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

By tangentpath in photography michael carty 2012 interview 2013 fun times interviews santa holidays

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



By tangentpath in wedding photography fun times ally and andrew

Hey Peeps,

This blog is dedicated to two people who have known each other for a long time.  I've known them both for a long time too.

I've never seen a couple so comfortable with each other as Ally and Andrew.  They are always there for each other, the perfect teammates, the perfect partnership.

Their wedding was beautiful and the weather worked out for us in the end.  Both of their families were wonderful to meet and I even got to talk shop with Rob, a photography enthusiast, who has a great eye and love of photography.

Here are just a few images from their wonderful day.  Congrats Ally and Andrew, I wish you both the best!

Everyone was helping on this windy day

A moment between the Father and the Bride
Great decor for this event!

The Wedding Party at the Garden Path, beautiful place to shoot!
Congrats again you two, you truly deserve all the happiness in the world.

Michael Carty

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Gotta Love My Smart Mercedes

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Hey Peeps,

I had quite the busy - yet enjoyable weekend.

Shooting the new 100% electric Mercedes-Benz Smart was so much fun, I actually think it was because of the relaxed and light-hearted people I had the pleasure to work with.

Also luck was on my side.  

I was trusted to know what I was doing - which I do.  Therefore I was able to focus at the job at hand and come up with some sweet, clean and creative images of these vehicles.

Thank you to everyone involved, especially Jennifer Doll, founder of Girls of Glam, who was my contact in this project.

Here are a few(my fav is the lamppost shot!):

And of course, the great people I had the pleasure of working with... and my friend Tim.

 We had a blast, and Tim and I had a few shots ;)  Thx to everyone!


Michael Carty

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Wharf Rat Rally 2012: My First Vending Experience

By tangentpath in motorcycle wharf rat rally photography fun times

Hey Peeps,

I don't know if a lot of you have ever been a vendor for an event like the Wharf Rat Rally, you know, sell cotton candy or popcorn or samurai swords.  

It may not sound very glamorous, probably because it's not.

It's hot and muggy, the air is filled with engine exhaust and noise of all sorts and the hours are long.

It was one of the most crucial learning experiences I have ever had and I can't wait to do it again next year.

The first challenge was to find a way to incorporate my photography into the rally in such a way that my product was quick to produce and purchase but also unique in such a way that it would draw more clients.

HDR.  High Dynamic Range.

You have all seen HDR images before, even if you didn't know what it was called.

Basically several images are shot of a subject at different exposure levels and through the power of science and creativity, blended into a single image that incorporates all of the details from the originals.

This is one that I shot for a prize in the Rally Races for Timothée Richard of Bobber Boyz/Mad Squirrel:

We were set up with the bay and wharf as our backdrop.

I was lucky enough to get a few family members and their friends to come out a few weeks before and use their bikes as examples that I could show clients.

I had found after a while that I had lost sight of the underlying reason why I was vending this year.

Not money, no that helps but wasn't my true reason - my "why".

My "why" in my business is a reflection of what photography does for me personally, it gives me a sense of freedom in my life and I needed to instill that into my booth and how it interacted with the public.

Once I had lost sight of that, I realized that I was stressing over sales and money so that I could get to relax and enjoy myself.

That was sooooo backwards.

I told my friend and fellow photographer Kitrin Jeffrey, who was assisting me with this vending process day-in and day-out, that I needed to think more like a photographer, more of my "why", my freedom, my reason for everything.

I said,"What would someone like Chase Jarvis(whom I consider one of the Patron Saints of Photography) do in a situation like this?  Would he constantly be going over processes like how to greet a client?  How to overcome objections?  How to do a million different things a million different ways?  No, we did all of this when we planned this event.  That work is done.  Chase Jarvis wouldn't worry about the business at this point, he would focus on the moment at hand.  He would enjoy the day, the bikes, the rally itself and then the business would thrive.  I really need a ring or bracelet that says 'WWCJD?'."

And that's when it happened.

I took my camera out of its bag and started shooting "Random WRR Bike Encounters".  I would post them on FB and have fun doing it too!  My mind wasn't stuck in the administration department while the festivities were going all around me - I was a part of the fun!!

The side-effect?

  • We started getting sales.
  • Numbers on my FB Fanpage soared.
  • Strangers that have never heard of me would tell me that they recognized me and my work from these randoms.
  • I got a gleaming spot on the local radio station that sounded like a client testimonial.
  • I stopped stressing and had fun.
That last one isn't quantifiable, but believe me, it is something you can totally feel.

I learned a tonne, worked my ass off, met a lot of people and am more than prepared for next year's partying - scheduling appointments in February. :D

Here are a few randoms for ya.  Click for bigger shots.  Enjoy!


Michael Carty

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New Model: Alex McBride

By tangentpath in model photography alex mcbride fun times

Hey Peeps,

So the other day I had the great fortune of shooting with someone that I think could really make a name for herself in the industry: Alex McBride.

She's young, funny, talented and smart.  A great combination to have when trying to survive and thrive in any business.  Especially since her interest is on the other side of the camera, yes, she likes to shoot photography too.

She had a few different outfits to change through and we came up with some great work - if I do say so myself.

Check it:

I had such a fun time shooting this session, I can't wait for the next one.

Michael Carty

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