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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Instagram // EXPERIMENTS ON BLACK //



Over the last 5 or so years, I've been developing an illustrative style that is bit of a departure from my commercial and past art photography. It's EVERYTHING ON BLACK and the process of intertwining and painting the elements together has become my favorite, mental canvas. My recently released and very large, edition print series "Artifacts of Alchemy" was the very first application of this process and I'm really excited about the results.

When I'm not marketing, shooting, promoting and then promoting some more... I'm playing with alternative techniques and formats. Usually that means developing my artistic voice. Lately, my personal developments have crossed over into the main stream and namely, social media.

A few months ago, I decided to try out instagram as a continuous gallery for a single image. Using the grids to weave together a flowing image has proved to be something of great interest in a very short time. The scrolling image contains snippets of the "Artifacts of Alchemy" work and beyond.

Testing out the fusion of :: ART + SOCIAL MEDIA ::

Check it out: @foundinvoids






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Monday, April 4, 2016

-- > GOT HITCHED!!!!


On March 25th, 2016 I married my best friend & partner in crime Kris King. We were surrounded by a few of our closest friends who made the last minute trip from all corners of Canada and the USA. They joined us for a fleeting, magical moment in the open air of the Mojave Desert, California.



3 months ago, we bought our favourite travelling companion "Ramblin' Rosie," a 1972 VW bus we completely gutted and rebuilt from the inside. She takes us surfing on the weekends here in California and this time, she had the great job of being our bridal chaperone and flower girl!

Thanks to an incredible photographer Talia Shipman who happened to be in Los Angeles. She agreed to drive out close to the far reaches of California [near Vegas] to capture our spectacularly on the fly & full of love occasion. bowandarrowphoto.ca



Thanks Maggie for this one of me driving ma girls out to nature's cathedral!!!

























The rest of the weekend was celebrating in Vegas Baby!!!!

We got stuck for one more night because of a sandstorm and our little Rosie doesn't take wind so well. We enjoyed one more day as newly-weds in Vegas [boohoo]. 





Then one last test of weather - we hit an hour and a half mad storm filled with some good ol' Canadian SNOW in San Bernadino county! 












Monday, April 6, 2015

Head Up in the Sky, Honestly

My latest work is all about the fantastical imagination, expression and desire of toddlers. I'm constantly thankful for getting the chance to spend so much time with such magical and unabashedly honest creatures. It takes time to win the trust of a child so when I'm able to capture a moment of their true character, it melts my heart. 

I could say this a gazillion times...I never bore of learning from kids. They are so inspiring, reminding me to never take anything for granted and always be myself - it's the only way to success and making real connections.





These two gems I found from Facebook casting. I put a call out looking for 2-4 year olds who were "extremely expressive" and had an incredible amount of parents sharing fabulous photos of their kids losing it, laughing, and generally being awesome.

The first little gentleman is two years old and his name is Ayaan. He loves to jump from big heights and generally thinks his dad is the coolest dude ever. His mom is a strength & fitness competitor and has all the tough to handle this ball of attitude and smarts!


The second little guys name is Lennox. He's also two years old and is part Japanese and Irish. This is evident in is fiery red hair and very almond-shaped eyes. His mom who, who is a yogi, claims his calm demeanour is a direct correlation to the amount of yoga she did during pregnancy and after. He is polite and actually listens when you speak to him like a grown-up. Inquisitive and understanding, a rare combination in a toddler! 


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Awarded in the 2015 Graphis Advertising Annual

Excited to find out that we won a Silver Graphis award in this year's Advertising Annual for my "People For Good" campaign with Toronto Agency Zulu Alpha Kilo. This is the second award for this series this year, after our ADCC win.

That's great news!


















THE CAMPAIGN:
To inspire good in our hectic and busy world, People for Good launched a campaign inviting everyone to ‘get back to good.’ By showing people in their purest form, as babies, Canadians were reminded that no one is born bad.

Creative Director: Zak Mroueh
Art Director: Allan Mah
Writer: Courtney Colomby Brown
Agency Producer: Kari Macknight Dearborn


Monday, December 8, 2014

Precedent Magazine Cover Story









I had the privilege to pump my brand of created sunshine all over these stoked & happy lawyers in the studio with Precedent Magazine & talented Designer Gilbert Li . With the collaboration of Associate Editor Braden Alexander, we whipped up some warmth and laughs for these shining lawyers who dig their jobs, almost as much as I dig mine when I get a project like this!

Little insider: the handsome fella on the cover is amazing dual lawyer/drummer Paul Banwatt from the incredible band The Rural Alberta Avdantage! Go check out their tunes...the judicial world is likely going to lose Paul to the talents of his music permanently in the near future...

Designer: Gilbert Li
Editor: Melissa Kluger
Associate Editor: Braden Alexander
Makeup/Hair: Vanessa Monteith & Shawna Lee
Writer: John Lorinc
Assistants: Jason Gordon & Denise Militzer















































You can read part of the article here: http://lawandstyle.ca/career/magic-moving-in-house/



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Kevin O'Leary Shark Tank for Report On Business Magazine


Always a pleasure working with Clare Vander Meersch over at Report on Business Magazine. She sent me to the sharks in Toronto, to Ripley's Aquarium to photograph the fierce but gentle Kevin O'Leary. Past star of Canada's Dragon's Den and now Shark Tank in the US, he continues his push forward with his brute, unhinged honesty and financial prowess.

In front of my lens? Well, he was patient & sweetly tame for the time we spent together.

Client: Globe & Mail, Report on Business Magazine
Director of Photography: Clare Vande Meersch
Location: Ripleys' Aquarium, Public Relations Associate Maggie Doucette 
Assistant: Brooke Wedlock