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Ode to Ed's

Toronto is full of many historical buildings and landmarks. It's known for its diverse neighbourhoods, full of culture and colour. One of those landmarks, however, is closing this year. If you are from Toronto you have probably heard, Honest Ed's is closing its doors at the end of December of this year. 

For me, Honest Ed's has been a place to retreat to in high school, get lost in and come out with cheap DVD's, scented candles, laser pointers and weird one piece PJ's for 99 cents. Since I am back in Toronto for two weeks, I thought I would visit one last time. 

It had already started to be cleared out. The basement becoming a Fabricland that used to house fabulous signs in a small supermarket.  Now, the packing boxes are in the corners and it is looking empty as ever. It's important we remember these places, true to what Toronto represents- community.

One little anecdote from my experiences there:

When I was 15 I had such a fond perspective at Ed's that I went to apply for my first job there. I interviewed in the corner of the 3rd floor shoe area in this small office that I never knew existed. I met with the manager of women's department and he proceeded to ask me why I wanted to work there. My answer was pretty solid- I loved shopping there and I love the community surrounding it's tradition and heritage. I'll never forget the tiny office that I had never noticed until that day and the separate entrance through a vault on the side of the building where there were still punch cards for the employees!

Goodbye Honest Ed's- it was fun! x

 

Nisha & Emran: 2 Hours to the Beginning

I have had the pleasure to shoot many beautiful people over the past few months. However, two people stand out to me more than the rest and their names are Nisha and Emran. Beside them both literally being a beautiful couple, they hold something much more compelling between each other, love. They got married at the beginning of the summer with friends and family at Emran's family home. A small ceremony of 40 (if that!). I had the pleasure of photographing their special day and something even more special, their bond.

Now, normally, I'm not the biggest softie when it comes to love, marriage and all that jazz. Nisha and Emran have something different. Their love and affection for one another is quirky as much as it is loyal. They walk at the same pace, their gazes are held just for that extra moment and their laughs are like yawns, undoubtably contagious. 

When we met with Nisha and Emran on a hot morning in August, 3 months after their wedding, they brought the same excitement, joy and passion for each other that they had on their special day. In between shots, whilst walking around the park to find another location, Emran would be watching Nisha's sari drag along the forest floor. His eyes were glued to the ground, making sure she was always out of harm's way. Nisha couldn't care less about it getting dirty though, her laugh was loud and playful as she teased Emran by letting it drag longer in the leaves. The best part about this shoot was that right after, they were hopping in "more comfortable clothing" (Nisha's words not mine!) and going fishing!

I did two separate shoots with them, their wedding and their portraits. This second shoot can truly explain their connection and why it makes me extremely happy. Their photos are my favourite photos because without a good subject or two in front of your lens, there is no real story. Therefore, let me introduce you to the beginning of Nisha and Emran's story- I know it will be a long one.

Inde x