She felt she could raise funds with the creation of a concept calendar that featured some of her colleagues.

I was honored to be a part of this effort, as I know the funds are desperately needed.

The calendar will be sold for $10.00 each and all proceeds will directly benefit the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation. Kendra has been amazing in her efforts in gathering people to collaborate, participate, sponsor and contribute. Clearly she is cut of for such incredible organization and multi-tasking.

Links Kilimanjaro climb 2011
Controlling the Skies Calendar website
Controlling the skies on Facebook


I shoot portraiture outdoors. I know I shouldn’t pigeon hole myself, but I felt that studio work in front of a seamless background is uninspiring. The side effect to this obvious bias, is that I am a victim to the fickle Alberta weather. From the start of spring well in to the late fall, I have been shooting numerous photo sessions and it seems I have little time to update my very own blog. Some where in my detailed workflow, I will commit to keeping more up to date with my clients and contacts.

Its a good thing to be busy, its a better thing to be on top of all the tasks at hand.

Full court press

Just wanted to update the blog as I have been noticably absent for a while. I took on a job that was very counter-productive to my photography. With all that over and done with I find myself with a little more spare time than I am used to.

I have taken probably 300 photos in the past 10 days and to tell you the truth, I have never been more ready to produce very high quality photographic images.

Lets book some sessions shall we?

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Project Skyline delivered

I was able to deliver prints to three customers over the last couple days. I must say putting images to print is a little like having a child. You know the process and you think you know what its going to be like, but when you see it for the first time its a little awe inspiring.

My customer for Project Skyline was very happy her print. To be honest, I haven’t enlarged to 12 x 18 before and I was a little unsure how the final result was going to be. My post production process and my lab didn’t fail me. I have nothing but good things to say about Technicare Imaging and Kodak Papers. Kodak Metallic paper brings such punch to the images. Gradients are smooth and detail is very fine and accurate. Blacks are dark but don’t clip, the the bright areas appear seem to be colored chrome on paper!