Chris Gordaneer

Chris Captures the River Monster

by Alex Beetham on April 25, 2016

Perk #894 of commercial photography:  Escaping Canadian winter to shoot a job on the beaches of the Dominican Republic.  Exactly what Chris Gordaneer did this past winter when he got the call from Animal Planet to help introduce season 8 of the incredibly successful “River Monsters.”  Host Jeremy Wade didn’t think the rivers were cutting it anymore, so the 8th season of River Monsters moved out to open waters.  Take a look at what they captured:

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 I had the pleasure of hanging out in the Dominican Republic with this guy, Jeremy Wade from River Monsters for a week in February this year.  These shots were for the shows 8th season on Animal Planet.  The shoot took place on both a beach, and at the Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios which is a 60,000 square foot water tank!  Amazing!  Great crew, great agency, great client, all around awesome experience.  Jeremy is the real deal.     – Chris.


Credit where credit is due:

Client:  Animal Planet
Jamie Dugger, Vice President of Creative, Animal Planet
Joe Carey, Producer, Animal Planet
Shannon Erb, Sr. Director of Talent, Animal Planet
Selbern Narby, Sr. Editor, Animal Planet
Jeanne Kopeck, Creative Director, Mrs K’s
Andrew Turman, Director of Photography, Mrs K’s
Erin Lofstrom, Producer, Mrs K’s
Jessica Latterman, Vice President of Marketing, Animal Planet
Monica Zeitlin, Director of Marketing, Animal Planet
Lisa McKenna, Production Manager, Marketing
Blair Staruch, Account Executive
Anna Fodero, Account Coordinator
Beth Stewart, Associate Creative Director
Anand Gahlot, Art Director
Laura Adams, Photo Producer
Sheri Wake, Photo Producer

Westside Studio Producer:  Kirsten White
Photographer: Chris Gordaneer
Digital Tech: Brendan Smyth

Chris’ tech/first assistant Brendan (very talented photographer in his own right) had a few moments to capture some BTS from the 2 set days.  Check’em!

Day one shooting on our beautiful Dominican beach location:

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Day two, shooting at Pinewood Studios Horizon Water Tank, the “most advanced water tank in the world.”  Making waves.

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Getting stuck on location for a couple extra days isn’t too bad with good company:

All Images © Chris Gordaneer
All BTS Images © Brendan Smyth



    A great Canadian rye meets a great Canadian photographer, what a lovely synopsis to set the stage for what is certain to be amazing images.  …or night out…  Well anyways, this may not be the first time Chris Gordaneer and Crown Royal have met, but it’s certainly the most beautiful, that is for sure.

    These new images that Chris shot for the the Canadian rye company take classic Chris Gordaneer landscape photography and match it up with his studio technique.  Those amber colours pop off of these backgrounds and that bottle of liquid gold really demands your attention, doesn’t it?  Or am I just thirsty?  Check out these additional photos that Chris shot for Grey, New York for the American market.



    Westside Team:
    Photographer:  Chris Gordaneer
    Producer:  Kirsten White
    Assistant:  Brendan Smyth

    Traffik Group team:
    Art Director: Alex Rodriguez & Ed Jover

    Grey New York team:
    Writer: Pieter Melief
    Group Creative Director: Anthony DeCarolis
    Creative Director: Stu Mair
    Group Creative Director: Han Lin
    Designer: Ryan Hoelting
    Account Supervisor: Lyz Montague
    Account Executive: Nicole Murphy
    VP/Producer/Director: Floyd Russ
    Art Producer: Sarah Guidotti


      Into the wild with Chris Gordaneer

      by Westside on July 29, 2015

      You’ve read the book or seen the movie where Chris McCandless goes completely off the grid and ends up in Alaska?  Well Chris Gordaneer got the same yearning to see and photograph these epic landscapes for his latest personal project.  Chris has been the king of gigantic, powerful landscapes for years and this latest series continues to reinforce that title with rolling mountains, boreal forests and mosquitos the size of small birds.  So please, allow him to take you through a few scenes of his Alaskan excursion.

      My assistant Brendan and I traveled to Alaska the first day of June. We spent a week and a half driving and shooting.  The idea behind this series was to emphasize the enormity the state, so when we arrived it was clear… we were in the right place. Its huge!.  I feel these shots convey how the wilderness here will make you feel really small, really fast.”

      “These photos were taken along the Denali highway 8.  This was the most beautiful area that we went.”

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      “This is Brendan, hiking up the side of a relatively small hill near the Yukon river south of Fort Yukon.  This was the farthest East we were the whole trip.”

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      “This is Coke Wallace and his son- together they showed us some of their favorite spots.  Coke rescues people who venture out to see the bus made famous in the film “Into the Wild“.  Since the movie came out, people go to see this bus and cross the Teklanika river, which due to flash floods can be a creek at one moment and a raging torrent 100 feet across the next.  People can become trapped with bears, mountain lions and moose.  I met Coke 7 years ago when shooting for Polaris and have kept in touch with him ever since.”


      “This is the first night that we camped, just North of Anchorage, outside of Palmer.  I was able to shoot this at 12:00am, there are nearly 24 hours of sunlight at this time of year.  You know what that means? 4 to 5 hours of magic hour, I was in my element.”

      “While diving along, we spotted a campsite that I felt would make a great shot, but it was missing something. Since there were no campers to be seen,  Brendan and I took the liberty of setting up the campfire….. composition complete.”

      “Heres a shot taken at the end of Stampede Road.  This was where Chris Mccandleuss was dropped off.”

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      “Thats me just before the Arctic Circle along the Dalton Highway 11.  We didn’t see too many folks up there, but we did come across a hitch hiker from Britain who was cycling from Anchorage up to Prudhoe Bay at the very top of the state.  The area along the Yukon river was too muddy and wet for him to get through and he had been stuck there for 2 days when we picked him up.  Up that highway, there is a point of no return where beyond there is no cell phone reception, no gas, no food, no nothing.”

      All in all this trip was massive.  Although it looks like Chris and Brendan booted around the most Northern state- they drove thousands of miles and their truck definitely showed that truth- earning it the title “The War Rig”.  This definitely brings new longer-haul meaning to the term “mud’n”.


      These images will be made into a very limited quantity of signed prints and distributed to a hand picked list of lucky folks by Chris.  Check those packages out below.  Keep an eye out for these to be hanging on walls soon!


        Who Needs Thrones? Chris Has Homes.

        by Alex Beetham on March 4, 2015

        It’s near impossible to discuss Game of Thrones.  The immediate response is either a frantic “SHHHH” followed by hands slapping ears to silence potential spoilers, or the friend next to them launching into a vein popping, sputtering rage since the show has mutilated the holy scripture of Mr. Martin.  Well, there’s a new show we can discuss.  Just swap out the blood sport and incest for power tools and mild asbestos, and you got yourself W Networks new hit show in the making, Game of Homes.

        Our very own Chris Gordaneer was tasked with creating some epic home renovation imagery, and the results look a little like this.  Well, exactly like this:


        In Game of Homes, Host Cameron Mathison guides teams of skilled amateur home renovators as they compete for the chance to trade their skills for the prize of a lifetime. The teams save rundown houses that are marked to be torn down and revive them into dream homes. Each team must redo the houses room by room, as they cope with small budgets, tight deadlines and even tighter living spaces.  -  W Network


        Client:  Corus EntertainmentW Network
        Photographer:  Chris Gordaneer
        VP Creative:  Dolores Keating-Mallen
        Design Creative Director:  Vince Robles
        Lead Designer:  Robin Timmins
        Producer:  Kirsten White
        Prop Stylist:  Cheryl Thompson
        Stylist:  Marie Eve Tremblay
        Hair & Makeup:  Lisa Vella
        Assistants:  Brendan Smyth,  Al Quintero, Mike Smith, Hassan Mohamed
        Interns:  Tiana Gordinho, Ashley Farina, Matt Besenyodi


        You may (will) spot a placement or two down in the tubes that look a little something like this:


        Take a glimpse into some behind the scenes from the day:


        Pre-dressed set with Lion King reenactments, and a dressed set with Chris, God of light.

        Check out the premiere March 17th on W Network!

        All Images © Chris Gordaneer
        BTS Images © Brendan Smyth, Alex Beethan, Kirsten White


          Ford + Toronto Maple Leafs = A Chris Gordaneer Special

          by Alex Beetham on November 25, 2014

          Sure there’s always death and taxes, but here are two more certainties in this life –  Chris Gordaneer will always be a Leafs fan, and he will always drive a Ford. This made Chris an ideal candidate to photograph die hard leaf fans that, like Ford says, go further.

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          Client: Ford
          Agency: Blue Hive
          Photographer: Chris Gordaneer
          Art Director: Marc Caringal
          Producer: Kirsten White
          Assistants: Brendan Smyth, John Wayne Brown, Adi Saciragic, Paul Swanson
          Tattoo Artists: Maddalena Ruggiero & Alex Richarson
          MUAH: Taylor Savage
          Wardrobe: Marie Eve Tremblay
          Prop Stylist: James Kennedy

          Here’s a look at Chris’s final images, uncropped and outside of the final ad layout:


          Producer Kirsten White was good enough to snap these BTS shots of Chris channelling his inner bride:

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          Tattoo artists Maddalena & Alex had our talent under their markers for a full a day to create this custom back piece.  First assistant Brendan Smyth snapped these BTS shots:

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          All Images © Chris Gordaneer
          All BTS Images © Kirsten White & Brendan Smyth

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            by Westside on January 24, 2014

            With it being Friday and all, it seems appropriate that we go easy on your brains and stick to the soft, warm, savoury facts.

            Chris Gordaneer and Andrew Gillingham from Agency 59 recently hooked up and spent some time churning out a lovely looking campaign for Gay Lea Foods. Andrew knew that Chris had a leg on both the stills and motion fence and that this creative was perfect for Chris’s stylings. Let’s kick things off with the motion side of things and then check in with Chris Gordaneer before seeing the stills.

            Myself and the team at Agency 59 had a blast working on this campaign for Gay Lea. There were some early call times and hard working days, which was appropriate considering the work that these farmers put into their product.

            Big thanks to everyone that was involved, and a special shout out to Annie for being such great company. ~CG

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            Client: Gay Lea Foods
            Agency: Agency 59
            Chief Creative Director: Brian Howlett
            Creative Director: Andrew Gillingham
            Line Producer: Erwin Abesamis
            DP: Samy Inayeh
            Editor: Danica Pardo
            Make-Up: Lisa Vella
            Producer: Kirsten White
            Digital Tech: Aric Guité
            Assistants: Gabe Nivera, Mikael Cosmo, Rebecca Leach, & Peter Olson

            So who is Annie you might ask, well she’s a special lady who you’ll meet thanks to some great behind the scenes from Producer Kirsten White.

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            Images/ Videos © Chris Gordaneer
            BTS Images © Kirsten White

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              by Westside on January 6, 2014

              Welcome back Westside fans! We’re really excited about rolling out some fun and exciting new content this year on the Blog, but first we have a project from Chris Gordaneer that we’ve been dying to share. He spent a hard working 12 months alongside a great group of people creating what you’re about to see, and we’re very proud to be able to share his latest images. We’ll jump back and forth between work and words, so grab a coffee and prepare for a wave of pride.

              We Are Winter

              On December 31st – to great praise – the Canadian Olympic Committee debuted the largest campaign in its history, “We Are Winter“. With less than a month before the worlds eyes fall upon Sochi and the 2014 Winter Games, the COC aims to bring Canadians closer to our athletes through a strong multi-platform campaign, for which Chris was given the privilege of handling stills. Here’s our Olympian with some of his initial thoughts on the project.

              Once I got an understanding for what the COC was wanting to convey with their campaign, I knew #WeAreWinter was the project I’ve been training my whole life for. It would be a massive undertaking, but to be given the opportunity to represent my country and help bring us together as a nation was something out of my “I want to be a photographer” dreams.
              Not one to be passed up. ~ CG

              Alex Bilodeau | Freestyle Skiing – Moguls
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              Charles Hamelin | Short Track Speed Skating
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              Chief Marketing Officer, Derek Kent provided some great insights on the vision for #WeAreWinter in the COC’s New Years Eve press release.

              The essence of this campaign originated from conversations with our athletes who all said the same thing: Winter defines them and defines who we are as a country. We wanted to inspire Canadians by showcasing the drive, determination, and grit of our athletes as they train for the Olympic Games. We wanted Canadians to really get to know our athletes and their remarkably inspiring stories. We are proud of what we have built and that we are putting a brighter spotlight on our national sporting heroes.

              Denny Morrison | Long Track Speed Skating
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              Justine Dufour-Lapointe | Freestyle Skiing – Moguls
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              Kaillie Humphries & Chelsea Valois | Bobsleigh
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              For the first time ever, the COC will be able to connect athletes with viewers back home though their official social media partner, Twitter. By using the hashtags WeAreWinter and NousSommeslHiver – as well as team handles @CDNOlympicTeam and @OlympiqueCanada – Canadians nationwide will be able to join in conversation and cheer on their podium hopefuls from the comfort of their couch, bus stop, or barstool.

              If you’re a tweeter, you can get going by clicking any of our featured athletes names and start following their journey to Sochi.

              Mark McMorris | Snowboard – Slopestyle
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              A quick view from Producer Tom Nesbitt’s eye before we pass it back to Chris.

              Its always exciting to work on a project from inspection to fruition. It transcends work when the project is a creative collaboration of the kind of scale that the #WeAreWinter campaign is. From the first meeting Chris and I had with CD Josh Stein (now of TribalDDB) and Agency producer at Proximity Jessica Takas I knew this was going to be one truly exciting adventure. It was logistically difficult, physically exhausting, mentally taxing, but best of all something I was so proud to be a part of.

              Snow, Ice, Mountains, Olympic athletes, whats not to love? ~ TN

              Mikaël Kingsbury | Freestyle Skiing – Moguls
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              Noah Bowman | Freestyle Skiing – Halfpipe
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              From start to finish this was an amazing experience – a job I will forever be proud to have been a part of. It’s always a pleasure to see your work in print around your city, but there’s something special about this campaign that’s been giving me goosebumps since I’ve caught it at transit stops and on TV.

              Director Henry Lu (of Moxie Pictures) and I worked closely alongside Josh and Jessica, to collectively ensure the look and feel of #WeAreWinter met the COC’s vision. Now seeing our efforts getting fellow Canadians excited about the Games – it’s a tough feeling to describe. The kind of thing I’m sure all the athletes we worked with could tell you a lot more about. ~ CG

              Roz Groenewoud | Freestyle Skiing – Halfpipe
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              Sarah Reid | Skeleton
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              Client: Canadian Olympic Committee
              Agency: Proximity Canada
              Creative Director: Josh Stein
              Content Producer: Jessica Valentini
              Digital Imaging: Mark Tyler / Stir Images
              Photo Producer: Tom Nesbitt & Kirsten White (MTL)
              First Assistant: Aric Guité
              Assistants : Daniel Tremblay (CGY), Trevor Yee (BC), Stephane Fiore & Frederik Robitaille (MTL)

              Those of you who can remember way back to last March may recall a PHOTOGASM of ours, where we teased this project while still in its early stages. At the time, Chris & Co. had been spending their days at Calgary’s Winter Sport Institute, so we’ll get the BTS rolling with a trip down the bobsleigh track before taking a look at the team’s time in Montréal, Quebec City, and Whistler. Be sure to click a pic and get yourself a closer look at the action.

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              What an amazing year long project this has been. I can’t thank the folks at Proximity enough for thinking of me in the first place. Josh and I went back and forth on these so often in post that we must have driven our retoucher completely bonkers. It was all for the best though, thanks Josh. To Mark Tyler, my long time retouching collaborator you did such an amazing job (as always) so thanks for all of your patience and skill. And speaking of patience, Jessica Valentini – big thanks go to you for keeping all of this on track and delivered on time. You should be putting in for a raise, I couldn’t have done this without you.

              All this to say, this was an amazing collaboration with some of the best in the business. Looking forward to seeing these up around town and around the country. As we cheer for the home team in just a few short weeks I was glad to play my part. Go Canada Go!! ~ CG

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              Images © Chris Gordaneer
              BTS © Aric Guité & Tom Nesbitt



                by Westside on October 7, 2013

                With a bit of time on his hands between projects, Chris Gordaneer packed up his camera and set off for a week-long trip to the greatest country on Earth – Scotland. Thanks to his Instagram account we were able to gave you a tease of the trip, and now the time has come to see what kind of candies he brought back for our eyes. We’ll kick things off with a look at Chris’ map – his travels marked in blue – before a bit of background on the trip.


                Carrying little more than a few bare necessities, Chris arrived in Glasgow safely, where his first stop was picking up a rental truck to get out on the road. His second stop came 10 minutes later, when he had to return to the rental location. Apparently the best way to remember which side of the road to drive on is by colliding with a bus.


                With his car troubles behind him, our hero was back on the road in search of beautiful countrysides and safe places for sleeping. We’ll let Chris take care of explaining that last one, but first a look at some of the beautiful Scottish scenery.

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                On this trip I wanted to spend some time just traveling the countryside and checking out some locations that have family ties to my mums side. I’ve been to Scotland a few times now and every time I’m there I can’t get over how surreal the landscape is. Everywhere you turn there’s a view worth capturing.

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                It was an absolute blast just being out on the road by myself, not having any real commitments, and just getting to take as much in as I could. Some might not be into the idea of sleeping on the side of the road in your rental truck, but the spacious Defender and sounds of the countryside really charges the batteries. ~CG

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                  TIGW | ALONE IN THE HIGHLANDS

                  by Westside on September 18, 2013

                  The title of this post is all you need to know for now, but based on the Instagrams so far, we’re pretty excited to see whatever it is Chris Gordaneer‘s currently up to.

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                  TGIW kids!
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                    IN PRINT | GORDANEER AT THE WHEEL

                    by Westside on August 19, 2013

                    Following the release of his fantastic looking campaign for the Acura RLX, Chris Gordaneer hopped back in the driver’s seat for another lap around the track with Bob Goulart of Grip Limited riding shotgun. His hands on the wheel of Acura’s mid-size luxury crossover SUV, the 2014 MDX, Chris and the team set off for western roads, later returning with another stunning series of automotive work.

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                    Client: Acura Canada
                    Agency: Grip Limited
                    Creative Director: Bob Goulart
                    Art Director: Pia Nummi
                    Producer: Tom Nesbitt
                    Assistants: Aric Guité, George Moreira, Dusty Parr, Adnan Saciragic, & Logan Allmendinger

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                    There’s a whole lot more of Chris’ time with the 2014 MDX over on Acura’s website, so give a click and get the goods.
                    All Images © Chris Gordaneer