Chateau Design

Chateauweb2I love working with small businesses to tell their story with images. It’s so much fun to get a glimpse at another kind of business, learn of their successes, their hopes and  their challenges.

I was approached by Guy at Deschenes Regnier to work with him on the new website for Chateau Design, one of the best upholsterers in Winnipeg.

Chateau prides itself on providing quality workmanship and great customer service so we strived to create images that supported those sentiments. We shot a variety of work they’ve done and then captured the staff hard at work in their workshop.

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Katy’s Portrait

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_IAN9496 _IAN9601 _IAN9336After I posted my image of figure studies to this blog, I received a message from Katy.  She was inspired by my images to try to pose for similar images. I knew Katy through working together briefly and of course through her yummy blog Katy’s Kitchen. When I first met her, her confidence and assuredness stood out and her short hair just rocked, so I knew we’d get some great images!

We did the shoot, and had a great time,all the while talking about all the interests we had in common: music, photography,  feminism,  body issues and social media. Through it all we created a ton of great images. I really think her confidence comes through in this photos.

When we were scheduling  the shoot, Katy hinted that she had reached some sort of milestone in her life, so in preparation of this blog post I asked if she could maybe talk about the decision behind doing this shoot and what the experience was like. She eagerly agreed to but I was completely floored by her reply.

“As a survivor of sexual assault, standing half naked in front of a camera lens left me feeling exposed, vulnerable, and afraid—but also empowered. Like many other women, I have had the ownership of my body stolen from me. As a result, I am cautious and hyper-vigilant, especially in situations where the possibility of a threat exists.

Being partly unclothed in a photography studio was, to my brain, a very real threat. But having these photos taken was entirely my choice, and taking the opportunity to use my body for art and personal growth was indescribable. When I left the studio I was overtaken with emotion. I felt powerful, beautiful, and strong—but also emotionally exhausted. Fearing danger is draining. But as I look through the photos from that day, in my eyes I see true resilience.”

Katy has written more about her experience for the Manitoban here

Before she revealed the back story to our shoot I was already honoured she asked me to photograph her. But learning of all this I was humbled that she has chosen me to be the one to create these images for her.

I feel everyone deserves the opportunity to see an image of themselves in a light that’s positive and uplifting.  I consider it one of the greatest gifts to be able to use all the tools I have developed over the course of my career to create those images.

Thank you Katy.

 

 

Cake-ology for Ciao Magazine

I recently shot a profile on Pam Kirkpatrick and her business Cake-ology for Ciao Magazine‘s In the Kitchen Feature. You can read the article by Arvel Gray over on the Ciao Winnipeg website HERE

I’ve admired  Pam’s determination and focus as an entrepreneur and I’ve marvelled at her handiwork. She’s a great person, wonderful sense of humour and we had so much fun photographing in her cozy bakery!
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Panicland

Another blog pots about a local indie band! This week Panicland 16who just put out another catchy single called Runaway, you can see  the video here. 

When I crowd sourced suggestions for bands to profile, back in January,Glenn Willows, who I know from way, way back suggested I take a look at this band he was working with. I hit the link and was immediately impressed with their confidence, upbeat energy and of course catchy pop music. I invited the guys to stop by the studio just before they hit the road on an epic tour.

The other thing that impressed me was the way they fully maximized their  social media to engage with their fans. These guys can send a tweet out for fans to meet up at the Forks, have 50-60 show up, get kicked out of the Forks for forgetting their busking pass and then take the video footage of that scene and rollin into the video for their latest single, which they also shot, and edited themselves! When I commented on their deftness in social media singer Braedon Horbacio replied “yeah thats the difference between us and older bands, you know, guys in their twenties, (GULP!) we’re comfortable doing this stuff.” Creating that dialogue with your audience is the future of indie musicians and they know it!

With that in mind I had to create a shot of the guys posing with perhaps the most important instruments they use, their smartphones! They were completely up for anything, and we had a ball shooting together. Definitely keep an eye on Panicland!

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The Cellar Door for Banville & Jones

For a recent feature in The Cellar Door I captured three amazing sommeliers,Andrea Mike and Jill, from Banville&Jones cooking up their comfort foods and pairing them with wines. Not only are these three knowledgable about food and wine , their super fun to hang out with and we had a great time!_IAN0459 _IAN0063 _IAN0289_IAN9996 _IAN0548 _IAN0202

 

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Jodie Layne for Chatelaine Magazine

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Recently I photographed Jodie Layne for the Ms. Chatelaine profile, which I strongly encourage you to read here

Here’s an excerpt:

Jodie Layne is loud-mouthed and proud. At the age of seven, she wrote a letter to then prime minister Jean Chrétien, begging him to save endangered whales in the Gully, off the coast of Nova Scotia. He responded, thanking her for her concern and promising to look into the issue. Eight years later, the Gully became Atlantic Canada’s first marine protected area. “No one’s been able to shut me up since,” she says. “I blame Chrétien.”

In 2011, at age 22, Jodie was named one of Winnipeg’s 30 Under 30 by the Uniter, the University of Winnipeg’s student newspaper. Now 25, Jodie works as a health educator for Nine Circles Community Health Centre and runs Safer Spaces Winnipeg, an organization that speaks out against street harassment. This spring, the group plans to launch a campaign to combat the catcalling of female cyclists, an escalating issue in the city.

This being Winnipeg, upon arriving at her house, Jodie myself and Sarah who was doing hair and makeup, worked on connecting the numerous dots. Not surprisingly we all had mutual friends within different communities here in the city. Once Jodie was all made up and ready it was my task to find some common ground and create that rapport I need to capture Jodie’s infectious smile.

As the article indicates Jodie is a huge Grey’s Anatomy fan.  I might have been forced to sit in a room while it’s been on for just few episodes in my life time and I have a  penchant for retaining the most obscure trivia, even on tv shows I don’t care for. I am sure the shot Chatelaine used is Jodie laughing at my arcane knowledge of the history of Grey’s Anatomy!

(Btw here are the links Kevin Kidd by Annie Leibovitz, and I heart Sara Ramirez! :-)

One of the best parts of these kind of assignments, is the lasting connections made.  I am so fortunate to meet yet another amazing Winnipeger who’s doing so much to make our city a better place to live! read more about Jodie’s important work here: Is The Good Will the most women friendly bar in Canada?)

 

Antiphony

Back on a chilly Sunday afternoon in November, I had the opportunity to photography Antiphony. Here’s how they describe themselves;

Antiphony is a Winnipeg-based, self-directed a cappella ensemble made up of young creative professionals with a wealth of experience singing and conducting in some of Manitoba’s finest choral ensembles

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Deer & Almond for Ciao Magazine

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_IAN7423You can read all about Chef Mandel Hitzer of Deer & Almond in this month’s Ciao Magazine!  here’s an excerpt:

“I fell in love with flavours at the age of nine,” Mandel Hitzer says. He fondly remembers his grandmother and mother filling the kitchen with the intoxicating aromas of bread baking, roast beef, and Yorkshire pudding. By the time he was a teenager Mandel was cooking for his four siblings, smitten with the pleasure of creating good, simple food.

That childhood passion is now at play at deer + almond, a 68-seat restaurant in the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange District, where seven days a week chef Hitzer serves up tapas-style dishes that challenge culinary convention with a clever mix of global styles and ingredients.

 

Mardi Gras 2015 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre

Recently I was invited to the media event promoting the Mardi Gras celebration at the Winnipeg Convention Centre on Feb 13-14 .If you’re looking for a fun, tasty and energetic way to lighten up the winter, I suggest you check this event out!

Friday the 13th is Zombie theme night and we had a super creepy zombie work the media crowd, who are generally unflappable, but were totally creeped out!

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2015 UN International Year of Light

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The UN has declared 2015 the International Year of Light and Light-based technologies.

As some one who relies heavy upon and uses light to make people and things look good, this declaration is near and dear to my heart!

Here’s an explanation from the official website:

In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the United Nations has recognized the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society.

These photos were all shot with my new toy, the Pixel Stick.

 

Sean McCormick of Manitobah Mukluks for Western Living

Manitobah_Mukluk_By_Ian_McCausland-1Shot a profile on Sean McCormick of Manitobah Mukluksin his show room. He’s wearing his own day- to-day mukluks, as the samples were the wrong size. We joked about how many CEO’s would pose for a photo with deer blood on their footwear! He was hunting the weekend previous to our shoot and had the blood stains on his mukluks to prove it!

 

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Recently I documented the completed galleries in the new Canadian Museum of Human Rights. While these might look impressive, The stills can’t convey the actual experience of moving through the museum. Thought provoking, emotionally moving and awe-inspiring galleries and exhibits are throughout the entire experience. These images are being used in the app you can download and use in the space while you move through it. IMG_2193 IMG_2196 IMG_2197 IMG_2199 IMG_2202 IMG_2204 IMG_2207 IMG_2210 IMG_2211 IMG_2212 IMG_2219 IMG_2220 IMG_2223

Know My Limits

I recently teamed up with the gang at Relish to shoot a series of images for use in the Know My Limits http://knowmylimits.ca awareness campaign. The campaign is aimed to young people this holiday season to get them thinking about their own personal limits. We had a lot of fun shooting these and you’ll see them on billboards, bus ads and online throughout the holidays knowmylimits.ca_By_Ian_McCausland_8

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