Live it, breathe it, be it.
I went to Ryerson Polytechnic University, received my BFA in Media Arts, majored in film. This rounded out background and personal aesthetic in film & media studies has taught me how to be versatile in my style and helped me develop a natural eye for color, tone and composition.
My strength lies in my ability to connect; to bring out someone’s personality and make him or her feel comfortable and at ease in front of my lens or better yet to make them feel like there is no lens at all. The closer you get to people, the more they open up to their true emotions… I am always looking for honesty in photography. I am looking for the truth behind the image. When I view a portrait, I want it to communicate something intimate about the subject, not just their ‘likeness’. I see vulnerability in someone who is strong, and strength in someone who is vulnerable. I’m drawn to people’s inner strength and that tends to come out in my photographs.
My career began when I decided to do a photo documentary of Toronto’s underground hip-hop music scene. I met many talented artists and musicians, and developed a deep respect and admiration for their hard work, dedication and perseverance to their craft. As a professional photographer, I’ve worked with some amazing people, grammy-award winning and nominated musicians, internationally celebrated artists, athletes and celebrities, including such persons as; Steve Nash, Ric Flair, Stuart Matthewman, Osunlade, Pharrell Williams, Sean Paul, Jill Scott, Faith Evans, Eric Roberson, Dwele, Maestro Fresh Wes, Saukrates, Kardinal Offishall, Aloe Blacc, Dan Hill and John Legend.
Just as the images of other photographers have inspired me to explore the world, I hope my own contributions will inspire others to do the same.
CV available upon request.