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Replaceing a lost, stolen or damaged Canadian Passport Abroad

Replaceing a lost, stolen or damaged Canadian Passport Abroad Photo

Stolen, Lost, Damaged Canadian Passport Abroad PPTC Application Forms

If your reading this now chances are it sucks to be you… or you’re paranoid.  (Too stressed for prelude?  Just scroll down to where I have packaged all the forms you need together into one tidy zip file.)  I had my Canadian passport stolen in Istanbul, one day before my return flight to Korea. Try not to have your passport stolen on a Friday as I did, Canadian embassies and consulates only work a half day on Fridays and are closed all weekend.  Due to this and time zone differences it took me four days to get out of Istanbul.

Being Canadians, it should come as no surprise that when a Canadian passport is stolen, damaged or lost we must fill out mountains of paperwork and wait patiently as the gears of Canadian bureaucracy grind away.  If having your passport, money and credit cards stolen, missing your flight and incurring excess charges for ticket rescheduling and accommodating isn’t enough of a blow, Passport Canada will also slap you with $345 bill.  Why so much?  I don’t know but it breaks down as follows: $190 for the 5 year passport, $110 for the temporary passport and a $45 “lost/stolen/damaged fee” just to teach you a lesson.

Replacing a Canadian passport abroad is a hellish process and I’ve put the following documents together in the hopes they can make your life a little easier in whichever country you find yourself stranded in now.  Here’s what I’ve done for you:

1. Collected all the forms necessary for a Canadian wishing to replace a passport that has been lost, stolen or damaged abroad.

2. Scanned any forms that could not be found online.  The two scanned forms (PPTC 132 & PPTC120) are non-editable and indicated as such in the file name.  Essentially you need to write on the image.  You must use a program such as Mac’s Preview, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Indesign, or one of the many other free or paid pdf editing applications out there to overlay text onto them.  You can also just print them out and write on them if you still remember how to write by hand.

3. Ordered the forms in what I feel is a logical sequence to complete and submit them in.

4. Added place holders for other personalized documents and important reminders.

Once completed I like to merge all the pdfs into a single pdf document to simplify printing and storage.  Again this can be done using Mac’s preview, Adobe Acrobat or other detected pdf editing applications.  It’s not necessary though, you can also just hit the print button eight times.

PLEASE NOTE:  These are the correct documents up until August 4th 2014.  Canadian forms, fees and requirements change frequently so be sure to verify that my forms aren’t outdated.  This process worked for me, I make no guarantees that it will work for you.  I will however keep my fingers crossed for you.

Download Greg’s Lost, Stolen or Damaged Adult Canadian Passport Abroad Application Bundle.  The following files can be found in the zip file:
000-Read-Me.rtf
001-PPTC 203-Declaration-Concerning-Lost-Stolen-Damaged-Passport.pdf
002-Your-Police-Report-NonEditable.pdf
003-PPTC 040-Adult-Abroad-General-Passport-Applicatoin.pdf
004-Get-And-Attach-Passport-Photos-NonEditable.pdf
005-PPTC 132-Statutory-Declaration-In-Lieu-Of-Guarantor-NonEditable.pdf
006-PPTC 120-Temporary-Passport-Exchange-Agreement-NonEditable.pdf
007-PPTC 116-Limited-Validity-Passport-Agreement.pdf
008-Credit-Card-Authorization-Payment-At-Canadian-Office-Abroad.pdf
009-Additonal-Documents-NonEditable.pdf

Good luck!  Post your story in the comments while you wait for your new travel document!

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Brandon Proposes to Kimmy – Seoul Proposal Photographer

Brandon Proposes to Kimmy   Seoul Proposal Photographer Photo

Seoul, South Korea: If you’ve checked out my website before you may remember Brandon and Kim from the maternity photos I did for them roughly three years ago.  It fact, it was that very set of photos that got my photography career started!  Well, with baby number two on the way any day now Brandon decided it was about time to pop the big question to Kim.  Brandon and I used to build couch cushion fortresses and have Nintendo all-nighters back in grade four.  We lived together in university and I convinced him to move from Japan to Korea years ago.  It’s pretty damn cool that I was able to do a paparazzi shoot for my best buddy and soon to be father of a second child 23 years later.  I’ll always remember that balmy afternoon, sharing a beer with Brandon as he practiced playing his song for Kim and cherry blossoms cascaded down from the trees in the background.  Who would of thought we’d end up in this foreign land married to some sexy, smart foreign ladies raising a family of our own…

Brandon proposing to Kim would mark my fourth paparazzi proposal to date.  Brandon had setup a “Babymoon” for Kim as the cover story for the trip to Seoul for a massage, manicure and overnight stay.  Usually I plan these shoots to a tee but Brandon and I tend to be somewhat impulsive so we ended up changing 90% of our plan right before the shoot!  The location Brandon and I met at was beautiful but challenging, namely for the fact it was extremely crowded, there was little cover for me.  Cover was especially important on this shoot because Kim would spot me in a heart beat if I wasn’t completely concealed.  I ended up finding a cluster of bushes to hide in.  The more concerning issue however was that the “grass goons” were out in full effect.  Dare to sit or tread anywhere that wasn’t concrete and three orange clad grass goons would show up and start yelling at you.  We nearly saw a fight break out between the goons and an old man who was determined not to give in.
Luckily Brandon had a good friend, fluent in Korean and English so we approached the keeper of the goons and handed him a phone which he was extremely reluctant to take.  After a good minute of persuasion he finally put it to his ear and the voice on the other end explained that Brandon was there to propose to his girlfriend and that we wold only need access to a small patch of grass for a few minutes.  To our surprise he agreed and called off his gang.  Still, there were strict rules to be adhered to, we were not to go beyond the grass this the rock half a foot away in the green vegetation was off limits.  Still, it was better than nothing!

As H-hour approached Brandon and I went through a rehearsal together — that’s right Kim, he proposed to me FIRST!  Brandon took me by the hand, pulled me to my feet with considerable effort (I was pretending to be pregnant), got down on a knee and… didn’t quite know what to say from there.  I advised him to work on that part while I got my gear ready.  After he got the speech down we noted there would be just enough time for a beer while he practiced his song.  Finally the time came for Brandon to pick Kim up from her massage and manicure around the corner.  The game was on.

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Gastech 2014 | Korea Conference & Exhibition Photographer

Gastech 2014 | Korea Conference & Exhibition Photographer Photo

Gastech 2014 @ KINTEX, Seoul Korea: D4, a British creative agency, hired me to photograph the booth they designed for Herose at Gastech. This would mark my foray exhibition/trade-fair photography.

Having just returned from photographing the Seoul Living Design exhibition at COEX, I look back at Gastech and realize it was quite a special inauguration.

I wouldn’t hesitate to say Gastech is one of the most expensive, elaborate trade shows on the planet.  Perhaps only arms dealers have exhibitions that are more bedazzling — booths shaped like scud missiles and indoor firing ranges to test out the latest laser weapons.  Gastech is after all sponsored and attended by all the gas industry giants including Chevron, Shell and Exon.  Major local companies included KOGAS, SK, Daewoo, Samsung and Hyundai.  For all these players million dollar booths featuring open bars, baristas and caricature artists are just a drop in the bucket — or more literally, a drop OUT of the barrel.

Enough gushing about Gastech, allow me to explain what I was actually sent their to do.  I was to capture the Herose booth in all it’s glory.  It was a beautiful structure meticulously designed by D4 and they wanted every element to be captured and presented in the best possible way.  Highlights included the clean linear design, prominent easy to read text, beautifully crafted valves (Herose’s specialty) and a putting green where visitors could win a set of golf balls by scoring a hole-in-one.  Attendees could also drop off a business card and be entered to win the grand prize, a new set of golf clubs.

I was to capture all of the design elements in addition to pleasant and engaging interactions between sales staff and visitors.  I would also get a few pictures of Justin and Paul exploring Gastech and the world’s largest LNG pipe, a massive 197 inches in diameter!

Overall I would say things went extremely well.  I arrived early in the morning to photograph the booth before anyone was there.  From 10 to 12 I could focus on capturing the sales team and golfers in action.  As I had no other engagements that day I decided to stick around and capture some more of the exhibition itself.

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Overall I would say things went extremely well.  I arrived early in the morning to photograph the booth before anyone was there.  From 10 to 12 I could focus on capturing the sales team and golfers in action.  As I had no other engagements that day, I decided to stick around and capture some of the other points of interest around the exhibition.

Are you looking for a photographer to capture your next exhibition at KINTEX, COEX or some other venue?  Contact me now so we can start planning your event coverage today.

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Korea Event Photographer | CanCham Maple Gala | Crystal Ball Room

Korea Event Photographer | CanCham Maple Gala | Crystal Ball Room PhotoBanyan Tree Hotel & Spa, Seoul Korea: I still get excited every time I pack my photography bag for an event.  For me it’s another opportunity to tell a story, and, I try to tell each one better than the last.

The Maple Gala is CanCham’s biggest event of the year.  Yesun, Yuna and the rest of the CanCham team outdid themselves booking the stunning Crystal Ball Room at the Banyan Tree Hotel & Spa in Seoul and transforming it into a Northern Lights them.  The evening’s program included Jazz with the James Atkinson Trio, a slide show of O-Chul Kwon’s stunning aurora images, special guests David Chatterson, Yonah Martin and a moving piano performance by Steve Barakatt from Rainbow Bridge Story against a backdrop of powerful UNICEF photos.

That’s not all! Sky Vodka was there mixing up refreshing cocktails all night long and the night’s the raffle included two round trip tickets anywhere in the world from Air Canada, gloves from Canada Goose, cosmetics from Jouviance, a smart phone from LG and way too many other cool gifts to list here.

Photography-wise I approached this event more strategically than ever.  CanCham had an extensive shoot list with heavy emphasis on sponsors and VIPs.  I arrived early and tired to set the stage using an exterior shot of the hotel as an opening image.  I got some shots of the Crystal Ball Room early on, in all its elegance, and then moved onto to capture the gifts donated by the sponsors.

Once things kicked off I was kept very busy going between photographing speakers and guests at the VIP tables.  Meanwhile, every time a course was brought out by the serving staff I would commandeer a plate of the mouth watering food, photograph it, and return it — with great sadness.  I also had to get shots of the Sky Vodka bar in action.  After dinner it was pictures of raffle winners and then right onto the photo booth — which was a ton of fun.

The images below are of course just a sample of what I photographed that night.  I did virtually no processing preferring the natural look over every adjustment I tried.  These days I find myself processing less and less.  If you find great light and have your camera settings down, there is almost no need to process.  I hope you enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed shooting them.

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