Ardean Peters | Toronto Photographer

Toronto Photographer capturing Portraits, Headshots, Profile & Lifestyle Photos


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The Weekend

No, not that weekend. This past weekend, which was a good one. I got a lot done, starting Friday night with the continued editing of my Hair Portrait series. A lot of work and I hope to finish getting through it this week. Then on to lot’s of errands on Sunday: Ikea, groceries, Walmart and then around the house stuff. Actually, I made it in and out of Ikea, staying on track. Pretty proud of myself, cause you know Ikea is like the Bermuda triangle of house decorating purchases. You can disappear into the Marketplace and not be seen for months! Saturday, I had an awesome portrait session with the lovely being below. This is just a quick sneak peek. Maybe it’s worth while to note that apart from adjusting exposure, highlights/shadows, colour, that this is otherwise un-retouched. Beautiful person both outside and in. And super nice. Everyone I photograph is super nice. I’m pretty lucky. How was your weekend? Do anything fun? Let me know in the comments below :)

Toronto Photographer - Ardean Peters


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Lamoi ‘LaLa’ “laughs loud and is love”

This phenomenally beautiful woman stepped in front of my camera back in May. She graciously allowed me to photograph her for my Natural Hair Portrait Project. Her colours are bold and vibrant and beautiful, much like her personality and her words. She writes. She is a poet. Along with talking hair (of course), we also discussed being artists (something I hesitate to call myself) and about creating and doing your work and #creatingspace. Making room for other artists, encouraging other artists. To create is hard work. To put yourself ‘out’ there, is hard work. To make the leap, is hard work. So to #createspace and support each other (in everything really), is important; necessary. Thank you Lamoi. I would love to talk again some time. Anytime. And as for the Project, I have a lot more images to go through, so keep checking out my blog for more previews like this. And let me know in the comments below, as an #Artist, what is your greatest challenge? :)

Toronto Photographer - Ardean Peters
Toronto Photographer - Ardean Peters
Toronto Photographer - Ardean Peters
Toronto Photographer - Ardean Peters
Toronto Photographer - Ardean Peters


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Peace must be nurtured

Listening to Corinne Bailey Rae’s song, ‘Seasons Change’, the chorus caught my attention and resonated:

don’t you know that, that patience is a virtue (yes it is),
and life is a waiting game…
don’t you know that, peace must be nurtured

I don’t know if life is so much a waiting game, as much as a ‘just do it’ game. but definitely, peace – our collective peace – seems so fragile at times and definitely needs some more caring hands. Some more attention. What do you think?

Life is a waiting game


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August Long weekend and I’m staying in

Yup. Staying in. But with a plan and a purpose.
Along with some client editing I have a mighty organizational focus preparedness plan to execute. That was a mouthful.
I’m going to take this weekend to get super organized by getting my social media schedule in place, so I can connect with cool peeps in Toronto, by leveraging some cool time-saving on-line tools like bufferapp.com and unfollowers.com. Why you ask? Well, now that I’ve really drilled down and determined what I really want to focus on in photography (Portraits! Although I guess that has always been really obvious…), I want to actually make the next step and take this to the level where I’m booking clients on a steady enough basis to transition to this being my full-time gig. THAT would be so awesome. Not sitting at a desk all day – well no, I’d still be sitting at a desk – but sitting at a desk working from home AND ideally shooting regularly through the week, doing something I love, would be AMAZING! So, that means I gotta put some back-end work in and get some ish done to facilitate this plan. So to that end, I’m off to start executing my plan, drink a smoothie (did I mention I’m also going to attempt a month of smoothies? That might be another post…) and if you feel like helping me along go follow me on twitter or instagram or facebook and if you’re in Toronto feel free to click here to contact me & book a Profile or Headshot session. Ooh and, let me know what you did this weekend in the comments below! It’s gotta be more interesting than what I’m doing :)

And here is a sneak peek of a session I did at the Toronto Brickworks. Such an awesome semi-hidden gem in Toronto. A little hard to get to if you’re not driving, but a really cool spot.
Headshots Toronto


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But I really need to re-pot those plants…

“I don’t wanna start and be doing ‘it’ wrong.” Who else here is a great procrastinator? Stand up! And get to work! #talkingtomyself #peptalktomyself

This article – The 80/20 Rule and Listening to Your Inner Procrastinator – is SOOOOO me. I do not like doing things unless I know that I can do them/know how to do it and that I know exactly what the outcome will be, from the beginning. And when I’m not sure, I simply don’t start. I’d rather find other things to do. Things that could be done at anytime, but that conveniently become more engaging when I have that one thing that I really need to get done. I am a master procrastinator. But I need to STOP that. I need to be okay with making mistakes. Or even more importantly, it’s not that I’m afraid of making mistakes – who doesn’t? That is part of life. I think it’s more so that I don’t like knowing that starting, I don’t know exactly what I’m doing and I’m guaranteed to make a mistake. I hate that. I hate the feeling of knowing, that just in starting, I might not be doing it right and I really really want to find out how to do it right before starting (which can’t always be) – but I have to accept, that you can’t always know the ‘right’ way to do something before you start. You just gotta try it and be okay if it’s wrong. Right? Right! So let me stop procrastinating (ya, even this blog post was a part of the procrastination), and get to doing that one thing I really need to do, but that I’m scared (that’s okay!) to start – because I will likely make a mistake, but that’s okay – I can fix it and then keep going!


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“Be Who You Want To Be” | Fun Portrait Session with Jessica

Jessica is a breath of fresh air.
Uniquely her own lovely person, shooting this Portrait session with her was truly a pleasure. I’m so glad she felt so comfortable to be herself, allowing us to capture some awesome images. Love you girl ;)

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