Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Self-employed & Injured...

As many of you know, Sept 9th was a dreadful day, that will forever change my life. A slow-speed Motorcycle incident that yielded no less than 7 fractures (foot, 3 toes, ribs, punctured lung, fractured hand, severed tendons, and collar bone), and a total of 5 operations, as well ongoing ergo, and physio therapy.  Aside from the obvious physical pain from each surgical interventions over a period of 10 weeks , there's the emotional factor that can't be denied.

From being very active, both professionally & personally, to coming to a complete standstill and being immobile, from a total of 10 days at the hospital, to the point of feeling imprisoned in ones own home, is not to be taken lightly.  I always thought myself as having a strong character, but over time, such an incident, (although temporarily), creates quite a mental stigma.


Physical recovery will take a bit of time, but meanwhile, what happens to the company one's been putting in sweat, blood & tears into for more than a decade?  Being self-employed in such moments takes a lot of planning, faith in the loyalty of your clients, and also in those you choose to delegate work to while you're incapacitated and unable of accomplishing the task yourself.

A huge thank you to our clients, that haven't changed their habits of providing us with the usual work, and to the SNAPePHOTO team that took on more tasks, to compensate my current inability to contribute.

I'll be back shortly, stronger than ever, with a determination beyond compare!  What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger (and definitely builds character).  It's also during these harder times that you know who you can count on.  All I can say, is that I've got some pretty amazing friends!  


Special thanks to the Pierre Le Gardeur staff (Ortho/Plasti surgeons, Doctors, Nurses, X-ray, MRI & Echo, Rgo & Physio personnel), as well as residencies, that I've gotten to know by  name, over a 3 month timeframe.
For those that aren't too faint of heart, a few iphone images ... HERE


Sunday, November 12, 2017

A tribute to Leonard Cohen...

Monday November 6th 2017  |  Bell Centre (Montreal)

The Cohen family presented a commemorative tribute to Leonard Cohen, the Tower of Song, and SNAPePHOTO was hired to be the exclusive photographers to document this historic event. A superb range of artists were present to honor his memory, such as; Sting, Feist, Patrick Watson, Sharon Robinson, The Lumineers, Ron Sexsmith, Elvis Costello, Damien Rice, Adam Choen, The Webbs, K.D. Lang, Lana Del Rey, Bettye Lavette, Courtney Love & Coeur de Pirate.

The setlist and a few images... HERE

A few reviews...
Le Devoir review... HERE
Global review... HERE
Montreal Gazette review... HERE

Project team...
Photographers:  Claude Dufresne, Michel Couvrette, Christian Richard
Photo Editor:     Vanessa Leclair

Card Runner:     Myriam Couvrette

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A closer look at the beast... Track side!

Saturday October 21st 2017  |  Autodrome Ste-Eustache

The primary goal of this personal shoot, was to provide images to the many sponsors that provided high-scale products for our newly tricked-out street/track bike, a 2017 Husqvarna 701SM.

The Complete list of Sponsors and a link to their website...
Atelier Go                  Modified Baffle              http://www.ateliergo.com/

Cyclops                     LED Headlight               www.cyclopsadventuresports.com
GPR                          Ceramic exhaust           www.gprexhaustsystems.com
MxBonz                     Handlebar Clamp           www.mxbonz.com
Seat Concepts            Tri-Color Seat               www.seatconcepts.com
Supersprox                F/R Sprockets               www.supersprox.com
Tekmo Racing            Carbon Fiber parts         www.facebook.com/MotoMST/
Tekmo Racing            Titanium Header            www.facebook.com/MotoMST/
TomTech Racing         Wheel Graphics             www.tomtec-racing.com
Vanasche                   Case saver (guard)       www.vanaschemotorsports.com

A few images from this track day... HERE

Special thanks to Autodrome Ste-Eustache for the use of the track, as well as our assistants/helpers, and pilot... Claude Dufresne, Alain Beaumier, Jean-Marc Beaulieu, & guest rider Andreanne Lavoie.

Note:  We'll be updating the images to include a Dyno sheet once the Power Commander (PCV) is installed & configured.

           Photographers:  Patrick Beaudry / Claude Dufresne

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Roger Waters...

Lundi le 16 Octobre 2017  |  Centre Bell (Montreal)

Le spectacle tant attendu de Roger Waters au Centre Bell, qui nécessite pas moins de trois (3) dates pour combler la demande des fans!   Le "review" de la publication en ligne du Devoir... ICI
Le setlist & quelques images du spectacle... ICI

          Photographié pour evenko & le Devoir

Monday, August 28, 2017

Envolée en Montgolfiere avec Jacob Benjamin...

28 Août 2017  |  Ste-Brigitte > St-Grégoire

C'est l'histoire de Jacob Benjamin, ce jeune homme que nous avons rencontré la toute premiere fois dans le cadre du festival de Montgolfières, en 2006, lorsque qu'il n'avais que 15ans et travaillais comme aide-équipier pour le pilote Martin Unsworth.

Aujourd'hui Jacob a 21ans, et es l'un des plus jeune pilote au pays, en plus d’être récemment devenu propriétaire de sa propre Montgolfière.  Il a, en très peu de temps compilé plus de 35 heures de vol, et démontre déjà un sens technique et de sécurité très développé.  On lui souhaite une belle carrière, et vous encourage de le contacter une fois ces 50 heures de vol obligatoire accomplie, pour vos propres envolées!  Ce fut un énorme plaisir de ce faire dispo pour te capter quelques clichés.

Quelques images de notre envolée de ce matin... ICI

Lieux de décollage: Ste-Brigitte
Lieux d'atterrissage: St-Grégoire
Temps de vol:  55min
Altitude Maximum atteint: 1,600'


Baptême de l'aire en Montgolfières pour la passagère Chloé El-Sayegh 


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Styx - Strangers in the Night...

Friday Aug. 25th 2017  |  Fairview Pointe-Claire

The CF Fairview Pointe Claire parking lot was, once again, transformed into a virtual hall under the stars, where over 200 tables were set under enormous tents to welcome you to an amazing and memorable evening for a great cause.

The 13th Annual Strangers in the Night, a unique charity gourmet gala, benefiting the Miriam Foundation, The West Island Woman's Shelter, and Cure SMA, had no other than Styx (with Lawrence Gowan) as the evenings entertainment, as more than 5,000 people gathered to see the concert.

The Setlist and a few images... HERE


Friday, August 25, 2017

KTM / Husqvarna - Facility Launch...

Thursday August 24th 2017  |  KTM-Husqvarna Facility


Only a few short months after taking possession of their newly built facility in chambly, the KTM / Husqvarna Motorcycle group gathered dealers, friends & family in order to have an official launch party.

Higher management gave a speech on the company's vision and growth since they entered the North-American market and the mayor spoke a few words about how thrilled he was the group chose Chambly as its place to call home.  

The day proceeded with the official cutting of the ribbon, and then visits of the facility, from the Entrance Show Room, Training Center, Race Department, Offices and Conference Room.  People were then invited to a get-together outdoors, where catering and a DJ treated the invites to great food & lively tunes.

A few images... HERE


Saturday, August 12, 2017

IleSoniq 2017...

Le 11-12 Aout 2017  |  Ile Notre-Dame (Montréal)

Notre mandat pour IleSoniq 2017 étais de couvrir la scène principale, l'Oasis, commandité par Fido.  Un total de 18 DJ (9 par jour) on sus faire bouger des dizaines de milliers de festivaliers. 

Un seule DJ n'a pas accepté d'avoir notre présence sur la scene derrière lui, mais l'artist suivant (Tiesto) a plus que satisfait notre soif de capter quelques images a proximité.  Un vrai chix type!

Quelques images de Vendredi... ICI
Quelques images de Samedi... ICI

           Photographié pour evenko.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Coldplay...

Tuesday August 8th 2017  |  Montreal's Bell Centre

It doesn't get much more personal than that, as Chris Martin repeatedly demonstrates gratitude to Montreal fans, and even adorns the Canadian flag.

A few images... HERE

         Photographed for evenko

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Osheaga 2017...

Vendredi le 4 au Dimanche 6 Aout 2017  |  Ile Notre-Dame

Malgré quelques moments de furies de la part de mere nature, Osheaga 2017 fut un grand succès.  Pas moin de 135,000 festivaliers réparties sur les 3 jours, ce sont réunis sur le nouveau site, afin de voir et d'entendre Live, quelques uns de leurs artistes préférés.  Une 12eme édition fort bien accomplie!

Pour nous, Osheaga 2017 ce résume a avoir couvert 36 bands sur les 2 Main Stage (Scene de la Rivière & Scene de la Montagne), pris 8,600+ photos, marché pas moin de 48,000 pas (37km), et d'avoir eu l'immense plaisir de découvrir quelques artistes qu'il nous étais inconnus.  

Quelques images du Vendredi 4 Aout... ICI
Quelques images du Samedi 5 Aout... ICI
Quelques images du Dimanche 6 Aout... ICI

         Photographié pour evenko.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Mtl ePrix, Formule electrique... Jour 2

30 Juillet 2017  |   Montreal, PQ

la course du Dimanche fut la dernière du championnat, couronnant ainsi Lucas Di Grassi comme grand champion de la saison 2017.

Nous avons déjà hate a l'an prochain!
Quelques images de cette 2eme journée de course... ICI

          Photographié pour evenko

Monday, July 31, 2017

Mtl ePrix, Formule electrique... Jour 1

29 Juillet 2017  |   Montreal, PQ

C'est Samedi le 29 Juillet 2017, qu'a eu lieux la toute première course du Grand Prix de la formule électrique ePrix de Montreal, apres que le maire ai confirmé qu'une entente avais été prise pour 6ans de compétition en circuit fermé dans notre grande métropole.
Quelques images de la première journée de course... ICI

          Photographié pour evenko

Monday, July 24, 2017

Régates de Valleyfield 2017...

14-15-& 16 Juillet 2017  |  Salaberry-de-Valleyfield

C'est sur la Baie St-Francois qu'on eu lieu la 79ieme éditions des prestigieuse Régates de Valleyfield.  

SNAPePHOTO ces donné comme mandat personnel de couvrir la totalitée des qualifications, courses et promotions présentées, dans toutes les catégories, soit...  2.5Litres, Hydro 350, Grand Prix, Jersey Speed Skiff & Pro-Stock (CanAm).

Les images disponible pour achats... ICI
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The 79th edition of the prestigious Valleyfield Regattas were held, as usual on Baie St-Francois. We at SNAPePHOTO had given ourselves the personal mandate to cover the totality of qualifications, races and promotions presented, in all categories, either ... 2.5Litres, Hydro 350, Grand Prix, Jersey Speed ​​Skiff & Pro-Stock (CanAm).
Images available for purchase... HERE



Photos:  Patrick Beaudry / Claude Dufresne


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Queen w/ Adam Lambert...

Monday July 17th 2017  |  Montreal's Bell Centre

We had such an amazing time shooting this gig.  Although we were only present for the first 3 songs, and that a security agent's head was in our way most of the time, it was a fun concert to shoot.

Let's face it, Adam Lambert is an incredible showman, and could do no wrong, especially when coupled with original members, Brian May & Roger Taylor.  

Freddie Mercury is probably grinning right now, at how well his legacy continues to be honored in such a fantastic way.

The setlist and a few images can be seen... HERE

          Photographié pour evenko

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Mariage de Mathieu & Valérie...

Samedi le 1 Juillet 2017  |  Club de Golf Ormstown

Leurs histoire est digne d'un conte de fée.  Et quoi de plus magique que de pouvoir se marier a l'endroit ou ils se sont rencontrés la toute première fois?!

Une superbe soirée ou les invités nous on donné amplement de matériel a photographier. ;)

A part ce petit "teaser" on va laisser les nouveaux mariés choisir les images qu'ils voudront bien vous partager.  Longue vie a votre amour les tourtereaux! 


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Why shoot RAW...

This post is for up-and-coming photogs that still ask themselves the question...

You've probably heard it over & over again, that most Pros suggest you shoot RAW files...   But do you know why it’s so important? And what it really means for your images? Let’s sort it out!
First off, what is RAW?
RAW is a file format that captures all image data recorded by the sensor when you take a photo. When shooting in a format like JPEG image information is compressed and lots of that information is lost. Because no information is compressed with RAW you’re able to "tweek/correct" poorly exposed files in post-production, and ultimately produce a higher quality image, than you would, if tried to correct it from a JPG type file.
Here's a perfect example, of a not-so-perfect image of the father of the bride (and good friend) and I, at a recent wedding in Florida. For whatever reason, this shot was grossly under-exposed. Whether conditions were difficult, the flash batteries were dying, or you're simply having an off day, etc... shit happens! But with the magic of Camera raw and a few post-processing corrections, the photo is still rendered usable.


The downsides of shooting RAW, is yes, the files take up a considerable amount of space, need to be post-processed (longer to edit), but in the end, you'll be much happier with the overall results.

Enjoy!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Nickelback / Daughtry...

Thursday June 29th 2017  |  Montreal's Bell Centre

Close to 10,000 fans (9,970 to be precise), gathered at the Bell Centre, to see Nickelback, and we're quite certain everyone that attended was satisfied. We stayed for the entire show this time around, and all we can say is that every element lined up. The acoustic quality, the visuals and a great setlist, made this an amazing concert.  Daughtry did a bang up job warming up the crowd.

The setlist & a few images from the Nickelback concert... HERE
A few images from the Daughtry concert... HERE

          Photographed for evenko

Monday, June 12, 2017

Toto...

Sunday June 11th 2017  |  Place des Arts (Salle Wilfred Pelletier)

The Grammy-award wining group, Toto, was in Montreal for the "An Evening with Toto" North American tour, that began on June 2nd in Lake Charles, Louissiana.  The show included excerpts from the bands most recent studio album, XIV, as well as classic hits.  Nothing short of a 2-hour concert. :)

The Setlist and a few images... HERE


          Photographed for evenko

Sunday, June 11, 2017

La Grande Tournée - Parc Lachine

Samedi le 10 Juin 2017  |  Parc Lachine

La Grande tournée du 375e, un autre des événements phares de la Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal, vise à mettre en valeur la richesse des différents quartiers de Montréal et de ses citoyens. Pendant 19 weekends consécutifs (du jeudi au dimanche), de mai à septembre 2017, chacun des arrondissements de la métropole sera, à tour de rôle, sous le feu des projecteurs. Dans un contexte festif et convivial, les amoureux de Montréal de toutes origines auront le bonheur de découvrir les caractéristiques distinctives de leur quartier en plus de partir à la découverte des quartiers environnants.

Cette semaine, c'étais au tour du Parc Lachine de recevoir la multitudes d’activités, de musiciens, d'artistes et diverses animations.

Quelques images de la journée... ICI

         Photos: Sébastien Parent, SNAPePHOTO

Friday, June 9, 2017

Veronique Lavoie, portraits...

Jeudi le 8 Juin 2017  |  Studio SNAPePHOTO

Quand une amie nous demande de lui faire quelques portraits corpo pour son site web, c'est avec grand plaisir qu'on l'accueil en studio.  

Pour vos besoins en communications, relation media, lancement de produits, soutiens de partenaires et dossier de presse/document corporatif, je vous invite a visiter son site web... http://www.veroniquelavoie.com

Quelques exemples de nos réalisations portraits... ICI


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Barack Obama...

Tuesday June 6th 2017  |  Palais des Congres of Montreal

It was in front of a sell-out crowd that President Barack Obama gave an hour-long speech comprised of various topics, including economy, education, environment, and of course recent terrorist attacks, to which a specific statement sticks to mind... "We are going to have to replace fear by hope!"

The President then proceeded to answer 4 questions, to which his lengthy answers left everyone more than satisfied.

A few images from this conference... HERE
Mandated by evenko, partners on this event.


Friday, June 2, 2017

The Chainsmokers...

Thursday June 1st 2017  |  Bell Centre

The raving DJ Duo, consisting of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, filled the Bell Centre with no less than a full house!
The Setlist and a few images... HERE

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sigur Rós...

Tuesday May 30th 2017  |  Place des Arts (Salle Wilfred Pelletier)

As with previous tours, this run is largely comprised of theater shows, as the group continues it's American/Canadian dates, with a stop a the Place des Arts (Salle Wilfred Pelletier), 
The Setlist and a few images... HERE
Photos: Claude Dufresne, SNAPePHOTO


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fondation evenko / Ecole Brind'Amour...

Mardi le 30 Mai 2017  |  Ecole Brind'Amour (Vaudreuil-Dorion)

C'est avec la présence de Charles Lafortune et Ludovic Bourgeois que la fondation evenko a fait un don important d'instruments musicale (flutes, clarinettes, euphonium, trompettes, trombones, guitares basses, saxophones, et glockenspiels) a l'école Brind'Amour de Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Quelques images... ICI