Monday, December 7, 2009

Portable Energy

About a month ago we were shooting on location in Santa Barbara, unfortunately there had been no swell at all. After a shoot day we rolled down to Rincon Point in hopes of seeing more than ripples. Alas the ocean was a dead calm. With no waves to surf we decided to explore and drove up into the hills and found the busiest Mexican restaurant in Ojai. Being Taco Tuesday and 2 4 1 cocktails we where really starting to like this little town. There is a definite sublime energy in Ojai, which brings me to my point. We met some very cool & interesting peeps it turns out that one of the guys with whom we shared our table is the VP of LibertyPak, the 'portable electric power' guys. DC sent me a link today which I wanted to share. Anyone who shoots on location a lot will find this company pretty interesting. Whether you're running studio flash or HMI's this is a very useful tool.

LibertyPak website :

Friday, December 4, 2009


Magic light early this morning over Montreal, for those of us up early to see it....

View from the studio
all images ©

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Food shoot

A few images from my latest food shoot...

All images ©
Food Stylist: J Chef

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Late Harvest

Simplicity denotes beauty, elegance, sophistication, purity and clarity.
This is a spread from my latest fashion shoot.

Special thanks to Rudsak & Browns Shoes

Hair & Make-up: Lilly Smith
Styling: Liz Ratcilffe
Model: Frederique (Giovanni)
Photographer: Drew Hadley
Photo Assistant: Amelie Chiasson

Friday, October 30, 2009

Hendry's - Santa Barbara

Currently on a job in Santa Barbara. Mixing a little business with pleasure, DC and I head out early this morning and found some waves at Hendry's Beach, which just so happened to be our location for the day. Water temp 62f outside temp 45f. Great way to start the morning!

Below, location day1

Monday, October 26, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Fashion Creative

I'm currently working on a few projects, this is the result of one I shot on Saturday.
I like to shoot fashion creatives, to challenge myself and try different techniques, lighting and equipment. There is no client so you can be free to explore, experiment and just have fun!
I shot half day in my new studio and then headed out on location in St Henri, Montreal.
The concept was to play with the idea of the 'Androgynous Woman'.
a psychological connotation; a combination of both masculine and feminine traits; a kind of unified gender that defies social roles and psychological attributes

On this occasion I had the opportunity to collaborate with :
Myrtho Clemont - Stylist
Lilly Smith - Hair & Make-up
Naomi - Montage Models
Christopher Morrison - Assistant

Great working with you! Thx for the collaboration.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Deconstructing the Businessman

As a Montreal based commercial photographer, I don't get to sit in a cubical from 9-5. Good thing really! Today I took the office outside, battled the elements and Deconstructed the Businessman. Here is a quick spread from my latest shoot. Yes it was windy.......Don't worry Barry, I had 2 sand bags on the boom. Denis, thx for your effort!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Photographer Business tips 101

As photographers and artists we tend to be slightly more creatively minded than business minded.
If you can get both these attributes down, your gonna go far!
I just wanted to share an obvious, or maybe not so obvious business practice tip.
The 30% rule.
When initiating an estimate for a job state in the estimate that you need 30% down payment at time of booking. (This covers pre-production fees) 30% on the day of the shoot and the remainder due upon delivery of the media. It’s up to you to decide if your terms are Net 30 or 60 days.

Once the estimate is approved stick to the 30% rule.
If the client is hesitant and will only pay the total 30-60 days after the shoot, you probably don’t want to be doing business with them. Once you hand over the film/media you have no leverage.
As photographers we are generally small studios dealing with mega corp Inc companies. However our expenses are just as important. Why should we pay interest on expenses for a shoot , waiting for the Big client to pay us. If you use the 30% rule you keep your cash flow in check, and keep your assistants happy.
On a side note, don’t be shy about late payment fees. If you pay your Visa bill late do they waiver the late fees?