I am very happy that my first submission ever was accepted. This was a collaboration with Kass Foulkes and Alina Sauve back in November. I have been waiting a long time to post these images. I am happy to share that it was accepted into Beautivation Magazine for their March issue.

They are on 6 pages in Beautivation Magazine! (78-83)


Ottawa is full of talent. We have great models, MUAs, stylists, and Chris Banfalvi, a crazy talented artist that makes swords, crowns, chariots and other pieces of work made from metal. His work is currently showcased at the Orange Art Gallery should you want to check out the exhibit. This was a concept shoot for something bigger on the works from our model Mylee Batista and her mom, Ashley. Chinenye (MUA) and myself will both be part of this project with what seems to be a large list of other talented artists. I can't wait for all this to get started.  Thanks to my assistant for this shoot Steven Lian to make these images possible. He is a talented photographer himself.


Last week, I worked with Amber Erlik (model) and Sara Yousuf (MUA) on some beauty Indian-style looks. Usually, people arrive with make-up and hair finished before the shoot, but this time I had the opportunity to do some video work for Sara and was there for the entire process. As I captured the make-up process, I understood why the "team" was always so friendly with each other already before the shoot. It is this getting ready process that really bonds people, which I happen to miss out most of the time. But now it all makes sense. Anyhow, here are some of favourites. And hopefully, a successful video to follow. Thanks to Pehnawa couture for the clothing and jewellery.


I am very excited about this post because it is my first attempt at photographing a real dancer and I had a ton of fun shooting this gig.  I got an email one day from this contemporary dancer from Yellowknife who wanted me to photograph her in downtown Ottawa and in some water fountain. Did she really say water fountain? I always get nervous when people watch me do stuff, at least until I get into the zone and I lose sense of my surroundings, but this whole bit with the water fountain in confederation park increased my anxiety from day 1.  However nervous I was, it would have been 50 times worst for her.  She was the one who had to get into the water and interrupt the lives of every single person in the park that day.  Even the guy playing pokemon next to me stopped and starting taking video of what we were doing. He didn't think I noticed but I see everything. Anyhow, all I have to say is it was a ton of fun and I can't wait for the next "public" shoot! Thanks Laurinda and until next time. 

Mike M

People are subjective in their taste for headshots or portraits; we have to face that fact. It is not better or worst, but just a matter of personal preference. This is why it is very important to exhibit work you want to do and images you want people to contact you to do. Sure you can do other stuff and are probably very good at it, but you don't like doing it so what is the point. Of course even when people come to you, they are just in the same ball park. Although I like all these images here, there are two I personally like more. But I get it, I probably won't want to use an unfriendly artsy photo for my business portrait either. So I guess this is a bad example, but now that I have written all this, I don't feel like deleting it all and starting from scratch as I am drawing a blank. My wife is starring and waiting for me to start binge watching Mr. Robot again, cause I forgot what happened in the story line to continue to season 2. 

Chris P

I am terrible at social media, blogging, posting, or anything I am suppose to do to draw attention to myself. To be honest I hate all all of it.  It is a shame it is absolutely necessary to do social media, except a few who are way more talented than I will ever dream of being.  For now I will shamefully keep posting. It doesn't help I suck at writing in general or just have nothing to write about. In fact, I have said nothing about this headshot or how I really like the look of it and how I need make a nice image like this for myself. Maybe I need some "fluff" generator, there must be an app for that right?