29 Days, 29 Coffee Photos

Pilot Coffee Roasters and Crafted

Pilot Coffee Roasters is a Toronto-based artisan coffee roaster, and one that I’ve been quite fond of for a long time. They have two cafés in the city, Te Aro (983 Queen Street East) in Leslieville, and Crafted (135 Ossington Ave.) in the West end of town.

So when Crafted asked me to be their first-ever guest Instagrammer for their @CraftedCoffee Instagram account, I took to the challenge immediately. While I may be more known for my landscape photography, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t be exploring other styles of photography as well, so I mustered up all of my coffee-taking lifestyles photography skills—whatever I had of it, at least—and came up with 31 photos that hopefully satiated the coffee-lover in all of us. My only requirements for the photos was that if it wasn’t taken within their Crafted café or at their Pilot Coffee Roastery, then the photo had to have their brand represented in it somewhere.

At first I thought it wold be difficult to have to come up with different types of photography related to coffee and the café, but once I got started, I never looked back, and ended up with photos that I’m proud to have taken for them.

If you weren’t able to follow them on their Instagram account, I’ve posted all the shots here for your reference, with a little bonus at the end. If you’re a coffee aficionado or lifestyles photographer (or anybody else really), how did I do? Please feel free to let me know how I did in the comments below.

The Photos

All of these photo were taken with my iPhone 6 Plus and edited with various apps within. Which one is your favourite?

Crafted CoffeeCrafted CoffeeIMG_2206Visible Motion at Crafted CoffeeWorking Hard at Crafted CoffeeLatte ArtPresenting the CortadoFreshly brewed at Crafted CoffeeCrafted CoffeeThe group at Crafted Coffee

Listening carefully at Crafted Coffee

How many lattes does one need?

Espresso at its finest at Pilot Coffee RoastersAt the tasting bar at Pilot Coffee BrewersThe delivery bike at Pilot Coffee RoastersAt the Tasting Bar at Pilot Coffee RoastersLet's read at Crafted CoffeeWhole beans from Crafted CoffeeBy the window at Crafted CoffeeCoffee Passport at Pilot CoffeeThe Pilot Coffee StaffPilot Coffee Tasting BarPilot Coffee Tasting BarSubtleFast CoffeeLeather PortfolioTable MessCamera and CoffeeUmbrella Loyalty


Extra Coffee

There were a lot more photos that I took than what was posted online, so here are some more that I took for them that I like, but never made it on to their account.

Lonesome Bubbles Dog in iPad Walking by latte Latte and iPad Cortado Cortado Laptop session

Fog and snow

Nikon D800, 1/250 sec., f/2.8, ISO 100, 200mm

Nikon D800, 1/250 sec., f/2.8, ISO 100, 200mm

Fog and snow at just the right time

On one foggy morning it got so thick that the light changed so dramatically in such a short time. If you look at my post previous to this, you’ll see that it also has fog in it. That was taken shortly before this picture. Look at the dramatic difference fog makes in a matter of minutes. Since the fog hid the skyline, I decided to focus my attention on whatever I could. In the distance there was a couple taking a walk. They made it to the man-made dam so I had to get them in some way. Once they stopped to admire the…whiteness of their view, I framed them to the side so the viewers could get a sense of the emptiness that they were facing.

I loved how the dam fades into the fog in the background. If you look closely, you’ll be able to see the birds flying out from the mist, which is also quite interesting by itself.

As long as you’re prepared, you’ll be able to catch all that comes your way.

Morning Fog Over Toronto

Nikon D800, 1/6 sec., f/13, ISO100, 70mm

Nikon D800, 1/6 sec., f/13, ISO100, 70mm

One early morning I came to Humber Bay Shores Park and noticed a lot of clouds over the city. I wasn’t sure what I would get in terms of photo opportunities since heavy clouds like this often prevent the sun from showing its colours anywhere. I knew I wouldn’t be able to see the actual sun itself with all of these clouds so I waited until something interesting came about.

A few short minutes later the area right behind the CN Tower began to glow an intense orange and yellow. This happened quite quickly and got me off guard. Fortunately my camera was already set up on a tripod and all I had to do was compose and shoot. The streaks of light you see look like they are emanating from the CN Tower, and these were just magnificent. I didn’t know what caused this since the actual sun was rising just to the right of this picture, which is still quite far away.

This scene with its intense colours didn’t last long as it disappeared after I was able to get only a few clicks of it. When you’re out shooting, always come well before you need to so you can set up and be ready for that moment.

I’ll have my iPhone version of this shot coming up in another post shortly.

A moody but gorgeous morning this Easter Friday


Nikon D800, 5.0 sec., f/13, ISO 100, 24mm

Nikon D800, 5.0 sec., f/13, ISO 100, 24mm

I think it was about two years ago this time, the cherry blossoms were at full bloom in Toronto’s High Park. As I look out the window today, I see overcast skies and chilly winds blowing through the trees. If I look hard enough, I can still see some snow and ice striving to be the last bit of winter on my lawn.

Easter Friday Morning

It doesn’t seem like Spring has fully arrived yet this Easter Friday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still make great photographs. You just need to look a little harder to find them. I went out for a sunrise shoot today only to find that it was really foggy outside. It was quite a different morning from all the other sunrise shoots that I’ve been on since the fog covered the base of the Toronto skyline, making only the tip of the CN Tower visible above all the fog.

But who wants to see that?

So I took a photo of the bridge that I often neglect when I come to this park. The fog was just rolling in from the right of this frame, slowly encroaching towards this bridge.

It was quite the moody morning today, and I’m glad I made the effort to get out there despite this not-so-spring weather. Don’t let the weatherman get to you if you ever want to go out shooting.

Print your photos to really appreciate them

This year I took it upon myself to print more of my photos. Over the last few years I’ve taken so many photos that I have yet to be able to fully appreciate them beyond posting them on select social media sites—if at that. Most of my photos are rarely seen as I edit them and just leave them on my hard drive where it collects e-dust.

Edge detail of the metallic print.

Edge detail of the metallic print.

To better appreciate the your photography, I highly recommend going that extra mile and getting them printed. Whether you do it by printing 4×6 prints or enlarge them to 16×24, or make them into photobooks of all sizes, you will see that your photos get an extra appreciation out of just seeing them in pixels. There is in fact something very different about being able to hold your work.

This post is just a sneak peak at what I’ve been working on for the past few weeks now. It will be revealed very shortly and I sincerely hope that you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed making it come to life.

Metallic Print

Details of the metallic print.

Details of the metallic print.

Metallic prints are quite different than regular photographic prints as they bring that extra depth and vibrancy to your photos, yielding in that extra visual appeal. Look at it straight on, or look at it from a slight angle to see the sheen of the metallic paper come through your print, making it extra special.

I’ll be showcasing this print soon!

There are so many other varieties of paper to print on to make your prints better looking. The process deciding on what you print it on, and editing the photo accordingly can be just as exciting as the process of taking the photo. You feel that sense of excitement waiting for the print to finish. And that’s something that will never be duplicated in this digital age. And in case you’re thinking about nice fabric to print photos on – it’s all here, at

More to come.