Life

Quick fire updates

  • I am currently working on a few projects with a few different people be on the look out for them
  • I am currently on the search for an integral piece for a film project I have been planning for months
  • The book is coming along nicely. Just wait. 
  • The future is bright. 
  • Breathe
  • Neurons that fire together, wire together
  • Be around people who you never feel the need to impress

That's all she wrote folks

And with that the classes were done, the gallery happened, and friends parted.

With knowledge and new connections the men and women left the hollow halls and embarked on a new journey into the world.

I hope that the bonds that were created in these past years help propel everyone to new heights.

Take it slow.

Just try to understand that things get tough. Things get intense. Things are crazy …but that is life. Life is a ride.

So let’s take the time to really get down and just let free on my blog. This is going to be titled advice, but who knows what will really be written here.

I want to address the fact that no one man is an island.

You will spread yourself thin. You are going to invest so much energy that will rarely be cycled back to you. Time is ticking and things are getting intense. Sessions are flying by. Models cancel. Printers jam. Money is short. Props break. Tears will flow. But in the end …just breathe. You cannot stress yourself out from the get go and panic. It is all about what comes next? What will you do to follow the fall? This is the true nature of a photographer. The ability to take an idea and run, idea falls? Rework, pick yourself up, and keep running.

As well, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Food photographers need a team. Commercial photographers need a team. Why should you not have a team? Surround yourself with people who will benefit you. Who want to see you succeed. Who will pour their all into you, like you would for them. At times you will hit that point where you realize that some people are not worth the effort. Give them a chance. Give them two. Know your limit though. Time is always ticking.

Rebrand

As I grow more and more, I start falling back on the idea of re-branding and understanding the impact is has on business.

A good logo is something that should stick in someones mind. When they see something like your logo, or something that has your logo on it they should instantly know it is yours. I think in the case of photography, your logo is best represented on 3 places: Your business card. Your website. Your watermark. Having a perfect harmony of these three things is essential to creating a strong brand and identity.

Tell me what you think of the logo that I created for myself.

New beginnings

This is the final countdown. This is the last ride that we all have together. I was never one for being great with my words. But I promise you that I will try to make the best of the time we all have together. We will get strong. But I have to be strong for myself, I am the one taking the steps into unknown territory. No one is going to be holding my hand.

Sonder

Sonder

n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

I quit

What am I doing in this profession? I really do not believe that I can make a name for myself by being this uncreative. All great works have been made so far. Why should I even try. Life is just a constant stream of consciousness that just keeps going and flowing. I do not know how to make it all slow down. How do I appreciate what I have if I cannot take the time to really value it.

Life is a train that never stops. We should never be afraid to be vulnerable, we should embrace the fact that we have faults and that we are human. I am just here trying to enjoy the ride and have great conversation on the way to where ever this train ends up.

#FOTO

#FOTO - Faces of Toronto Ontario is a  collective portrait series of the people in and around Toronto, Ontario.

Recording all the beautiful people that make up Toronto, Ontario.

Going out into the streets finding the people that we think make Toronto, Ontario what it is: the best melting pot of all shapes, sizes, ages, and races, all working in harmony.

Check out the new adventure!