Category Archives: my photos

Today’s Parent

Recently I did an editorial shoot for Today’s Parent. You can read the article online here:

When mom becomes dad: Life as a transgender parent

After giving birth to twins, seven years after becoming a parent, Kal Ross realized he couldn’t be a mom anymore. He needed to be a dad.

We had a combined session with Kal solo for the feature images and the entire family for the article. I’ve had lots of experience photographing kids of all ages from my catalogue days, and the more  kids in the pic the quicker you should be working! I set out to get everyone together right way and  we managed to get some really fun pics of the family just hanging out, right way. Then we move to the portraits of Kal.  Kal wrote about the entire experience from start to finish on his blog here. It’s always very gratifying to read that someone’s experience in front of my camera was a positive one!

Part 9 Design

Chris from Part9Design came by a while ago for new photos for his website. Photoshoots like this one remind me why I love my job so much. Chris and I hit it off immediately, we found so much to talk about I almost had to remind myself to take some photos!

Here’s Chris from his About page:

It started early. My father built homes. I was exposed to home building sites as a kid, learning the basics through high school drafting and had the first house of my own design and drafting built before starting university. By the time I’d graduated from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture, Bachelor of Environmental Studies (now Environmental Design) I had already been designing built homes for four years. I thought becoming an architect was my path… but after briefly working for an architect in Calgary, I abandoned design entirely. It just wasn’t for me.

It was a few years before I came around to the idea that a career in design was still a possibility, and an understanding that I still loved designing homes – the small scale stuff, and just did not like working on the scale of buildings that ‘Architecture’ focuses on. With the caring encouragement of two old friends who are now both architects, I picked up the design bug again and accepted a position at Dominion Lumber designing homes for a few home builders in the late ’90s. That progressed to Star Building Materials with a few staff (Qualico Corporation), then a small design firm for three years before striking out on my own by founding part9design in the fall of 2009.

The clean and effective website was design by my friends Holly and Shannon  at Waterloo Design who are extremely talented. If you need a new website, I’d encourage you to check them out!

Style Hunter Fox

One of my goals this year was to reach out to people who I admire and see if we could collaborate together.  Monique AKA Style Hunter Fox is definitely someone I wanted to work with and I was thrilled when she agreed.

I was even more excited when she revealed her plans, to showcase local finds while channels this season’s looks:

There are two truths that my followers would know about me they would be these. First, I looooove fashion!!! It inspires me and brings me joy! Secondly, I adore Winnipeg! Our vibrant cultural events, majestic skies, the one degree of separation from anyone you meet.

Now one might think that a “shop local” voice like mine would sometimes find our prairie-city-with-a-small-town-vibe to be a frustrating place to find the fashions that I desire, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Many seem to equate “a stylish city” with one that has many H&M locations or uber expensive department stores. Let me give you a different perspective of a stylish city. MY view of the fashion available to us in our home town.

While pouring over the not-to-be-missed September issue of Vogue for fall fashion, I felt instantly inspired by not only the images I saw but by what I knew to be happening in our own, local design scene.

You can read more about Monique style choices, links to local retailers, all of it, over on her blog… HERE>

I had fun creating these images, many thanks to Monique for the opportunity to work on this project!


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Convention Centre for Ciao Magazine

Profile of Chef Quentin Harty and the newly renovated and expanded Winnipg Convention Centre.


At the RBC Convention Centre, serving hundreds of identical, impeccable plates is all in a day’s work.

by Joelle Kidd

Clad in spick-and-span chefs’ whites and a towering toque blanche, chef Quentin Harty cuts an impressive figure. Kind, friendly, and professional, this executive chef wears decades of cooking experience on his sleeve. He knows the importance of good management.
His style, he says, is firm but fair. “There’s no room for error.”
Indeed, when hundreds, even thousands, of plates are leaving the kitchen under his supervision, Harty must be sure his crack team is operating at full capacity.

you can read the entire article HERE

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NuBurger for Ciao Magazine

The latest Ciao Magazine feature was on the cool burger joint Nuburger. The guys who own and operate the restaurant were a ton of fun to work with, definitely of the “Work Hard, Play Hard” mindset. As much goofing round you see here, they were very exacting about the food styling of their beloved and delicious burgers. As you can see here, it’s paid off, these burgers are as tasty as they look!

Head over to the Ciao Website where you can read the latest issue online

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The Big Leap for CPA magazine.

Recent shoot for CPA magazine featuring two Winnipeger’s who are from somewhere else  and decided to pursue their dreams here… I’ve included a brief excerpt but encourage you to read the entire article



Although he owns a car, Adrian Ong takes the bus whenever he can. It’s a little luxury this Winnipeg resident never had in his former life, where he always felt unsafe on public transit. “When I’m riding on the bus here I feel happy because I’m not afraid anymore,” he says. Home used to be the Philippines, and while Ong had a good lifestyle and a successful career managing the finances for his family’s food-industry chain, security was becoming a major concern. “We had maids and a driver, but we couldn’t take transit or go out on our own,” he says, noting that on two occasions, he’d been poked in the neck with a sharp object by potential muggers when walking on the sidewalk. Years later his sister and brother-in-law would be brutally killed by robbers outside the factory they owned. “You don’t want to live in a world of paranoia as it’s not healthy for the heart and soul.”



Born in Siberia, Asia Yufit wasn’t concerned about the Winnipeg winters. But she and her husband, Mark, did worry about how they would provide for the two children they had uprooted from Israel to be here.
Yufit was pregnant with her first daughter and living in Haifa, Israel’s third-largest city, when she and Mark started talking about relocating. “It was 2006 and the situation in our country wasn’t pleasant,” she says, still remembering the sound of rockets coming in from Lebanon. “It is one thing when you’re concerned only about yourself, but it is very different when there are children involved.”


Nicole and the Petzval 58mm

I have such a great job, I get to meet so many interesting people. Nicole is one of those people. We worked together on several projects over the years, with Nicole doing hair and makeup on them. I finally decided one day I need to photograph her, and told her so!

Well it took a few years for that to finally happen. We’re both busy people! But I am so glad I finally had Nicole drop by the studio for a portrait. She is a wonderful person, incredible beautiful inside and out. As is always the case, when I have interesting people in the studio, I almost have to remember to take some photos, we just talk and talk…


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The Petzval 58mm

Nicole allowed me to try out my new lens as well. The Petzval 58mm  from Lomography. It isn’t a perfect lens and thats why I kinda like it! It create all sorts of weird aberrations and out of focus stuff!

from the website :

The New Petzval 58 Lens allows you to control the bokeh in your photos like never before. With each different bokeh level and aperture combination, you’ll get entirely different effects. Pick your Bokeh Control and Aperture Level here and discover your very own favorite combination for Petzval perfection

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Churchill Wild food shots

Recently I collaborated with Shel Zolkewich to shoot a series of food shots celebrating the menu of the Churchill Wild Lodge. Shel did the food styling and I did the photography.

The gang at Churchill Wild were fascinated with the process of assembling these shots and did a profile on Shel and I on their blog:

Hours and hours of work can go into one shot.

“Even longer if you have to pick the cranberries off the tundra,” said Zolkewich with a smile in her voice.

“You see a beautiful photo of food and you think it looks great and so appetizing,” continued Zolkewich. “Then you sort of delve into why it’s working for you and why it’s hitting all your triggers. What you think it might smell like or taste like. There are a hundred little details that may have gone into that one photo. Like scouring the cupboards of other people’s kitchens and my own searching for all kinds of props to make it work.”

And it did. Beautifully.



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Kal Barteski for the Winnipeg Foundation

I am such a huge fan of Kal, as many of you know. So when Stacy at the Winnipeg Foundation revealed our next subject for the spring magazine was Kal, I was of course thrilled.

We were graciously invited into her studio where her strength of conviction and determination of her artist vision was in full display. The story was about Kal starting a fund at the foundation dedicated to her passion, polar bears. As the article goes one to explain, “The Polar Bear Fund, held at The Winnipeg Foundation, supports innovative, non-invasive polar bear research and projects that honour bears – especially mother bears – and their place in the Arctic ecosystem.”  You can read the article on the Winnipeg Foundation’s website here

Kal was amazing subject, we always have a lot of laughs. All though I felt like bull in a china shop with all my gear in her space, we managed to create some great images without breaking anything!