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.
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.
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.
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.
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. August wedding!
Hi there, On Sunday June 3rd I'll be participating in a 75km cycling fundraiser for the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation. This is a cause that effects so many of us and our families. And to add an additional challenge I'm participating in a 14-16 hour overnight sailing race on Lake Ontario, finishing the day before the Ride for Heart. It's going to be an exhausting weekend, but with your help I will muster the strength to get through it all with a smile on my face. Please take a look at my donation page and help out if you can. xoxo GregoryFor Virginia
Spring is a great time to dust off the old creative cap and look at the world with fresh eyes. But sometimes it's most beneficial to seek some expert advice to help those creative buds blossom. This weekend I travelled to Wallaceburg, Ontario to attend Brent Foster's off-camera lighting class. It was a really fun time and I learned a great deal plus re-learned some technical stuff I had forgotten since my days at OCAD. The most fun thing for me was to create a "night" shot during very bright daylight. It opens up a lot of creative possibilities and I'm sure you'll see examples of this technique popping up in future projects. Thanks, Brent for creating a space to play, and for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm.
My friend Robert Dayton, a musician, actor and visual artist, asked me to do some headshots. Being a warm and sunny sunday afternoon, I didn't want to be cooped up in a studio so we went out on our bicycles, rode around the neighbourhood and found a little spot to shoot. Amazing what you can do on the entrance ramp to an underground parking lot!
When I first moved to Canada from a sub-tropical place, it was the beginning of April. A long and cold winter had left the landscape brittle and brown, and seemingly lifeless. It was quite a shock to me having spent my life in a place where the lushness never ends. Over the years though, I have come to appreciate the beauty of this early springtime in Canada. The way the winter light catches the long grasses giving them a silvery sheen; the crispness of the air mixed with a warm afternoon sun; the crunch of last year's flora underfoot. On a gorgeous Sunday afternoon I drove with Kirstyn & Marino to the wild and unkempt Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto's east end. The scene was set for magic - late afternoon sunlight casting it's golden glow upon these two people who are very much in love. It was a pleasure to photograph you two and I can't wait for your Muskoka wedding in just a few months. Thanks as well to Catherine Farquharson for assisting