In 2012, my dad bought a Canon 7D with a 15-85 mm lens to shoot my high school graduation – he’s just like that. That camera sat around for a while, and I decided to start playing around with it and learning the ins and outs of how to operate it. I did a few photo shoots here and there with my first year university friends, still just fooling around with the camera for fun. One day in March of 2013, I got an invite on Facebook to a fashion show at York University. I contacted the organizers and asked if I could be a photographer at the event. They replied that they had already hired photographers and they all already had the runway covered, but if I didn’t mind doing it for free, they would give me a media pass; I accepted instantly.
Since I didn’t have an assignment during the shoot, I decided to roam. I went upstairs and took shots of the runway from above, I went backstage and had a whole mini shoot with the models there, I even went behind the stage and took shots of the opposite end of the runway. In the end, the organizers liked my shots the best. That marked the beginning of my photography as more than just a hobby, through that shoot, I got connected to several other fashion shows and even a magazine publication who was looking from someone to cover their studio shoot. In November of 2013, I finally decided to brand my work and I registered SeventyTwo Media as a small business in Province of Ontario. A wide variety of work has ensued since, I’ve shot engagement parties, conferences, corporate events, professional and aspiring models, runway shows for Vogue agency, editorials and even a music video for UofT.
I’m still learning and growing as a photographer, and looking back at my early work, I can definitely see that I’ve come a long way. That Canon 7D kit grew to add a 70-300mm telephoto lens, a 50mm f1.4 prime lens and even a 100mm macro lens for product photography. Unfortunately, due to my absence of mind one evening in January of 2016, I left my camera bag on the subway, losing all of my equipment, save for the macro lens. After saving up for a little while, I now am the proud owner a Canon 7D Mark II and a Sigma 18-35 f1.8 Art series lens, which comprise my current set of equipment. I’m looking to add other lenses soon, particularly lenses with more reach. Feel free to check out my work on Instagram!