Divinesque | Portrait Session

As many of you know, June marks Pride Month. The celebration began as a way to commemorate the Stonewall riots that happened at the end of June 1969. Many events are held this month worldwide to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world.
Divinesque has been a staple in the Toronto Drag and LGBTQ community and has been performing for over 30 years. She’s recently lost a whopping 117lbs and wanted to update her portraits and had a great idea for where she wanted to do them.
Despite it being incredibly hot we met up and took a stroll on Church St to start the session. We started on the corner of Church and Alexander St since there’s an awesome rainbow crosswalk.


We made our way up the block to Church and Wellesley to recreate an image Divinsque had done previously for a “Before & After” shot to show off her incredible transformation. That’s where we found the rainbow barber wall and of course her mural.

The whole time people were honking their horns and hollering “yaaass girl” at her, cause well let’s face it, she looks amazing, and we were stopped multiple times as people asked her for a photo.

After, we headed to the AIDS Memorial for some of my favourite shots. I’m ashamed to say I actually didn’t know this was here. Opened in 1993, it is a series of concrete pillars carrying stainless steel plaques engraved with the names and dates of those who passed.

 

It was a ton of fun, her outfit was amazing and absolutely popped when we went to the memorial. Despite shooting in +38C weather, we were lucky that we managed to survive shooting in the heat. Hoping for more portrait sessions like this one!

If you’d like to see Divinesque perform, she’ll be at Hamilton PRIDE in the Park.
Mainstage, Corktown Park, Hamilton, ON, June 17, 2017 in the afternoon!

If you’d like to inquire about doing your own portrait session I would love to hear from you! Please submit all inquiries through the contact form.

Thanks for stopping by! More coming up soon so be sure to follow!

xo
jo

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Nicole & Robert | Engagement Shoot

On Victoria day last month I ventured up to Alliston, ON to photograph an engagement session for Nicole and Robert. They’re tying the knot on June 17th, 2017 in Toronto.
This was a special session as Nicole and I have been best friends since the 8th grade, so we’re closing in on 15 years! From our emo days of listening to My Chemical Romance in the halls of our High School or skipping class to meet AFI, through different colleges and career paths and many adventures, it’s crazy to think in 4 days I’ll be photographing her wedding.

They met about 5 years ago while working as chefs together at the Auld Spot in Toronto (aw, kind of like No Reservations except without the kid & stuff.) After 5 years together he popped the question and she said yes! These two compliment each other so well and I can’t be happier for them.

They weren’t planning on doing an engagement shoot but I’ve known Nicole to be a bit shy in front of the camera so I convinced them to do a little trial before their big day.

We drove around Alliston looking for some locations to shoot at. We started at a nearby park and then headed to a Heritage Farm and of course found ourselves in a random and smelly field but it was worth it. Take a look at some of my favourite shots below.

The last two are a couple of the outtakes, including our version of American Gothic by Grant Wood. I had so much fun, I don’t think I’ve ever laughed this much during a shoot. I can’t wait for their big day! Let the count down begin!

If you’re looking to get portraits or engagement photos done I’d love to hear from you! Currently looking for alternative and bad ass couples for Summer/Fall 2017. Please use the contact form for details!

xo
jo

Concert Recap: April 10-16th, 2017

Hey friends!

I wanted to start sharing more of my photographic experiences and experiments with you as I’m continuing my journey I figured I’d share some of my favourite shots from recent shows as well as tips or tricks I learn along the way!

This past week I photographed Walkwaves at The Horseshoe Tavern and a double header on Thursday night, Crash Vegas at The Danforth Music Hall and Age of Electric at The Mod Club.

This was a fun show at the Horsehoe, I love the tinsel in on the back wall, it adds a nice bokeh when shooting with a longer lens. It’s funny because I see people mock when people use a 70-200 in a small venue but there’s a difference in lens compression and bokeh you can’t get unless you use a long lens.

This was an interesting shoot at The Danforth Music Hall, generally it is GA/Standing but for Crash Vegas this night it was seated and photographers were only allowed down the aisles and not against the stage where we normally are for three songs. That wasn’t the challenging part for these images though I found the lighting to be very harsh so editing was a bit tricky but I think they turned out alright!

The Mod Club can be a difficult venue to photograph, these images were taken from the balcony since I had to head to Crash Vegas earlier in the evening I didn’t have the opportunity to get close to the stage, there was no pit and the Mod Club doesn’t really have the best layout to get past the crowd blob so I worked with what I had.

I am based in Toronto so most of my shows will be at local venues but I am available for travel if you’re ever looking for photographic coverage! If you’d like to see more of the images check out Fridae TV.

I would love to hear your thoughts! Criticism is always welcome as I’m looking to grow so please let me know what you think in the comments! Also let me know if you’d like to see more of these!

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xojo