I have been a Photographer for over 22 years, and have travelled extensively. My style tends to vary from project to project. I love experimenting and trying out new ideas.
Why do I do what I do?
I’ve pondered that for years. Maybe inspiration came from my childhood love for just creating and building things. We moved around a lot when I was a kid; almost every year. Back in my school years, I was never the best academic. My head was always in the clouds. I loved comic books; art, and technology. I would always try to find a way to combine them; Photography helped me bridge them together.
When I turned 16 years of age I was lucky enough to start a co-op for a modeling agency to learn about Photography. In my head, it was the best opportunity to avoid school and still graduate. My School didn’t have a Photography department so I went in blind, not knowing what to expect.
For most of the School year I helped around the office and darkroom I even got to go out regularly to do extra work for films and TV shows. It was a blast. I wasn’t able to touch a camera though until I learned how to process film and print. I didn’t think they actually took me seriously when I said I wanted to be a Photographer as most of my Images were harsh in light portraits, crappy landscapes and light experimenting with objects in my bedroom.
I remember the first piece of advice I got from the agency owner was that if I didn’t have a flash (I did, however, I didn’t know how to really use it) and the sun was out, then to take the subject out of sun and into the shade; to use the sidewalk as a reflector that way I didn’t have to worry about strong shadows and harsh light on the face.
So the next weekend I had a young couple come out with me to a spot in the park under the bridge and away we shot. I think it was the first time I really became serious about the skill. I wanted to really make this session work. When I went back to the agency on Monday I processed my film and started making my contact sheet. After I printed the best image the Owner of the agency walked past and stopped to look. When he asked if I shot that, I explained how I followed his advice. I think from that moment on is when he realized that I really wanted to learn, and asked the Lead Photographer (my first mentor) to start showing me the ropes. I was taught studio and natural lighting techniques, retouching black and white images with a thin brush and retouch dye and shooting angles and how to pose and crop.
From there on in I was hooked. I was shooting almost every day. I ended up following my mentor’s style to start as well as his footprints through College where my own style started to come about.
After College, I realized that I haven’t really done or seen anything adventurous yet so I decided to see the world. I started working for the Cruise lines and for almost 5 years travelling anywhere and everywhere I could get to; From South America, the Caribbean, across the Atlantic to Europe, and around the Mediterranean. My third year out I met my beautiful wife. Right there and then I just knew she was it, she’s the one. We continued to work and travel for a few more years until settling back in Toronto where we raise our 2 beautiful children.
When I started down this path I Started Photography as a path to express myself. I still do, … however, it has evolved. It went from expression to statement. I pour my heart and soul into my work. I’m pushing myself creatively and when I’m not shooting I’m studying, training experimenting trying new things and looking for new projects. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t; and when it doesn’t … I smile and learn just a little bit more.