Keegan Trumpour/Opeongo and I took a couple hours to traipse, climb, and dodge flooded parks around Ward’s Island to get some headshots for his upcoming releases — any excuse to flee the city is welcome, but it was really a great afternoon out. Thanks, Keegan, for going with the flow! Look forward to hearing more of your stuff soon!
Always a blast working with Girls Rock Camp Toronto, this time at Dixon Hall Music School for March Break — thanks to The Musical Cool Cats, ROAD K1LL, Unicorn Girls Rock, and the Rainbow Girls! for being such rockstar models! ❤️ 🎸 ❤️
Girls Rock Camp is an inclusive musical community empowering girls through music using week-long workshops, camp programming, and after-school programs.
Loved reading this interview of Ryan North, promoting his new book, How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide For the Stranded Time Traveler (which, by the way, has just been added to NPR’s Best Books of 2018). You can keep tabs on Ryan and his new work here.
And while I’m here and since I didn’t post them before, I’ll lay down some of the other shots we liked from our headshot shoot, just because:
After binge-watching a bunch of Franz Ferdinand clips and feeling empowered and slightly arrogant, I did the only thing I could do in the situation on a Tuesday at midnight: Fake. Band. Photo.
PS. When I’m walking around listening to music, I often visualize myself as the lead singer in a video with people prancing around. Ha! Is this normal? And if not, WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT ME!?
The event and documentary world is my safe zone, but as with all photographers, I'm often called upon for a wide range of coverage, but it's specifically portraits that I eschewed for a long time. It was equal parts fear of something new, having to direct, and offending someone personally if they didn't like the photo. But having been around a lot of working photographers of late, and seeing how their subjects often aren't pleased, my internal dialogue has quieted significantly, and I've started walking in with my back straight, knowing when to keep going when something works and stopping when it doesn't. I still have a lot to learn, and though I definitely prefer the event photography path, it's nice to know that I can pull things together when necessary... AND feel good about it.
(And I do feel good about these shots, appearing now on The FADER!)
From the Girls Rock Camp Sony Centre sessions. We only had a quick afternoon to pump these band photos out, which was exacerbated by everyone wanting to be back in time for a pizza party, but these girls were absolute naturals and killed it!
On another note, I wish I had something like this when I was a little girl in rural Ontario, aching to rock out on drums instead of the school-distributed recorder. Such a great program, and I love working with them!
If you have a gal looking for some rock inspiration, check out the "PROGRAMS" section of http://www.girlsrocktoronto.org/ or just come out to the FREE family concerts at Malvern Public Library and ask for more info in person:
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