Winter Favourites

Living in Toronto, we see our share of winter weather throughout the cold months. My favourite weather to shoot in is definitely a good snow storm. It adds a unique mood and it's something I thoroughly enjoy. 

Here are some of my favourite images I've captured this winter.

The story behind this photo is pretty awesome. I was taking some photos of a few Police officers in Toronto. This officer I chatted with for a few minutes, and asked him to snap a quick portrait. This was a super genuine moment and smile. One of my favourite photos to date.

When shooting in snow storms, I am always thinking to have the shutter as fast as possible to freeze the snow and create somewhat of a dreamy look. 

 

Photo of @soteeoh

Photo of @soteeoh

These are just a few of my favourites. I'm looking to get back into my blogs so keep checking back! I am visiting Hong Kong in the next week, make sure to keep a look out for the adventure!

Hologram Party in Toronto - Pusha T

I recently had the opportunity to shoot a special event in Toronto. Vice Canada and Fido sponsored the first Hologram party in the world. For such an event, they brought on Pusha T to set the night.

Pusha T is a well known Rapper, as well as President of GOOD Music. 

Pusha brought a very energetic vibe to the stage, hyping up the crowd with some of his hits (old and new) One of my favourites from the show is his hit single with Kanye West , Runaway)

A big shoutout to Robbie from Beyond the Drop for the opportunity. Check him out here! 

One of my many goals.

One of my dreams as photographers is to someday be able to be an influencer for Nike/Jordan. I was always into sports growing up and have always been into Nike and Jordan sneakers. 

Recently I was approached to meet up with Jay (@realjaylife) to meet up and shoot in Toronto. Jay was visiting Toronto for the first time, being from NYC. Nearing the end of the night, passing the harbour front basketball court, we decided to do a Nike style shoot. 

These are my favourites from the shoot. Big thanks to Jay, check his page out! @realjaylife 

 

SBC x FlyGTA

It seems like forever since I've done a blog post, well because it has!

It's been a super busy end of the summer filled with shoots and such. I recently had the opportunity to work with a new airline flying out of Billy Bishop Airport. Greater Toronto Airways is a new company gearing towards adventure flying around the city. They contacted me to get some promo ariel shots, I couldn't say no!

Arriving at the airport, I had met up with the guys at GTA and within minutes we were getting clearance for takeoff! My ride for the day was a small plane, I believe for flight instructions. I had a small window to shoot out of, barely big enough to fit my lens through, but it worked great!

As you can see I had all the controls infront of me, and to be perfectly honest it scared the shit out of me! 

Our main focus was to orbit around the CN tower, getting as low as possible (which I believe the lowest clearence was 1700 ft above ground)

Here are some of my favourite shots!

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A huge thank you to the guys over at Greater Toronto Airways, if you're interested in experiencing something like this, be sure to check them out! 

Click here!

Secrets travel fast in Paris

Currently travelling to Amsterdam, what better way to pass the time then share my experience through Paris. This was my first time visiting Europe, and it was everything I expected and more.  There was many sights that were a must that I wanted to photograph.

What struck me about Paris was how beautiful the architecture is. All of the housings have beautiful detailings. Some of my favourites were the buildings along the river.

When I think Paris, I think fine details and beauty.  There are statues of great meaning all over the city. Some of my favourites were the gold plated statues.

Next on my must see sights to see was the Famous Louvre. This is one of the most famous museums in the world, home to very famous art pieces such as The Mona Lisa. The exterior of the building is also beautiful, they have several glass pyramids, making for great photographs.

The Eiffel tower even prettier then I had first thought, It fits so well with in the old beauty of the city.  My first shot was taken on a panoramic viewing tower just outside the heart of Paris.

 

My highlight of my time in Paris was most certainly Bastille Day (Paris’s 4th of July) To start the day they had a pass by of aircrafts of all sorts.  They also had a firework display at the Eiffel tower. Our original plan was to go with a group fairly close to the Tower, but I wanted to get a different perspective of the display of fireworks.

My Final location that I wanted to capture was Notre Dam. One of the most beautiful pieces of architecture I have seen. Fun fact : Construction started in 1163 and was opened in 1345. This photo was taken on my last night in Paris, I lucked out with a beautiful sunset.

Paris has for sure been on of my favourite Cities. Hoping to come back soon!

 

Signing off.

Enter my world - Rooftopping Video

Through all of my rooftop adventures, my goal is always to try and capture the moment and make the viewer of my photos feel like they are really there. Unfortunately there is only so much you can do with a photo.

I recently picked up a GoPro, mainly to film my adventures and bring a sense of realism to the viewer. My first attempt at filming I realized I needed some sort of way to get a POV view, and what better way to do that then with a head mount.

This is just a quick little video I threw together. The plan is to put together a short film over the summer with my good friend Zach Bird. We have some great ideas, I am very excited to share something new with you all.

Enjoy!



SBC x Bad Etiquette - Part 2

When I first started doing collaborations, Bad Etiquette was one of the first brands I worked with. With our first project being a success, it was about time to work together again. Bad Etiquette is a street clothing brand based in Toronto. They have a very unique style, a brand I personally dig.

Founder of Bad Etiquette, Lionel Wong and I had discussed a project we wanted to tackle for quite sometime, with summer finally here this was finally possible to happen. The idea was to do a smoke out type shoot. 

I decided to take the shoot to an old abandoned factory just outside the city. I was looking to capture the grunge and darkness of the building, it fitted with the smoke perfectly. 

In this shoot, we are showcasing Bad Etiquette's new lineup of gear. 

 

Collaborating is one of my favourite things about being a photographer. It gives me the opportunity to work with very cool people. Lionel is a dope guy with a vision of success for his brand.  Like the gear? You can grab your gear here!

Models 

Lionel Wong + Katherine Flores

Cranes and Sunsets

These past few weeks have been pretty insane to say the least. Recently moving into Toronto has given me more reasoning to get out there and shoot. On my latest adventure with one of my good friends Zach Bird  , we brought along with us Toronto Model/Photographer  Danya Maclean.  I always enjoy shooting with new people, and this was no different. 

We decided to hit up one of our favourite spots to catch the sunset, and it did not disappoint. 

We arrived to our spot around 7:45 pm. We aimed to get there for this time so we could capture the golden hour, as well as the sunset. The Golden hour creates very nice light and shadows for portraits, Zach took full advantage of the opportunity.

After shooting from the roof, we wanted to get just a tad higher. We then went up the crane. Where some of my favourite shots from the day were taken.

Big ups to Danya for climbing up the ladder! After this shot I noticed the cotton candy skies coming in, I was just a tad excited!

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Hope you enjoyed this series! With the summer just getting into gear, expect many more to come.

 

SBC

 

 

Vertigo

Yet another rooftop series, but with a new twist. I recently picked up a 14mm ultra wide angle lens primarily for shoots just like this. I decided to revisit one of my favourite look out points, lucky enough for me I was able to visit this time during the day (which is a first for me). There were several shots I had in mind that I wanted to capture, and there were a few that came along with ideas from some of my friends.

14mm on a full frame camera is beautiful. These are some look down shots I have always wanted to capture but is impossible to do without this lens.

This is a spot I have always wanted to visit during the day as the view is quite breathtaking. Unfortunately with recent events with some younger crowds visiting and damaging the property, this spot is out of question now.

Hope you all enjoy the photos! Hopefully they give you some sort of feeling ;)

 

Doors Open 15

One event I have always seemed to miss in the past has been Doors Open. The City of Toronto gives access to the public to free and rare access to more then 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. This event goes over a two day period. 

Taking a look at the list of the buildings open, I visited the ones that were good for photographs. I was able to visit all but one of the locations I wanted to which was the Don Jail.

The day started off with a Instameet, hosted by @Alexandramack22 + @evologist . They were able to provide all of us with media passes. These came in handy as we were able to bypass the long lineups.

The first location I wanted to head to was Toronto City Hall. They opened up the observation deck to the public which had a beautiful view of the city. Unfortunately the glass was very dirty so it made it near impossible to take photos of the view.

Next on our walk was a visit to The Sick Kids Hospital. The building they opened was The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning. We were taken up to the 27th floor to a lobby room with interesting architecture.

   

 

 

Onto the next! We then headed our way over to the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre. It was a fair bit of a walk from our previous spot but it was a beautiful day out. Two of my favourite grammers below @AshtonTekno + @bora.vs.bora were one of the few to branch off with us to the theatre. 

The Elgin theatre was my favourite building. The architecture was beautiful, as you can see. The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre is the only double deck theatre in all of Canada. 

This is a place i've ALWAYS wanted to go but never took the time to go. It is always open to the public, but as soon as you pull out a camera you will most likely be asked to leave. This is my favourite shot from the day.

Lastly we went to Queen's Park, I imagine this was on everyone's list as it was very busy. This is the Parliament Chamber. This was definitely my favourite room in the building

Hope you enjoyed the Doors Open event!

Until next time..

Victoria Day Fireworks!

Every year In Canada, on the last Monday before May 25th we celebrate Queen Victoria's Birthday. For most of us, this means an extra day to our weekend, and of course fireworks! I recently just moved into the city so I wanted to check out the firework display in Toronto. The show was held at Ashbridges Bay (In the beaches area of Toronto)

This was my first time shooting fireworks, I had an idea of what I wanted to do but with the show lasting just under 10 minutes I had to learn on the fly quickly.

I am pretty happy with how these turned out for my first time shooting fireworks! I will be in Paris for Bastille Day, cannot wait to see fireworks off the Eiffel Tower!

Hope you enjoyed the series!

 

Caution!

On my most recent adventure once again to the roofs, and I can honestly say as I am writing this my legs are feeling very weak. Another climb of a 60+ floor building can really make you question your body shape. The climbs are always painful, but the views are always rewarding enough for me to keep climbing.

This mini series is a combination of 2 buildings, kind of in the same area but with different architecture. 

Construction sites can sometimes be a challenge to shoot due to a lot of safety fences blocking your view, but what I see is a playground waiting to be discovered.

This concludes the mini series! Wish I could share more info hehe.

SBC.

 

 

Lens in the clouds

If you asked me a few months ago to scale these kind of heights, I would say you were crazy. Rooftopping has taken storm over the last year or so in Toronto. Whether being done for photography or just taking in a view of the downtown core, it's quite the adrenaline rush.

Recently, I revisited one of my favourite spots in the city. Usually I wouldn't be so hyped to get back and see the same view, but my from my own personal growth in my photography I wanted to recapture the view.

The plan was to get to the lookout for sunrise, but some hiccups along the way changed the plans. An old saying really holds true "A picture doesn't quite do justice". It's something you really have to see in person.

One of my favourite shots from the shoot. I wanted to get a light trail of the cars on the highway. As you would imagine being up this high creates some challenges in taking long exposures, mainly high winds.

The main reason why this is my favourite spot is because you have a 360 degree view of the city, which allows you to capture everything.

We got lucky to get a pretty nice evening, considering the last time I was at this spot it was about -20 with the windchill. It was a decently warm evening with the beautiful moon behind us, as you can see here!

Hope you enjoyed the read + photos!

 

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SBC x Shangri-La Toronto

What I love most about being a photographer is the collaborative nature of the industry. This week I had the chance to work with a trifecta of super creative peeps. Neil Wong of Thank You Toronto, Melissa of Best Vacations and the hospitable staff at Shangri-La ( Toronto's premiere Hotel) 

We had the opportunity to have a photoshoot on the roof of Shangri-La for Canada Goose, as well as a photoshoot in the Garden Suite with model Melody Ichimura, showcasing some of her best Yoga poses for LuLu Lemon.

The day began with a brief meeting around noon. Here we all signed our waiver forms to access the roof. As you can see here, the view is absolutely beautiful.

Melissa @bestvacations

Melissa - @bestvacations

Although we were only aloud to be in a certain distance of the edge, it was still a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Melissa @bestvacations

Neil @thankyoutoronto

With the weather being in doubt all week, our rooftop fun was cut short due to snow, yes SNOW! After the rooftop shoot, we headed down to the 6th floor to Shangri-La's beautiful garden suite!

Melody Ichimura

This wrapped up our shoots! We ended the day with a delicious lunch at Shangri-La. This was really a great experience. Big props to Thank You Toronto for the opportunity! 

If you're visiting Toronto and want to get the full experience, Shangri-La is a must! Beautiful hotel with even better people.

Stay tuned for more!

SBC x JVGBD

After a few months in development, I'm incredibly humbled to announce I've been hand-picked by French street wear brand JVGBD. We worked together on a few T-Shirt designs using some of my favourite Toronto photos I have taken. I am very proud to be working with this international label and to be one of the select few to represent Canada. 

JVGBD is the result of scrupulous work of three young designers who for nearly three years are bent to produce a perfect interplay between image and clothing.

  Their process of their own, consists of hard-won techniques during countless sleepless nights spent experimenting in their French workshop.

Currently you can find two of my designs on their website!

I am very excited to see where this leads to! 

If you would like to purchase one you can click here to be directed to my shirts!

Thank you for all the continued support.

 

en route : Montreal

One of my favourite things about being a Photographer is exploring new cities. Late this week, my friends and I decided to take a road trip to Montreal, Quebec. I've always had an interest in visiting, but have never had the chance to. 

Our trip started late Friday night, we left Toronto at 10pm. Our plan was to get into Montreal for sunrise. We arrived into Montreal around 4:30am , leaving us plenty of time to find a spot to take some photos. Unfortunately it was quite an overcast morning. 

We decided to go to Mount Royal Park, a great lookout spot for the skyline of downtown Montreal. It was very cold and windy, and let's just say I was not very prepared for the cold. None the less, I was quite happy with some of the images I managed to capture. 

With it being a very cloudy sunrise, I was a little bummed but it made for some very detailed clouds. 

After catching up with some much needed sleep, we continued our day into the heart of the city. I was actually quite surprised on the downtown core. It was a very clean and beautiful city!

Being from Toronto, I'm used to seeing 70+ floor buildings. Montreal is a much smaller city, but that didn't stop me from getting on a roof. 

I was told by a few people that checking out Old Montreal is a must. I've always had interest in photographing old architecture. The small details in some of the buildings were truly amazing.

Montreal is a city that I would love to visit again, as I did not see as much as I would have liked. All I want to do is travel and see the world. 

Stay tuned for more!

SBC x Rocket.ca

One of my favourite props to use for my photos are Smoke Grenades (or known as smoke bombs) They are originally made for Airsoft/Paintball but Photographers and Filmmakers have been using them as props to add a special effect. 

My recent collaboration is being sponsored by Rocket.ca - They are the official re-seller of the Enola Gaye Wire Pull Grenades as well as the bigger EG18 Assault Grenades. These are sold at other locations but Rocket gives the best price as they are the official reseller. 

You can get some pretty crazy photos while using these. They last for about a minute to a minute and a half and produce a huge amount of smoke. They come in all sorts of colours. My favourite one has to be either the green or blue. 

Rocket has many different locations in the Greater Toronto Area. Their store located in Etobicoke is open year round. 

Photo by Zach Bird

Photo by Zach Bird

If you're in need of Smoke Grenades, make sure to give Rocket.ca a visit!

Meet : Zach Bird

As some of you may know, I'm a huge Hip-Hop head. One of my favourite quotes from one of the greats, Kendrick Lamar says "I'm trying to surround myself with people that inspire me, or at least inquire similar desires to do what it takes to make it to the top" One of my good friends Zach Bird is a dope photographer here in Toronto. We both always try and push each other with our work, and both want to see each other succeed. After All, team work makes the dream work.

Photo by : snappedbycam

 SBC - Introduce yourself!

ZB - My name is Zach Bird, I’m 19 years old from Whitby, Ontario. I’m a freelance photographer, looking to open up and branch off to anything that is thrown at me in the field.


SBC - How did you get in Photography? What were your inspirations? 

ZB - I got into photography on one of my yearly camping trips about 3 years ago, I began to take some decent photos with a Nikon DSLR that was my dad’s. Myy family was impressed with my photographs then and I wasn’t even really working hard at it or doing it the right way so that was definitely what inspired me to get into it just people appreciating my work right off the bat.

SBC - What are your goals for 2015?


ZB- My goals for 2015 are to keep improving on what style best sparks my interest, and to keep connecting with people and to hopefully move on to bigger and better things with doing that.

SBC - If you could land one gig, what would it be and why?
 

ZB - One gig I definitely want to land is to just have the experience of being in a media pit at a concert, or something entirely different like shooting a freelance project for a wildlife magazine would be pretty sweet as well.EndFragment    

Zach recently launched his website, make sure to check it out! Click here

Stay tuned for more!

 

Catching the Sunset at Toronto Island

When one thinks of catching sunsets, it's usually somewhere warm on a beach with a beer. I'd also be thinking that. With spring just arriving here in Toronto, the feel of the winter just won't quite go away.  Although it looks somewhat warm, it wasn't exactly ideal for exploring.

The day started with my usual walks across the City, but decided to take the ferry over to the Island. 

If you've never taken the Ferry across to the Island, it's always a mix of people coming back from a grocery shop, or families spending the day. There is not a whole lot to do during the Winter as most of all the attractions are closed for the season.

Photo of Zach Bird

Photo of Zach Bird

It's always a fun and enjoyable time at the Island, I can't wait for the warmer weather!


Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring!

As of 6:45pm today, it marks the end of our Winter. In terms of a typical Canadian winter, not the same amount as snow as we're accustomed to, but boy was it a COLD one! So here is an official welcome to Spring!

Being a photographer, most of my work is done in the outdoors so just being able to throw on a hoodie has been very enjoyable. I've really pushed my photography since September/October, so I haven't really had the chance to shoot in the warmer temps. I am beyond excited for that!

  Torontonians getting their last skate in at Nathan Phillips Square.

 

Torontonians getting their last skate in at Nathan Phillips Square.

Stay tuned for upcoming blogs & my Instagram! Some very cool projects coming up!