Paul & Olivia - Engagement Session

I was really excited to get to shoot Paul & Olivia's engagement photos. Until the recent demise of HMV Canada, I had worked with Paul for a while and while I didn't know Olivia, I knew Paul was a big gooey dork underneath his bushy beard when it came to her and I was excited to get to capture that (and have proof to show our coworkers!).  

We took these photos at Jack Darling Park, which is located on the lake shore in Mississauga, ON. The park was busier than I expected; we arrived to find it overtaken with families and groups that had moved in for the day, complete with tents and barbeques, something we sure didn't do when I was a kid! We found a small gap in the waterfront underneath a willow tree and decided to move in. 

These two were all smiles and laughs and it was nearly effortless to capture them being naturally themselves, silly, sweet and in love. With the sun setting through the trees behind us, we settled in at the rocks on the water to knock off some more shots before the light was lost. At the end of the night, I spotted the ice cream truck that gave us our final shot, one that brought the shoot together neatly. If I had to sum up the shoot with one shot, it would be that one.

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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...

The Dreamboats

These are some of my favourite guys, hands down. I'm totally biased, being that I've been friends with them for years, but they are truly a great group of musicians. The Dreamboats are a band that hails from Mississauga and plays 50s/60s rock and roll. Starting out as a cover band, they do bar nights chock full of 50s/60s covers that brings everyone onto the dance floor to twist. They write and play their own retro-style original tunes as well. 

I got a chance to shoot their recent show at The Cameron House in Toronto before they jetted off to Europe for a tour. The guys were on fire this night, and I was 100% covered in sweat (both mine and other people's...) by the 2am mark when the music finally stopped. 10/10 I recommend getting to see these lads if you get the chance!

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.