2011 was the first year in a very long time that I WASN'T walking in strange countries, surrounded by languages I can hardly understand while eating what I could only hope was actually food. 2011 was 100% Me, Canada and Photography. For some crazy reason I got it in my mind that i should work for myself and do it through photography. Business for myself.... being responsible for paying myself. what a scary idea! But a good friend of mind in Osaka who started his own bike business gave me some really good advice once basically saying that if you jump in with both feet, you'll be fine. What you don't know, you'll learn fast, if your quality isn't good enough, it will get there fast, but only if you jump in with both feet
And so I did. With ever set back I learned something new and with every photograph I learned how to do it better.
The following is kind of a year in review of the photographs I've taken.
Something that I started doing for fun out in Japan caught the attention of world fashion watch which asked if I could start shooting Toronto for them of which I did. Shortly after this caught the attention of a CNN intern who wrote an article about me. Recently my Street Fashion photos can be seen on their own blog at http://paulhillier.tumblr.com/ and in the streetstyle section of new Italian website NssMAG.
My first day shooting street style in toronto (winter)
one of the photographs that got the attention of CNN as well it was my first encounter with Naughtymess to whom i would photography a number of times through the year. It was here that i fist discovered that i could meet some really cool interesting people through the street style photography. (spring)
The first photo to go viral on my tumblr. (summer)
The photo that started Gothic Lolita week on the street fashion blog (Fall)
And the latest street fashion find on the blog today. (winter again)
This was also the year i first met Vivek and Crystal of Yelp.ca through the most excellent Neil Ta and have since shot tones of yelp events and met some of the most interesting people in the city no the least of are the two crazies in the below photo. (also used my new soft boxes in my first ever photo booth setup)
If it was happening i wanted to take a photo of it.
Save japan comic's art drive
TOJam where I met the team who created viral Ponycorn adventures "Ryan and 5 year old daughter Cassie:"
Scott Pilgrim / Brian Lee O'Mally Day at the beguiling
The Scott Pilgrim cosplay team whom i would run in with again many more times in the future
Below "Bronies" featuring Mat whom i met at TOJam
once again the Scott Pilgrim cosplay team being awesome.
Red and Jonny
Pride Day... um...
the live shows!
and to finish the events section a very un even, event. the crazy lighting storm we had over the summer
Yoshiko being awesome on her awesome day
Headshots and Portraits
model shoot with Jen for Meiku Designs
Miguel and Andrew of Spooky Squid Games
Model shoots for Christine Vandenberk
Movember started Motography as anyone with a stash was welcome in front of my camera.
This included myself in a series of self portraits i did for my own stash.
The best thing about 2011 was all the incredibly cool people I met along the way to whom I can't thank enough for making the past year as awesome as it was! This of course includes Marika below who I believe is impossible to take a bad photograph of no matter what she does.
And so much more that I can't fit everything in one blog entry. Thank you to all to took a part in it and supported this crazy idea of doing photography as a job but thanks to you it's safe to say that 2012 is looking to be a very exciting year!
**note some of my favorite photographs of 2011 can't be shown yet but hopefully early 2012. As of now I'm Sadly sworn to secrecy