Biography
Bruce was born in Truro, Nova Scotia Canada & migrated to Toronto, Ontario when he was just a child. While living in Toronto ON & working in film & television, Bruce’s introduction to photography began in the spring of 1995 when Bruce as a young teenager, found a darkroom kit on the side of the road & quickly turned to learning as many aspects about black & white photography & darkroom development as he could. Bruce's career in the film & television industry helped shape him as a visual storyteller as he studied how to convey emotion & concepts through lighting, composition & expression under award winning filmmakers & visual storytellers. Over 10 years ago, Bruce moved to Eastern Ontario to continue to work in & contribute to the developing Film & Television Industry in Ottawa, Ontario. Bruce has also worked as an Executive Director of an Arts Council in Eastern Ontario. 
Bruce’s first creative photography project titled Toronto, My Love, began back in the 90’s and culminated over decades & years into a completed work of 3 volumes. The project uses nostalgia & the passage of time to impact creative choices. The project is a visual diary that explores the history of Toronto through photographs. 
Bruce is a hard-working photographer that loves to beautifully capture fine art still life, street & documentary photography, portraits & lifestyle. Bruce enjoys taking photographs as a form of his emotional expression, rather than being defined by photographic genres.
Bruce has been commissioned to photograph portraits, weddings, lifestyle & commercial work for magazines & books. 
Bruce lives in Eastern Ontario, outside of Ottawa, Ontario along the St Lawrence River with this wife, Janet, his dog Bailey & his cat, Chicken. Bruce also has a daughter, C. who is special to him. 
Curriculum Vitae
I am an emotionally intelligent human being, who brings this intelligence & connectedness to every project. I photograph people & subjects that evoke emotion within me & make me feel connected. I believe each frame is a work of art, is an expression of something important & profound, & it should be treated as such. I believe each subject has a story worth telling. 
I have extensive experience in professional creative industries like Film & Television, as well as working in Arts Administration & Management for not-for-profit arts organizations & municipalities. This experience provides me insight into how to balance my photography as a business, industry, as an art form &  how to work with & communicate with various types of people in large & small numbers - from 10 to 1000s of people. 
I have extensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud solutions for a digital photography workflow, as well as traditional analogue methods of photographic development. I am very skilled with social media & various creative online platforms like Pixels, Instagram, Google, Squarespace & Reddit.

Experience 
The experience outlined in this CV not only provides examples of my successful photographic projects & but it also outlines strengths & expertise positioned as learning opportunities to approach, plan, fund & execute a photographic project with absolute creative integrity. My portfolio is meant to reinforce the experience outlined in this CV with visual examples of my expertise, creativity & follow through on various projects.

1995  Acquired First Darkroom Kit in Toronto, ON.
Learned how to shoot & develop black & white film on my own by reading books & talking to friends &  family. 
I fell in love with photography.


1998-2011 Film & Television Industry -  Production Management, Producing & Writing in Toronto & Ottawa, ON.
Learned through practical experience, lighting & composition through working with award winning onset photographers & filmmakers.
Learned how to tell a story & convey emotion through an image 
Learned to plan & build a story from page to image. 
Learned how to mentor young artists into successful filmmakers & creative business owners; some of whom went on to make major Hollywood films, through teaching PAs & trainees as well as volunteering on smaller independent sets with less experienced filmmakers. 
Learned how to manage creative projects with thousands of variables, including unions & large crews, using time management in a creative & efficient way.
Learned how to approach art as a business without sacrificing merit & expression, through union, administration & scheduling expectations that needed to be balanced with the creative vision of the project.

2012-2016 Executive Director, Cornwall, ON & Arts & Culture Advisor for Eastern Ontario.
Learned how to write grants, bringing in just under $1 million in total project funding, including capacity building & lighting infrastructure. 
Learned to create municipal partnerships around art & culture in a rural agricultural community, through meeting with various municipalities & provincial arts agencies to create incentives, projects & programs like a highly attended arts summit & an arts centre planning session for Eastern Ontario. 
Continued to learn how to work with & advise artists on how to be successful businesses & create partnerships.
Learned how to assess art from a community economic development perspective. 
Learned how to produce a highly attended art summit using social media in 2012/2013 before it became a best practice method.

2014 Published in a Municipal Tourism Magazine - Cornwall Living - centre spread, full size colour.
Learned how to negotiate a fee for a photograph that would be used professionally for mass tourism & marketing.
Learned how to manage a photograph that would be in a magazine with over 300,000 in circulation.

2016 Published in the LCBO Food & Drink Guide - half page, colour. ​​​​​​​
Learned how to professionally set up a photograph session that has requirements & expectations from a client.
Learned how to negotiate a fee based on time, requirements & budget for the photography session.

2018 Published in a Canadian Military History Book, Up the Glens written by BGEN (Retired) William J. Patterson.
Learned how to photograph antiques for professional publication.
Skills
Emotional intelligence. 
Compassion & understanding.
Friendly & clear communicator - excellent with people. 
Social Conscious, Social Justice. 
DIY approach to creative hurdles.
Project Management of large scale creative projects. 
Film photography (including medium format & 35mm).
Digital photography.
Studio & natural lighting. 
Film processing & darkroom development.
Adobe Creative Cloud - Lightroom & Photoshop.
Analog & digital knowledge of photography.
Social Media & various online platforms including, Google, Google Workspace, Instagram, Facebook, 
Reddit, Squarespace & more.

Awards
2020 One of Viewbug's Top Creators of 2020 
2020 MonoChrome Photography Awards - Honorable Mention Awards for Ron. 1 in my micro expressions series & Heavy Rain no. 2 & no. 4 in my Heavy  Rain series.
I am happy to connect you with anyone from my previous experiences. 

Gear
Digital
Canon 1DK Mk. II
2x 600 ex-rt speed lights
Canon 60D
85mm f2.8 Sigma art lens, 24-70mm f4, 70-200mm f4, 50mm f1.8,  Sigma 10mm - 20mm f3.5 - f22

Analogue
Bronica S2 w/2x film backs, trigger & flash mount
50mm f 3.5, 75mm f2.8, 135mm f2.8

Canon FTB-QL
50mm f 1.8, 28mm f.3.5

Lights, Softboxes & Stands
2x Godox 600AD Pro
2x Stands
1x C-Stand
4x Pocket Wizard Triggers.

A more detailed gear list can be provided if requested. ​​​​​​​
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