Shooting Actors

A good director creates an environment, which gives the actor the encouragement to fly.
— Kevin Bacon
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We're racing around the edges of a roof top, inches from a plummet that would leave you hurting for sure, otherwise dead. Chad Mathew doesn't care, and neither do the rest of us. We live for this. His approach to an acting career - it's all or nothing. We need to get these shots, pilot season is approaching, the flight to LA is booked and the Vancouver daylight is fading fast. I've got my eye through the viewfinder, ignoring the drop behind us while Derrick Daniels, our videographer swoops by with a glidecam as Chad gives us look after look after look in an effortless display of versatility.

Chad approached me at Rogues West Actors Studio in Vancouver (a great place to study and meet emerging talent) with the opportunity to help him produce photos for his press kit in preparation for LA. With the personas that he brought to my frames, I think we got some great shots that show great character.

-Mat Lo

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Making good use of the sun for beautiful portraits.

After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.
— William R. Alger

There's a little more direct sunlight to be over the west coast yet. Though it may be chilly, those skies have been exceptionally clear, the sun low in the sky, making good for prime outdoor shooting. Now I always had it in my head that you should snap with the sun behind you. It may have been some old-school photography rule they used to throw around when I was a kid, but it took me until my twenties to start breaking it. Of course with digital weapons you can actually check your exposure and adjust accordingly on the fly, without blowing a roll and ending up with a reel of silhouettes. Now I love getting the sun's rays in my photos. I like to point myself so the sun is just out of frame, and even let the lens catch some glare. Either that or put the sun directly behind the subject, so that the subject becomes engulfed by a brilliant tenor of glorious light.

Here are some of the shots that I got this week whilst on a mother-daughter portrait session, all featuring our good friend The Sun who happened to be hanging out just beyond the frame or hiding behind something.


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Creation is inexorable.

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

It suddenly dawned on me, I hadn't really been trying. The mindset had a narrative along the lines of; it can wait, it's too hard, society requires me to pay bills so I can't do what I really want to do, and, I'm not really bothered if I get this gig or not.

When you find yourself without any other means of income, an audition suddenly becomes really important. That photo you take now has to be that much more desirable and the music you write could be the reason you have food on the table in a few months.

And so for the first time ever, I gave it my everything in that audition room today. Left the old me behind, the kid that wouldn't cheer at a football game, and I said hello to the new, all singing, all dancing, give it everything you've got guy that I'd never before needed to be.

Making my way home and considering that time is now a precious commodity, every moment an opportunity to improve, I couldn't waste it. If there's a bus to be waited for, there's a moment to be seized.

Here's what I captured: