Friday, June 25, 2010

Childrens Charity Golf Tournament — Southern Ontario Event Photographer

Last week I volunteered to take team photos at a children's charity golf tournament involving business owners from the leisure boating industry. They were a great bunch of people and fun to photograph. I didn't get many action shots as I was there primarily to make sure I got a shot of all 36 teams together, so I had to plant myself at one hole to make sure I got them all as they played through. I had also hoped to have had access to a golf cart to whiz around the course to take some other shots, but they were short on carts, so that wasn't possible either.
All in all, it was a beautiful day for golf though, and they group raised over $24,000 for Children's Charity.. and really that's all that matters.
Here's a few shots from the day

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They had several special 'contest' holes all over the course to add to the fun, including this 'closest to the keg' hole. The golfer who got their drive closest won a keg of beer! Not a bad prize at all I say.
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Friday, June 18, 2010

trash the dress... the debate - southern ontario wedding photographer

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What is that you say? You want me to do what in my wedding dress? are you crazy?
This is often the reaction a bride will give you when you suggest them jumping into a lake or climbing into that beat up old junkyard bus while wearing the dress that made them feel like a princess on that special day.
There is usually one extreme side or the other taken on this debate on 'trash the dress' sessions. It's either a reaction of sheer horror, or an enthusiastic 'hell ya'.

Being a photographer and an artist, I would love it if every bride wanted to do one of these sessions with me. And why not? It's just too cool.
I love the idea of placing a beautiful bride in a setting that would just not be expected or typical of a wedding photo. It simply makes art in an instant.

MSN recently featured 13 amazing Trash the Dress Wedding photos and I love them all!!! I only wish some of my own shots would have been featured. They also raise the question as to whether or not the end photos are worth potentially destroying your beloved wedding gown. I say most definitely.

Here's the thing though... 'trash the dress' doesn't necessarily mean literally 'trashing' anything. Sure it may get a bit dirty, but it probably did on your wedding day as well.

Here's some suggestions if you are considering it yourself:
1. Buy another gown to trash! Who says it has to be your actual wedding dress your trashing? I've had some brides find a suitable gown in a thrift shop at a cost of may $50. For that price, you could trash it a couple times and not worry about the dress you hope to pass onto your daughter someday

2. Find a location that won't be so messy. Sure, wading into a pond, or climbing around a junkyard may not be your thing. But how about a bride in the middle of a crowded downtown street, or against a graffiti filled wall. There is tons of locations that would be safe for a session, without much risk of the dress getting harmed.

3. Get your hubby involved. Have him dress up as well, and join you for some ultra-romantic shots, and a time you guys will never forget with photos to remind you for a lifetime. These shots can often be even better then your wedding photos, because there isn't the pressure of the day looming over your head. You can just relax and have some fun!

4. Use this as your moment to shine! Every woman loves to feel beautiful. And you feel the most beautiful when you have your wedding gown on. Let it show and get some amazing images of yourself looking your best! Again, you will have the images for a lifetime, and all your friends will be jealous when they see the framed photo of you on your wall.

5. Just go for it! Why not? What are you saving it for? It's highly unlikely the dress will be worn again by your daughter. Styles change, and peoples tastes are different. Give yourself the gift of wearing the dress again for you!! You love the dress, you bought it for you!! celebrate it and immortalize it with some fantastic and unique photos.


Interestingly enough, smartbrideboutique.com is having a live debate about this on June 23rd. I have to wonder how many photographers might join in the debate in an effort to sway more brides into doing a 'trash the dress' session. I'm thinking about it myself.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Relay For Life 2010. Southern Ontario Event Photographer.

Last Friday, I happily donated my services to capture the 2010 Relay For Life fund raiser by the Canadian Cancer Society.

What an amazing group of people!! Everyone there was incredibly happy, positive and ready to have some fun and bring some awareness and raise some money for an extremely important cause.

Anyone wearing a yellow shirt is a survivor of cancer, and continue their fight against the deadly disease that affects so many families all over the world. They are the heroes of the night.

The event goes all night long, as participants camp out in teams and take turns walking a track into the wee hours of the morning. All while enjoying some good food, friends, fun activities, and listening to some great live bands on the main stage. So much fun!!

The most emotional part of the evening has to be the luminato ceremony, where the track is lines with candle lit paper bags with messages written on them to the loved ones who have had cancer touch their lives. The sight is very beautiful and touching.

My part was a small one compared to the many committee members and volunteers that were there to help. All of them did an amazing job. I only hope my images convey the true feelings of the night for them.

Please please consider donating some time or money to this very important cause if you can. visit their website at www.cancer.ca

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