Rodeo and Powwow Workshop

rodeo2Come join me July 29 for the Tsuut`ina Nation Rodeo & Pow-Wow photography workshop. We are lucky to have complete access to indigenous cowboys and dancers that will be celebrating their culture at Tsuut`ina Nation near Bragg Creek, Alberta.

 

Not only are the classic rodeo events including bull riding, bareback, steer wrestling, calf roping, saddle bronc and barrel racing exciting to capture, the grounds are filled with colourful tipis, dancers in extraordinary hand-made dance outfits and will be holding traditional ceremonies and more.

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During this workshop Todd will lead the group around grounds offering advice from his wide range of experience, and will challenge participants to push past their own photographic boundaries. Students will be pushed to try and find their own photographic vision and their own unique way of storytelling. Students may work in any form of photography they wish, from photojournalism, fine art or portraiture, the instructor will help you create a body of work from this event. Participants will have full access to the instructor to work out any questions in the field relating to technique or how to approach and photograph subjects.

 

For tickets and more information go here to The Camera Store’s web site.

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Spruce Meadows

September here in Calgary is always the start of the leaves turning colour here in Alberta and the start Spruce Meadows Masters horse jumping event. It’s always a wonderful event with the best riders and horses from around the world gathering in Southern Alberta and competing for one of the richest prize purses in horse jumping. Yesterday was media day at the event and I shot a couple of portraits of buggy driver.

Year in Review 2014

Now that we are at the end of the year, I always take the time to have a peek at the assignments I have photographed throughout the year. It’s always a great chance to see what I have been doing and what events I have covered. Here is a selection of some of my favorite images in 2014, Merry Christmas.

Back country skiing up Deception Pass, January 10. For the Toronto Star
Back country skiing up Deception Pass, January 10. For the Toronto Star
The British, National Gallery, London, January 28. For The Toronto Star
The British, National Gallery, London, January 28. For The Toronto Star

 

French Kiss on the River Seine, Paris, France. January 31. For The Toronto Star
French Kiss on the River Seine, Paris, France. January 31. For The Toronto Star
Nicole Briggs Miss Rodeo Canada June 7. For The Toronto Star
Nicole Briggs Miss Rodeo Canada June 7. For The Toronto Star
Rodeo bareback rider, Brooks rodeo, June 7. For The Toronto Star
Rodeo bareback rider, Brooks rodeo, June 7. For The Toronto Star
World renowned National Geographic photographer William Alberta Allard, July 7. For Reuters
World renowned National Geographic photographer William Albert Allard, July 7. For Reuters
A cheerleader for the Edmonton Eskimos goes flying through the air during the Labour Day classic. September 1. For Reuters
A cheerleader for the Edmonton Eskimos goes flying through the air during the Labour Day classic. September 1. For Reuters
A freak summer snow storm destroyed thousands of trees in Calgary, September 10. For Reuters
A freak summer snow storm destroyed thousands of trees in Calgary, September 10. For Reuters
A tailings pond at the oil sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta. September 17. For Reuters
A tailings pond at the oil sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta. September 17. For Reuters
A farmer climbs up a grain bin during the wheat harvest in Alberta, October 10. For The Globe and Mail
A farmer climbs up a grain bin during the wheat harvest in Alberta, October 10. For The Globe and Mail
University women's rugby finals, October 17. For Canon Cameras.
University women’s rugby finals, October 17. For Canon cameras.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Brandon Banks reacts after his touchdown was called back against the Calgary Stampeders at the Grey Cup, November 30. For Reuters
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Brandon Banks reacts after his touchdown was called back against the Calgary Stampeders at the Grey Cup, November 30. For Reuters
The Calgary Stampeders react to winning the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver, November 30. For Reuters
The Calgary Stampeders react to winning the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver, November 30. For Reuters











Just As I Am

A little after I moved to Calgary almost 20 years ago, I met a young up and coming country musician named Paul Brandt. I was hired by his people in Nashville to photograph one of his concerts up here, so that they could use the photos as promo material. I met Paul briefly at sound check, and he welcomed me to the show and crew. It was a great show he put on to a packed house and after his third or fourth song I knew he would be on the scene for a long time, I knew, he would be a star.

After that, Paul moved off to Nashville, where you go to make it in the country music world. He has made a lot of really great music since then, major hits here and in the U.S. But after many years in Nashville he has moved back to Calgary to run his own music gig. He, like so many other music artists have been effected by the internet, music sharing, downloading; the business is way tougher I hear from my many friends in the music business. I of course feel their pain, as photography has been effected much the same way. Practically free photos on so called “stock” web site, where photographers see none of the profit and the owners get richer everyday off the backs of people desperate to leave their day jobs as accountants or engineers hoping to see their name in lights under one of their published pictures.

But this past summer, Paul and I got to reconnect as I photographed him for Canadian Cowboy Magazine. It was a wonderful shoot and we got along grand, so well that he asked if I would be interested in doing some work for him. I jumped at the change as Paul is a pure professional when it comes to how he handles himself. The great artist he is, he treats you the very same with respect for what you do. He appreciates what you as a photographer will bring to the table and you end up working as a team when you work with him. Really, he is a photographers dream to work with.

So we spent a day shooting some new promo material for him and every once and awhile you get lucky and the photo gods give you a special moment. We were working away after a short prairie thundershower hit the area and the skies parted, for a few moments everything comes together. Out of it we got this photo.

Country music star, Paul Brandt. Photographed on the Canon 5D MK III © Todd Korol

It was one of those moments when you look at the back of your camera and know this will be a cool photo. Both he and I knew we had something special. He liked it so much it’s on the cover of his new album coming out today, “Just As I Am.” It’s a country bluegrass gospel collection of a lot of classic favorites.

There have been few people I have enjoyed working more than with Paul Brandt. What a gentleman to work with, a great singer, and friend. Thanks for letting me be part of this.

Large Format

Shot a few images today with the Deardoff 8×10, what a beast, but so much fun. Your subject responds to you in such a different way, very interesting. The plan is to come away with 10 good portraits over the 10 days of Stampede, and maybe one great one. Cross your fingers, wish me luck.

Photo by Mike Copeman