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Love Like Winter | Personal Project

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

AFI photo project, Love Like Winter, Crowsnest Pass winter

This is the second installment in my larger AFI-inspired photo project. You can read more about that here.

The first video I chose to photograph was “Love Like Winter,” partly because of the timing of the project (a fresh snowfall in an otherwise dry winter was something to take advantage of), and partly because of how visually rich the video is. As a result, this particular set has more images than most of the others will. It was really hard to narrow these down!

Model: Kristin Sciarra
Assistant: My mom :)
Video: Love Like Winter by AFI

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The Days of the Phoenix | Personal Project

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

AFI photo project, The Days of the Phoenix, Lethbridge creative lighting portraits

It’s time to finally introduce a project I’ll be working on over the next year, a disjointed set of images tied together only by the music that inspired them.

Each photo shoot is inspired, in some way, by a single AFI music video. I will keep going until each video of theirs, even if I don’t like the original, is complete. These are the only rules.

This project has been fermenting in my brain for quite a while, and after a desire built up to focus on learning more creative lighting, I decided it was definitely time to start! I have been a huge fan of AFI for many years and find their music to be so emotional and creativity-inducing (I usually play them when I need to power through photo editing, sew bellydance costumes, or anything else that needs a lot of creative input in very little time). Many of their videos have really interesting visuals and impactful lighting that I couldn’t resist dissecting. I’m also doing it to cope with the seemingly endless hiatus they’ve been on!

This particular photo shoot was the second I photographed, but the first I wanted to post. “The Days of the Phoenix” was the very first song I ever heard from AFI and therefore seemed fitting for the introduction.

Model: Stephanie Fieldberg
Video: The Days of the Phoenix by AFI

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Wedding Planning: Photography! | Personal Blog

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The most common question I get asked about our wedding is, “How are YOU going to choose a photographer?!”

Actually, this was quite easy! (And not just because Cam left this decision 99% up to me… and no, I’m not setting up a tripod on self-timer.) I’ve known Ian Grant online for so many years that I’ve lost count. I became a fan of his landscape photography long before he was regularly photographing weddings, and before he was even married himself! At some point along the way we also became friends on Facebook over our shared strange senses of humor and love for ridiculous internet videos and pictures. Conveniently enough, he was based out of Los Angeles!

I had long dreamed of engagement photos in Disneyland, and this past October we made it happen! We spent two fun hours in the park with him, and the result has only made me more eager to see what our wedding photos will be.

Here are some of my favorites… (more…)

Wedding Planning: Location! | Personal Blog

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

It’s almost here! To count down to my OWN wedding, I’ll be making one blog post each month outlining all of the awesome things we picked out for our big day. We had set the date so far in the future from our engagement that at first it seemed forever away, so it’s hard to believe it’s almost here already. I have new found respect for all the brides I’ve worked with because planning a wedding is VERY HARD, and we even eliminated many of the steps that are involved!

Early on we knew we didn’t want to get married at home, and a beach was our top choice. In the end we chose Santa Monica, near the famous pier.

We’ll be having our intimate ceremony on the beach with dinner to follow on Ocean Avenue. By intimate, I mean 10 people including us :)

Getting married in California wouldn’t be complete without some Hollywood in the wedding, so it’s fitting that our officiant appeared in wedding scene in the Hangover!

In case you missed it, our engagement story is here.

Halloween | Personal Project

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

October is one of my favorite months… warm days with chilly hot chocolate nights, crunchy colorful leaves and, of course, Halloween, which means lots of horror movies and listening to Dead Man’s Bones! It’s been far too long since I’ve worked on a self-portrait project and I’ve been inspired by all the amazing levitation photos out there, plus I wanted to do my own haunted series. I set out on one of the ridiculously windy afternoons we’ve had and luckily was only interrupted by a few pedestrians, though I almost blew away a few times! I’ve taken on a few new genres of dance this year so that was a big inspiration on a few of the images. Psh, who needs stools and ladders for levitation photo composites when you can do it with your body alone? ;) (more…)

Beth on Film | Personal Project

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

It seems like a lifetime ago now, but before digital I shot with film! I learned photography with my film camera and it wasn’t until I was nearly finished university that I saved up enough money for a DSLR. Even then, I loved the tangibility of film and being able to see my b&w images develop before my eyes, as well as the rich quality of the photographs.

Over the past few years, my remaining canisters of film have been taking up room in my fridge and old camera bag, expiring more and more with each passing day. However, I am finally going to be making an effort to use this film!

Let’s face it, we’ve all gotten lazy with digital cameras. In a photo session I can fire off hundreds of photos, chimp, and get the framing right after looking at the first result. There’s very little need to get the photograph perfect on the first shot… and that’s just not acceptable!

Doing this project sets these limitations:

  • I can only use one roll of film for each one.
  • I can only do light digital enhancements on the photographs after scanning them.
  • I have to really pay attention to the light meter, or remember from experience how to ignore the light meter.
  • Every photo needs to be properly composed before I even half-press the shutter.

Beth was my first go at this, and it was not without issues.

  • My scanner sucks!
  • I chimped (looked at the “display screen” on the back) after EVERY PHOTO. All I saw was an exposure reading. ;)
  • It was disappointing to find out later that a few images hadn’t turned out – but that just means I need to concentrate more next time!
  • I’m probably getting a few quality issues from using my digital lenses on a film body, but since my original camera only had a kit lens, I’m willing to make this compromise. I need me those primes!
  • Expired Kodak consumer film looks nasty compared to the expensive b&w Ilford film I got used to in university :)

If I’ve learned anything, it’s that it’s hard getting back into film, but I’m going to keep trying ;) (more…)