Dailytoole 2014 Highlights!!!!!

Looking back on 2014 I can’t help but feel incredibly blessed and grateful for the professional & creative opportunities I encountered this year. Not only was work steady, but it was almost always heart-warming as well. I found myself given full licence to art direct on more sets than not which is rare and why I am feeling so positive moving forward into my fourth year of business. Here are a few of my favourite professional highlights of 2014.

1) Publishing in Vogue Italia chelsea.vogueNow, getting a nod from the fashion bible that is Vogue Italia has most definitely been on my bucket list for years. I began submitting to the magazine daily at the beginning of the year and one gorgeous day in November they finally deemed the above photo worthy and published it in their ‘Best Of’ section. The slight blur and delicate colours of the medium format film photo featuring Chelsea’s ponderous stare and weighted posture have enough of a painterly quality for Vogue to consider it ‘art.’ We all know Vogue Italia only publishes ‘art’ and it made my year to be recognized by such an influential institution. I took the photo for Herself.com, which is up next on this list of favourites.

2) Herself.comherself invitationI believe it is very rare for photographers to come across a job that perfectly mirrors their own vision and greater cause. ‘Herself’ has been a godsend of a contract delivered by the angel that is Caitlin Stasey. When Caitlin asked me to work on ‘Herself’ with her back in the summertime I threw myself into the project headfirst booking and shooting all our incredibly brave participants. I shot some women in their homes and some outdoors. We trespassed to get to the perfect locations, made use of the light wherever we could, definitely engaged in some public nudity and had great conversations in between shots. I got to know every one of our participants and am proud to call them friends. Herself.com is a gesture to women for women by women. Through a nude photo shoot and in depth interview each participant is providing a raw example of her uniqueness and it’s that individualism in every woman we hope to celebrate. The site is launching on January 10th online and with a party in Toronto. Please consider the above invitation YOUR invitation. I look forward to seeing you there.

3) Talent Portraiture & Promotional Photography

It is always a pleasure to photograph great talent. In 2014 I had the opportunity to travel to France with Opera Atelier to shoot their lead soprano Peggy Kriha Dye in the gardens at the Palace of Versailles. It was a rainy morning and we miraculously had the place to ourselves. Canadian soprano Ambur Braid had me up to the penthouse of the Toronto Ritz Carlton to capture her elegance in a variety of couture dresses and diamonds. Culvert Records had me out to shoot their new recruits The Good Boys in dapper dress in the streets of Toronto. At the Carmel Bach Festival young Yale Music School graduate John Taylor Ward and I went for a stroll to the sea and captured a couple of gorgeous headshots. Toronto band The Wooden Sky had me out to cover their Vinyl Bike Tour on a rainy Fall day where the band and a slew of fans biked en masse to four of Toronto’s best record shops to hear the band play mini sets at each stop. Here’s a little video I shot of the tour:

4) Clint Roenisch (new) Gallery Opening

Clint.A-36The opening of the new Clint Roenisch Gallery at 190 St. Helens Ave., Toronto, ON on July 10th, 2014 was the beginning of a new era in Canadian art. Not only did my blog of the event photos have 54,697 unique visitors from all over the world (breaking the blog’s traffic record), but the subsequent workings of the space have been progressively stellar. The exhibitions of Jason De Haan and Harold Klunder’s works were prime examples of lasting Canadian art and also boasted sale numbers unheard of in this country. Clint also put on an elegant event at calculus mastermind James Stewart’s architectural masterpiece of a home The Integral House on July 24th, 2014. The modern estate was full of happy guests enjoying the art installations and live music. We sadly lost Mr. Stewart on Dec. 3rd, but can feel blessed that we all got a beautiful visit in before he left us. I am also very pleased to mention that the launch party for Herself.com will be hosted at Clint’s gallery on January 10th with an exhibition of my photographs from the project. I look forward to celebrating with you there.

5) Ex-Wives of Rock

Ex-Wives of Rock_Season 3_Courtesy of Slice copy copyThanks to the endlessly lovely and professional workings of Morcom Media and Tricon Films we executed a seamless studio shoot in L.A. with the four powerhouses that make up the Ex-Wives of Rock for their promotion of season three. With Lil’ Kim blasting throughout, numerous costume changes, notorious voyeurs and lots of swearing we had a blast and got the perfect shot.

6) Madonna @ Hard Candy

Madonna graced Toronto with her majesty’s presence in February to promote the opening of her new gym on Yonge St. named Hard Candy. I was so thrilled to be hired by the gym, working in tandem with Madonna’s personal photo/video crew, to exclusively cover the auditions leading up to the red carpet event and the opening itself.

7) Boudoir Photography

The fact that boudoir photography is still, going into year four, such a big part of my business is something I will eternally be grateful for. This is the kind of work dreams are made of.

8) Northbound Leather

Northbound Leather will always be one of my favourite clients. During the first quarter of 2014 we shot the company’s new line of versatile but always sexy handmade leather goods on a gorgeous variety of models. My favourite shoot featured Ms. Leather Toronto 2014 aka Patty and her wife Saoirse in a number of compromising poses at Oasis Aqua Lounge in Toronto.

9) Art Basel Miami

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Friedrich Kunath, ‘A Fucking Landscape (Study),’ 2014

When Art Basel Miami issued me a press pass I made it my mission to get down there and put it to good use. What an incredible experience it was witnessing all the notable contemporary art work on the planet today in one enormous pop-up exhibition. Watching a Damien Hirst sculpture sell for 4 million pounds was totally surreal and exciting.

10) Wedding Photography

Erin-Mike.WEB-1_1000 Erin-Mike.WEB-3_1000Shooting the Scott’s wedding this Autumn was such a wonderful event to be a part of. I am currently taking bookings for weddings this coming Summer in Toronto and California. My wedding portfolio and contact can be found HERE.

What a year! Thank you all for being a part of it. I hope 2015 is full of TRAVEL, love, friends, great work and charity. xo

 

 

Northbound Leather Crystal Collars.

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$55 each at Northbound Leather. Shimoor shot by me.

Hard Candy Toronto Grand Opening w. Host Madonna and Special Guest Mr. Brainwash!

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Madonna officially launched the opening of her first Hard Candy gym in North America in Toronto this past Tuesday. There was the expected media frenzy as Madge arrived to strut the red carpet, give a couple of interviews and teach her newly invented workout class “Addicted to Sweat.” The new style of workout Madonna developed with her energetic personal trainer Nicole Winhoffer is heavy on dance moves and attitude. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to get swept up in the energy and flow. In the auditions to be a part of Madonna’s class the contestants were twerking it out with confidence in record time. Mr. Brainwash was also in attendance installing a mural of the queen herself on a wall of the gym. It was a pleasure to be able to take part in this event. I hope you enjoy the photos. xo

Photos taken at Hard Candy Toronto by Jennifer Toole.

Northbound Leather Models of the Month: The November Edition

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Northbound Leather‘s reign as purveyors of fine fetish fashion in Toronto is what the brand has come to be known best for over the years. What has fallen to the sidelines is their incredibly crafted/handmade line of outerwear that is the best Toronto has to offer. Take a look at the new Northbound coat and jacket designs featured in this November editorial pictured above and shot by me. Pass by the store and chat with one of the sales team to get your fall/winter jacket custom ordered to fit you and your price point.
 
The dapper Marcos Louro posed as our featured male model of the month. He is a 22-year-old Brazilian who has been modelling since he was fifteen. He is in Toronto completing med school. It is unfair that one man can be so handsome, so smart and so young all at once. And he can channel James Dean in leather too!
 
Charlotte Lind-petersen is our featured female model of the month. She is a 20-something Virgo with a passion for fashion and fun. Charlotte is a new recruit to Toronto, hailing originally from Vancouver. She welcomes all invitations that provide distractions from her sushi-slinging day job. We love the way she wears that white leather three-piece outfit. Madonna would be proud.
 
All clothing items pictured here available at Northbound Leather
Photography by Jennifer Toole.

Hard Candy Fitness Hits Toronto.

HardCandy-1 HardCandy-7 HardCandy-8 HardCandy-14 HardCandy-34 HardCandy-37It’s not very often I get the opportunity to do interior shots so when Madonna’s new gym on Yonge Street, Hard Candy, called me up and requested my services I eagerly agreed. This place is a playground for big kids and somewhere to get seriously ripped. The trainers are smoking hot and the massive images of Madge littering the walls provide constant body sculpting inspiration. They have a largest spinning room in the city with stadium seating for better views. They also have men’s and women’s saunas and steam rooms; a luxury in the fast approaching Winter. All the equipment is brand new so go sign up quick so you can help break it in. x

More Talk, More Rock.

“Mick Rock—the legendary lensman responsible for the most iconic photos of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed—touches down in Toronto to talk about… well, yoga, kidney surgery, and James Taylor, naturally.” – Stuart Berman

See my photo of Mick published last week in The Grid’s interview with the legend himself in More Talk, More Rock.

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c. Jennifer Toole