My friend Ylimay makes stuff. For Christmas, she once made me a Fallout Munny Figurine, and for my birthday, a retro Mario bros! So I was not surprised when she told me that she had rented a booth at the Tie the Knot Urban Wedding Show right here in Ottawa. She will be making flower crowns for weddings and events, and I told her I’d love to photograph some for her!
When I travelled to Venice, Italy, I saw a store where they demonstrated how to create pieces of art with glass. I was intrigued because being a guy, I am naturally attracted to fire and melting things! So when Shannon invited me to a glass blowing, Christmas ornament making workshop, I jumped at the opportunity! Continue reading
Despite officially beginning on March 20, Spring really began in Ottawa last Saturday, and after a long winter of barely using my camera, I was very excited to hit the snow-free ground running!
Like most boys, I went through a small pyromaniac faze. Fire is exciting! It’s in constant motion and you can literally feel the energy in it! With this in mind, I have had many photography ideas based around fire, like a trash-the-dress shoot or an engagement session with a fun, and probably a bit crazy, couple! But to do any of this I need to learn how to create, control and photograph fire!
I still find it hard to believe how, the smaller things are, the more detail they end up having! Macro photography allows you to take small things and blow them up (in a picture!) so you can see all those little details you may have missed. I was lucky enough to borrow a macro lens from a friend, as they are not cheap, and after finding all the small things I had in my house, here’s what I have learned about macro photography: Continue reading
It happens so fast every year, it’s sometimes hard to appreciate it. One moment, Ottawa is basking in the double digit patio season, the next thing you know, the trees look like they are on fire! Where did all the green go? The answer? To hibernate for a long time! I actually enjoy the fall very much; The crisp cool air in the morning, red and orange leaves coming down like rain on my way to work, pumpkins appearing on the doorsteps of my neighbors, there’s so much to look forward to!
I think my favorite part of the fall though, is Halloween. Every year, people find ways to impress me with their costumes as they stroll down the Byward Market, and every year, seeing the kids trick-or-treat in the neighborhood really makes me happy! We also get to break out the Catrinas we bought when we travelled to Patzcuaro, Mexico for “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the dead). The holiday focuses on paying your respects to the deceased, with offerings of food, dances, poetry and even some humour to connect once more with those who have passed away. Continue reading
When I was approached by Viky and Lee with the idea to photograph a 50’s style engagement session, I was ecstatic! I have always wanted to do a shoot that brings a couple back to the golden age of cinematography, home to Frank Sinatra’s rebirth and 25 cent a gallon gasoline. And when I heard that they were planning on having a destination wedding, I knew the perfect setup for their session!
A while back, I had the idea of using color to do a quick photoshoot with a friend, and was researching the best techniques to do this when I stumbled on a video showing the Holi festival in India. Seeing how amazing it looked, I wondered if the festival was celebrated in Ottawa, and to my surprise (and delight!) not only was there a festival of colors in Ottawa, but it was in two weeks! Naturally, I was very excited and eager to research a little about it! It turns out that Holi in Ottawa is part of the Festival of India Ottawa, which offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the culture and heritage of India. Holi is a festival of colors, where crowds gather and throw colored powder at each other in a very fun and colorful fight! The first and most important thing that I researched though, was how to keep my camera gear safe from the colored powder and dust, as they could quite easily damage the lens. To deal with this, I placed my camera in a plastic bag, cut a hole in the bag wide enough for my lens to come out, then taped the hole to the lens. I also made a small hole where the viewfinder was so I could use it.
On June 07 , my step-father turned 60. That’s 21,914 days! You wouldn’t think that Todd is 60 by his fantastic attitude towards life! He’s still sharp, fun, clever and curious as ever! I was asked to do a video of him for his birthday, that would have pictures of him through the years. I decided that it would be more fun to have friends and family talk about Todd in between, and boy, did people have great things to say about him!
Todd also had a birthday party to celebrate his 6 decades in this world, all done by his wife ( and my mother!), who settled for a James Bond style setting. If there is one word to describe this party, it’s laughter. The place was full of energy and people having a great time, and I hope to be able to celebrate many more with Todd!
Every year on July 1st, thousands of people gather downtown to celebrate the birthday of Canada, and every year, I get to see almost every type of Canadian in one party! From the youngest Canadians who are seeing massive crowds for the first time, to the young partying Canadians who know where the best bars are at, to the new Canadians, happy to experience the pride of being surrounded and embraced by other Canadians. There’s the loud Canadians, the serious Canadians, the “why would you bring a stroller into a crowd this big?” Canadians, and the “I LOVE CANADA AND WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW IT!! Canadians (they’re really fun!)