“The world would be blank without books!” | Toronto Photographer

Copyright Ardean Peters

I bought a book! Ya, I did say that with a little bit of excitement. Because it’s been a long time, since I’ve been excited about reading.

‘The world would be blank without books!’: Watch the world’s most adorable 8-year-old reading ambassador

Now, I might be, getting a bit ahead of myself, ’cause I’ve bought books before and in fact I used to be a HUGE bookworm and somehow along the way I stopped reading on a regular basis. I went from a book or two a week, to not having read anything, well, in a really long time. But today, I bought a book! And I really have the intention of reading it. More so, in buying the book, today I had that reminiscent feeling of the whole ritual of it all. Not only that I like reading, but I like the process of going into a bookstore and browsing the shelves, looking at all the titles. Looking at the names and trying to guess, “Would I like that book?” Reading the first page and seeing if I like the writing style and the tone and the story. And I think back to when I was young and I used to go to the library every Saturday. And I’d invariably, check out the maximum number of books I was allowed; 13. And as I chose those books, I was always reminded that, you do, you do judge a book by its cover. The axiom is that you shouldn’t, but in reality I did. It was the cover that drew me to the book along with the title and if it looked interesting enough, I would pick it up and I’d read the first page. Now, if the first page wasn’t good, it didn’t matter how good-looking the book was, I wouldn’t read it, but that definitely was a factor in how do I choose from literally thousands of books. So, today I bought a book. I chose it somewhat hastily I must admit, but you know what, it’s a step and I think I’m going to enjoy reading this book.

Mother & Daughter | Family Portraits | Toronto Photographer

Copyright Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Not yet 2, but do you see that personality? Nurtured by her mother LaMoi, soul AND body. I had the absolute pleasure of hanging out with this duo and a chance to photograph just a small part of their relationship. We had so much fun. She is such a ball of energy, so smart and if I could, I would have stolen her away. This is my favourite type of family shoot to do, where it’s just about hanging out and capturing real images, documenting relationships, in a really natural and authentic way. Pretty cool :)

What’s also pretty cool is that now that I have photographed LaMoi for my project and now in her role as mother, on Saturday, I’ll have a 3rd opportunity to photograph her, as the artist she also is. I will be in attendance in official capacity at the “Raw. Poetry. Soul: The Queens’ Edition” event that she is hosting and performing in. It promises to be a wonderful evening of shared art and connection.

Copyright Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Copyright Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Copyright Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Copyright Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Copyright Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Copyright Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Copyright Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Copyright Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Copyright Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Copyright Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Mistakes are proof that you are trying | Toronto Photographer

Copyright Ardean Peters

Not that it always, or ever, feels like that. Lol. But it is true and good to remember. Mistakes actually move us forward. That’s why I love photography. Even in the midst of making mistakes and being disappointed in an outcome, I am always able to – with a day to step back a lot of the time – look at what I did and see what I can improve, and fix for next time. More important, photography is that one thing that I like doing that with. No matter what, it always draws me back, regardless of how many mistakes I make.

Photo: instagram.com/photographybyardean. Alley near Wellington & York.