With jubilation and gratitude, Stéphanie and I are delighted to announce that we are expecting our first child in 2021!
While being pregnant during a pandemic has been difficult for my wife and me, we feel so very blessed by this wonderful miracle of life! Despite all the odds and hurdles, life has found a way. As we continue to hibernate and work safely from home, we look forward to our delivery date on or around Canada’s birthday—so, queue the fireworks!
We recognize that a child born in 2021 will have no shortage of planetary challenges to address and overcome. Yet, Stéphanie and I look forward to offering our baby the best possible start, and sharing everything we know while we snap memorable photos along the way to promote smiles. As a papa, I'm really looking forward to my baby's first words, which I suspect will either be "mama", or "pho-toe". Yet, "apple juice" could also be in the cards, so time will tell.
The maternity portraits you see here were taken in my home studio, and they celebrate Stéphanie's baby bump in two unique ways—the first is a "low key photo" that values an underexposed look with high contrast and controlled highlights. While the second is a "high key photo" that values an overexposed look with lower contrast and a broader flood of light. Which do you prefer? Personally, I love both, and how they uniquely profile my wonderful wife and her baby bump!
A baby is on the way, and the news just lights up our day! :)
The year is now 2021, and it would appear the COVID-19 virus continues to wreak havoc in delaying our attention to space travels and the final frontier.
While the historical predictions of us walking along the red-sandy beaches of Mars by 2020 have proven unfounded, I still think it's within our species to someday make it happen. Many now say the star date for that possibility will now be sometime around 2060? Who knows, but just in case my wife and I won't be around to see it happen, we have gone and concocted a perfect solution to see our dreams live on! The solution, you ask, will be revealed in the next blog post of 2021.
So, here we are, or not.
The year is now 2021 and my desire to perform portrait photography for others on Mars remains an elusive business venture yet to materialize. But, no worries, as I await for you and others to arrive, I will just continue snapping more self-portraits of my shadow waving hello to you from the vast landscape views of the Red Planet.
Happy 2021 Earth!
After nearly ten months, the pandemic we are all living through continues to cause a great deal of havoc and disruption.
According to official statistics, as of December 1, 2020 (the date stamp of this blog), 12,211 confirmed Canadians have died; 383,468 confirmed Canadians have become ill; and millions more legitimately fear either of those two things could happen to them too. All incredibly sad, and not exactly a favourable context for easily taking outdoor pictures laughing out loud and smiling.
Yet, as long as love and hope remain present in our lives, I believe it is always possible to show happiness and memorialize that through photography. As we all patiently wait for better times ahead, I take great comfort in knowing that people everywhere are still declaring their love for each other and are making plans (as tough as it is to make plans these days). The occurrence of this in a pandemic context I think deserves extra profile.
Case in point: A few weeks ago, I bumped into my neighbours (at a 2 metre distance of course) and learned that they had recently gotten engaged. I was super happy to hear that wonderful news, and without any hesitation, I responded by saying if they felt comfortable with the idea, then I would be delighted to perform an engagement shoot with them.
As fate would have it, they were, and we responsibly did what needed to be done to make it work out safely. We put aside our fears in getting sick and had a great time. I absolutely love the images we created together while making sure I applied safety precautions and worked with PPE.
If you have been longing for memorable photos during these challenging times, then I’d like you to know that I’m ready, willing and able to help make that happen for you in a safety-first way. Everyone deserves to be happy, and to share that joy with others too - especially so during difficult times when people seek to know that love and hope are still present.
Thirty days ago, I started a month long remembrance tribute to profile the war art that I have come across in public spaces - both domestic and international. I personally call all this stuff w(ar)t.
During this daily post tribute, I learned a great deal about Canada's military history, and the conflicts it has participated in to ultimately advance the tenets of peace. Through war art, my blogs profile different "lest we forget" perspectives to honour all the past and present people who serve(d) to protect others, as well as our way of life and the ideals we stand for.
For my last w(ar)t blog entry this year, I would like to pay tribute to Canada's National War Memorial. This monument is located in Ottawa, Ontario, and represents all facets of the Canadian Armed Forces. Over time, this monument has taken on ever greater meanings. I visit it every year on Remembrance Day - often with my grandma, who sadly was not able to join me this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and her now living in a long-term-care nursing home with Alzheimer's disease. My grandma was nine years old when WWII started, and some of her older brothers served in war effort.
A plaque nearby reads, "Canada's National War Memorial commemorates all those who served Canada in times of war. An international competition held in 1925 for the design of a national war memorial resulted in the selection of a model by Vernon March of England called, "The Response". Initially constructed to commemorate the response of Canadians to the First World War. It was unveiled in 1939 by His Majesty King George VI. In 1982 the dates 1939-1945 and 1950-53 were added and the memorial was rededicated to those who served Canada in the Second World War and the Korean War." Composite image by Jeffrey Meyer
Lest we forget the many contributions of women in times of conflict to create the conditions for peace. A plaque nearby reads, "this statue honours all women of the British Commonwealth who served or gave their lives during the two World Wars 1914-18 and 1939-45. Dedicated July 4, 1976. Erected by the Women's Tri-Service Association W.W.I & II Veterans of Winnipeg, Manitoba." Sculptor unknown. Composite image by Jeffrey Meyer
Lest we forget, not everyone who answered the call to patriotically serve our country (and defend its ideals) was a professional soldier with years of combat training and specialized knowledge on how to fight and survive. The reliance on volunteers in Canada during WWI and WWII was a significant factor in advancing our overall contributions to the Total War effort. Some volunteers gave their time and expertise (like, for example, their expertise on aviation), while others gave their labour, money, and goods. Many throughout society also choose to voluntarily adhere to officially encouraged "war effort behaviours" like using less sugar, gasoline, meat, butter, rubber, and by taking up a job in a war plant.
Yet, even if past combatants were professional soldiers, training for war is equally rife with risks, and itself is sometimes a lethal venture. A plaque next to this statue reads, "this memorial is dedicated to the memory of those airmen and instructors who lost their lives while training in Canada during World War II. Erected by the Wartime Pilots and Observers Association of Winnipeg. September 9, 1984. R.C.A.F - R.A.F". Sculptor unknown. Composite image by Jeffrey Meyer
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