Mont-Tremblant Photographer

Inside Montreal's Metro

These images represent a portion of a larger corporate image bank that I created for the L'Autorité Régionale de Transport Métropolitain (ARTM). A wonderful example of public works design in Canada during 1960’s and 70’s.

A Dalco Built Office in Mont-Tremblant

A recent project at Tremblant. New offices by Dalco Constrction.

3 Characteristics Art Directors Look for When Booking Photographers

By Allen McEachern

There are many ways in which commercial contracts arrive for photographers. Some include the obvious; word of mouth referral, powerful SEO on our portfolio sites, publication credits, being in the right place (local SEO)...the list goes on. All this goes to say that you already have the caliber of work needed to be on the radar. But I want to go deeper and get into three specific traits that Art Directors look for when booking, and re-booking commercial photographer. Like I said, we are working with the assumption that your body of work is competitive...

1. Are you an asshole? Sorry for the language, but it really is the best word here. As creatives, we need to have a strong ego, it helps us get through slow times, and also defines much of who we are and how well we preform. But we need to keep it in check. Be humble, listen, think before you speak. Be easy to work with. Add something creative and positive, that's why you are there. No one wants to work with someone that is difficult, over aggressive, inattentive, or rude. Put on the charm, be graceful, smile. You would be surprised how far this will all go to your benefit.

2. Are you available? So many times I have "got the job" because I responded in a timely manner, I was precise in my responses, and I was flexible with my scheduling. We all have busy lives... wives, husbands, kids, clients, travel, etc. etc.. Chances are if an art director is contacting you it is because they already have an interest in working with you. Make it easy for them and all the other people involved in the production. Be flexible, be available, be reasonable, and expect the same in return. 

3. Do you deliver? Commercial photography (advertising / corporate / editorial) can be high stakes. Tight timelines, limited availabilities, always a budget to consider and so on. Are you able to deliver the expected result on time, on budget? Even better, deliver before the deadline, save the client money if you can, but do what you say you can. Actions always speak louder than any words, promises, or excuses. Customer service is super important to remember. It is what helps define our brands, creating positive experiences, keeping us memorable and remembered for the next time.

 

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. 

MONTREAL ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR PHOTOGRAPHY

By Allen McEachern.

Architecture & Interior Photography - a new portfolio page http://www.allenmceachern.ca/building-design. A collection of client work shot over the last 6 months in Montreal, and the Laurentian mountains of Quebec. Below are a few images from the collection.

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


Family Portraits - Mont-Tremblant Holidays

By Allen McEachern.

Christmas is 36 days away, crazy, I know. Everything just seems to speed up at this time of year. Anyway, with Christmas comes family. Why not plan a family photo session when everyone is in town? This is a great way to capture your time together, and makes a wonderful gift for all. Mont-Tremblant offers a beautiful outdoor setting or we can stay warm inside. Professional lighting can quickly and easily be set up at any location. Usually, a 90 minute session is usually enough time to get the job done without feeling rushed. Images are easily shared via a private on-line gallery, with all images downloadable. I can also help you with any custom printing and framing you might like. Do you want to find out more? Let's get in touch and check the dates. 

Donating Photography - Working With Charities

By Allen McEachern.

Relais Pour La Vie - Mont-Tremblant. Canadian Cancer Society.

Relais Pour La Vie - Mont-Tremblant. Canadian Cancer Society.

Non-profit organizations sometimes approach me asking for a donation of my commercial photography services. I often say yes, but I do have a structured approach. Here are the main points to consider...

1. Charities operate with very limited budgets. Volunteers and donations are what help these organizations maximize the use of the funds for the people they help. Adding commercial photography greatly increases the organizations brand, market presence, and advertising. Additionally, it helps in their internal communications and community relations. I try to align myself with projects that match my personal values. Sometimes it is ok to say no. Try to refer someone else if you are not available.

2. ROI - Return on investment. In this case, time. Through the organizations I work with I have meet numerous people I would not regularly have access to. Business leaders, other professionals, politicians, celebrities, and so forth. The amount of business generated from these contacts is often substantial. Additionally, increased visibility for my brand comes from on site branding at events, publication of my logo in printed communications, local and national media coverage, photo credits, publication in the annual report, etc, etc, etc. You get the point. The returns are often much larger than the donation.

3. It feels good. Taking a positive, active role in your community is hugely rewarding. Giving of your time and of your expertise can greatly enhance the lives of others. Working alongside like minded individuals creates a silent bond that follows you all year as you interact with your community. I highly recommend getting involved.

Personally, I try to be involved at least once per quarter with a non profit organization. I work with charities that help underprivileged children (something close to my heart), with the Canadian Cancer Society, and with foundations that ease the transit from life to death. What ever you choose, getting involved can have a huge impact on both the organization, and yourself.

 

Remember Montreal Fashion Week?

By Allen McEachern.

Do you remember Montreal Fashion Week? Here is a shot from one of the last editions before La Semaine de Mode de Montréal stopped....Click on the image or http://bit.ly/Montreal-Fashion-Week to see more from my 10 years of photographing this bi-annual event as one of the official photographers...enjoy!

NOVEMBER PRINT SALE

By Allen McEachern.

Are you looking for limited edition photography prints for your home or office? Have you started your Christmas shopping early? All Landscape and Abstract Nature prints are 20% off for the rest of November. Visit the gallery by clicking here....and enter PROMO CODE: YJYLMQ2 when you check out.

5 Reasons For A Good Portrait...

By Allen McEachern.

A good portrait can do you a lot of favours. Ask yourself, when was the last time you updated your professional profile picture? Are you using an image from 10 years ago? Are people going to be surprised when they meet you in person? It might be time to update. Here are five reasons to do it now...

1. We all age, it's part of life. Not accepting this is a major mistake in business. Imagine you are to meet someone for a contract. You do your background and look into their on-line identity...usually accompanied by a photo or two...then you meet and the person looks nothing like their on-line portrait. Wow, you have aged...

2. People trust people who are confident. Show a strong, confident and current photo. Establish trust before you even meet.

3. Professional photographers will see things that you don't. Allowing someone trained in looking at people objectively might capture the true you. 

4. This one is a bit dark, but nonetheless true. Say you die tomorrow. Could happen. What will be the picture for your obituary? I know, crazy thought process, but listen...I have been contacted numerous times by grieving family members asking me to "photoshop" a picture for a funeral...something to think about.

5. A professional portrait for business is tax deductible. Engaging photographers helps the local economy.

Here is a portrait I recently shot for a member of the Save The Children Board of Directors


ABSTRACT NATURE - 11 IMAGES FOR EXHIBITION

By Allen McEachern

Following my failed crowd funding campaign, a number of people have contacted me to buy prints directly from the series. Click on the image below to link to the full series that I will present on July 30th at Les Mots Tremblant. 


Vernissage - ABSTRACT NATURE - 30 July, 2015

Vernissage 5á7 30 Julliet 2015 - Les Mots Tremblant. Come have a glass of wine, some tapas and a chat. I would love to see you all! - Allen McEachern.

Philippe Starck in Photos

By Allen McEachern.

As a follow up to yesterday's post...here are a few of the shots from Philippe Starck at the ground breaking, press conference,  and 5à7 of Yoo Montreal.  Yoo Montreal is a Starck inspired condo development in Griffintown, Montreal.

WALL ART - PRINTS FOR SALE

By Allen McEachern.

New additions to the ever growing WALL ART collection. Custom prints made to match any room in your home or office. Happy Friday!

See the full WALL ART Collection here: http://bit.ly/WALL-ART

Snow Polo Tremblant World Cup Photos

By Allen McEachern.

Snow Polo Tremblant World Cup, the inaugural match played between Team Canada and Team International on Lac Tremblant. Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. February 28, 2015. 


11 Inspiring Sites for Photographers

By Allen McEachern

Everyone needs a little inspiration now and again. The following 11 photography sites might help.  A good mix of photojournalism, fashion, life, fine art, and technique. I hope you enjoy. Happy Monday!

1. The Big Picture - Some of the best photojournalism from around the globe, curated by a group of photo editors at the Boston Globe.

2. Many - "Many is a collective project exhibiting fine photography selected by fine photographers."

3. 50mm - A curated collection of images by Tokyo based creative director - Curtis.

4. Strobist - A blog dedicated to mastering camera flash. Excellent resource for learning.

5. FOTO8 - A great site for contemporary photojournalism from around the world.

6. Photography Served - A collection of the best photographer portfolios found on Behance.

7. Particulr - In their words..."Particulr is one designer and one photographer working to make the web a better place for photographers."

8. Lens Culture - A great resource for many many things related to contemporary photography. 

9. Great Photojournalism - A curated collection, by invite only, of great photojournalism.

10. A Photo A Day - Like the title says - every day, a new photo. 

11. Fashion Photography Blog - A powerful resource for anyone looking for insights into the world of high fashion photography.