Greetings from Canada. That’s right I’m back. After 4 months in India and a month in France I am back on home turf trying to figure out how to deal with so many photos from such an incredible trip. For now I select just one to keep this blog looking good till I sort through the pile.
Hello there, I am posting here to tell you that I will be travelling from January 2nd until some time near the end of April. I will be in India and will have periodic access to email.
If you are interested in talking to me about your 2013 wedding, please send an email and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Thanks, and have a great winter!
The wilderness is all about the elements – clear water, lichen-covered rock, crisp air, sunshine, rain, majestic trees, birds chirping, stillness. Into this perfect setting Kirstyn and Marino brought their own essential elements – family and friends from around the world, bonfires and sparklers, beautiful memories of loved ones lost and, of course, their love and tenderness for each other.
Another element that became evident is the friends and family who know how to own a dance floor. Just when I thought the dancing was going to taper off, it would explode in a fresh wave of moves being busted by young and old. They came to get down, and get down they did.
Here’s a mezmerizing animation of a mezmerizing couple. Aren’t they adorable? To me it looks like the nature around them can barely contain it’s excitement and is celebrating them by waving it’s arms in the air.
Once in a while I meet some people who simply reaffirm my faith in the human spirit. Laeticia and Jelani and their family are such people. Full of affection for each other, full of a sense of fun and adventure, and not minding when I take them through a rainstorm to a strange spot under a highway for photos. I had such a great time with you all and am glad we got to re-live your fun engagement shoot but on a much bigger scale. Here are some highlights from their rainy-day wedding in Mississauga, Toronto, and Vaughan.
On one of the hottest days of the year Kareena and Ben got hitched. I met them almost exactly a year ago while photographing Kareena’s cousin‘s wedding in Cuba. I find it funny that Cuba in August and London, Ontario in August are about the same temperature. But everyone soldiered on through the blazing heat and enjoyed every moment. The day was a wonderful blend of touching and hilarious moments; sweet sentimentality and a rousing celebration of this lovely couple. Thank you so much for having me there, and for treating me like family.
A few months ago I raised a bunch of money for the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation by participating in the Becel Ride for Heart. In order to encourage donations I created some prizes, and I was very happy when Bill and Marilyn took the plunge and donated a healthy figure to the cause. The prize they won was a family photo shoot, and I was again made very happy by these two wonderful people when they invited me to do the shoot at their cottage. So here they are – Bill, Marilyn, Lexi, Cooper and Murph, and the beautiful Stony Lake.
It’s not often that I get to attend a wedding as a guest. I so love weddings, but I wish I could be a guest more often. However, not being able to refrain, I took along a camera and worked it a little. With just a few close family members and friends in attendance, it was a beautiful and intimate wedding – my favourite kind.
Congratulations Elizabeth and Roger, and thank you for indulging me in my photographic compulsion.
I’ve decided I want to do more headshots. I love the feeling of taking someone from awkward discomfort about getting their photograph taken to a place of relaxed confidence and humour. And I love getting to know people in a way I would not normally be able to do in a large group event. The process can be very intimate, where trust is built, and nervousness dissipated. Meet Nigel, a young student and actor who stepped nervously into my studio last week and left feeling confident and pleased with his performance at this early stage of his career.
In the west end of Toronto, there is a magical little path. It’s an old railway line that’s been turned into a bicycle path. It connects neighbourhoods, and it connects people with parts of the city usually seen only from a passing train’s window. This particular railpath connects my neighbourhood with Jelani and Laeticia’s neighbourhood. So for their engagement session we decided to hop on our bikes and get connected.
I had so much fun with you two bespectacled lovebirds, and I can’t wait for your August wedding!