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seattle seahawks : showing their support

About a year ago, we had the privilege of photographing the celebrities at the first American We Day in Seattle. The Seattle Seahawks were there and we photographed a few of them wearing Artisans jewellery which is sold to support Me to We. In these photographs, they are wearing water rafikis which cost $10 and the sale of each one provides water for one person for a year.RAS_130327_3178

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fraser valley dance photographer : openings for new studios

Do you know of a dance studio that needs an awesome dance photographer? We would like to work with one or two more Fraser Valley dance studios this year. We create stunning images, are great with kids of all ages, run on time and our pricing is very fair.

You can see a small sample of our dance images on Facebook. If you are a student or parent at a dance studio, please recommend us to your studio owner. If you are a studio admin or owner interested in finding out more about how we can make your photo day the best ever, drop us a line at 604-864-6339 or db@rastudio.ca.

cover for westcoast families magazine

Jason photographed another cover for the WestCoast Families magazine right in our area at the Taves Family Farms. It’s always nice to work with their artistic team to create something that looks great for their cover. You can read the magazine online here and we have some copies in our studio if you want to stop by to pick one up.

boo shoot 2013 : 6th annual client appreciation

Our studio was invaded last week by cute kids in costumes again! It’s the sixth time we’ve run this even where our clients can bring their kids and a donation to the Abbotsford Food Bank and we’ll photograph their kids and send them some digital files. You can see the gallery of images on our Facebook page.

Above is Jason in his camera costume. One evening Lexi said to him, “Daddy, you should have a camera on your head!” A few hours later in the production room with an exacto blade, foam core board and a glue gun and he created his camera head.

cover and article in professional photographers of canada gallerie magazine

It’s the second time, Jason’s been honoured to have one of his images grace the cover of Gallerie magazine which is the publication that the Professional Photographers of Canada creates. This time it was his stunning image, Shoe-icide which has generated a lot of accolades this year. You can read a brief article where Jason discusses how he created the image on page 30.

jennifer hudson at seattle we day 2013

One of our highlights for 2013 has been We Day in Seattle. We were asked to be their celebrity photographer to capture some of the stars wearing the Me to We Artisans jewellery line after they came off stage.

We have never experienced anything quite like it. Some of the people we rubbed shoulders with (or more accurately tried not to stare at) were Magic Johnson, MC Hammer, Jennifer Hudson, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Martin Luther King III, Canadian Tenors, Nelly Furtado, Kid President, Pete Carroll and four Seattle Seahawks, Martin Sheen and Hedley to name the ones who I can remember off the top of my head.

The We Day team is phenomenal and run a very efficient and smooth event. When you are coordinating that many celebrities, you need to be prepared for anything. So we watched from back stage and tried to act natural as we were interacting with and photographing people we’ve only read about before.

Jennifer Hudson had one of the largest crowds of people following her around and there was lots going on at the time so it’s a bit of a blur. One thing I do remember though is she knows how to work a camera!

make-a-wish article in abbotsford times

About a year and a half ago, we had a super, extra, amazingly awesome day when our youngest child was born and we got to be part of granting a wish through Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon for Kate. There was recently an article in the Chamber Voice addition to the Abbotsford Mission Times talking about the occasion and all of the people who were involved.

The photograph above is one of the portraits we did for Kate’s grad this year.

nelly furtado cover for artisans jewellery

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 brown wins national awards : canadian illustration photographer

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.