Red Bull Kite Farm

As an artist there is no better feeling than witnessing your vision come to life. 

Red Bull called me up about a month ago and told me about an event happening in Regina, Saskatchewan called Kite Farm. A ski and snowboard kiting endurance race, the first of it's kind to be held in North America. They wanted to know if I could come up with some cool ideas about how to photograph it and they would support me with the funds required to make it happen. 

I looked around in the snow kiting world to see what sort of images had been shot before. I needed to think outside to box and I relished the challenge to create something that had never been done before. I had images floating around in my head, visions of what I wanted to capture. They were abstract and artsy, not your typical action sports photograph you would see from other agencies like Getty. But I pitched the idea to the guys at Red Bull and to my delight, they loved it!

It involved achieving the advantage of height. I looked at various options (helicopters/drones/cranes/booms) but I settled on the tried and tested aerial photography device, a 4 seater Cessna airplane piloted by the nice guys at the Regina Flying Club. 

On top of the aerial photo I had to have a plan B in place incase the weather wasn't going to be safe for flying. So I set up a GoPro in one of the competitors kites with the help of some tips I had received from a kite surfing friend. This would ensure I would be delivering some unique photos regardless of how crazy the weather would be. 

The words I used to described the vision I wanted to capture from the plane to the client was "I want sprinkles on an icing cake". While flying 1000ft in the air above the event - colourful kites lined up on the white snow covered prairies to begin the race, and in that moment, I had my sprinkles, and I was stoked! My vision had come true, and all I had to do was hit the shutter. 

Huge thanks to the team at Red Bull Canada especially Ryan Brown for making this possible, for giving me creative freedom and for having faith in my abilities to make this idea come to life.

It also happened to be my birthday that day. So not only did I get a massive birthday cake with sprinkles! But the entire crew and competitors sung happy birthday to me after photographing their group shot. So much love for the snow kiting community! 

 compete in Red Bull Kite Farm on a field in Regina, Canada on February 15th, 2015

Prairie Dust - Working On A New Album!

That's right folks! Your favourite band Prairie Dust have just announced that they are working on a new album. Band members Rusty Summers (Guitar), Shotgun Lang (Keys), Paddywack Thief (Drums) are in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan right now getting back to their prairie roots to begin recording. To my absolute delight they called me up and flew me out from Toronto to shoot their latest look. For all you up and comers I heard a rumour that they are looking for a new lead vocalist, they will be holding auditions in Saskatoon soon, details to come. On top of all this awesomeness a big reason for the band being in Saskatoon is for the Wings for Life World Run. A not for profit charity event raising money for spinal cord research, it's pretty incredible and you can read up about it here. This huge world wide event is being held on May 4th (aka in 5 hours at the time of publication). So if you didn't love Prairie Dust already you are probably right now googling who the hell they are and are about to fall in love. In any case, check the shots from their latest shoot, they are badass:

Flying in from Toronto. You can really see why they wanted to come back here to get in the zone.

From left to right - Rusty Summers (Guitar), Shotgun Lang (Keys), Paddywack Thief (Drums)

I drop in as guest vocalist on a few of the tracks.

Shotgun Lang demanded I take a few photos of him pretending to be a photographer... (Douche)

Back to their roots! (That might just be the name of their new album)

Check back to my website for further album release details coming soon! Peace!