Category Archives: Event Photography

The Lantern Room | National Arts Centre

Jeffrey Meyer getting ready to photograph a Concordia Alumni Event at the NAC

Jeffrey Meyer getting ready to photograph a Concordia Alumni Event at the NAC

Using one of my specialized camera lenses to capture the Lantern Room, NAC

Using one of my specialized camera lenses to capture the Lantern Room, NAC

The Lantern Room, NAC

Using one of my specialized camera lenses to capture the Lantern Room, NAC

National Arts Centre

National Arts Centre

Earlier this evening I had the great pleasure of photographing a Concordia University Alumni event hosted in the newly created Lantern Room at Canada’s National Arts Centre. As you can see from the beautiful interior architecture, the room and downtown view is pretty amazing for hosting a social event. If you’re looking for an Ottawa event photographer to photograph your event at the NAC, then give Jeffrey Meyer a call, as I’d love to do some more wonderful photography in this room!

Forillon National Park | Canada 150+

Forillon National Park

Forillon National Park

First Minsters’ Meeting with the Premiers of Canada | Ottawa 2017

There are so many reasons why I love being a photographer, but chief among them would certainly be the opportunity to experience great moments occurring in my community, and capture them for both participants and history.  Case in point, earlier today I had the wonderful honour of beginning my morning by photographing all the current Premiers of Canada at the Château Laurier.  And, to add an extra layer of symbolism to the event, I photographed them in the same room that me and Stéphanie held our wedding party in two years ago this month – the ever so beautiful Québec Suite.  Fast forward a few hours later, I experienced yet another opportunity to quickly photograph all the Premiers again along with the Prime Minister of Canada, as he delivered an opening account to begin a round table First Ministers’ meeting in Ottawa.   Connecting with other photographers, videographers and media next to me along the way was also pretty enlightening, and it felt so nice to see everyone working hard and fast to make things happen and our society work well.   For my photography and blog friends, you know that I think all forms of photography bring their own unique challenges, but today I was reminded first hand of the challenges (and total excitement) that our full-time media based photographers face everyday to not only get the picture, but to share it almost as quickly as they captured it!    All-in-all, an awesome day of fast pace event photography!

A round table meeting of the Premiers and Prime Minister of Canada

 

The Honourable Justin Trudeau – the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada – hosting a First Ministers’ Meeting in Ottawa

The Honourable Justin Trudeau addressing a First Ministers’ Meeting in Ottawa

 

 

Québec Suite, Château Laurier – with the flags of Canada

Parc des Chutes | Rivière du Loup, Québec

Rivière du Loup, Québec, Parc des Chutes

Rivière du Loup, Québec, Parc des Chutes

Devon Matsalla | National Capital Region Bagpiper

Devon Matsalla, Bagpiper, National Capital Region

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of meeting, and hearing, Devon Matsalla – a bagpiper based in the National Capital Region. A bagpipe is always a great way to highlight a special moment, so if you’re looking to add the sounds of a traditional wind instrument to your event then I’d recommend giving Devon a call.

 

Long Ma, In Ottawa | La Machine

Long Ma, La Machine, taking flight through the streets of downtown Ottawa after regaining his magical wings from Kuma, and being cheered on by tens of thousands…Oh YEAH!!! This is Canada 150, #onthisday!!!

 

Long Ma in Ottawa

Long Ma in Ottawa

Long Ma in Ottawa

Kumo, In Ottawa | La Machine

On this spectacular afternoon I joined up with tens of thousands on the streets of downtown Ottawa to watch Kumo, La Machine, being chased by Long Ma

Kuma, La Machine

Long Ma, In Ottawa | La Machine

Long Ma. La Machine

Atari and Dragons…what a golden age to remember!

Kumo, In Ottawa | La Machine

Um, yeah, best leave sleeping spiders sleep, and use my telephoto lens for this one.

Kumo, La Machine,

Long Ma, In Ottawa | La Machine

Long Ma – the half-horse, half-dragon cosmic creature assigned to watch over humanity – check’n out the ByWard Market in Ottawa, Ontario.
Rumor has it the impressive beast was out-and-about look’n for the best Fish & Chips in town.

Long Ma, la machine, in Ottawa 2017

The Bluenose II Sailing past le Château Frontenac | Canada 150+

RDV2017 | Bluenose II sailing past le Château Frontenac et le vieux-Québec

On July 23, 2017, my wife and I had the great pleasure of waking up with the birds to photograph the Canadian iconic Bluenose II (a replica of the original 1921 Bluenose that was featured on a Canadian Stamp in 1928 and on the Canadian dime in 1937) sailing along the St. Lawrence River and past the equally Canadian iconic Château Frontenac (1892).

This picture was taken from atop la Terrasse du Chevalier-de-Levis, and making this photo even more special is the top left hand corner where in 2015 I kneeled down on one knee to propose to my beautiful wife and soul mate on la Terrasse Dufferin. So, yeah, I’d say this picture would be easily among one of my all time symbolic favourites.

USCGC Eagle Sailing Past le Vieux-Québec | RDV 2017

The USCGC Eagle sailing past Vieux-Québec

Class A, Barque 3, 89.7 metre, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, built in 1936. Originally operated by Nazi Germany to train cadets for the German Navy, the ship was taken by the United States as a war prize after World War II.

Snowbirds | Canada 150+

OH YEAH, Here they come – I know that sound!!!

Quick, quick, not a moment to lose…grab the camera and sling it around my neck, (check); drop kick my storm door open and dash out of my house like it’s on fire, (check); pull the ladder out from the garage and set it against my house, (check); scale that ladder faster than fast to the top of my flat roof, (check); laugh out loud and say, OH Canada, ready, set, photograph those beautiful snowbirds thrusting over my house!

Snowbirds

Joyeuse célébration des neuf lions | Canada 150+

Joyeuse célébration des neuf lions

Mosaï Canada 150, Gatineau 2017

Les boeufs musqués et un danseur au tambour | Canada 150+

Les boeufs musqués et un danseur au tambour

With rail & nail we became a nation | Canada 150+

Mosaï Canada 150 | Gatineau 2017

All aboard, en voiture, locomotive CPR 374

Parliament of Canada | Canada 150+

Happy 150th Birthday, Canada

Fireworks going off proud and patriotic @ Parliament Hill on Canada 150 — with glowing hearts we see thee rise; the True North strong and free!

Supreme Court of Canada | Canada 150+

Supreme Court of Canada

On July 1, 2017, I enjoyed a dazzling display of birthday fireworks and sparklers along with a few hundred others in front of the Supreme Court of Canada. Reaching the young age of 150 in a nation state of peace and security is very much, thanks in part, to the rule of law. I’m proud to be Canadian, and everything we as Canadians aspire to achieve as a democratic state guided by laws like the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

VIMY | Communications and Electronics Branch Vimy Battlefield Study Tour

Earlier this evening I had the wonderful opportunity of photographing an event hosted by Scotia Wealth Management at the Canadian War Museum.   In commemoration of the sacrifices Canadian men and women made one hundred years ago at Vimy Ridge in France, I was deeply moved by a short presentation delivered by a young Canadian soldier (28-years old) with the Communications and Electronics Branch Vimy Battlefield Study Tour (April 2017).    In addition to learning about his study tour on memorials and key battles involving Canadians, I thought deeply about the sheer hell my fellow countrymen experienced as they fell hard and bled out on foreign soil, so that myself and all others after them could live in more peaceful times.    As I photographed the moment and the many people in attendance I again felt proud to be Canadian, and took comfort in feeling that I too, despite not being a soldier, would do the same to protect the people I love and answer the call of duty to vanquish tyranny in the best way I could for Canada and like minded nations.

 

If you’ve yet to see the Vimy exhibition at the Canadian War Museum, then I’d highly recommend you drop by and give it a look.   As you enter the exhibition you’ll be enlightened by Captain William Longstaff’s painting called the “Ghosts of Vimy Ridge” (Pictured below) – one of the best points of imagery I’ve seen in a long time.  Next to the painting, and on the wall, you’ll see these inviting words to reflect and discover more…

After the Battle, Memory Remains.   One hundred years ago, Canadians fought a bloody battle at a place called Vimy Ridge in France. No one is alive today with direct memory of the battle or even of the war in which it was fought.  But Canadians continue to remember and commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge.  We erect memorials, we tell and retell stories, we treasure keepsakes, and we participate in public and private rituals.”    The exhibition at the Canadian War Museum “sheds light on how and why we commemorate war by exploring private and collective memories of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the First World War, and more recent conflicts.”

Après la bataille, il en reste le souvenir.   Il y a cent ans, les Canadiens ont livré une bataille sanglante à un endroit appelé la crête de Vimy en France.  Les témoins directs de cette bataille ou même de la guerre dans laquelle elle s’inscrivait ont tous disparu.   Mais les Canadiens et Canadiennes continuent de se souvenir et de commémorer la bataille de la crête de Vimy.  Nous érigeons des monuments, nous en racontons et en répétons les récits, nous en gardons précieusement les articles souvenirs et nous prenons part à des rituels publics et privés.   Cette exposition met en lumière les raisons pour lesquelles nous commémorons la guerre, et les façons dont nous le faisons, par l’exploration de souvenirs personnels et collectifs de la bataille de la crête de Vimy, de la Première Guerre mondiale et de conflits plus récents.”

Painting by Captain William Longstaff, “Ghosts of Vimy Ridge” — Canadian War Museum

 

The Great Canadian Rocky Mountains | Canada 150+

Rocky Mountains, British Columbia

NKBA 2017 | Design Excellence Awards

Photos from the NKBA 7th Annual Design Excellence Awards are now available – for more viewing and purchasing details, please contact Jeff.

7th Annual Design Excellence Awards

Battle of the Atlantic, Commemoration | Victoria, BC

The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, salutes hundreds of proud Royal Canadian Navy personnel in commemoration of the Battle of the Atlantic.   This local  event – under a national memorial context – took place on a beautiful sunny day in Victoria, BC, along the Pacific coastline.   Celebrating a life of honour and sacrifice performed in the name of others for liberty and freedom is indeed righteous and worthy of remembrance.

Victoria, BC | Commemoration of the Battle of the Atlantic, May 2017

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Irish Film Festival Ottawa, 2017 | Arts Court Theatre

This past weekend I had an awesome time photographing the Irish Film Festival in Ottawa at the Arts Court Theatre.   The events drew sold out crowds with distinguished guests such as:  Tara Lee, Irish actress and singer-songwriter; Jim Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland; and Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, in attendance.    Among the highlights for me was learning more about Irish films; watching everyone get super excited about “Tayto” chips being on the snack menu; taking a fun group picture with all the kids in attendance; and, photographing some very talented young girls performing a few Irish dances – they can really jump and tap!   If you’re looking for images from the weekend, you can find them here on my Facebook page.

Love the Irish Colours!

 

 

A fun group picture with Jim Kelly (Ambassador of Ireland) and Catherine McKenna (Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada).

 

A big congratulations to the organizing and volunteer teams!

 

Tara Lee and Rosemary, from Irish Eyes in Ottawa, having fun with some Irish Taytos

 

 

Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Jim Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland, attending Irish Film Festival Ottawa

 

Movie Time!

 

Tara Lee, Irish actress and singer-songwriter in Ottawa, for the screening of her comedy/drama film “A date for Mad Mary

 

 

 

Ottawa Rose Tipperary Crystal

 

The Effects of Time | Abandoned car

While on the way to Canada’s Batoche National Historic Site, I saw a mesmerizing afternoon scene that involved a tree growing through the engine bay of a classic car that had been abandoned long ago in a field along Saskatchewan Highway 312.    What I liked most about this scene was how it could capture the effects of time, and renewal.

MMXVII | Canada 150, The Tower of Victory and Peace

On New Year’s Eve my wife and I took a moment at 20:17 in Ottawa to enjoy the Tower of Victory and Peace at Canada’s Parliament, and reflect upon Canada’s 150th year ahead.   With snow falling, fireworks ascending, and the national anthem in play, O Canada, then and there we saw how in deed we are the True North strong and free…Des plus brillants exploits.   #Canada150

Ottawa, 20:17:   Canada @ 150th