November 2013

Maritime Pro Stock Tour Wrap Up
November 22, 2013

Wow… 2013 blazed by so quickly. Hard to believe it’s only 4 weeks until Christmas.

What a year it’s been.

First of all I sincerely want to thank everyone on the Parts for Trucks Maritime Pro Stock Tour for making me feel absolutely welcome at every single event and track this year. Many of the tracks I had never had the opportunity to attend previously and all I can say is the staff at ever single track was nothing short of awesome.

I’ve been filling in for the previous photographer, Matt Jacques, here and there for about 2 years before Matt decided to take a job in BC and vacate the spot, so I’ve met a few of the drivers and some crew previously but had only been to Scotia Speedworld a handful of times and Antigonish once.

I made a lot of new friends this year. In the early days of the season, I tended to keep to myself and shoot in the background. As the season progressed. With the welcome I received across the board, I found myself sitting in the haulers with some of the teams and chatting with the tour staff in the tech shed more and more often. Today, I proudly count some of the drivers, crew and tour staff as my friends and many many more as acquaintances and Facebook friends too. It’s been simply amazing and I can’t wait for the season to open again next spring.

The annual banquet is this weekend in Moncton and I look very much forward to seeing everyone one last time before we all dig in for the long cold winter.

As I have been preparing for the banquet and creating annual CDs for many of the teams, it occurred to me that I’ve also been responsible for helping document many of the important memories of the season and I’ve been privy to unprecedented access to the teams and drivers. I want you all to know that I appreciate that access and will never take undue advantage of that gift.

I’ve been reminiscing a little as I go through the 50,000+ library of images I captured this past season and felt I had to share some of my personal favorites in a small gallery here. I hope you enjoy them and that they bring fond memories to you as well over the winter.

From high points of first time wins and tears of joy to the lows of losing Mike Stevens and tears of sorry, I appreciate more than you know that I was a part of something this year.

Here’s looking forward to 2014 and more new friend and memories. See you then…


Hal-Con 2013 Recap
November 15, 2013

It’s been a crazy busy week trying to finish off all the last minute edits, make sure all the emails have been sent and prints have been fulfilled.

Hal-Con 2013 is one for the history books now and it was a pretty wild ride in itself.

According to the rumors, on Saturday alone nearly 3 times as many people attended as did the entire weekend last year. Mixed news in that the Fire Marshall stepped in at one point on Saturday afternoon and shut the place down. Who knew that the entire WTCC had a maximum limit of only 3000 people. And many of our city politicians still feel we don’t need a new convention centre… Sheesh! I for one cannot wait for the Nova Centre, although I still feel it may be small for the actual needs of our growing little city.

For those who did make it through the jam packed doors, we had over 300 purchase prints and digital images at our green/blue screen costume photo booth looking for an awesome photo showing all the hard work and fandom that went into preparing for the big weekend.

For the second year in a row, I partnered with fellow geek and photographer, Mark Ramsay for this unique shoot/edit/print while you wait endeavour and from the feedback so far, we have already booked our space for next year, wherever that may be.

If you came by and would like to purchase additional prints or digital versions, please do not hesitate to contact me using our contact form page. Let me know what you need and I will do my absolute best to make sure you get exactly what you’re looking for.

Thanks to everyone who came out to support Mark and I this past weekend and I hope to see you again next year. I made some new friends and revisited a few old ones and am already planning how to make next year bigger and better. 😉

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the slideshow featuring a selection of a few of my personal favorite images from the weekend.

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