Back in September of 2013, I shot my friend Rick after noticing his unreal beard on Facebook. Blog Post: WENT TO SEE A MAN ABOUT A BEARD.
Fast forward to last week, and I caught wind that Rick still had the beard, and was shaving it in June, but the reason as to why he was shaving it was what really struck me.
Rick, is a Grade 3/4 teacher at Saint Joseph Catholic Elementary School in Hamilton, Ontario, whom I met many moons ago playing on a minor hockey team with him. He has been growing his beard for a year and a half now, and it has become somewhat of a staple. Personally, I would of loved...
Few images for some ads we did for Alpine Electronics & Klipsch Headphones with Tyler Bozak, James van Riemsdyk & David Clarkson of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Behind the scenes video by the people at Alpine.
MUA: Jen Gemakas - http://www.jennifergemakas.com/
The Blog Post Science Said Wouldn’t Exist….. and a bit of where I’ve been for the last year.
The date was December 24th, 2012. A cold Christmas Eve outside, but warm inside surrounded by family. After a great meal, we all gathered in the living room to have a few drinks, talk, and sit in front of the fireplace.
Such a great night until out of nowhere…. a coughing attack. Turning blue in the face and struggling to breathe. My Mom panicked, as she contemplated calling 911. Thirty seconds later and it was all over. Unbelievably scary. The next day my Mom pushed for a visit to the hospital...
In November of 2010, I made my first trip to Haiti. Fast forward to January 2014, and I would be heading back to the country that stole my heart for the third time.
Haiti, and more specifically, a special girl in Haiti, are the reason why I can do what I do today. I won't go into great detail, but you can read the story and watch the video here: The Girl That Changed My Life.
A few days ago, I returned from spending 16 days in this amazing country. I went with a group out of Hamilton that builds schools and was there to capture various forms of media for them.
Photography in Haiti always...
Back in November of 2012, I shot DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors for Klipsch. The blog and image can be seen here: DeMar DeRozan
In November of 2013, I was asked to shoot some more images of DeMar. DeMar is such a class act and was so much fun to shoot again.
A few images from the shoot.
DeMar had his family on set for the day, and before we wrapped I asked if he wanted a photo with his extremely adorable daughter.
Behind the scenes video from the shoot.
Client: Klipsch / GenTec International
2013 brought a lot of challenges into my life. Some might say that I'm glad the year is over but I look at it as a win. I have never been tested like I was in 2013 and I was able to come out on top.
My favorite memory from 2013 was the work we did with Friends With Hearts and how it managed to explode this year. In 2012 we were able to raise $3045.00 and sponsored 23 people over 4 families and this year it got pretty crazy. We ended up raising $9490.99 and sponsored 90 people over 35 families. I am so thankful for everyone involved. Head over to www.friendswithhearts.com for more details. As awesome...
Some people have asked why I would post images of my family and more specifically my niece and nephew on my commercial photography blog all the time. They ask: "Shouldn't you be posting your commercial work"?
To any commercial client out there that wouldn't hire me because of images like this, all I would say is: Good! I wouldn't want to work for a client like that anyway.
These two mean more to me than any amount of money or any job that could come my way. Being a proud Uncle is pretty much the best feeling in the world :)
So, with saying that, here are my little monsters in their Halloween...
Back in 2011 I founded a group called Friends With Hearts which sponsors families at Christmas. This year we decided to feature some of the donors and tell their story. We featured Frankie as our first Featured Friend this year.
You can view his story and more images here: http://www.friendswithhearts.com/featured-friend-frankie/
If there's one great thing about Facebook, its that I can follow along with peoples growth. This time is was the growth of a beard.
Last week, my friend Rick Palkowski posted a new photo with his unreal beard, and I needed to photograph it.
I went over to Rick's house last night and captured a couple quick portraits of this unreal beard he has.