Natural light head shot portrait of a female entrepreneur in an outdoor setting

Outdoor Head Shots – Maureen from Limitless Potential Life Coaching

I met Maureen at one of my very first networking events I attended in Toronto. I should mention I have pretty bad social anxiety, and then I have the constant internal narrative berating myself for coming off super awkward, so networking does not come easily to me.

We went onto catch up off and on over the next 12 months, bumping into each other at networking events before she was part of my Parent and Child series of images – you can see some of Maureen with her little girl here

Before Maureen left on a new adventure of her own overseas, we arranged for an afternoon outside to update her head shots using natural light.

Here are a few images from her photoshoot session – hope you enjoy…

Canon 5D MKII
Canon 70-200mm L f2.8

Model – Maureen from Limitless Potential Life Coaching
MUAH Brianna Bisson

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Natural light portrait of a young woman with a flower crown looking down

Outdoor Portraits – Catherine

One warm spring weekend, Geoff and I decided to check out Jericho beach which is just down the road from us. It was incredibly busy, especially since it was 27 degrees in late May, and everyone was out lounging in the sun or BBQ’ing.

We wandered down the beach area and wound up circling back towards the bus stop through a little wooded area. Considering how busy the beach was, the woodland was completely deserted, and it was nice reprieve from all the hustle.

The next week I went to the same spot with Catherine to shoot some natural light portraits.

We took the chiffon and tulle petticoats with us, along with some other bits and pieces I have collected over time, and these were some of the results…hope you enjoy them.

Sony A7II
Canon 70-200mm f2.8
Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f2.8
Sigma 105mm f2.8

Model Catherine

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Portrait of a young woman with freckles and natural curly hair looking off camera

Studio Portraits with Shelly

Shelly came to me in the Toronto studio towards the end of winter.

She has the most gorgeous freckles and expressive eyes and is a poet. We spent a lot of this session just chatting away about all sorts of things and time just flew. Because I loved her freckles (which are so much nicer than my freckles!), I concentrated on tighter crops than maybe I normally would do.

Here are a few more from this fun relaxed studio session.

 

Sony A7II
Canon FD50mm

Model Shelly

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Grey and white tabby sleeping at a pet adoption event

Annex Cat Rescue – Adopathons

One of things I really enjoyed doing while working with Annex Cat Rescue, was shooting during their adoptathon events. It was really lovely watching people interact with the kitties, especially the ones the ended up taking the kitties home with them to be part of the family.

At one particular event before I arrived, one of the volunteers had done kitty reiki and when I got there the kitties were so chilled out and most of them just napped the rest of the day. All the volunteers were commenting that they had never seen such a relaxed group in what can be a challenging environment for these little guys and girls.

Here are some images from a couple of different adoptathons…hope you enjoy them.

Natural light portrait of a young woman with natural curly hair sitting on a couch with a glass of wine

Lifestyle Shoot with Sapphira

Sapphira was one of the first people I met when I first moved to Toronto and someone who I felt was a kindred spirit, and so it was not really a surprise when we found out we share a birthday.
Somehow I end up being really connected to other Pisceans and I’m trying to collect birthday twins in each city I live in. My other birthday twin in Melbourne is also a creative soul.

Sapph had a really beautiful apartment in downtown Toronto, which she had redesigned from the original floor plan to realize her vision. The end result was an open plan, industrial loft with an awesome walk in dressing and make up alcove. One of my favourite things was the polished concrete floors and beautiful light. One of my behind the scenes videos was actually shot in this loft.

When Sapph decided to start a new chapter of her life and sell her loft, she asked if I would photograph her so that she would have some beautiful images to remind her about the amazing times she had spent there.

Hope you enjoy the images we created together…

Sony A7II
Canon FD 50mm f2.8
Canon 70-200 f2.8
Praktica 135mm f2.8

Model Sapphira

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Annex Cat Rescue | Toronto | Vancouver Portrait Photographer

Annex Cat Rescue – Snorlax

During my last couple of months in Toronto, I started photographing some of the cats available for adoption through Annex Cat RescueSince kittens are really cute and easier to find forever homes for, I was part of a team updating photos for some of the older cats, and those that had some medical issues which can make it harder for them to be considered.
You might remember an earlier post about handsome ginger Lenny Tabbitz  – the diabetic kitty who found his forever home.

So this time I got to meet Snorlax, the gorgeous black girl with beautiful green eyes, who was a little on the plump and hefty side. She also had a bit of asthma, which meant she has an inhaler (through the cutest little kitty spacer ever).

Here are a few shots from her session where she chilled out for a bit and then got stuck into the catnip toys.

The great news for Snorlax is that she was recently adopted….but there are still plenty of kitties available for adoption on the Annex Cat Rescue website.

Perpetual Migrants – we move to Vancouver

That’s what we are…perpetual migrants

We are both plagued with itchy feet.

During our trip to Vancouver at Christmas, Geoff and I had spoken on multiple occasions about the possibility of moving from Toronto. And since we seem to spend a maximum of 6 years in any one particular place, and after nearly 4 years in Toronto, it was obviously getting to that time.

The major difference for us with this move, is that it would be purely by choice as a couple and not a need. Obviously we both had made a choice to travel independently of each other, which is how we met on a TopDeck Summer Fun & Sailing tour in 2003.
Geoff needed to return to Canberra after that tour as he had enrolled in a course focusing on art for computer games.

Once he finished his course, we knew that for him to actually further his career, we would need to leave Canberra and move elsewhere in Australia.

Quick side story – the weird thing is that every time we move, I pack a random notepad so that we have something to pop notes on…and every single time we move, the same damn notepad turns up with all the notes from our previous moves…this included information for all the companies that Geoff would apply to for our first move…this move was exactly the same…same freaking notepad.

So we ended up in Melbourne, which I absolutely loved. That city is one of the cities that has my heart (along with London, Rome and Wellington). But even before Geoff was made redundant in late 2011, I could feel the itchy feet starting up. That as much as I loved Melbourne, it was time to move on and experience something new.

And so we ended up in Toronto. I’m going to be honest…I never loved Toronto. There were other expats I met that raved about Toronto, but I could never understand why. We just didn’t click. I met beautiful people and have amazing memories from the 4 years we spent there, but I wouldn’t be in a massive hurry to move back. And so the trip at Christmas…

We spoke a lot about a potential move..the pros and cons, would we be moving there just to hang out with our friends Steve and Cari, could I start my photography from scratch again, would the cats cope with another big move?

I created a vision board of everything I wanted this year, a large photography studio, the opportunity to shoot more lifestyle images, and Vancouver. I had a little mantra in my head while I walked to my part time job. We had optimistically hoped to move by the end of 2016…and then Geoff was contacted in late February about a possible job opening. And we moved in April…

I feel so at home here.

I think I forgot how connected I feel to the ocean and mountains when I’m around them, and how much I needed it. I’m amazed at the views, I love the area we live in and I’m happy.

Here are some photos I took on a wander down to Kitsilano Beach to watch the sunset on an extremely balmy late spring evening…this was getting close to 9pm
Hope you enjoy them

 

Sony A7II
Helios 44-50mm f2.8

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