Montreal Photojournalist

MacKenzie Tour - PGA Canada - Final Round

Yesterday I had the privilege of being the official photographer for the MacKenzie Tour - PGA Canada Tour stop in Montreal. The five day event was held at Elm Ridge Country Club on L'Île-Bizard, in Montreal. The title was taken by Blake Olsen after a deciding playoff with fellow American Corey Pereira. Here are a few of my favourite images from the day.

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.

Photo Content for Small Business Marketing

By Allen McEachern.

Content is king and it is everywhere. Content marketing is essential for small business to be found in today's digital market place. Our clients, new, existing, and potential, all interact with content across a multitude of platforms - Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, our websites, blog posts, search engines, and the list goes on... Adding strong visual content to our marking mix can dramatically enhance the chances of being found by clients, and more importantly remembered; or even better, having our content shared. 

Small business owners can use photography to their benefit. Here is a great example. Haricot Traiteur in Montreal has hired me a few times now to create content for their marketing. In one day we created multiple images that were used throughout a six month period - Facebook posts, portfolio updates, email marketing etc.

One day of photography = six months of content. Do you want to learn more about how photography can help your business be found, be remembered? Contact me to find out how I can help you. Follow me on Instagram to see how I am helping small businesses become discoverable.

Canada's 100 Best Restaurants - Photos By Allen McEachern

By Allen McEachern.

During the dark winter days of January I was engaged by Canada's 100 Best Restaurants Magazine to complete an assignment to cover restaurants in Montreal and area for inclusion in this year's publication. My mandate was to create a mix of editorial style images of food, dinning room interiors, and portraits. I had the great pleasure of meeting and working with some of the most front facing culinary professionals in Montreal. The final ranking results are in, the winners announced, and my photos are live and published. Here are a few of my favourite shots and links to their position on Canada's 100 Best Restaurants.

#2 Toqué! - http://canadas100best.com/no-2-toque-2017/

#3 Joe Beef - http://canadas100best.com/no-3-joe-beef-2017/

#22 Cabane à Sucre au Pied de Cochon - http://canadas100best.com/no-22-cabane-a-sucre-2017/

#38 Maison Boulud - http://canadas100best.com/no-38-maison-boulud-2017/

#56 - Le Club Chasse et Pêche - http://www.leclubchasseetpeche.com

A CEO, The Best Chocolate, & Viral Fitness

Three new additions to my portrait portfolio. Mark Weinberger - CEO of Ernst & Young, Christine Blais - World Champion of Chocolate, and Marc Fitt - International fitness model and viral personal brand.

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.

AMT - Inauguration du Centre de Maintenance Lachine

By Allen McEachern.

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

3 Ways for Photographers to Use Pinterest

By Allen McEachern.

Pinterest offers the commercial photographer a unique, and powerful tool. Here are three ways that I use Pinterest in my business mix.

1. Create Inspiration / Mood Boards...I use Pinterest to create private mood boards to share images with clients and other team members. These private boards allow me to share images that I like, and that match what the client is describing. The client also shares what they like, what they want to create, sets that match their ideas, etc.. This is a powerful tool for getting everyone on the same page before any shooting starts.

2. Drive Website Traffic / Increase On-Line Sales...Pinterest offers free on-line permission based marketing of my images to a target audience. Carefully use of key wording and strong hashtags allow my images to be found by people who are looking specifically for what I am offering. I use Pinterest to get my fine art prints in front of buyers with back links to my on-line store. My images show up on Pinterest searches for Wall Art, Home Decoration Ideas, Custom Fine Art Prints, etc..Again, a very powerful tool.

3. Research...Pinterest is a great place to start when I am researching a location that I have never been before. A simple search of a place can result in hundreds of images that provide visual cues. I can see how other photographers have captured a place. What light can look like at certain times of day. I find inspiration from looking at the images of others. How did they create that image? What would I do different? What lenses will I bring? Again, often these images will link back to blog posts, and other sources of information useful in my research.

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Festival Mode et Design - Day 4 Highlights

By Allen McEachern.

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

Real Estate Interiors - Photos from Tremblant

By Allen McEachern

Earlier this year I started to work with Sotheby's International Real Estate Quebec to photograph properties throughout the Laurentians. Mont-Tremblant has exceptional real estate opportunities, many of which are just amazing. Here is one of my favourites from the last weeks. If you would like to buy it, let me know. I'll put you in touch...

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. 


FIS Snowboard World Cup Slopestyle Final

By Allen McEachern.

Stoneham, Quebec, February 21, 2015. The FIS Snowboard World Cup Men and Women Slopestyle Finals from Stoneham Ski Station. Cold, snow, wind, La Belle Province in February.

FIS Snowboard World Cup Big Air Finals

By Allen McEachern.

Quebec, Quebec, February 20, 2015. The FIS Snowboard World Cup Big Air Men and Women Finals. This year marked the first time women snowboarders have competed at this event. Congratulations to the ladies!

 

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.

AMT - Train de l'Est - Agence Métropolitaine de Transport

By Allen McEachern

Congratulations to all the dedicated, and professional employees of the AMT on the opening of the Train de l'Est. I was happy to photograph this dynamic corporate event. I look forward to the opening of the Train de l'Ouest...