We had the privilege of photographing Nelly Furtado earlier this year for Artisans Jewellery at the Seattle We Day. We had a few minutes with her backstage in between interruptions like MC Hammer stopping by to chat with her (Jason backed up into him) and sneaking off to watch Macklemore perform for a few minutes (he wore his fur coat). Our image is on the cover of the Fall 2013 Artisans Magazine.
Nelly Furtado is an ambassador for Free the Children and she is passionate about education for girls. She has generously committed to donating $1 million to Free the Children to further the education of girls in Africa.
She was a delight to photograph as she is beautiful both inside and out. We hope to see her at future We Days!
Jason just keeps bringing home the photography awards! We had a great time attending the Professional Photographers of Canada’s annual convention. This year it was in Vancouver so we juggled the school, baby and work schedule to take in as much as we could.
The final evening was the awards ceremony. It was a pretty big deal. I thought it was a great opportunity to put on heels and eat a whole dinner without having to cut anyone’s meat or wipe any faces! There were women there in full out gowns with trains and the men weren’t outdone as there were a few tuxes and even Scottish kilt ensembles.
Many photographers received their Craftsman, Masters and Service of Photographic Arts Awards. It was lovely to see them escorted across the stage to receive an award that signifies the skill and hours they have devoted to the photography craft and industry. It is something that we aspire to achieve one day.
Jason received several awards from the 2013 Salon (photography competition). He received the Best in Class trophy for his image “Shoe-icide” in the Illustration category. This is a commercial category meaning that it is photography for businesses and the illustration category is to showcase a product in a way that entices the viewer.
Each judge (10 plus two jury chairs if I understand correctly) gets to choose one image as the judge’s choice and Andrew Simpson of Photoart By Simpson chose Jason’s Shoe-icide image.
Jason Brown also had two images accepted into the Loan Collection. Each year, 40 images are chosen from the competition to represent imaging across Canada for the year. To have two images accepted is a huge honour. “Shoe-icide” and “Radial Ascension” were the ones selected.
Jason had one more image “Static” accepted into the 2013 Salon (the overall competition). He also entered one image that was no accepted which goes to show that there’s always room to improve and learn.
Overall, it was another great year of competition as the entries were astounding. British Columbia had a large number of Best in Class which goes to show that there are many talented photographers in our province.
In an industry that is unregulated and has low barriers to entry, by hiring an accredited and/or award winning member of the Professional Photographers of Canada, you know that you are hiring someone who has demonstrated a high level of skill. We hope that as members of the Professional Photographers of Canada, we can help educate the public and support other photographers.
Jason is pleased and honoured to have his artistic skills recognized by the Abbotsford Arts Council in the form of a nomination for the 2013 Arty Awards. He is nominated in the category of 2D Visual Artist and we are looking forward to the awards ceremony tonight.
We hear that there’s some pretty great food, silent auction items, and entertainment for us to enjoy. But really, we’re just excited to get out together without the kids! And they’re excited to stay home without us and eat macaroni and cheese which is a celebrated tradition on babysitter nights.
This is our fifth year as photography sponsors for the Total Makeover Challenge. We love seeing the changes in the women each year. Many join expecting just to lose weight but then are surprised to find what other areas of their lives go through a challenge as well.
Congratulations to the top 10 contestants this year:
Jocelyn Fornwald, Kim Wass, Kimberly Thompson, Katherine Wall, Laura Carver, Lynn Thompson, Robyne Adlam, Shannon Janzen, Tina Richardson and Theresa Walsh.
You can see their before and after photographs on our Facebook page.
If you’re interested in seeing more of our headshots, check out our website www.abbotsfordheadshots.com.
Jean Konda-Witte recently wrote an article on Jason’s PPOC-BC photography awards for the Abbotsford Times. It also includes a video of him talking about what inspired the image that he won four top awards for. You can read the article online at the Abbotsford Times.
We had a wonderful time hosting a group of over 40 photographers at our studio this weekend. It was great to catch with friends and meet some photographers that we previously didn’t know. In an industry where people can be isolated and competitive, we feel that it’s important to foster a sense of community and support each other. This is an annual event open to all photographers and we look forward to doing it again in early 2014! You can see an album of photographs on our Revival Arts Facebook page here.
Jason Brown has a bit of a spring in his step today after winning six awards last night from the Professional Photographers of Canada – BC. Here he is with the trophies for:
– Best in Class Architecture for Radial Ascension
– Best in Class Illustration for Shoe-icide
– Best in Class Unclassified for Luminous Procession
– Jan de Haas Memorial Trophy for Most Creative and General Interest (overall Judges’ choice)
He also received Judge’s Choice for Shoe-icide from two judges. This is a new record for him and he is honoured to have his skill recognized by his peers.
Congratulations to all of the other winners, especially our BPF (Best Photographer Friend) – Karen McKinnon for her Best in Class award and photographer of the year – Kerri-Jo Stewart.
A little child labor is okay in our studio so our 6 month old son, Justus, was put to work cleaning a lens cap for us. Tasty!
We put a team together of some of favorite creatives and did a fashion shoot just for the fun of it. We were going for an editorial, black and white look with some heavy eye brows. Thank you to Kyra Tomko (model), Chrissy Lambert from Makeup Infusion, Micaela Bartel of A Captured Look (hair) and Allison Babak of Raleigh’s (clothing) for partnering with Jason Brown of Revival Arts (photography). You can see more of the photographs from the shoot on our Revival Arts fashion album on Facebook.
When we’re asked, “What type of photography do you specialize in?” the answer these days is “Variety!” This week we’ve been in talks about shooting for a fashion magazine in New York and a architectural publisher in China. If variety is the spice of life, we’re having a spicy week!