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Klondike Kettle Corn

One of our favourite projects so far this year was getting to work with Klondike Kettle Corn to develop some new imagery for their upcoming website re-launch and marketing materials!

Anyone who follows the work we do, knows we love working with small businesses and entrepreneurs, and getting to know Katie and her family was no exception. We got to do some lifestyle images with them, and they even braved the -40 weather we happened to get that weekend so that we could get some authentic Yukon Outdoor lifestyle shots! They were total pros the whole time. Our computer/tether system, however of course decided it didn’t want to work in -40, so we just did without….

Then, we went into a new realm that we haven’t tried before…food photography! For this set, we partnered up with Tara Kolla, a local stylist, who came to the GBP studio and worked with us for the day. We were so happy with how these turned out…and we can also confirm these flavours do in fact taste as good as they look. There was a LOT of taste testing going down…And our computer/tether system enjoyed this temperature a lot more.









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Showcase your company: Creating a photo library

One of the most popular services we offer our clients, is creating photo libraries for them.

In order to stay current and relevant with online marketing, one of the most beneficial things for a company to do is to have a library of images that they can pull from on any given day. 

So instead of having a few standard shots that are used throughout different platforms, many of our clients instead are asking us to do a series of images, so that they have more to utilize over a longer period of time. In this way, they have a larger variety of media to choose from, and can therefore react to current events, or simply have better control over what media and images are highlighted over time.

We love this type of assignment as it really relies on our ability to shoot a variety of different scenarios and locations, but still retain a consistent look/feel for the client so their media is diverse but also cohesive all at the same time.  Sounds like a challenge!? We'll take it...

Today we thought we'd share a few examples from a recent photo library we created with the City of Whitehorse. It was so fun over the course of a few months to work with such a large variety of departments, in order to showcase the variety of work the employees do. From winter to summer, office work to heavy machinery, we got to highlight it all. 

If this is something you're interested in more of, give us a shout at info@gbpcreative.ca and we can chat about how a photo library might be useful for you!

 

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2018...the year the blog comes back...

Last year we took a little break from blogging. We had a new member join the GBP team (our daughter Mabel) and so paired down a little bit on some things to get her situated in her new job as future assistant for the company. 

But  now that we're all back in the full swing, we decided it was time to dust off the old Blog sharing skills and get back into it, so with that, thought we'd jump in by sharing one of our latest projects here in 2018!

We recently did some portraits for our friends who are starting up their new production company, Outpost 31. These guys are pros in the film industry, now combining their talents under one roof and so were looking for some new imagery for their website launch! 

Keep your eyes out for projects coming your way from Outpost 31...

 

 

 

 

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Sarah MacDougall is back...

We've been working with a lot of musicians here lately, so thought it would be fitting to end our work week by sharing one of our most recent sessions with the amazingly talented, Sarah MacDougall!

We recently did this studio session with Sarah and wanted to bring in some darker colours, but still keep the mood light. We used movement in a few of the shots and also brought in some of her instruments to help show the diversity of sounds in her latest record.

We've worked with Sarah quite a few times now, and it's always awesome to see how much she's evolved both in her artistic style surrounding the concept of our shoots, as well as musically. If you haven't heard her music yet, stop what you're doing and head to ww.sarahmacdougall.com... she's unreal.

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Women of Wisdom

After we finished one of our biggest commercial shoots yet to date last month, we took a full week off, away from the studio, and holed up in a cabin out in Tagish. We felt like we needed some time to relax, to unplug (sometimes it’s so therapeutic to not have the internet), and to reflect on where we’ve gotten to over the past few years.

One of the things we quickly realized, was how awesome it is that so far, this year especially, a lot of the projects we are being asked to work on are really meaningful, not only to our clients but to us personally. I think in any job you can find yourself at times, falling into a daily routine, plugging away, but the projects we’ve done so far this year are anything but routine. 

One of those meaningful projects, was working with the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre on a portrait series that was displayed at an event called “Survival Through Our Own Lens” during Victims Week last month.  The goal of the event was to challenge stigmas that society often creates around victims of violence, and along with the portraits, the women of the group created art and music to showcase their stories.

We wanted the portraits to showcase these women’s strength, their beauty and their individuality, and seeing them up on the wall in print was a pretty powerful experience.

So thank you to each and everyone of you for being a part of this project and sharing your stories. It was an honour to work with you!

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Portraits of Yukon's Most Awesome...

We were SO stoked when the most recent issue of Yukon North of Ordinary Magazine came out because we've been waiting to share some of our favourite work we've done yet this year which is featured in our photo essay!

Also, we were so pumped how this cover worked out...Raven looks so rad!

So, we often talk about how our favourite part of our job is the people we get to meet along the way, and the stories we hear, so it only  made sense when we thought up the idea to do a specific portrait series which highlights some of the people in our community who we think bring next level awesomeness to what they do...Each person in this series has an incredible story and makes our community such a unique and supportive place to live.  The magazine article has write ups on each person so be sure to check out the full series! (I know they have copies at Mac's Fireweed

In the meantime, we wanted to share some of the images, and send shout outs to everyone who was involved.  You guys are literally why we do what we do, and it was a total honour to have each of you in our studio. 

Featured: 

Wolf Lady and Raven of The Oh-So-Amazing Dakka Khwaan Dancers

Darryl Tait-Adrenaline machine, and best Instagrammer out there

Kate White-Baker, Biker, and Advocate

Leonard Gordon Sr- Crossing Guard, Elder, Safety Machine

Myrna Kingscote- Costume Maker, Small business owner, and Rendezvous Royalty

Stephanie Dixon- Paralympian, Advocate, and Beam of Sunshine

Val Pike- Health Professional, Volunteer Extraordinaire, Women's health advocate

Garbage Truck Santa (Wayne Henderson)- Spreader of joy, Christmas Spirit, and Yukon charm

 

 





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Product Photography, Yukon Styles!

Guys, we've discovered your next pair of boots...

We worked with the fine folks at Wayfare Woollens for both a model shoot, and a product shoot for their line of boots last month, and Brianne may or may not have left with a pair on her feet.

Our models were absolute troopers-willing to stand outside on a very cold day with us, but at least we knew their feet were warm! We did a number of different scenes throughout the day, and then finished off back at our studio to do the product shots.

If you want to check out some of their items (and we highly recommend them), go to: http://www.wayfarewoollens.com

 


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It's Business Time!

It's no secret that we love where we live, and that a lot of that has to do with the awesome community we are surrounded by here. One of those communities we are really proud to be a part of ourselves, is the local business community. We have an incredible group of talented, hardworking entrepreneurs in the Yukon, so when we were asked to specifically do some work with some of the local Whitehorse women in business for the most recent issue of Yukon North of Ordinary Magazine, we were stoked! 

Whether you're looking for new, eco-friendly clothes, want to get lost in a sea of unique home decor and gift ideas, want to finally learn to love yoga (Jess, I am forever grateful for you teaching me how awesome it can be) or you want to sample some delicious food and drinks in style, you'll never be bored if you visit these yukon businesses.  

SO, if you haven't already, check them out! 

Jess Read-Breath of Life

Christine and Katja-The Cork N' Bull

Ciara and Lorraine Stick-Climate Clothing

Jen Williams-The Collective good 


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If an artist goes into the forest...

I was going to try to start this with a terrible joke, but I think it's best for all of us if we skip that part. It's like i'm turning into Gary or something... (Anyone who's taken our Available light or Lightroom courses knows he's the king of terrible jokes)

ANYWAYS, we're SO stoked to finally be able to share these portraits with you guys! We did these earlier in the summer for an article that just came out in the most recent copy of Yukon North of Ordinary Magazine on the crazy talented artist, Rosemary Scanlon.

Now Rosemary is the best, which was proven yet again when we asked her if she wanted to drive 2.5 hours out to the Carmacks forest fire burn area to do the portraits, (a bit of a trek for 5 images) and she was totally in, without a question!  We started the day off doing the portrait session, and then spent a few hours rummaging through the forest looking for morel mushrooms (photos of which, you can check out on our past blog).  Also, Gary discovered "F'Real" milkshakes at the Carmacks gas station which really made his trip....(see photos below)

But I digress....The reason we wanted to shoot Rosemary's portrait out in that area was the fact that we thought it would be an awesome contrast to have her dressed up, sitting amongst a dark, empty backdrop like a burn site. I had gone out there a few weeks previously and having never been in a burn before, was blown away by the stillness, the emptiness and just the general feel of the area...it was like we were on a whole different planet. 

It also fit really well with the colours and feel of  Rosemary's current work that the article was featuring, so in the end we were really happy with the way the images turned out.

So, we hope you like them, and to learn more about Rosemary's work, you can pick up the latest issue of Yukon, North of Ordinary, or go to her website here: http://www.rosemaryscanlon.com 

 

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Dawson City - Lightroom Magic

Hello friends! Gary here,

Well the morning started out a bit rainy, so we thought it'd be a perfect day to talk about some indoor stuff.... like photo processing! 

Ok, so if you have taken our Lightroom work shop you will know that we do about 90% of all our image processing in Adobe Lightroom 5. We do all of our ingesting, keywording, tagging, colour tweaks, spot removal, and even use it to build photobooks for our clients.

In other words, Light room is the sh*t!

SO, I wanted to show you a bit of before and after action of this image from Dawson City, Yukon we took in the beginning of the summer for our stock library.

Out of camera image, no lightroom adjustments..... blah, flat, laaame!

Out of camera image, no lightroom adjustments..... blah, flat, laaame!

Lightroom magic..... boom!

Well how did we do that? Below are the the adjustments we did!

  • Increase Temp - I like my images to be a bit on the warm side
  • Decreased Exposure - image was too bright
  • Increased Contrast - to make highlights brighter, and shadows darker
  • Increased White - One of my fav tricks to brighten the brighter parts of the image
  • Increase Clarity - Love clarity, it adds sweet mid-tone contrast/sharpening 
  • Decrease Vibrance - I like to drop the vibrance of the colour in all of my images
Basic Panel   

Basic Panel

 

  • Green Hue - I upped this a bit to warm up just the green tones in the image
  • Green Luminance - I increased this a bit to make the green tones a bit brighter, to help them radiate a bit
  • Blue Luminance - I think I just forgot to make it zero.... oops.
HSL Panel

HSL Panel

  • I just added a bit of sharpening and a bit of noise reduction to smooth things out a bit.

 

Details Panel

Details Panel

Graduated Filter - These brush tools are the most powerful of the magic of Lightroom:

Graduated Filter

Graduated Filter

Ok its hard to see but I made a selection of just the sky area:

  • Increased Temp - to warm up sky even more
  • Increased Contrast
  • Decreased Highlights - to try to bring back some of my over exposed sky :(
  • Increased Clarity - Love Clarity!
  • Increased Saturation - Add a bit more colour to the sky area.
Graduated Filter Panel

Graduated Filter Panel

Graduated Filter

Graduated Filter

And finally I did another Graduated Filter selection of the lower part of the image:

  • Increased Clarity - Love Clarity :)

 

Graduated Filter Panel

Graduated Filter Panel

And there you have it!  Let me know if you have any questions in the space below and we'll happily reply!

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