Bay Street Hoops 2017

I was honoured to be asked to be a photographer for a local charity basketball tournament at the University of Toronto called “Bay St. Hoops“. This is my second time covering this great charity and being a part of two things that I love, Photography and basketball.

When I did this event last year, I wasn’t really prepared since it was pretty last minute. Also, the tournament took place at 5 different ball courts and 3 different lighting conditions which made it a bit of a challenge. This year, I covered two days of the tournament and got used to the lighting and was more prepared and I think the photos from this year compared to last year show that.

What makes this tournament interesting to me is the skill level. You had novices in a division participating up to the highly competitive player that you can tell have experience playing at high levels competitively and are active ballplayers. Sometimes I would have to put down my camera and just watch because some of the games were captivating. I even covered a buzzer beater shot to win a critical semi-final game.

It was a tremendous event once again. This year was better than last year in my opinion and I bet it’ll only get better. I’ve met some amazing people over the two years that I’ve covered this event and some I still keep in contact with. Thanks to Desmond Rampersaud and Emma Truax for having me once again and I’ll see you next year.

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Play for Hope

This is a great time to be a sports fan. You have the football season finishing their first month, the NHL season is starting up, the NBA is starting their training camps and the Major League Baseball season is about to start their playoffs. Unfortunately, this also means that the golf season is winding down.

With all the recent natural disasters happening, as bad as it is, it is good to know that many people have come together to help out those that are less fortunate.  Thanks to my friend Asif Khan, I have taken pictures at the 4th annual Play 4 Hope golf tournament at Royal Ontario Golf club in Milton, ON.

This is my second year participating in this event. The weather has been very unpredictable the last few days. The beginning of the week was summer weather but the last couple days have been quite chilly. I was nervous at first and wasn’t sure what to wear but it’s turned out to be a perfect day for golfing.

There were many great sponsors present from all over the GTA.  Just like last year at the registration table, there was great food provided by Island Mix and quality cigars from Havana Castle. I can say that this year is already better than when I was here last year and many great sponsors came out to support the Play 4 Hope tournament this year.

This year we are raising money for The Chenga House which provides support for marginalized youth.  Another beneficiary is the Canadian Cancer Society. I’d like to thank Asif Kasim for having me cover this event and I look forward to covering more in the future.

Back in Business

 

As September marks back to school for kids, September also marked a new beginning for me as well. In July the tiles in my basement started to pop up from the floor. To this day, we’re not sure what caused that to happen. So some tiles had to be removed and replaced. It was a very dirty job the whole basement was covered in dust but after 6 about weeks of re-tiling, painting, and cleaning, the basement is functional again.

During the time where my home studio was out of service, I had to adapt. It’s like that saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I had to adapt to my situation so I focused more on doing events such as baby showers and birthdays and doing more jobs on location.

My first client for my grand re-opening was Sharifah Weir of Love Thick Apparel. Now, this isn’t the first time working with Sharifah we did a product shoot a couple years ago when she was starting out. She’s doing quite well and I like the campaign that she’s running with her “Women are Dope” line and inspiring women of all shapes and sizes to be self-confident and role models.

The next client was from a new clothing line called Totally African. Here in Toronto where there are so many cultures and we embrace and borrow from each other, this line is great for people that love the colours and designs of African fashion. We just started working together but I hope that we can grow together and I always try to support young businesses.

So the home studio is back up and running. I still have to put the pictures back on the wall but I’M BACK!! So contact me at Degrey Photography for your family portraits, headshots, and photo shoots.

 

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

Hey DJ

The last couple of years, I’ve had the privilege to photograph many events of Canada’s best DJ Starting from Scratch. In that time I’ve met all different types of people from all walks of life. One thing that I’ve always admired about Scratch is despite being idolised and worshipped by different audiences, he’s just a regular guy and shrugs away the accolades that his fans bestow upon him. I’ve been around DJ’s with one tenth of Scratch’s skill but ten times the attitude.

One of the people that I always saw at the events was a guy named DJ Andis. I didn’t know what he did, I just thought that he was a guy that liked Old School music. Later I found out that he was a DJ.

After a night of taking photos, Andis asked me for my business card and said that he wanted to do a photoshoot. Originally we wanted to do the pictures at Play de Record but our schedules didn’t allow that to happen. So he came to my home photo studio and we got to work.

I think it was a great situation being that we both love music albeit from different ends of the spectrum. He plays the music and I consume it, but music is a universal language. First, I started with an up and coming MC named Nick Grant then I changed the vibe a bit with some New Edition which brought us back to our youth and I just told him to dance and have fun. After all, in my opinion, the best DJ’s are the ones that feel the music and connect with their audience. I’ve seen Andis has been using some of these photos to promote his gigs and his radio show on Carib 101. Check him out and if you need a DJ to rock your party, he’s the guy.

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Join us for Shopping & Champagne!

Ladies in the Toronto area check it out.

Come join Pradegal on Saturday February 25th & Sunday February 26th for our showroom event!

We’ll be serving complimentary champagne along with a free gift with purchase! You’ll get a chance to see Pradegal’s HQ in Toronto, be able to cash in a 20% discount on your entire purchase, and we’ll be doing additional markdowns on our sale items with up to 70% off!

You’ll also get exclusive access to some of our new spring arrivals that will be limited in quantities as only a few pieces of each item will be made. Don’t miss out!

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No Muslim Ban on Stolen Land

This weekend, I woke up on Saturday morning and turned on CP24 as I usually do to check the weather for the day. I saw that there was a rally scheduled outside the US Embassy so I automatically perked up and saw an opportunity to take photos.

I intended to take the TTC but I was afraid of being late so I drove downtown and walked to the protest location.

I was surprised at the vast number of people that attended of all walks of life that were all united against the US travel ban. There were members of Black Lives Matter, Leaders of the Chinese community, the Muslim community, a Holocaust survivor and others all united against Donald Trump’s foreign policies. I saw people of all races, sexual orientation, young and elderly all against the Travel Ban. The dissent that I have noticed in the last few weeks is definitely eye-opening, not just here in North America but worldwide. I watch TV sometimes and think “Is this really happening?” I see people on social media obsessed with selfies and filters on Snapchat and wonder if they are aware or care about the things happening around us. But I digress, everyone needs an escape and luckily for me, photography has become mine.

I hope you enjoy these images from Yesterdays Muslim Ban protest in Toronto

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A New Chapter Begins

USB

This week I got some USB flash keys in the mail from Vistaprint. I’ve always wanted to have my own USB’s but they were always out of my price range. I’ve always admired some of my counterparts such as http://www.derrelhoshing.com/ for having not only amazing work but the great presentation to their clients of the finished product.

As I continue to learn and grow in this photography business, hopefully, this is a step forward to not only make myself look more professional but also satisfy my future wedding clients for the foreseeable future.

Holiday Cheer

Yesterday I received something in the mail. The envelope was handwritten, so I figured that it was a Christmas card. I opened the envelope and I was right it was a Christmas card but what made this special was the family that sent me the card is one of my clients using images that I shot.

I always feel good when people use my photography for their cards or social media profiles. As a photographer, it’s quite satisfying to see that people are happy with my work.