I had a lot of fun shooting this engagement session for Stephanie and Mark in Toronto’s Habourfront / Queens Quay area. Stephanie & Mark are actually getting married this month – more photos to follow from their wedding.
This Saturday we want to volunteer at the Hong Fook Charity Gala. Hong Fook is a charity organization which provides mental health services for the east and south-east asian community. They do good and necessary work and if you want to volunteer or find out more about them please do visit their website at: http://www.hongfook.ca/
This even is one of the most organized charity event I have seen. The production value of their shows exceeds what most other charity organization manage to do. This year they landed a big coup in the form of Thien Le (http://www.thienle.com/) who generously provided models and clothing for their fashion show. He also brought along two other fashion designers. As a result, the entertainment part of the evening was superb.
Fashion show photos:
The clothing were pretty good. I loved taking photos of the models coming down the catwalk. The only thing was while lighting on the catwalk was good it wasn’t super. So I had to use my flash quite a lot, and flash don’t cycle fast enough to catch all shots. I suppose weddings are the same way with lighting. Considering building myself a dual or triple flash trigger for rotating multiple flashes to always have one ready to fire every second.
This part I felt like I was working for a paper or being a 2nd shooter at a wedding.
They must have felt pretty bad. All these girls did was take gift bags out to the tables and stand up on the stage holding up the signs.
Bread and butter of the evening, group portraits.
Me, my gf and a bunch of friends went out to the Sandbanks area and got two cottages for a night. Pretty fun first day with a lot of amazing views. We had a pretty good time except for the rain on Sunday. Otherwise I thought it was a good trip. Might have been better if we stayed one more night so everyone can be more fresh for going out and about and playing.
Here are the photos:
Every year they do something call Doors Open in Toronto where you get access for free at various Toronto buildings or sites. I went this year with my girlfriend and we had some fun. The difficult thing about this event is getting any sort of good photos. So many people, tight spaces don’t make for easy photography. I tried my best anyhow and here are a few from this year.
And here’s the completed rock balancing stuff from last week’s photo (also a good demo how a polarizing filter can mess up your skies, or add effect):
Walked past saw this guy starting to burn like this (on the walk back he was close to his guitar’s color):
Most people work out at a gym, lifting weights, treadmills or bikes. I get my work out by training in Karate. To me it’s a lot more fun than feeling like a hamster on a treadmill. And on the plus side if you practice real karate under instructors who know what they are doing you learn something useful as well. The required concentration and perfection of martial arts also appeals to me at a deeper level.
So it’s a lot of fun when things happen in karate that allows me to take photos. Just such an occasion occurred when our senior students finally (some waiting years) got their black belts. As an acknowledgment of their martial prowess they get to first defend themselves against everyone (one at a time) with various limitations like not being allowed to use their hands. And than they get to spar with some of the more senior students.
My friend came out to Toronto from Montreal and he mentioned he liked to go somewhere scenic, so we went down to the beach to walk around. Was a pretty interesting walk in that I got some pretty good photos. At one point where we stopped and decide to walk out onto some rocks out in the water, we noticed a lady with a camera taking photos of this girl who was posing in the sand. It looked like the girl was modeling some lingerie as when we walked past them and looked back we sort of noticed her bottom was see through (isn’t the beach a family place?).
Anyhow here are the photos:
As I wish to drum up some interest from people looking for a wedding photographer in Toronto. I should show some of my work in portraits.
There are different school of thoughts as to portraits and post processing. Some believe that you should leave it as natural as possible. While others feel that the magic of photoshop should be used to make people look like super models. Personally I am pretty agnostic about this point. I think that sometimes it’s a good idea while other times it’s just nice to have images of people as they are.
First is two photos I took of my sister at her engagement party. I feel they work out quite well.
The following are some samples from other photographic situations.