Alberta is home to some of the most amazing natural landscapes, and Pincher Creek County is no exception. 

A 5:30am call time, amazing weather (although crazy chilly), untouched landscape, and the kind of sunrise that dreams are made of, all made for the perfect recipe to pull off this shoot exactly as we had imagined it. We had 2 hours from the time the sun peaked over the hill tops to get all of the looks we needed before the light turned to shit. We made it just under the wire.

BLK LBL is the client we were shooting for, and what they've done is created a new style of bi-pod for the AR-15. The purpose of the shoot was to show how efficient and discreet the bi-pod is when attached to the gun, and the photography will be used for future ads and marketing materials. 

The entire shoot was done with the Fuji X-Pro2, which performs crazy well in these lighting conditions, using mostly the XF 16mm f/1.4 and a little of the XF 35mm f/2, 

Here are a few of the images from the shoot, larger versions available in my portfolio:

And of course, a full BTS video from the shoot:


If you have any questions, sound off in the comments below.

Thanks for following along.


Graham Construction

Sometime in the beginning of August my wife and I were driving and we passed by a Graham Construction sign, at which time I told her that I needed to figure out a way to add them to my client list. Having grown up around Estevan, SK, which is always undergoing some form of construction, I've grown up seeing Graham Construction signs all over the place my entire life.  Coincidentally, two weeks later I got a phone call from an agency in Calgary that was working with Graham and wanted me to bid a multi-day job shooting a bunch of portrait work for the company. Boom. Graham was very specific about wanting to use their actual employees for the portraits to best represent who they are as a company, so we spent a couple of days shooting at the head office in Calgary as well as at one of their construction sites downtown.

Here are a few of the portraits we created during that time:



And some behind the scenes, because well... who doesn't love behind the scenes.

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Winter Fashion at Upper Kananaskis Lake

Calgary is a cold city come the winter months, and those winter months seem to last forever, but one of the few perks we have during this time is that locations like this one are only a short hour and a half drive away. It was a wee bit nippy, and there was a lot of time spent warming up in the vehicles in between shots, but our model Elise made standing in the cold wind wearing nothing but a dress look easy while the rest of us were bundled up. I'll hit you guys with some photos, then follow up with some behind the scenes and gear talk.

Photography: Nathan Elson Model: Elise Styling: Odessa Bennett Hair/Makeup: Emilia Photographer Assistant: Sam Hoffe Styling Assistant: Brittany Morrow




All of the photos were shot using the Nikon D800 with a combination of the 24mm-70mm f/2.8G, 70mm-200mm f/2.8G, 85mm f/1.8G, and Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4. For lighting I had one Einstein head with the 64" PLM with diffusion panel attached. I didn't want the lighting to be over bearing in these images, but rather a soft sweep of light to create a little bit of shaping. *Side Note* One of my PLM's was destroyed by a heavy gust of wind, ripping the poles out, so be prepared for that with extra modifiers if you're shooting on location.

Some BTS photos, taken by both my assistant Sam and Hair/Makeup Artist Emilia:



And the team that made it all possible (missing Brittany because she was packing up the clothing in the car):


Thanks for reading. Questions or comments go in the box below.

Cheers -Nate