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October is always a busy month for photographers, especially in our part of the world when the fall colours are at their peak.
So it was with this setting in Gatineau Park, that I was honoured to be asked to take engagement photos of Ashley and Fernando, both of whom I have known for a few years now.
The morning air was crisp but the sun cooperated and provided us with a beautiful canvas in which to capture the soon to be married couple. Below are a couple of shots of our session together.
Wishing both of you a wonderful life together filled with lots of joy and happiness! xoxo

The official portrait of the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada, is unveiled by Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall on Thursday, September 27, 2012.

“The landscape that inspires me in our country, that is breathtaking and of infinite beauty, is the human landscape,” Jean remarked to the audience of diplomats, politicians, artists and friends, “the magnificent landscape of women and men of heart and courage. And that is what wonderful and profound Canadian artist Karen Bailey and I talked about for this official portrait. “I could not see myself standing alone on the canvas,” she added, “simply because I never stood nor walked alone on this wonderful journey across our country.”


Working in a house that has floor to ceiling glass windows can prove to be daunting as you can see in the test shot photo.
Not only do you have to deal with the multitude of reflections coming at you from all angles, you need to balance the exterior ambient light with the interior lighting.
Another thing to watch out for, again with reflections, is to keep your set clean, meaning all stylists, make-up-artists and models should not be in the same room as you are shooting as they will show up in the most unexpected places. 🙂
With the right angles and plenty of black fabric, one can overcome these tricky shooting situations.
These are just a couple of “test” and fun shots of Steve as we were setting up for a recent shoot.

Set list – Carp Ontario – 9/21/12

Hello There
Elo Kiddies
Come On Come On
That 70s Song
On Top of the World
Tonight It’s You
Ain’t That a Shame
She’s Tight
If You Want My Love
Need Your Love
Baby Loves to Rock
Sick Man of Europe
Don’t Be Cruel
I Know What I Want
The Flame
I Want You to Want Me
Dream Police
California Man

As you may remember, my excitement of seeing the rock band Cheap Trick again after 32 years last summer was cut short when the stage collapsed.
I maintained an email relationship with their tour manager since the collapse as I had provided a few photographs of the boys on stage just before the chaos for the bands website  .
Back in May of this year, when I heard that they would be performing at the Carp Fair, I once again asked for permission to photograph the band and sent off the required photo release.

So this past Friday, to my great surprise, was an envelope not only containing the only photo pass given out that night, but also a meet and greet pass that allowed me to spend some time with the rock stars of my youth.
What I did not know at the time, was that the crew that was on stage with Cheap Trick on that fateful night last summer, was also invited to meet the band and reminisce of the events of that day.

My first indication of the special bond that had formed between the crew and the band was when Isabelle walked through the door to the dressing rooms, saw Cheap Trick’s tour manager Carla, cried out her name and threw her arms around her with Carla returning the embrace.
Much was said in that embrace, not in words but in the knowledge that a life changing slice of time, shared only between a select few, has brought them together in ways others cannot possibly understand.

To throw a little humour on the situation, after the collapse Cheap Trick sent each crew member a white hard hat, with the Cheap Trick logo on them of course, as a reminder to watch out for falling objects. And the stage crew had taken the bolts that had fallen from the stage that night, had them melted down, and made into rings which they presented Friday night to each of the band members and their guitar tech.
Rick, Tom, Robin and Daxx were very much moved by this gesture and placed the rings on their fingers immediately.

I had a front row seat to what happened on July 17 2011… it was the most incredibly frightening thing I have ever witnessed. But on Friday night, to see the camaraderie, smiles and laughter made me happy and took away some of the darkness of that July summer night.

It’s funny how things come full circle sometimes… how I became a Cheap Trick fan back in the summer of 1979 in Montreal, to the events of last summer and then to be part of the events of Friday night…

Carla, thank you so very much for including me in this special night! xo 🙂

The Ottawa Stage Crew are:
Phil Genest, Nick St. Jean, Kevin Wright, Isabelle Izzy Charrat, Wayne H, Nathan Graves and Clammy Exciter, Freddy and Jay.

  • July 19, 2014 - 11:02 am

    suzanne - Remember hearing the news about this. Couldn’t believe the play the next night at Artpark. Glad you all we together that night and we’re able to be together again!! Long live Cheap Trick!!!

  • July 19, 2014 - 6:15 pm

    Anthony Leggiero - Carla Dragotti is one of the best out there..When I talk about tour managers all I do is compare her to Doc McGee and she completely and totally outclasses most.

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