DayLight - photography by Olivier Day: Blog https://www.olivierday.ca/blog en-us (C) Olivier Day olidayphoto@gmail.com (DayLight - photography by Olivier Day) Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:51:00 GMT Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:51:00 GMT https://www.olivierday.ca/img/s/v-5/u51874288-o288549316-50.jpg DayLight - photography by Olivier Day: Blog https://www.olivierday.ca/blog 119 120 DayLight - Ep. 014 : Vivardy Boursiquot https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2016/9/vivardyboursiquot

I have to admit two things right off the bat in the interest of full transparency:

1 - I'm ashamed that it took me so long to get this interview down the pipeline. You often take into account the privilege to count some of the photographers you brush shoulders with not just as your peers but as your very real friends.
So, in that sense, I really should have made a bigger effort to make this exchange happen wayyyy sooner. But hey, as you'll come to realize by the personality of my gracious guest, he doesn't hold a grudge - at least not as far as I can tell.

2 - I'm super jealous. No, really. If I have to sum it up...this photographer has been producing some truly impressive and resounding work. And I don't say this lightly. A steady and focused(oh my, what a horrible pun!) creator of some remarkable work, I had to tip my humble hat for I have seen his work evolve and progress into something that I truly can say is both impactful and genuine in its own right.
So yea, I'm jealous. I said it. Sue me.

But on serious note, though: It's always a pleasure and a treat to get to sit down and share insights with some of the people whose work and craft I truly respect and Vivardy Boursiquot is none to be set aside.

I hope you enjoy this delightful exchange as much I did.

You can find Vivardy's work via his Instagram feed & show some love by liking his Facebook page. Older work also available on his Flickr stream as well as 500px.

As always, thank you for your continued support fo this program. It means a lot. Don't forget to share and spread the word as every little nudge is a step forward. Leave a comment as constructive feedback is and always will be appreciated.

Be blessed.

 

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DayLight - Ep. 013 : Your photography sucks, here's why (Roundtable) https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2016/5/daylight---ep-013-yourphotographysucks

When a WhatsApp conversation turns into an impromptu recording, what you get is an interestingly fresh and unapologetic twist - as it shows in this recent episode.
Unfiltered, unpolished but indeed, still Safe For Work, it's definitely the most creative and enthused I've felt about a recording - especially after such a long hiatus.

For this conversation, our third photography roundtable, Vivardy Boursiquot, Dimitri Rousseau and I will take a candid and sincere look at some the many and honest "reasons" why one's photography and overall body of work can and eventually will ...suck. We're not saying we're not guilty of these, just that we're honest enough to admit it. A fun talk which I hope you'll enjoy as much as we did.

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Be blessed

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DayLight - Ep. 012 : Chef Alain Lemaire https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2015/9/daylight---ep-012-chef-alain-lemaire-new-date-time
I'm very excited about this one. Just to be clear right off the bat - this will NOT be a photography conversation.

I've you've kept in touch as of late, you'll have noticed that I've followed through on my intent to take the podcast in a more authentic direction that was not entirely centered around my photographic interests. Still keeping in line with my core values of "Photography. Motivation. Life Lessons", the guests I want to sit down with will not only be from a photographic background but as diverse and colorful as their awesome personalities can be. That's what drives me. That's what I want to tap into and that I hope to be able to bring to you over the next few months.

That said, on this episode, I welcome the very inspiring and ever-so talented Chef Alain Lemaire, Co-Owner & Executive Chef at Sensory Delights LLC. Chef Lemaire is based out of Fort Lauderdale, FL but originally hails from my native homeland in the Caribbean, Haiti. Having featured in numerous food events throughout the United States and overseas, he is also Co-Producer of the first ever culinary battle televised show in Haiti called Le Chef. Through his efforts as a founding member and the Secretary General of the Haitian Culinary Alliance, he aims at creating a network of food service, culinary and hospitality professionals of Haitian descent while providing mentoring and educational resources to them.
 
I wanted to have him on the podcast as I believe the culinary arts to be to be just that - an art. And as such, I've never failed to acknowledge to intensity, commitment, passion, discipline, and relentless creativity one has to develop to go from "m'eh..." to "Da-Yum!". If you follow his YouTube Channel (which you should), you'll have noticed what a warm, generous and inspiring individual he is.
Infectiously humble, he's certainly got an awesome story to tell.
I am certainly looking forward to hearing his personal insight on the topics of chasing one's dreams, facing obstacles, self-doubt in the face of adversity, resilience, clichés and misguided opinions about the culinary industry, how cooking is not a "woman's job"...and so much more.
 
Also, in the realm of all things things awesome, he recently competed on Food Network's popular cooking competition, Cutthroat Kitchen, titled "Molasses, Mo' Problems". I will NOT give out the details, you'll just have to watch it for yourself and show your love and support.
You can be sure I'll be asking Chef Lemaire what it was like to perform under such intense pressure on such a powerful platform.
You can stay in touch and follow his various online footprints which include : Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube.
 
I want to thank Chef Lemaire for his time and valuable insight and to you as well, loyal listeners and supporters, for tuning in for this wonderful discussion.
*Broadcast originally aired It all happens LIVE Thursday, September 10th, 8:30PM EST via Hangouts On Air/YouTube

Enjoy.

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DayLight - Ep. 011 : Social Circle (Photography Roundtable) https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2015/7/daylight---ep-011-go-social  
On this episode, I welcome back my awesome gang of creative misfits. On the roundtable's docket this time around : Social Media and its ever reaching impact on our mindset, norms and overall practices.
How are we coping with the millennial expectations of the "Want It Now/Need It Yesterday/Already Gone"?.
This is not an endorsement of the obvious and various platforms we choose to publish our content on.  I feel that's been done already.
It's an obviously extensive topic and we've certainly got our fair share of ground to cover.
A very active and enlightened conversation full of amazing opinions and anecdotes.
 
I'm thankful to my guests Koralie Deetjen-Woodward​​​​​​, Dimitri Rousseau​​​​​​ & Vivardy Boursiquot​​​​​​ for their insight as we dive into this exciting discussion - and to you, for tuning in.

Hope you'll enjoy.

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Go pet the sheep - Mouton Village (St-Charles-sur-Richelieu, QC) https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2015/7/go-pet-the-sheep---mouton-village-st-charles-sur-richelieu-qc Had the opportunity to attend a family gathering at this lovely venue, located in the municipality of Saint-Charles-sur-Richelieu, just a short drive from the Montreal metropolitan area.

A family-run affair, their delightful staff which showed us nothing less than professional and heartwarming courtesy. Be sure to visit their website and Like them on their Facebook page. Thanks to Richard, Samuel, Marc-Antoine...and everyone I'm forgetting to mention but is deserving nonetheless.

Also, did you notice the epic decor? I did. This begs to be said -  whether for cards or flower arrangements or gift favors, contact Régine Léveillé for your event planning needs. As you can see, results are truly exquisite.

Oh yea, and if you get a chance - ask Samuel to escort you to go pet the sheep - SO worth it.

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DayLight - Ep. 010 : Your Work Has Worth (Photography Roundtable) https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2015/7/TDW-Ep010  
On this episode, I welcome a very delightful array of fellow photographers (Koralie Deetjen-Woodward​​​​​​, Dimitri Rousseau​​​​​​ & Vivardy Boursiquot​​​​​)​ as we discuss the recent uproar/grudge match caused by photographer Jason Sheldon's scathing letter to Taylor Swift following her criticism of Apple Music and its policies.
Yet another instance where we, as creatives and artists have to define where the line is drawn in regards to how we choose to be compensated for our work.

Sure promises to be an insightful discussion which I hope you'll enjoy.

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DJ Excel - Excellence is not a coincidence https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2015/6/dj-excel---excellence-is-not-a-coincidence Coincidence is a funny thing.

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I like to keep it close to home whenever the missus and I go out for some unwinding and entertainment. We've long since disconnected the "Club" scene and instead try and find venues or events that are little bit more laid back and, forgive me for sounding a bit condescending, unpretentious. So it's in this very simple mindset that, a few years back, while attending a weekly Konpa event at local spot KISS Lounge, that I came across DJ Excel for the first time.

(c) www.olivierday.ca 'Twas certainly a very swinging time as the man who would eventually become a standard in my MP3 playlist did his thing and kept the wife and I musically delighted. I even walked up to him behind the deck to shake his hand and thanking him for a great time. I still have the promotional CD he handed out at the end of the night.

Fast forward a few years to a few weeks ago where I was attending/shooting my niece's first communion. What a surprise! He's the DJ!

Coincidence is a funny thing in the digital age. I mean, it's one thing to connect and exchange with someone over Twitter and Instagram but this was certainly high up there on the "OH SNAP!" list.

I dunno if it was just me fanboying or just the fact that he was such a nice guy and fun entertainer, but I really did enjoy making his acquaintance. Took a few shots of the man himself doing his skilled thing. You can get a taste of the beatmaker's creations by heading over to Soundcloud. Click below for a one of my favorite tracks - a flavorful remix of the Beiber's "As Long As You Love Me". Epic!

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People should always take note of the fact that a DJ is not just a guy sitting there putting music in a queue. Respect the craft. Respect the artist.

Thanks again DJ Excel for a 'Excel'lent time. Hats off and wishes for ongoing success Hope you like the shots.

#StayAwesome

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DayLight - a webcast / w. Olivier Day - Ep. 009 : Age of Spartan Racing (ft. Eric Lafalaise) https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2015/5/DayLightEp009  
On this episode, I get together with my friend and acolyte, independant filmmaker Eric Lafalaise, for a candid and frankly hilarious post-mortem of our running the Spartan Super in Mont-Tremblant this past sunday. From not leaving your man behind to asking one's self some serious questions as to why you'd put yourself through such agony...with a little bit of Marvel movie madness thrown in there for good measure - you'll wanna hear why Eric is wagging his finger at the famed studio company...

Eric's online footprint includes his awesome Blog, Twitter, and Google+.

You can also show some support by heading over to his Patreon page where your pledge will have Eric give you his personal review of movies of your choice. Show some Love!

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You can always keep in touch via TwitterFacebook or Google+ and also iTunes!! or if you like, you can also say hi via the contact form.

Be blessed

#StayAwesome

 

 

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It's been a while - a photowalk https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2015/1/PhotowalkVerdun It’d been a seriously long time since I had actually taken some time off to grab my camera and go out shooting - not for clients, not for any other professional or creative venture, but, as they say, “just because”.

I used to enjoy photo walks on the regular but recently, time to myself has become a severely scarce resource.
So, when I called up my friend and fellow photographer Koralie Woodward to join me and help me in ironing out the details, it was imperative that I make the most of this outing.

No elaborate agenda, just a route, a fresh battery, formatted memory card and a (tentative) time slot - funny thing is that we spent more time walking and catching up than actually shooting. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. “Spray & Pray” is not my personal style.
I actually enjoyed re-discovering corners of Montreal I hadn’t been to or through in ages.

A photo walk like this was quite stimulating. I enjoyed "sparing" with someone whose talent and vision never fail to keep me on my toes. Getting back in the groove in order to "see" my shots was really moving. Sometimes, to get out of your lull, you just need to go ahead and shoot - then see what you end up with.

For your appreciation - samples below.

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DayLight - a webcast / w. Olivier Day - Ep. 008 : Interview w. Eric Lafalaise (@KinoReal) https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2015/1/DayLightWebcastEp008-EricLafalaise  
On this episode, a very laid-back but no less exciting exchange with filmmaker, screenwriter, critic and social observer Eric Lafalaise.
Eric's personal and singular insight on creativity and authenticity have either left me shocked or perplexed, but have nonetheless never failed to stand out as thought-provoking.

I do hope you'll enjoy this delightful conversation with a dear friend and fellow Defender of Awesomeness through whose passion and sensibility will definitely show you what I mean.

Eric's online footprint includes
His awesome Blog
The Twittersphere
GooglePlusDom

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Be blessed

#StayAwesome

 

 

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Poutine Centrale - Come Hungry https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2014/11/PoutineCentrale My name is Olivier Day - I am a poutine addict.
 
When my colleagues suggested we should do a “Poutine Outing”, I was game. 
Two reasons : a) I am a poutine addict b) I am a poutine addict.
 
Thing is I have eaten A LOT of poutine in my day. So, suffice to say that wherever we decided to go should definitely be something to look forward to.
Having lived in Montreal for well over 10 years, trust me when I say that this city has more than once proven its worth with its vast array of delightfully palate-pleasing poutine destinations.
Some wonderful surprises, some serious letdowns. 
But in the world of poutine addiction, you should try everything at least once (sorry McDonald’s, never again). So it was with both excitement and curiosity that we decided to head to Poutine Centrale. An establishment I’d only heard of in passing but had never made it on my kill list.
This was as good an opportunity as any.
 
(The Hochelaga location worked better for us as its the closest to the office.)
 
When you dare to comment on a poutine place, people tend to get very territorial about war you might have to say so please, just for the sake of clarity : take these fews lines as MY OWN PERSONAL OPINION. 
 
That said, a few of the important details I look forward to when I dine on poutine include…
 
The Selection
Check out this menu... I'll wait.
'Nuff said.
There are more than a few establishments around town that make it a point to boast their large number of selections - I even came across a place that, so they say, has "28 types of poutine". Yea.
It's a pretty obvious fact that a wide variety doesn't necessarily mean they have the chops to back it up.
 
I was quickly reassured with Poutine Centrale. For my personal, the selection is quite satisfactory striking the delicate balance inviting diners to venture out of the beaten path and explore while not overwhelming them with too many choices that might eventually discourage and hinder the experience.
 
The setting
 
Small but inviting. Clean and unpretentious.
Warm lighting all around gives you that "kick back and relax" feeling.
Come as you are, sit where you like. Whether you just got off work and just picking up a quick take-out or exhaling the work week with colleagues, they can accommodate big and small. (It's not a bad idea to call ahead, as I did, and speak to someone if you're coming in with a large group though. Only good manners. Jus'sayin.)
Very original seating made from blocks of treated lumber complimenting the beautiful tabletops made from fabricated steel. Don't call HGTV or Food Network on me, but I'm guessing the fact that this location is in the industrial district of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve has something to do with these design choices. I could be wrong - but I like it.
 
The experience
 
I said "unpretentious" and I meant it. They're a food service establishment, not a daycare. Emphasis is put on the time, respect, courtesy and efficiency in serving you a good meal that you'll be happy to have spent your hard-earned money on.
So don't come in here comparing it to La Queue de Cheval.
Take your time to make up your mind. No rush - no servers either.
The layout is pretty straightforward : the menu is spread out right above the counter...you can't miss it. And just so you do, they've got smaller 'take home' copies all over the tables.
Once you make your selection of both food and drink, you give your name and pay for your order right then and there. Makes sense when you think about it : a) not thinking about the pricetage while you eat makes the meal that much more enjoyable. b) eliminates the dine-n-dash. 
Prices are more than reasonable anyway.
You want soft drinks? They've got that.
You want a cold one? They've got that. If you're like me, you know that poutine and a nice pint of your favorite brew is a welcome companionship. They didn't have my particular favorite, Boréale Rousse, but hey, why not try something new? In this instance, a nice offering of Cheval Blanc. I love it when a place supports local products and breweries. 
 
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The poutine
 
Two sizes : Small (Petite) or Large (Grande).
We were hungry so we all had a Large. This is where things got interesting.
You remember giving your name, don't you? What if I told you your order was ready before you even took a second sip of your beer? No, really.
Kitchen simply calls out your name and you go get your platter.
Quite frankly, fromt this humble and objective poutine addict's perspective, what my colleagues and I sat down to were in all honesty some of the most impressive and generous offerings of poutine I've seen in a long time. No, really.
The gang and I had to take a second to contemplate the nirvana of poutinedom that lay before us. 
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A poutine, like a hot dog, is a one of the simplest dishes on the planet. And with that simplicity comes a very high probability factor to screw it up.
How do you make sure you make sure you don't? These guys know a thing a or two, they'll tell you.
 
Fresh product is a must.
They're so proud of their potatoes that the bags are laid out around the restaurant for all to see.
Fries are cut clean and cooked with a just the right balance of crispyness. Not too dry, not too soggy. 
I'm not sure about the spices - didn't really care at that point. 
The portions are insanely generous. Not that I'm complaining.
I say that because you sometimes have places that will serve you more fries than cheese or cheap-out on the sauce. What a comfort to dig in with my fork and have it come back to my mouth with the delightful fries/cheese/sauce combo - everytime. 
 
This is truly a work of love and care for both your food and guests. They work some poutine magic back there.
 
But don't take my word for it- just breathe, scroll and drool.
 
*Warning...the following will most likely make you hungry. Be prepared*
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The "Verdun"
 
The "Jacqueline"
Remember - come hungry. The Large is no joke.
 
You're welcome.
 
You can always keep in touch via Twitter, or Google+ AND NOW iTunes!! or if you like, you can also say hi via the contact form.
 
Be blessed
 
#StayAwesome
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DayLight - a webcast / w. Olivier Day - Ep. 007 : Interview w. Sarah Bernard (The Salivation Army) https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2014/10/DayLightWebcastEp007 On this episode, I have the incredible and spontaneous opportunity to share some insightful and remarkable time with a truly remarkable individual and successful artist in her own right.
 
 
Hailing from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and having established herself as a bonafide Montrealer, Sarah Bernard, better known to her loving fans and stable following as The Salivation Army is a renown DJ & producer, who's undeniable skill and influential style have been making waves on the Montreal circuit as well as abroad for over a decade. 
Harnessing her craft with military determination and always pushing her inspiration and creativity by way of blending musical influences the likes of dancehall, soca, kizomba, afropop, haitian ragga and so much more(reason why she just saves us time and calls it "BootyBass"), Sarah is indeed a one-woman army on a mission to keep those booties shaking.
 
Sarah is also a very close friend whom I've had the pleasure of collaborating with on many an occasion, and her infectious passion for her music and craft have humbled me every single time. I've even featured her on my website as an hommage to her awesome personality.
 
This is a truly candid conversation as it was spontaneous in every sense of the word so please do bear with us for issues such as audio etc...but, despite these few technical details, I can't begin to tell you what a thrill it was to share on Sarah's personal vision and insight on matters of personal truth, creativity, reading your audience, facing adversity and making the crowd go wild one awesome beat at a time.
 
Enjoy.

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DayLight - a webcast / w. Olivier Day & David Esquire - Ep. 006 : New Beginnings https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2014/7/daylight---a-webcast-/DayLightWebcastEp006 My father always told me growing up : "...son, sometimes, when you're struggling, chances are you're doing something wrong."
By that, I understood that maybe, in those moments where both my efforts and dedication are unquestionably at the peak, I was applying the aforementioned in the wrong place.

We've all come to a point where this thing called 'Life' creeps up on you and give you one of those 'crossroads'-type choices...
Do I keep going and do the same thing I've always done or do I re-assess, think it through and change my game up?

I've always been a big believer in the power of choice and the impact these choices have on the path we choose for ourselves. Truth be told, I'm going through that right now.
Believe or not, I'm far from alone. My good friend and mentor David Esquire of #EsquirePhotography (http://esquirephotography.com/), 20+ year photography veteran, Google Glass Explorer and all-around inspirational fellow has recently dropped some MEGA news about his upcoming #NextChapter and #NewBeginnings.
(read full story here: http://goo.gl/ZalVNG).

So, in the spirit of yet again bringing you our fair share of advice, tips, inspiration and no-filter perspectives on this photography life, we invite you to join us on another exciting exchange where we'll talk about the many and considerable details involving moving one's business to another location - be it down the street or a couple of Time Zones.
I know you'll want to tune-in, if only to check out David's epic box/packaging background!

See you there - LIVE! - this coming Thursday, July 24th 2014, @ 08:30PM EST / 5:30 PM PST; do check back here, or via the event page for updates and details leading up to the event.

Direct link to downloading the audio version available here
(Do a 'Right-Click' - then select  "Save Link/Target As...')
You can always keep in touch via TwitterFacebook or Google+ AND NOW iTunes!! or if you like, you can also say hi via the contact form.

Be blessed

#StayAwesome

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"Can I pet 'em?" - FestiZoo says "Yes" :o) https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2014/7/Festizoo So my niece had a birthday party, see?

And her parents got the original idea of making the experience not just memorable but educational as well.

So, lo and behold, cue the surprisingly fun-filled services of Animation FestiZoo...

 

Don't wanna spoil the experience for you so take this as my own two cents - as it is indeed an honest one. 

I'm a die-hard Animal Planet/Discovery Channel/National Geographic nut...so, as kid parties go, and as the parent of a young child myself - I have to say that I was pleasantly entertained and I did get to learn a few things.

Bus this isn't about me - it's about the skill and experience you need as a moderator to keep a room of little kids focused and amused long enough to laugh, be awed and play along with you - and that's one of the main things I got from Cricket, who obviously, had been around the block before, and then some, with how she took time and care in allowing the kids to ask questions, pet the animals and, you know, just be kids!

(c) www.olivierday.ca Sanitation and safety - for both the kids and the animals - remains paramount throughout the entire presentation and that was also a big plus in my book. You worry as a parent, but a good moderator knows that, and has the forethought to address that properly and courteously.

The animals were a lot of fun and the kids had a blast petting them and interacting with them - kids say the darndest things, let's leave it at that!

I would definitely call on Animation FestiZoo for another workshop like this one - I'm juts MAD about that iguana, aren't you ?

Thanks to Cricket and the team at Animation FestiZoo

*nb - oh, by the way : you gotta be a special kinda a cruel if you're into a fur coats...no, really. A Chinchilla(that little cute bunny-like critter, scroll down) is, so I leared, the softest animal on the planet - and that led to some SEIROUS poaching over the years. Do your part, speak up and end the massacre. Jus'sayin.

#StayAwesome

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olidayphoto@gmail.com (DayLight - photography by Olivier Day) animals brossard events festizoo inspiration kids party photography quebec https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2014/7/Festizoo Sun, 06 Jul 2014 21:30:31 GMT
DayLight - a webcast / w. Olivier Day & David Esquire - Ep. 005 : Contracts https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2014/4/DayLightWebcastEp005 Who said you can never have too much of a good thing?

Are you kidding - you ain't seen nothing yet!

Oh yes, dear friends! From the Northern borders of Candiac, QC to the sunny shores of Newport Beach, CA comes to you yet another episode of the DayLight Webcast.

Joined as always by my fellow compadre, 30+ year photography veteran, never too caffeinated, Google Glass Explorer and all-around awesome guy: David Esquire of Esquire Photography, we bring you our usual dose of good-humored, light-hearted and always useful knowledge and insight.

For this episode, we touch on the more pragmatic side of ensuring a efficient and satisfying client/provider relationship.

Talk is cheap - clients have expectations, you have a task to perfom. Contracts are the binding element that ensures everyone is on the same page.
We'll be covering a whole range of key points to consider, such as : 

- Protect the client. Protect yourself. No exceptions

- E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G in writing

- Keep copies 

- Leave nothing to chance

- Be understanding but firm

- Make sure the client understands

- Take the time to clarify

- Give a little

- You don't make the weather. (ie : certain things are totally beyond your control...don't make excuse)

- Plan C

- It's ok to walk away

... and then some

Different assignments, different clients, different contracts...it's your duty to ensure the same Awesome service.

*DISCLAIMER* : I know it goes without saying but : WE'RE NOT LAWYERS so take what we say as our own opinion, not a rule of Law.

So, as we thank you for tuning in for another LIVE broadcast - airing this Friday April 18th @ 9:30 PM EST / 6:30 PM PST; do check back here, or via the event page for updates and details leading up to the event.

Direct link to downloading the audio version available here
(Do a 'Right-Click' - then select  "Save Link/Target As...')

You can always keep in touch via TwitterFacebook or Google+ AND NOW iTunes!! or if you like, you can also say hi via the contact form.

Be blessed

#StayAwesome

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olidayphoto@gmail.com (DayLight - photography by Olivier Day) beach candiac contracts david esquire inspiration interview montreal motivation newport photography podcast tips https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2014/4/DayLightWebcastEp005 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:48:20 GMT
Yup - we're iTunes approved! https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2014/4/itunesapproved It's amazing. 

No, I digress - to quote Macklemore & Ryan Lewis : "THIS IS F---ING AWESOME!!!"

Took me a while...a lot of tweaking, trial & error and some very useful troubleshooting forums/blog posts...

...and I can finally breathe a proud and productive sigh of relief and announce something I never imagined I would've accomplished.

iTunes.

The webcast has officially gone the way of the iTunes Store and been added the podcast directory. Just search : 'daylight' 'webcast'

I'd gotten a lot of requests for audio versions of the webcasts, so I'd been hard at work to deliver as promised - despite some hiccups along the way. As of this posting, I've made a slight addition the top Menu bar of this website adding the necessary links to allow you all to subscribe and add the podcast to your favorite reader or podcatcher.

won't play down how this is indeed a monumental step in a direction I have yet to clearly define. But, I'll be the first one to tell you that the excitement is quite genuine.

One must always give thanks and acknowledge the Awesomeness of every little piece of this grand puzzle called Life so ...in a little but sincere spirit of gratitude - 

Thanks to Caffeine-fueled, 30 year photography veteran, Google Glass Explorer,  and all around Awesome guy David Esquire of Esquire Photography for his time, insight, professionalism, flexibility and such a positive encouragement in this ongoing process - Thanks David.

To my fellow 'Creatives' & Defenders of Awesomeness : Carl, BenG, Jasmine, Gio, Eric, Ko, JoDay, SarahB, ZenDimz, Kris, Clopix, Viv... Thanks to all - including those unmentioned - for your unrivaled and heartfelt support throughout...well, everything. Means a lot. To Awesomeness.

Special thanks to Second Yellow Films, Red Brand Studios and Ben Gardere Productions - for your ongoing consultation and critique on my video efforts. I owe you one. Big projects and collaborations to come.

To my wife - For all the long nights of insomnia...the geek talk...the annoying bubbliness...the writer/photo/creative blocks...Know that I love you. This is no small thing. Right here and now, and always - Know that I love you. You. Are. My. Awesome.

And to all of you...fans, readers, listeners subscribers, followers and  casual passers-by - Thank you for your esteemed support and appreciation. I keep trying my best and you seem to value that so I intend to keep not letting you down

So there you have it folks - 2014 is still the year of "why not?" - Spring is upon us, I can start to see my lawn so I guess the snow is melting. Bigger and better things afoot and Awesomeness all along the way.

You can always keep in touch via TwitterFacebook or Google+ - and now, iTunes ! - or if you like, you can also say hi via the contact form or email : olidayphoto at gmail dot com

Be blessed.

#StayAwesome 

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DayLight - a webcast / w. Olivier Day & David Esquire - Ep. 004 : Mobile Photography https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2014/3/DayLightWebcastEp004 We're baaaack!

And it's gonna be AWESOME!

Still very much hot on the heels of our most recent discussion, I'll be holding down the fort with International Wedding Photographer David Esquire of Esquire Photography as we delightfully put our experience and insight to your esteemed benefit and come back to you LIVE with another episode - wait... that makes 4! WOA! - of the DayLight webcast.

For this exchnage, we swandive and plant our respective and heels into the ever present, ever growing and ever influential topic of of Mobile photography.

It's been said and repeated that mobile platforms are the way things are and how they're going to be going forward. Your business and online presence will definitely suffer a great deal should you neglect to cater to an audience that will, by all accounts, be visiting your website or online gateway via a mobile device. Photographers know this much too well.

"...the iPhone changed the game..."

Pay very close attention to the most recent stat count of the most common cameras used by the Flickr community...

You might be poised to agree that the tools of the photo trade have evolved considerably.

These and other rockin' details are just some of the aspects David and I are hoping you'll tune in to watch, listen, learn and share.

It all happens LIVE Saturday March 22nd 2014, @ 2PM EST / 11 AM PST via Google+ Hangout On Air. Do check back here or via the event page to tune in to the Live Stream as well as updates leading up to the event.

Direct link to downloading the audio version available here
(Do a 'Right-Click' - then select  "Save Link/Target As...')

Be Blessed. Be Inspired.

#StayAwesome

 

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olidayphoto@gmail.com (DayLight - photography by Olivier Day) david esquire inspiration mobile motivation photography podcast tips webcast https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2014/3/DayLightWebcastEp004 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:15:00 GMT
DayLight - a webcast / w. Olivier Day & David Esquire - Ep. 003 : Social Media https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2014/2/DayLightWebcastEp003 Hang on dear friends...we're at it again.
 
 
Get ready for another enlightening hour of thrilling yet insightful discussion. As always, 30-yr photography veteran David Esquire of Esquire Photography joins me as we take on our most recent topic of discussion : Social Media - for photographers.
 
An hour isn't nearly enough with all the ground we`ve got to cover on the topic from 
...whether or not a photographer can afford NOT to be on a social media platform to
...how we should mind the fact that users are not the same on every platform to
...the fact that your online presence is a brand - cater to it.
 
Also, you can bet your socks that I'll be making time to get David's feedback on his recent - and Awesome! - coverage of Shriradha & David’s destination wedding in Kolkata, India. Yes, THAT India. I`ll admit it : I CANNOT WAIT to hear wait to hear what a wonderful experience that must've been, both culturally and photographically. 
 
With our usual flair of good-natured and honest commentary, with a few surprises/announcements in store, I can assure you that Ep. 003 (wow! Awesome!) could be our most exciting one yet!
It all happens LIVE, this Thursday February 19th 2014, @ 08:30PM EST(05:30PM PST) on Google+ Hangout On-Air - do check back here or via the event page for the Live Stream as well as updates leading up to the event.
 
Direct link to downloading the audio version available here
(Do a 'Right-Click' - then select  "Save Link/Target As...')
 

You can always keep in touch via TwitterFacebook or Google+ AND NOW iTunes!! or if you like, you can also say hi via the contact form.

Be blessed. Be inspired.

#StayAwesome

 

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olidayphoto@gmail.com (DayLight - photography by Olivier Day) david esquire hangout inspiration motivation photography podcast webcast https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2014/2/DayLightWebcastEp003 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:56:50 GMT
DayLight - a webcast / w. Olivier Day & David Esquire - Ep. 002 : Travel Photography https://www.olivierday.ca/blog/2014/1/DayLight-Webcast-Ep2 Clock is ticking down...
I'm quite thrilled to announce my second and upcoming sit-down(well, virtually anyway) with 30+ year, Newport Beach located, unapologetically caffeine-fueled veteran photographer David Esquire of Esquire photography via Google+ Hangout On-Air.
 
This time around, David and I thought it'd be a great opportunity to take some time and share on the topic of Travel Photography. The idea having originally stemmed from the exciting and close approaching coverage of clients Shriradha & David's wedding set to take place in beautiful and incredible India.
I tell you, David has got his work cut out for him - not that he would he let himself be intimidated by that...or would he? 
Seems as good a time as any to pick why not take a second to pick his brain a bit about it.
 
Still in our usual free-flowing and open-minded spirit, David and I invite you to tune in as we extend on the in-and-outs and overlooked routes that lead to ensuring a successful destination wedding coverage. Keeping in mind that recommendations and suggestions are applicable to all facets of photography whether you're an accomplished professional or simply wanting to make your craft a more efficient and meaningful one. We're here to help.
 
It all happens LIVE, this Thursday January 16th 2014, @ 08:30PM EST(05:30PM PST) on Google+ Hangout On-Air - do check back here or via the event page for updates and details leading up to the event.
 
 
Direct link to downloading the audio version available here
(Do a 'Right-Click' - then select  "Save Link/Target As...')
 

You can always keep in touch via TwitterFacebook or Google+ AND NOW iTunes!! or if you like, you can also say hi via the contact form.

Be blessed

#StayAwesome

 

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