1st Annual Benefit - A Fundraiser for the Sweet Sanctuary

Very excited that all three of my prints in collaboration with @1996photolab were successfully auctioned to these wonderful compassionate people. Thank you so much for your contribution! Also thanks to @thesweetsanctuary for hosting such a wonderful and successful event and all you do for the animals. And personally just very proud of myself for introducing myself to @camillelabchuk as both Heidi and me are huge fans of and all her work towards animal rights. All in all a great night for some now lucky animals, but there are still so many many more that need our help and have no voice. Saving animals will save the earth.

Dancer in the Mine

This is something I am very proud to show off. It has taken a year or two since I saw this place in photos, and then finally rolling up my sleeves to put a team together to execute. First is my wife as always, who helps me creatively and supports me in the many ways unseen in the final products. Second, came Chinenye who has been my creative partner for many shoots in the last year and finally was Emily, who has been a blessing as she is not only a classically trained ballerina, she is also a fashion designer. 

After months of brainstorming, sometime in February we headed off to find this magical place. Nobody told me it was hidden in a hill somewhere and not that easy to find. Thus, we parked the car and trekked the landscape, and ended calling for help in the middle of the lake as that was the only place where we found a bar of reception. My useless iphone froze within minutes so I was no use. After some second guessing, we finally find this beautiful location and instantly felt that our struggles were worth it. "Il faut la peine", as the french would say. 

We returned to the car, and to our surprise there was a sign that said "Mine".  Although it was a tiny faded sign, it would have helped tremendously if we had saw it in the first place. Then came the horror, the car was parked on ice and despite a half our of creative maneuvering with blankets, we threw in the flag and made our descend to find help. Along the way we found a couple in a car and they gave us a ride to find help. We asked a lady who lived nearby, whom gave us some salt and a shovel, and back we went. However, the tools proved useless and again we found ourselves back down the hill. This time, we stopped by a house and using my terrible french I asked for help. Unfortunately, because of people exploiting this landmark the neighbours are sick of people like us visiting and making a mess, and we were treated unkindly and left us no choice but the find the original lady that helped us down the hill. Good thing is she was there, and she had a truck to tow us out. As we returned in the truck, to our surprise there was a bunch of guys there and they were able to help tow us out and our troubles were over.

So, in preparation for the shoot, we picked out fabric and Emily designed a nice flowly dress just for this occasion. My directions were simple, "bigger". Towards the shoot day, we brought on board a videographer, Romeo.  He was going to film the entire shoot and make a nice bts reel for us. In addition, Emily's brother was going to be the second dancer to add to the interest. However, I lost Steven to sickness, who has been my assistant on my shoots for the last year, which meant I had to pack light. But, I thought we had enough people to make it work. 

The day of the shoot started early and quite smooth, all were on time and schedule was on track. Well all except this Romeo guy, who never showed. Not only did he delay us for an hour, he kept reassuring he would meet us first at the house, then at the Canadian Tire, and finally just at the shoot location. In the end he never showed. "Where art thou, Romeo" - right?

The best part is now we have met this nice lady from our scouting session the first time, so we  brought her some gifts and got to use her driveway to park our car.  We walked up the hill and magical photography of dancing happened.  

*update: These images are also published here:


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)


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.