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Collaborations with My House Design Build

June 5th, 2013 admin No comments

Throughout 2012 I had the privildge to collaborate with My House Design Build Team to capture their beautiful custom built homes and renovations before the award season.

These images were specially crafted to fit with images taken before the renovation to show the changes and improvements to each home. MHDB’s designs, using Lumic Photo’s imagery won the following awards:

GVHBA Ovation Awards
-Renovator of the Year -Large Volume
-Best Kitchen Renovation $100 000 and over -Image 4
-Best Renovated Room -Image 7
-Best Renovation $500 000-799 000 -Images 18-21

Georgie Awards
-Best Residential Renovation $500 000-799 000 -Images 18-21
-Best Condo Renovation -Images 22-24
-Best Renovation -Any Room -Image 5-6

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Is it Architecture or is it Interior Design

September 2nd, 2011 admin No comments

We use stories and photos to define people, places and subjects, to understand them and learn from them. However when the subject refuses to be defined, is it fair to be defined as un-definable?

Most shoots I do fall specifically in one category or another; architecture or interior design. However, when asked by Alberta Home interior design magazine, to shoot an architect’s home, lines become hazy. It would be quite fair to say interior design shoots concentrate on the materials and things that are inside a structure, while architecture shoots focus primarily on the shape of a structure and its functionality. In the lack of definition I found amazing opportunity for creativity as a photographer. Using architectural photography techniques to capture the interior’s design while using interior photography techniques to focus on, and clarify the architecture’s shape.

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Award Magazine Cover -Vancouver Architecture Photographer

July 11th, 2011 admin No comments

A couple months back I got an email from Award Magazine asking if I’d be heading to edmonton any time soon, as they had cover story which needed photographing. My oldest brother just so happens to live in Edmonton, so any excuse to make the trip north to visit him is a great excuse. Not to mention bagging a cover for one of my favorite clients; Award Magazine

The new Orthopedic Surgery unit at the Royal Alexandria Hospital isn’t hard on the eyes of patients who come in for surgery on their joints. Photographing this building was a bit personally interesting as well, since I underwent meniscal repair surgery about 13 months ago in Banff. The banff building’s architecture can’t compete with this, however it does have a slight advantage of mountain views, and deer grazing just outside your recovery room.

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Check out the online copy of the magazine Here

On Assignment: Glulam

May 14th, 2011 admin No comments

A wonderful perk to my job is the diverse number of places my job takes me. When asked to highlight the use of glulam as a construction material I got to visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler BC. If you aren’t up on your building material vocabulary glulam = Glue Laminate = smaller pieces of wood glued together to create weight bearing beams. Rather than chopping down a whole cedar tree to create a weight bearing beam, many smaller pieces of wood create a single beam.
Back to the location; the Squamish Lil’wat is an amazing place of art, culture, and history, which I would argue is a hidden gem in the town of whistler. Personally I’m a big fan of Costal Aboriginal art, so having being forced to shoot inside the Cultural Centre was no burdon at all.

Institutional Exterior Photographs in Calgary and Vancouver

April 20th, 2011 admin No comments

The glamor shots of a building are almost exclusively taken in the little window after construction is completed, before the building starts being used. However those aren’t the only times building are needed to be shot. Award Magazine put me on the track to shoot two building before they completed the construction phase, in time for the stories accompanying them to run in the April issue of Award Magazine. Photographs of Ernest Manning Highschool in Calgary and West Pender Place in Vancouver BC

Forever Home -Interior Design Photographer

April 4th, 2011 admin No comments

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Over the past year I’ve been shooting a lot with Alison Law from Studio A Interiors , photographing her interior design portfolio for her website. This specific project was a special treat as Alberta Home Magazine picked up the story of the interior renovation, and ran a feature article in their April issue.

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On the photographer’s side of things there was some special challenges, namely including people in some of the imagery. Alison and I agreed it would be a great image to have an image of the home owner’s children in one of the shots. Photographing children and interior design are two incredibly polar opposite types of photography, and capturing both in one image at once proved to be an interesting challenge. When photographing interior design you have quite a bit of flexibility concerning when you take the shot, things don’t move very fast. Children however, have split second unpredictable photogenic moments, and a very short amount of time they’ll be happy working ‘on set’. After a fair bit of coordination with all the adults we had on hand, we managed to get the first image of the little master baker in his element. At the end of the shoot we even had the opportunity to sample some of his creations.

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If you’re in Alberta in April, you can find Alberta Home on the magazine rack, the article ‘Forever Home’ is on page 41

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Holt Renfrew Calgary -Vancouver Architecture Photographer

February 25th, 2011 admin No comments

Luxury is a slight understatement. I was really stoked to shoot the interior of Holt Renfrew’s new flagship store in Calgary. This masterpiece designed by Janson Goldstein is said to have a $45 Million dollar price tag, definitely not an ‘every day’ interior shoot.

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A shoot of this scale is a whole different ball game compared to the residential interiors that I blogged about last. In the last interior I could change the whole lighting in a room by adding a single skrim to bounce or block light. (A skrim is a large piece of white/black fabric suspended by a frame. Mine are 5×7 feet, made of PVC and nylon). Lighting is less controllable in a room ten times the size; you can only minor adjustments without considerable volumes of equipment. Composition also requires a whole new bag of tricks, even a fisheye with a 180 degree view angle won’t capture the amount the human eye is seeing when you step back from the eyepiece. Working with extremely wide angles will start to develop very unnatural looking perspective when looking up or down, photoshop will help correct for these oddities, but pixels can only be stretched so far.

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When shooting with a model, or subject the location is a setting or story for the subject’s actions or existence to take place. However when shooting an interior the location is the story and the subject.

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So what is a photographer to do? The location is lit, the building is built, the subject is already styled. Simply walk in with an expensive camera hanging around your neck? Go back to the basics; you’ve got a camera and you have control over it’s function and composition.

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I drop all my equipment; skrims, tripod, even camera and walk. I close one eye; making myself avoid the way depth will change the way I perceive the room. My viewer is going to see this room on one plane, looking at it with two eyes will present it much differently. I walk back and forth pacing to see how I can rearrange solid objects without touching them, cleaning the visual chaos into simple shapes and presentable objects. Explore space using depth with perspective, repeating objects and familiar objects. Balance and offset objects of different sizes and significance to keep the eye moving and entertained.

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As I stood in Holt Renfrew long before your eyes would see the images I was playing Jedi mind tricks with you. I, and any other person who has a camera holds the power to control or even distort your perceptions of anything at all.

I am in control of your mind.

Buena Vista Ranch

September 19th, 2009 admin No comments

I find myself all too often alone in the woods in the dark of night shooting. This shoot a couple deer kept passing through at unpredictable times, their rustles in the brush gave me a big startle every time. Coyotes calling in the night, and a couple animal sounds I have no experience with all gave me the heebey-jeebies. Luckily despite my run ins with the ‘locals’, being out of cell phone reach if I did get taken down, and one semi bum leg I got out alive.
And got the shot.
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Make sure you CLICK HERE for to see a larger version.

As for the picture itself the long exposure and multiple variables it made for a challenging and fun picture to take. 40 minutes to get the star trails, light painting to fill in the trees, and manually flipping the switches for lights on the building itself. The interior lights were only on for 2 seconds each, while the porch lights were on for 4 seconds. As for the light painting i was using a hand wound LED flashlight for 15 minutes = sore arm