Good Portraits Take Time | Toronto Photographer

There are so many different styles of Portrait Photography out there. And so many different Photographers to choose from in Toronto, that it can be overwhelming trying to figure out who to go with. I myself love so many different photographers and they all have different styles of shooting. Often, very different from the way I shoot. And that’s okay. The important thing is to know how you’re going to use the final image and what you want the final image to say and then start looking from there. I will say, that I really love photographing people. Like, it’s really a lot of fun for me, because meeting new people is always interesting. On top of that, you have the challenge of figuring out lighting in whatever space, indoor or out, that you’re working in. That’s the problem solving part of photography that I like. And then there is the actual making of the portrait part. What you don’t know is, that part starts from the time you walk into the studio or on location. As we’re making introductions and swapping quick little anecdote’s about ourselves, while you’re checking your hair & outfit and I’m commenting about the cute shoes you wore or while I chat with you as I’m setting up my gear, that all fosters a sense of familiarity and comfortability. When I first started shooting, I never intentionally tried to do this, but I always chatted because silence is boring and leads to low energy and I have a knack for being really silly and chatty. But over the years, I’ve come to realise how much of this ‘chatting’ is essential for my style of portrait making, in creating a true and beautiful portrait. So be forewarned. I will talk. A lot. But invariably at the end of a session everyone always said they had fun and we’ve made a beautiful image. And I think that’s a pretty good outcome, don’t you?
Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Fall Mini Session | Family Photographer Toronto

I love doing Family Portraits, especially in Toronto’s High Park. That’s my favourite. But above that, I love hanging with cool families. So I’m once again doing Family Mini Sessions this year. It’s a way to get a few nice photos of your family, and update your photo wall, at a budget price. It being a ‘mini’ session, we shoot for only about 15 mins, and focus on getting some good group shots. Dates are: Sat Oct 3rd at High Park in Toronto and Sun Oct 4th at Chinguacousy Park in Brampton. The Family Mini Session is $75 and includes 5 digital images, one 8×10, one 5×7 and five 4×6 print. Contact me here or email me at photographybyardean [at] to book your session time today.

Through a Lens Darkly

After ‘discovering’ the amazing Gordon Parks and visiting an exhibit of a portion of his works at the BAND Gallery in Toronto last summer, along with looking at photographers like John Free, Bill Cunningham and Vivian Maier, I am so happy to see that “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People”, is being screened here in Toronto at the ROM and I get to immerse myself in another aspect of the world of Photography. In particular, this resonates with me because it takes a look at Photography and its history in Black Culture, documentation and representation. It screens for one night next Tues Feb 17th and I’m getting my ticket. See you there!

I Know What I Did Last Summer | Toronto Photographer

I photographed a lot of awesome people. I had access to an awesome studio space last summer. Awesome because it had great natural light. You know I love light! And I learned how to use in that space. Every space is different. How the light enters, bounces, refracts, falls off. I loved that with this light I was able to create such pretty and clean images which have become my hallmark now. And which totally suit my subjects, who are all amazingly fun and genuine people, which this clean pretty light highlights so well. So this summer, I’m still shooting. A few things actually. That project I mentioned a couple of weeks ago is in full swing and I’m so happy to say that I’ve been receiving tons of positive feedback. Yay #teamnatural! I also want to continue doing portraits, so if you’re looking for new headshots or portraits or a profile shots to be done, hit me up. We’ll have fun and make some cool pics. And if you couldn’t tell, I had the AWESOME-EST time on this shoot. She a beautiful and cool person. One of the reasons I love photography :)

Toronto Photographer - Ardean Peters

Toronto Photographer - Ardean PetersToronto Photographer - Ardean Peters

Toronto Photographer - Ardean Peters

Toronto Photographer - Ardean Peters

John Free

He is kinetic. Constantly moving and I suppose thinking. A street photographer and does social documentary. I’d never heard of him and I like him. Shoot less. Don’t waste a shot. Don’t take the shot cause it ‘might’ come out. It won’t. Get close. Get CLOSE. Yes, getting close is intimidating. Part of the reason why I don’t think I could do ‘real’ street photography, although I love street photographers and their work. You gotta get close. You have to be ‘in’ the scene to capture the scene. But, there are tricks. And every street photographer has theirs. John; the 20 degree shift. When you see what you want to capture it, turn away 20 degrees so it doesn’t look like you’re photographing them. Pretend you’re looking somewhere else. Pre-focus on something at the same distance and then get your shot. And then it’s all about practice. Practice. Everyday you need to be shooting. Everyday I need to be shooting, but I’m not. Instead I’m watching photography documentaries at 4:30 in the morning ’cause I can’t sleep. Seriously though. Anything you want to be great at, you have to work at everyday. I think though that street photography today is a bit of a different beast. Maybe more of a challenge. When Henri Cartier-Bresson was shooting in the ’30s, the camera was a different thing. Still a novelty. Today, we are inundated with cameras. Everyone has one. Everyone is aware of it. Aware of their picture being taking. Excusing themselves past you when you bring your camera up to your face when you’re on a down-town street in Toronto – not wanting to ‘get in the way’. But it is a beautiful art; street photography. The ability to see a scene. To capture disparate elements and compose them in such a way as to tell a story. To document, whether you are truly impartial or whether you are directing the scene – you’ve captured the moment.