Homes 4 Hope

Recently I was asked to photograph a great charity event that helps families in Africa. Fortunately for me, I have been very busy with other jobs and editing, but when Arlene, the wife of one of the founding members contacted me, I couldn’t say no.

The organization that I worked for is called Homes4Hope What they’re doing is amazing. They have partnered up with CBM   and Habitat for Humanity to provide homes to families in Africa for children living with disabilities.

What I love about this group is, they’re not just throwing money at a cause and going home to their comfy homes and their nice meals, they’re actually in these countries helping build homes themselves with their own two hands.

This past April they travelled to Malawi. I follow current events but I’d have to admit, that I don’t know a lot about Malawi. All I knew that it was somewhere in Africa. Well, I learned that 74% of the population is below the poverty line. The average GDP per capita is $220 compared to Canada which is $45,000. Many of us make $220 in a day. Just imagine $220 a YEAR. The people that Homes 4 Hope helped make about $5 per month and $3 of that goes to rent. Then imagine that you have a child with special needs on top of that? Truly heartbreaking as I write this on my computer with all the amenities that I can ask for.

But the people at Homes 4 Hope are making a difference 1 family at a time. Since they’ve started only a few years ago, they’ve raised $500,000 and improved the living conditions of over 40 families by building 40 homes.

I would like to thank Arlene Karram and the board members of Homes 4 Hope for inviting me to take photos and the wonderful staff at  The Broadview Hotel.For more information about this cause and to donate, please visit http://homes4hope.ca/

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New Families

Last weekend I had the pleasure of covering two events that celebrate life. First was a first birthday party. It’s always nice to cover kids parties because of the energy of the room. The ability of children to get along and play without prejudices or knowing each other beforehand always amazes me. It’s too bad adults don’t always do the same.

The birthday boy is too young to fully understand what’s going on, but he was in good spirits and stayed awake the whole time. I learned that he loves music and dancing. To me, two things I love with babies are listening to them laugh and watching them dance.

The second event I photographed was a baby shower. The way that people are excited to see the mommy to be’s belly and just the general feeling of love in the room is a great thing. What stood out to me about this shower was the chemistry between the parents to be. You can tell that their future daughter is going to have a lot of love around her. I was happy to be a part of it and best wishes to both families that asked me to capture milestones in their lives.DSC_8690DSC_8726DSC_8748DSC_8787DSC_8960-EditDSC_8982-Edit

What a Year!!

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Toronto Mayor John Tory
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Vaughan Wedding

We’ve come to the close of another year. There has been a lot of eye opening moments this year. Not like there wasn’t notable moments in previous years but 2016 seemed to pile on everything at once.

As a professional photographer, I myself have had some ups and downs in 2016. One of the highlights as an event photographer was shooting an event where the keynote speaker was the mayor of Toronto John Tory. I’ve also managed to meet some great people over time and have been blessed to have the opportunity to work with them as well as past clients who have retained me to photograph their events. It’s a honour to do family photographs and watch my clients families grow and evolve.

In 2017 I would like to expand my headshot business. I’ve done photos of a few clients and I learn something new each time I photograph a professional looking to use something I’ve done to represent their personal brand.

Weddings is another field that I would like to expand as a photographer. 2016, I did less weddings than in 2015 but I think my comfort level and the quality of the photos have improved.

Everything boils down to growth and learning everyday. I think one of the biggest challenges I have as a creative is learning the behind the scenes aspect of the business. The admin work, the networking and customer service. Thanks to friends and websites like http://www.creativelive.com I am learning more as I go along.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year and all the best to you and your loved ones.