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Atlantic Pole Fitness

Recently I had the chance to create some images at the Atlantic Pole Fitness Championships here in Halifax. It is somewhat of a new event but very entertaining to watch and all the contestants did an amazing job. They were very nice to let me back stage to take photos. I am also trying out a new image storytelling site called Exposure which displays your photos and text in mini-web site / blog style. You can check out the end result here at this link.

Instagram weekly roundup

This week I was on an assignment in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Here are a few shots I grabbed with my iPhone along the way. You can follow me on Instagram by clicking here

Lifestyle photography

Over the past two years I have seen a big increase in the amount of lifestyle images I have been hired to do. My storytelling approach makes this a great fit for me. To me it’s always about capturing a story whether it’s one portrait or a whole day of actives for something like tourism related shoot. I enjoy capturing un-staged moments and the challenge of predicting spontaneous moments that happen. On the east coast of Canada we get 4 very distinct seasons, from piles of snow to hot summer days and you get use to working in all types of conditions. I have a few lifestyle shoots on over the summer months and I’m looking forward to create something new. Above are a few images I have captured over the past year or so. If you are thinking about having some lifestyle images created but are not sure where to start, drop me a line.

Halifax International Airport Authority Annual Report

A couple months ago I created some images for the Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA). Originally a two day shoot we managed to get all the images done in one day. I was happy with the outcome, all the images ended up running full page. Annual reports are great because I often get to tell a story about a company which is a key element in my personal work. Always great when I get to bring part of the style of my personal work into my client work. HIAA is always very organized and along with the agencies help I think everything came together nicely.

New work for Animal Planet

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Many of the jobs I do I can’t release the work until the client does, sometimes that can be months. So long that I often forget I produced the images. Back in the fall of 2013 I did some images for Animal Planet for a show called the Beaver Brothers. The location was well of the beaten path and we took 4 wheelers into the woods from there. At times I was up to my waist in cold river water taking photos. The cast and crew were really great and I managed to get some great shots before it started to rain.

New winter lifestyle work

I have been working on a series of images for a client this winter and the past week or more we have been having some great snow. The kind of snow that stays on the trees and it’s just cold enough for it to stay on the ground. I have also been taking this chance to play around with some video, I have been using gopro cameras to get more interesting angles that I just can get easily with my dslr. Here is just a rough cut of some video I did along with these series of images on the weekend.
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Winter in Halifax, Nova Scotia from Dean Casavechia on Vimeo.

It is fall on the east coast.

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Great waves today from Dean Casavechia on Vimeo.

It has been a busy end to the summer. Just wrapped a large project doing a series of landscapes for a client. As well I had the chance to work with some wild animals for another client, more updates after those images are published.
Fall is an amazing time for photos here on the east coast, storms traveling up the coast give us these amazing waves. I recently got up before down and headed down to work on a series of images that will be used as framed prints. It focuses on the colors and textures of the east coast, beaches, beach grass and waves. I have been working on this project for about two years now.

Recent editorial job – Wall Street Journal

editorial photographer dean casavechia wsj
wsj editorial photographer dean casavechia
A recent editorial assignment I did for the Wall Street Journal. It was my first assignment for WSJ and it was nice to add them to my list of editorial clients. For daily news outlets I have worked for The New Times, The Washington Post and NPR before in the past. I was able to check out the images in the iPad version of the newspaper. Here are a couple screen captures.

Film I shot for Sportnet Magazine.

sportnet magazine
sportnet magazine editorial photographer
I recently shot an editorial job for Sportsnet Magazine of a Halifax football coach. It was the hottest day so far this summer, almost no clouds which makes it harder to work in. Did a number of images but this is the one they ran for the story. I often will shoot both film and digital on a job, even if the film is just for me. This job I had 2 digital cameras, which allows me to move between different lenses faster. I also shot two 120 film formats, I had a Hasselblad and a Fuji 6×9 rangefinder camera. They ran the Hasselblad images, it was great to see the film images get selected.

Planning out a location shoot

Personally I believe that the difference between a good photo and a great photo is planning and patiences. This is especially the case with client work where you have a clear objective to capture an image or images that tell a particular type of story. Now I’m a very big fan of paperless workflow and I use my ipad a lot for tracking and managing my business. All my paperwork is 100% in the cloud and has been for a number of years. That said there are somethings I just can’t do digitally, I need to sketch it out in a notebook. I have a notebook that I use just for sketching photo shoots, lighting set-ups and even sun and camera positions. I recently did a number of images for a university with an amazing campus. I had to capture a number of different images at a number of different locations and some with talent. I always scout the location and find the positions I like the best. Then I will sketch out a map and place my camera positions options. Later I will place in sun positions for different times of the day along with the elevation of the sun, very important. When needed I time things like street lights and windows lights. Once that is done I can number my locations so I know where to start shooting first then my second and third location and so on. This helps to maximize my good light at each location.

Here are two shots of the same location, one is just the scouting photo and the other is the final images. In this case I dropped the talent in after, something that is becoming more common with digital.
This system of sketching out locations and the sun position is very helpful when shooting interiors as well. If you have to photograph a number of rooms it is more effective to know what room to be in at what time and which windows will be getting strong light etc. I also use my notebook for portraits where I will sketch out lighting and posing positions, framing etc. If I can I tape in polaroids I might have taken just so I can see the shoot when I look back over my notes. After and during I always make notes about the shoot that I might find useful the next time.
The image I posted of the cover of my notebook, you can see that I mod the covers to allow me to attach something to write with. I normally attach a pen and pencil or maybe two different colored pens.