On Saturday, I had my first official shoot in the new studio.
As you might have seen on the previous photos, the space is big and white. But what you haven’t seen, is that we do have some cool steal doors and other funky materials here and there that we can use, so we don’t always shoot against a white wall.
I flew back from Alberta late last night, and I have seen some crazy things in the past 3 days, some incredibly sad and some very fun and intense.
Yesterday, I spent 6 hours outside by -25 degrees, directing 20 people, 6 trucks and 2 trailers in front of a giant oil rig. And at some point the buttons of my camera started to freeze. My face was red last night too.
Well this is it Folks, I have officially moved in to a brand spanking new studio in Vancouver.
This project has been on the back burner for quite a while now, and it is finally time to crank things up a notch. In my previous little studio I could shoot one or 2 models at the time, now I can shoot about 20 models + a big truck (not that this kind of setup would ever happen, but if it does, I am ready for it…)
Dina was the first photographer to get back to me when I reached out to people 4 years ago, fresh off the boat from France. And my Canadian career would definitely not have started that fast if it hadn’t been for her.
My first official shoot in the space is this week-end, I’m pretty excited to see what I can do with it.
A few weeks ago, I got commissioned by the BC Government’s Correction Department to shoot the Peace Officers Memorial Service in Stanley Park.
This event, that takes place every year on the last Sunday of September, brings together representatives of BC’s finest officers. From correctional officers to police, and RCMP.
I gotta admit that, having hundreds of officers marching around in uniforms, with drums, bagpipes, horses, flags and all, gave me patriotic goose bumps.
Anyway, part of my job was to take nice portraits of the correction officers present that day, against a white backdrop. Pretty straight forward.
But the other part was to follow them around the park and photograph them while marching. And of course, it doesn’t say anywhere in the protocol that the officers have to stop for me to shoot a nice group photo (go figure), so I had to be quick on my feet.
So when they started marching, after looking around quickly, I realized that I had a very (and I mean VERY) short window of opportunity where my group was gonna walk on a tiny bridge, with the whole city in the back. And the kicker… the tiny bridge had a ledge that I could climb to shoot from higher and catch them all nicely.
This all took place in about 15 seconds, so if you were there that day and saw a dude run with a pelican case, throw it on the ground, climb and shoot while trying not to do a face plant, well, that was me…
I could only get 3 shots before they were out of frame and I had to run ahead of them again. This is one of them.