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!
I've been working with and following Makelab Studio over the years, so it's extra exciting to see them develop and grow into what they've become, including the addition of furry mascot (and such a good little boy), Samson!
Makelab provides tech-based pop-up experiences for live events, including edible selfie photo booths, digital graffiti walls, laser cut wearables and desserts, 3D printing studios, on-site fabric printing presses, and more.
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:
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!)
The folks behind Girls Rock Camp Toronto launched their inaugural Rock Camp for Grownups at the Tranzac last month. Kudos to all of these amazing ladies for going with the flow and being absolute naturals in front of the camera!
One of my favourite portraits of Shantell, published in the Toronto Star. More photos in the online edition: http://www.thestar.com/life/fashion_style/2015/12/05/for-toronto-launch-saks-lets-artist-shantell-martin-draw-on-the-walls-field-notes.html
I met Audrey here in Peggys Cove. When she turned 16, she bought an accordion with $50 of her own money and has been in love with the instrument "and the sparkly buttons" ever since -- a good 50 years now. Early in the conversation, I mentioned my dad wanted me to play the instrument, too, and as I parted, her last comment was, "You should really think about picking up the accordion. It'd be really nice." And then she continued playing.
Also: I still have a hard time writing "Peggys Cove" without an apostrophe.