Tag Archives: Yonge and Sheppard

North York Nights – Street Photography

6 Sep

I’m in love with the Yonge and Sheppard/Yonge and Finch area.  I really am, I’ve set up shop here and I really can’t get enough of it, there is so much culture here that you can experience most of the world in less than half an hour.  There really always seems to be something going on and I love to get out and take some of it in,  This past weekend, I got out for a little bit.

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Baby Travis

27 Jun

A while ago, I sneak peeked a photoshoot for Travis. After his shoot, things got pretty busy for me and my family as we moved and as a result, I haven’t blogged in quite some time.  I really wanted to get Travis’ pictures up before now, but here they are.

Travis’ dad is a sound engineer and a gifted worship leader and so we incorporated some props to go along with those interests.  Travis is also an excellent communicator as his mom is a certified baby sign instructor, however He didn’t really want to talk to me or the camera.

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Youth Unlimited North York And YU Revolutions Earn-A-Bike Launch

10 Feb

Youth Unlimited  North York and YU Revolutions has officially launched their Earn-A-Bike program.  The program is giving 9youth from the Willowdale area of Toronto the opportunity to learn complete care and maintenance of a BMX bike from assembly on.  Through the 7 week program they will learn how to properly maintain and repair a BMX bike and at the successful completion of the program they will have earned the bike as their own!  The program is being hosted at Spring Garden Church and is in partnership with Silent Sports

I have the privilege of being a part of the program, photographing this evening and again as they wrap things up by riding their new bikes at Joyride 150 on the closing evening of the program

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Story-Portraits at Spring Garden Church

9 Jan

A while back I was approached by Joanna James at Spring Garden Church who was doing a paper for school at Wycliffe.  The objective of her paper test and observe the effectiveness of photography in changing youths’ attitudes and fostering unity within a community with the following as her thesis:

The human story as told through photography, has the power to engage stakeholders, affect policy makers, and transform the internal attitudes and values of a community.

In her paper she flattered me beyond belief by talking about my initiative of Shutters for Change alongside Jeremy Cowart’s Help Portrait and Photovoice

Joanna had a number of youth and leaders of the Spring Garden youth Group participate by first sharing their thoughts on community and then by sharing their thoughts on how they view themselves.  The questionnaire was filled out at an event where I did a portrait with each of them.  They have been given copies of their portraits and a collage has been put together for them in the Youth lounge where they meet weekly.  One of the most telling questions in the questionnaire was one that asked the youth about a hardship that they have had to overcome.  Surprising, was the fact that one youth said that he had never stopped to think about these things.

I was honoured to be a part of giving them a voice and to have been thought of and talked about in the same breath as some truly revolutionary photographers.

Here are some of the images:

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Night Fashion Shoot

30 Nov

I’ve been wanting to get out for a while now and shoot some night time fashion in order to take advantage of some of the great mixtures of light that the night provides.  I connected with a model through Model Mayhem and we were able to set aside an evening to get out and shoot.  The wether got a bit chilly as the night went on, but she stuck it out and we walked away from the evening with some images that we were both happy with.

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Olympic Torch Relay In Toronto

17 Dec

How often does the Olympic torch come through town? Once in a lifetime, I’m told. It’s actually come through three times in my lifetime but only now have I been an the opportunity to capture the moment. Here are some pictures from the Olympic Torch Relay as it passed by Yonge and Sheppard.


Visual Word Of The Day – Stentorian

29 Oct

Stentorian – \sten-TOR-ee-uhn\ , adjective;

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Extremely loud.

This is actually a part of an amazing art exhibit located on Leona Dr. in North York. The exhibit is called the Leona Project and it is a part of Toronto International Art Fair. The exhibit is a Biography of the area that has been known as Willowdale, Lansing and Newtonbrook, located in North York. For more information on the Leona Project, please visit the site

I will also post some other pictures from the exhibit, but if you get a chance, you should really see it for yourself before it closes on Saturday. It’s quite the piece of work.

While the Car never really crashed into the window of a small bungalow on Leona Dr. had it, the whole thing would have been a stentorian experience.

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