The first official photo back of The Plaid Chair Series, 2014.
This shot features Jason Edghil, a full time firefighter right here in our hometown. Jason helps me with a lot behind the scenes, and has been in several of my photographs and was gracious enough to allow me into the fire hall to shoot this special portrait.
Our dogs are best friends and we share a love for Hot Sauce - However, the hot sauce Jay brings home from his Barbados home absolutely kills me. It makes me feel kind of like this photo does!
A special thanks to Bradford Fire & Rescue.
I was so happy to be able to shoot this portrait! I have known Jeff since I was a little kid. My dad would take me to the magic shop down in the city and Jeff would demo magic tricks for us & i would choose my favourite ones to take home! Later on I started driving myself to the shop and eventually skipping my college classes to spend the day talking shop and swapping tricks with Jeff.
To this day, several us still make frequent visits to his shop to hang out, pick up supplies or simply just to say hello :)
He is one of the funniest guys I have ever met! The one liners, quirky comments, hilarious expressions and gags that come from this man, truly make him one of the most unique characters I have ever had the pleasure of calling a friend!
Jeff doesn't typically allow many 'production' type things to go on in there. nor does he really like to be photographed. However, he was more than willing to be a part of the plaid chair series and for that, It will always be one of my favourite pieces.
Thank you Jeff, and thanks to 'The Browser's Den of Magic'!
This shot was a lot of fun to do. I have known this individual for quite some time and was super excited when they agreed to be captured in the Plaid Chair Series.
Your looking at a Canadian Military Special Forces Scout Sniper. The real deal. This individual has put his life on the line numerous times serving our country and it's both an honour as his friend, and as a Canadian to add these photos to my collection.
We shot this deep into the woods, the bugs were insane, it was hot and muggy. My lenses would not stop fogging from the humidity - Conditions I'm sure a special forces soldier can handle with ease - A photographer? Not so much! Needless to say, we rocked it out for a few hours and had a ton of fun.
Wonder. Something adults seem to forget or lose along the way. Part of the reason why I do what I do. I wanted to capture the mind of a child - the imagination of a child. These are 2 of my nieces. Such adorable, cute amazing little beings. I love them. They were absolutely FANTASTIC in this shot.
One of the best parts of doing this photo, was my older sister and I got to build a fort again! It's been years! And there was something especially cool about just having a good time, and building a fort. Win.
A special thanks to Emily for letting this happen and helping along the way. We got exactly what we wanted and I can't wait for everyone to see it. Perhaps my Favourite line is when my oldest niece saw the butterflys and said "Well, I don't remember seeing those. Hmm."
What a shoot! Surreal to say the least. Let me start by saying THIS IS COMPLETELY REAL. This man, my friend Michael Willems, looks EXACTLY like Bryan Cranston aka Walter White. Nothing was copied, nor pasted.
The resemblance is, as you can see, shocking. I'll admit - I didn't see it at first. Without a chemical suit and gas mask on, Michael has hair, he is a well kept individual, you MIGHT not spot it right away. It was pointed out to me by my friend Carmine. See, I shot Michael in the 2009 series, and you can see that photo on the website here. Once you see, all you'll be able to see now is Walter White. I won't tell you which one it is, you will know ;)
Michael is a professional freelance photographer. He has great attention to detail. This goes across the board. So much to say, he did in fact bring a razor incase his hair needed to go to help the shot be as realistic as possible. I bet he's glad he didn't!
A special thanks to my brother in law for letting me shoot this at his construction yard. It really helped set the mood for our 'cook'.
For more detail and a further Behind The Scenes look, check the blog post 'Breaking Plaid'.
Sorry for the technical difficulty. The chair needed some repairs and a change of oil to continue on for the rest of the series.
This is Ryan. Ryan, is actually the brother of 2014's first Plaid Chair Photo, Jason in 'Heroes'. Ryan runs 2 mechanic shops in the area and was more than willing to help out for a photo.
This is one of my favourites. I love the idea of the chair needing a tune up to continue forward. The oil pan, wrenches, lights - the entire mood of the photo just feels good to look at. We shot this from 2 different angles but after editing the first one, I fell in love with it. It became an instant favourite and I didn't even bother looking at the second.
Special thanks to Ryan Edghill for making this happen!
Ladies & Gentlemen, meet Ron.
A dear friend of our family. Probably THE nicest guy you'll ever meet. Ron married my wife and I, 4 years ago now, and I still get comments about how super cool he was for using his iPad instead of a real bible.
Well, in this photo - Ron is using a real bible. Ron was once the Youth Pastor at our local church but has since been promoted to, well, I actually don't know his title, but he's important! ha! We shot this on the platform at our church right after we had a NERF fight, using the alter as cover. Kidding. There was no NERF fight. Imagine?
I like to think of this photo as Ron summoning the power of Gods word - or the rapture is happening and, well, Ron is being zapped away! Special thanks to Mr. Dyer for letting this happen! It was fun!
ERU - The Emergency Response Unit.
Essentially, the S.W.A.T. Team. I have been excited to shoot this one for YEARS! Originally, I wanted to include my buddy in the 2009 series, but our timelines just never worked out. Well this time - they most certainly did.
This was by far, the most fun Plaid Chair shoot I have done to date. Putting the chair in an armoured SWAT truck? Are you kidding me? The amount of guns and cool sh*t I got to see and hold was unreal! My wife says I looked happier than I did in our wedding photos! Ha!
I love both of these shots for so many reasons. The first, because I LOVE that I had an actual dynamite cell-triggered bomb on the Plaid Chair. There is just something cool about that. The second, All the toys, robots and little things we got to throw all over the place were so much fun to get educated on while shooting!
This isn't the last you'll see from my friend and I here. We have several more ideas in the pipe and id like to extend an extra special thanks to him for making this happen. Huge, Huge win.
VSA - Vital Signs Absent
Meet Willy. Or Matt. Whichever you prefer. I call him both. Why? Because I can. Matt is a paramedic, and a beastly one at that. Winning national competitions in his field, proving to be top amongst his peers = total badass.
Matt and I are cousins, however, it is more of a brotherly relationship. We chat on the phone like woman, and discuss our love for animals and the band Angels and Airwaves. Matt just got married, which was exciting, and I got to MC his wedding.
It was super cool to shoot this in an ambulance bay at his headquarters. Watching him unpack all these cool gizmos, and actually put an IV into the arm of the chair was pretty funny too. Several onlookers watched as we shot this, and the result, is something I am both proud of, and sentimental too.
Thanks for making it happen, Willy!