I want to make the portrait of you that will always warm your heart every time you see it. I always hated having my own photo taken, because I was uncomfortable with my own self. There were so many expectations just out there, some particular, most vague, about what I ought to be, do and look like. I don't mean things like simple courtesies and manners, of kindness and thinking of others, or good character and reliable reputation. I mean the things that we somehow wrongly tie to who we really are deep inside, that somehow attempt to place value on who we are superficially. You have intrinsic worth because you are made in the image of God, and it has nothing to do with what you can or cannot do, how much you do or how well you can do it, or what you look like, or your circumstance now, past or future. Intrinsic worth does not change. You are more than your hair, your job, your possessions, your abilities or inabilities, your bank account or social media presence. And I want you to see that in your portrait. I finally see it in my own, whether anyone else does or not, and I want you to know it in your own portrait. My work tends to be muted, because I want the observer to take pause, be drawn in, to see more deeply, and desire to do so. I want them to look for the beauty in the soul before them, because it is there in quietness, perhaps still in joy or a moment more solemn.
Several of my photos were used in a special commemorative 100th Anniversary limited edition book, The Greatest Race Boat Show in Canadian History, published by the Antique and Classic Boat Society in 2013.
Event photographer for the Muskoka Conservancy at their Gala Fundraiser event in 2014. Scroll down to see slideshow of event that year.
An antiqued photo was purchased in 2014 by the Twisted P Rodeo Company in the USA, which they intend to use in promotional material and merchandise in the future.
Contributed by request a photo for the Couchiching Conservancy Christmas cards in 2015.
Event and sponsor photographer for Oro-Medonte Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Gala 2016.
Finalist three years in a row in Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014-2016, one of the most prestigious international wildlife competitions, with over 40,000 submissions from around the world.
My work is currently available in three shops in Ontario:
The Hawkestone Soap Store, Gravenhurst
The Bird House Nature Company, Orillia
Regard sur le Passe, Jarrett