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You Can Be Efficient At Any Job | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

Every task that needs to be completed can be done efficiently.  There is always a way to complete the job that yields the maximum efficiency, in the shortest amount of time, using the least amount of supply and labor.   This is what good work is and when it’s accomplished everyone in the company thrives.  You can be a “professional” at any job it just takes that individual to realize it.  

I was impressed with the speed and accuracy that these tires were removed from the rims at .  Clearly there was a step by step process in place and each step had to be in the specific order in order to remove the tire safely and quickly.  Was it always like that?  I think not, but over time, making mistakes and learning from reveals the most efficient process possible.


Do What You Love Or Do Something Else | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

I posted this on one of my mining social networks specifically to miners. Recently I thought I would share it publicly as it really is an open letter from me about my “thoughts” on my career and the mining industry.  I am always trying to learn more, from as many people that are positive, productive, and enjoy what they do within this industry.  Here it is below.

I figured this is a great place for me to learn more from all of you, especially because we have so many different Nationalities on here that can give all of us the unique perspective of their jobs in the industry.   I enjoy my profession and I do “work” while I am on the job.  I try to create the best possible image that depicts what each and every one of you are doing. What you spend most of your days doing. I love creating portraits of you all to showcase your job and pride that most of you have for your industry. Some of you don’t know what is involved with MY job that is in your industry and my job personally to me, is to make you proud of the image I have captured. May sound cheesy, but I do take a lot of pride in the images I create for you, especially the underground portraits and I feel privileged that this is what I get do do to pay the bills and make a living, and I have worked damn hard to get here. If I didn’t love my mining photography, I wouldn’t be doing it, there are many many things I can photograph to make a living besides mining/industrial and make more money.   I truly enjoy this industry and I would like to think that my images I create help, motivate and shed some light on the industry that others might not know too much about.    I enjoy the challenges my job has and the lessons learned after each trip that will make the next session better than the last.  I have been doing this for over 20 years but I am always open to learning more and I ask a lot of questions while I am on the shoot so that I get to know more about the person I am photographing.  The majority of underground miners I talk too never had their portrait done professionally and I crave to be the first to create something unique for them.  Why? So they see what I see when I look at them.  Hard workers that take pride in their skills.  If I did my job right, they now have an image that showcases themselves, their livelihood that they can show to family and friends.

It’s not just photography to me.  It’s a way of giving back to the industry that has helped me over the years.”

James Hodgins – Miningphotog



PDAC 2018 | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

I will once again be stopping in at PDAC (Prospectors & Developers Association Of Canada) on my way home from another Event.  If anyone wishes touch base, have a drink or chat during lunch on Monday March 5th ,please message me and I try my best to accommodate you.  This is a great time to go over your trade show presentation and marketing materials and discuss your needs for custom photography and ways to implement them into your company.  Maybe you are a past client and we can discuss some upcoming projects, or maybe you have never heard of me but would like to have some face time to see what I have to offer with my services.  If you are from out of the Country and know you will not be hiring me but wish to discuss things to look for when hiring a professional photographer in your area I can gladly shed some insight and answer your questions.  

I am looking forward to seeing some old faces and of course, meeting some new ones.  See you all in a few weeks.

PDAC – March 4th to March 7th
Toronto Canada
Metro Toronto Convention Centre



Looking Forward To What’s Ahead | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

We are almost done our first month of 2018 and most of us are back in the Captains chair restructuring, organizing and implementing new business strategies for the  year.  These next few months are filled with industry trade shows and conventions  where companies will showcase their products, processes and fabrications to wide eyed prospectors and investors.   This is where I come in.  A well executed  image in your trade show booth and marketing materials can increase engagement from your prospects.  Just google “why you should include images in your marketing materials” and browse a few websites.    My clients know the value of custom photography.  Photographing their employees and equipment instead of using stock images solidifies the confidence that the company believes in their products and people which is why I do what I do.  Like the below image I created while on assignment for .  It was a great day underground where I got the chance to create some great portraits and high impact images which Maclean still uses in their marketing force including their website, twitter and linkedin media.


The Core Of A Professional | Mining Industrial Photographer

It doesn’t matter what the subject is, how basic the object might be or how boring the situation is, a Professional Photographer can and should be able to create the best image possible for their clients.  With an extensive background in Portrait photography over the years I have had the opportunity to use many different forms of photography equipment,  and when it comes to location lighting I have always had the same opinion…………light is light.  I have used expensive monolights with power packs and light modifiers to $20 flash units I bought off of ebay.  The quality of the light has always been the same.  The only difference I found between the two was the amount of cursing that came out of my mouth when they came crashing to the ground when someone knocked over the light stands.  

Looking at the images, it’s hard to tell what type of equipment was used to create it and the truth is, it really doesn’t matter.  What matters is the quality of the image and how it will work with your marketing materials. 

Hire a professional photographer, see the difference.

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The Boss Of Rock | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

Getting up close and personal with my subjects is key to drawing the viewers attention to a specific part of your image.  I will watch the motion of the machine, the angles of its components and how the shadows and highlights interact with the equipment as I walk around taking in the environment we have placed it in.  A good image can make or break your marketing material and the copy and image have to be relevant to each other or both will lose your customers attention.  The main focus of this image is the Hydraulic Breaker in the foreground which is up front in your face while the rest of the machine takes a bit of a backseat but still ads foundation to the image.  This is the same formula you should be using for your copy and marketing material.  The image is upfront and in your face grabbing the viewers attention and the accompanying text should support and be relevant to the image.    It’s a dynamic duo.  

When prospective clients are walking through the trade show floors, one dynamic image can grab their attention from across the room which means one more person at your booth for your sales people to interact with and make that client connection. 


The Modern Mining Pipe Cleaner | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

I photographed the recent installation of the new Scipsa System (pronounced Sip-sa System) which is created by Joe Palmer here in Northern Ontario.  SCIPSA SYSTEM is the latest innovation in corrosion control and pipe management systems for industries who implement grooved-end mechanical pipes throughout their facilities. It does this through a patented innovative application of sacrificial anodes and coupled with the ability to track, manage and maintain every pipe system within a facility, regardless of how big or small it may be.  So what does that mean?  It means your company can save money on repair costs on pipes, extend the pipe life expectancy which in turn will have less production downtime due to pipe failure.  Traditionally, pipe systems are installed and not given a second thought…until they fail. By implementing SCIPSA SYSTEM’S innovative principle, you will be taking a pro-active approach that will protect and prolong the life of your piping infrastructure.  For more information check out


Making The Grade | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

I spent a good hour photographing Alicia and her grader while visiting Goldcorp’s Red Lake Mine all the while asking her about her job, background and the mining life she is now a part of.  When people love their jobs, the company they work for, and the people they are working with the results show through in the images I create for them.


Electric Vehicles Have Found A Home Under The Earth | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

Recently I found myself at Glencore’s Nickel Rim South Mine photographing another of Maclean Engineering’s Electric Fleet.  I am always thrilled to create images for Macleans and I was even more thrilled to finally find my way underground at Nickel Rim where I was pleasantly surprised by the organization and cleanliness of the mine (yes, I notice everything).  While electric vehicles are starting to become more and more popular in the mining industry, testing all the applications and variables for maximum efficiency is still the key factors in R & D.  For more information check out Stuart Listers (Director of Marketing & Communications) recently published Linkedin post “UX Meets EV”


Safety Starts With Visibility | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

If you are at the American Exploration And Mining Association Convention #aema17 at the moment, please take the time visit my friend Don at Booth 750.  Xglo led striplighting in my opinion is a great product for any mine especially in high traffic areas.  I have photographed the before/after and installation of these lights and the results are  “night and day”.  When there is high visibility at the workplace safety issues decline but don’t take my word for it, visit Don and see for yourself. Tell him I said hi.



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