on the roofs

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!

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!