But that didn’t scare me away from wanting to take pictures. Even as a kid I always noticed patterns of light and colour (Legos, anybody?!?) … I wanted to be a photographer and the thing I wanted most was an SLR camera. I just loved that feeling of waiting for a roll of film to be processed so I could see what pictures I’d taken.
I started my business as a full-time Kingston wedding photographer in 2006 and in 2008, wanting to improve my photographic self, I went to a life-changing workshop called the ‘Foundation Workshop’ where I learned how to compose my images cleanly, zero-in on emotion and then capture moments. It encouraged me to change everything about how I shoot and to embark on a journey of constant improvement – both personally and photographically. Though I’m never easy on myself, I LOVE what I do. It feels good to know what I was put on earth to do, and actually be doing it.
• How did you become a Kingston wedding photographer?
I shot a few friends’ wedding and really enjoyed looking for different viewpoints and unexpected moments. There was pressure, since things happened so quickly and there’s no chance for a re-do, but I enjoyed the pressure. It was a bit of an adrenaline rush to face the pressure, but come out of it with photos that I was happy with – and the friends were thrilled with the photos, so my wedding photography business grew from there.
• Top 5 favorite movies of all time.
Fight Club, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Babel, Beautiful Girls, The Apartment
• What did you want to be when you grew up?
An architect … I made my mom buy me stacks of graph paper pads. I thought the T-square was the coolest thing ever.
• Describe your ‘death-row’ meal (appetizer, entrée, dessert)?
Spring rolls with sweet chili sauce, red curry peanut chicken with coconut rice, hot apple crisp … iced coffee.
• What do you do in your spare time?
I’m a drummer in a rock band. I love to cook too – biiiig foodie!
• What music would you take to a desert island, if you could only choose one artist?
Tom Waits. Or Brian Eno … tough one …
• Who’s on your ‘must see’ list of musicians?
Björk and Tom Waits.
• Describe your first part-time job.
Stocking shelves at a health food/book store. My favourite part was organizing and filing all the invoices and systematically rotating the stock (NERD!).
• If you could have a pint with any celebrity, who would it be?
Bono … kind of a cliché answer, but I’ve been the biggest U2 fan since I was 14. Jamie Oliver would also be an interesting guy to have a pint with.