February 2014

Dead North: Fare

Last weekend I helped a friend shoot his entry for the Dead North competition. The competition is a series of short horror films submitted by film makers across the north and screened at the Snow Castle.
From the performances I saw captured during the making of Fare, I know this will leave more than a few people shocked and maybe even grossed out. Should be a good one! And I’m looking froward to all of the other entries too.

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NWT SPCA Dessert Gala

The second annual NWT SPCA Dessert Gala was an amazing success, raising over $24,000 for the shelter in just a few hours.
I was over joyed to hear that the photo booth that I volunteered my time to run contributed $1,000 to that total.

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Kim G. sings a ballad that fills the dance floor at the NWT SPCA Dessert Gala. Photo by James MacKenzie

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Special Places

Most couples have special places in mind for their formal photos. Shooting in locations where I’m not used to shooting can be both exciting and challenging. I’ve shot a few weddings in Edmonton now, and every time I’m taken to new places by the couple that means something to them.

On this particular day I had to face high winds, rain, glaring sunshine, and a lots of different backgrounds. In other words, it was a lot of fun! Tyler and Alexis were a dream to work with too.

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The Committed Rock the Top Knight

The Committed, one of Yellowknife’s more popular bands, rocked the Black Knight Pub with their soul music.

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Yellowknife’s The Committed rock out at the Black Knight Pub. Photo by James MacKenzie

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Inuvik Igloo Church

The Inuvik Igloo Church has been one of my bucket list things to photograph in the NWT. With this unique angle, I’m happy to give it a big check mark.

I shot this photo on a full-frame camera with a 17mm tilt-shift lens. Starting with my main photo, I then used the shift and rotation of the lens to capture more of the ceiling and painted windows. In all, this is made up of 7 photos.

The result is a unique look at the shape of the room without any of the distortion you would get from a fisheye lens or ultra-wide angle lens.

For more information about Inuvik’s Igloo Church, check out this link: http://inuvik.ca/tourism/attractions/

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Letting Love Shine

Letting love shine on a day when the rain clouds came right at the end of the service is exactly what Stef and Jay did on their wedding day. They smiled through the light rain and enjoyed the day despite the weather.

Getting married in a vineyard in Southern Ontario’s green belt, they had pictured a sweeping vista of grapes and leaves in the background with open and warm blue skies to compliment it all. Instead they got overcast with scattered showers and I had to improvise.

I had scouted the location out a head of time and found a few sheltered places where the wind wouldn’t be so bad, and I did the best with what was there. Stef and Jay really brightened up the photos with their smiles and attitude.

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Letting love shine on a cloudy day, Jay and Stef smile through the rain. Photo by James MacKenzie

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That Loving Look

That loving look, the one where you know two people are meant to be together. When I’m shooting weddings, this is the look I try to capture.
There are a few key moments where you’re almost guaranteed to see it. This first is on the the faces of the bride and groom when they first see each other when the bride enters the room. That long look from across the room filled with anticipation, joy, wonder, love and awe.

Tyler looks lovingly at his soon to be wife as she recites her vows. Photo by James MacKenzie

Tyler looks lovingly at his soon to be wife as she recites her vows. Photo by James MacKenzie

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