I'm pumped to share one of my latest pieces for airdrielife magazine that made it to the cover. Here's a quick note about the photo shoot, most of which was printed with my photo in the masthead of the mag.
When I had the chance to photograph Aaron Dell in his full goalie gear and San Jose Sharks uniform, I wanted to incorporate some colour. I had played with Enola Gaye smoke grenades on a couple of other photo shoots, and knew I wanted to try orange and green smoke grenades to complement his gear and team colours. Fortunately Aaron was game for the idea, and patient as I took some trial shots before pulling the wire on the smoke grenades one at a time. I used two lights off to either side behind the net to backlight the smoke and make it pop, and one light in front to the right to give a dramatic look for Dell as the subject. We nailed some good shots from a few different angles, including me on my belly to get the corner save image (my shirt started to freeze to the ice, and I think I was wearing shorts). I do not suggest using the smoke grenades in an indoor setting though. The smoke hung around a little while despite staff opening a big overhead door, and the next booking had to use the other ice in the two-rink facility. Sorry, City of Airdrie. Luckily it was May and the arenas weren’t fully booked. I had to try it once, but I’ll be sticking outside with smoke grenades in the future.The full article can be read here: http://airdrielife.com/local_life/aarons-arena/
I love the challenge of photography and the people I get to meet, like last summer when I photographed brothers Ty and Taden Rattie for airdrielife magazine.
At the time, Ty , 23, hadn't yet earned a full-time roster with the NHL's St. Louis Blues, and Taden , 18, played for the Western Hockey League's Red Deer Rebels. Since August, Ty did make the cut with the Blues, but was then put on waivers early in the New Year and picked up by the Carolina Hurricanes. I like to think it was a bit of foretelling on the publisher's part to have me use a red backdrop instead of blue.
Taden was also traded to the WHL's Vancouver Giants in September 2016.
The two brothers came over to my home studio where we had an hour to take photos and do an interview for the story. I allotted 20 minutes for photos and off we went. Keeping things looking natural can be tricky and I wanted a few candid images, so I asked Taden to re-tape his stick. I grabbed him some tape from my hockey bag and off we went. I like that it made it look like a teachable moment with the older Ty giving his tall younger brother some pointers.
Here's the magazine link for the photos used in print and the story: https://issuu.com/airdrielife/docs/airdrielife_winter2016lowres