A Vivid Sunset by the Toronto Skyline on April 7th, 2022.

Digital, 2022.

I always feel right at home when taking photos of the sunset, especially intense ones like these. What captured my attention with this one was the way it kept changing. Some sunsets are blink-and-you-miss-it quick and ones like this keep transforming in shape and colour.

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Flowers and Rain Drops on July 8th, 2021.

Digital, 2021.

Another “I’m really glad I had my camera on me” moment. It was raining on and off and I thought the lighting made everything look bright and well lit. You know those harsh shadows when it’s very sunny? This was the complete opposite of that. I thought this garden looked very surreal in this overcast light. Something about these flowers with the occasional water droplet just tugged at something in me.

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Spring Flowers on March 24th, 2021.

Digital, 2021.

These photos were taken back when these flowers were the first I spotted during spring. They were so tiny, no bigger than my pointer finger, and I was so happy knowing that spring was on its way. Every year, I can’t help but look forward to warmer weather, longer days, and easier photographic opportunities.

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Frozen Sunset on February 11th, 2021.

Digital, 2021.

As a self proclaimed sunset chaser, I knew I had to go down to the pier and get some shots of the sunset while the lake was still frozen. Did we get that brilliant, the sky is on fire type of sunset? Sadly no, but in this case, I’m not picky at all. The reflection of the sky and sun in the frozen lake was just gorgeous. I feel like even the most “boring” types of sunsets would look stunning against this backdrop.

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Last Foliage on November 14th, 2020.

Digital, 2020.

I can officially call these the last photos of autumn 2020! I shot these during golden hour and despite there being many bare branches, the trees were aglow with orange light. Fall is always a beautiful season, and if you ask me, it is the most beautiful, so I am a little sad to see it go. One thing I’m thankful for this year is that I had the time and opportunity to be able to go and take many, many photos of the foliage. I wasn’t so lucky last year. Looking into my Autumn 2019 folder was a little disappointing, seeing as I only had photos from one day and they weren’t what I’d call quintessential “autumn photography.” Compared to almost 200 photos from this year, I feel very blessed being able to look back and recall memories from those days and to have the visuals to go along with them. I feel proud of myself for being able to take photos that are some of my favourites ever and what I feel is some of my best work.

Feelings like these are what drive and motivate me to keep going and they give me something to look forward to. It’s been a very miserable year, and a tough few weeks for me personally. It may sound cheesy but sometimes it’s the little things that ground us and bring us some spark of joy.

I can’t wait to see what the second most beautiful season of the year, and by that I mean winter, has up its sleeve for us photographers.

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Brickworks on October 31st, 2020.

Digital, 2020.

Our second visit to Brickworks this year, and on Halloween to boot! As you may remember, the 31st was also the last day before daylight savings ended. I really wanted to venture out and take advantage of that hour of sunlight we’d be losing. Under normal circumstances, we would be giving out chocolate to the kids, but this year we decided that it would be for the best if we skipped out.

Instead we decided to head out for some fresh air and beautiful nature. On a normal weekend, there would definitely be a lot more people out and about so bring a mask just in case. But on Halloween, I had a feeling that many people would be at home and that Brickworks would be more or less deserted. Last weekend, there were larger crowds out but as I had hoped, not so much on Halloween. We were able to head off on a longer trail and I was able to get some photos I was really happy with. This time, the whole family was out with no time constrictions so we were able to stay for a lot longer compared to the week before.

I really enjoy coming here and it’s so peaceful to be just surrounded by nature. The trees are definitely emptier now so this might have been our last autumn visit, sadly.

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Brickworks on October 25th, 2020.

Digital, 2020.

In Toronto, Evergreen Brickworks is the place to be during fall. No matter where you go, you’re surrounded by vivid, autumn leaves. If you decide to venture up higher, there are many trails you can lose yourself in. If not, there are places to explore down below. Either way, this is definitely a place where you do not want to rush your way through. If you let yourself absorb the views surrounding you, you won’t regret it!

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