When Hardcore gets Soft – Shooting product for Eekoe

Well, I have to admit, I’ve know Chat Ottenbreit for about 9-10 years now.  We met in Vancouver, he was always getting tattooed, hanging out with crazy bands, travelling around with Warpped Tour and even NASCAR… so when I got an email to photograph some of his new products, I was stoked and excited to hear what he had planned.

“Socks” he said, “I need you to shoot some socks for me.”

These were not the words I ever expected to come out of his mouth.  Chad had gone off the deep end and was now pushing socks.  But what I didn’t know was the back story behind the socks and their revolutionary new material.

These are socks made of bamboo.  They are crazy soft… and best of all, they don’t stink like regular cotton socks do.  Serious.  I’ve had these socks on my feet for 3 days, working and riding my bike, and they don’t stink!

I’m not going to go on about them anymore… this is mainly a blog to show you a sample of my most recent product photography.  I know that most of you know me for my more creative portrait work and my fine art work… but we all have to go to work.  I’m just happy to have my work studio attached to my new home!

So here are some samples of my product photography.  Please keep me in mind if you are in need of some clean, professional product photography.

Messing around with my GoPro and Adobe Premiere

I felt the urge to mess around with some video editing yesterday.

All of the video was captured on my GoPro Hero 4 (thanks again to my family for an awesome birthday present).

Music by my old friends: LoDown
Socks: Eekoe

Thanks for watching!

Creating Images for Silex Canada’s Big Rebranding

It just happened to be a happy coincidence when I was contacted by Rosemary of Silex Canada a few weeks ago.  Rosemary was a student of mine at VPW and she reached out to me with photography job for the company she is working for.

Silex Canada does some crazy concrete restorations and building wraps, several of which dot the False Creek area as well Western Canada.  They are gearing up for a big rebranding of their company to show off their company and to help push them to a national level, and Rosemary contacted me to assist them in creating images for their upcoming website and brochure.

I’m always excited when jobs like this come along, ones that flex my brain and test my skills in a very short period of time. They were in need of several images, from their board members in a boardroom, to construction workers on the job.  They were also interested in highlighting some of the work they were doing in False Creek.

I’m not sure how many of you photograph architecture or buildings out there, but I find them a bit harder to work with than people. There’s no way to have a building step into the shade, or move a little to the left. It takes a lot of foot work to get you in the right place, and in this case, the right place just happened to be on top of a neighbouring building.


I was stoked to have got this image for them, as well as the 9 others that they’ve chosen to represent their company. This is no Joe McNally from the top of the Burj Khalifa, but for this guy who has a respectable fear of heights, it was awesome for me!!

Geek alert: This image was made using my Nikon D3, 24-70 f2.8 lens, and two Nikon Flashes (900+910) using the Nikon CLS. Final settings on this image are ISO200, F11, 1/800th of a second… gotta love High Speed Sync!

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Syx Returns to Vancouver for 2 Photography Workshops

Hello Vancouverites, I have heard your wows, read your emails, and heard all the voicemail (okay so it didn’t blow up my computer or phone or anything like that, but I got a few!)… so I am pleased to announce 2 workshops in Vancouver NEXT WEEK.

The word has been spreading quietly but now it is time to blow the lid off this, I will be offering 2 workshops with Vancouver Photo Workshops next weekend.  Taryn and I are luck enough to be hired to photograph a wedding in our old city, so this give me the opportunity to get back in front of eager students on the West Coast!

Off Camera Flash Photography
will take place Friday night & Saturday (June 5&6).  This workshop will help out anyone that is interested in utilizing their wireless flashes to the fullest and learn the skills to better your flash photography.
For more information and registration click this link.

One Day Lightroom Intensive will take place on Sunday the 7th.  This day will cover not only the amazing things that are offered to you in the newest release of Lightroom, but will also include a demo on what the new Creative Cloud subscription can do for your workflow.  This is the first time I’ll be teaching some of these tips and tricks and I can’t wait to see your jaws drop!
Click here for more information and registration.

Both of these workshops will be held at the new location of Vancouver Photo Workshops, and the first few registrations in each workshop receive a discount.

For those of you interested and not able to make those times are welcome to contact me personally for some One on One instruction.

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SieraSlave on the Rise!

You may remember my post back in September when I first moved here from Vancouver and I was lucky enough to score some press passes for the Phog Phest.  It was a really nice chance for me to catch up with old friends from music scene and to get introduced to a few more.

SieraSlave was one of the bands that day that I was lucky enough to see play as well as meet them and photograph.

That was the start of a great relationship with this up and coming young band.

It’s great to work with these young four kids who are driven and focused on their goal to be a recognized rock band and her quickly blazing a bright trail.

I’ve been involved in their evolution since September, providing not only the photograph for their debut CD and promo photos, but also designing their CD layout, their fan webpage and their EPK page for industry folk.


Here are a few of my favorite shots of them from the last 6 or so months. Also, take a minute and skim their EPK page, this is one of my first pages designed this way and I’m pretty happy with it.


Tomorrow night they will be playing at the The Old Walkerville theater with The Kerouacs and Ashes of Soma. Tickets are still available. If you’re in the area be sure to check them out and say hi. I’ll be filming the show with Gene Schilling… Yes filming, I’m starting down another creative road. Wish me luck.

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