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I'm a photographer, and this blog is all about sharing my work. Through the images presented here I hope you'll experience the fun, energy, honesty and emotion I have been entrusted to document.

I specialize in the photography of family history because I love to create memorable images of real life, both for you and for your entire family. If that sounds interesting, drop me a line. I’d love to talk with you.

Until then, welcome.

 

‘My Life’ Entries

Meet Sophie!

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So…we got a puppy!

Her name is Sophie, and she is a German shorthair pointer…and cute as the dickens. She comes from a large family of 8 puppies, but there was no question she was the one for us when she snuggled into my lap and promptly went to sleep.

The rogue’s gallery aka Sophie’s littermates:

It took about 20 minutes before she had me completely wrapped around her paw.


We got her two weeks ago, and she has been taking over our lives ever since. I always thought I was strapped for time during the busy season, but adding a puppy into the mix gives me a whole new appreciation for time management. She seems to have two speeds: insanity and unconscious.





To my wonderful clients:  I hope you can understand why it may take me a bit longer to finish up with your sessions, but I’m doing my best! :) In the mean time, here are a few more Sophie photos, taken last evening…she’s 10 weeks old here.





More to come…of course! :)

…Mike

  1. Lillian wrote “Sophie is adorable. What a personality!!”
  2. Bogdan wrote “Wow! She is the cutest thing ever. Was she nibbling at your thumb in the first picture?”
  3. Al wrote “Wow. Adorable dog, and amazing contrast in the her coloring.”
  4. Michelle wrote “I have a black GSP named Phoenix and he is the best dog I have ever had! Your pictures are beautiful!”

Rest easy, Simon

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Simon the Cat was born some time in early November, 1996. The Humane Society was not exactly sure of the date because he was found abandoned at only five weeks old. When I walked by the pet store near the Marchelino in the Rideau Center (it’s no longer there), I saw this tiny black kitten curled up barely bigger than an apple, all alone in the adoption display area. Fifteen minutes later, we were on the way home.

He eventually grew from that little tiny kitten to an eighteen pound cat, outweighing Heather by more than 2:1 (but there was no question who the boss was!). The two of them were good friends, often sleeping in a ball wherever they could find something soft, which usually turned out to be my clean laundry.

Simon was just so easy-going…he was always the first to say hello to strangers, and would put up with just about anything without any complaints…except his food dish being empty! He loved crinkly paper and boxes of any size and shape…whenever I received a package in the mail, the empty box was put on the ground and within 60 seconds Simon would be trying to figure out how to get in it. And it wasn’t just cardboard…any kind of house, including one of my flash softboxes, would prove irresistible.




When he started losing weight in December, testing revealed cancer in his abdomen, likely the liver. Like most cancer, the prognosis was mostly a guess but he stayed with us for another six months, until he had lost almost half his weight. During that whole time, he was still Simon in personality and spirit, but he was clearly frustrated as his back legs would sometimes give out on him.

Three weeks ago, he began to get a lot worse, no longer walking without falling over every few steps, and was losing weight again despite his special diet. After consulting with the vet, on one of the hardest days of my life we decided that it was time to let him go. After a snack of tuna and chicken (which he scarfed down barely chewing), Christine and I sat with him on the back deck, together as a family, and with the vets help held him as he passed away. That was almost three weeks ago, and it has taken me until today to be able to write about it.

He was one of my best friends through a part of my life that saw many changes…from basement apartment to house, from a government job to high tech to photography, and from being single to being married. For more than fourteen years he gave me and Christine a sense of comfort and companionship, entertainment and happiness.



Thanks for finding me, boy. We miss you.

…Mike and Christine

  1. Dave Cheung wrote “Breaks my heart for you Mike ... But knowing he lived a life well-loved I'm sure there's nothing he would have changed :) BIG hugs ....”
  2. B. wrote “We lost our 16 year old cat this past October. I get tears in my eyes each time I look at her picture. I know exactly how you feel. They come into our lives...never ask for much but give so much in return. I will never forget her.”
  3. Leighann wrote “Your photos of Simon are stunning! It breaks my heart to read your story, I'm at my desk at work with tears in my eyes. I have a man of my own, Bosco who is also a beautiful black kitty and it scares me to know he's almost 10 and one day I'll be writing a similar story. Cherish the funny moments with Simon and the love you had for eachother. <3”

Africa at 10fps

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One of the most difficult things about a trip as big as Africa is to get the volume of images created down to a reasonable number, so they can be shared in a reasonable amount of time. The natural side-effect of this is that many images are never seen by anyone but us.

So this time we decided to try something new: we put every image we took into a slideshow that plays them back at ten per second. The point here is to get across the feeling and scope of the trip, not necessarily any specific image. I think it succeeds.

Part one: The Northern Sector of Tanzania

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Part Two: the Southern and Western Sectors of Tanzania

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What do you think?

…Mike

  1. Sue Joyce wrote “Mike: Words cannot express the beauty of these magnificent photographs. They are nature's best and they capture the light, colours and wildlife in such an awe inspiring way. Thank you for sharing your work with us.”
  2. James Deslauriers wrote “Looks great Mike! Cyn will be quite jealous when she sees your pics.”

Egypt

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Here is something you will probably never see again: the Great Pyramids at Giza with nobody around:

Our trip to Egypt happened to coincide with the end of the violent demonstrations there, and before tourism started up again…perfect timing to have a Wonder of the World all to ourselves…literally. Normally these sites have as many as 100,000 visitors per day…and the only other person we saw was a security guard. Amazing.


The pyramids at Saqarra and Dashur were also totally empty.

More details on the story to come, when I launch my personal portfolio site and blog. Stay tuned!

…Mike

  1. Lise wrote “Takes my breath away, Mike! Wow!”
  2. Kristin wrote “Photography has a lot to do with timing and being in the right place at the right time. Wow, you nailed these. They are truly unbelievable. Thank you for sharing.”

By popular demand…

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I’m slowly working through the images taken on our trip to Tanzania, and I thought I’d share a few more  with you. Enjoy!

A mongoose enjoying the morning sun on the roof of her home: an abandoned termite mound. Tarangire Park.

While more common in the south, seeing a wild dog in the north is extremely rare...even our guide was excited! Tarangire Park.

Baby baboons love to monkey around. Lake Manyara.

Baby lions teething on a bush. Lake Ndutu.

We watched this chameleon change colours several times as he strolled from the road to a bush. Lake Ndutu.

A young cheetah enjoying the afternoon sun. His mom was just out of frame. Lake Ndutu.

This leopard was not shy at all, walking right beside our truck to get to the distant fields. Serengeti Park.

One of five black rhinos we saw during our day in the Ngorongoro crater.

This chimp was about 3 feet from me when I took this. Shortly after this photo was taken, he brushed right by me. Mahale Park.

A close encounter with a croc. Selous Game Reserve.

You'd be surprised at how easily these guys can sneak up on you. Tarangire Park.

More to come…

…Mike


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