Starting a business is challenging. You can read all business books and take all business courses but, in the end you are left to using your own instincts. Trusting your own judgement. What works for someone else, might not work for you or your business. One thing that has always worked well for me though, is my work itself. My images. A lot of my clients come from referrals from family, friends, colleagues and past clients. My father-in-law is a particularly helpful indirect connection and introduced me to Sandra and her husband, a pilot with the Canadian Armed Forces.
Sandra and her husband are a couple on the go. In the past year they relocated to from Toronto to Ottawa for work and upon news of their departure, the couple knew they wanted to capture their memories of the big city. One of the first photo sessions I held when I moved to the Greater Toronto Area was with the Toronto skyline in the background. I took the photos from Toronto Island. Sandra saw that photo and knew that she wanted to have the same sort of look and feel in her images.
A Great Canadian Game
Like many Toronto residents, Sandra and her husband are also avid football fans. By the end of our session, this beautiful couple ditched their fancy clothes and donned their Toronto Argonaut jerseys for some fun photos. Sometimes sports jerseys can look a little over-the-top in photos but, there are ways to incorporate your favourite jerseys without sacrificing tact. I think we were able to pull off the fun, sporty look in a classic way. The photos of Sandra and her husband in their Argonauts jerseys fit in perfectly with the photos of them dressed up.
Toronto Island really is one of the best places to hold your next photo session. The only fee you pay is for the ferry to travel to the island. Once you’re on the island, there are no fees to use the grounds to conduct your photo shoot and there are so many background options. We were able to capture some great images on the ferry itself – there’s no sense in wasting time waiting to step foot on the island! Using the city skyline in the background gave us the opportunity to incorporate the city-feel without the need to be right down town, in the heart of the city (and traffic). Other than the city skyline, there is plenty of green space, bushes, trees, wild flowers and gardens to incorporate in the photos, not to mention Lake Ontario.
As the picture perfect couple was moving to Ottawa, I was editing their photos. They moved within the week after our photo session. Their photos truly represent their last days in the Toronto area. It’s always a pleasure working with such an open minded, easy-going couple. I have been known to travel to Ottawa to work with clients, there’s no reason Sandra, her husband and I can’t meet up again on their turf!
My passion and biggest asset is taking the time to make every client comfortable and relaxed before I even pick up the camera. The result? Photos of you that actually look like you at your best! I can prove to you how much you can enjoy having your picture taken. Lifestyle photography is about the experience that happens to be served up along side of some great photos.
Family Photography for families that like to move around and enjoy their photo time, Wedding Photography for couples looking for a mixture of photojournalistic, contemporary and traditional images and Professional Corporate headshots that are far from cheesy and stiff.