Growing up, Alessandra Caparelli always had a camera with her. She adored snapping pictures wherever she was—whether it was at a special event or something as seemingly mundane as school or work. She ignored admonishments from teachers and employers, who often told her she should be focused on her work and not on framing the perfect shot of the photocopier. But Alessandra loved how she could find beauty in everyday life, and she loved the escape that photography gave her.
One day, while shooting pictures of dogs at a park, she had an epiphany—she wanted to turn her passion into a career, so she purchased her first professional Nikon camera and went on to open My Secret Photography. Alessandra still strives to capture natural beauty with her professional work and snaps photos of children, brides, couples, and groups set against outdoor backdrops. She often captures candid shots of a baby giggling, a little girl playing with tall grasses, and a couple gazing lovingly at a plate full of ribs.
Founded in 1992 with the mission of finding new faces, CA7 Creative Inc. has a staff devoted to helping beginners of all ages break out of obscurity and into the modelling, film, print, and television industries. A team of photographers, booking agents, makeup artists, and marketers congregates under one roof to score auditions for acting and modelling neophytes with no prior experience, shooting photos, augmenting cheekbones, and doling out advice to help them stand out. Their clients' faces have graced print ads, commercials, and billboards for companies including Nikon, Sony, Ikea, and Campbell's. The professional photographers snap shots of aspiring stars with skillfully arranged backdrops in a comfortable studio flanked by wood floors and large windows that permit only the most flattering of natural light to enter. They work with each subject to bring out their natural personality in each shot, capturing some clients mean mugging in leather jackets, others playfully grinning in casual duds, and some casting over-the-shoulder smoulders in cocktail-party attire.
As a graphic designer, Fayaz composed images for companies both small and large. He noticed, though, that his work showed a single trend over time: photography. He'd incorporate photographs that caught his eye into his art, so much so that he began to question his career. After all, as a child, he had been fascinated with cameras and their capability to stop time.
He soon ceased to question and traded his computer mouse for a camera lens. That was the beginning of FM Photography. Since then, Fayaz has documented weddings, engaged couples on romantic outings, and intimate portraits. His ability to capture moments of profound emotion is apparent from his gallery, whose pictures range from shots of jamming band members to stills of a child carefully playing the violin. While on assignment, he utilizes settings such as parks and grandiose building exteriors as backdrops. In the interest of image preservation, every one of his photo shoots includes a DVD or USB of colour-corrected, edited pictures.
For almost 20 years, Cameron MacMaster made a living as a professional dancer and choreographer but later pirouetted toward his true passion: photography. The self-described travel buff frequently takes his camera on the road, amassing photos at locales as varied as Mexico, Australia, and India, where he’s returned several times. He also explores downtown Toronto through his lens, snapping richly textured shots of the city’s towering architecture and skylines.
Cameron brings that same award-winning eye for detail to his sessions at Froz'n Motion, where he specializes in wedding and engagement photography, as well as portraiture. In lieu of gimmicky compositions, he prefers to frame his subjects as simply as possible, relying on the emotion of each moment instead of how cool those emotions look from a dangling helicopter ladder.
Like a flower and a honeybee or Fabio and the tiny birds who clean his hair, the relationship between Walter Psotka and his camera is mutually symbiotic—one seems unable to exist without the other. He began his career as a freelance still photographer for Global TV, and before long he was serving as chairperson of the Professional Photographers of Ontario and running his own studio. Armed with decades of experience, he requests a pre-shoot consultation with his clients in order to capture their essence into a tiny vial and splash it onto film. During his interactive workshops, Walter can explain the nuances of natural light, along with delving into questions such as "What are the buttons on the digital camera I received as a Christmas gift?," "What kind of digital camera should I buy?," and "What is the most flattering angle for shooting a walrus?"
Flipping through the pages of a Style at Home magazine reveals a world of design and decorating tips. Full-length editorials outline up-and-coming trends in interior design, analyze the style secrets behind real-life homes, and even curate the latest and greatest home appliances and accessories. For readers seeking breezy features, the magazine curates how-to guides and easy-to-browse lists (think "Top 10 Spring Decorating Ideas" or "11 Inspiring Outdoor Living Spaces") that, when paired with carefully snapped photos, instantly conjure up creativity and the suspicion that your walls are not green enough. Although Style at Home primarily focuses on interior design and gardening, the mag—and its online space—also covers a surprising range of topics, including food and entertainment and home organization.