Top10 Photographs From 2017

It's that time of again where I look back in my archives from this year and be baffled that, yes indeed, that photo is from this year and not the previous. I started thinking about it, especially when looking at my favourite records this year but holy hell I did a lot in 2017. We tend to remember the last three months of the year as a good representation of the past 12 months when in reality there is so much more that happens in that time. For myself, I traveled across the country, had two planes cancel on me on a journey to and from Boston, took numerous trips and endured a lot of long drives both on tour and for myself. I met a lot of amazing people who changed my world and I became close to people who I had never anticipated becoming close with. I learned a lot about myself, moved (again), quit a job that made me unconsciously exhausted and miserable and moved on to allow myself to be more flexible, happier, and more consistent with my career and dedication with photography. Now that might be a lot to read as a preface to ten images that I have compiled together but I do genuinely feel that all of the events, big and small, had an impact on my perspective in photography. Although you will see mostly live imagery there will also be a mix of candids and posed work from tours or plans that I made with different people / models. Thank you for taking the time to scan through these, whether or not you read the caption to any or all of the images. The best of luck to you in the New Year! 

10. PIERCE THE VEIL @ MACEWAN HALL

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When I was younger I listened to a lot of Pierce the Veil. I've now been able to photograph them twice this year, once when they were opening for Rise Against (who oddly didn't make the list? idk, i've photographed a LOT of shows and content this year) and in their Misadventures tour. This photo is from the Misadventures Tour. Their lighting was so exciting, and I remember this show being the moment where I thought to myself, "yes, this is the kind of thing I want to feel every single night." I have never had so much fun photographing a show in my entire life. They are always so lively and enjoyable and it makes taking photographs so much more challenging and fun. Too often, after doing this for 8 years, i've found that things become mathematical and this is one of those bands where things can't be simplified to math and studying the band before the show to a Y. This photograph specifically was a quiet moment with Vic and I appreciate that so much. It isn't often that I like my dead straight on look but this is one of those exceptions where the moment and the lighting collided to create something perfect, for me. 

09. GOOD CHARLOTTE @ THE PALACE

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To anyone with a personal relationship with me, or follows me on twitter, you probably expected me to bring up this show. For years I have spouted off about how Good Charlotte should and would get back together so that I would be able to photograph them. While realistically the band that owns my heart is tied with From Indian Lakes and Basement (yo, hit me up in 2018 please) Good Charlotte is probably the band that has had the greatest impact on my life from the single digits, now into my mid-twenties. I unironically know and love essentially every song that they have ever written. I am unapologetic with how loud I will scream / sing the lyrics back at someone, and besides, this band brought Movements across Canada so I could finally see them live as well. This show specifically I was granted All Access (although it was the Palace so that doesn't mean much or anything) and I specifically was working with a media company that would publish these images on Good Charlotte's social media. You can only imagine my childish joy when I saw them post my images on twitter, instagram, and tagging me in their stories. Truthfully, I had a difficult time photographing them. The lighting is always poor in this venue, the barricade is tiny, and the crowd is unforgiving to photographers even in their short time spent in the pit. When I went upstairs to enjoy the show I sang along passionately to every song, taking a photo here or there. Another photographer on the tour sat down next to me, told me to watch out for some of Good Charlotte's jumps in the next song, and I got ready. This image was used by Good Charlotte multiple times and holds a special place in my heart because of that. After their set, the other photographer gave me a GC guitar pick and told me to have a good night. Unfortunately, I didn't get their name nor have I ever been able to find them but I do appreciate them a lot for enabling me to get this image. 

08. ROYAL TUSK @ CALGARY, AB

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This was one of the last shoots that I had in 2017, thank to and with assistance from Ruel. The guys in Royal Tusk came down for some promos and we spent approximately three hours around the city. Towards the end of the shoot we wandered into this hotel that Ruel had picked out, with this couch in mind, and took some time here. There were two people having a coffee that moved out of the way for us (thank you to those unnamed human beings). We moved furniture around and got everything set up perfectly. We even found that the door behind me, that made everything really hard to photograph with, was unlocked. Ruel held the door open while I got on the ground and was able to take some of these photographs. The lighting here was so dramatic compared to all of the outdoor light we had earlier in the day and while it is something I often struggle with I really enjoyed the look of most of these indoor photographs. 

07. COLOUR IN THE CLOUDS @ MERCURY ROOM

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A friend and I always seem to end up going on road trips to Edmonton to see my friends in Colour in the Clouds when I am unable to drive up in the van. I have always loved this particular venue in Edmonton and I really enjoyed photographing them this particular show. I will have to give it to Sho for all of the times that I have photographed them performing live that there is something a little different to photographing them. I find that there are a lot of mathematical ways of photographing most bands and this is simply not true with Sho specifically. This is one of those quiet moments that Sho will have with themselves every once in a while. The lighting was perfect, the mood was perfect and I have never stepped away from taking a live photograph with so much satisfaction, especially in a smaller venue such as the Mercury Room. 

06. EVERY TIME I DIE @ MACEWAN BALLROOM

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I've sent out requests to photograph Every Time I Die three times since I moved to Calgary for photography. I never received a response and from my understanding it isn't often that they let outside photographers come in and document them. I was lucky enough to have a friend working on a few shows on the tour that was able to talk to them and I was let into the space. To my surprise when I showed up I saw that I was put on All Access. This was great mostly because I got to see and talk with that friend for a bit in between the times that they were working. As I came around the front into the photo pit I got to see all of the beautiful things happening with this energetic group. They were so much fun to photograph, so lively and all over the place. That's why I ended up choosing two photographs from this show. The one being from the photo pit and the other being from behind the stage. Both of them show off some of the best things about this band, how committed they are to both their music and putting on a show for the people that got them to where they are. This show came in perfect timing for my own personal life and showed me all of the aspects that I absolutely love about my job. 

05. FETTY WAP @ COWBOYS TENT

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This was easily one of the most stressful experiences of my entire life. That being said, I learned a lot. For one, I had just finished traveling four hours to come back home. Within ten minutes of being home I needed to rush down to the grounds. There was a part of me that was super excited to get down there knowing that my friend, Tom Falcone, was in town with Big Sean and both of us would be working All Access. This meant I would have some more time to say "hey" to him outside of our usual hour long coffee meet-ups. Throughout the night I had to run around the whole venue for different tasks, doing some work for Fetty's VIP packages and taking some candids in his trailer and then backstage, before he got up on the stage with Monty. I cannot deny that all of this brought me into a lot of new experiences, especially since most of my experience is with alternative / punk / emo bands. One of the best parts of the night was being able to be on the stage with Fetty and his crew, taking photos up behind him. I remember looking at my friends' snapchat stories after the show and seeing myself, blue jacket and all, running across the stage taking different photos and then running back into the photo pit. It was hilarious. At the time I was super stressed but ultimately, I am so happy to of had such an experience and to be able to work with such a high-profile artist their whole set. I couldn't just include one of the photos from on the stage, because I love that candid moment of Fetty turning back, as well as his time looking out into the crowd. 

04. LANY @ MACEWAN HALL

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What an aesthetic group of artists. I wasn't sure how I was going to go about this show. We weren't allowed in the photo pit during LANY's performance and while that was a rule, for the first song myself and several other photographers were able to get in. It was a fairly limiting experience in there before we were rushed out and put back into the crowd. I took some time to walk around and see all of the different people holding up roses with glitter on their faces. I personally do not know LANY all too well musically speaking but with the imagery that they kept up I was intrigued and impressed. Standing in the back of the room I took some photos and was really excited when the room went red as the roses came up on their screen. There's not a lot of crowd photos that I have taken that I've been particularly interested by but the isolated feeling that those screens made I was so infatuated with the imagery. This is the beautiful thing about live music photography, sometimes the moment, the space, the timing and the feeling all come together to construct something unexpected and beautiful. That's what this image is to me. 

03. JESS @ CENTURY

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I took this photograph on February 2nd, only one and a half hours after I photographed the Arkells. It was a gnarly night of running around and trying to get to all the places I needed to get to. I was photographing Jess until almost 1AM and ended up coming home to a party at my house. That's another story, but just a memory of mine worth sharing of just how stacked this day was. There's a lot of story behind the scene of this photograph, where we were, how we shouldn't have been taking photos there, and ultimately how these portraits will probably be some of my favourite fashion photos I've taken in a long time. I visited this location once while volunteering there and I fell in love with the carpet. Yes. That's right. I fell in love with the carpet and I knew no matter what that I was going to return there to take some photographs, so two weeks later I did, bringing an assistant (Ruel). We wandered around the place and stealthily took photos inside and then went outside to take some snowy, cold, neon photos. I have so much respect for Jess for fully committing to everything in these photographs. I don't think that I will ever stop loving this photograph and as an artist, that's a really rare thing to feel. 

02. SHO @ BOSTON, MA HOTEL ROOM

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The only time that we ever went into Boston was when we were setting out to fly back home. The thing about that is our plane broke down before taking off so we ended up staying the night in Boston. The airport payed for the hotel and it was right on the harbour. Sho and I shared a room that had an amazing view of the harbour and I knew I was going to take a photo of the sun rising before we would set off to go home. Working around a sleeping Sho I took some long exposure images of the room until they woke up. As we were getting ready to leave I looked over to see Sho checking out the view of the room and snapped a quick photograph. It was all weirdly candid and beautiful and sort of reminded me of all the little detailed things that I had learned in art school. I fell in love with this image and still am particularly nostalgic of it. 

01. DEATH FROM ABOVE @ GREY EAGLE CASINO

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Sometimes it's not the specific moment we capture as photographers. Sometimes it's how we felt in the moment, sometimes it's the editing, and something it's just something we can't completely explain. I battled for weeks to decide what was my favourite photograph from this year. I suffered a severe depression, especially with my work, and even more so especially as my work got further and further behind. I knew that Death From Above would be my last big show of the year. I also genuinely enjoy this band and was so excited to get that approved notification. I had so much fun photographing this band. There's only the two of them but their lighting was so frustratingly difficult and stunning at times. Their set up reminded me of the amazing time I had photographing the 1975 last year, with light bars set up at the front of the stage. I made it work in multiple photos and there are two photos from this show that I am just so genuinely in love with. This was the first photograph I edited from this show. It was also the first photograph I loved immediately as I was working on ... In months. It's simple. It's asymmetrical. It's in focus. It's the way I have wanted to feel when working on my photography. It may not be the most interesting photograph from this year, and I have had a lot of crazy experiences that I don't think I even fully comprehend the way I maybe should, but this is certainly my favourite photograph I have taken in all of 2017. 


In addition to these images I also want to take a moment to thank a few people. I will try to keep this as brief as possible, but I have found greater introspection this year than I have in previous years. While a lot of this was brought up on my own I do wish to thank these people: Mum, for listening to me and still answering my phone calls even though you're so far away. I also have to thank her for grounding me and listening to me talk even when we both know I am just being petty. Them bois in Colour In The Clouds, my closest friends and long time touring / traveling companions. Many thanks for also indulging my spooky stories and loving me the same even when I kick flipped the van. James, for both the good and bad times, for picking me up from work and events and being the sweet person that you are. Ward, for being the best most laid back person and partner in Flesh & Bone Magazine. Mark, for making me see the world in new colours, always allowing me to test out lighting on you, for remembering the small things, and helping me with everything. Craig & Erin, for being who you are and opening your door to me at my most miserable time and always being there for kitchen and puzzle conversations. Jake, for being the best roommate that I have ever had, sharing spirits and smiles all the time and for sharing embarrassing teenaged experiences with. And then here are my thanks to all the other people who would be too long winded for me to go off on rants for: Vince, Kelly, Josh Platt, Dorian, Ruel, Ashley Osborn, Kennedy, Church Tongue, Beefy, Conveyer, & Nick Pegg

Graduation: Karly

Spring breeds the graduation season! Seeing so many people excitedly gather up their memories of High School and prepare themselves for "adulthood" whether that means post-secondary or going straight into the full-time work force. Every year I am honoured to be able to go back to the small towns that I grew up in for seven years of my life and see some of the different kids in the area graduate. This year I met up with this lovely and quiet girl, Karly and got to photograph her at one of the historical landmarks in her small hometown. 

The location was fantastic! It enabled us to take some photos inside as well as outside. This was really important especially since the wind wanted to take control of everything that particular day. I always love how this area of the world has some beautiful, desolate, imagery as well as the human quirks. Congradulations to all the graduates this year! 

Top10 Photographs From 2016

Every year there is a selection of images that excite me more than any others. In previous years I would sometimes struggle to even find appreciation in my own work. Instead I would browse through my friends and their Top 10s and think about how fantastic they are as artists and how far they have come along since I first started following them and their work. While they are all amazing photographers that I will continue to promote they still inspire me to feel more comfortable with the photographs I want to be taking as well as the ones that I end up taking in the moment. 

This last year was unexpectedly eventful. With the previous year having a lot of focus on working with whichever touring musician came through for Flesh & Bone Magazine it was nice to find that 2016 enabled me to have a lot more personal experiences with so many different artists. I can honestly say that my best tour experiences were in this year and I have met some amazing, fascinating people. There were a lot of struggles and now I can comfortably say that I am overall happy and sending positivity to everyone that I possibly can. So all of that mush and filler being said here are my Top 10 Favourite images that I have taken this year with a brief description of why they exist and my feelings behind them. 

 10. Colour In The Clouds Single 27 Flowers  Although everything from here on out will essentially be live photographs I decided to start this list off with some commercial / promotional work instead. I remember first talking with the Colour In The Clouds guys about the image of this band well over a year ago and how it was what they wanted to do for an upcoming single release. There was so much talking about it until one day we just sort of sprung it upon ourselves to do this shoot. That morning three of them built a rectangular box, we filled it with a few bags of soil and starting getting the foundation of everything started until the models showed up. I hopped on my balcony and shot down at the girls from there as they laid naked in my backyard and even standing over them I felt generally excited about what we were doing. The shoot didn't take long, the editing on the other hand certainly did. It was one of the first conceptual photos in a long time I was finally excited about doing which is why it is important that it is featured on this list.  

10. Colour In The Clouds Single 27 Flowers

Although everything from here on out will essentially be live photographs I decided to start this list off with some commercial / promotional work instead. I remember first talking with the Colour In The Clouds guys about the image of this band well over a year ago and how it was what they wanted to do for an upcoming single release. There was so much talking about it until one day we just sort of sprung it upon ourselves to do this shoot. That morning three of them built a rectangular box, we filled it with a few bags of soil and starting getting the foundation of everything started until the models showed up. I hopped on my balcony and shot down at the girls from there as they laid naked in my backyard and even standing over them I felt generally excited about what we were doing. The shoot didn't take long, the editing on the other hand certainly did. It was one of the first conceptual photos in a long time I was finally excited about doing which is why it is important that it is featured on this list.  

 09. Arkells  Shooting X-Fest is always a unique experience as you have this huge crowd of people behind you for two nights who want nothing more than to get closer and closer to the artist. Of course bands like the Arkells would much rather get right in with the mix of the audience anyways. While their vocalist was actually surfing on the crowd at one point i've sort of grown to appreciate that "right before" image. He hadn't even made it on the stands and you can see all of the hands reaching out, fans and their excited faces and to me that was a lot more successful than anything else that had been captured from that show. 

09. Arkells

Shooting X-Fest is always a unique experience as you have this huge crowd of people behind you for two nights who want nothing more than to get closer and closer to the artist. Of course bands like the Arkells would much rather get right in with the mix of the audience anyways. While their vocalist was actually surfing on the crowd at one point i've sort of grown to appreciate that "right before" image. He hadn't even made it on the stands and you can see all of the hands reaching out, fans and their excited faces and to me that was a lot more successful than anything else that had been captured from that show. 

 08. Colour In The Clouds  After a few tours with these guys I've grown to be a little more experimental with them than with other bands. I went through a faze of putting stars over a lot of my photographs and this was one that started it all (as you will see with the list going on). So at MazzFest experiencing the lighting that they did I couldn't help it. 

08. Colour In The Clouds

After a few tours with these guys I've grown to be a little more experimental with them than with other bands. I went through a faze of putting stars over a lot of my photographs and this was one that started it all (as you will see with the list going on). So at MazzFest experiencing the lighting that they did I couldn't help it. 

 07. Comrades  Something that always warms my heart is when photographs reflect a specific mood of the artist. Comrades like to use their own bulb lights or else mix it up with the red house lights that would be provided. They, over all, are this beautiful moody experience to watch and I do not think that any other photographs from touring with them quite shows the mood like this one had. 

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Something that always warms my heart is when photographs reflect a specific mood of the artist. Comrades like to use their own bulb lights or else mix it up with the red house lights that would be provided. They, over all, are this beautiful moody experience to watch and I do not think that any other photographs from touring with them quite shows the mood like this one had. 

 06. Household   The tour that concluded 2016 tours was with Colour In The Clouds and Household. I was so beyond excited to tour with this band and see them every night from their raw passion as musicians. This particular night was in Kamloops, the second date of the tour, and the venue was so unique and well lit and made for amazing imagery. The first time going through the images I couldn't even decide on my favourites because there had been too many of them. After playing around with colours for a bit I came to find this to be one of my favourite live shots as it became structurally perfect in my mind. Even looking at it I do not think I would be able to edit it down to this way again and am happy that I don't think I would ever want to revisit / re-edit this image. 

06. Household 

The tour that concluded 2016 tours was with Colour In The Clouds and Household. I was so beyond excited to tour with this band and see them every night from their raw passion as musicians. This particular night was in Kamloops, the second date of the tour, and the venue was so unique and well lit and made for amazing imagery. The first time going through the images I couldn't even decide on my favourites because there had been too many of them. After playing around with colours for a bit I came to find this to be one of my favourite live shots as it became structurally perfect in my mind. Even looking at it I do not think I would be able to edit it down to this way again and am happy that I don't think I would ever want to revisit / re-edit this image. 

 05. Twenty One Pilots   Another image from X-Fest. I have to say that I was most excited about photographing a band that is so well known for their production. Even though they cut a lot of their production down for the festival it was still absolutely brilliant. But between the silhouettes and running around images that I had taken behind the barricade i found that working in the crowd ended up producing better images. Although Tyler was emerged in the crowd he is just perfectly risen, and then highlighted with his hat. The only other person that is level with him also is wearing the same shade of red. It felt very much like a universe in motion image for me and I am still very excited about it. 

05. Twenty One Pilots 

Another image from X-Fest. I have to say that I was most excited about photographing a band that is so well known for their production. Even though they cut a lot of their production down for the festival it was still absolutely brilliant. But between the silhouettes and running around images that I had taken behind the barricade i found that working in the crowd ended up producing better images. Although Tyler was emerged in the crowd he is just perfectly risen, and then highlighted with his hat. The only other person that is level with him also is wearing the same shade of red. It felt very much like a universe in motion image for me and I am still very excited about it. 

 04. Laura and the Pineapple  The moment that Laura was given this pineapple by a friend of hers on tour I knew i wanted to photograph her with it. There was just something about her having a pineapple that I loved the idea of. With their van being so brightly coloured I knew that it would be the background to the subjects and the portrait is so simple and ridiculously serious that I have a hard time enjoying any other portrait the same way. I will never forget this fantastic pineapple moment. 

04. Laura and the Pineapple

The moment that Laura was given this pineapple by a friend of hers on tour I knew i wanted to photograph her with it. There was just something about her having a pineapple that I loved the idea of. With their van being so brightly coloured I knew that it would be the background to the subjects and the portrait is so simple and ridiculously serious that I have a hard time enjoying any other portrait the same way. I will never forget this fantastic pineapple moment. 

 03. Being As An Ocean  This image was taken fairly early in the year. I went to the show for an interview with Silverstein and ended up quoting the Office with these guys at the end of the night. With Emarosa also sharing the same stage as them I wasn't sure who I would end up getting more interesting shots from. The last three times i had photographed Being As An Ocean the venue offered less than adequate lighting and finally being in a venue that had more diversity to it was brilliant. Joel jumped into the crowd and got invested in the crowd. Just as he was about to climb back onto the stage i caught this quick image. I didn't look back onto the photos until the morning after and once I saw this image (also paired with another from the crowd) my stomach turned from excitement. I find something more beautiful in the moments between than those where there is a full-on performance and I feel that this is one of the more geniune photos that I have taken. 

03. Being As An Ocean

This image was taken fairly early in the year. I went to the show for an interview with Silverstein and ended up quoting the Office with these guys at the end of the night. With Emarosa also sharing the same stage as them I wasn't sure who I would end up getting more interesting shots from. The last three times i had photographed Being As An Ocean the venue offered less than adequate lighting and finally being in a venue that had more diversity to it was brilliant. Joel jumped into the crowd and got invested in the crowd. Just as he was about to climb back onto the stage i caught this quick image. I didn't look back onto the photos until the morning after and once I saw this image (also paired with another from the crowd) my stomach turned from excitement. I find something more beautiful in the moments between than those where there is a full-on performance and I feel that this is one of the more geniune photos that I have taken. 

 02. The 1975   Waiting until ten hours before the show to find out if i was accepted was so nerve-racking. I was convinced that I wasn't going to ever be able to photograph this band and once I got the email i hauled my way 2 hours in transit to be there. I was able to attend the show with a friend of 11 years (and the 1975 is most certainly her favourite band as she came 8 hours away to see them) and being there with her made the show a lot more enjoyable. Their lighting set up is so suiting to them and beautiful and picking between this photo and one of my photos of Matt was very difficult to do for me. That being said, I love the posture, the rectangles of light and how pink everything was. I hope that this will not be the last time I ever photograph this band with such a brilliant production. 

02. The 1975 

Waiting until ten hours before the show to find out if i was accepted was so nerve-racking. I was convinced that I wasn't going to ever be able to photograph this band and once I got the email i hauled my way 2 hours in transit to be there. I was able to attend the show with a friend of 11 years (and the 1975 is most certainly her favourite band as she came 8 hours away to see them) and being there with her made the show a lot more enjoyable. Their lighting set up is so suiting to them and beautiful and picking between this photo and one of my photos of Matt was very difficult to do for me. That being said, I love the posture, the rectangles of light and how pink everything was. I hope that this will not be the last time I ever photograph this band with such a brilliant production. 

 01. Brand New   I had a difficult time picking between this one and my black and white photograph of Vinnie Accardi. I love them both very dearly and am still in awe of even being able to photograph them at all. I had bought tickets to the show months in advanced. Every time Brand New came through Calgary I had been out of town or simply was not able to go. Nothing was stopping me this time. Being well aware of how particular they are with photographers at shows I wasn't even going to try for a photo pass. Maybe about five days before the show i broke down and finally decided to send an email off and was surprised to find out that I was set up to photograph them at this show. That weekend I had photographed a show Friday in Calgary, Saturday in Saskatoon and would be turning around to photograph Brand New in Calgary for the Sunday. I was exhausted, but humbled to have the experience. Although I was escorted to the stage everyone was so pleasant since I was the only photographer granted to work the show and I don't think I could of had a better experience seeing this band live than I had being able to photograph them for the first three songs. I went through the photographs multiple times because I wanted to make sure that I would only have the best images to send over to the bands management and I really do feel that this photograph as well as the one of Vinnie are going to remain a highlight of my photographic life eternally. 

01. Brand New 

I had a difficult time picking between this one and my black and white photograph of Vinnie Accardi. I love them both very dearly and am still in awe of even being able to photograph them at all. I had bought tickets to the show months in advanced. Every time Brand New came through Calgary I had been out of town or simply was not able to go. Nothing was stopping me this time. Being well aware of how particular they are with photographers at shows I wasn't even going to try for a photo pass. Maybe about five days before the show i broke down and finally decided to send an email off and was surprised to find out that I was set up to photograph them at this show. That weekend I had photographed a show Friday in Calgary, Saturday in Saskatoon and would be turning around to photograph Brand New in Calgary for the Sunday. I was exhausted, but humbled to have the experience. Although I was escorted to the stage everyone was so pleasant since I was the only photographer granted to work the show and I don't think I could of had a better experience seeing this band live than I had being able to photograph them for the first three songs. I went through the photographs multiple times because I wanted to make sure that I would only have the best images to send over to the bands management and I really do feel that this photograph as well as the one of Vinnie are going to remain a highlight of my photographic life eternally. 

Tour Blog: Colour In The Clouds

Though I missed out on all but one of the first two weeks of tour I flew down to meet up with Colour In The Clouds to finish off the last week of it all. The journey itself was long with a two and a half hour flight to Vegas, a six and a half hour wait for a bus (which was late by nearly two hours) to LA and finally the 40 minute Amtrak to Fullerton into the van to start off the adventure in California. Lucky for me this was a day off for them and I was able to start off easy, just enjoy the day with them and new friend, Alyson. She showed us around her part of the city, took the guys to authentic Mexican food, and ended the night at the beach to hang out by the Pacific Ocean and have a fire. Alyson had been on the tour with Comrades the weeks prior and I was deeply saddened that the last week of me hopping on she would not be able to keep going with the crew. Early the next day we endured the heat through the California desert into Arizona. Wow. That's really all I can say. 

I think one of my favourite parts about Arizona was the record store right next to the venue. I was able to pick up something and was pleasantly surprised by some of the things inside. I feel like Dave and Dorian's favorite part were the two dogs that occupied the space near the entrance of that store. 

We made it into New Mexico around 5AM. Myself and Yosh had pulled an all nighter talking about spooky things through the winding roads. Once the sun was too much to handle Dave switched out with me. We made it to Albuquerque a few hours later and decided to hit up the Breaking Bad house. We were really careful not to upset the owners after hearing a few horror stories of different people's experiences. After that we hit up the Dunkin' Donuts for that famous cold brew. Just another substance that gave us enough energy to finish the rest of the drive going into Colorado Springs. 

Three days were spent in Colorado Springs, playing shows, hiking, thrifting, and drinking a lot of Dutch Bros thanks to Ben and his obsession with the establishment. I don't think any place has ever treated us with kindness quite like them. After getting a nice blended coffee with six shots of espresso i feel like there might be no turning back from my already alarming caffeine addiction. 

The last day of tour was in Denver, Colorado. I was particularly excited to see different names on posters for the venue including the Dear Hunter, Yellowcard, and Beartooth. The lighting was so relieving and nice to have, especially on the last day. Killing time before the show started a group of us played Ninja Assassin outside the venue. During this time a man came up to us claiming that he had invented that game on a previous tour of his. Through the conversation we learned that he actually played in Drop Dead Gorgeous. He took some photos of us so that he could show his old tour mates and all of us sort of stood around in awe and mild disbelief of what just happened. What are the odds? We were in Denver, after all. 

At the end of the night we were prepared for the all nighter heading back into Canada. All of us could feel the sadness in saying goodbye to everyone in Comrades. We all parted at a gas station, waving goodbye to the bright orange van as it pulled away from us. 

Weddings: Karli + Eric

On July 23rd Karli and Eric's family and friends came together in celebration of their marriage. It all took place in Oyen, Alberta and took on that intimate, small town experience. One of the greatest highlights of their decor were the origami flowers that formed the bouquets for the bride and her brides maids. It may of rained on and off throughout the day but the wedding party had access to the museum's church for photos. The building was beautiful, full of natural light and quirks. Once the rain let up we got out of the church and went over to a run down barn in the middle of Oyen. This group of people were so energetic and fun, constantly making jokes and finding new positions and things that they could set up for the photographs. I have to give a big thanks to my number one assistant, Jenna, and everything that she did to help out that day as well. She's always there to capture the moments when I am working on my own thing within the wedding party. Her photography is beautiful and her helping hand is always appreciated. 

Congratulations to Karli and Eric! 

Tour Blog: Why, Marilyn + Year Over Year

Between August 17th to 27th the members of Why, Marilyn and the single artist, Year Over Year drove around Western Canada in light of the tour, I've Accepted The Things I Can't Change. Having befriended everyone involved over a decent period of time I was invited out to document their journey. Below are several images that were taken on the tour. With so many photos taken it allowed me to take some liberty in different editing options, going back into a lot of my graphic design roots. Hopefully I will be able to get a little more intricate with in the near future but for now there's some exploration in it with the tour stories of Why, Marilyn and Year Over Year.