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Elliott Erwitt

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                       you’ve definitely seen the images.

With a career spanning over 65 years Elliott Erwitt has had the chance to capture a variety of subjects, though he is best know for his tongue-in-cheek images that portray everyday quirky situations.

erwittms01PAR55341His humorous approach is the more obvious reason why I admire his work.  The other would be a strong attraction to the technical style of his photography.  I love the the strong focal point of his images, as well as the simplicity that black and white brings out.  It reminds me of when I fell in love with photography.  I shot 35mm black and white film and carried my camera with me everywhere, taking pictures whatever might catch my eye.

It leaves me thinking…
Perhaps it’s time to revisit those days.
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Blanc de Noir

blanc-noir-torontoThey have created quite the buzz!

One of the hottest new brands on Toronto’s fashion scene is Blanc de Noir.  They are a local design duo making highly functional quality pieces defined by context.  Their pieces focus on gender neutral style, with the philosophy that “clothing should not define who or what you are, you should.”

Featured in the likes of Globe and Mail, Blog TO, Toronto Men’s Fashion Week, Novella Magazine and countless indie fashion blogs, these gents show no signs of slowing down.

They currently have a Kickstarter campaign to put their gorgeous shoes into production.  It not only tells you about their goal but gives you an organic feel for who they are and what they do.  And you might just see a certain photographer at 1:28!

It was a great honour to create the images for this cutting edge duo, I was instantly in love with not just the collection, but with Miah and Gonzalo as well.

You can check out their Kickstarter video at if-the-shoe-fits and buy your first pair of Blanc de Noir handmade shoes.

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Thank you Ivana

Ivana SpotlightAnother write up?  I must be doing something “write”!

How nice of Ivana Tolusic of Royal lePage to feature me as her business person of the month.  I had a look through the rest of her news letter and found it fun and insightful, you can check it out here.  Ivana is a fantastic listener and has a keen sense of what’s going on with Real Estate in Toronto.  I too, would highly recommend checking her out: Ivana Tolusic – Toronto Real Estate

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Let’s spread the Love!

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Ever feel that there are too many bad vibes on the net?  You’re not alone!

Small Girl Medium City was born from the passion to spread positivity and love through writing.  Shiela the founder, was inspired by Toronto, a city filled with so much beauty and talent. SGMC is an online publication that is geared towards smart, independent, and creative individuals, with a mission to encourage, engage, and inspire young women in Toronto.

I recently had the pleasure of working with Small Girl Medium City at my studio on some creative portraits.  I was honored that SGMC not only wrote an article about her photoshoot, but said things that genuinely touched my heart!  I’m glad that all the reasons I love what I do came through in her experience.

Check out her article here (and the rest of her kick-ass blog), and learn what it’s like to be in front of my camera.
Thanks SGMC! X

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Mike and his Bike

combo1webtMike came by the studio to create eye-catching customized portraits for various online professional profiles and his website.  Mike is a Studio Cycle Instructor in Toronto.  With his images we wanted to highlight the confidence and determination that cycling can bring.

And of course, her rode to my studio in Leslieville from the west end!

This look was created by placing two small strip boxes on either side behind Mike, a soft box in front as a fill and a silver reflector on the backdrop to help separate the subject.

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