Black and white photo of a woman holding her elderly mothers hand between her own

Mother and Daughter Shoot – Ruth and Rachel

Just before I left Toronto, I met a beautiful new client Ruth. She had come in for a shoot to update her head shots for her coaching business, and mentioned afterwards that she would love to have a shoot with her mum.

It was such a special shoot, Rachel is in her late 80’s and is so vibrant and sassy. There was a lot of laughter, stories and fun during the shoot, and we sat and chatted for a while afterwards. Watching the connection between Ruth and Rachel was such a joy and I felt really honoured to be part of it.
This is one of the parts of my job that I absolutely love, where you become really bonded through the process of the shoot and really share the time and space together.

Ruth had asked that this be a black and white shoot, and specifically to have an image that showed their hands.

I am so glad I had the opportunity to capture these images for Ruth and Rachel, and that these will be something that they will both treasure for many years to come.

Here are a couple of images from the shoot… hope you enjoyšŸ™‚

Sony A7II
Canon L 24-70mm f2.8
f4.5
ISO 200
1/160

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Image of a personal trainer helping a client during a session in their studio

Lindsay from Build a Fit Physique

I met Lindsay at a networking event just as she launched her personal trainer business after she left the corporate world.

It was so interesting to hear her thoughts on starting a new business and then at subsequent meeting on how her business was starting to flourish. We arranged this shoot in early spring (although you wouldn’t know it with the dump of snow the night before!).

It was great to see Lindsay’s brand new studio in Etobicoke, ON and it’s such a great space – bright natural light, colourful and spacious.

You can follow Lindsay on Build a Fit Physique Facebook page or Instagram – where she shows some really great short videos on tips and exercises that you can do at home.

Here are a few images from the shoot….hope you enjoy


Sony A7II
Canon L 24-70mm

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Natural light portrait of a young woman wearing a flower crown framed by leaves in a wooded area

Outdoor Portraits with Jennifer

I feel like Jericho is going to be a “go to” spot for me. This is the second shoot I have done here and the feel is so different from this shoot of portraits with Catherine and then couples portraits with her partner Liam.

I could not have been more excited when I got to Jericho to see this little meadow full of wild flowers. When I had gone earlier in June, it was just grassy looking and there was no hint that this would have popped up.

Jennifer is so tiny that she embodied this Ā ethereal, woodland nymph-esque shoot perfectly. I had a vintage bias nightgown in my studio wardrobe, and had recently made a flower crown which matched the colours perfectly.

Also the bokeh on the Carl Zeiss Jena lens was beautiful. I am almost predominantly using legacy lenses at this point and although sometimes they can be a little quirky, the bokeh and creamy feel is definitely worth it for me.

Here are a few images from the afternoon…hope you enjoy them

Sony A7II
Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f2.8

Model – Jennifer
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Tabby cat with green eyes lying on a blue and white rug

VOKRA kitties – Hank & Dezi

I have been volunteering with VOKRAĀ for a few weeks now as an adoptions counsellor, where I interview potential adopters and then match them to some prospective furry family members.

I have also been photographing a few events here and there when I am helping out at their stalls – check out the Scotiabank Half Marathon photos here.

But I also really love taking photos of the kitties up for adoption. Hank and Dezi were my first kitty models that I got to take photos of here in Vancouver.

They are both long, lean kitties and although they are not brothers, super bonded to each other. We took some time for them to get used to me being in their space, and then after they had eaten some dinner and got some special treats, they were ready for their close up!

I was also really excited since this was the first shoot on my new Jupiter-9 85mm f2.0 lens. A Soviet era lens which I had seen recommended by a number of other photographers using legacy lenses. I am pretty happy with how it performs!

To find out more about Hank and Dezi and how to adopt them, visit their biographies here

Hank

Dezi

Here are some of the images from their shoot…hope you enjoy!

 

Sony A7II
Jupiter-9 85mm f2.0

Models – Hank & Dezi | VOKRA

 

 

 

Natural light portrait of a young couple embracing in a wooded area surrounded by ferns

Outdoor Portraits – Catherine and Liam

At the same time that I was shooting with Catherine in Jericho, her partner Liam came along and so we did a little couples side shoot.

There was a little bit of cloud cover which I am always a fan of since it produces nice, even and diffuse light. I found a little area of ferns and popped Catherine and Liam in between them. There were also a few directly in front of me that I could shoot through to create some interesting effects .

I really really love obscured faces, so some of my favourite shots were of Catherine and Liam interacting where I couldn’t necessarily see their faces, but the body language was obviousšŸ™‚

Here are a few images from the afternoon out at Jericho…hope you enjoy!

Sony A7II
Canon L 70-200 f2.8

Models
CatherineĀ FacebookĀ & Instagram
LiamĀ FacebookĀ & Instagram

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Group of people wearing Team VOKRA tank tops posing as a group before a fun run

VOKRA – Scotiabank Half Marathon 2016

I’m on team VOKRA. Except I didn’t run – I haven’t done a 5km for a LONG time and it’s best not to get into a 5km again until I have done a bit of training and stopped eating so much ice cream.

I decided after doing some work for Annex Cat Rescue in Toronto, that I really wanted to keep volunteering for organisations I am passionate about. VOKRA fit the bill here in Vancouver – Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association, rescues and places cats and kittens in foster homes until they can be permanently adopted

So I signed up to man the desk at events, where we let people know how VOKRA helps kitties in Vancouver, through adoption, fostering and kitty care.

I also am now an adoptions counsellor, where I interview potential adopters, and then match them to kitties that suit their situation best.

In June the Scotiabank Half Marathon took place in Stanley Park and around English Bay. I went down to help man the desk and took a few photos of Team VOKRA.

Here are a few images from the day…hope you enjoy them!

Sony A7II
Helios 44 50mm f2.8

Natural light portrait of a young woman in a black hat and wearing stacked silver necklaces looking down with English Bay in the background

Outdoor Portraits – Rryla

When Rryla and I started chatting about her photoshoot session the weather looked like it was pretty promising. We were planning to head down to the beach just before sunset for some boho-chic portraits in pretty sunset and dusk light.

The afternoon of the shoot was still looking pretty good, intermittent clouds but still patches of blue sky and sun so we decided to go ahead. Of course an hour before the shoot it starts to cloud over – which is totally fine, I have nothing against shooting in overcast conditions, I actually really like it. I decided to check Accuweather, I wish I hadn’t….
The exact time we are meant to start shooting it’s calling for light rain…ok this is fine, just a little sprinkle never hurt anyone or their camera gear..

Now it wasn’t particularly torrential rain, but it was steady which was just a bit annoying…enough that it would get chilly quickly. Like an absolute trooper, Rryla pushed aced this shoot and I am so happy with the photos we created.

Here are a few from the evening in really beautiful light in the end – hope you enjoy these images

Sony A7II
Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f2.8

Model – Rryla
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