2018 Portfolio Project

For those who don't know, I've been in school studying photography for the last 2 years at Niagara College. I just finished up, but part of my last semester was spent creating a 10-piece portfolio on any kind of photography we wanted. We had to develop it over the course of the semester, print it, and present it in front of a 7-person jury and talk about why we created it, and why we loved it. 

Our teacher for the project had no problem telling us something we did wasn't good enough, which I heard a few times over the semester. This process was both amazing and exhausting, but it definitely pushed me to do what I think is my best work thus far. It paid off, as I walked away with first place, and a sweet new Nikon camera. 

Now that it's done and over, and I'm excited to share all the pieces in one space! As part of the project, I had to create a cover page and an artist statement, which I will share as well. I hope you enjoy taking in the result of 3 months of sweat and many shed tears.

Let me know what you think! I'm curious what you really resonated with, or which one your favorite is.

I am humbled by the amount of people willing to give me their time, from modeling or assisting or providing creative services in the way of makeup and hair. I am not an island, and this wouldn't be what it was without the dedication from those around me who helped me uphold my vision every step of the way. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to every one of you who may be reading this.

And for your viewing pleasure, a photo of me winning first place, presented by Mark Cruz from Nikon Canada. I'm grateful that the judges loved the series as much as I loved creating it!

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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. 

 

Ariella

I'm not the most social person so one thing I am grateful to photography for (one of the many) is that it's allowed me to reconnect with people I never knew very well. I had not seen Ariella in years; we went to highschool together but I'm not sure if we ever really had a conversation during that time.

A mutual friend suggested we hook up for a shoot, so Ariella invited me over to her super cute apartment in Toronto for some Ben & Jerry's and we sat down and got to know each other over ice cream. As the sun lowered, I helped her pick out an outfit and get to it, and it was probably my quickest shoot ever. Perhaps it was the relaxed atmosphere, the ice cream, or Ariella's charming personality (probably the latter), but we knocked off the entire first part of the set in no time. After the shoot we headed to a pub to tie off a meal and a pint, and snapped the last few photos en route.

Ariella was a pleasure to shoot, and I'm so happy I was able to connect with her to make these photos. I can't wait to do it again! 

Gear note: Shot with Nikon Df and Nikon 35mm f1.4 lens

P.S. I also took a couple photos of her beautiful kitty, because how could I resist?

 

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.

*Click on a photo to see full-size.

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?