Journal, JV, Photography

Where and What I’ve Been Up To!

February 4, 2016


It’s been a while.

Am I still doing photography?  Yes!

The past two years have been a bit of a transition.  While continuing to photograph events and collaborate with amazing people and organizations I have transitioned into a whole new realm.

The amazing part about being a photographer is it has given me a completely different lens on how I am approaching this new path.  As a photographer I am in a very fortunate position to help capture important images for my clients.  The key word here is being able to help capture these events. Working very closely with them, noting all the details, timing everything correctly are all things of familarity.  Similarly to my new path as an acupuncturist I am hoping to achieve similar things by helping to improve my clients health and wellness.

The amazing part about starting a new adventure is coming out on the other end and being able to see things with a bit more clarity.  The more powerful part of all of this are the insights that you gain by sifting through the ambiguity of the journey.  I’ll be posting more on this new journey and also start updating more work with my amazing clients.

So here is what to expect, more posts, more topics. Now it’s time to start writing.


Annie & Ben, Engagement – Ontario Science Center

August 7, 2014

What do you get when you pair a scientist and IT guru? Annie and Ben! This perfectly matched couple are always laughing and candid. We spent the day wandering the Ontario Science Center which was filled with colours, things to interact with, and large open spaces.  This made for the perfect backdrop to their science themed wedding!  This couple will be getting married this October and I can’t wait to photograph this happy couple on their special day!


Jennifer & Jason’s Engagement

September 30, 2013

It’s crazy how time flies!  It has already been a few months since this shoot and the wife-to-be and husband-to-be are already husband and wife!!  Even though it has been a couple of months since the shoot it is definitely worth posting these photos of this amazing couple. Jennifer and Jason, or Jennson, are definitely not shy in front of the camera and always looking great in their fashionable attire.



Hanging In The Park

September 27, 2013

This week I got to hang out in the park with Calista!  I think by the end of it I was more tuckered out than she was.  It’s amazing to see how she has grown up so quickly!!  Here are some of my favourites from the day!

It was so refreshing to be following around this active two year old in the Fall cool air!!




Less Is More. Natural Light.

July 26, 2013

I have been working with a new photographer this week and after conducting my first mini-workshop I was reminded of how simple it can be to capture a great photo. Sometimes it is really just about using the basics that are around you. It can get complicated real quick when working with studio light. Don’t get me wrong I love studio lighting but I have to admit, I love working with natural light. I almost prefer it over studio lighting. The ironic part of all of this is when I started photography all I wanted to do was shoot in the studio and create a big set. But as I started to learn how to use natural light, plan around it and more importantly be proactive to it, the more I fell in love with it. This said, it all depends on what type of image you are trying to create.

In my workshop, I brought up the topic of learning your settings but using these settings secondary to what your final objective is. So I like to work backwards, if I have an image in my head I think of the lighting and settings that I need to use to get this done. More often than not, new photographers think of getting the perfect setting then shooting a photo. I prefer to think of it the opposite. What is the final image I want to create? Then tweak appropriately. Perhaps, this is intuitive to all photographers. However, I have never really focused on how I make images, I just did what I thought was right. It is nice to break it down yet am still humbled at how much I still have to learn!

No matter how you break it down nothing substitutes for lots of practice and taking as many photos as you can! Here are some images of my god daughter from a couple weeks ago using one natural light source and a couple of props!