Assignment

Capital Pride Parade with the UK High Commission

It seems everyone was out on Sunday.  The UK High Commission had a float in the Capital Pride Parade and asked me to photograph the event for them.  I always love to tell a good story and even better when it serves a good cause.  Here are some favourites.  Enjoy. 

Love is GREAT Britain!

I was recently asked by a former client if I would cover a couple of events the UK High Commission had planned for the Capital Pride festival in Ottawa this past weekend.  More specifically they were hosting a Movie Night under the stars at Earnscliffe (the High Commissioner's residence) and would be marching in the Capital Pride parade on Sunday.

The movie Pride is a 2014 British LGBT-related historical comedy-drama film written by Stephen Beresford and directed by Matthew Warchus.  British High Commissioner Susan le Jeune d'Allegeershecque hosted a wonderful evening featuring Welsh Cheese, fruits and of course popcorn!  There was an impressive guest list of dignitaries and foreign diplomats all celebrating diversity and the freedom to be who you are and love who you want to love.  

Funds raised during the evening went to the Ten Oaks Project which brings together and supports children and youth from LGBTQ+ communities.

Here are some of my favourite photos from the movie night. 

Ingrid and Marc

I had done a business portrait for Ingrid a couple of years ago and while we were still in Yellowknife she emailed and asked if I was around to do another shoot?  The good news was that we were planning on moving back to Ottawa and I would be around just about the time when the fall colours would be at their peak in mid October.  We met at the Arboretum of the Experimental Farms - which is always a great place for a photo shoot regardless of the season.  The reason for the photo shoot if there needs to be one is that they were celebrating their 60th birthdays. 

Anyway, I thought I would share a few of my favorites from their session.  All photos were photographed with Fuji's GFX50S medium format camera and the 120mmF4 lens. 

 

 

Long John Jamboree 2016

Long John Jamboree 2016

I was asked by my client to cover some of the fun going on at the Long John Jamboree 2016. Boy Yellowknifers know how to have a good time in the middle of winter on a frozen Lake!    With its beautiful Snowcastle, featured artists,  curling Johnspiel, skijoring races, food, airplane and helicopter rides there is fun for everyone!  

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Aurora Ukrainian Dancers - Spring Recital

I had the opportunity to help a friend photograph an amazing dance group from Yellowknife.  They are the Aurora Ukrainian Dancers, a group that started in 1978 and has continued on to this day. They had a dress rehearsal and two show on February 12 and 13th.  This was my first time photographing a performance at The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) in Yellowknife.  These are some of my favourite photos from the show.  


Great Canadian Kilt Skate

Earlier this week I was asked by the Scottish Government to cover for them the Great Canadian Kilt Skate which would be held in conjunction with Winterlude.   So this morning in -30C hundreds of skaters in their kilts and tartans congregated on the Rideau Canal to honour the bicentennial of Canada's first Prime Minister: Sir John A. MacDonald and his Scottish heritage.     I wondered what the skaters would be wearing under their kilts on a day like today?  While there were a few hardy souls with bare knees, many were wearing tights and long-johns.  

They skated towards Confederation Park where the Mayor of Ottawa proclaimed it Sir John A. MacDonald Day.   Festivities included some Highland Dancers and cake was served.  The event was organized by the Scottish Society of Ottawa and similar skates were held in Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Calgary.  

Many thanks to #Fujifilm Canada for lending their newly released #16-55 F2.8 and the 50-140 lens.  They both worked flawlessly in the cold!  

The Ottawa Premiere of Corner Gas: The Movie

Last night we were invited to the Ottawa premier of Corner Gas: The Movie.  Creator of the show Brent Butt was there with some of the other cast members, Prime Minister Harper's wife Laureen,  the Honourable Shelley Glover, Minister of Heritage and other VIPs.  With the red carpet, screening and reception it was looking a bit like Hollywood here in the Nations capital region.  Here are some of my favourite photos from the evening and I must say I really enjoyed the movie. It really is refreshing to see our stories being told with Canadian talent and in our own way.  When asked whether he could have imagined the success of Corner Gas,  Brent Butt said that he didn't think anyone was going to watch it so they didn't have an agenda but just did what they thought was really good.  :)  

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Ten Minutes to Photograph a Princess

I was hired by the British High Commissioner recently to photograph Her Royal Highness Princess Anne who would be visiting Ottawa and unveiling a bronze commemorative plaque in honour of 70 Canadian World War I veterans who were awarded the Victoria Cross.  

I was a bit nervous.  This was my first time being hired to photograph a royal visit.   So here are some of my favourite photos from that event.  All photos were shot with either the #Fuji #XT1, #XE2, 18-55 or 55-200 lens. 

 

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