I have a fascination for mechanics and when I look back I wish I took more classes in school but at the time I had no interest, in fact I had no interest in school at all lol. With the amount of trades within the mining industry today anyone can find something that will appeal to their inner talent, something that will challenge them as well as give them a sense of accomplishment and professionalism.
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Jasper took the time to drive us around to all our locations while we were on site so it was only fitting to capture an image of her and our ride. We managed to capture some great images while we were there and we are looking forward to our next visit.
Some factors I consider when creating these profile portraits:
– I tend to capture them horizontal to show the surrounding environment if used in other media besides a profile
– I leave enough space so the image can be cropped vertical for profile templates
– use lighting from background equipment (when possible) &drag the shutter for the exposure.
– Capture the smiling, serious and in between facial expressions (all have their uses).
This is what I call my “standard portrait” and after setup will only take a few seconds to capture a few portraits like this.
Thanks Don and the rest of the crew at RockMass for that opportunity to create.
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Brent, my assistant, moved onto bigger and better things out West and I am truly happy for him and his decision. We had a great run.
Please welcome McKean to the “picture”, pun intended. McKean has assisted me in the past with studio work, we get a long great and I have known him his whole life. He is also my Nephew. Keep it in the family I say. 🙂 McKean is familiar with the work as he has worked the past few years stitching vent tubes for the mining industry. We managed to get his boots dirty with a quick underground shoot and of course we had to commemorate the end of the shoot with a selfie.
A familiar image popped up in my “memories” feed today so I revisited this session that took place way back in October 2008 when I started to photograph more underground sessions around Sudbury, Ontario. I created some underground work environment images as well as a “Family Portrait” for one proud father as both his daughters are involved in the Mining Industry and still are today. We were fortunate to have all three on site during this shoot so of course I create a keepsake memento for them.
I was waiting patiently for them start emerging from the mine entrance so that I could capture some candid moments during the shift change. Some walk on past without lifting their heads. Some are already in a deep conversation with their coworkers reviewing the days activities and some take a moment to pause, look at the camera and give me a little something to capture.
Photographed at the El Mochito Mine in Honduras with www.ascendantresources.com
Well I haven’t been able to post much to my blog lately as I have been on location in Mexico this week creating images from morning til night and I have had very little time to get on the laptop. At the moment I am waiting for my images to backup to my two hard drives so I figured I would share the last image I created tonight. This was a quick “thank you” portrait I created for Abdel for taking me around the site tonight to create some long exposure images of various installations on the site. I printed him a small print using my Canon Ivy Printer so he could take it home and show his family. I will have more images to showcase in the upcoming weeks and you can always check out my instagram @miningphotog for the latest behind the scenes.
I have been in the mining industrial industry long enough to see numerous changes in how a company markets their products, equipment and software. Social media has been a major factor in how information is presented, stories are told and connections are made. The faces of mining are at the forefront of marketing and storytelling has become a key ingredient in marketing and branding. Companies are no longer using “stock photography” of nameless people that have nothing to do with their company or even the industry. Nowadays people connect with people first and when you have a story that is relatable to the person reading it the connection to your company is stronger.
This is what I love to do and what I have built my photography career around and when I give my elevator pitch to prospective clients I suggest to them to showcase the companies story through the people that are representing the company from the bottom up. Highlight them, showcase them and inspire others through them.