At the age of 19, photographer David Haskell made the acquaintance of an InStyle magazine editor. He recounted this story during an interview with VTalk Radio Photography Spotlight, adding, the editor invited me to “their offices in Toronto and asked if I would cover an editorial thing." Within a few weeks, Haskell started working with Revlon Canada, and ultimately landed in New York. Since then, his work has been published in more than 70 countries and his subjects have ranged from Phyllis Diller to Jay-Z.
Reflecting on his success, Haskell places special emphasis on the importance of "taking care of the people you're taking pictures of." This commitment to serving subjects reaches to the present: Regardless of whom he photographs, Haskell makes sure that his subjects feel comfortable and confident. He finds and uses light to highlight natural beauty, whether inside at his modern studio or outside at scenic landscapes or highway underpasses. His fellow photographers do the same, capturing models, fiancées, graduates, and families in shoots of various styles.
With a young family of his own, Mike DeGasperis takes great pleasure from capturing all of their meaningful moments with his trusty camera. He draws equal pride and enjoyment out of doing the same for other families during on-location portrait sessions. Those sessions can be customized to include kids, newborns, and couples. Wedding photography and engagement sessions are available, as well.
Century-old trees line the quarter-mile driveway to Focus On You Photography's log-cabin studio, greeting visitors with the same timelessness owner Kim Cartmell and her team create in their photographs. Kim has travelled around the Niagara region snapping wedding shots since 1993, and now she and the team welcome subjects to their own idyllic photogenic turf. Outside, an antique buggy and wrought-iron gazebo dot the three-quarter acre of land, which serves as a natural outdoor backdrop for family portraits beneath the leaves or engagement shoots by the creek.
Focus On You Photography's unique children's fantasy portraits immerse young ones in whimsical scenes, whether exploring moments as a fairy, unearthing a pirate's booty of dubloons and Reader's Digest back issues, or flaunting leather jackets atop a miniature motorcycle. In addition to Kim's many specialties are her bike portraits, which capture the just-as-tender love between riders and their rides.