High end retouching and commercial photography
From basic isolation and retouching of product shots to creating highly conceptual composites. Allan can work with your preferred photographer, supplied images, stock photography, or shoot everything with a 100mp high resolution medium format camera system.
Whatever your needs he's got you covered.
The brief on this project was to create three ads that included a parasite made from monetary instruments. I spent some time at the entomology department at the AGO in Toronto photographing insects and leeches. I then photographed coins and paper money and various gold textures. I used a wallet for the fly's abdomen. Each image had to be created in a single page format as well as a horizontal spread. Photographing everything in elements allows me that flexibility
It is all about problem solving.
Sometimes a layout arrives and I think..." how is this even possible?" The top sketches above were two of 40+ spreads that
had to be photographed and brought to life for a Cessna brochure. "Where am I going to find a specific model of Cessna Caravan in camo paint?.... Photographing military paratroopers from above jumping out of said plane?" This was going to be a serious challenge. A stroke of luck had a Caravan coming off the line at Cessna Manufacturing destined for the Brazilian military
in two days, an extremely rare occurrence. They agreed to lend it for one day with one of their test pilots so I had to drop everything and go. That gave me 24 hours to source military equipment, soldiers, a military truck and a grass landing strip to fly the plane into and set it all up. The paratroopers I photographed back in Ontario which alone was a crazy experience. I was hanging out the open door of a 172 with a parachute strapped on in case I fell out. In the end they decided not to include the military narrative in the brochures.
This was the sketch I was given to illustrate the concept of the incredible versatility of the Cessna Caravan. Translating that into reality was a an unbelievable exercise in organization and creativity.
To accomplish this image we set up at a Toronto Island Airport, as far away as possible from the live runways. We brought out a fork truck and pallets, luggage and wardrobe for a multitude gof models. An SUV and camping gear, An ambulance with EMT personal ( which could have been left on a call at any time ). I Photographed each scenario back to back from a helicopter, directing everyone on the ground through a radio, communicating with assistants on the ground. It had to be choreographed well to limit the time we spent flying in an active airspace. This was one of multiple scenarios we set up that day.