Archive for November, 2009


images cd release concert

My friend, Rob MacDonald, is a guitar virtuoso.  I had the priviledge of shooting the dress rehearsal for his IMAGES cd release concert at Gallery 345  last weekend.  The concert also included performances with guitarist Tracy Anne Smith and the Madawaska String Quartet

It was such a pleasure to shoot their rehearsal, but an even greater pleasure to hear the concert!



fundraiser line-up confirmed

I’m really excited to announce the line-up of bands playing on December 10 at the Tranzac!  A huge thank you to these great bands for their willingness to play at this event:

7:30     JM McNab

8:00     The Lovely Killbots

9:00     Little Foot Long Foot

10:00   EX~PO

It’s going to be a great show!!


Paypal Info

I’ve had a few people tell me they can’t make it to my fundraising event, but would still like to support the work I’ll be doing for Ryan’s Well.  So…I’ve set up a PayPal account which you can access from the News page on my website.



call for donations for fundraiser

I am holding a fundraising event on December 10 and am calling for donations for a silent auction and raffle prizes. Suggested donations include gift certificates, services, artwork or photography, promotional items, gift baskets, CDs, baked goods… Any items are welcomed and would be greatly appreciated!

All fundraiser supporters will be listed on my blog.


Date: Thursday December 10, 2009
Location: The Tranzac, Main Hall
                 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto (map)
Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, Live music to follow (line-up to be confirmed)
Admission: $10, 19+


Click here for the fundraiser info sheet. 


my trip is approved!

I just received some great news…my trip has been approved! :D  Now I can start talking about the project…

This coming February, I’ll be travelling to Uganda with a fantastic organisation called the Ryan’s Well Foundation.  I will be volunteering my time and talent to photograph their water and sanitation projects with the goal of creating compassionate, empowering images that they will be able to use to educate, motivate and raise awareness of the important work they do in developing countries.

I’m super excited!

Now off for a celebratory beverage…  :)


family portraits

I recently did a portrait shoot for Alex and her lovely family.  I loved their great big bed; it was the perfect spot for some family photos!  Then we went outside and played in the leaves.




For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to volunteer overseas with an international development organisation.  I know it sounds cheesy, but I remember watching Live Aid as a kid and being touched by the images of starving children in Ethiopia. After that, I wanted to join the Peace Corps, but of course I was too young and not an American citizen. 

Since then, I’ve been side tracked with typical life stuff – school, work, friends, family, etc., etc., – but I always tried to stay active and aware, whether it was with environmental and world issues clubs at school and in the community or by my choice to be vegan and to try to live a simple life with a small footprint.  I’ve also become a photographer and have realised the power of an image to convey a story, a perspective, an emotion.  And, I’ve figured out how I can volunteer: I can create photos to inspire people to action on behalf of a non-profit organisation working internationally.

So I’ve spent time this year researching into various Canadian-based organisations to find one whose mission and goals I agree with and believe in.  It’s important to me to find an organisation that empowers the communities in which they work and doesn’t just provide short-term aid or western expertise.  I’ve short-listed a few organisations, but one in particular really stands out.  I’ve been in contact with them for a few months now, and they seem just as eager to work with me as I am to work with them.  I should hopefully know for sure by the end of the week…

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Thank you so much to the following supporters! I really appreciate your contributions to help me get to Uganda and Kenya with the Ryan's Well Foundation!

Bobby Singh
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