Archive for the ‘Event Photography’ Category

Great Lake Swimmers | Southminster United Church, Lethbridge

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

I haven’t had a lot of time for seeing bands lately, but when I heard about a concert happening at this venue I just had to go. I’ve also fallen into a rut of only going out to see bands I already know, but I hadn’t heard much of either Cold Specks or the Great Lake Swimmers before, and thought an early evening spring concert in an old church was the best environment for some musical experimentation!

The show was put on by Geomatic Attic and hosted in the Southminster United Church, which had such beautiful acoustics. Both bands gave powerful but mellow performances, though I felt Cold Specks stole the show. Though soft-spoken while making small talk, her voice filled the church when she sang. She performed her last song without guitar and without a microphone and it resonated throughout the entire space. Goosebumps! (more…)

Lethbridge 2012 MS Walk

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

For once it didn’t rain, and the Lethbridge Annual MS Walk was a huge success! This was my first year involved as the official photographer and I had a great time. The participants raised a ton of money for MS research, the volunteers did an amazing job organizing the event, and everyone had a lot of fun. I’m so glad I got to take part!

Message for participants:
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And now, some of the highlights of the day! (more…)

Valerie & Jonathan’s Coaldale Wedding Reception

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Valerie and Jonathan, who you might remember from their engagement session last autumn, had an intimate wedding in Cuba this winter and then returned for an evening reception with their local friends and family. Cam and I came along to capture the spirit of the event and take some family photos, since most of their family had been unable to attend the wedding itself.

They held their wedding reception in the Coaldale Community Hall, which is just so delightfully white and crisp looking – a gorgeous contrast to their purple wedding colors. Everyone was a lot of fun and let me kidnap them for most of the time for photos :) (more…)

Matthew Good | Live in Lethbridge, The Stone

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

It’s been a few years since Matthew Good played in Lethbridge, so it was a treat to finally have him back. I’m a little biased in my opinion of the show because he’s been my favorite musician for half my life, but I’m sure there were a few other people who agreed with me seeing as how it was sold out ;)

I was able to catch one of his shows at Jack Singer Hall in Calgary the week before and was excited to be able to photograph his bar gig here in Lethbridge after seeing that. Luckily the gorgeous light show they had set up translated pretty well to the smaller stage. The performance was amazing (one of his best I’ve seen), and we all cheered when he chastised a few guys who started a fight. Definitely one of my top shows of the year! (more…)

Absinthe | A Las Vegas Show

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Vegas shows usually have a no photography rule, but Absinthe encouraged it! This relatively new show in a circus-esque area outside of Caesar’s Palace is described as Cirque du Soleil’s younger punk brother, which was the perfect description of it. It takes the impressive acrobatic nature of Cirque and throws in raunchy humor (including making fun of Cirque) with a super intimate environment. The stage is only about 10 feet wide with seating for 200 in the theatre, so no matter where you are, you are up close and personal. If these performers were to mess up, you’d get a roller skate in the face. We didn’t splurge for the VIP tickets and still managed to get the second row, which was almost but not quite as terrifying as the first row.

The performers were all amazing and I think I watched half the show with my jaw hanging open. (The other half was spent wiping away tears of laughter.) If you’re easily offended, the humor in the show may not be appropriate for you, and if you don’t want to be picked on, sit a little further back :) (more…)

Harvest of Hope Gala | Canadian Cancer Society

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

I recently had the privilege of photographing the Canadian Cancer Society’s Harvest of Hope Gala. This event was held at the Galt Museum and featured local celebrities who waited tables for the night to raise money, including Clint Dunford, Marty Baceda, and David Rossiter. It was so much fun to photograph such a diverse group of individuals who all contribute so much to the community.

A photo of me making my camera face from the Lethbridge Herald (Photo by Ian Martens).