We had some decent late-October weather for this engagement session at High Park, in Toronto. Agatha and Adam are getting married on Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14th, in just a couple of months. We had managed to finally get this shoot done after a few rain checks due to weather. And it wasn’t too long after, that this landscape became a lot more barren and colourless as the leaves faded and fell from the trees. Here are some favourite photos.
This is part 2 of my Artist Series where I shoot a roll of 35mm film and document a Toronto artist making their art. This is a personal photography project that I have started and its something that I love to do in the slow winter months. Part 1 can be seen here. I had the pleasure to photograph Thierry Levesque, a talented Toronto artist who makes very colourful and unique art. She works in her home and I think there is a lot of positive energy as you stand in the room literally surrounded by her art. Some of these pieces took over 50 hours of work so it was interesting to see parts of the process. There is a frame of Thierry with a hula-hoop and the story behind that is that its a great stress releaser. Imagine the time and effort spent doing something for hours at a time. Every now and then she will bust out the hula hoop and spin away. I shot this session on my Contax G2 with Portra 400 film that I rated at 800 and had my film lab (The Find Lab) push 2 stops. Here are some pictures.
It’s winter now in Toronto so time for a personal photography project or two. Last year I did a 5-part Coffee Series that helped me a little bit with telling stories. This time around i’m doing an Artist Series where I will be featuring painters, sculptors, musicians and others. I’m hoping to give you a glimpse into the life of an artist. While they work on their craft. In their space. I wanted to do this in a documentary fashion so as to allow the artist to work unimpeded by my presence and camera. The artist is obviously aware of my presence, especially in the beginning. I stay back and try to let them relax and forget about me. The first artist to be featured is Renzo. He’s a busy creative who works full-time at an art gallery, creates art for himself and he’s a part-owner of Surfing Turtle Lodge in Nicaragua. During this session while I nursed my coffee I saw Renzo getting lost in his painting. It started off as a sketch and then he began mixing his different paints. At that point he started to slowly get into his zone and really began focusing on his art.
I’m going to document these sessions with my Contax G2, a 35mm film camera. Not only do I love the entire process of shooting film and the final product but it also creates its own challenge. I will only shoot one 36-exposure roll per session. I have to be a bit more thoughtful and analytical in my shot selection but also prepared to shoot at a moment’s notice. Here I shot Kodak Portra 800 rated at 800 and scanned/developed by The Find Lab.
One of my most rewarding events to document are Orthodox Baptisms. They are just one hour, in beautiful Churches and are 99% documentary/candid. It is a special Ceremony that unfolds in front of my lenses and I often have a lot of freedom to capture it my way. The parents, Godparents, family and friends that are there to witness this event also feel the emotion as the child is smothered in olive oil and then submerged into the water three times. On this day it was little Georgia who received this sacrament at the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Church in the West side of Toronto. Here are some of my favourite pictures.
I photographed Ella’s Baptism at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Toronto. As always, it was an honour to document the event in such a beautiful setting. Afterwards we headed to The Forth restaurant on the Danforth for the Reception. Here are some of my favourite photos.