Alistair & Karuna - High Park

A couple weeks ago I headed out to High Park to shoot some photos for two friends I met through Instagram a while back. Alistair & Karuna are two bloggers based in Toronto, originally from Dubai -- I got to hear about their recent travels back there, while finding small hidden ponds and photographing their cuteness together. 

I was hoping the sun would peek out for the last bit of this session, however I'm still very happy with how these turned out!

Studio Daze

Over the weekend, I rented out an amazing studio space in Toronto with some friends and a couple new faces (and it turns out they all amazing on camera). We spent the afternoon going wild with creating, experimenting, and doing what we love! Got to try shooting through a prism which was a good challenge too.

Check out the collection of photos below:

And a few behind the scenes photos as well:

Albion Falls + Dundas Peak

When my friend Jemi invited me along to her #SocalityHangs (her Instagram meet up), I was beyond stoked to go - a day spent in nature with my friends, new faces, and a camera in hand sounds pretty good to me. 

We met up in Hamilton (a place I've grown huge appreciation for this year), and started off at Albion Falls. It was my first time, and I have a feeling I'll be going back soon. A few portraits and laughs later, we all drove onwards and got a few roadside shots on the way to Dundas Peak. 

The view up there is hard to describe. It's a mix of being amazed that Ontario has this kind of view as well as feeling a wave of calmness and adrenaline run through you. I'm sure you nature enthusiasts feel me on this!

I'll stop talking and let the images speak for themselves - definitely some amazing memories made, and one of my favourite sets of images ever. So excited to share these!

Trinity Bellwoods

This past weekend I had the chance to meet a bunch of photographers and creatives at Trinity Bellwoods Park. It was an incredible day of seeing friends I've made through Instagram and social media as well as connect with new faces!

After the meetup, a few of us initiated a quick portrait session in the park, using nature as our backdrop. There's a contrast between trees and people that stand out for me, yet at the same time there's a distinct connection between the two that make these photos among my favourites.

Equipment: Canon T3i, 50mm 1.8

Montreal, Quebec

I've been to Montreal a couple of times. The first time I was too young to really remember all the sights. The second time was last year for one night, where I saw Tame Impala (one of my favourite bands) live, which blew my mind.

Since that night, I had promised myself to go back and have a bit longer to explore the beautiful city. Over the past weekend, I had the pleasure of going back with a really close friend of mine. A few months back we thought it would be a great idea, since we both want to be more avid travellers. Within a month it was all booked and before we knew it the date had arrived. We woke up early, boarded a megabus and onwards we went.

The ironic thing is that when I travel, I love to walk about twelve hours a day. However, I injured my ankle a couple weeks before leaving which made things a little complicated. I was fortunate enough to have the injury mostly healed by the time the trip rolled around and although there were aches and pains here and there, we ended up walking pretty much everywhere! Considering we were only there two and a half days, the amount we did in that period of time makes it seem much longer.

I absolutely LOVE the architecture in Montreal, and couldn't stop taking pictures (my camera roll is pretty crazy right now), but what stuck with me this time was the sense of community. There was a friendly vibe in everybody I met -- the coffee shop baristas, the family who asked me to take a photo of them, even the people walking by -- the people seemed very happy and proud of their city, which added a lot to the experience. Between the kind people, the amazing coffee + old buildings I can say that I will most definitely be back again soon.