Category Archives: People

Graffiti Tong-Fa

One of my friends asked me to figure out ideas that went against the grain in terms of traditional martial arts photography. I came up with the idea of doing two shoots in contrast. One in the wilderness and the other in the city (urban wilderness). On the Bloor subway …

Working

There are many wineries in Niagara-On-the-Lake; in July 2005, my wife and I visited several.  There is something about the workers that is almost poetic.  It is tedious, to be sure, but to be outside and enjoying the fruits of that labour (so to speak) at the end must feel …

Readiness

A continuation of a shoot along the shores of Georgian Bay for a friend, the purpose of this photo was twofold: it was to demonstrate a warrior’s readiness, and it was to also indicate that the greatest enemy you will ever face is yourself. It was an early day (we …

Cutting the Sunrise

A friend of mine required a shoot of him performing movements in Kobudo. We camped up at Awenda near Penetanguishene in June of 2005. The Southern shores of Georgian Bay were a great backdrop for his poses. We woke up before the sunrise and met the dawn with blades drawn. …

The Harpist

This gentleman was strumming away when my wife and I visited Old Québec City in May of 2005. He looked so at home in the middle of the tourists, and yet seemed very separate from them. It was more than his music. It was him. He seemed to be from …

Solitude

In August of 2004, we took a trip up to Algonquin Park to go camping. It was far colder than we imagined it would be, almost hitting zero. Imagine: zero in the middle of August! One of the benefits, though, was that the air was crystal clear. I snuck this …

DL Wedding – Cake

Cutting the cake is always an exciting event. This couple made their own cake stand, which was pretty cool. It was all about personalizing everything. It was nice not to have a crowd all around them; there were not too many distractions (I curse all EXIT signs). Even though they are both holding the …

DL Wedding – Gazing

It’s nice when the Bride and Groom look at the camera. It’s something typical – shots like this are also fairly common, but they are still classics. I think it’s important to make sure that there are at least some photos of the couple gazing into each other’s eyes. That’s what it’s all …

DL Wedding – Accoutrements

Weddings are an interesting event to shoot due to the fact that you have to align your vision with that of the couple getting married.  Other than the typical photos, I think it pays to capture some of the small details.  Textures and colours can play an important part in …

Pamela Brennan – Blue

My good friend Pamela is a brilliant musician; both a gifted song writer and vocalist, she can move you more than you thought possible. So when she asked me to do her photos, I was very flattered and excited. Pamela is beautiful, has a great sense of humour, and is very creative. Working …

Their Eyes Met

Another shot from visiting Carly and Evan. This happened shortly after Evan latched onto Carly’s chin. I shot with a fairly low shutter speed, taking advantage of the back-lighting. Sometimes I find that a silhouette can speak just as loudly as the light behind it. f/5.6 1/30 sec 200mm

Carly and Evan

My friends Mike and Carly had a little boy back in 2003. He was a cute little guy. One day we went over to visit and I brought my camera with me. I don’t particularly care for photos from department stores. I find them strangely unnatural; I dislike the propping up of babies …