Montreal portrait photographer

C2 Montreal 2019

By Allen McEachern

C2 Montreal wrapped last Friday night. This year marked my 7th edition as one of the official photographers of C2. My role in this edition was to cover the speakers and events of the Cabaret venue. Great master classes and tons of insight into the trends of today and tomorrow. Here are a few of my favourite images from #C2M19.

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.

C2 Montreal 2017 Photo Highlights

By Allen McEachern

Over the past five years, I have had the tremendous pleasure to be one of the official photographers of C2 Montreal. Every spring I look forward to the week of C2. The content, space, participation, and logistics of this project are impressive. As one of 5 photographers my take is limited to the main conferences and general movement from place to place. Here are some of my favourite images from C2 Montreal 2017. 

3 Reasons Why You Need A Good Portrait

By Allen McEachern.

Who doesn't have a social media account today? Are you representing a business? Are you a professional? An entrepreneur? When was the last time that you made an objective review of the images you present of yourself on-line? It might be time to enlist the services of a professional photographer to help streamline your image. Here are three ways that a good portrait works to your benefit.

1. A strong confident portrait is often the first impression others get of us. How many times have you been contacted by someone you don't know? How many of us go and search the person on the internet? We look for a picture, make our impressions. People in business need to be in control of their image. A current, professional portrait is a good way to stay ahead.

2. A professional portrait does not have to be a boring headshot. This is a great opportunity for you to take charge and control the message, to sculpt the opinion that other people form about you. Get creative, let your personality shine. Be yourself. It will work in your favour.

3. Portraits add a human element to the buying process. Like true horror, what we do not see is often more scary than what we do see. Show people your confidence. Make you and your staff available to be seen. Make a human link by showing yourself. Remember, a website is always open for business. Putting a good portrait on your about page can make sure there is someone in the store at all hours.

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/

Pro Camera Equipment - Own vs. Rent

By Allen McEachern.

Owning and maintaining a professional camera kit is expensive. Camera technology in my opinion makes a big step forward every two to three years. I plan my upgrades around this schedule. Considering the price of the professional Canon and Nikon Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) these days, costs can add up very quickly. Add to this increased memory - CF cards as well as hard drives, and upgrades become an anticipated and planned for cost of doing business. Lets say for argument sake, $5000-$14 000 every two - three years, just for cameras and memory. What part of the budget is left for lenses? Again, in my opinion, lens technology moves slower than camera tech. Lenses should need to be updated much less often. 

All this to answer a question I am asked a lot...update camera or lenses or both? My response, get on a schedule of camera updates every 2-3 years. Sell your old cameras to off-set the upgrade costs. Buy used if you can. Decide if you need the top of the line cameras. Next, look at what you shoot. What lenses do you use the most? What subject matter do you shoot the most? Portraits? Landscapes? Sports? Or a mix of subjects. The idea with lenses is to build a base kit that covers your needs. Personally I have the following...85mm f1.2, 100mm Marco f2.8, 16-35mm f2.8, 24-70mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8, 1.4 Extender, 2x Extender. I have a useful mix of specialty lenses (85mm & 100 Macro) plus a standard selection of zooms and extenders. This kit allows me to shoot almost everything that I regularly cover. Now, what about the add on's that we occasionally need? One word, RENT! Renting is a great way to stay asset light and expand your kit as you need it. I would argue that it helps to keep costs down. A rental costs money, but this should be part of your billing if you are operating properly. Imagine a 200mm f2 (awesome lens that I regularly rent). The cost of this lens is about $7500 +/-. How often will I need this lens? How else could I use $7500? How much more insurance will I need to cover this one piece if I owned it?

My point is, save your money. Buy what you need, when you can afford it and pay with cash you have. Rent the equipment that you require to fill in the holes in your kit, when you need them. I see photographers going out of business, drowning in debt, trying to keep up. Appearances are important, looking professional is important, being business savvy is a skill. Buy used, build a base kit of lenses, rent what you need when you need it. What are your thoughts on this?

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.

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. :)

Laurentian Corporate Retreat

By Allen McEachern

Late last week I had a wonderful day of work with the international staff of Mirasee. Mirasee teaches internet marketing and social media skills to business of all sizes through an on-line subscription based platform.  An innovative company that employs remote workers from around the world. They all came together north of Mont-Tremblant at Blueberry Lakes in Labelle for a week of training, team building, and conversation. I joined up with them for a day of corporate portraits, head shots, team photos, and to create an image bank of technology themed marketing visuals. Here are a few of the portraits.

Searchable Photography Archive

By Allen McEachern.

A keyword searchable image bank for rights managed photo stock and fine art prints.


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.

Audi Canada - Mont-Tremblant - Editorial / Corporate Photography

By Allen McEachern.

Audi Canada recently visited Circuit Mont-Tremblant for their week-long Audi Driving Experience. This bi-annual event puts you behind the wheel of some of the most exciting vehicles that Audi makes - R8, RS7, for example. In addition to getting to rip around at dizzying speeds, you also receive some great professional driving instruction. Which, all things considered, is a good thing. Erik Gauy, from Alpine Canada also came by to take some laps.

Insight Into Editorial Photography Rates

Are you curious about editorial photography? Have you ever tried to figure out what the going rates are for different international publications? You might want to have a look at http://whopaysphotogs.tumblr.com.  Whopaysphotogs relays information on editorial photography rates from around the globe. The information comes from individual photographer experiences. Interesting information. What do you think?

Senior Portraits for Timbercreek

By Allen McEachern

Meeting people is one of the elements of photography that I love. Back in July of this year, I had a contract with a company called Timbercreek. Timbercreek owns and operates a number of senior residences, one of which is in St.Leonard, Quebec. Part of my mandate was to shoot a series of natural light portraits of some of the residence. Here are a few of my favourites.

10 Things I Love About Being a Commercial Photographer

By Allen McEachern

July 4, 2014, marked the ten year anniversary of when I registered Allen McEachern Photography as a business in Quebec. Looking back on those ten years I realized what it is that I love about commercial photography, or, what has kept me going. Here they are:

1. A Love of People. As a commercial photographer, I get to meet, collaborate, direct, and react to some very interesting and talented people. From heads of states, to celebrities, to every day folks, photography has put me in front of many people I would normally never had met.

2. Problem Solving. Common sense, and experience are powerful together. Every photography contract, assignment, call it whatever, comes with unique challenges that require individual solutions. I love the daily challenge of solving these problems both through planning, as well as on the fly as they arise. 

3. International Events. Shooting international sporting competitions is one of the biggest joys I take from working as a photographer. International media to speak with, compare notes, the fans, and access to world class athletes all combine to create something dynamic. Not to mention the precision, beauty, and excellence of professional athletes in motion.

4. Visual Communication. Capturing a moment is one thing. Telling the story that surrounds that moment is another. Being able to visually communicate with a viewer I think is the reason we are there. 

5. Creative Collaboration. When I work, I may appear to be working alone, but I am often not. Take for example runway fashion. I love to shoot runway because I am looking at the finished product in all senses. The design of the clothing, the craftsmanship of the garment, the hair and make-up on the model, the lighting, the decor, the sound, and so on. All of these elements combine to add a bit more to the final product. I love shooting fashion for this collaboration.

6. Physical Work. Never let anyone tell you photography is not physical. Often we work building sets, painting, setting up rigging, lighting, remote power generators, walking into remote locations with many kilos of gear on our backs. Look at photography and try to figure out how the shot was made. Think rock climbing. I love the physical challenge.

7. Travel. Who doesn't like to travel? I have to admit, this was one of the things I thought I would do more of, but the market has changed a bit. I still get to travel a few times a year for assignments, contracts, but nothing compared to the stories I heard from guys in the 70's and 80's. The beauty of travel is being able to take great shots, meeting new people, and the visual stimulation that comes from experiencing new surroundings.

8. Lifestyle. I have a family, wife, and three kids. We live in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. The largest ski resort in Eastern North America is five minutes from my house. Often, on non shooting days in the winter, my wife and I take an hour or two to get about 5-7 runs in after we get the kids out to school. Not many people I know working traditional 9-5 can not do this. Photography has given me a very flexible schedule and the time to do the things that make us happy for which I am grateful!

9. Technology. I am not a geek! But I love new glass, updated camera systems, new software, gadgets, apps, and so forth. I don't go too crazy, but you need to keep up to what is happening.

10. Client Satisfaction. Photography is a great gift when done well. Delivering a completed job to a client can often be very rewarding, especially if prints or similar products are involved. We sometimes loose this with electronic delivery, but even then the same sentiment is alive. As photographers we are often working individually within a team. When the photo looks good, we all look good. The pressure can be great at times, the release is hearing the sincerity of a client's approval.

Le Richmond - Montreal

By Allen McEachern - Montreal Food Photographer