I’m going back and forth between the seasons. Here are some photos from a summer morning run in New York. I can sometimes be lazy when traveling but the promise of a run in Central Park is a powerful motivator. Even more powerful: getting your butt kicked by runners on a Central Park race course. I went further and faster on my run than expected that morning and it felt so, so good.
I’m at the point in my life where I’m going to a lot of weddings. Generally, I leave the camera at home so the pros can do the work they’ve been hired to do and I can be an attentive wedding guest. This time I made an exception and got this shot of the groomsmen and wedding sponsors (part of Filipino tradition) lined up in the pews. I’m really happy with the composition and I love the distinct shapes in this shot so I decided to post it.
A few months back, I spent a a few hours on Roosevelt Island during a trip to NYC. It seems to be an under-appreciated spot: in a city as densely populated as New York, we felt oddly alone in the shiny new Four Freedoms Park. There are so many reasons to go! You can take a tram ride over to the island (same cost of taking the subway) while taking in aerial views of the city. When you get to the island, you can take in even more views of the beautiful Manhattan skyline. A quick stroll takes you to the Four Freedoms Park, a serene memorial space designed by Louis Kahn (his last completed work). Most of the photos from this set are from inside the simple, minimalist park space.
I took a mini-vacation to Montreal this weekend and stayed with my good friend Winnie. Together, Winnie and I ate, drank and lounged our way around Montreal - I had an amazing time. Late afternoon on Saturday, we returned home briefly to rest up and find a spot for Winnie’s new plant. Seeing the way the light shone through her beautiful window inspired us to take a few photos. Winnie got to put her ANTM knowledge in action and rocked out on that windowsill! I’m kind of in love with photos taken in front of windows. I love how simple the setup is yet how vibrant the photos are. Can’t wait for another Montreal visit!
Things have been hectic lately. I just moved into a new apartment with a new roommate (a good friend of mine) and have spent the better part of the past week packing and unpacking. I found some time in between the move to say goodbye to my old place by making one last meal from scratch.
This recipe for Skillet Neapolitan Pizza is a fantastic way to replicate the taste of Neapolitan pizza at home, without a massive wood burning oven. I prefer using this recipe for margherita pizzas (as pictured above) as I find it’s the best way to appreciate the flavour and texture of the crust. That’s not to say other pizza ingredient combinations aren’t delicious. I’ve added prosciutto, mushrooms, sausage, caramelized onions, arugula, and other tasty bits. Take a look at the menu of a local restaurant that serves its own Neapolitan pizza for some inspiration!
My friend Katie & I hung out at her place to make some portraits of her at home. Katie is one quirky, creative, funny, and thoughtful woman. We had a blast playing around with different poses, outfits, and lipsticks. She even prepared a spread of cheese, bread and olives, which we washed down with a bottle of cava. How could I not have loved shooting with her? Thanks for the great afternoon, Katie!
Last weekend, I traveled to Ottawa to visit my sister. I managed to get up early one morning for a run that took me from Byward Market, past the Parliament Building, down the Rideau Canal, and back again.
I’ve decided that I’m going to start a series of photos taken during runs in different cities, called On the Run. Going for runs is my favourite way of getting to know a new place. See here for the previous post on San Francisco.
The beginnings of spring here in Toronto. Captured with my new 24mm 2.8 lens (new for me - bought it used off ebay since it’s an old model recently been discontinued in favour of a more expensive updated model). Can’t wait to make use of this lens for portraits indoors and outdoors.
Oh Switzerland I never thought I’d have you as a friend I’m praying it was not at all pretend I need you now To help pick me up from off the ground
My little sister visited me last week and one afternoon, we went out for a shoot around Toronto’s Financial District. During her visit, a friend introduced us to wonderful song called “Switzerland” by The Last Bison that we played non-stop. The lyrics happen to be a great fit for this shot.