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!
Finally catching up on some back issues of Canadian Art, where my shots from recent School Hop visits have been featured!
Canadian Art School Hop is a youth initiative aimed at developing visual literacy and critical thinking skills for high school students by providing access to galleries, artist-run centres and artists’ studios across Toronto.
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!?
My career as an event photographer was purely accidental and not something I ever planned for, so it boggles no one more than myself that I not only make a living doing this, but have clients that I firmly believe in, like the lovely night I had here with the Canadian Art Foundation.
With a constantly rotating office, interesting talks and education opportunities, and exposure to different people outside of my bubble, I couldn't be more thankful. ❤️
By saying this, too, I often wonder what the next accidental career will be. I'm throwing myself to the wind, world: ready and listening!
Watching the crowds roll into the Waterfront Toronto/Sidewalk Labs Town Hall, before a lively, and sometimes heated, discussion on the development proposed for the eastern waterfront and Port Lands. If you’re concerned about Toronto's community, infrastructure, transportation, housing, or industry, and want a say in the city's future, this is the time to speak up: time to flee from personal echo chambers and let them know what you think!
To sit down with Mary and Jen -- a retired Army nurse who served in the Vietnam War and a grief+bereavement therapist, respectively -- is a great reminder of the important things and much-needed inspiration on this Thanksgiving weekend.
As Mary aptly cheered when we clinked our wine glasses, "To everyone who loves us... and to those who don't: to hell with them!"
Happy holiday, Canadian pals.
I went from two weeks of meditative wanderings to getting off the plane and charging right back into rushed city life/shooting daily for TIFF. And though that's fun, I look back at this photo from Solsbury Hill, England, a couple weeks ago, and all I can think about now is getting far away from people and jammed streetcars and laptop-infested cafes and back to the slower pace again.
My teenage self would be aghast that I'm saying this, but... I'm actually missing small-town life!
I didn't attend my own convocation, which I've been wearing as a badge of pride, much like the satisfaction I have of never having gone to prom. I was (and possibly still am) quite stubborn, and after four tiring years at my institution, jumped on a plane, hollered peace out, and got as far away as physically possible from both the event and my classmates.
It's odd, then, that I'm now an official photographer at the University of Toronto, shooting someone else's convocation, interacting with new grads, their family and friends. And from this, a surprising revelation: admittedly, I get a little verklempt, and there's a part of me that wonders if my parents needed to see it all happen, hear my name called to stage, just as a symbol of closure. On a selfish level, Lorne Michaels received his Honourary Doctorate that year, which, at the time, would've been a super big deal. And it would've prevented my smug ex-boyfriend from thinking I didn't graduate when I bumped into him the next year.
But no regrets: knowing me and any moment that requires dressing up and possibly wearing borrowed heels, I probably would've tripped and smashed my face on stage. I like to think I've lived a longer life because of avoiding it?
Finally got a chance to see Blind Date, the long-running improvisational stage show by Spontaneous Theatre. Pairing a trained improviser who plucks a volunteer from the audience as his or her "blind date", the 90-minute adventure dives deep into dating, relationships, and intimacy, and takes both the participant and audience on a charming and hilarious rollercoaster ride.
Originally catering to the heterosexual crowd, the show recently underwent a queer makeover, making its debut at Toronto's Buddies In Bad Times Theatre this autumn. Verdict? Absolutely wonderful and overdue. Kudos to creator Rebecca Northan and actors Julie Orton and David Benjamin Tomlinson for pulling this off!
Blind Date returns to the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto in June 2017.
You know those middle-aged women who see babies and immediately turn into Jell-O, mouths spouting an endless stream of infantile jibberish, phones filled with selfies with other people's children? That's me. But not with kids. I'm all about the dogs.
The great thing for someone like me is, thanks to my circle of dog-owning friends, I've entered a new world of fellow dog lovers, which has fortuitously landed me in an emerging career as a pet portrait photographer. I've been doing this for years and never once considered this "a thing". But it is "a thing".
It's only been a couple months since my first fundraiser shoot for Coveted Canines Rescue, which I'll admit I felt so unqualified for, but since then I've done some work with both Park 9 Liberty Village and Mars Pet Care, and I LOVE IT. Though it seems like fun and games, these subjects are adorable but absolutely challenging -- but despite having to keep their attention, getting them to stay still, or preventing pee or poop on the seamless and/or devouring all of my props, I can't think of a sweeter species to work with.
Dream job? Pretty much. And frankly, I can't get enough: if you're looking to get some private images of your pooch or your organization wants to hold a pet photo day, get in touch. COME ON, MAKE MY DAY: email@example.com
I was in The Beaches this afternoon (I cannot, for the life of me, call it "The Beach") and checked out this year's winners of the Winter Stations Design Competition, "an annual public art competition that challenges designers worldwide to reimagine Toronto's lifeguard stations as a basis for winter art".
Though I had a throbbing migraine, I still managed to enjoy some public art, chat with strangers, and spend dedicated time lowering my breathing rate down to that of the waves. I also scored a delicious Murakami book from a community library stand, so all in all, it's been a wonderful day.
When I mention I shoot for TIFF year-round, most people don't understand what I'd be doing outside of September, when the Festival is in full swing and streets are inundated with limos and hyperventilating selfie-seekers. But throughout the year, many high-profile directors and actors glide through TIFF Bell Lightbox's King Street doors to chat about their work -- Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis, Pam Grier, Keir Dullea, and Keanu Reeves being only a small sampling of the organization's incredible programming this year.
Canada's Top Ten Festival is TIFF's wintry offering of all things Canadiana and takes place this week, showcasing feature films, shorts, and in-depth conversations with homegrown on-screen talents, including Tatiana Maslany, above, speaking with Cameron Bailey on Saturday, and Kiefer Sutherland next weekend.
I'm occasionally brought on to photograph personal birthday get-togethers; this particular one was super impressive -- featuring not only live musical improvisers, who were ridiculously talented skill-wise, but also brought people stomping on the dance floor in seconds. Now, THIS is what I call a party.
"On June 19, [Waterfront Toronto] celebrated the opening of the new Queens Quay with the biggest ribbon cutting Toronto has ever seen. Now we’ve entered a period of commissioning and adjustment for the new street – and [they’d] like your feedback."
As a cyclist, I am super excited about this. Fill out the quick form now and let Waterfront Toronto know what works and what doesn't work in Toronto's newly launched downtown neighbourhood space.
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Another great edition of Treehouse Talks at the Toronto Reference Library, this time featuring Jillian Kohler (Director, Global Health, at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs), Marshall Pynkoski (Founder, Opera Atelier), and Nicholas Parker (Global Sustainability Entrepreneur and Investor).