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Dog Days of Summer

 

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.

 

Deborah KustorAugust 4, 2012 - 4:46 am

Beautiful pics…

An intimate affair

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.

Elizabeth and RogerJune 29, 2012 - 11:58 am

Greg,

thanks for making our special day even more memorable with the beautiful pictures you took of us that day.
One of the many great things about you is that you are able to capture the moment without interrupting it.
We drifted through our day like a dream. And now we can look back at your photos to confirm this really happened!

Thanks Again.

Elizabeth and Roger

Break a leg, Nigel!

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.

 

 

Spectacle on the Railpath

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!

 

[...] a highway for photos. I had such a fun 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, [...]

Who do you heart?

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

Gregory

 

For Virginia

Spring Forward

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.

Finding perfect light in a Parkdale parking lot

 

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!

They ain’t bluffing…this is for real

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

 

 

Desert Run

Some photos from my jaunt through the southwest US. Attending the WPPI conference in Vegas, driving by myself through the Mojave and then hanging with my parents in California for a few days. Given the choice, I would live in California in a heartbeat. The ocean, the palm trees, the desert…what’s not to love. This was the first time I’d ever been in a desert and I found it just facinating. The landscape is so stark and desolate that any human activity stands out and always seems strangely out of place. We went to the Salton Sea where some RV’ers were playing bocce in a disappearing town on the shores of a disappearing lake that reeks of rotten fish. There were metal sculptures of animals dotted across a valley, and I feared rattlesnakes at every moment when out of the car.

 

 

RosefurMay 17, 2012 - 5:28 pm

HEY! These are great GREG!!!

Ms. Virginia

Last week I was down in Las Vegas for the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) conference. After 5 days in Vegas I drove down to San Marcos, California to spend some time with my parents and Virginia. Virginia (Ginny) is a remarkable woman of 91 years who has been a close friend of our family for over 40 years. Up until two months ago she was the energizer bunny. She would go out for the day with my parents and she would tire them out, even though they are several decades her junior. Unfortunately on Christmas day Ginny suffered a bad fall and she’s been in a lot of pain ever since. My wonderful mom has been taking care of her, and making sure she’s as comfortable as possible. It was lovely to see Ginny, and my parents, and I’m glad they didn’t mind me taking some photos.

*Virginia Stanton passed away on Sunday, March 11th, 2012.