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Breaking new ground

Breaking new ground Photographing architecturally interesting buildings is one of the ways we're pivoting as we ride out wave two of this pandemic here in Montreal. The featured image in this post is a view of the south side of Concordia University's new Applied...

Having a stay-cation this year? Book a cottage country family portrait while you’re there

(See link below to unlock special pricing) This year may well be remembered as the turning point for how we live and act together as a society. No one is unaffected by the pandemic, nor the rising tides of social movements seeking to redress longstanding injustices....

Graduation photos like no other

These will be truly unique and historic graduation photos (Special offer link below) I remember how much excitement and anticipation I had about my high school graduation - thinking of who to ask, planning out the day, getting dressed up in an ill-fitting suit,...

Bringing new life to archived event photos

Now's a good time to curate and organize your visual assets It’s been a while since I’ve had much to write about here, given the heavy body blow covid19 has made on the business of events and conferences in general. As a provider of photo and video coverage for large...

Healthy work from home habits from a longtime freelancer

With many more of us working from home than ever before, I thought it might be helpful to share some of the things I've learned from my nearly 20 years living and working as an independent freelancer having spent all of that time working from a home base.  The key to...

The impact of COVID-19 on freelance creatives

Today I’ve been invited to speak as a guest with Sue Smith for a show on the gig economy that will air on the national broadcaster in Canada (CBC), and as I prepared my notes for the show I started thinking about the impact of the coronavirus COVID-19 will have on...

Video vs. Animation: which is better?

Video or animation? Which format is right for your message? How to choose? This blog post delves into the pros and cons of each, as well as provides some guidelines for choosing the right format for your communication or training needs.   What we mean when we say...

Flash vs. ambient light at events – which is better?

It’s a cliché in photography to say that “lighting is everything”, but this is especially true for event photography. Lighting at an event often sets the tone for the whole experience. In some cases, like the recent show at the Notre Dame Basilica I went to mounted by...

Want to learn about creating animated videos for company training?

Last year,  Julian Haber Creative Studio's lead designer, Meredith Lindsay led the creation of several animated training videos. Many of these videos were designed from new scripts or audio transcripts. Some were from repurposed training materials originally presented...

How to manage ch-ch-changes in video projects?

If you've ever managed a video project you've had to deal with change requests - either as the one asking for them, or the one having to respond to them. In both cases the process can range from being helpful and productive, to extremely frustrating and...

The Value of Style Guides for Corporate Headshots

First written in 1918 by William Strunk Jr., The Elements of Style, later revised and updated in 1959 with E.B. White has consistently been referred to as one of the top 100 most influential books in English. Through its common sense advice and pursuit of clarity and...

Changing course and starting fresh? Be bold!

(*UPDATE - we did a radio show all about career changing - you can listen to it here on CBC Radio Noon: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-102-radio-noon-montreal/clip/15753239-your-experience-changing-careers) Sometimes you need to hit the reset button. And not...

The Hidden Perils of a Shot List

When contracting a photographer or videographer to cover an event clients usually provide a shotlist (a list of key images the photographer or videographer needs to deliver after the event). While this practice helps organizers feel they have covered the bases and...

Running a fundraiser? Ask for a donation-in-kind.

Fall is a busy time for fundraisers, though the needs of most organizations are ongoing throughout the year. As a supplier of photo and video coverage for events and conferences we are often hired by organizations to cover their balls, gala events, art auctions, golf...

How to plan a headshot session

September is a good month to plan for a headshot renewal session for your employees. As the weather turns ever so slightly colder and the summer season fades into Instagram memories, the return to regular routines brings a new kind of energy planners can leverage for...

Family Reunions – Where Every Photo Tells a Story

Family - whether you love it, hate it or something in between there's no getting away from it. Even those lost poor souls wandering the earth came from someone and hold in their veins the story of their predecessors. For many others of us, our families - however we...

Getting great photos from presentations in the round

In the spirit of lessening the distance between the executive team and rank-and-file employees, the format allows for a more congenial presentation style. As the main stage is centred there is a much broader face of the audience to address and the most distant row is only a few layers back. In presentations, as in any relationship, proximity is power and the closer one stands physically to the audience, the greater the impact.

How to get the portrait you want

One of the challenges of shooting headshots and portraits is communicating how you want to be seen in your portrait. This is especially difficult because, as in many made-to-order bespoke creative services, clients don't always know what the want, but they know what...

Keeping clients happy in the collaborative economy

When I started out as a freelance photographer, that's all I was thinking of doing, and clients didn't expect me to offer more. I was a sole practitioner, offering a specific, in-demand service and that worked well for me and my clients. But much as I love the art and...

Japan: Part 3: Hiroshima, Hakone and Tokyo

(If you want to skip the read and jump to the photos click here) HIROSHIMA Another high speed train brought us directly into the heart of Hiroshima where we splurged on two nights at the Sheraton. We were welcomed by a friend, Carl, who has lived in Hiroshima for over...
Breaking new ground

Breaking new ground

Breaking new ground Photographing architecturally interesting buildings is one of the ways we're pivoting as we ride out wave two of this pandemic here in Montreal. The featured image in this post is a view of the south side of Concordia University's new Applied...

Graduation photos like no other

Graduation photos like no other

These will be truly unique and historic graduation photos (Special offer link below) I remember how much excitement and anticipation I had about my high school graduation - thinking of who to ask, planning out the day, getting dressed up in an ill-fitting suit,...

Bringing new life to archived event photos

Bringing new life to archived event photos

Now's a good time to curate and organize your visual assets It’s been a while since I’ve had much to write about here, given the heavy body blow covid19 has made on the business of events and conferences in general. As a provider of photo and video coverage for large...

Healthy work from home habits from a longtime freelancer

Healthy work from home habits from a longtime freelancer

With many more of us working from home than ever before, I thought it might be helpful to share some of the things I've learned from my nearly 20 years living and working as an independent freelancer having spent all of that time working from a home base.  The key to...

The impact of COVID-19 on freelance creatives

The impact of COVID-19 on freelance creatives

Today I’ve been invited to speak as a guest with Sue Smith for a show on the gig economy that will air on the national broadcaster in Canada (CBC), and as I prepared my notes for the show I started thinking about the impact of the coronavirus COVID-19 will have on...

Video vs. Animation: which is better?

Video vs. Animation: which is better?

Video or animation? Which format is right for your message? How to choose? This blog post delves into the pros and cons of each, as well as provides some guidelines for choosing the right format for your communication or training needs.   What we mean when we say...

Flash vs. ambient light at events – which is better?

Flash vs. ambient light at events – which is better?

It’s a cliché in photography to say that “lighting is everything”, but this is especially true for event photography. Lighting at an event often sets the tone for the whole experience. In some cases, like the recent show at the Notre Dame Basilica I went to mounted by...

Want to learn about creating animated videos for company training?

Want to learn about creating animated videos for company training?

Last year,  Julian Haber Creative Studio's lead designer, Meredith Lindsay led the creation of several animated training videos. Many of these videos were designed from new scripts or audio transcripts. Some were from repurposed training materials originally presented...

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