A Fine Balance

A Fine Balance  by Greg Coman Photography.
A Fine Balance by Greg Coman Photography.

I took this photo in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

As I stared in wonderment  at this stack of rocks  precariously balanced,  I  saw an analogy of my life.

Although I’m not quite ready to reveal my whole life with you yet- we’re only on our second blog date after all, I’ll tell you what I see.

I see  a  good strong foundation – and a strong  belief that I  can build something awesome.

The bottom rocks at the bottom are my foundation – I put the strongest, most stable  ones at the bottom to hold up the smaller  ones  – like a parent,

The bottom ones are my Taurus rocks.

Each rock I place on the  foundation is  a mini success in itself.   Each rock is a little knowledge gained, Each rock is  a memory.

Some rocks are a  little weathered and scarred,   but as a whole,  the tower is  a thing of beauty, even with the blemishes,  like life itself.  

I’m   a little bit afraid to add another rock,  but I do. I’m  excited  to add  a new rock and proud when I do.

I’m  halfway up – its holding up, but wait !   I have a really big rock to add, This was not expected. This changes things ! Do I  stop now? Do I give up?

I close my eyes and add another rock.

My rock skyscraper seems to have gained some strength now – with this new foundation.

Maybe you see a  similar analogy, or maybe something different. We each have our own towers to build.

These rocks are not going anywhere  soon. Even if the tower was to fall over with time, the rocks could  be used to build something else.

I hope to continue to share some of my photos, and my  insights with you, Perhaps it will  bring you  inspiration, perhaps  visual appeal.  That would make me happy.

Rock on!

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Wedding Details

The second part   of my Sheridan College wedding  shoot assignment  was to shoot the wedding  details.   This involved   capturing  the  Bride’s  beautiful  bling (as I  refer      to it) :  her bouquet, her shoes, her ring, her earrings, and her  necklace. There were other wedding details too – all  the decorative details from  the reception –  the place settings, the invitations, and the little pink  thank you  gifts .  It’s all in the details as they say.

However what really fascinated me (maybe because I  had skipped breakfast), were the – not one,  but two –  wedding cakes.

These  two wedding cakes  were visually fantastic, and they were  not alike.  The first one I photographed   was  the traditional wedding  type  with white fondant  and meticulously decorated with white pearls and pink lace. The five intricate (and edible! )  flowers made  with icing must have been  created  by a team of  wedding elves.

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Flower detail  by the Cake Queens.  Greg Coman Photography.

 

 

A Traditional  Style  Wedding Cake by The Cake Queens
A Traditional Style Wedding Cake by The Cake Queens

The second cake was  actually called the ” lopsided”  cake.   Or maybe it should have been coined  the ” elope- sided’ cake in keeping with the wedding theme.  It had  fun written all over it (well not literally). If any of you are old enough to remember the  Odd Couple  on TV-  I would compare these two cakes  to those  two sitcom characters Felix and Unger.  Felix was the meticulous one, while  Oscar  was the complete opposite.  Oscar would have definitely chosen the lopsided cake.  It was more his laissez-faire style.

The Lopsided Cake by the Cake Queens.   Greg Coman Photography
The Lopsided Cake by the Cake Queens. Greg Coman Photography

 

It turns out that these two cakes were supplied by  a Mother-Daughter duo team  from Grimsby. ON who love to create novelty cakes and cupcakes.  They call themselves the Cake Queens  (www.cakequeens.ca) .  They specialize in  wedding cakes, which are  all custom made to  suit  the couple’s style ( and  taste)  on their special  day.

Yum!

 

The Big Wedding Day

Just two days before a  major snowstorm was to hit Southern Ontario, on a brisk but sunny November  morning, I  headed off to the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG)  in Burlington, ON for my first  wedding shoot.  Well it was actually a mock wedding,  but  it seemed  very real to me- complete with  the butterflies that often come before a big event.  I had  been up  late the night before preparing my gear, and double checking it.  I had  two camera bodies, several  lenses,  a tripod,    two flashes,   two camera cases,  batteries,  extra batteries,  memory cards, extra memory cards,   plus two wine glasses, and a  bottle of champagne.

This was the  big assignment  –  a Wedding  shoot for the  Wedding Photography course I was enrolled in.  Together with my shooting partner, Doug – we were fortunate to have  a young couple volunteer their time.  The young newlyweds-  Michael ( Doug’s son ) and his bride Melissa had recently gotten  married, but were gracious to do it all over again,  at least for the camera.

Our first shooting location  was  across the street from the RBG, at Easterbrooks Hotdog stand.  The staff there were very accommodating, and it turned out this  diner – straight out of the 1950’s – was a photographers’ dream. It had alot of  character and was a perfect backdrop for the newlyweds.

Enjoying  a  milk shake   at    Esterbrooks.   Greg Coman Photography
Enjoying a milk shake at Easterbrooks.
Greg Coman Photography

 

A moment of reflection. Esterbrooks Diner.        Greg Coman Photography
A moment of reflection. Easterbrooks Diner.                          Greg Coman Photography

 

After a  frigid walk back to the RBG,  Michael and Melissa were happy to get back inside  for  our second  shooting location. This time we were in the Mediterranean gardens in the RBG for some warmer  wedding shots.  An abundance of  flora and lots of natural  light  made it seem  like we  were in the exotic tropics.

Melissa in the Mediterranean Gardens at the RBG.                       Greg Coman Photography
Melissa in the Mediterranean Gardens at the RBG. Greg Coman Photography
Michael and Melissa share a moment in the Mediterranean Gardens.  Greg Coman photography
Michael and Melissa share a moment in the Mediterranean Gardens. Greg Coman Photography
Michael and Melissa  at the RBG.  Greg Coman Photography
Michael and Melissa at the RBG. Greg Coman Photography

L3_005_ gregcomanThen we were back outside to the Hendrie Gardens for the final wedding shots,   If you were wondering what the  wine glasses and  champagne were for-  I used  them  in one of my  final shots, as the couple walked off holding hands and looking forward to a well deserved toast to a fantastic day.

The End of a good shoot. Greg Coman Photography
The End of a good shoot. Greg Coman Photography

Engaging with the Engagement Couple

Hi again. While I’m on this blog kick, i thought i’d do another.

As part of my wedding course at Sheridan College,  we were asked to find a couple for an engagement shoot.  My classmate and shooting partner, Doug told me his daughter was about to get engaged- although  it was not official  yet.  “Awesome”  I said to myself.  “Great” – I said to Doug  “Can you ask them  if they’ll be our models”.

Several weeks later, on a fine autumn Day,  I  met our models Michelle  ( Doug’s daughter) and her  fiancee Ken,  at Sheridan College in Oakville.

The first shooting location was  inside  the Scaet Building, then we moved outside  to  several other spots around the campus.   All the while, I was scoping out interesting backgrounds.

 

Ken and Michelle -outside Sheridan College, Oakville Campus.     Greg Coman Photography
Ken and Michelle -outside Sheridan College, Oakville Campus. Greg Coman Photography

 

We drove a short distance to a lovely scenic walking  trail near Oakville Town hall  for our second location shoot.  It was a glorious Fall day, and the leaves were literally falling all around  our couple – creating an idyllic backdrop.

Michelle and Ken share a  laugh during a casual  engagement shoot. Greg Coman Photography
Michelle and Ken share a laugh during a casual engagement shoot. Greg Coman Photography

 

During our informal shoot,  the couple shared with me that they were both huge Harry Potter fans. Michelle reached into her bag and pulled out a Hermione Granger  magical wizard  wand. We had some fun as she zapped Ken with some of her love charms.

Michelle using her magic  on Ken. Cosplay and props can add some fun to a photo shoot.  Greg Coman Photography
Michelle using her magic on Ken. Cosplay and props can add some fun to a photo shoot. Greg Coman Photography

I heard two weeks later that Ken asked Michelle to marry him.  I guess her magic charm worked.  There really was some magic between them, and I wish them all the best for their life ahead.

The Engagement ring .  Greg Coman Photography
The Engagement ring . Greg Coman Photography

My First Blog

Here it is – my first Blog.  I just want to say hi – and tell you a little bit  about me.

That's me - Greg Coman.   (another event photographer  took this).
That’s me – Greg Coman. (another event photographer took this).

After a successful career in IT, I took a leap of faith, and decided to pursue a new career in photography, which has always been my passion.
I am now engaged in photography on a daily basis, as a school photographer, as well as some freelance work out of my home studio in Halton Hills. Its a perfect job for me because I love working with people.

I also enjoy travel and hiking, usually with a camera in my hand. I recently completed the 880 km Bruce Trail end to end, and created a photographic essay of that journey.
My travels have taken me around the globe from the Canadian Arctic to the Far East – including Baffin Island, Thailand, India, Nepal, Curacao, the Caribbean, and Europe .
I  have a well rounded portfolio of photographic genres – including portraits, landscapes, architecture, and nature photography.

I’m  a member of the Bruce Trail Association, and Grand Valley Trail Association. My images have appeared in several publications including the front cover of the West Jet magazine UP!, the Bruce Trail Magazine, Side Roads of Halton Hills, the Georgetown Independent Free Press, and the Niagara Escarpment News.

from my Point of View  by Greg Coman.  Published by  West jet UP! inflight magazine.
From my Point of View by Greg Coman. Published by West jet UP! inflight magazine.

I’m Past President of the Halton Hills Camera Club. Through my continued involvement with the Halton Hills Camera Club,  I have met many other great photographers – amateur and professional, and I enjoy the comradery  and  inspiration that comes  with that.

I have also been fortunate to have received some accolades  and  I’ve received numerous awards in various photography contests, including the Halton Hills PhotoArt 2014 competition , in which I  received the Mayor’s Choice award.

I hope to  continue doing photography  as a profession, as well as enjoying the creative aspect of photography   for my own enjoyment. Perhaps others will find inspiration and visual appeal in my work. That would make me happy.

Lets keep this blog thing going. See you soon.

Wire and Ice by Greg Coman. Mayor's Choice Award.
Wire and Ice by Greg Coman. Mayor’s Choice Award.

Capturing the moment