Ottawa Redblacks Cheereaders Calendar

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Creating a calendar for the Ottawa Redblacks was an interesting challenge.  I created the first ever calendar for the Ottawa Roughriders over 25 years ago and was asked to work on the first Redblacks calendar given not only my photographic skills but also my understanding of how far to go with this theme in today`s society. Cheerleading is a hot-button topic and what most people do not understand is that these cheer teams are composed of both men and women athletes.  They not only look good…they are people who contribute a lot of time to training for the routines and a lot more in community relations.  Are they sexy looking…yes. The key however is that they are also glamorous, healthy accomplished men and women and that is how I tried to portray them. To date, on social media we have seen two complaints…out of 25,000 fans….I guess we succeeded!

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Ottawa Airport Photographs /Website/Annual Report Photography.

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Photographing Ottawa Airport for a corporate website was a lot of fun…The highlight was that they used a snap I did when I was leaving for the carpark as one of the main shots….It`s great to work to a shooting schedule, but cool to be able to improvise and have a client with the good taste to recognize a shot that communicates their vision.

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Ottawa Image Retouching

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We like to capture products right the first time and shoot so that there is as little retouching as possible….but sometimes that simply is not possible.
Try as we might, these products were a couple of those cases in which we went as far as we could with light and knew that it was time to let Photoshop happen…

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Parliament Hill Chef

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I happened to be looking up some files and came upon these shots from a decade ago. This is Judson Simpson, Chef of the Parliament Hill restaurant. The first was shot for Air Canada`s Enroute mag about a decade ago and then a few years later I shot this group of Canada`s Culinary Olympic team using the same location. Yes, the winter shot was a bunch trickier, but these folks were real troopers that day.

I am reminded every day of what good fortune I have had to have enjoyed a career in the heyday of photography in Ottawa. Many clients, like Judson have been with us for a decade and some…amazingly…. for 40 years!

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Commercial photo retouching

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A lot of people don`t realize that in general, what comes straight out of a digital camera is not an optimal product. Digital files need sharpening for the
repro medium you are working in, color balancing and minor dust retouching all of which we call “basic post processing”. Beyond that, the sky is the limit. In this example for a local law firm we did a mild version of what is called HDR…Hi Dynamic Range compositing of three images to bring out detail in the scene. We will gladly sell our clients anything their heart desires…even RAW files, but 98% of our clients have us do the post processing…To put it simply…it`s what we do BEST.

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Ottawa Baroque Concert

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Shooting live music events can be a challenge. Dark old churches, the sensitivity of the audience and performers, as well as simply finding that angle that tells the story….I love it.

This was shot for a local group at Glebe St James Church….established in the same year as my studio building.

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