We bought a house!

Posted by ryanjackson on Jan 7, 2010 in photos, Ryan's Life

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Ashe and I bought a house!  Good times!

Our Realtor Steve Kanizaj was fantastic and helped us find the perfect house for less than asking price.  The cool thing about Realtors when you are buying a house is that they don’t cost the buyer anything as the Realtor simply gets a portion of the commission on the sale. Your Realtor’s job is to find homes, arrange for viewings, make the offer and get you the lowest price possible.

Since Ashe and I were first time home buyers we had no idea what we were doing so he really helped with the paperwork and organizing everything.

Steve was very professional and fun to work for and Ashe and I highly recommend him if you are looking to buy or sell a home.    You can contact him at stevek@realtyexecutives.com or call 780-709-8400

For our mortgage we used Jamie Coulter in Calgary who found us the best mortgage rate and bank for us and really made the mortgage process more personal and less “dealing with a bank” ‘ish.  Again, he finds you the best rate and doesn’t cost you a thing so you can only benefit. His website is jamiecoulter.ca and you can call him at 403-835-1535.  He’s in Calgary and we live in Edmonton but that didn’t matter since everything was done through e-mail/fax.

They can also refer you to good home inspectors, movers, lawyers, etc.
Referral is everything which is why I’m writing this.

As a thanks to Steve for his great work , I did head shots for his new website that he is building.  Enjoy!


Stephen Kanizaj with Realty Executives Progressive poses for a photo in his home on December 20, 2009. Photo by Ryan Jackson / ryanjackson.ca


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Traci Tosczak – Edmonton Model Headshot Photography

Posted by ryanjackson on Nov 13, 2009 in lighting, photos

I spent an afternoon last week with the lovely Traci Tosczak to help her build her modeling portfolio.

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Portraits – Musician and Pharmacist

Posted by ryanjackson on Oct 20, 2009 in photos

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Local musician and video game developer Skye Boyes (front) poses for a photo with (left-to-right, back-to-front) Robyn Dubuc, Danny Greig, Cody Hollis-Perdue, Scott Carmichael, Taylor Schaerer and Eric Cheng at XGen Studios in Edmonton on October 20, 2009. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal


Pharmacist Laurie Reay poses for a photo at The Medicine Shoppe, 5011 118 Ave. in Edmonton on October 20, 2009.  Alberta has gone from having the highest prices in Canada for generic drugs to the lowest. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Edmonton Film Commissioner

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 2, 2009 in photos

Edmonton Film Commissioner, Patti Tucker with the Edmonton economic development corporation is leaving her post at the end of September. Here she poses for a photo in her office in Edmonton on July 2, 2009. (Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

img_7567 To make this photo I put an orange gel on my 550EX flash and set my camera white balance to tungsten. This makes the background go blue because the second flash isn’t gelled and it gives a bluer light.
Exposure was 1/200 sec, f6.3, ISO50. Canon 5D, 24-105IS lens.
I used a Lastolite EzBox softbox with an orange gelled 550EX flash set to 1/4 power
Second light was a 580EZ at 1/4 power zoomed to 105mm with a snoot on it to make a spot light

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