When your subject flies right in front of your lens

Photo: A Grey Jay having a snack © Serge Gouin 2018 I am not much of a landscape or wildlife photographer but I do enjoy hiking and the outdoors. Obviously I carry my camera with me most times and try to capture some of my surroundings. Sometimes, you are lucky and the subject imposes himself to you. That is exactly what happened to me over the Christmas holidays as a few birds have flown right in front of my lens. The first one was a woodpecker chewing a hydro post that must have been infected with some tasty insects. He was […]

If honesty pays, Christine Girard’s is worth gold (and bronze)

Photo: Christine Girard, first two-time Olympic medalist in Canadian Weightlifting. © Serge Gouin 2018 One of my first paid photography assignment was to photograph a weightlifting competition. I was just getting started in photography and, at the time, I was a member of a photography club at my Cegep (college in Quebec). My wife’s uncle, Gaetan, had asked if I would photograph the competition that his daughter’s were competing in. I shot this gig in black and white, on film in a dark gymnasium and processed the images using chemicals in our club’s darkroom. It was a different reality than with […]

Passion is what we have in common

Studio setup in my wife classroom back in 2016 I am extremely lucky to have found a partner in life that can deal with me day after day. Being a photographer, even for the government, sometimes means a life that is hectic, hard to organize and often I am gone for long periods of time. And if you add a few personal projects and working out a few times a week, you can only imagine the kind of schedule I have… My wife teaches grade 1 in a school near our home. She loves these kids with her life. She […]

To compete or not to compete

NEXTGEN Jiu-Jitsu Tournament © Serge Gouin 2018 I love Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It has now been part of my life for more than two years. It helps me stay focused, not only on the mats but all aspects of life in general. I have been at a few competitions over the years, but I have yet to enter one. To be honest, it scares me. There is no way I will show up in front of someone in what I find is a “half shape”. If I put myself out there I want to give my all, this way, regardless of […]

3 easy things you can do to support our troops

Image : Ma’sum Ghar, Afghanistan, 2010 I come from a military family. My father and every single one of his brothers served at some point in their life. So are my brother and my cousins. I served 11 years as an Imagery Technician (Image Tech) in the Canadian Forces before retiring in 2013. Together we have served in Bosnia, Yugoslavia, Cyprus, Somalia, and more recently Afghanistan. I was the fifth one in my family to land in this country (even if it was for a limited 72h spread over 2 trips). As we speak, my cousin is currently deployed on […]

Welcome

Photo by Chris Roussakis Hi there! I’m Serge I’m a photographer, a dad, a husband, a martial artist, a veteran, a proud Canadian and so much more. To be totally honest with you, I am currently taking a Social Media Course online at Algonquin College and one of our assignment is to create a blog. I usually strive to tell other people’s story through my images. Your stories. Not necessarily mine. I’ve created this blog to tell you a bit about my journey and how I got to where I am today. Hopefully in a humble and funny way. I hope […]