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.
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.
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).
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.
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.