I was contacted by Tremaine a few weeks ago to photograph a surprise proposal which would hopefully turn into an engagement session. The couple lives in Ohio, USA and were in Toronto for a few days. He loved the idea of surprising Andria at Casa Loma. I was definitely on board. The plan was to shoot for about 15-20 minutes so that the couple would get more at ease and comfortable for the photos and for Tremaine to find a good spot to pop his question. We agreed that he would give me the thumbs-up while facing Andria when he was ready and satisfied with the location. At that point in time I was to announce that I have to change my lens and to step away from them a little bit to give them more space and privacy. And to make the moment a little more genuine in that I wanted the couple to just forget about me and focus on each other. If I had been 5 feet away it wouldn’t have been as good. For some reason Andria was doing “The Robot” and this gave Tremaine a moment to pull out the ring from his pocket and get down on one knee, completely surprising Andria. She said yes. 😀 It was very special to document the raw emotions that the couple displayed. Here are some photos from the session including the sequence during the proposal.
A few weeks ago I added another camera to my growing arsenal. This time I got my first 35mm camera. A Contax G2 film camera along with the small, compact and delightful Zeiss 28mm f2.8 and 45mm f2 lenses. I mostly shoot weddings and baptisms so its always refreshing to do some personal photography. These I shoot for myself. There is very little pressure, no deadlines and only the race against the sun as it sets and ends the evening’s session. I might grab a roll of b&w film and shoot at Yonge/Dundas on my own or sometimes I will go with a friend and take some shots together. It allows me to practice my craft at a very slow pace with a lot more time for creativity and fresh ideas. Without a doubt shooting personal photography makes you a better photographer. This little camera makes photography more fun. Its light, looks great and has a very fast auto focus with remarkably reliable auto exposures as well. It has replaced my Pentax 645n medium format camera as my go-to travel and personal photography camera. For those 3 main reasons. Weight, size and accurate internal light meter. It also takes 36 exposures instead of 16. It doesn’t have better IQ (Image Quality) than the Pentax though, that’s why I still use the bigger one at weddings/engagements and other shoots. All of these were shot on a combination of Kodak Portra 160, Ektar 100, Tri-X 400 and Fuji Neopan Acros 100 film. I used Caribou Film Lab for the scanning/developing. I can’t wait to shoot more personal stuff in the future.
I have photographed at Edwards Gardens in Toronto a few times already, and its always a visual treat. Plus, depending on what time of the year you go there, you have different colours, blooming plants, trees, etc. On this day I photographed the engagement session for Louise & Caleb. The weather was great and I had a fabulous time doing what I love. Here are some pictures.
I photographed Rena & Nick’s engagement session at U of T back in October of 2014 and was looking forward to their wedding this past August. We started off doing some getting-ready photos at their homes in Pickering and then we headed to the Church for their Ceremony. It was hot and humid outside, and even more so in the Church. The venue – Old Mill – was just a few minutes away. We did some portraits there and then the Reception started with all the speeches, etc. Afterwards the dancing began and the guests and Bride and Groom tore up the floor. The drinks were flowing and it was a good day. Here are some photos.
This was my first time at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Toronto. I had the honour of photographing Stavros’ Baptism. Afterwards we headed to Pantheon Greek Restaurant on the Danforth for some delicious food and drinks. Here are some photos from the day.