Surfing in Scarborough

Last Friday’s adventure with fellow music photographer, Janine Van Oostrom included watching surfers on a beach in Scarborough and searching for vintage cameras. Janine and I met  while shooting the Coleman Hell Sugar Beach Session at 102.1 The Edge last month. We introduced ourselves and realized we’re both members of a collective of female photographers from across the world called The Photo Ladies ( . We also realized we enjoyed vintage camera collecting so I invited Janine to explore the antique shops along Kingston Road since I hadn’t been yet. We quickly realized these shops were asking for more than we would’ve like to spend and since our camera hunt was a bit of a bust I decided to give Janine a little tour of south Scarborough.

As you’ve most likely noticed, I’ve been to The Bluffs quite a few times in the last few weeks. There’s something calming about watching the tide come in. There are so many places to explore so you’ll be seeing it often. On this particular day it was a bit cold anda rather windy. The beach from Alyna & Ishkhan’s session was now 4 feet under water. We watched in awe as brave souls in body suits waded out to try and catch some waves. My iPhone battery was low and ended up dying because of the cold (grr) but I had my D800 and 50mm 1.4 lens. Definitely not the lens of choice, I wish I had my telephoto, but you work with what you have.


I edited these photos in Lightroom using XEQUALS Presets which are some pretty awesome film simulation presets I was introduced to. The beautiful part about them is they layer the effects so it’s really given me an opportunity to really take charge of my editing. You can find more about them here. My favourite are the cross-processing and contrast paper filters.

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Foggy Exploration with Alyna & Ishkhan

We’ve been having some unpredictable and unseasonably warm weather in Toronto so when I woke up to a warm foggy day last Thursday I put out a call to action!
Why not take advantage of this opportunity? Do you know what fog machines and their liquids cost?
Luckily, Alyna and Ishkhan came to the rescue! They responded to my facebook post and we set off on a foggy day adventure.

The fog had started to move by that point so we went to the Bluffs where we hoped the fog would still be thick; and was it ever. You could barely see the towering rocks, everything felt so quiet and eerie, no horizon in sight yet there was something romantic about it.

We took advantage of the low tide and I asked them if they wouldn’t mind taking some photographs for me. I loved the way her hair and his hat pop with monochromatic view of the lake. It really was a fun day.

What was unique about this process for me was there it was completely on a whim. I didn’t tell them what to wear or where we were going, we only decided after getting in the car. We got to the location and just went with it. I’m really hoping to do more of these soon, Lets go out and shoot!

(Also, we happened upon this super photographic pupper who kept posing for the camera. I love him.)

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xo Joanna