Portraits of senior nuns at Maison Jesus Marie

Welcome to the bigger picture from the Maison Jesus Marie. These are the pictures that I took while working on my Dawson Portfolio, which was limited to 11 images. Some are studio shots set up on location and others are the sisters in their residence, including some of the people who are part of this community. I have included this years Christmas Recital in this post. These are some very special ladies, all of whom have dedicated their lives to the service and education of others. We need to celebrate their gifts and recognize their contribution to our communities making sure things were done properly. During this assignment I had cause to reflect how they managed the hospitals and the cared for the sick, an environment I know all too well. These days we see how mismanaged these institutions are, a very unfortunate circumstance. How I would love to replace some of the managers I see with these good Sisters of Mercy! At one time these sisters were in the 1000’s and now only a few 100 remain and with each passing month another returns home to God.

 

Portrait Portfolio: Sisters at the Maison Jesus Marie

At last is has come to present my final portfolio for my Dawson graduation. It has been an interesting semester and process. Initially I was looking at presenting 2 markets, one in portraiture and one in Advertising/Illustration. Unfortunately, this second did not materialize  as a series and I concentrated on the portraiture. These 11 images were shot at the residence Marie Jesus, and the women in these photo’s are nuns, all of them teachers and very special people. I especially want to thank Sister Helen from making this project happen and introducing me to this wonderful and warm community, and I also want to Thank Valerie Simmons, my portfolio adviser for her patience and professionalism. Thank you all for this challenging and wonderful experience. Cheers. Postscript: the first sister in my series Julienne Duval born in Feb 1916 died on the 1st of January 2016. She had planed her funeral from A to Z and had used my portrait of her to commemorate her life. I am happy to have had the opportunity to see and capture her smile.

Tango Las Piernas Montreal

I was very fortunate to have met Manuel Soto and Sylvie Gosselin from the ‎ Argentinian Tango school called Las Piernas located in downtown Montreal. Here are a few shots from our shoot in their lovely studio. Do drop by or check them out. Here is their contact info:

1252 rue de Bleury, Montréal QC H3B 2W4.
Tél. : (514) 568-6646
Courriel : info@laspiernastango.ca

 

Casablanca Fish Shop

Tony is the owner of the Fish Shop called Casablanca and he was the subject of this on location shoot. This is my go to spot for fresh fish and smoked salmon. He is located at 7030 St.Michel / corner Jean Talon, inside the Esposito Grocery store. Do drop by and say hello, and maybe pick up some delicious fish for super!

An Egyptian Theme

Julie, Annie and Eric decided to stop by for a portrait session before their main event which was a fun Egyptian themed event. Here are some shots from that shoot.

Montreal Roofers

I recently had the pleasure to witness and photograph a team of men doing a roof job. It was amazing to see how professional these men were. Enjoy the pictures.

 

Well Work

This are images of a job done to change the well pump. Justin Brock is the man working the excavator and Eric Boulange is the man from the company ARJ Lacroix. This was a job extremely well executed.

Hospital Employee Portraits

These are some of my favorite portraits of the staff of the MUHC with whom I have worked. All these portraits were taken at the Royal Victoria Hospital with the exception of 3. I would need to pick 7 … your turn to vote!

Royal Victoria Hospital Legacy Site Employee Portraits

Here are some of my visual ideas for a documentary / journalist style portfolio based on location environmental portraits taken of the staff who work the hallway that connects the stores /  receiving dept and includes the mail room of the Royal Victoria hospital. This is a work in progress and I have included the environment as a character in this essay. We enter through the back door … and are introduced to the staff and their working conditions.

Sharp Shooter Seniors

Perhaps I can get this to be the start of a photo essay…I have contacted some seniors with large gun collections but so far I only have these to show…I would love to do a photo essay on this topic…lets see what happens!

Senior Sharpe Shooter

Senior Sharpe Shooter

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch

Arielle

I recently and not so recently did a shoot with a fine young woman called Arielle…Our first shoot was in 2015 and our more recent shoot was This year 2017 … here are some of my favorite shots from the sessions … shooting a model several times over years is an interesting process … time passes and we change and grow and express and reveal accordingly … actually most of my work is a layer in time … anyways enjoy these pictures …

Nude Nature Portraits

 

Nature And landscapes

Nature And landscapes

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Comercial Photography

Comercial Photography

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Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography

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Ah the beauty of nature … the warmth of the summer sun as it touches the skin. Here is a celebration of self at the Live Like Water Retreat my country studio in East Bolton, in the Eastern Townships. A big thank you to my model Ms J for the lovely Midsummer afternoon … Cheers.

Pascale Photo Shoot

Not too long ago I had the pleasure of working with Pascale a life model. What I great experience to work with such an expressive model with so many expressive gestures…This is some of the work we came up with… I hope you enjoy … Pascale was such a wonderful  model to work with and those of you who are in drawing or painting and have had her as a model know exactly what I am talking about… models such as her are very inspirational.

Cheers Michael

fatherFather Paul Geraghty

There is a very special man who provides a very special service at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and that man is Father Paul Geraghty. He holds mass in the basement from Monday to Friday at noon for those of you who want a quick mass. Of course he does a lot more. It is good to know that people like Father Paul are around to help guild us spiritually. Here are a couple of photos’ from our shoot. Enjoy.

Laurie Johnson

Some pictures from a recent photo shoot with Laurie. Apart from portraiture we worked on a concept of Life Coach and had lots of fun. Thanks  for all the laughter Laurie, you were a pleasure to work with! Here are some of my favorite pictures, developed but not retouched.

Colette Photo Shoot

Colette is an experienced model for the arts. We did a shoot very recently at Dawson and here are the results. She was a fantastic model and very professional. Colette it was a great pleasure to work with you. Here are some of the pictures (not retouched).

Sleep Lab: Royal Victoria Hospital

This series of Al was taken at the Sleep Lab of the Royal Victoria Hospital. These are the rooms where patients are monitored for sleeping disorders. A big thank you to Al for all he has shown me concerning the work that he does.These photo’s are not retouched.

 

Royal Victoria Hospital

It started with a few random portraits of coworkers. I am enrolled in Dawson College’s Commercial Photography program, and my co-workers graciously posed for my school assignments and from that this project has gained a life of its own and matured into the photo essay which I present here in its raw form.  Things started to unfold and open with the closing of the Royal Victoria Hospital. People began to look around their work environment which triggered personal emotions as we remembered all the years and friends we made along the way. Initially, I focused on the people that I knew and the familiar corridors … and soon found myself introduced to corners that I had never seen. I thank you all for sharing your world with me, and allowing me to tell our story of the Royal Victoria Hospital and Alan Memorial.

Brutopia’s Brewmaster Chris Downey

I was recently introduced to Chris Downey, the Brew Master for Brutopia, here in Montreal. If you haven’t had the pleasure of Chris’s creations you should make a point to make your way down for a pint. I have been going to Brutopia for many years and still had not ventured to the back where you can see where the beer is brewed; for some silly reason the great tasting beer kept me close to my seat! Anyways, here are a few snaps of the man behind the great beer at Brutopia. Be sure to say Hello and Thank You. Cheers Chris!

http://brutopia.net/

1219 Rue Crescent

Montréal, QC H3G 2B1

(514) 393-9277

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Brutopia's Brew Master

Brutopia’s Brew Master

 

Fashion Beauty Shoots

This semester at Dawson we concentrated on Fashion, Beauty and Portrait photography. Here is a cross section of this work. I hope you enjoy. I big thank you all … models and make up artists involved. Cheers to all!

Sosse’s Fashion Shoot

Here are the first round of favorites from my Dawson Studio class. Nothing has been done to these photo’s yet. Stay tuned for the developed retouched photo’s. The wonderful make up artist was Teny Sarkissian and the lovely model Sosse Beugekian. Thank you both for your time and patience.

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Dawson’s Peace Garden

For our first assignment in location photography this semester we had to do a story about Dawson. I had just recently discover the Peace Garden and decided to photograph my mother as a kind of remembrance / memorial to the victims of the Dawson Shooting of September 13, 2006. On the day we photographed we happened to find the last pink rose of summer, as if in honor of Anastasia De Sousa to whom “Everybody referred to … as the girl who wore pink and was an angel, … ” The first 3 images are the one’s that I edited and retouched for the assignment. The other images were the ones I was considering and that add emotion to the story and give the editor alternative in terms of images used.