A bit about me:
I am an Edmonton-based fine-art and lifestyle photographer. I’ve enjoyed taking photos since I was a wee boy. Having long been a hobby photographer, I took the leap into photographing professionally in April of 2011. Through a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck, I’ve already enjoyed more success than I could ever have hoped for as a photographer.
Personally, I’m a bit of a mixed bag. By day, I’m a “suit”. I work as a manager with our provincial government, leading a fantastic team of IT business analysts and lending my experience and knowledge in technology solutions to improve government IT services. Outside of the office, however, I’m a little less, err, stuffy. I enjoy our local arts scene, outdoor adventures, running, mountain biking, playing piano and ukulele, going to as many live shows as I can afford, enjoying good coffee and desserts and dining, and generally doing pretty much anything that involves the people that I enjoy the most. I’m a friendly, positive spirit and unapologetically silly. But I am also very passionate and hard-working, and I put all that I have to give into just about everything that I do.
I am very grateful for how kind my work in photography has been to me, and because of this, I love to give a little back. I love to donate my photography time to local not-for-profit organizations and initiatives. And I love to give other budding and promising photographers an opportunity to learn and grow by employing them as a second photographer on some of my projects.
How I heard about the event/got involved in the event:
I first heard of the event through a couple of friends and Bust a Move enthusiasts, Jen Banks and Chris Tse. They are both very vocal supporters and advocates of the event, and made it sound endlessly fun. But it wasn’t until Ashton Paulitsch, a follower of mine on Twitter, reached out to me to ask if I would be interested in helping to photograph the event that I became directly involved. And because of the amazing things that I had heard from both Jen and Chris, I was more than eager to jump on board!
Highlights of the event for me personally:
It is a huge challenge to choose just a couple of Bust a Move highlights! Certainly, getting to meet a lot of my Twitter followers in person for the first time was a huge thrill. And the general energy of the day was so rich and wonderful to soak up. But there is one highlight that stands out for me in particular. Towards the end of the day, when Richard Simmons was about to take the stage for his session, I was standing off to the side of the stage, camera in-hand, to capture him taking the stage. As he was being introduced, he approached me directly, and unexpectedly, and stood just in front of me before holding his hand on the side of my face for what seemed like an eternity. I stood there motionless, and silent, until he took his hand from my face and said, simply, “You’re a nice man.” As he walked away, one of his assistants, seeing me confused, smiled and stated “He just read your aura.” Kind words from the likes of Richard Simmons. He is a legend!
Why I was so willing to be a part of Bust a Move:
From what I had heard from my friends about Bust a Move, I knew it was going to be an amazing event, and I am always more than happy to contribute my skills to such a worthy cause. Cancer, as with many of us, has affected some of the people I care most about, so being involved in any way that I can to help fight this disease is something I do enthusiastically. Unfortunately, since last years event, three more of my aunts and uncles have been diagnosed with and are fighting battles against various cancers, so I am particularly grateful to have had the opportunity to fight for them and the cause in some small way last year, and am more than eager to do so again with this year’s event.
My top-three photos of the day and why I liked them:
Choosing my top-three photos is no easy task. But here are three favourites of the day and why I enjoy them.
1. I like this photo because it shows the tone and mood of the event, with the bright apparel and rich, pink hue that blanketed the space. It also shows the sheer number of participants that took the time to be involved for the cause. This photo reminds me of what it felt like to be there, and it makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
2. I like this photo, because it features the star of the event, Richard Simmons, embarrassing the heck out of local darling and Bust a Move advocate Chris Tse. Let’s just say you had to be there.
3. This photo is a favourite because it features some of the folks that worked the hardest to make the event a success, and quite literally, shows how successful it was in raising support.
~By Guest Blogger & Bust a Move Photographer Jamey M.