roth and ramberg go to the zoo (lights)

Our good friends at Trigger were putting together a campaign for the Calgary Zoo. Every year the Zoo sets up an incredible display of 1.5 million Christmas Lights for all to come see. Zoolights, as it is called, is a very popular family event and it gathers thousands every December to the zoo. This year is more important than ever since the Calgary Zoo needs help raising money to repair damage they received in the devastating flood in June. So if you have time to go, Go!

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roth and ramberg shoot the mayor

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On Halloween we photographed Calgary’s Mayor Nenshi for Macleans Magazine’s list of Canada’s most important people. Not only was it a treat to photograph him, but after the shoot he gave us some Halloween candy. His assistant was dressed in a tiger costume, which added to the ambiance. It was a fabulously collaborative experience.

Thanks Macleans Magazine for the opportunity to meet our great mayor. He might be #2 on your list, but he’s #1 on ours. 

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roth and ramberg say its okay to play with your food

Jeff at Calder Bateman in Edmonton wanted to know if we could shoot some still life shots for the Edmonton Christmas Bureau. Of course we said yes! He sent over the sketches:

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Fortunately for us Nicola Pringle (art director) is an incredible artist so all we had to provide was dishes and tablecloths. We just sat and watched her magic food skills. In the end, we got to be a part of some fun posters/billboards for a great cause.

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roth and ramberg shoot with ZGM

We got an email from Kristen Thompson at ZGM. They were working on a campaign for Deerfoot Mall and needed some photos done. They sent over some sketches and we thought it would be a fun to do and luckily for us we got the job.xmas posters.jpg

The job involved some interesting propping-workboots, antlers, Santa outfit, hardhat etc. We spent the next few days tracking down the props. The antlers we finally sourced and found in Vernon BC. They were unable to ship to Alberta without filling out the proper paperwork (learn something new) so we shipped them to Vancouver instead. We shot the boots and Santa shot in the Calgary office, and the antlers with hardhat in the Vancouver Office.

Our photoshop whizz, who prefers to be nameles, combined, tweaked and composited the photos. Below are the final posters.

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Thanks ZGM!

roth and ramberg humbled

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We recently had the opportunity to do some photography for our client Mount Royal University. They publish a magazine and we are lucky to be a part of it. We’ve done some photos in the past, but this issue was an incredible experience.

One of the sections of the magazine was a story about a couple who both were survivors of the concentration camps during World War II. Sid and Bronia Cyngisers graciously invited us into their home. They are part of the Holocaust Education Symposim. The Symposium was started over 30 years ago and as of this year over 50,000 students have attended When asked what got them involved, Bronia replied “when we heard what Jim Keegstra was teaching children about the Holocaust we decided to take action”

I sat with Bronia asking questions, but mostly listening how she was in Auschwitz with her mother and sister. She was 12 at the time. How her mother would take her portion of food and give it to both of them rather than eating herself. Hearbreaking story after story and by the end both of us were crying.  She was the only one of the three to survive.  Sid had his own stories, he was 21 at the time, he vividly remembers the very begining where the Jews were put in a ghetto, and later taken to concentration camps. His eyes welled up as he spoke, at times he had to stop because the stories were too much. When he was liberated weighed 76 lbs. and spent four years in hospital.

Eventually we had to get down to taking photographs, we decided with Art Director Michal Waissman that black and white was the best approach. We shot them together as well as individual portraits etc. 

It was truly a life changing experience for us and we are honoured to have the opportunity to have met and talked with both of them.

roth and ramberg shoot ambleside

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This summer we worked with Jeff McLean and Robert Falconer from Calder Bateman on a project for the community of Ambleside in Edmonton. Ambelside wanted to showcase the people who live in the neighborhood and what they like best about it. We shot a variety of ads, this one showing the entire group. We also timelapsed the behind the scenes of the group shot which Ambelside used for their website. 

Check out the web video

roth and ramberg flick a lighter for the calgary folk festival

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The Calgary Folk Music Festival is filling the city with music all weekend long. Our long time client Field Law proudly supports the festival and many other community events. We shot their ad with David Landreth at DDB.

Now go enjoy the music…

Roth et Ramberg finir avec le style

Roth et Ramberg finir avec le style!

The first thing we did this morning was get gas—over 100 Euros of it. A 2003 Ford Explorer fuel tank holds about 85 litres and this morning our tank gulped down 80. Not sure if that’s luck or karma, but we’ll take it.

 

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Fame caught up with us today in the form of a local TV and radio station crew. They found us near the docks taking photos of an old fisherman. We’ve always been suckers for good fishing tales and this man has over fifty years of experience to pull from. What an extraordinary life complete with unbelievable truths. Thank goodness he came with an interpreter or we would have seriously missed out.

 

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It’s a bit hard to go unnoticed in a town of 6000 people, although we did fairly well considering this was our last day. We can’t emphasize enough how local we’re beginning to feel. This afternoon we accepted an invitation to have ice cream and beer in the baker’s secret garden. The storefront was adorable, but we’d have never guessed there was a spacious garden full of peonies hiding on the other side.

 

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The finals days are always a jam-packed blur, trying to get everything in. Over the course of the day we orchestrated four shoots and still found time to say farewell to a few of our Saint Pierre friends and purchase some last minute souvenirs.

 

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Tomorrow we have one quick shoot and then we’ll be back on the plane heading home. Time to get back to normal and catch-up with our families, friends and clients. Thanks for following our journey; the 2014 calendars will be mailed out in December. Let us know if you’d like to be added to the list.

 

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au revoir Saint Pierre et Miquelon

 
 

roth et ramberg poussent a la finition

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Today was day ten of our adventure in Saint Pierre and Miquelon. It was also Bastille Day, formally called La Fête Nationale, the biggest holiday of the year. Add that to the language barrier, and sourcing models gets more challenging. We had to be more strategic because working on normal days off is frowned upon here, let alone a national holiday. There was a football match, music, dancing, games, boat races, plenty of confetti and lots of eating and drinking.

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Our methods are great for making friends and helping raise the number on the bathroom scale. Luckily we managed to fit in a walk—but this was squeezed in between eating and drinking, and eating and drinking. So it may only have burned off half a macaron.

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After twenty years of trips to shoot calendars we know that you make friends faster over food and drinks. It’s an unavoidable fact. We keep showing our faces at certain eateries to get to know the owners better. It’s paying off; we’ve lined up five shoots for tomorrow and have a great excuse to get new wardrobes. Win-Lose. We’re thankful it’s almost time to go home as we’ve already eaten our height in macarons.

Tomorrow is going to be a long one, but we’re excited about the moments we’ll be capturing.

plus qu’un jour

 

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Our stalking abilities aren’t by any means covert, but the longer we’re here the easier things are getting. After driving by the old red house at the point half a dozen times, we finally managed to connect with one of our missing models from Tuesday. When we spoke about a 1:00pm rendezvous, it meant if the weather was favourable enough for an afternoon outdoors. Thankfully our persistence was rewarded with an amazing calendar shot. This one has February written all over it.

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We got a nice compliment today from one of the first people we met. He seemed pleasantly surprised to hear all of the things we had accomplished in our week in Saint Pierre. On our first morning here, Fabrice spent an hour educating us about the island. When we ran into him this evening he said, “I couldn’t tell you everything in an hour, you have to discover some things yourselves.” This was said in a thick French accent, so it’s likely not verbatim. He’s a bit like an island Yoda.

Timing here is everything. We aren’t talking about getting the sun at the right angle to light our shots—that now seems easy. It’s coordinating everything else. Being at the right place at the right time now has a whole new meaning.

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Shops are only open for a couple hours here and there, same for restaurants and museums. Each place has their set hours and none of them are consistent. They fluctuate from day to day, so it’s hard to remember all the different hours. For instance, Elise needed a new notebook because she’d run out of paper and we had to schedule making it to the store. This store is only open from 10:00am to noon and from 2:30pm to 4:00pm, four days a week. Once the sign even said open, but the door was locked. We passed by five different times before the stars aligned.

We’re not sure how people manage to coordinate their schedules around all the services they need. Perhaps they were programmed with the French schedule at birth, as most people we meet were born here.

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Another challenge seems to be getting gas. There are only two gas stations on the island and we’ve never seen them open. This wouldn’t be such a big deal if the gas gauge in our rental worked, but since it doesn’t we have no idea how much fuel is left. Our fingers will have to remain crossed until it opens again on Monday.

As for eating, we’ve settled into the mandatory French etiquette of making reservations. They only do one sitting per evening, so it’s possible to arrive early to an empty restaurant only to be turned away if you don’t have a reservation. All the tables are full by eight or eight-thirty and people generally make a night of it. We’ve felt pretty smug the last couple of nights already seated at our cozy little table, being the tourists in the know.

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You can probably appreciate how difficult it can be for us to keep our supper reservation when we are busy taking photos and being swept away by creativity. Today at sunset we were out on the edge of town getting caught up taking pictures of horses, ducks and chickens. What can we say? This place is a gem.

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demain et le quatorze juillet