Ball's Falls

Winter adventures are some of my favorite to photograph, even despite the cold. Even despite the fact that I fell in the snow this day. Even despite the fact that my hands were bloody frozen because I hate shooting with gloves on.

Does anyone else feel this way? Do you have special gloves that make you feel more confident in not dropping everything?

P.S. I dropped everything anyway. 

I find something magical about the way the snow looks in photographs, about the softness and crispness in the air, which you can find a way to capture in frame.  Blessed with wonderful, adventurous friends, we trekked off to Ball's Falls to wander around, shoot, and try not to freeze.

Brooke (IG) & Michelle (IG) were our models for this day, but I was accompanied by a couple wonderful photographers as well (Tyler & JR) (We even found someone to snap a group picture!)

You can find this shot ^ and more great ones at JR Kingdon's blog here!

We adventured down near the water, and back up to the church, JR made a snowangel and we all got pretty wet. But I'm excited at the winter adventures to come! 

Last of Fall Adventure

Maybe the title of this is a bit hastily written, technically fall isn't over for a month, but as the first snowfall already came and went in Niagara, it's clear that winter is on the sideline, eager to come out and play. 

Our adventure started simply enough, we were shooting a Jeep for an assignment. We chose a spot that maybe we weren't allowed to be in, so said all the No Trespassing signs littered about, but we hopped to, got the assignment done, and then some. Once the job was complete, we kept shooting and wandering about the area, trying to soak in every bit of golden hour and sunset we could. We've been inundated with so many gloomy days that a day like this seemed like it might not come around again for a little while.

I've recently started shooting film, thanks to a friend I made while working at Nikon, Sara, who is teaching me and letting me use her equipment. I'm eager to get the film photos back from this day eventually as well, to see how much they turned out. 

As the leaves are almost all fallen and crumpled on the ground, I'm a little sad to see fall go, but I'm excited at the idea of the snowy wonderland pictures that are in my camera's future.

Erin

One of my great mysteries of Toronto will always be: Why the hell do people actually goto the CNE?

Erin asked if I wanted to do a shoot when the Ex was in town--full disclosure, I thought she meant her ex, which could be an interesting photo session, and should tell you how low on the list this place is for me--and I said sure, I havent been to the Ex in 14 years. Honestly, I am good for another 14 or 70 years now. There are too many people and you surely can't go with any real purpose without spending a lot of money, right? I love shooting with Erin, but when we left I felt very relieved.

But I digress. This isn't a blog about why the CNE is the worst.

Despite the list of reasons I could give you of why I hate this place, it does have a couple of redeeming qualities: cotton candy, bright and colourful lights at night, and weird mirror mazes (this is only partially redeeming, I had a small panic attack inside of this maze).

We arrived just in time for golden hour, snagged some cotton candy and went to town. Once the night was upon us, we found the aforementioned mirror maze, which was cool to take photos in but put me into a total panic. Once we got through the worst of it, there was this cool part up stairs with the blue painted steel you'll see in the later photos. All in all a success. I spilt a watermelon smoothie all over my backpack, but I also got to eat really good nachos. 

Gear note: Taken with the Nikon D5, (*sigh* I will never actually own this camera) and the Nikon 35mm f1.4 lens. 

 

Evan

I recently started a summer job at Nikon's head office while off from school for the summer. A great perk we have access to is this magical cabinet of gear that we can borrow whenever we want. I took home a D610 & a 85mm over the weekend and had a ball shooting these. So much gear to play with! It's going to be a fun summer.

Evan

It's my belief that dating a photographer might be really annoying. On one hand you always have great photos of yourself, but on the other hand you're always being dragged into getting your photo taken because no one else is around. I think Evan was hours deep into a video game when I dragged him outside and made him get on the ground because I mean, GOLDEN HOUR! Amiright?

I had spent many of the previous few days staring longingly out the window during this hour, wishing someone was around that I could photograph. On this day however, Evan was around and he had recently gotten a hair cut--so it's probably his own fault for looking his best, yeah?

Eliza

I arrived to meet Eliza at Kariya Park in Mississauga on this day, having previously read that the cherry blossoms had finally bloomed. As an aside, Kariya Park was built in honour of the relationship that Mississauga has with Kariya, Japan, so they have beautiful cherry blossoms that everyone rushes to see in the spring when they grace us with their presence. 

We arrived to find an entire film crew taking over the park, stocking it with equipment and crew, making it clear as we rambled around the park that it was going to be difficult to get in the spots that are sought after to snap portraits in during this season. After almost admitting defeat and going our separate ways for the day, I decided to ask Eliza to get in the middle of a small flowery bush, and thought we'd try to at least get SOMETHING so that all her hard work getting primped wasn't for naught. Luckily, with a talented girl like Eliza, it's possible to get amazing photos if you can make the best of your drawbacks.

We never did find out what was filming though...

Mina

This was my first time shooting with Mina, and she claims it was her first time doing a photoshoot, which is incredibly difficult to believe once you look at the photos. An absolute natural, you can tell this girl is comfortable in front of the camera.

We hung out around Square One shopping centre in Mississauga, wandering from their parking garage, to Celebration Square to bask in the sunshine and eat suckers, which is a pretty good way to spend an afternoon.