It's always pretty special when old friends ask you to photograph something important for them like their wedding day. Anne is an old college friend and I was really honored and humbled to be invited to photograph her and Colin's wedding. Having grown up in Ottawa and only recently moved to Toronto, being back and photographing cool down to earth people in my home town was pretty nostalgic and made me miss living there. Toronto is great, but Ottawa is home.
Needless to say, I can't wait to be back home in August to photograph their farm-side wedding.
I was lucky enough to kick off this year's wedding season with Josie and Mike's wedding. This was the ultimate city wedding, I mean, Mike and his friends took the Subway to the venue , while Josie and her mom took a cab, doesn't get more downtown Toronto than that. The private venue where they had their ceremony / reception was truly beautiful, and pretty much in the middle of downtown, but you'd never know it. The venue is pretty exclusive and private, sort of like Fight Club, and just like Fight Club, I can't really talk about it or name it, sorry!
I got to photograph a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony , shoot in front of a castle (that was actually a frat house!) and shoot in a vintage, rustic and beautiful venue. No complaints on my end.
Josie and Mike are incredible people and I was truly honored to be there to photograph their beautiful wedding in the heart of downtown Toronto.
I don't normally photograph family portraits, but I was pretty excited to get the opportunity to photograph this family. With the prize of Oreos on the line the two siblings were super awesome and cooperative, hell, it felt like I was working on set for Gap Kids for crying out loud.
Anyways, I couldn't of asked for a better setting, better lighting, and better natural elements to come into play during this photoshoot. Even the moon made an appearance that we won't soon forget.
Enjoy the pics from this awesome family portrait session I had while in Kingston, Ontario.
I had the absolute pleasure and honour of covering the Dine Alone Records 10 Year Anniversary party held at the Horseshoe Tavern in downtown Toronto. Being granted access to the exclusive (and sold-out) show was an absolute privilege. Shooting live music isn't something new to me since I get the opportunity to work for CMT and their Live Concert Series show, but this time it was a little bit different. I'll admit I don't listen to country music often so photographing an intimate concert that features two of my favourite bands is super cool and something I don't take for granted.
I've had the opportunity to photograph Solids before (check out the pics here!) and it was a high energy, head-bang worthy show, and this time around was no different. Xavier and Louis from Solids are great dudes that make great music and it's always a pleasure to see them and get the chance to hangout.
This was the first time I got to photograph (or see) Broncho live and they didn't disappoint. Their new album Just Enough Hip To Be Woman is an instant classic but I've always but I've always been a garage rock / punk rock / alternative music fan so hearing classics from their first album Can't Get Past The Lips brought forth some nostalgia for sure, although I'll admit I was a bit disappointed they didn't play the song China from their most recent album, but hey, they're coming back in July so maybe I'll get a chance to hear it then!
Anyway, check out the pics from the event below and if you haven't checked out Solids or Broncho yet, then stop what you're doing immediately and hit them up on Spotify.
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The best part about working as a photojournalist and documentary photographer in a huge cultural hub like Toronto is that I get unique opportunities to cover unique assignments that I would otherwise have no access to as a photographer. The Ganesh Chaturthi is a very large and important religious festival in the Hindu culture. I had only heard about it a few days prior to attending and I wasn't really expecting such an intricate and colorful celebration. It was amazing to be exposed to something like this and I'm really grateful that my career can allow me to explore these aspects of the world that would otherwise go unknown to me.
The amount of rustle and bustle (and huge quantity of people) tricked me into believing I was actually in India once in a while haha, it was a lot of fun and everyone was so nice and helpful in giving me insights on the festival and what to look out for throughout the ceremonies. If you're a photographer and there is one of the festivals happening in your city I highly recommend trying to get a photo pass, the entire festival makes for amazing and unique images and you'll be right in the thick of things when they get intense (to careful tho, I almost got run over by that huge chariot! ). Some of the images featured in this post are slightly graphic and intense, not necessarily for the faint of heart, be warned!
I recently got the opportunity to photograph Canadian Teen sensation Shawn Mendes for YTV. The hundred of girls that were there were going absolutely crazy when he hit the stage, luckily I had ear plugs or I'd probably be deaf right now. The behind the scenes images were used throughout the entire episode and credits so that was pretty cool. I grew up watching YTV so it was sort of nostalgic to be working for the TV station now that I'm in my mid 20's.
It was fun as always and it's always great to be able to do my thing without any real restrictions. The stage setup and lighting made things really easy / awesome for me so I can't really complain. Shawn Mendes is dropping his new album Handwritten in the next couple of days and if his popularity continues to rise it's pretty likely he'll be back for another TV performance that I'll get to capture down the line.
I've previously shot behind the scene stills for a CMT One2One episode featuring the Rascal Flatts and I was really excited when I was invited back for another taping of an episode. This time around the show was featuring 5-time Grammy Award winner, Canada Walk of Fame member and country music legend Shania Twain. Any kid growing up in Canada during the 90's and 00's knows some Shania Twain song even a little bit. I mean, "You're Still the One" was probably the most popular First Dance Wedding song in Canada between 1997-1999. It was pretty cool to be part of the entire production experience , it was the first time I actually photographed a country artist that I recognized which added a little bit of nervousness out of the gate, but after meeting her and spending some time behind the scenes it became business as usual and another day at the office.
The CMT One2One with Shania Twain airs TONIGHT at 8pm EST on CMT, I don't have cable so I won't be able to check it out, but if you do you'll get to see some of my images featured throughout the episode and closing credits! Enjoy the full gallery of the behind the scenes of the entire production and interview.
Man... I feel like a woman...
I setup some studio lights in my apartment and had my friends come over to snap some photos. My friend Chuck Hamilton is a movie Director and just made an awesome short film that features some big names in the industry and I'm really excited and flattered he got me to create his IMDB profile picture (the first image of the series is the one he went with). The black and white look really helped add some drama and gave off a more cinematic feel, I'm glad he went with it. Afterwards I did a LinkedIn profile picture for my roommate Greg and when we wrapped up the shoot I decided to setup a blue backdrop and create some more fun portraits, I went for a California sunshine look, or a Weezer Blue Album Cover look with the pics, we had fun and I'm pretty happy with the results.
If you ever need a portrait taken for whatever just give me a shout!
One of the most unique things I got to cover for editorial assignment was a Chinese Supermarket by the harbourfront. There was a crazy amount of people in a pretty small space but it made for some cool images. I wasn't really in the mood to eat the squid on a stick but some people seemed to enjoy it. Oh and another thing, I'll never forget the smell of tofu being cooked. Here's a glimpse of my two-hour stay of the closest thing to China in Toronto.