Catch Me at the Beach...

Finally, I have found a home and work in Toronto!

I haven't been shooting much recently because I've been giving myself some time to get to know Toronto. I want to make sure I experience the city through my own eyes, and not through my viewfinder. As a photographer I feel it's important to give yourself some time to get to know an area rather than running into the unknown spraying the scene. I like to sit and people watch, get a sense of the rhythms of the neighborhood and really listen to the sounds. It's easy to just come in blasting off shots, but when you do that you might miss out on some of the subtleties of what you are shooting. It might be tempting to bring your camera everywhere, but I feel it's easy to miss the true scope of the world around you when you are peering through a 2x3 window. It may seem counter-intuitive for a photographer to choose to put their camera down, but it is for this reason that I've been leaving my camera at home.

As for work I've recently got a job as a EFP Videographer with Woodbine Entertainment. I'll be doing a lot of different things there, anything from shooting races and promos, to features on jockeys and musicians that come through. A lot of the content I'll be shooting will run on TSN as well as in house. I loved the run and gun nature of being a news photog, but I'm excited that in this role I'll be able to spend a lot more time on getting shots right, and making them look really pretty. I've only been at Woodbine for about a week now, but it feels like it will be a great place to work and stretch out the creative muscles. Also I think through work I'll officially be getting my drone pilot license. SO STOKED!

It's been a couple weeks since I've been in the Toronto now, so you can expect to see more from me soon. For now here are a couple shots just down the street from my place. If you can't tell, I'm currently living in "The Beaches". I'm really digging the area. It's a nice mix of big city, and beach town here. I really couldn't ask for a better neighborhood to live and I can't wait to get even more familiarized with the area.

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Last Week at Global Winnipeg

As you may or may not know I'm a photog at Global News Winnipeg... well, I WAS a photog at Global News Winnipeg. It is by far one of the coolest jobs ever. It was a pretty incredible opportunity to showcase stories on interesting people and events around the city and province.  You never knew what you were getting into each week, and that was something I just loved about the job. To give you an idea of how diverse the weekly shoots were here is a little montage I put together of a few shots from my last 5 days at work. Hanging with polar bears, going to car shows and learning about what goes into being a wine sommelier are a few examples. I'm sad to say goodbye, but excited for new adventures on the horizon. Stay tuned to see what is coming!

Crokicurl: The Most Winnipeg Thing EVER?

Do you have the rocks to throw down in the octagon? Will you have what it takes to pass your opponents guard? Can you land the hammer right on the button?  No, no, I'm not talking about the UFC. I'm talking about the newest winter sport in Winnipeg. Crokinole and Curling collide to create possibly the most Winnipeg game of all time, Crokicurl! I had a chance to chat with the Principle Architect of Crokicurl, Liz Wreford, about her inspiration for the game and how to play.

"We've heard people say this is the most Winnipeg thing ever, so for us to be part of that is amazing!"

I pulled together this quick little feature on the new sport for Global Winnipeg. Hope you enjoy. Link to the Global Winnipeg article can be found HERE.

Looking to test your skills in the octagon? Head down to The Forks to try Crokicurl out for yourself. Best of all it is FREE! :)

Throwback Thursday: An Interview with David Richert

A prairie boy from a farm south of Winnipeg isn't exactly who you would picture in the driver seat of a Formula race-car, but through hard work and determination, David Richert has managed to find himself racing on the world stage. Competing in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup and the Eurocup Formula Renault in Italy, David has set his sites on becoming one of the most Prominent race-car drivers in Canada.

“The difference between myself and a lot of other people that don’t get the chance to do it is I tried, that’s it, there’s no special formula.”

Hope you enjoy this feature I shot for Global News.

Here are a couple stills I grabbed while shooting this interview...

Full Global News article can be found HERE