I met Sarah Freemark at a few events in Ottawa but it wasn’t until we hiked the Inca Trail together to Machu Picchu for charity that I really got to know her. We tented together and she is a beauty inside and out, not to mention incredibly talented, athletic and passionate about what she does. She is a host with CTV Morning Live, a radio announcer for Magic 100, the in-stadium announcer for the reigning Grey Cup champs, the Ottawa Redblacks and a loving boxer owner.
As a former professional athlete and former high school teacher, I found out quickly that it is one thing to tell someone, ‘You are capable, you are strong, don’t worry about that, who cares what others think, etc” but it’s a whole other ball game to make someone believe it.
Who are the first people that come to mind when you think of icons? Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Hepburn? If you are a tree-hugging hippie like me, the first person that comes to mind is Dr. Jane Goodall. And I don’t ever fan-girl but when I received a request to cover her Ottawa visit, I couldn’t. even. believe it. This woman lives in her truth. She peaks my interest as to the human condition. She has broken free of modern societal norms and lives a nomadic life, travelling 300 (!!!) days of the year bringing awareness to the various causes she champions. Did I mention she is 82?
Canadian Stylist & TV Fashion Expert – Erica is already a resident fashion expert on The Social, The Marilyn Denis Show and Entertainment Tonight. I can’t wait to see where her future takes her. This lovely lady exudes class and confidence. Each time I’m around her I feel inspired and empowered.
Ramona Braganza and I shot a piece for Health Magazine (health.com) and it being a Mother’s Day piece, featured her amazing mother Lucy. Ramona is a well known Global Fitness Expert and Celebrity trainer.
She has worked with some of Hollywood’s best including Kate Beckinsale, Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Halle Berry and Zac Efron using her 3-2-1 Training Method.
Her diverse background includes life as an educator, NFL Cheerleader, competitive gymnast and fitness model. It’s clear that she has spent a lifetime following her passion and is constantly working to empower others.
A huge thank you to Julia Forbes and North Peach Productions for this great BTS video of our shoot for Ottawa’s Tie the Knot Wedding Show. Great team through and through! We will be at the show Feb 20, 2016! Come say hi!
Once a month the “wolf pack” gets together for a full day production assissting Klava Z in creating her Effortless Beauty Series – a weekly makeup series where she shows you how to do flawless, fresh and natural looks for everyday. I love her passion and that she features an organic and eco look each month! Projects like these are also a chance for a group of dedicated-to-their-craft peeps to create something together from scratch which is muy bueno… while also breaking out into sudden karaoke sessions and dance parties. The multi-tasking skills are on point.
3 talented photographers and myself were tasked with capturing bold black and white portraits that tell the story behind the Salvation Army client. Each of these portrait symbolizes the hope that the Salvation Army brought to these individuals lives. Exhibit displayed at Ottawa City Hall and the Bruyere Hospital.
“Writer of spooky songs, mother of large white dog.”
Had the chance to meet and photograph Canadian songstress Kandle Osbourne while she visited the nation’s capital to perform at Glowfair 2014.
Maggie Wrobel from The Globe and Mail wrote “Kandle Osborne is a contradiction. In her music, the 23-year-old sounds dark and reflective beyond her years. But in person, her sunny Brigitte Bardot-meets-Taylor Swift charm is positively disarming, making it quickly evident how this child of Can-rock (her dad is Neil Osborne of 54-40) has managed to carve out her own growing sliver of the spotlight.”
It’s a BRAND new world! Millions of people use the web and social media sites everyday for a variety of reasons, one of which could be to look you up. Prospective clients, employers and competitors all do their research: they type your name into a Google search before they interview you or meet you for lunch just to get a bit of background. A fresh and stylish profile image can really help a sister/brother out as we process visuals much faster than language and words. That being said, you best have an updated image that conveys quality, your personal style and your commitment to your brand. A great image can also allow others outside your usual network to engage and communicate with you.
I met and photographed the incredible talent that is Judith Hill before she performed at Glowfair 2014. I was on assignment to capture behind the scenes and artist portraits. Judith has backed such artists as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Hill, after the death of Michael Jackson (she sang at his funeral) was a contestant on season four of “The Voice.” She was also a key feature in the acclaimed 20 Feet From Stardom. The film won the Film Critics Award for Best Documentary and an Academy Award for Best Documentary. It also won the 2015 Grammy for Best Music Film.
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
– Henry David Thoreau
I’m a people watcher. BIG TIME. My people watching has interrupted many would-be romantic occasions. Last summer while backpacking through S.E Asia I received the are you kidding me look a few too many times from my man. Oops! That being said, put a camera in my hand and people watching becomes part of the job description. I went to Ladies Who Lunch, a networking/fundraising event for women in business – who mean business with an agenda: Observe. Capture. Listen. Share.
ROAR is strong, feminine, bold, colourful, loud and mysterious. It depicts the story of a warrior, building resilience and finding her way. ROAR is the embodiment of strength in vulnerability, something many of us struggle with. This character stands proud, knowing who she is, where she came from and what she wants.
As a historian, I have always been very attracted to England and its past. I had been there a couple of times as a teen and always pictured my adult-self living there. I was instantly infatuated upon arriving in such a wondrous place. It just felt right. In 2008, I decided to pack my bags and relocate to London in order to pursue a teaching degree and Master’s program. My senses were overwhelmed in a pleasant fashion. I was aesthetically pleased at every turn. The lifestyle, the transportation, THE FASHION, the music, the culture, the restaurants, the strolls down Portobello Road, the picnics in the park, the Saturday morning bike rides through historic sites and oh so much more. I would describe life there as textured; it encompassed so many layers and suited me like my favourite sweater: Comfortably.
Teaching in England brought fresh challenges including teaching historical content that I had not previously studied in depth. Let’s just say I had to do a lot of research. That’s where the Renaissance and I developed a blooming relationship. The Renaissance period is known for its revival of art, literature and learning across Europe. Think medieval times merging into modern. A time of growth and exploration. Enter Henry VIII and his 6 wives. Rather than exploring distant lands, Henry VIII thought it would be a good idea to explore his options (if you know what I mean). It doesn’t get much more scandalous than this period in British history. A New Renaissance depicts the tale of Henry VIII and his 6 wives using high fashion and alluring architecture. Even the jewelry used shows hints of the Tudor Rose and the ruffled collars of times passed.
Unionville is a small picturesque town in Markham, Ontario. I head to Unionville every year for a big family reunion/Christmas party which is followed by a beautiful dinner on Christmas day. The drive down this year was very different as the Toronto area was hit with a massive ice storm. Everything looked as though it crystallized in time. It was simply stunning and I had to get out there and get some shots. We decided we would go for a Christmas walk. Simon, my 2 cousins and I prepared everything we would need: the camera, warm clothing and Champagne-to-go in red party cups (classy, I know). We leashed the 3 dogs and headed out to snap a few shots before it got dark.
Have you ever had a dream more than once? Or maybe you’ve had a dream where every detail remains with you? When I was a kid, I often had a reoccurring nightmare. I was looking out of my grandmothers window and would see this big blue coloured sun or ball of energy. This sun was creepily laughing at me even though I couldn’t see a face on it. I would soon be running as fast as I could, trying to outrun the chasing sun but I could never remember the ending to this dream. Just that frightened feeling. Even as an adult, every time I visit my grandparents and head upstairs, I get this flashback to that nightmare. I would be totally fine if that stopped happening.
Check out that sandal tan above! After a short hiatus from Westernization, we are back, feeling refreshed, inspired and truly grateful for what we have. In the next few blog posts, we are going to describe some of our sentient-filled experiences in our adventurous summer treks through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Stay tuned for some amazing, hilarious and terrifying stories.