professional portraits | sam

Earlier this year, I photographed my friend Sam as part of my Special Occasion project.

The theme of this shoot was professional portraits, but it was important to me to do them outside a studio for several reasons. One: I believe lifestyle type images are more modern and appropriate for many career fields than traditional headshots in front of a white backdrop. Yes, of course I happily shoot those types of portraits when a person's line of work dictates it, but if it's not necessary, then thinking outside of the studio "white box" is always a good thing. Lifestyle portraits are also more versatile and can be used across all social media platforms. Two: Sam is a person who is "curious about all the things." She is a passionate traveller, a free spirit, a brilliant writer, a rock climber, and an advocate for open internet access for all. Her career path has always been inspiring, and I wanted to create some portraits for her that showed her as the chic professional she is, but also allowed some of her fun-loving, city girl spirit to shine through. So while I wouldn't ask everyone getting professional portraits to stand in the rain, illuminated only by the flickering light of a convenience store's sign, it seemed perfect for my adventurous friend.

On a personal note, this was a very special evening for me, because in the time Sam and I were out shooting, Brian would receive not one but two amazing job offers at different universities. I returned home from the shoot to find out that after a long period of doubt and curiosity about our future and where we would live next, we now had two wonderful options. For this reason, I consider my shoot with Sam to have been a very lucky one indeed.

One Of A Kind Show & Sale team headshots

During my last trip to Toronto, I visited the One Of A Kind headquarters to photograph the amazing team behind the famous show and sale. If you live in Toronto and you haven't yet attended this incredible event, definitely check it out this holiday season. This year it runs from November 26-December 6 and I can't wait to go when I'm home for the holidays. Last year I did almost all my Christmas shopping there in just one afternoon. You'll be amazed by the range and quality of artisan creations, and the general atmosphere is just really festive, fun and also very professional. Hope to see you there!