roth and ramberg say goodbye to St Pierre et Miquelon and hello to NYC

It’s the end of one year and the beginning of another. Last year was busy with great projects and even better clients. A big thanks to all who we had the pleasure to work with!


As most of you know, we do a self promotion calendar every year. Last year we went to a little known French colony called St. Pierre et Miquelon. St Pierre et Miquelon, a small group of islands off the coast of Newfoundland, is all France mixed with a bit of Canadian east coast. The houses are colourful and the people incredible. We had the pleasure to make some new friends there. Miss December is a woman named Marie Luce. She and her husband own a health food grocery store. The day we photographed her they were waiting for the boat to arrive with new supplies. She graciously met us before the store opened so we could set up and shoot. A big thanks to her and to all the people in St Pierre et Miquelon. We will definitely be back one day.





Now if you are on our mailing list you will have received, or will be receiving our 2015 self promotion calendar. This past summer we travelled to NYC and spent 10 days shooting. This year we tried something different and took a more journalistic approach. In a way, we went back to our photography roots. When we began our career over 20 years ago, we loved shooting natural, almost journalistic black and white photos, and it still applies to some of our work today. We love a more natural feel to our photography, especially our portrait and industrial work.

The calendar itself consists of 365 black and white photos of NYC - the goal was to shoot in all 5 boroughs (Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens). We shot just for the love of photography and to push ourselves out of our comfort zone by shooting documentary/street photography. We are happy with the results and through the process we found a renewed passion for the love of photography. We hope you enjoy our choices. If you want to see all 365 photos together, we have created a gallery on our website.










Hope you have a happy and healthy New Year!


Dale and Michele

roth and ramberg are fans of the dory


Give us a colorful fishing boat and we can’t resist. What’s a dory? Dories are basically solid wooden fishing boats. They’ve been around for a long time, but sadly with commercial fishing dwindling,there are very few dories left.

If you have a Roth and Ramberg calendar you should be looking at a man named Rene on the November page. If you don’t have a calendar, let us know and we can send you one, or get you on our list for next year. This year’s calendar trip was to an island owned by France. It is located just off the coast of Newfoundland, but you can be sure it is totally French complete with Euros for currency, 220 voltage, French speaking and fine dining.

While wandering in St Pierre and Miquelon, we found an area with colorful sheds and a row of dories propped up on wooden logs. One evening while photographing there, we ran into a family just bringing their dory up onto the logs. After a quick French conversation, the family arrange to connect us with one of the original fisherman who used that particular dory. That man was Rene.




As with many people we photographed on our trip, Rene was strictly French speaking. Thanks to our travel companion Elise, we were able to communicate and get Rene to pose for us. We do remember Dale saying “les yeux ici” and pointing, which he hoped meant look here?? Not sure if it made sense to Rene, but he quickly figured out what Dale meant. 

This particular photo shoot was close to the last day of our trip and by then we had created a bit of a buzz around St Pierre. The local TV and radio stations were busy shooting and interviewing us that morning. Our few minutes of fame!


By the time we left St Pierre and Miquelon, many of the locals knew who we were and why were there.



It’s a magical place with wonderful people. We can’t wait to go back!

Dale and Michele

roth and ramberg say its been a busy summer

It’s been a busy summer, loaded with great clients and wonderfully creative jobs. We are fortunate and thankful for all those who we’ve worked with the past few months and of course over the years.

Anyway, now it’s October 1st and we’ve missed a few months of our calendar, so now would be a good time for us to catch up. For those who don’t know, we travel to a location every year and photograph a desk calendar which we send to clients and hopefully future clients.

If you have a calendar, flip yours all the way back to July, there you will see a man named Francois. Francois is a retired fisherman. Back in the day, Miquelon was a busy fishing area. Sadly, the fish stocks depleted and because of its close proximity to Canada, the Canadian governments ban on fishing basically left them with no area to fish. We were a bit nervous about explaining we were from Canada, but there seemed to be no hard feelings. That or Francois spoke no English and we spoke almost no French. Again thanks to our writing companion Elise, because she saved the day by translating and walking us thru the photoshoot with Francois.


Next up August: Every calendar trip we have our favorite photo or experience and meeting Jules was definitely one of the highlights. It’s our favorite photo in the calendar. We were sad to learn that Jules passed away before he got to see the calendar. We received many emails from friends and family telling us of the sad news. It’s a strange experience for photographers to meet and photograph people who later pass away. People like Jules have a special place in our heart. Like his friends and family, we have a reminder that makes us smile with warm memories.


September-Sylvie and Christophe: The day we arrived in St Pierre we found a patisserie shop loaded with yummy goodness, and our favorite dessert- macarons! They make the best we have ever tasted! After days of stuffing ourselves full of those delicious treats, we finally asked if we could take their photo.  They were super nice people who invited us into their lovely garden afterward for a glass of wine. The French sure know a thing or two about apres-photoshoots!


Which brings us to today and the beginning of October: There you will see two men, Jean Jacques and Javier, standing holding some wooden paddles. Now before you get carried away with your dirty imagination, we have to explain that they play a game called Pelotte Basque, which can be best described as outdoor squash. Behind them is the court they play on which is located pretty much in the middle of St Pierre.


There are much more stories to tell about our experiences with all of these people and if you have a few minutes click here to view our behind the scenes magazine of our entire trip to St Pierre and Miquelon. OR you can download our free app and download the free magazine to read on your next flight.


Oh and if you don’t have a calendar there are few left and we would be happy to send one to you!

roth and ramberg do a great job

This past summer we’ve been fortunate to work with some great new clients.

Two of those clients were Vancouver ad agency-Rethink, and their client BCIT. This particular project consisted of former students in their work environments. Locations ranged from on the water by Canada Place to the top of a mining structure in Prince Rupert.

The job was technically challenging, as we had to combine photographs to make a Hires panorama. The largest file ended up being 10 photos stitched together coming in at a whopping 4.4 GB.  A big shout out to our post production department for putting them all together.

Also, a big giant thanks to our local producer Gina Hole and her team from They Rep. She handled all the details including hair and makeup, stylist, assistants, catering, etc. With the guidance of Hans Thiessen art director we got some great photos. The campaign can be seen at the YVR airport and at various Canada Line stations.

 Thanks to everyone involved from agency to client for letting us shoot such a great job!

 Here are samples from the campaign.





roth and ramberg connect the dots

10 Days, 365 photos. We’re shooting our 2015 calendar in New York City… one photo for every day of the year.

Day 9 and 10 -  The End

Today and tomorrow we are literally connecting the dots. We’ve had a few places on our map that we’ve wanted to check off the list. Today… MOMA, the Ghostbusters firehall, the view from Rockefeller, and Radio City at night. Tomorrow… sunrise on the Brooklyn Bridge. We fly out tomorrow afternoon. Although we may not have taken a big bite out of The Apple, we feel we got a pretty good taste.

R&R loves NYC

roth and ramberg travel to the bronx

10 Days, 365 photos. We’re shooting our 2015 calendar in New York City… one photo for every day of the year.

Day 8 - The Bronx

Today we ventured into the last of the five boroughs - The Bronx. Whenever a film is based in New York City and they want it to look dangerous and decayed then they film it in The Bronx. Who can forget the cult movie ‘The Warriors’ or the restaurant in ‘The Godfather’. We’re here to say The Bronx has an unnecessary bad rap. We’re sure there are parts that might be scary at night like any other city, but we found people to be warm and friendly. The community is revitalizing with some great areas. We hooked up with a proud local resident named Alexandra who has taken it upon herself to change The Bronx image. We think she’ll succeed.

roth and ramberg go island hopping

10 Days, 365 photos. We’re shooting our 2015 calendar in New York City… one photo for every day of the year.

Day 7 - Manhattan, Staten and Roosevelt Islands

Today was the day to tackle Staten Island. We got up at sunrise and made our way down to the famous Staten Island ferry. A beautiful orange ferry boat that does the trip to and from Manhattan 109 times a day. It’s free and gives great views of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan. We spent a good part of the day wandering and shooting. We headed back to the big city, caught a subway, then a rickshaw, then finally a tram that goes to Roosevelt Island. That’s right, a tram. The tram moves people back and forth from 6am to 2am. We managed to get a great sunset and ate a delicious sushi dinner before heading back to our hotel.








roth and ramberg and the dog days of summer

10 Days, 365 photos. We’re shooting our 2015 calendar in New York City… one photo for every day of the year.

Day 6 - Manhattan

The weather is hot and muggy and even though Manhattan keeps beating us down, we keep fighting back. This morning we got up before sunrise and wandered around Chinatown and Little Italy. The rest of the day we worked our way uptown to Central Park and finished it all off in Time Square talking to an almost naked cowboy. Early to bed and early to rise. Tomorrow Staten Island.

roth and ramberg in the heart of it

10 Days, 365 photos. We’re shooting our 2015 calendar in New York City… one photo for every day of the year.

Day 5 - Manhattan

We love NY and now we’re in the heart of it. We’re in a tiny hotel in Chinatown with two kid size beds and a giant bathroom - perfect really. Today we arrived early to Manhattan and had breakfast with a friend and photo inspiration Steve Simon - a true journalist and lover of photography. After giving us some suggestions as to where to shoot, we headed down to the financial district. At lunch we met the owner of the restaurant we ate at. She took us on a tour of her nearby apartment, as well as neighbourhood. Then the two of us headed to the beautiful and touching 911 Memorial. We walked over 25,000 step yet again.

Tomorrow, back out at sunrise.




roth and ramberg get their feet wet

10 Days, 365 photos. We’re shooting our 2015 calendar in New York City… one photo for every day of the year.

Day 4 - Brooklyn & Queens

We began early morning at the Brooklyn Flea Market. An incredible market with wicked stuff. (Needless to say we have a UPS shipment that will be heading north.) Next stop, Rockaway Beach, a 1.5 hour subway ride to go surfing… that’s right, surfing at the most southern tip of Queens. Last stop, Astoria in the northwest part of Queens for some Thai food and wandering around shooting the neighborhood. We took a cab back and the sunset was incredible so we shot right out of the cab window. Like we said… stellar.