Derek and I met a few years back when our mutual friend Jay McIntyre used to get a group of guys together on Tuesday nights to do some circuit training at a small church “gymnasium”. We see each other from time to time when Jay is in town (he’s since moved to Quebec), and catch up a bit over pints and darts. Derek is an inspiring guy, one of those super nice guys who’s had a tough couple of years. But instead of succumbing to bitterness and resentment, he has focussed his energy on his emotional and physical wellbeing so that he can be the best dad possible to his energetic boys.
It seems like just yesterday that I met up with Erika and Paul on a warm Sunday morning in Riverside for an engagement photo shoot — just the two of them. And now, there’s Vinny, the newest member of their growing family. It’s always flattering when clients have you back to document the moments that are important to them. Originally, Erika wanted to get pictures for Vinny’s first birthday, but we were unable to work out a time before I left for my two-week trip to Hong Kong. Erika really wanted photos outdoors with an indoor alternate, so we met up the day I was shooting at Studio 202 with the Corktown Commons just round the corner. It worked out splendidly, as magic hour in November is extra golden. Paul and Erika’s interactions have been a highlight in each of the photo sessions I’ve done with them, and now they have another little human to smile at and laugh with.