The Banker

Dan poses in studio

The Banker

They say money talks. But for me, it’s my photography that does most of the talking, (a thousand words to be more precise ūüėČ ¬†And on this occasion, I thought I’d try out a new lighting technique on a financial advisor I recently met, who also came from the banking world as my subject. Daniel was awesome to work with who managed to strike up various, non typical studio poses for me as I got really up close and personal with him to be able to capture the slightly distorted look¬†from his hands, to his head with a wide angle lens. I really enjoy how this turned out because the large hands gives the audience a sense of Dan’s ¬†power, all combined with the very¬†confident look on his face. Makes you kind of feel that you’re in good hands with this financial advisor ūüėČ Which leads me to the lighting technique that was inspired by my latest and greatest photography idle, Platon. I learned of Platon on a Netfilx documentary series, “Abstract” that focuses on techniques adapted by some of the worlds finest artists of various disciplines. Besides the lighting technique, I also learned the importance of really getting to know your subject before the shoot and during to be able to capture the¬†subjects authentic selves, because that’s when you can capture their authentic souls. Another thing I learned from Platon was not to go into a shoot with the main goal of coming out with a great shot. Instead, a photographer should put more emphasis and excitement of really getting to know a new person. And with the likes of Obama, to George Clooney, to some of the best advertising photography I’ve seen to date, you know this guy means business. With that, I had that in mind before picking up the camera and setting up the lights, I was on a mission to get to know, and capture the real Daniel in an authentic and memorable way.


How to Prepare for a Professional Head Shot.

JackFlash opens its garage doors

JackFlash Studios – Victoria

Let’s face it, with a giant lens and a bunch of lights pointing your direction, getting a portrait of yourself can be somewhat nerve-racking. But with many years of experience of putting people at ease in front of a camera, most of my clients don’t tend to take very long to loosen up and be themselves.

But for some, preparation is key to feeling as good on the inside as you do on the outside. That said, here are a few tips that will help you feel more prepared for your photo shoot.

1. Clothes
Instead of scrambling last-minute before your shoot, pick out the outfit you intend to wear at least a day before your scheduled shoot. Most head shots are from the mid-chest and up and the shirt is the most important item, so make sure its clean and crisp, preferably no bright colours, no large logos or loud patterns. For full-body shots, bring a couple of pairs of pants and shoes to choose from at the shoot.

2. Skin
If you can, drink plenty of water the week before the shoot to help keep your skin plump, smooth and clear. Eat healthy and avoid fried and salty foods. Get plenty of sleep and avoid long exposures to the sun. If you plan on getting a facial, it’s best to do so at least a week in advance.

3. Hair
Choose a hair style and/or have your hair cut a week or two in advance, as fresh cuts can sometimes look harsh.

4. Facial hair
Trim, pluck and/or choose a style of facial hair in advance. As bleaching your skin can irritate skin, and plucking can leave red marks, make sure you do so a couple of days in advance.

5. Teeth
Avoid any drinks or food that might stain your teeth on the day of your shoot.

6. Nails
There might be a few poses that could expose your hands in the final shot so ensure your nails and nail beds are trim and tidy and looking their best. For women, try choosing a neutral skin tone polish, or clear coat so your nails don’t distract the attention from your face.

7. Peace-of-mind
Take the stress out of your shoot by arriving a few minutes ahead of schedule so you can collect yourself should you get lost, or be stuck in traffic. If you know you will be traveling in rush hour, plan for it. Have the photographer’s address and phone number plugged into your phone and use GPS if you are unfamiliar with the area.

And that’s all you have to “worry” about. The rest is up to me, your photographer, where I will do everything to make sure you are comfortable so I can capture the authentic, wonderful you.

See you soon!

Mo press for JackFlash Photography

Free photo shoot for Movember

Times Colonist – Victoria, BC

With just one Mo day to¬†Movember, Jack Adamson of JackFlash Photography is preparing his follicles and camera gear in anticipation for¬†the Movember Foundation’s big month to raise money in order to¬†help keep our fathers, brothers, sons and friends from dying too young. And lucky for JackFlash, our portrait giveaway¬†(celebrating the heroic acts and donations from fellow mustache growers/wearers) was recently picked up by the local newspaper, the¬†Times Colonist! With that huge vote of confidence, together with the support of the VIATEC Community,¬†printing from the good folks at Island Business Print Group¬†and local barber shops such as Victory Barber,¬†and Brother’s Barbershop for¬†distributing the promotional postcards¬†further, JackFlash has done rather well so far, with over $300 donated to date, which is already 10% of our targeted goal!¬†Knock on wood, we’re¬†hoping that momentum carries the drive for donations going throughout the entire month of November, so we can¬†ALL¬†make a difference in the health and wellbeing of the men in our lives. Want to be a hero too? No prombem, it’s just this easy…¬†

FREE* Photo Shoot for Victoria’s Superheroes!

photo credit: Movember Foundation Canada

photo credit: Movember Foundation Canada

Jack of JackFlash Photography is now calling¬†beautiful Victoria, BC…”home”.

And in gratitude for all the¬†opportunities that this wonderful community has generously provided to date, JackFlash Studios has¬†thought of a neat way to¬†give back…

*If you‚Äôve grown your mustache to support the fight against prostate cancer, we think you‚Äôre a superhero. So¬†we‚Äôd like to reward you with a professional photo shoot‚Äďa $275 value‚Äďin exchange for a $75+ donation towards the Movember Foundation.

Book your session today with and ask how you can support the cause too, even if you cannot grow a mustache:)

And if you live too far from Victoria to attend your photo shoot, you can still contribute to a great cause by donating directly to:

Portrait sessions will begin closer to the end of November‚Äďonce everyone has had a chance to grow out their staches‚Äďand will continue for as long as it takes to capture as many generous participants as possible.¬†**Please note that the offer is limited to the first 50 people, (or at the discretion of JackFlash Photography) and will be officially running from October 24th –¬†November 30th, 2016.

A little more about The Movember Foundation: Growing a mustache for the month of November is a show of support for The Movember Foundation. The Movember Foundation is committed to addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. In 13 years The Foundation has funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world. By 2030, the goal of The Movember Foundation is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%. More information about the foundation can be found at:

Thanks so much for your participation and making a difference in men’s lives. I look forward to capturing your mustache (fake or real) in all it’s glory!

batman¬†mustache photo credit –¬†braun

You’ve Got Mail!

Canada Post

You’ve Got¬†Smiles!

Meet Dawn. She is a rather special postal worker for Canada Post, who¬†not only delivered mail to Victoria’s downtown core, but as you can see, also delivered plenty of smiles along the way. You see, each and every day, we would be entertained by Dawn’s vitality for life, who often brightened our days with eventful stories, not to mention all the¬†fun accessories that she would add to her postal uniform…such as her candy cane patterned socks, and maple leaf scarf we see¬†in this studio portrait. Although I hadn’t been on Dawn’s route for too long before¬†Canada Post made some changes to her route, but I heard this red and white getup was one of her tamer outfits, as she really liked to push the envelope (pardon the pun) when it came to dressing up and in turn lighting up peoples faces around the city. One of her best outfits I hear was¬†Cruella de Vil of Disney’s “101 Dalmatians”. But sadly it all came to an end a few months ago,¬†which meant¬†receiving mail was no longer an event to look forward too. (The next postal worker just delivered the mail…can you imagine ūüėČ Lucky for me, Dawn had agreed to spending some time with me the other day in order to help me capture the personality that the office¬†grew to appreciate over the years. With that, I wish Dawn all the best on her new route/journey, and I’m happy that more people around Victoria get to share in her positive energy, through the simple act of delivering the mail, with a story and a smile.

Buddhist, Calgary


Buddhism¬†is very near to my heart as my wife and I had our martial blessings¬†performed by three monks back in Thailand, all under the ever watchful eye of “The Big Buddha“. Lucky for us, the gigantic monument¬†was only halfway built¬†at the time and we literally had the opportunity¬†to be part of the Big Buddha¬†as large marble slabs where offered up¬†for donation which allowed us to inscribe wishes for ourselves and our families. It was a truly unforgettable¬†morning as we gathered and presented our traditional food offerings for our three monks, who later chanted blessings in our name.¬†To be perfectly honest, it was rather uncomfortable at the beginning of the ceremony as we knelt before the monks on a hard marble floor which had pins and needles running up and down our legs for the first few minutes. But not long after that,¬†we got lost in the mesmerizing chants and the discomfort quickly¬†vanished. At the end of the ceremony, our foreheads wear dabbed in three strokes of gold paste, a symbol of our union. That said, we where over the moon when we learned a Buddhist community was moving into our neighborhood with the goal of¬†transforming an old Craftsman house into a place of worship. Needless to say, I found an opportunity to photograph one of the superiors of the house of worship and asked him to stop by my studio for a free session. With only a sentence or two of instruction from me, my special model nailed his pose and look within 5 mins of the portrait session, only to get up, give a quick blessing¬†then leave the¬†studio, somewhat ignoring my words of gratitude. And as you might see by the results of this photograph, I was truly blessed that day.

Capturing Innocence

Cute girl looks off camera

“C” is for Contemplation

Kids are awesome. They’ll say and do what they want, when they want. No filters included. At the same time,¬†when you’re able to manage and¬†win the little ones over, special things begin to happen in front of the camera’s lens, as seen in a¬†recent shoot for this cutie pie, and her sister. At the beginning of the shoot, the high energy ginger¬†managed to go from confused, to happy, to grumpy, to looking wise and contemplative…all in about 1.5 seconds flat. Which meant I had to take a deep breath, take my camera off the tripod, hope the lighting could would keep up with the little circle sprinter, and truly focus on my subject like I’ve not done¬†before. What I quickly learned was to watch for subtle signs of body language and facial expressions¬†to help me anticipate the one and a half year old’s next¬†move, and never letting go of that trigger. Lucky for me, there was some¬†involvement from the girl’s mother who volunteered to be the official human bubble blowing machine, which in return was cause for great celebration and a whole lot of fun for the girls. With this incredible experience, I’m going to take my photography services to the next challenging level and offer professional portraits¬†to¬†children and their families here at the¬†new JackFlash Victoria studio.¬†I’ll also be¬†offering those services to¬†a nearby childcare centre at a 20% discount (for a limited time only), so be on the lookout for that promotion if you happen to be in the View Royal part of Victoria, BC.


The melody of fine love


When two soulmates join hands in marriage, you want to honour their union with something special that symbolizes their love. In this case, my father in-law designed and built this wedding gift for Catherine and Matt, using an old mandoline to set the stage for their magical day. Inside the mandoline stand¬†the bride and groom¬†(and their children) ¬†on center stage with a built in light above then that help to highlight their love. Below the stage, a short poem crafted by my mother in-law reads, “On the stage of memories and dreams, where eagles praise the afternoon sun, husband and wife join hands, make a perfect circle, a whole note filled with the laughter of children.” Above the couple is a beautiful inlay of an eagle, and above that features the bride and groom’s names on both sides of the tuning keys. In fact, if you take a real close look at everything on the mandoline, you’ll notice that there are so many well thought out and creative visual stories that come into play that you’ll be sure to notice something special each time you look at the masterpiece. Beauty aside, I found this “pack shot” of sorts to be an interesting ¬†project to put all the studio lighting techniques I’ve learned to date to the ultimate test. And a test it was, given all the depths and coinciding shadows of the art piece. In the end, taking multiple exposures and blending them together became the best solution to help highlight all the wonderful features found on the mandoline, but giving key¬†elements¬†ways to shine in their own¬†balanced sort of way. All in all, I have a new appreciation for pack shot photography, and I look forward to shooting the next challenge¬†that tests¬†all that I’ve learned to date. Until then, I wish Catherine and Matt eternal happiness and I look forward to seeing them make beautiful music together.

JackFlash Opens in Victoria, BC!

JackFlash opens its garage doors

Now open for business!

As of this week, JackFlash Photography has officially opened its (garage) doors here in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. With a fresh lick of white paint (OK, four¬†coats of white paint) floor to ceiling, and an old-school hand-painted logo, the studio can’t wait for its first set of clients to walk in its¬†doors…and you guessed it, strike a pose! Actually, we already have an interesting¬†set of characters lined up for some creative¬†studio portraits in the coming weeks (stay tuned!), but as you can tell by the portfolio of work, Jack Adamson isn’t just limited to professional studio photography. Instead, Jack would like¬†to keep¬†his¬†options open for various photographic opportunities such as engagements,¬†weddings,¬†events, and soon hopes to¬†focus (pardon the pun) his efforts on capturing some genuine moments in time for¬†families and children. Maybe even new borns? In the meantime, there’s plenty to keep us¬†busy here in Victoria, including exploring more of this wonderful island…like¬†driving up island to jaw dropping Tofino…or going for a bike ride along the Galloping Goose…or paddle boarding along the Gorge Waterway…or nursing¬†a cold pint of Hoyne¬†at one of Victoria’s many fine establishments, or…etc. I think you get the¬†drift ūüėȬ†That said, it’s been a move eight years in the making, but¬†we’ve finally decided to¬†take the plunge and make a real go of it here, and we couldn’t be more excited!!! So thanks for having us Victoria, we hope to add to your vibrance and character by capturing you, your inhabitants and your visitors¬†in authentic, memorable ways.



Need a Top Portrait Photographer?

Nothing gets past Regina and her meat

The Butcher

So, you’d like your portrait photograph taken, and you want something different to tell your personal brand story in an authentic way. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Jack Adamson, photographer at JackFlash Photography, based in Victoria BC on beautiful Vancouver Island, specializes in¬†portraits that dig deeper¬†than the norm with non-traditional¬†facial expressions, moodier lighting, fun props…etc.

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