COM0014 – Blog #2: I shoot people for a living, and I brag about it.


Following a VIP in Ma’Sum Ghar, Afghanistan, in 2010. Photo by a friend.

I bet the picture with me and a camera de-fused that violent image you initially had in your head. That is the power of images.

It is my job as a photojournalist to tell stories. My story is simple. My assignments as a photographer take me anywhere and everywhere, therefore allowing to share what I experience along the way. I also have other passions like trail running, martial arts and traveling. On my blog, I want to portray myself as an accessible person who likes to share his adventures and challenges, that’s why I write in first person. I try my best to remain positive and prefer experience to opinions.

Covering the RCMP Sunset ceremonies in Ottawa, 2015. Photo by Rick Millette.

Luckily photography is a medium that is easy to share. They tell a story or show something in a way that is a lot easier than having to explain it; hence the cliché quote: “A picture is worth a thousand words”.

My intent is not to teach nor speak about the science behind photography, or at least not really in depth. There are plenty of people that do that very well in YouTube already. I try to keep it simple, and just give a bit more details about the photographs. I tell my story, very much like a journal, or a conversation I would have with my friends. It also serves the purpose of building credibility to the people who might be interested in hiring me down the road, allowing them to get to know me better before they make that first contact.

Would you allow me to shoot you now?


Documenting the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, France. Photo by my boss.


COM0012 – #StaySafe

Recent events in Moncton, New Brunswick brings up an ever increasing issue, staying safe on Social Media. Social Media was extensively used to get the word out to stay indoors and lock doors to stay safe from a gunman on a rampage. A hashtag was even created to help the population zero in on recent news and events pertaining to safety. The communication speed of Social Media was there to help a situation, and utilized by the RCMP.

There is another side to Social Media being used in these situations and that is, hindering a situation. Police also urged the population to refrain from tweeting police activity to try and remain in the upper hand of the situation. It was determined that the gunman was monitoring Social Media. It had to be stated for everyone’s safety to refrain from using Social Media to tweet the operation. Here is an example where Social Media can both help a situation and hinder a situation.

Social Media can be used for fun, for informing, as a marketing tool, and so on but it’s important to learn to use it to #Staysafe as well.

Did you know, when you take a picture on your mobile device it also embeds the photo with a location as to where that photo was taken? That could be a useful tool for people in the business of breaking into homes. At certain times the picture posted is an open invitation to your home. If you don’t instill a security lock down of your Social Media accounts then expect the unexpected.

Mobile users posting pictures can alleviate some safety concerns by removing the location embedded in the photo by using an app called DEGEO. DEGEO removes the location before the photo is posted. Definitely a #staysafe tool.

#Staysafe and research methods on staying safe in this new world of Social Media.

I would like to close by posting a picture of the fallen RCMP of the most recent events in Moncton, New Brunswick. May they Rest in Peace.



Photo Courtesy of Ottawa Citizen

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