Category Archives: Portraits

Darth Insidious

In late January 2007, my good friend and I were doing photos for a portfolio he was working on and went to an abandoned industrial complex. It was freezing cold, but it was manageable inside the building, as the winds couldn’t get at us. This photo was challenging because it …

Gazing Inwards

This photo, taken in June 2006, was a follow up to this shot.  I thought it would be a great idea to shoot the same angles as I did the first time.  Unfortunately, I was not able to replicate this exactly, due to some unforeseen obstacles (home renovation), but the …

Des – Seiunchin I

It was a cold day in January 2006. My friend Des and I were working on photos for his black-belt portfolio. We ended up in High Park to take some photos of Kata positions in a natural setting. The goal was to utilize the landscape to highlight the strength and …

Gazing

In November 2005 I was invited by some friends to take some photos of their little munchkin pre-birth. It is part of an ongoing project to do a before and after set. The lighting in this photo is dramatic, showing their faces and her belly. It’s an image that leaves …

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 …

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. …

Christine’s Cats

I love doing pet portraits for people. Animals have just as much personality as people do; it’s fun to capture what makes the pet special to the owner. My friend Christine had recently brought these two furballs home and wanted to capture the memory. I love cats because, even though they are solitary, …

Kolya

My parents adopted this Malamute who was gigantic but very passive. I offered to do some portraits of their new pet for a few reasons. First of all, my parents love photographs; secondly, a Malamute (like Huskies) have great fur whose pattern creates an awesome contrast regardless of the backdrop. …

Laila

Our cat Laila is a beautiful animal. A brown Tabby, her fur has a fantastic pattern; sleek and striped, she’s like a little tiger. What also helps capture her is the fact that she’s a total poser: as soon as she sees a camera, she sits perfectly still and swishes …

Daphne

A friend from work had seen my work (this photo) and wanted a portrait of her own pet. They lived close to the waterfront where there were lots of locations to choose from in regards to a place to do the portaits. Daphne was a sweet dog; very well behaved …

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 …