Uprising has come and gone, and everyone can agree the event was nothing less than a hit. With the support of the always energetic Sea to Sky community and leadership of Origin Outside, the event raised $9000 CAD for Protect Our Winters Canada, and put on an amazing show for everyone in attendance. The winners by a considerable margin, Erin Hogue & Vincent Emond, put on a special show—and we sat down with them to get the behind the scenes look at what it takes to make a winning slideshow. —ML
How did the idea come about for your winning show?
A couple of days after Origin got in touch with me about Uprising, I was riding with Sara Niblock who rides for Prior and started Nibz Bandanas. She had a baby 3 months ago and she was telling me about her shred plans for the winter, competing in the Legendary Baker Banked Slalom and continuing to shoot. She also told me about her mom group and that she had to pump in her car before riding. It was then that I realized that this is a world I know very little about and is also an incredibly significant one to our community.
I wanted to take this amazing opportunity to shine a light on an aspect of ski/snowboard culture that isn’t often shown in a contest like this. To showcase it in the hopes of inspiring more woman to continue to get after it, after they have kids.
I also wanted to show how badass mom’s are and what woman are capable of while pregnant and after having children.
What’s the hardest part about filming with a crew of moms? And the easiest?
Going into it, I thought that the mom’s availability and finding childcare were going to be the most difficult part but it wasn’t. The Mom’s involved were wizards at having their kids there and ready to go when we needed them and then disappear when we didn’t. They were even more amazing at getting their kids to do what we needed when we needed them to do it…chocolate played a big part in that I think.
The mom’s positive vibes, hard work and ability to throw down 3 months after giving birth and while 4 months pregnant was mind-blowing! The hardest part ended up being unexpected sick children, which no one can plan for.
Why choose Vince Emond as your mentee?
I didn’t really know many of the shortlisted mentee’s and knew that this idea would take someone with a creative eye. Vince’s portfolio had some unique and different shots in it and so I thought that would add to the concept.
Was it hard to balance mentoring and shooting?
I think mentoring is a really amazing concept. I have made so many mistakes and done almost everything the wrong way first so if I can prevent someone from doing the same then I’m all for it.
What would you do differently—any advice for people getting into similar competitions?
It is one of the most challenging contests to participate in, producing 60-100 usable photos in 3 days is insane especially with the added pressure of having 1200 people watch it live and then judge it. In saying that, it is also one of the most inspiring contests you can do. It pushes you to do things in a way you normally wouldn’t and brings so many amazing people together. In terms of specific advice, just accept the craziness and have as much fun as you can in the process.
How difficult was it to tell the story? Anything you wanted to do but didn’t, any shots that could use more explanation or context?
With anything, it is so easy to dream up all of the best ideas but executing them in just 72 hours is something entirely different. I also do not have a lot of experience with slideshows so envisioning exactly how everything is going to come across in a slideshow format and to the audience, is an added obstacle.
It was a difficult story to tell in terms of some of the logistics involved. Due to the time limit to shoot and that we wanted to include authentic shots at home and photos with infants, toddlers and new Moms, we had to stay closer to home to have enough time to get it all in. Due to the story we also had to use solely human-powered transportation, which greatly limits the breathtaking locations that you can access and significantly slows down the whole shooting process.
I also wanted to include a series of really cool purple and blue night flash photos with a captivating night sky, unfortunately, the sky clouded over as soon as we were set up and ready to shoot. We also ended up in a cloud one of the afternoons/evenings we had dedicated to shooting action which, when you have only 72 hours significantly limits the number of action shots in the final slideshow.
Lastly, is there anyone you’d like to thank?
Oh wow, there are so many people to thank! Our team ended up including over 30 people and they were all incredible. On top of that, there were all the people that the mom’s wrangled in to help with handing off their kids. And, all of the amazing people that contributed with gear, and those who have their endless support through the whole process. We are also want to Thank Origin Outside for taking this contest on, without them none of this would have happened this year.
Oh and Thanks to Warren who without knowing me, let me throw a ‘mom’ jibbing party at his house.