Last week I visited Carla and her four beautiful children at their home for a portrait session. I love photographing people in their homes, at a favorite hiking spot, or some other location that is familiar to them because it always provides an opportunity to make great photo memories, and it helps me learn a little more who people really are.
Last night I had the pleasure of photographing an event in the newly renovated O'Born Room at the National Arts Centre in downtown Ottawa. The event, titled Midsummer Night Affair, was a unique one in that it was planned and executed entirely by the graduating students from the Event Management Program at Algonquin College. Each year, at the completion of their program, the students organize a fundraising event for a very worthy local organization, with this year's recipient being the Children's Wish Foundation.
A couple of weeks ago I met and photographed baby Makena, and her mom and dad Roxanne and Chris. It's always nice when the parents are able to get in on some of the photos too. But seriously though, it was so much fun spending the afternoon with this new young family, and I'm thrilled to be able to share some of the photos from the session.
I received a call from a family friend asking if I was available to photograph the families of her two children. The only catch was that the two families were in town for one day as one of the families was had just arrived a day earlier from the UK, and was flying out the next day to live in a new country. I was warned that the grandchildren would be jet lagged and likely grumpy, and it was the morning after I had returned from my own family vacation... challenge accepted!
I recently made a return visit to one of my favorite spots in Ottawa, The Albion Rooms, nestled at the base of Ottawa's Novotel Hotel on Nicholast St. The Albion Rooms prides itself as being anything but your typical hotel restaurant has been a go-to hot spot for many locals and visitors alike. My first visit was back in 2015 when then-Chef Stephen La Salle was at the helm. The food was great - often made with locally sourced ingredients, and the atmosphere was spot on - a perfect mixture of equal parts casual and class.
Photographing people in and out of their normal work environments is something that really interests me. I have a curious mind and really like learning about what other people do, how they do it, and why they do it. A couple of weeks ago I shared an image I made of Chef Michael Radford for the Shepherds of Good Hope fundraising calendar. Today, I will share the second image I made for the calendar, which was of chef John Morris of the then Le Café at the National Arts Centre NAC) here in Ottawa, and now of 360 Restaurant at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto.
Late last summer I was contacted to be part of a dream project to shoot portraits of some of Ottawa's best chefs as part of the Shepherds of Good Hope fundraising calendar. The project was a load of fun and I learned an enormous amount from the experience, from scheduling shooting times with busy chefs, to creating a story out of a single image, to working as a commercial photographer for the first time. The first of my three shoots was with Chef Michael Radford.
My how time flies by. We're already into the middle of November, and I have finally found the time to share the beauty and excitement of Kai-Lii and Jared's Autumn wedding. Knowing that I had never shot a wedding before (not even as a second shooter), these two dear friends asked me to bring my journalistic style to their wedding to capture the day. How could I say no? I love these two people.
Their wedding took place at Hart House, the beautiful and historic student centre at the University of Toronto. Completed in 1919, the Gothic Revival design makes you feel like you're in a scene from Harry Potter.
On a frigid date night late last winter, my wife and I headed downtown to catch a friend’s band play. We were already excited to be out because our friend plays in Sloan, one of my all-time favorite Canadian bands, but a last minute change in plans had us stumble on a nearby restaurant called The Albion Rooms. The show was better than ever, but what we talked about for days and weeks afterwards was this new restaurant we discovered and the incredible food they served. We still talk about it.