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When I was informed that the profile pictures of the leadership/pastoral staff at New Hope Fellowship was outdated and subsequently asked to take updated photos, I jumped at the chance. My photobooth style approach is quickly becoming my most requested service outside of wedding commissions. I had a blast taking the pics above and look forward to future shoots involving great people who like to have fun.

Oppotaco Gala 2012

So for the second year in a row, I was honored to be the exclusive event photographer for Oppotaco‘s big night of fund raising for Baseball Canada. Last year’s event (which can be found here) was a huge success so this year all eyes were on Cho & Delfino to see if they can deliver the goods once again and deliver they did! Here are some of my favorite shots from the event, enjoy!


Here are some red carpet pix. The night was cold and the red carpet was placed strategically beside the entrance but that meant a lot of the guests were still somewhat frozen after they checked in their coat and got ready to take their picture. As a photographer, you have to be able to think quickly on your feet and within less than a minute somehow establish a rapport with the subject(s) to the point where they’re comfortable enough to not only let you take their photo, but seem somewhat jovial in the process. It’s harder than it sounds, but here are a few of my favorites;

Here is the mega talented (and Juno award winning) Tomi Swick killing his set and later taking a shot of Patron with his band. I met Tomi at last year’s event and he was just as cool and fun loving this year as when we first met.

Pictured on the right, Miss Universe Canada 2010, Elena Semikina

The craziest beat boxer to arrive on the scene since Rahzel…Canadian Beat Box Champion;¬†krNfx

Toronto Bluejay Superstar; Brett Lawrie being interviewed by theScore

Big shoutouts to Cho&Delfino Inc. for the awesome experience/opportunity/exposure! 

hyung cho - February 1, 2012 - 1:58 am

Denny, great job once again! awesome shots, looking forward to next year already!

Christmas 2011

 

I really love the picture above. I’ve taken many photographs in my life, easily over 50,000 and I never really had a “favorite” shot up until this one. Here’s the back story;

This past Christmas (whoa, already feels like a while ago), I was asked by my church to snap some photobooth portraits for their Christmas outreach event with their main focus being on families from both inside and outside of the church. About half of the attendees were families from the local community of Malton which I thought was pretty awesome to see. I was by myself at the shoot without the usual help of my lovely assistant (wife) so it was a bit stressful setting up all my equipment and coordinating things by my lonesome. But I did get some help from some very helpful volunteers who even brought me food throughout the night. Even though I was too busy to really eat any of it, the gesture was very much appreciated.

Anyway, I’ve digressed. So I set up in a nearby room that was fairly large. Each family was to come into my room to take a photo with their family prior to making their way to the gym for the festivities and food. After having shot photos of most of the families, I stared at my cold food and thought it was time to start eating. This is when I met the family above.

They walked in very quietly and politely. The kids were very well behaved but the father seemed anxious and almost grumpy. I didn’t really have time to make conversation with all the families as I took their photo (it was pretty much an assembly line for the sake of efficiency), but the man seemed to want to engage in some small talk with me as he took his coat off and made his way to the shooting area. When I asked how his day went, with a tone that indicated more exhaustion than annoyance he told me that he had worked the entire day (it was a Saturday) and that he was wiped of any and all of his energy. He didn’t complain about being where he was, but I could clearly tell that he would’ve much rather been at home relaxing on the couch after a long and hard day’s work.

When the family got into position together, ready for me to take the shot, I said something about everyone giving me a huge smile together as a family and I distinctly remember the dad almost relaxing or exhaling before smiling for the picture. It’s as if he realized the moment for what it was and thus was able to smile genuinely rather than just look tired which was probably his first inclination.

The reason why I love this photo so much is because it tells a story without me having to write this all out. From what I can see from the photo, I see a very tired hard working blue collar father with his three kids whom he loves very much and the kids are genuinely happy that their father brought them to this event. You can tell that they love their dad just as much as he loves them. I wish I could take credit for the body language (poses) but it was all natural. The emotions conveyed in this photo speak so loud and clearly.

This isn’t me tooting my own horn, but rather my attempt to remind myself (and you in the process) that what I do as a creative outlet slash hobby/passion is pretty damn cool and I should never take any of it for granted. I don’t think of myself as someone who takes photos but rather someone who captures moments/emotions. As corny as that may sound, it is the approach that I adopt and I’ll always have this photo to remind me of just that.

jenn - January 11, 2012 - 12:03 am

It’s funny you post this picture becuz they’re the family we sat with for dinner and they are just as wonderful a family as you mention above. The father is an honest open hearted person whom we had the pleasure of meeting … a humbling experience to say the least. Great photo Denny!

Minnie - January 11, 2012 - 2:06 am

What beautiful story (& photo!!) :’)

PinkSequence - January 11, 2012 - 10:43 am

I agree with the above comments.. The story is really touching. & you can see so much emotion in the father’s eyes.

Sai - February 25, 2012 - 10:27 am

This is a beautiful photo made only more special by the story that accompanies it. Excellent job Den!

Serina - March 5, 2012 - 12:01 am

Beautiful photo/family!
Thought of you and Jen and decided to drop by your website to see what you’ve been up to.. Looks like you’ve really expanded your collection of photos! Looks great! Hope all is well Denini :o)

Baby

Today I had the opportunity to shoot some baby photos for the only my third time. My last baby shoot was of twin girls on a rainy day no less, so it was far from a walk in the park (though we did walk in the park together at one point during the shoot *audience laughter*). Taking baby portraits is as fun and rewarding as it is stressful and unpredictable. For obvious reasons, these precious little bundles of joy and energy don’t take too well to direction or even bribes, so often times it’s me with the frantic mother doing our best to entertain/distract/direct these little people and try to capture the very quick moments as best we can. This particular baby was full of energy, laughter and didn’t want to sit or stand still for more than 1/2 second which makes shooting in low light quite challenging. But in the end, it was all worth it…ain’t she cute?

 

Can you tell she doesn’t like hair pins in her hair?

Minnie - January 11, 2012 - 2:07 am

Omg!!!! She is just too darn cute!!! Edible-cute :) great job!!

PinkSequence - January 11, 2012 - 10:43 am

haha i love the set of pictures in the beginning with the hair clip!

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