Category Archives: Portraits

Pals

It’s always nice to see kids that are great friends. This image was captured at a neighbourhood fun fair where all of the kids were having a great time. I managed to catch these two young ladies and asked their permission for a quick photo op (and yes, I also …

We Mean Business

At a recent family photo shoot, I sought to duplicate an image that I had created at a wedding a number of years ago. The lighting was different, as were the ages of the folks involved. The idea was for it to be something amusing while highlighting one set of …

The Truest Smile

One of the best things about shooting weddings is to get in close and see the faces of the bride and groom. It’s almost as if the entire room disappears for them for a minute – and this allows them to focus only on each other. Their emotions are laid …

Gatekeeper

My friend Steve and I have done several shoots for his many Black Belt portfolios. We decided to shoot at night for this particular shoot, and the way the light played across the path to the bridge really inspired me to get him to sit in a meditation position. Really, …

Shawn – Seiunchin I

I did a shoot for a friend of mine grading for his Black Belt (photos are required for the grading package). We shot in a location north of Toronto with a fantastic bridge, an interesting cave, and a fountain. Something about the sunshine playing off the water in this photo …

Cobra – Portrait I

My friend Shaun has a band. The name of that band is Cobra. This is another one of the shots I did for them in the Humber Valley. The fact that they were each dressed in different styles really gives the viewer’s mind something to think about: these three are …

Cobra – Shaun Portrait I

This is another one of the images from the Cobra shoot. Lighter elements in photos usually tend to be a distraction; I thought I would turn that idea on its ear by making a dark subject the main distraction in the image. The eye moves to Shaun, crouched and at …

Cobra – Standing Tall

My friend Shaun has a band. The name of that band is Cobra. They are a great band with a unique sound. I wanted to do a shoot that was just as unique so I told them to meet me in the Humber Valley. I had a feeling that they …

Cobra – Sing It Loud

I went to see my friend’s band Cobra for a performance in the underbelly of Toronto; I took my camera along to capture some images for him. In the basement of a pub, Cobra performed to a packed audience (a testament to their popularity, as the other bands that night …

Baby Whisperer

I enjoy doing family shots, especially baby and kid shots.  The typical “prop the baby up unnaturally” bit really bothers me (as I have stated numerous times), so I like to shoot a healthy number of “serious” photos and then spend the rest of the time capturing the bits in …

Holy Heaven

Near my house there is a bridge that is being reconstructed. There is rubble everywhere and rebar sticking up out of the base of the bridge. The supporting columns of the bridge have huge bases that are adjacent to the river. They afford a great platform upon which to take …

Prepared

When I studied Karate (Goju Ryu), ascending to the next level meant several tests as well as the creation of a photo portfolio comprised of various poses from katas. It’s not difficult to make those types of photos interesting, but I also like to take a few that are engaging …