The Aliens

We got the chance to work with What It Is Productions again on their latest theatrical outing. In the past we've done work for such projects as Ligature Marks and Nighthawk Rules which both premiered at the Edmonton Fringe Festival. The Aliens, is their first foray into a main season production as part of Theatre Network's Roxy Performance Series, and we couldn't be happier to be a part of it. 

The main poster design was a fun one to shoot. As the show takes place behind a cafe, we wanted to capture several of the moments of the show in an overlapping composite image. 

They open tonight! Got check them out. Details below. 

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What It Is Productions presents

by Annie Baker
Original Music & Lyrics by Michael Chernus, Patch Darragh and Eric Gann

October 10 - 22, 2017
Previews: Oct 10 & 11
Opening Night: Oct. 12

The Roxy on Gateway - 8529 Gateway Blvd.
Presented as part of Theatre Network's Roxy Performance Series

Featuring: Chris W. Cook, Evan Hall & Michael Vetsch

Two best friends in their early 30s hang out behind a Vermont coffee house to play music and discuss Bukowski when an impressionable young employee of the shop stumbles upon them. The shy young man becomes enamored with the pair, and the two 30-somethings set out to teach him “everything they know.” The Aliens is a story about the humour and heartbreak of growing up.

Director: Taylor Chadwick
Production Designer: Liza Xenzova
Musical Director/Sound Design: Brian Bergum
Stage Manager: Andrea Murphy

Photography & Design: Dave DeGagné & Brad Gibbons -

Tickets & Info:

Misha & Caleb

It feels like every time you go downtown, another mural has graced the side of building, adding such personality to the neighbourhood. For Misha and Caleb's session, we headed to 104 St, one of our favourite spots in the city and just walked around the block taking advantage of the varying architecture in such a small radius.

We spent some time with the dogs then dropped them off to explore the rest of the block. Pretty happy with how these shots turned out. Enjoy!

Anne & Joe's Wedding

For whatever reason, we seem to book a lot of nurses for weddings. That works out great for us because they have all been amazing to work with. While Anne is not a nurse, she does work at a hospital and that’s how she heard about our work. She got to see it first hand when the bride or groom brought their wedding album in to show everyone at work. Nothing like some free advertising! HA!

You may remember that we held their engagement session at the same time an Edmonton Oiler playoff game was starting. Well, good news/bad news was that the Oilers were out of the playoffs by their wedding day.

Anne & Joe’s day was filled with many events. Apart from the regular Ceremony and Reception there was a tea ceremony, a first look, and several fun games that the Groom and his Groomsmen had to participate in before the Bride would make her appearance.

The Ceremony and Reception were both held at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort. Because we did not have to travel from venue to venue it allowed us to get a lot of photos in a shorter amount of time.

The weather cooperated as well. We didn’t get rained on in spite of threatening clouds. It actually got quite nice out!

All-in-all everyone had a great time! We are very happy for Anne & Joe!

Emily Anne & Jennifer - Engagement Session

Today is the wedding of Emily-Anne & Jennifer. We are so excited for these two!!

We were also very excited to shoot their engagement shoot. Often couples suggest doing their session at the Legislature Building (commonly know to us locals as "The Leg"). Now, nothing against The Leg, but it actually isn't the most amazing place for photos. It's a great place to visit, and it is beautiful to be around, but from a photography standpoint, it isn't that dynamic. But, the fact that these two both work at The Leg and got us access to take photos inside, that was exciting to us!!

For the shots outside the sun was definitely on our side so we used it as often as we could. Then we got to go inside. That was so good!

The Leg is truly a magnificent building. Dave and I were pretty happy with the multitude of locations we found to take photos of the happy couple. Since they work in the building and see it as "the workplace", I suspect they thought we were a bit strange for being so excited. If you think about it, who ever thinks their workplace is "photo-worthy"? But after we showed them a few of the photos we got during the session they were won over. Sometimes seeing things through someone else's eyes makes it appear different than how you pictured it. 

We can't wait to spend their wedding day with them today. The engagement session was so fun and I know the wedding is going to be full of fun as well. 

- brad

Liz & Greg

My sister is getting married!

Having worked so many weddings in the last few years, you forget all that gets put into pulling off these events. Our family has been consumed with wedding talk for the better part of 2017, and the big day is almost here. Even though I am part of the family, by nature I had a hard time letting anyone else photograph the big day.  Brad and I will be there with bells on to document the fun.

As with any couple about to be married, we ALWAYS recommend an engagement session. When we were talking about this with Liz and Greg, my mom kept chiming in, "I don't get it. Why do you do engagement photos? We never did those." 

Well mom, beyond the added bonus of getting some photos the couple could use for invitations, or to post on social media, how many couples have ever had professional photos taken of themselves BEFORE their wedding? Would you really want the first time to be on the day where you are coordinating family, time pressures, caterers, flowers, music, decorations,  etc...? 

An engagement session is really about being comfortable having your picture taken without the pressure of the big day. We get a quick sense of what the couple likes and what they are not into. Additionally, it allows for photos in locations you may not be able to get to on the big day.

In this case, Liz and Greg are getting married at the Calgary Zoo and their reception is there as well. So for their engagement session we got to hit one of our favourite urban spots.

Can't wait for the big day and to share the photos with y'all. 

Does it make sense now mom?

- dave

Biddy & The Whole Family

We have been taking photos of Biddy and her immediate family for many years now, but recently we had a fantastic opportunity to photograph her extended family!! Her sister and brother-in-law and their kids were visiting Edmonton all the way from England so they figured it would be a glorious opportunity to get the whole family together for a photo shoot. Not everyone was on board. Her brother is not the most comfortable with getting his photo taken, and same can be said of Biddy's Mom. So we knew we had our work cut out for us. We were up for the challenge!!

I'm happy to report that we were successful in winning over these two! In fact, after the session, some comments from her Mom and brother included: 

"They were so fun!" "Wow they were so good" "Can we do it again next year?" "Maybe we can get your dad out". ---- VICTORY!!!

I know we've said it at least a dozen times, but we are so lucky to get to work with such great people. Yes, Dave has known Biddy for many years, but I have only known her since we started doing their family photos over the last few years. And now I feel like I'm part of their family. That's pretty cool in my books.

- brad

With Glowing Hearts: Production Photos

You've seen the promo photos. Now here's a sneak peak inside the production. With Glowing Hearts is a unique Fringe experience that combines Canadian female trailblazers with the fantastic world of burlesque. 

Swing by for a hoot and a holler!

WITH GLOWING HEARTS: A Canadian Burlesque Revue

Edmonton International Fringe Festival
BYOV 22 – Garneau Theatre

Friday, August 25 at 5:45 pm
Saturday, August 26 at 4:30 pm
Sunday, August 27 at 4:30 pm

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Tickets and information please visit

For more information about Send in the Girls Burlesque click on our webiste at

Princess Confidential: Fortress Falls Production Shots

Along with the promotional material we designed for this production, featured here, we got the chance to shoot some pictures of the show itself.

If you haven't had the chance, get yourself and your childern down to Old Strathcona and make sure you catch this show ASAP. 

Here are the details again. 

VENUE #11 Studio Theatre in ATB Financial Arts Barns

Saturday, August 26 at 12:45 pm
Sunday, August 27 at 11:00 am

Written and Directed by Ellen Chorley
Featuring Merran Carr-Wiggin and Neil Kuefler

Special Appearance by Evan Edward Hall

For tickets and information on the Edmonton Fringe visiy: or call (780) 409-1910

Pompeii, L.A.

In addition to design work during the Edmonton Fringe Festival, we also found time to shoot some production photos. We wanted to show you some images from Pompeii, L.A. a production by Edmonton's Cardiac Theatre. So far, we've heard nothing but great things about this show. Swing on by the Walterdale if you're interested in checking it out.

Cardiac Theatre presents:

POMPEII, L.A. by Declan Greene

A darkly funny fever dream that follows a burnt-out child star in the wake of an accident. Inspired by the suicide of ‘90s child star/heartthrob Jonathan Brandis, POMPEII, L.A. leads audiences through a gallery of bright young stars who were broken by the Hollywood machine: Johnathan Brandis auditions for the role of his life. Judy Garland is backstage at the Johnny Carson show. Meanwhile, a volcano bubbles up beneath the streets of Los Angeles.

"Look behind you. America is burning."


Venue #3 - Walterdale Theatre (10322 83 Ave)
Running Time: 80 minutes

- Thursday, Aug 17 @ 11:59pm
- Sunday, Aug 20 @ 2:30pm
- Monday, Aug 21 @ 12:30pm
- Wednesday, Aug 23 @ 6:45pm
- Thursday, Aug 24 @ 4:15pm
- Saturday, Aug 26 @ 9:00pm

Featuring: Morgan Grau, James Hamilton, Nikki Hulowski, Cody Porter, Elena Porter, and Sam Stralak

Directed by Harley Morison
Production Design by Brianna Kolybaba
Stage Management by Jessica Glover
Graphic Design by Giselle Boehm of Foolish, Art & Design Work

Tickets available through the Fringe Theatre box office ($13+fees).


Our last Fringe production we had the pleasure of working is Ciara. We had a great time meeting with Amy and discussing the overall concept of this show. Pretty happy with how it came out.

Trunk Theatre presents:
Ciara by David Harrower

Featuring: Linda Grass
Directed by: Amy DeFelice
Stage Managed by: Candice Stollery

Art Gallery owner, Ciara, is pulled back into her beloved father's criminal world by a debt of honour. She tells a darkly comic tale of love, power and betrayal that moves between the high and the low of Glasgow.From the author of 'Blackbird' and Fringe 2016's 'Good With People.'

Venue 28: The Playhouse Theatre
10038 80 Avenue


Fri. August 18th 9:15pm
Sat. August 19th 2:00pm
Sun. August 20th 4:15pm
Tue. August 22nd 4:15pm
Wed.August 23rd 9:15pm
Thu. August 24th 6:30pm
Fri.August 25th 7:00pm
Sat. August 26th 7:00pm

Tickets available here:

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Our fourth project this year is a family affair. The return of a production originally cast with one generation, is now being presented by the next generation. 

An event to see for sure!

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds
by Paul Zindel. 

Winner of the 1971 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as Best American Play of the season, this powerful and moving study of a widow and her two teenage daughters has been hailed as one of the most significant and affecting plays of our time.

Kate Ryan
Sadie Bowling
Helen Klemm
Emma Wilmott
And Emma Walker as Janice Vickery

Direction by Amy DeFelice
Stage Managed by Maura Penn

Venue #3: Walterdale Theatre
Friday, Aug. 18 8:45 pm
Saturday, Aug. 19 2:30 pm
Monday, Aug. 21 7:15 pm
Wednesday, Aug. 23 12:00 pm
Saturday, Aug. 26 4:30 pm

Princess Confidential: Fortress Falls

Our third production is the third in a series. 

Bring your kids!!!!


Edmonton International Fringe Festival 2017
VENUE #11 Studio Theatre in ATB Financial Arts Barns

Saturday, August 19 at 12:45 pm
Sunday, August 20 at 4:30 pm
Monday, August 21 at 11:00 am
Tuesday, August 22 at 2:45 pm
Saturday, August 26 at 12:45 pm
Sunday, August 27 at 11:00 am

“Princess, just because we cracked a few cases with fairy tales before doesn’t mean it’s going to work again this time...”

After retrieving the memories of an amnesia-stuck royal and recovering the whereabouts of the mysterious Miss Melody Merchant, Princess Abigail and Detective Reid Simon have joined forces to take down the corrupt crime boss Fortress Jones in this thrilling fairy-tale film noir. Princess Confidential: Fortress Falls is the third part in Promise Productions’ Princess Confiential series with a new play ever two years since the 2013 Edmonton Fringe Festival. This latest instalment is sure to thrill ages 6 to 106, and audiences don’t need to have seen previous plays to catch this caper!

Written and Directed by Ellen Chorley
Featuring Merran Carr-Wiggin and Neil Kuefler

Special Appearance by Evan Edward Hall

For tickets and information on the Edmonton Fringe or call (780) 409-1910


Send in the Girls is back with an entirely Canadian themed show.

The 2nd show we worked on this year belongs to the production company we have partnered with the longest.

Check 'em out soon as they will sell out quickly!

WITH GLOWING HEARTS: A Canadian Burlesque Revue

Edmonton International Fringe Festival
BYOV 22 – Garneau Theatre
8712 109 Street

"With glowing hearts, we see thee rise!" 

Send in the Girls Burlesque, Edmonton's award winning smart, sexy, storytellers brings their newest show - With Glowing Hearts: A Canadian Burlesque Revue to Edmonton for the Fringe Festival. 

Celebrating the local history and the untold story of Canadian feminists, heroines, and trail blazers, With Glowing Hearts is a Burlesque revue extravaganza celebrating Canadian women throughout history.With a rocking CANCON (that's all Canadian songs) soundtrack, and performances from Delia Barnett, Sarah Jackson, Madelaine Knight, Kiki Quinn and Sydney Parcey, choreography by Leah Paterson and hosted by the incomparable Albertan feminist Nellie McClung (Ellen Chorley)- you won't want to miss this patriotic party!

WITH GLOWING HEARTS: A Canadian Burlesque Revue
Saturday, August 19 at 8:30 pm
Sunday, August 20 at 7:45 pm
Monday, August 21 at 10:30 pm
Wednesday, August 23 at 8:30 pm
Friday, August 25 at 5:45 pm
Saturday, August 26 at 4:30 pm
Sunday, August 27 at 4:30 pm

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Tickets and information please visit

For more information about Send in the Girls Burlesque click on our webiste at

The Apple Tree

dbphotographics is back at the Edmonton Fringe.

As in previous years, we have had the pleasure of working with multiple companies in developing unique promotional material to help sell their awesome productions.

First up, we worked with Plain Jane Theatre on a few shows this year. We start with The Apple Tree!

Details below:


Music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick.
Book by Bock and Harnick with contributions from Jerome Coopersmith

Madelaine Knight
Graham Mothersill
and Jocelyn Ahlf as the snake

Direction/ Production Design by Dave Horak
Music Direction by Ryan Sigurdson
Stage Managed by Rachel Rudd


BYOV #12: Varscona Theatre
Thursday, Aug. 17 9:00pm
Friday, Aug. 18 5:00pm
Saturday, Aug. 19 7:00 pm
Monday, Aug. 21 3:00pm
Tuesday, Aug. 22 1:00pm
Wednesday, Aug. 23 5:00 pm
Thursday, Aug. 24 1:00 pm
Friday, Aug. 25 9:00 pm
Saturday, Aug. 26 9:00pm

Spring Portrait Blitz - Team Lindsay

We met these three (plus pup) a few blitzes ago when their little dude was just brand new. Now he's an awesome, little sir full of ideas and character. 

...and so concludes our Spring Portrait Blitz posts. We will be setting up the next blitz soon so keep your eye on our Facebook page. 

See you next blitz!