Business portraits are one of the things I really enjoy. It`s not the tekkie, arty part…I just think it is interesting meeting business people. We shoot quite a few in our Centretown studio on Gladstone, but that extra challenge of going to a
location, while tough on time and equipment is quite a lot of fun…
Thanks to the Ottawa Citizen for featuring my work in this article. I was inspired by both Malak and Yousuf Karsh in my early years. Two truly great men.
A Karsh original hangs above my desk and I was inspired by the indomitable Malak who I shot beside on many the occassion. I miss them both…
I shot this in 1977 at the start of my career as a photojournalist. One day, I will have to sit down and write about those early days as a freelancer. It was a great experience and I learned quite a lot about shooting on the fly.
Sad to hear of the passing of Canadian legend Barbara Ann Scott. She had talent, looks, charisma and above all class. This is a shot taken less than a month ago of her touring a gallery of my official portraits at City Hall.
I love a challenge…
This is a cover shoot for Ottawa Life Magazine featuring three people who work with children…primarily those with autism. The challenge was to illustrate the story without focusing on the kids. I chose the idea of a puzzle…which truly is what many of these disorders currently represents to our healthcare system.
“Award Winning Photography” seems these days to be a catchphrase on every second site. Frankly, it`s lost its value, just like Jumbo Shrimp, SALE and…Your Call is Important to Us….Here are the facts. There are actually a half dozen real photography awards in North America and no, winning the northwest Barrys Bay landscape competition does not qualify you to shoot portraits.
The real awards are judged by a panel of Nationally acclaimed photographers and these groups include the Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of Canada and Capic. There are a number of high end mags like Applied Arts inCanada and PDN in the USA who have juried competitions annually.
Contrast that with the latest fads…Websites that declare you a top photog because you had a few hundred of your Facebook friends vote or worse yet, media and pay to enter sites who set themselves up as judges based on polls that are merely popularity contests.
It wouldn`t be so bothersome if not for the fact that the general public already has a hard time judging a photographers work based on a few web images, let alone his or her professionalism in business. I stopped entering the real competitions a number of years ago. I had won at that time of 100 local, National and International awards and I simply decided to put a little more time into my family and my business.
To tell the truth, I feel sorry for newbies in the biz. There are some great photographers in Ottawa…and hundreds of “award winning photographers”
(For the record, I am one of five photographers in Ottawa who has been honored with the title Master Photographer and the only studio owner to ever win Canadian Photographer of the Year. I am qualified as an International Judge of Photography in Canada and the USA)