One of my favourite shoots to do every year is the Calgary Flames Fire & Ice Crew – both the on & off ice groups. They’re always full of great energy and are really easy to work with. The shoot is always preceded by a scouting mission to the venue to check out the possible shooting locations, a frenzy of emails trying to coordinate their availability and double check with the facility on where we can and can’t go, and lugging the kit up and down the stairs. There’s usually some kind of curveball we get to deal with, but in the end, still manage to pull it off and have a few laughs along the way!
For this second round of portraits for the Calgary Flames Fire & Ice crew, I thought it would be fun to head up to the rafters in the Scotiabank Saddledome, since the last round of shots I did were underneath the lower bowl seating area. Lugging the heavy lights up those extra flights of stairs I started to wonder if it was such a good idea. It never ceases to amaze me how much time I spend packing, unpacking, and carrying an ever-growing assortment of gear with me on commercial shoots. Normally I love to travel light, but in commercial work you really need to have all of your kit ready to go (not sitting in a truck in the parking lot).