A Year in the Life: In Which Grant and Jaime Shoot Some Food

by Heather on July 16, 2010

Grant Harder:

Oh, hello. It’s been a while.

I just arrived back to the office from the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts where I was asked to be a guest speaker. Katie Huisman, an old friend from my first few months of assisting, is teaching a couple courses at the school and asked me to come by for a chat. I can’t lie, speaking in front of more than five people generally freaks me out, however, this went well and the experience was enjoyable. I hope the students found the same.

Looks like I will be shooting for the Compassionate Eye Foundation this year. I have assisted on the foundation’s photo shoots for the past two years. CEF was started in 2006 by photographer Robert Kent and has since turned into a philanthropic machine. Everybody involved donates their time- assistants, producers, AD’s, rental houses, photographers, talent, locations, etc. The combined resources then go towards putting together stock shoots. Getty Images is the distributor and all proceeds go towards the foundation, which in turns provides funding for the building of art and sustainability projects, schools, education and playgrounds. Sweet.

Speaking of Getty, I just received word that I am being offered a Getty contract. With this particular contract I will be able to contribute to Iconica, one of Getty’s Rights Managed collections.

All is a bit too quiet on the job front. This has given me an opportunity to shoot some portraits and organize some more personal work for the coming week. Last night I shot couple of artist friends in their studio. I should be able to post some of that next week. I have quite a major project in mind and on paper that I would like to see happen next month. Keep shooting, keep shooting, keep shooting.

Slideluck Potshow is coming to Vancouver. That’s pretty exciting. It will be tough to top the last one I went to under the Brooklyn Bridge. Vancouver can do it! Submissions are due on the 16th, which, by the time you are reading this is- TODAY. Get them in while you can. Thanks to Jennilee for tipping me off on this one.

Photographer/writer/DJ/awesome guy Michael Boland:


Breakfast at CHAPS. Princeton, BC:

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Jaime Hogge:

Remember the last time things were really slow for me Heather got me to just take a photo of my lunch that day? Tortilla + sauce + cheese + pepperoni + spices. Pepperoni Tortizza.

Yes, my forced holiday continues full speed ahead. When I was a kid I never really had the good summer it seemed like all my friends were having. The one where I could sleep in and essentially do nothing all day and night. It’s all I wanted, but those days were few and far between, as I always had a big list of things to do and someone getting me out of bed (sometimes quite literally) at ungodly hours of the morning. Now I seem to have all that I wished for back then and more, yet I don’t really want it at the moment. Life’s a funny thing.

The closest thing I’ve had to work was updating my invoicing software, and cleaning/organizing Receipt Mountain from my desk. While it is nice to see the faux wood grain of my desk again, I’d love to have a reason to start a new mountain.

On the upside I have made some good progress on my promo front. At least, I thought I had some really strong and original ideas until Heather posted her video blog this week. Seriously, it’s like a couple of those promos were created after reading my email conversations with my designer the past month or two. I really don’t want to be sending out the same tired stuff so that part kind of sucks, but at the same time I suppose it is a little reassuring that not all my ideas are bad. Also it sort of gives a little extra reason to put even more effort into these things after seeing how well put together some of those packages were. I know this is taking forever to complete but the combination of budget/ideas took a long time to gel.

Anyways, assuming I can find a few key supplies this weekend, I hope to start putting said promos together next week. I’d rather have something physical to show you guys rather than just explain it, but basically it will involve some wax paper and me learning how to use a sewing machine, which could be dangerous.

Now, if you will excuse me, I’ve got some sitting to do.

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The Year in the Life Project follows two junior shooters through their weekly adventures, trying to make a go of it, in the world of commercial photography.

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Grant July 16, 2010 at 11:38 am

I’m hungry.

Jaime July 16, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I was thinking the same thing.

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