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2018 Year in Review

2018 Year in Review

2018 has been a different year professionally for me. My weddings slowed down a bit but my commercial work increased, which you can view here (soon). On the personal side of things a lot of growth has come with much more on the horizon. First year in many I didn’t get a chance to head east to my beloved Cape Breton; you were dearly missed!

Got to shoot some fabulous engagements of an amazing couple, Natasha and Nishant, back in my (kinda) hometown of Ottawa on THE hottest day of the year! And I finished off my wedding calendar with a destination to Mexico with two beautiful souls Amanda and Adrian.

Here are some of my favourites from all the highlights I shared with the world this 2018. Hope you enjoy. If your recently engaged or know someone who is – have them contact me for a highly experienced, fun loving energetic photographer – ME!

Cheers to 2019!    Trevor

 

Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

I finally had the opportunity to get back to one of Canada’s most iconic locations of this great giant nation. In my mind THE most iconic. Peggys Cove! Just south east of Halifax, the drive takes about 45-50 min down a very picturesque road.

I flew to Halifax on my way to Cape Breton for a wedding a few days later and decided to jump on the chance to see my favourite lighthouse. Arriving to the tiny community around 3 in the afternoon where the lighthouse sits majestically on top of some giant barren exposed rocks I found my parking spot for the day and grabbed my camera. My plan was to spend the afternoon photographing the lighthouse and her community, enjoy some fresh mussels for dinner and catch the sunset. Thankfully the weather was absolutely amazing for it all to come together.

While sitting down about to enjoy those fresh mussels an old friend from Windsor saw on facebook I was there and mentioned he now lives 30 min away with his wife and family. Calum (McPhee) was flying home from his work out west and graciously offer me to stay there instead of me driving to Cape Breton that evening. I jumped at the offer as the thought of driving 3.5 hours on the trans-Canada at night wasn’t really appealing compared to 30 min up the road.

By the time the sun was almost on the horizon the amount of people had tripled along with the amount of tripods. I found my location(s) where I thought was the best angle, just due west of the lighthouse on a low outcropping of exposed rocks. Thankfully there wasn’t the amount of people like there was on the main rocks as myself and just one other photographer from the UK enjoyed this pristine spot.

That other photographer did take a huge chance venturing onto some of the (not so safe) black rocks to grab another angle. Which you can see in one of my photos. Shaking my head my thoughts went back to a young fellow from my home town of Smiths Falls, ON how just a few months prior got hit by a rogue wave while on some of these black rocks and was swept away. Very sad. Even worse is that he was never found. There are warning signs saying not to go onto these black rocks for the potential of getting swept away by one of these waves is good. Yet all day I saw people from all walks of life, all age groups doing just that and taking that huge risk.

It was a beautiful day, beautiful location, beautiful sunset. If you ever have the chance to see this part of our great country of Canada, don’t hesitate. Go see it! And I recommend the fresh mussels!

Cheers, Trevor

 

weekly one shot – 1/52

weekly one shot – 1/52

So I’m going to try and blog a random shot weekly for the rest of the year. I’m starting a tad late – 8 weeks into the 2015 but no time like the present.

This weeks shot is one of my all time favourites I have shot – its from Broad Cove Marsh near Inverness, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Cheers TrevorIMG_9275e

 

Best Photography of 2014

Best Photography of 2014

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Explore the Beautiful Norwegian Fjords

Explore the Beautiful Norwegian Fjords

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Places You Have to Visit

Places You Have to Visit

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2012 – the good, the clients and the mountain…

2012 – the good, the clients and the mountain…

What a year.

2012 will be one of the most memorable years in my photography business. The first few months are always slow, which comes with the weather. But this is the time of year to catch up, learn new techniques, begin new advertising campaigns, share photos with you all that I just didn’t have time to do throughout my busy summer/autumn months. Along with all the computer work I shot some great classic children’s portraits, dramatic baby bumps and edgy but classic business head shots. We also got the cutest puppy in the world! There were a lot of fundraising events for our charity – “Climb Kili 2012” which you can click here to still donate to such a great cause!

This year was a first for me – WPPI in Vegas. Super cool conference. Learned a few new tricks of the trade along with seeing what is hot and what is not in the industry. I can see myself going again!

This years busy season was an exceptional one. Training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro was in high gear while fundraising for our local hospital amongst shooting for all my clients made it for a year to remember. Gaining new clients like Grill 55, Government of Ontario, ADA Architects, Blackburn Radio, Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator, Foia Restaurant, Level 3 Vodka Emporium to name a few. All the while keeping my amazing existing clients happy ( STC Construction, University of Windsor Ontario, Dragon Boats, Beaverfest, etc) when called upon.

Amongst all my work are some of my favourite personal photos I have taken this year. Had the pleasure to photograph a wedding in Cape Breton. So spending a few days on the new Cabot Links golf coarse and enjoying Inverness’s amazing beach made it for a great working holiday.

The rest of the summer I watched my boy win his baseball little league, polar bears at the Detroit Zoo, the Stanley Cup come to Amherstburg ON, and finally drop that extra 5 lb’s to help me get to the top of Kilimanjaro.

Spending 13 days in Africa with such an amazing group of people all the while pushing ourselves to the limits physically and mentally and reaching the summit of Africa’s highest mountain – Kilimanjaro was worth 18 months of fundraising and training! Finishing off our trip we experienced the wild side of Africa while on a 3 day safari. It was truly a trip of a lifetime!

The last 3.5 months of last year has been THE busiest I have ever been. Yet I still found some down time to go see an NFL game in Buffalo and to send a couple day at Kalahari with my friend Mike and our boys.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me and my business over the years. Last was great, though I’m not sure how I will be able to top it. I can assure you that I will surely try!

Cheers!

 

Mt Kilimanjaro – Day 3

Mt Kilimanjaro – Day 3

Our third day of hiking started off with a sunrise everyone should see once in their lifetime. High above the clouds, the air was crisp and our muscles sore.

Our altitude gain was the highest before our push to the summit on the evening of Day 5. we went to just over 4600m which was at the Lava Tower. This was our longest “day” at 8 hours of hiking to our next camp. A few of the team were feeling rough as the altitude gain was affecting them hard. But thankfully we dropped back down 3900m. Which we all benefited from.

This was the longest in distance we hiked with the weather changing constantly ending in a beautiful sunset on the summit of Kili.

DAY 3; Machame Route, 4600m (approx) highest – 3900m at camp, 8.5 hrs of hiking

Mt Kilimnajaro – Day 2

Mt Kilimnajaro – Day 2

The second day was fairly short in terms of only hiking 4-5 hours to next camp. We gained only a few hundred meters and got into camp relatively early. Which was nice for a couple reasons – to chill, relax and re-energize our mind and body for the tomorrows 8-9 hour day and to enjoy the view!

DAY 2; Machame Route, 3200m (approx), 5hrs of hiking

 

The start of my epic climb to the top of Afirca’s highest mountian – Mt Kilimanjaro

The start of my epic climb to the top of Afirca’s highest mountian – Mt Kilimanjaro

Its been forever since I’ve blogged. Reason is my work load has been the biggest since the beginning of my business, was training 5+ times a week, being a dad and trying to find some sort of social life and sleeping when I could.

This past year has been an amazing journey with a fantastic group of people. Training, raising money and becoming great friends were the highlights just like these next few posts I will get up in the coming weeks.

I could write a ton more about the lead up to the climb. I could write pages on the climb itself…how it was the most difficult physical and mental and emotional thing I have put my mind, body and spirit too. I could write about the great weather we had, the amazing porters who carried our equipment, the darn good food we had on the mountain and the amazing team spirit my fellow climbers had the entire trip.

But I won’t – as I’m not the best writer but I think I can safely say I captured the essence of our hike in the photos taken – all 40000+ images!

It was a struggle to sift through them all (half coming from my GoPro I had attached to my chest) but I narrowed it down to hopefully tell a good story of what and how we did it!

This being the first blog of the series – here are some details…

DAY 1; Machame Route, 2800m (approx), 5hrs of hiking

Morgan + Shiloh; View Point Inn, Oregon USA

Morgan + Shiloh; View Point Inn, Oregon USA

The wedding was to take place at the now worldly famous “Veiw Point Inn” overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. (Think Prom scene in “Twilight”)

I flew in the previous day and in the morning had some time to check out the surrounding area and the Inn itself. The drive to the Inn from Portland is fabulous on the old section of the highway through typical west coast forest which is simple beautiful! Not to mention the air was the cleanest I’ve breathed in a very long time! The sunrise over the gorge that morning was simple magical and I will post these and more photos from Oregon very soon.

From the Inn it’s about 20 minutes to the famous Multnomah Falls. Morgan mentioned to me the night before that if we had time before the ceremony we could shoot down to the falls to take some photos if the weather was good. More on that later.

After my 3 hour scouting drive I headed back to the hotel, grabbed a bite to eat for lunch and got ready for the day’s events. Met up with Colette and waited for both the bride and groom to arrive. We planned on taking photos prior to the ceremony so we could miss the chaos of the guests and have more time to relax and enjoy it.

Morgan and Shiloh’s first meeting or first sight was very inspiring and emotional! And photographing it almost had me in tears myself! Walking the grounds of the Inn we got some fabulous stuff and thankfully the weather held out. Having 45-50 minutes to spare I made the executive decision to jump into my rental and zoom on down to the falls! And the stress of it all was worth every second! Colette escorted them up to the bridge and made sure it was clear of people for the shot. In the mean time I set my tripod (the first and only time I have every used one while photographing a wedding) and framed the shot I wanted. I took about 20-25 images and called them back down. Within ten minutes we were back on the road up to the Inn and hopefully on time for the ceremony. (Which we were!)

The ceremony went on without a hitch as did the reception! Dancing was enjoyed by all and when Morgan put on her cowboy boots, took dancing to the next level! Fun was definitely had by all!

I want to thank both Morgan and Shiloh including both their families for taking the risk hiring a photographer from so far away – another country at that! I really enjoyed myself and I would probably say it was one of my best weddings to date! Thanks again!

Cheers!

Orgeon coast…

Orgeon coast…

Here are some of my favourites from my trip to Oregon.

If you would like to purchase any of these, please contact me directly for sizing and prices!

Cheers!

Amy + Dan on the beaches on Punta Cana

Amy + Dan on the beaches on Punta Cana

Had the pleasure to return to the same resort with Amy and Dan (and with a very large group for a destination wedding) in November that I was at back in January with Catherine and Dave (view their post here).

The weather started off ok but it did happen to rain the day of the ceremony for most of the morning so the service was unfortunately moved indoors. Too bad really since you travel all that way to get married in such scerne settings just to be moved at the last minute…thankfully it didn’t rain for the rest of the day so we were able to get some fabulous photos in and around the resort with the day ending in a beautiful sunset! The reception ensued with a clear skies and a full moon over head and after the music was past it’s cut off the party continued to the night club to the wee hours.

The next day the wedding party and I (and the entire group who followed us) went back down to the beach so I could photograph them frolicing in the water and playing in the surf! The “trash the dress style” shoot ending with the wedding party jumpin gin the pool!! hehe That was a defiantely a fun hour!

Thanks everyone for such a fab week. Cheers!

Jessica and Jim – pre-wedding shoot

Jessica and Jim – pre-wedding shoot

Jessica and Jim asked me to come up to Bayfield ON, for their engagement photos back at the end of June.
I almost forgot to post my favourites from their session but remember tonight.
I was glad I took the time to drive up past Grand Bend that fine evening! Not only is it nice to have a new exciting location but I’m very happy with how their photos turned out!
Cheers

Catherine and Dave – Sun, surf and laughter!

Catherine and Dave – Sun, surf and laughter!

Happy New Year to you all!
This being the first post of 2010 it’s an honour to bring you my latest wedding from the Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Catherine and Dave’s ceremony on the beach was short sweet and very sensual! Though surrounded by half naked tourists, children playing in the surf and a resort photographer who jumped in front of me more than once, none of that mattered as I came, I seeked, I conquered! Catherine was brave enough to endure the ocean’s surf for their post ceremony shoot. The lighting was perfect and by the time we were wrapping up the beach had emptied enough to get some portraits of them without the mayhem of Speedos and thongs.

The night continued at the reception where the family tradition of – excuse the spelling – YAKA was made and drank. Though it’s a family secret and I do now know how to make I won’t indulge as I’m afraid I may get one of those green lemons in the face! haha

Enjoy the photos from the Dominican. I’ll post their New Years Eve pix after the big Wedding Show this weekend at the Caboto Club of Windsor.

If your there drop by and say hello!

Cheers!

Travel photos…penguins

Travel photos…penguins

Throughtout time to time, I will be posting some of my favourite pix that I have taken in my travels. Most of these will be from the days worked abroad for Princess Cruises with some from more recent travels like last year in Peru.
Today I’ll start off with some of my favourite birds in the world. The penguin! I had a chance to visit a king penguin colony not once but twice in the Falkland Islands back in 1998. Wow how time flies. If I ever get a chance to get to that part of the world again I won’t hesitate!
I wrote an artcile for the “DRIVE” magazine. The article can be read here. As always comments are much appreciated!