Allen McEachern

SHAMBHALA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018

By Allen McEachern

Since August 2016, I have had the privilege of being the Shambhala Music Festival Medical photographer. My role is to document the work of the 150 person volunteer medical team as they work to keep festival goers health, happy, and sometime, alive. Here is a collection of my favourite images from Shambhala 2018. Please feel free to leave your comments. (Handheld / Ambient Light / Canon 1D X / 85mm f1.2 / 50mm f1.2 / 24-70mm f2.8 / 16-35mm f2.8 / 70-200mm f2.8)

SHAMBHALA 2017

By Allen McEachern

I have just returned from Salmo, BC and the 20th edition of the Shambhala Music Festival. My contract is to document the work of the 130 person volunteer medical team. A team made up of paramedics, doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, and advanced first responders. Aside from offering basic first aid, the medical team operates a full capacity emergency room complete with an ICU. The worse cases attended by the medical staff are often from mixing heavy drug use, or overdosing. I think to understand the work of the medical team, you need to understand the environment that is Shambhala. Hopefully these select images help.

Photographing Big Corporate Events

By Allen McEachern.

Photographing large, multi-day corporate events is something I truly love to do. The combination of all the moving parts that make these events so amazing also offer a lot of visual stimulation and inspiration for me. Large scale production - lights, sound, sets, talented and interesting speakers, access to industry leaders, creative spaces, other production teams, tons of people, networking, movement, working as a team, 12+ hour days, working closely with clients, sending images to media in almost real time, seeing your work live beyond the event, capturing a moment, sculpting a message...all of this without loosing site of why I am there...to create strong, clean, visually engaging creative content to help my client market, promote, share, sell, and explain. Do you attend large corporate events? What are your thoughts and experiences? Below are a few of my favourite images from events I photographed in 2016.

Follow Along on Instagram

By Allen McEachern.

I have made a commitment this year to exploring the potential of Instagram. My plan is to use the platform to share assignment work during 2017. I am welcome to any suggestions or feedback you can offer as to how to get the most (fun) out of using it. All comments welcome. Please follow by clicking the link below.

https://www.instagram.com/allenmceachern/

SHAMBHALA - A 5 DAY PARTY

By Allen McEachern

I recently returned from a week in Salmo, British Columbia where I was documenting the work of the 130+ person volunteer Medical team at Shambhala. Shambhala is a 5 day (and night) outdoor electronic music festival that attracts an international crowd. Over 15 000 people attend, and a small city takes shape. Drugs are prevalent, no alcohol is allowed. Harm reduction, and drug education associate freely in a way that rarely is seen, perhaps unique to Canada. Six different stages keep non-stop musical line-ups rolling from 1PM- 6AM daily. There really is nothing like Shambhala. I can't wait to go back. Here are my Shambhala photos. Click on an image to open a lightbox of the gallery.  (Handheld / Available Light / 85mm f1.2 / 50mm f1.2 / 24-70mm f2.8 / 70-200 f2.8 )

 

 

Leave A Branded Item Behind

By Allen McEachern.

Photography is a very competitive business with many great photographers all going after the same clients. Often, the contracts go to the photographers whom not only know how to shoot, but who also know how to stand out and get noticed. A simple way to be remembered is to leave the client with something that contains your branding. One item that I currently use is a branded pen / USB combination. My supplier is USB Memory Direct. I like the pen / USB combo because it is a useful item that won't just be trashed at the end of the day. I use these to deliver back up images, small sample portfolios, bio info, etc..... Getting noticed is the start, being remembered is the road to being hired when the right job comes along. Leave something behind. 

Joseph C. Papa - Chairman & CEO, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International

By Allen McEachern.

C2 Montreal 2016 Photo Highlights

By Allen McEachern.

C2 San Francisco + EY Winning Through Disruption

By Allen McEachern.

I recently had the great pleasure to travel to San Francisco to photograph a 4 day C2 Montreal event produced exclusively for the global accounting firm Ernst & Young. Here are a few of my favourites from day 3 and 4.

Snow Polo Tremblant Quarter Final Photos

By Allen McEachern.

Photos highlights from the Quarter Finals matches of the Snow Polo Tremblant International Tournament. #SnowPoloTremblant

Snow Polo Shoot Prep - What's In The Bag?

By Allen McEachern.

Newswear Foul Weather Chest Vest / Canon EOS 1D Mark IV x 2 / Canon 70-200mm f2.8 / Canon 85mm f1.2 / Canon 24-70mm f2.8 / Canon 200-400mm f4 w/1.4 Converter / Canon 16-35mm f2.8 / Canon 600EX-RT / Canon 580 EXII / Gitzo Carbon Fiber Monopod / 200GB CF Cards / 2 x 4AA Ansmann Batteries / Swiss Army Knife / MacBook Pro / LaCie 500GB Rugged Drive / ScanDisk CF Reader / Lens Cloth / Business Cards / Note Book / Pen / iPhone / Headphones


Montreal Corporate Portrait Photographer

By Allen McEachern.

Photographing people is something that took me a while to get comfortable doing. Walking into a room, putting up a set, lights, camera, etc., is the easy part, the technical part. You either know how or you don't. Anyone can learn this. The real trick is interacting with the people that I will photograph. As a photographer I need to be able to make my subjects feel relaxed, make them feel comfortable, to be themselves. I need to recognize their physical features, positioning them to maximize the good, and to minimize the bad. Everyone is different. Everyone is someone. My reward is when they look at their photo and say, "yes, that's me".  Below are a few portraits I recently created for a land surveying firm. The images will be used on their company website, and for individual social media profile pictures.

Montreal Portrait Photographer

By Allen McEachern.

Happy 2016...A New Year...A New Portrait.

Why not start the year by updating your professional portrait? A strong confident image of yourself to let everyone know you mean business. :)

Remember Montreal Fashion Week?

By Allen McEachern.

Over the 10 years that I covered Montreal Fashion Week, my favourite venue was the Imperial Theatre downtown Mtl. The lighting was awesome, as was the ambience. The audience was smaller, and more associated with the fashion industry. Here is a shot from one of those shows...Helmer, March 21, 2007. Enjoy! For more visit  http://bit.ly/Montreal-Fashion-Week

Festival Mode et Design - Day 4 Highlights

By Allen McEachern.

Photo highlights from the final day of the Festival Mode et Design Montreal. #FMD15

SOLO PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION - ABSTRACT NATURE

On July 30th, 2015, I will present my first solo photography exhibition in 8 years. I am really excited. I have partnered with the wonderful wine bar / book store Les Mots located in the Old Village of Mont-Tremblant. The exhibition is title ABSTRACT NATURE and will include 11 images from this on-going series. Six of the eleven images will be printed at 32"x48" and five images will be sized 20"x30". All of the images are direct prints on acrylic. To help cover the cost associated with printing and exhibiting this series I am using KICKSTARTER  to raise funds. 

If you would like to find out more about my project, or to make a contribution to my campaign please click here.

Here are a few of the larger images I will be presenting...

 

Audi 2015 Canadian Unvelings - Montreal Auto Show

By Allen McEachern

Audi Canada's 2015 Canadian unveilings and press conference at the Montreal Auto Show. Montreal, Quebec. January 15, 2015. © Allen McEachern.

Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

By - Allen McEachern

#IM703WC