Christian Lalonde

Since 1997, Christian Lalonde has worked as a commercial photographer with Photolux Studio, working in the world of Photography for many local, national and international clients, in both the private and public sector.

Prior to working with Photolux, Christian was a photgrapher at one of Canada’s largest commercial studios, located in Montreal, and was a teacher of photography at La Cité collégiale.

As a principal photographer at Photolux Commercial Studio, at age 39, Christian Lalonde has made his mark in the industry.  His work demonstrates a remarkable versatility as a commercial photographer and photo illustrator.

Christian completed his photography studies in 1996 from La Cité collégiale in Ottowa, Ontario, Canada.  Since joining Photolux in 1997, he has secured clients such as: Bank of Canada, Ontario Tourims, Costco Wholesale, Crown Plaza Hotels, Estée Lauder, IBM, Le Cordon Bleu, Loblaws, Maple Leaf, Agriculture & Agri-food Canada, National Art Centre, Nygard, Readers Digest, Sony, Trump and Yves St. Laurent, just to name a few.

One of his most prestigious projects can be seen on the $5 and $100 dollar bills that have been in circulation since 2001 in Canadian currency.

As part of his impressive repertoire Christian was named “Canadian Commercial Photographer of the Year” in 2001 and 2002 by the Professional Photographer of Canada (PPOC).  He has been highlighted in several international trade magazines and publications.  Recognized for his experience in lighting as well as his high standards in photography, Christian has been speaking for the last 9 years at WPPI, one of the worlds largest photographer conventions and trade shows, held in Las Vegas, Nevada.  His work is also feature by MOAB Papers as well as LiteShapers (XP Photo Gear) on a regular basis.


“Love them!!! Consistent color, consistent output, fast recycling times.  Great power output.  RELIABLE!!!” -Christian Lalonde

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The Music Photography Seminar and Workshop April 26th and 27th 2014

sem20141-666x666This is an ALL AGES event open to any photographers (pro, amateur, hobby, etc)

The workshop will take place on Saturday April 26th and Sunday April 27th in, and around my studio in Chicopee, Ma.

Special Guest band is Vanna

The hours (subject to change) will be:
April 26th: 10am-6pm – afterward I will be signing exclusive prints, books, etc.
April 27th: 11am-5pm

AliceCooper © Jeremy SafferWhile most photography workshops and seminars start around $1,000 and up – I wanted to keep this open to everyone who actually needs or wants to be here, SO! Tickets are available for $400 for the 2 days ($250 for a single day ticket), $300 for Hallmark Students, and $250 for those who have been to another of my seminars


This seminar/workshop will focus on the business behind being a photographer in the music industry, as well as lighting technique, editing, and of course live shoots with the guest band. it will also focus on doing portrait work with musicians. It will cover the process from setting up the photo shoot, scouting locations, posing, different types of lighting and lighting equipment for different situations, shooting endorsements, promotional images, CD layouts, Magazine layouts, as well as taking you through the process of what you do AFTER the shoot, invoicing, getting repeat business, making a living in photography, what to charge for your work, etc. etc. Different types of lighting for different types of locations and situations. Different types of editing for different looks for images.

The first day will be the seminar day, where all of the above is taught in the morning, as well as a lightroom and photoshop post processing tutorial… then in the afternoon YOU will be doing mock-photo shoots experimenting with different types of lighting equipment, lighting set ups, poses, etc.. I have also expanded the music photography business section even more, and will also include private portfolio critique for those who want it.

Danny Trejo © Jeremy SafferThe second day will be a hands on photo shoot of special guest bands done first by myself, so you can see me work a real life situation photo shoot, then its your turn! you take over and do a real photo shoot with the band in various locations using different lighting.

Tickets are on a limited first come basis. Get them while you can!

Photo Assistant Boot Camp & Studio lighting Basics

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For the last 12 years, we have offered our Photo Assistant Boot Camp; and as the commercial photography industry evolves, so have we.

Working as Photographers Assistants is one of the best ways of learning the inner workings in the commercial photography industry. In addition working as a Photographers Assistant is also the best way to sharpen your: on-set technical, production and lighting skills.

Our Photo Assistant Boot Camp compresses much of that learning time into a 2 day intensive hands-on workshop. In our Photo Assistant Boot Camp, attendees will be working with every piece of equipment that they would regularly come across during your first 6-9 months of working as a photographers assistant on commercial shoots. Our proven method of teaching old-school photo knowledge, on set skills, set-etiquette, and business practices mean you are better prepared for working in real world studio situations.

TimsSquareBeautyDishThis workshop is for both photo assistants as well as those photographers looking to improve their studio lighting skills. The lighting setups that I present in this workshop are based upon the exact lighting setups or variations on those that that I was hired to create for those famous and in-famous photographers I worked with during my days as a Photo Assistant and Lighting Tech.

As the photography industry evolved from film to digital, the role of a Photographers Assistant has evolved and Photo Assistants must now become more technically proficient in lighting than ever before as their roll on set increasing evolves to that of: “Lighting Technician”.

Traditionally, Photo Assistant skills were taught by the Photographers they worked with and other Photo Assistants. The more you assisted and the more diverse a group of photographers you assisted, the more you learned; thus, the better your skill set become and the more value you as an assistant you had to bring to the production.

We’ve all attended those photo workshops or events were you walk into a room and are greeted with row upon row of folding chairs. This is hardly the most appropriate way to teach photography of any sort. It makes very little sense to teach lighting or photography in an environment that is in no way connected to the realities of the “Commercial Photo experience”.

For that reason I have for the last 12 years have been presenting our Photo Assistant Boot Camp, and Studio Lighting Workshops in many of the real NYC. photo rental studios of all descriptions, shapes, and sizes that I have personally been working in during my 20+ years in NYC. From huge 6000 sqft. spaces with 20 foot ceilings to 1200 sqft. photographers lofts in mid town Manhattan. Because there is no constant or standard that any photographer or assistant should expect to find. As a professional it is our job to be adaptable to any working environment or situation and be the best possible and most skilled individual on the photographic team in order to create the best possible images.

At our Studio Lighting Workshop I attempt to create as close to a real world shooting environment as possible that is also interlaced with the learning experience.Within the first hour you will be handling pro-studio lighting equipment and setting up lighting scenarios. At the same time you will be introduced to the equipment that is being used across the country in pro rental studios and high-end commercial shoots.


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“There is no one right way of doing things” in photography (and anyone that says other wise clearly does not have a clue) and the tricks and tips that you will learn at my or others workshops will in time prove to be invaluable.

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Location Lighting Workshop with Rick Friedman

To learn about portable lighting techniques that have enabled Rick Friedman to capture his on-location, award-winning imagery around the world, sign up and join in for one of his upcoming comprehensive workshops!  One of the key things that he will share in a “very hands-on way” is how to better control your lighting.  This dynamic, intensive, interactive seminar is designed for portrait photographers, photojournalists, corporate and event photographers, weddings photographers, and serious amateurs who want to improve their knowledge of illumination and lighting.  If you attend Rick’s class, you can plan on leaving feeling empowered to capture great images no matter what lighting situation you come up against!


Location Lighting Workshops ™ 2014 Schedule


January 18-19, 2014
The Societies Photographic Convention, London, UK
January 18 Creative Lighting
January 19 Location Lighting

January 31-February 1
Location Lighting Workshop , Calumet Cambridge

February 14-15, 2014
Location Lighting Workshop, Calumet San Diego, CA

February 17-18
Location Lighting Workshop, Calumet Santa Ana, CA

February 21-22, 2014
Location Lighting Workshop, Calumet Ft. Lauderdale, FL

March 22 , 2014
Lighting Portraits, Unique Photo, Fairfield, NJ (registration link coming soon)

March 28-29
Location Lighting Workshop Calumet Philadelphia

March 31-April
Location Lighting Workshop Calumet Washington/Tyson’s Corner

April 8, 2014
Boston Camera Club

April 16, 2014
Cape Cod Camera Club

April 27, 2014
NHPPA Annual Conference, Laconia, NH

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Click To Enlarge Rick Friedman’s Feature in Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers Convention Show guide.














Rick Friedman has been a photojournalist for over three decades. Based in Boston, he travels the world for numerous publications, corporations, advertising assignments and film and television productions. His published work appears in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News, The New York Times, USA Today, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Stern, Discover and many other publications. He has produced over 75 book and magazine covers. The books Hillary Clinton, Infra Structures, and The Gourmet Prescription are a few of his projects.

He is currently the President of the Boston Press Photographers Association. Friedman has won awards from the American Society of Media Photographers, the National Press Photographers Association, and the Boston Press Photographers Association. To learn more about Friedman, his work and workshops, visit:

Lighting Workshop Rodeo


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This full day workshop is geared towards the working photographer. It explores various lighting possibilities to add to your repertoire. Get ready for a workshop that goes beyond the basics.  In the morning choose between learning how to create high impact portraits with speedlites or build your understanding of how to shoot a high end product in a more compelling way. In the afternoon, get inspiration for shooting a business person on location, or learn new tricks in studio and location lighting. To close out the day we’ll have a special presentation which will explore interesting lighting techniques that leverage the unique properties of digital capture to create stunning  effects with “Lighting in Layers” & “False Color Lighting” techniques.

Most presenters will be demonstrating in the studio using either actual products shot for clients or live models.  Some presenters may leave time at the end of their demonstration for participants to take advantage of the studio setup and apply what they have learned using their own camera or they will leave time for Q&A.


© Rob Van Petten

In addition to exciting presentations, several lighting manufacturer representatives will be on hand display and answer question regarding the latest and greatest equipment, including Jim Morton from Dynalite as well as Dynalite VIP Rob Van Petten.  Rob will be giving a three hour workshop designed to build your confidence in studio and location lighting with a variety of lighting tools. Beyond the safety of the soft box there is a menu of other lighting options that give your lighting mood, dramatic effects, and individual style.  You will learn the use of a variety of light modifiers separately and in combinations. Rob will demonstrate building a rhythm of light zones – light dynamics – made easy with a live model demonstration.

Lunch, snacks, and coffee will be provided during the event.


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XP-800 FREE Additional Battery Special w/ Purchase In March!


The Dynalite XP-800 Pure Sine Wave Inverter is answering the needs of today’s location photographers, weighing in at only 15lbs., the XP-800 is filled to the brim with power on the go for your studio strobes as well as modern electronic devices.  Purchase an XP-800 from any of our authorized Dynalite Dealers between March 1st – March 31st 2014 and you receive a FREE XP8-Li battery with with your purchase.  Enjoy the power and portability of the Dynalite XP-800 with extra life from the FREE additional battery while saving dollars with this limited time promotion!

Peter Read Miller’s Sports Photography Workshop West

Peter Read Miller’s photography workshops will continue for the 12th year in Denver, CO April 7-12, 2014. Join Peter, Syl Arena, SI Lighting Techs, and other industry experts for 6 intense days of photographing in an exciting all-digital program with access to the latest photographic and lighting equipment.

2013 PRM Denver Workshop from Peter Read Miller on Vimeo.

Students will shoot each city’s top university and high school sporting events.  Each day will begin with a review and critique of the previous day’s shooting.
The workshops will also feature lighting set-ups with studio strobes and speedlites as well as remote camera work and arena lighting instruction by Sports Illustrated Lighting Techs.
Workshop students will have the opportunity to work closely with Peter and take home hundreds of images shot with top of the line equipment.  Each student will also have a one-on-one portfolio review with Peter.

Additional instructors and speakers include:
-Steve Fine-New York, NY.  former Director of Photography, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.
-Syl Arena-Paso Robles, CA.  Advertising, editorial photographer and speedlight guru.  Lecturer and author of “Speedlighters Handbook”.
-Jordan Murph-Honolulu, HI. Los Angeles based freelance editorial photographer and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED lighting technician.

Tuition for the week will include all instruction, the one-on-one portfolio review with Peter, and all location and model fees.
Sponsors include Canon, B&H Photo, Dynalite, Hoodman, Think Tank, and Western Digital.

Students will have access to the latest cameras and lenses from Canon as well as lighting gear from Dynalite. In addition we will have a pool of gear for setting up remotes and triggering options including Pocket Wizards. Past students have gone on the shoot for major newspapers and agencies (Getty Images, USA Today Sports Images, the Associated Press) and become NFL team photographers. Many have had their work published in national publications including SI, ESPN The Magazine and The Sporting News.  A student in the 2010 workshop had a photo he shot during the workshop run in the “Leading Off” section of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. Tuition for the six-day workshop is $1,895.00.  This includes all instruction, a one on one portfolio review with Peter and all model and location fees.  The students will be responsible for air and ground transportation as well as hotel accommodations.  The workshop will attempt offer a negotiated room rate at a hotel in the area.
Peter Read Miller’s
Sports Photography Workshop West
Denver, CO April 7-13, 2014


Dynalite At SPE National Conference


Come and join Dynalite National Sales Manager Jim Morton at this years SPE National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.  Jim will showing the latest innovative products from Dynalite at booth #32 at the Baltimore Hilton March 6th – March 9th.  All attendees are eligible for show specials and other discounts.

In an age of interconnectedness, photographers are no longer solitary practitioners peering at the world through the singular eye of the viewfinder. Rather, photography is positioned at the heart of the contemporary art discourse, establishing relationships with a broad array of ideas and media. Photographers are reaching outside of themselves more than at any point in history, to collaborate with other artists and writers, expand international relationships, engage with and empower communities, organize into teams and collectives, hybridize across media and materials, and build online resource groups and community non-profit organizations to facilitate their ideas. This conference illuminates this new paradigm and celebrates the spirit of cooperation and social linkages. Join us in Baltimore for the 51st gathering of SPE and a celebration of the power of community and social exchange to propel new thinking in photographic practice.

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Visit Dynalite Authorized Dealers At WPPI


Adorama Booth #1007

B&H Photo Booths #731,831 & 728

Samy’s Camera Booth #328 & 229

Unique Photo Booth #1017

Woodland Hills Booth #234


Faces of Tradition: Weaving Elders of the Andes

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“Faces of Tradition: Weaving Elders of the Andes”  was a book project done for Thrums Books, Loveland, Colo., and the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, (CTTC) Cusco, Peru.  The book was released in November 2013.

Our goal with the book was to portray the various groups of elders from the different indigenous villages in the Cusco area that the Center has established a working relationship with to help save and promote their ancient weaving traditions. These elders are passing on their knowledge to a younger generation so that these villages can then continue to create their beautiful textiles and help provide some income for their weavers and the villages.

We worked in 9 different villages throughout the Andean highlands. Some were near Cusco, and others more then 8 hours away via winding dirt roads. All the villages were between 11,000 and 14,000 feet in altitude. While it was not too hard on equipment, it was at times hard on us. I grew up and live in Colorado and I am used to a higher altitude, but there were days when all of us were dragging and gasping for air.

CTTCCHIN-0467When we arrived at each village, we would scout locations then set up to photograph the weaving elders from that village.  Very few of the villages had electricity and even if they did, it was always a bit iffy. I had been to a few of the villages on another assignment so I knew what to expect. The UNI-400‘s were great for this project. Small and rugged enough, they provided just enough light  for what I needed for the portraits. I normally just used one head for the majority of the portrait shots. The Jackrabbit batteries are small enough so they are easily packed, don’t way a ton and can be charged anywhere in the world. On this project I normally shot tethered to a Mac Book Pro, which allowed me to show the elders what they looked like after we finished, and it always was interesting to see the reactions from them. Many had never seen a photo of themselves and were astonished. The comment I most heard was that they didn’t know they looked so old.



youngJoeI grew up in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Southern Colorado, near a little town called Weston. My mother was an avid amateur photographer who loved to photograph her family. Her love seems to have rubbed off on me. In 1976, I moved to L.A. to study photography at Art Center College of Design. It was a great time and place for learning, buzzing with experimentation and promise. But there’s something about Colorado that drew me back.

For the last 30 years I’ve been based out of Fort Collins, Colorado. My studio is in an old red brick building which originally housed a neighborhood grocer back in 1912. My wife and I, plus two dogs and four turtles live upstairs. On assignment I’ve been lucky to travel all over the world taking photographs for a lot of terrific clients.

Joe Coca
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