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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...

Japan: Part 2: Kyoto, Nara and Osaka

(If you want to skip the read and jump to the photos click here) KYOTO / NARA / OSAKA We left for Kyoto on the mid-morning shinkansen and arrived in time to walk to our Airbnb, drop our bags and visit NIJO-CASTLE, a world heritage site and home of the last shogun....

Japan: Part 1: Tokyo

Japan is a gift to photographers and should be at the top of the list for any traveller who enjoys travel photography and experiencing a unique culture.  It is a land that is safe to travel through with expensive gear, offers an abundance of areas to visit and a...

The Five Folder GTD System for Photographers

Active, Portfolio, Archive, Delete (& Personal) I’m in the process of exhaustively culling my vast horde of images taken over the many years that I’ve been living and breathing photography as my profession and passion. I’d much prefer many other ways to spend my...

Ode to Ordinary Life: The surprising value of an “every day” creative project

I took a picture every day with a Fuji Instax Mini 90 camera throughout 2018. My self-imposed conditions were simple: take only one a day and use it no matter what. I mostly stuck to this, though due to both technical and user failures on some occasions the resulting...

The benefits of working with a makeup artist (MUA)

Working with a makeup artist (or as it is called in the industry by its wonderfully onomatopoeic acronym MUA) makes shooting corporate portraits a breeze. Clients get extra attention and care and the resulting work invariably makes them look better in their photos and...

How to run a rapid, company-wide portrait session

I was recently booked by a large corporation to shoot over 200 employee portraits in just two days. With such a high volume of clients there is no time for fussing around with fancy light setups, make up artists or even much time for banter with the subjects. Key to...

Zero Waste Photography

Your client has booked you for a full day conference, say beginning at 7am to capture registration all the way through to 11 pm to close out the evening gala. Everything is happening in a few similarly drab conference rooms. Sometimes, just one, where you'll be...

The Human Search Engine

At a recent conference I was covering, during a break between sessions one of the organizers stood up and introduced The Human Search Engine to the audience: an opportunity for anyone in attendance to take the mic and give a one...

What’s in a “day rate”?

Conference planners (and the event companies that often interface for them and manage the local suppliers) often book photo/video teams well in advance of their conference, and usually long before the agenda for the event is finalized. The upside of this practice for...
How to manage ch-ch-changes in video projects?

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

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!

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

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.

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

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 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

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

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...

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