Institutions

I love my work with institutions, both large and small. Sometimes it’s staff headshots in a government boardroom. Other times it’s marketing shots of volunteers at the library. I’ve photographed juvenile diabetes fundraisers in the morning, charity events in the afternoon, and high school proms at night.

My photographic home is journalism. I started at the Regina Leader-Post as a news photographer in 2011. Since going freelance in 2018, I continue to “string” for the Canadian Press newswire, make features for magazines, and collaborate with Regina-based news media to illustrate issues of public importance. I’m lucky to have a job with variety. I also teach photojournalism at the University of Regina’s School of Journalism.

Institutions

I love my work with institutions, both large and small. Sometimes it’s staff headshots in a government boardroom. Other times it’s marketing shots of volunteers at the library. I’ve photographed juvenile diabetes fundraisers in the morning, charity events in the afternoon, and high school proms at night.

My photographic home is journalism. I started at the Regina Leader-Post as a news photographer in 2011. Since going freelance in 2018, I continue to “string” for the Canadian Press newswire, make features for magazines, and collaborate with Regina-based news media to illustrate issues of public importance. I’m lucky to have a job with variety. I also teach photojournalism at the University of Regina’s School of Journalism.

Commercial

I bring a photojournalistic approach to photos destined for billboards, brochures, and other forms of advertising. Two staple techniques of photojournalism are the portrait and the candid shot.

An individual portrait can convey a mood, which provokes an emotional response from your audience. Genuinely candid moments between people convey a feeling of authenticity. Both take thoughtfulness and planning to achieve, and when it works the results are effective.

Editorial

For seven years, every photo I submitted was accompanied with a version of the following caption: {person} does {something} during {event} at {location} in {city} on {dow} {monthname} {day}, {year}. REGINA LEADER-POST/Michael Bell

Since becoming a freelance photographer, my work has appeared in the Canadian Press; Globe and Mail; Toronto Star; Macleans; Getty; CBC Saskatchewan; Discourse Magazine (University of Regina); Saskatchewan Farmers’ Voice (APAS); United Church Observer Magazine. I follow CP Style for captions, and your IPTC requirements will be error-free.

Events

Shooting an outdoor event is easy. Plenty of sunlight means better colour, sharper focus, and higher shutter speeds to freeze the action and get the shot. Darkly lit indoor events are much harder, and our city specializes in terribly lit indoor venues.

Rooms with tungsten mixed with day-light balanced bulbs: disgusting! Sodium-vapour lamps mixed with fluorescents: a crime!

After seven years of shooting for the Regina Leader-Post, I’ve figured out ways to make good photographs in just about every dimly lit hotel, ballroom, school gymnasium, hockey arena and concert venue in the city.

Headshots

Using your smartphone to take pictures of yourself for professional use is like wearing sweatpants to a wedding. Your selfie sends a message. It’s you, but poorly lit (because flattering light isn’t easy to achieve). Or your face seems not-quite-right (smartphones usually has wide angle lenses, which distort the face). Or the background is cluttered. The message is, intended or not: I don’t care.

In contrast, a professionally-lit, beautifully-composed, and expertly-captured moment says: I care what you think about me. I spent time and money to impress you. Let’s collaborate. You work hard: bring that same effort to your visual presentation.

Commercial

Editorial

Events

Headshots