The mischievous Margaret Atwood - Archive Image

I had the chance to photograph Ms. Atwood at my studio. It was one of those surreal moments when an author you studied in schools walks into your studio and says, "Hi Hasnain." How is is it possible when a Canadian icon knows your name.

Margaret Atwood for Macleans Magazine

Margaret Atwood for Macleans Magazine

 

We sat down and started the shoot. I asked her to smile and she politely said that "Icons don't smile" and then proceeded to grin a mischievous smile.  

 

Rehab with MackieBiernacki

There are advertising teams you always look forward to working with and MackieBiernacki is probably at the top of my list. Talented, smart, witty and loyal are only a few of the adjectives that describes this team and their new shop.

I once told Mark Biernacki that I was interested in directing spots for TV and after a short conversation, an oppurtunity presented itself. I was given a chance to bid for a Petro-Canada spot and when my treatment was awarded, Mark leaned over to me and quietly, calmly, and whispered, "Don't fuck it up." I didn't.

Our latest iteration was a small spot for Edgewood Health Network with centres across Canada. I didn't fuck it up and once its done, I'll post it to the blog. Until then, enjoy the little teaser and some of the shots around the production.

 
MackieBiernackie
DOP Jonah Hart and Assistant Camera Alex

DOP Jonah Hart and Assistant Camera Alex

On the way to the location

On the way to the location

Welder

I've photographed a lot of people over my career and some of the poeple you forget.   Some you don't.  I found this image of the Welder in bankers box full of film from older shoots.   

It was shot on one of my first assignments and was really an outtake from the shoot.    The job was for a construction company and I was there to photograph the owner Tony S.   I liked Tony but the guys who worked there were awesome.   I was a kid in a candy store with the faces and the environment.   I don't remember the Welder's name, but I do remember how cool he was.

Ads of the World - World Vision

Recently posted on Ads of the World is my collaboration with the talented Braeden Laverty and Alyssa Geffen of KBS+ Toronto.    The Project required not only a large set build but also, multiple shots, CGI, Photoshop and a lot of hands on deck.   Thanks to Aarin MacKay Productions for the fabulous work done to get this all together.  

One of three images created for this campaign   

One of three images created for this campaign