calgary commercial photographer

Studio Tour // When Should You Look At Getting A Studio?

When is the right time to add a studio space to your business?

That’s a question that I get a lot from photographers, so I decided to create a video that tackles that question as well as give a tour of the studio space I work out of here in Calgary, AB.

Cheers
-Nate

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:

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

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Dr. Gregor Wolbring for Technologist Magazine

In January I was hired by Technologist Magazine, a publication based out of Switzerland, to photograph Dr. Gregor Wolbring. The editorial they were writing outlined Dr. Wolbring's research into prosthetics and the positive and negative psychological impacts that they can have on the people who use them. The only art direction they could provide was that they wanted the photo to be shot on a plain background, and that a solid head shot would be great but feel free to do whatever I think would make for a great shot. Within a millisecond of meeting Dr. Wolbring and knowing what the editorial was about, this is the photo I knew I was going to shoot.

After taking over a faculty lunch room for a makeshift studio space, and spending 10 minutes with Dr. Wolbring in front of my camera, this is what we walked away with. Clean, simple, and one of my favorite portraits so far of 2015.

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You can check out a larger version of the portrait on my portfolio site by clicking here.

Thanks for reading.

Cheers -Nate

The Texture Series | Personal Work

Just over a year ago I decided I wanted to do a series of black and white portraits that were simple and honest. No styling, no hair/makeup, no heavy retouching, just simple portraits. Thus, the Texture Series was born. This will be an on-going series, so more portraits will be added over time, but as of right now, this is where the collection stands. Texture-Series-01Texture-Series-02Texture-Series-03Texture-Series-04Texture-Series-05Texture-Series-06Texture-Series-07

All of the images were shot using the Fuji X-Pro1 + XF 35mm f/1.4.

I recommend viewing the larger images on my portfolio site. You can check them out by clicking here.

Cheers -Nate

EPT Clean Oil | Industrial Photography

I get excited about shooting industrial photography. Sure, the weather sometimes sucks, (it was -30C with a 50km wind) but I'm given access to places I would never normally be granted access to, and I get to learn about various industries and how things are done from people who are genuinely excited about what they do. My job is to follow along, learn what I can, and create a visual representation of the work they complete. It's challenging, it's interesting, and it's always different. For this shoot we were just outside of Camrose, AB at the Cargill canola crushing plant. The crew from EPT were there to clean the oil that would be used for the new turbine at the plant, and they brought me along to create some photography that will be used for their marketing materials. Turns out, brand new oil is actually dirty as hell from a particle level which can cause all kinds of issues, and EPT takes care of that. Who knew? Like I said, I learn all kinds of things doing this work.

Here's a sample of what we created:

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{ BEHIND THE SCENES } - Because who doesn't love behind the scenes? No one, that's who.

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All in all, it was a good day. Questions, comments, put them in the box below.

If you would like to check out more of my industrial photographer, CLICK HERE.

Cheers -Nate