One Day Left Of Challenges

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Hey Peeps,

Last year around this time, I wrote a post discussing the Challenges ahead for me and you, my disdain for Resolutions and overcoming the odds.

I reflected over this post recently and thought it would be a good recap before we ring in the New Year again.  Some Challenges were met, some weren't, but that's life and the true value of character is both moving forward either towards those goals or reevaluating them for others.

I hope you enjoy this look back that's all about looking forward.

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Michael Carty

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"Santa!!!" - Buddy, from the movie Elf

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Hey Peeps,

I was fortunate enough to get a little Q&A with the big man himself this year.

We're like this *crosses fingers* and he let's me pick his brain sometimes when I shoot him during the holidays.

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This is what we discussed on our last day:

M:  In these times of financial struggle, your business is unique in that it has no revenue and yet is the biggest provider of every consumer product in history.  Can you share your business knowledge with the rest of us?

S:  I have found many people over the years to help give to the children of the world, plus I have lots of endorsement deals *cough, cough - Coke!*


M:  So is it safe to say that you're a non-profit?

S:  Yes, you could say that.  Santa has a dark past and feels that he must atone for his many sins... *munches on cookies*

M:  What do you attribute your great longevity to?

S:  Magic... and a balanced diet/exercise regime. *drinks milk*

M:  Do you ever shave the beard?

S:  Never, I have to keep it - but I don't want it.  Everyone thinks it's a magic beard but it took me 20 years to grow.

M:  What do you say to those that think Santa Claus and overall commercialism have corrupted the meaning of Christmas?

S:  Ho! Ho! Ho! Next question...

M:  Do you have any children of your own?

S:  It's possible, somewhere out there.  Sometimes Santa delivers extra treats to certain naughty girls - they know who they are...  *belly jiggles like a bowl full of jelly*

M:  Have you ever thought of upgrading from the sleigh and reindeer?

S:  I've thought of a fighter jet but it doesn't hoer well for roof landings.  A helicopter was my next choice but certain countries would try to shoot me down.  I would certainly never consider using an F-35, take that Stephen Harper!!

M:  It's said that you know when children are good and band and watch them to determine this - how many hours a day do you spend secretly watching little children?

S:  Ho! Ho! Ho!  This interview is over!!


Thanks to all of my clients, fans and supporters for a wonderful 2012 and I can't wait to show you all of the new work and projects and fun things coming in 2013!



Michael Carty


BMO Hockey Heroes Weekend 2012

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Hey Peeps,

Just got back from a great weekend in Halifax, NS covering the BMO Hockey Heroes Weekend with my buddy and second sniper Adam Graham.

It was fun reconnecting to some of the people who I worked with and the NHL Alums that I worked with on last years event, which was spectacular and did a great job of raising funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.  We also had fun meeting new people involved in the event and hope to work with them all again soon.

So, how was the weekend itself?

Answer:  Fan-dan-tastic!

After getting to my place Friday morning, Adam and I made sure we had all the gear we needed and piled into my car for the 3 hour drive to Halifax.

We did the usual photographer thing on trips right?  We talked shop.

Who better to talk shop with than another photog?

Gear - Lighting - Business - Work/Life Juggling - Editing - Prints - Aesthetics, we went through the entire gauntlet.

A pit-stop in New Minas and an hour later we were pulling into the Westin Nova Scotian, unloaded our gear and set up our workstation before preparing ourselves for the first nights events.

After the setup was completed, we went downstairs to the banquet hall where we met up with Jane Davies and Annette LeBlanc, Vice President and event coordinator from ZedEvents respectively and our contacts for Hockey Heroes, to get any last minute information we may need.

Our NHL Alumni this year were:  Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey, Claude Lemieux, Guy Carbonneau, Marty McSorley, Russ Courtnall, Gary Leeman, Al Iafrate, Rick Middleton, Gaston Gingras, Kevin Maguire, Todd Warriner, Todd Harvey, Ken Belanger, Gilbert Dionne and Alain Cote.

Needless to say, that first night was fun.

We got a lot off of our shoot list ahead of schedule, the clients affiliates were overly happy of the job we did and everyone was having a great time.

Items were auctioned off to the fans for fundraising and the Alumni were getting into the swing of things.

Soooo wanted this!!

Good sports for a great event!
There was a lot of people there, the brews were flowing and spirits were high.

Jane Davies, Vice Pres of ZedEvents and Menna MacIsaac, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia 

NHL Alumni and event coordinators

The Alumni with our Dartmouth Dodge sponsors

Robert Zed, Jane Davies and Leanne Andrecyk:  President, Vice Pres. and Creative Director of ZedEvents respectively

What a great banquet before the games begin!!
Saturday, we shot the teams on the ice and caught some great vid footage that will be posted at a later date, along with some wonderful action stills of gameplay:

Team shot

Guy Carbonneau cracking up with teammates

Everyone is so eager to get out there!!    
 Did I mention this was also a family event?  Oh yes, tonnes of kids of all ages came out to see the stars, grab some autographs and photos and enjoy the weekend!

Future NHL Alumni?

Marty McSorley posing with some fans

Great for the whole family!

The local team got to take a pic with some of our Hockey Heroes
 Then they got down to business....

Ray, Guy and the boys scrabbling for the puck

Watching the action from afar...

and up close!

Todd Warriner was gracious enough to let Adam strap his new GoPro cam to his helmet during gameplay and got us some sweet footage.

The event also had a Beard-o-Thon for fundraising...

as you can see there were many participants, lol.

Eager, waiting, historic, heroic...

Why not just a little showboating eh? LOL
 Overall it was a fantastic success, we shot tonnes of images, Adam captured a lot of great footage of which we are sifting through currently and the clients, both ZedEvents and the Heart and Stroke Foundation were very happy with the work done.  

Can't wait to do it again next year!!

Did you go to the event?  Do you plan on going next year?  Who would you have as your favorite alumni next year?



Michael Carty

What's Your Challenge for 2012?

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Hey Peeps,

I hate New Year's Resolutions, don't you?  They never work.  The main reason they fail is that after a few days or a week after you begin, some small, insignificant thing happens and it gives your resolution a hiccup.  

Just a little bump in the road.  But for some reason, that's all it takes to totally derail you from your objective.

Here's an example:

You want to lose 20lbs.  

So you start eating better and exercising, but then it's someone's birthday; or a friend is visiting; or a wedding or *fill in social excuse here* - and it's cake-city and bar-hopping time.  

Your hangover makes you sleep in and you miss your workout the next day and on top of that your pounding head/queasy stomach can't deal with any more effort towards food preparation than a call for pizza delivery.  

Oh well, at least you tried right?  Wrong. 

Screw that.

Want to look like this?  Check out my budd Brad Gouthro @ http://www.bradgouthrofitness.com
I want a Challenge, not a Resolution.  I know, I know, you're saying,"Hey Mike, isn't that the same thing?  Isn't that just semantics?"  

And I say,"In a way, yes,"

"But in another way - it is completely different."

A Resolution is so absolute; without room for flexibility or better yet - adaptability.  Especially in the ever-changing and busy world we live in.  Resolutions are unreal, unobtainable and by design - made to fail.

A Challenge on the other hand is something that the human world was perfectly made for.  Life is about Challenges and it is by adapting to the obstacles we encounter within them that makes us smarter, stronger and better at succeeding.  

When we hit a wall in a Resolution, it's game over(or start over), total fail, our winning streak is finished, it was good while it lasted... 

When we hit a wall in a Challenge, it's call a time out, huddle up, and reevaluate the current situation to see where we need to adapt to continue on from here to our goal.

Notice the difference?  It's more than semantics. This clear and vital distinction can define your unfathomable success or unrecoverable failure.

So back to the Challenge - and the whole point of this blog post.

I'm inviting you to connect with me and share your upcoming challenges and concerns in the New Year.

To get the ball rolling, I will list a few of mine:  
  • interview/photograph a minimum of 3 major Canadian icons(I have a HUGE list of names)
  • outsource ALL non-creative work
  • grow my blog monthly pageviews to a minimum of 3000+
  • create small information products within my business to be available online that will create automated income
  • shoot with more professionals(models, MUA's, stylists, other photogs) than I ever have before 
  • get studio/online support that promotes my work to the clients that fit me(and why my website is temporarily under construction this week :()
  • make a difference in this world through my work/website/blog, by promoting worthwhile causes that hold meaning to me and connecting people to organizations and people who can make the difference that I can't in my position
  • remember to, and I quote from my interview with Dane Sanders,"...leverage the moment..." in everything I do

It CAN be done!!
Now you will notice this list contains moderately specific challenges, but they are also simply put.  

You can't be vague about this.  Get as specific as possible.  

My mantra this year is:  Keep it Simple - Keep it Specific.  

Simple steps - but specific steps.  

The simplicity keeps the minutiae to a minimum and the specitivity keeps focus on the goal by giving direction to actionable steps.

So what are your Challenges?  Are they work related or just personal?  Do you want to only shoot with prime lenses instead of zoom?  Do you want to run your first marathon(I highly suggest this one)?  

Don't wait - Challenge yourself now.

In fact, I'm not just requesting you share your Challenges - I'm CHALLENGING YOU to share them.  

Love this brand, heed the slogan.
Do it, I dare you.  

Unless there is no challenge for you, you have done it all and are perfectly happy in your life right now.  If that is true, well I feel bad for you, we NEED Challenges to live.  

Or maybe you fear the Challenges ahead of you, the ones that are crucial in achieving what you desire.  

Hmmmm?  Possibly?

If you don't have the perfect life(what is that anyways?), or you are tired of making excuses to cover your fear of success or failure(or milk products), then heed my call and tell me what Challenges you, what you're going to stride towards to change your business/life/health/family - whatever.  

What is going to make 2012 different?

What is going to make 2012 the Year of Challenges for YOU?


Michael Carty
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BMO Hockey Heroes Weekend and Less Than 2 Weeks Left!!

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Hey Everyone,

Last weekend I had the great opportunity to be the event photographer for the first annual BMO Hockey Heroes Weekend in Halifax.  It was put on by the Heart & Stroke Foundation, a great cause in which I'm sure most of us have been directly or indirectly effected.

Basically, what I had to "endure" over those 3 days was to attend all the scheduled events, with full access to everything and everyone, and shoot the 12 great NHL Alumni that were attending, see below:

Glenn Anderson, Gaston Gingras, Kevin Maguire, Jay Wells, Rick Middleton, Terry O'Reilly, Ray Bourque, Tom Sim, Marcel Dionne, Claude Lemieux, Todd Warriner, Mario Roberge in order from left to right.

I was even told by Marcel Dionne personally that he really liked this image(ego stroke).

This was me for about 10 mins during the first night, please excuse the quality, the lady that shot this didn't know how to use my cam:

It was a blast to say the least - and exhausting!  I had very early mornings, very late nights and very long days with no more relaxing after those two previous images from the first day.  Besides shooting the hockey action in every conceivable way, I was constantly backing up images, printing group/team shots and burning disks.  I'm estimating over 1000 shots were taken this weekend with over 700 as keepers.  Want some more?  Here:

Mr. Ray Bourque

Mr. Tom Warringer

So, Liam, my son-to-be, is going to be born within 2 weeks(or should be), my nervousness has dropped drastically to a simmer - which I think is normal for an expectant father.  I actually want to get him here asap so that we can get to some type of normality - and I want summer to come too lol.

I've been realizing some things lately, and I've also been running my ass off.  Besides working out for an hour to an hour and a half every day, I also run at least 3 miles a day - if not more, and it feels great... and sore lol.  That's to be expected though.  I really want to be a fit and energetic dad to Liam, to be involved in his life and get that life on the right track regarding health, ambition, dreams and positivity.

Anywho, gotta go rub the belly, cheers

Michael Carty