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Professional Photography Sudbury Ontario

Monday, June 15th, 2015

I don’t know how many self portraits I have of myself over my 20 years in photography but it’s a lot.  It’s not that I like taking pictures of myself (oh I do) but when working with limited time it’s always best to have everything setup before the client set’s foot in front of the camera. So I use myself as the “test subject”.   Some I like, some I don’t.  Fortunately you will only see the ones I like.   Have a great Monday.


James Hodgins is a professional Mining Industrial Photographer with over 20 years experience.


Rubber Side Down | Sudbury Photographer

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

When the mining site is in the middle of nowhere most maintenance problems are fixed right on site.  Tires like this one are often repaired in minutes so the haul trucks can get back on the road and continue production.  When the tires can no longer be safely used on the site, they are put to use in other manners.  Some filled with sand and used as corner barriers on the road. Locals will also remove the remaining tread from tires and use the rubber for brake pads on their bikes or soles for their shoes.

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Sudbury Mining industrial photographer is based out of the mining Province of Ontario Canada.


Firefighters Watch Out!

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

There’s gonna be a new sheriff in town and she packs a punch!  Alison wanted something a bit different than the usual graduation portrait when she graduated from the Firefighter Education and Training Program at Northern College in Timmins Ontario.  Here is a sneak peak from yesterdays session.

This burnt truck made a great prop with the burn room looming in the background just behind the College Campus.


Skin The Beast

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

I figure it would be easier to post Donna’s words for this blog post.
(Thanks Donna for your creativity and passion to such a great cause)

“Hi Everyone:
I know a lot of you have been wondering what I have been up to these last 6 months or so…so here goes.

Since I was younger, I always had song lyrics bouncing around in my head. I was never really brave enough to actually write them down on paper though.
Last year when I turned 50, I decided I didn’t care what anyone thought, and I started to put pen to paper.
One of my most powerful songs is titled “Skin the Beast”. It is about a friend of mine named Tyler. His mother used to babysit Stacey when she was a baby.
Tyler was diagnosed with colon cancer. When I saw this emotional picture of him sitting in his front room, reading Lance Armstrong’s book, a song came spilling out of my head.
After I wrote the song, I wondered what I was supposed to do with it.
So, I showed it to a few people, then I got an idea…
Why not submit it to a rock band and have them record it? That way, I could donate some of the money towards the PET scanner at the hospital.
The more people I showed, the more my enthusiasm grew.
I then wrote approx. 25 other songs.
Poor Paul, I would scream from the shower “write this down” or “get me a pencil”!!
He really didn’t know how I was coming up with these lyrics…(neither did I frankly)
I decided to have my awesome, brilliant, wonderful friend Susan help me write my letter to the management person for the band that I had chosen.
She grilled me for about 2 hours at Jak’s Diner on Barrydowne Rd. last November. Her letter is epic. She captured just how I felt about this band, and just what I wanted to tell them about myself.
I wanted to make clear in the letter that I was not some teenager with a little song that I wanted them to record.
I wanted them to understand that I am serious and dedicated to my new craft.
Susan did a fantastic job doing just that.

Now on to how I was going to really get their interest.
I decided to get a picture taken.
Not just any picture.
I decided to ask Tyler to be in the picture with me.
How poignant, as the song was for him.
You might recognize him as the fireman on the front of the 2013 Sudbury Firefighter’s calendar.
His wife Cindy Van Empel-Popowich, bodybuilder extraordinaire, and all round ham, was in on the project too.

I asked James Hodgins, of James Hodgins Photography if he would come in on the project.
He was on board right away. I went for the consultation, and I could just hear his wheels grinding in his little head thinking of themes and poses and ideas.
James came up with an idea of me being Tyler’s protector with my song lyrics and that he and I had..well..”Skinned the Beast” together. I thought that was the coolest idea.
The date was set for January 7th.
Such an important piece of the puzzle, I had bucket loads of anxiety hoping that the picture would capture what we were trying to say.
Yesterday was one of the most exciting days. We all met at the studio, and had an absolute ball.
James says the pictures will take time to get just right…so I am waiting on pins and needles at this point.

I guess you can figure from my cover picture that the band I have chosen is AC/DC.
Go big or go home I guess.
The song is tailor made for their style of rock.
I studied their lyrics and songs for many weeks, watching interviews etc..

I decided to blog about this because it was proving difficult for me to tell each person individually.
I hope you can follow along with me on my adventure now

I want to thank my husband Paul, and Stacey for supporting me along the way. (even though Paul thought I was scary at first) and the rest of my family…I love you.
Thanks to my good friend, who thinks I am a reincarnation of some “dead” rock song writer..that one always makes me snicker..
Thanks to all of my friends for reading my song and encouraging me to do something with it.
The work is almost all done, and the waiting is about to begin.
I am sending AC/DC management a registered letter as soon as James has the awesome, epic, mindblowing picture ready.
Please stand by………..peace…Donna…


Words Of Taylor

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Today’s session was something different that Taylor and I have done in the past.  It’s sort of a small personal project that Taylor came up with and this is one of a series of images we are doing.  There will be about 2 or 3 total which I will post as I go through them in the coming weeks.  Interpret this the way you want……….for you.  Our reason will be revealed soon.


Another Studio Portrait

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Here is a very simple head & shoulder portrait from Joelle’s Studio Portrait Session.



Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Here is another image from a recent children’s session. Sometimes Simple is better. Actually, most of the time.


5 Minute Business Portrait

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

When you can nail the lighting, get a perfect exposure and an accurate white balance, the posing a professional business portrait takes no more than a few minutes.

Here is a snap of the lighting setup


And Little Girl Makes Three

Friday, June 1st, 2012

In between all my mining/industrial shoots we still manage to squeeze in some family portraits.  If the weather warms up again we will be in full Outdoor Family Portrait Mode for the next 4 Months whooHoo.  We didn’t photograph this gorgeous family outdoors but last summer we had the pleasure of photographing their wedding (You can view some pics here) on a gorgeous sunny Summers Day.   Today we have had the double pleasure of photographing the two of them with their little girl who is just the cutest little thing.


The Older Sister

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Joelle is the older sister to Vincent (The GQ Gangster in my previous post) and was also in our studio last week to create some new images for her portfolio.  Joelle (who is already an accomplished Actress) is no stranger to the camera as you can tell.  Just as photogenic as her younger brother these to siblings are going to make waves in the entertainment industry.  I look forward to watching their careers grow, and hopefully I can continue to get them in front of my camera to help them along the way.

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