My Day Job: A glimpse into my other photo-life.

Where have I been!? What have I been up to!? Do I just spend my days wandering around the mountains and surfing like my instagram may suggest? Nah, I shoot a lot more than I actually show online and thought I might as well get some of that work up here!

I’ve had a lot of people give me a lot of amazing advice over the years and one reoccurring tip has always been to ‘specialize’ or ‘find my style’. With this I’ve made sure to focus my website/social in the direction I’ve always been building and working on, portraiture or documentary style photography, but, this isn’t the only thing I shoot. I actually spend a lot of time shooting advertising, e-comm, and fashion for Marks (formally known as the Work Warehouse).

About a year and a half ago I moved to Calgary to work for an agency here and quickly found myself deep in the world of a retailer most Canadians have come to know. Within Marks I primarily shoot ‘On-Figure’ and that can drastically vary depending on the day and clients needs. For instance, on my ‘web’ days we can shoot 100+ stylized looks in a fast paced, high intensity day…

62 Looks shot front and back, styled each time. The minimum for one 'WEB' Day.

62 Looks shot front and back, styled each time. The minimum for one 'WEB' Day.

Or, some days I conceptualize, build, and shoot ‘look books’ or campaigns for new lines or marketing ventures…

Jean lookbook showcasing the stretch in the new line. Models: Eric Travis w/ Sutherland and Ali w/ Key Models

Jean lookbook showcasing the stretch in the new line. Models: Eric Travis w/ Sutherland and Ali w/ Key Models

Scrubs 'signage' shoot conceptualized to show the subject in a 'between work' moment. Model: Talise w/ Numa Models

Scrubs 'signage' shoot conceptualized to show the subject in a 'between work' moment. Model: Talise w/ Numa Models

Although, like most people, I would be quite happy travelling the world and taking photos of people, places and cultures that interest me, my experience with my agency has been unmeasurable. I've gathered an insight to the advertising world from the agency perspective, rather than a freelancer, and I've developed a highly productive process for getting high quality images at a fast, demanding pace.

A selection from 'New Arrivals, 2017' look book. Models: Rob Nowakowski w/ Nobles and Chelsea T w/ Numa

A selection from 'New Arrivals, 2017' look book. Models: Rob Nowakowski w/ Nobles and Chelsea T w/ Numa

A selection from the 'New Spring Arrivals' look book. Models: Ali w/ Key Models and Eric w/ Sutherland

A selection from the 'New Spring Arrivals' look book. Models: Ali w/ Key Models and Eric w/ Sutherland

None of this would be possible without the team I work with that, not only help with bringing these shoots to life, but also make my days better by being such rad people to work with. Let me give them some credit...

Teammate/Co-Art-Director/Moral support/set build lead/Rad dude/Etc: Braeden Vanrooy
Primary Stylist: Carl Abad
Guest stylist: Vivian Kohse
Makeup/Hair: Erica Piebiak

A selection from a Mothers day campaign. Model: Renee H w/ Elite Models

A selection from a Mothers day campaign. Model: Renee H w/ Elite Models

Now you know, the secret is out, I don't actually live in the mountains and surf everyday. I spend a lot of my days in a studio and working towards deadlines but I'm happy to be shooting full-time, supporting a lifestyle that supports my projects outside of Marks, and provides a lifestyle that allows me to strategically plan for my future.

Now, enjoy a few more projects...

A selection from a Christmas campaign. Models: Eric Travis w/ Sutherland and Brooklyn w/ Key Models

A selection from a Christmas campaign. Models: Eric Travis w/ Sutherland and Brooklyn w/ Key Models

Selection from '12 Looks' Campaign. Model: Brooklyn w/ Key Models

Selection from '12 Looks' Campaign. Model: Brooklyn w/ Key Models

A selection from the "Untucked" campaign. Model: Rob Nowakowski w/ Nobles

A selection from the "Untucked" campaign. Model: Rob Nowakowski w/ Nobles

A selection from the "Untucked" campaign. Model: Rob Nowakowski w/ Nobles

A selection from the "Untucked" campaign. Model: Rob Nowakowski w/ Nobles

Thanks!
Dylan