New place, new life.

Living down at College and Spadina.


April 20th is like Christmas to some. It’s a chance for people to “stick it to the man”. I was one The Hill taking photos. This is what I walked away with.

Work It!!


Played around with the studio lights yesterday. Had some fun. Worked a few different photos, the model helped too…I guess 🙂

Blue Steel


Male Model of 2004, Tyler Polard and I took some photos in the studio the other day. This is what I walked away with. And yes…photoshop was heavily used.

Softbox Fun


– Chimera lightbank Super Pro Plus Small

– Nikon SB 28

– 2x Pocketwizard

and lil something something that was hand made to hold the flash unit.


I spent the weekend in Ottawa shooting the CIS Basketball Championships for a few different publications. This is the fourth year that I had shot this. I  placed a lot of pressure on myself to out do what was shot in past years.

I have blogged twice from the tournament already so I’m just going to show you some of my favorites/ published photos.


OTTAWA – UBC Thunderbirds guard, Graham Bath (right) takes a shot over University of Calgary forward, Ross Bekkering (left) during the second-half of the Thunderbirds semi-final game at the 2010 CIS Men’s Basketball Championships. March 20, 2010. CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/ CNS

For the past six years, many analysts would say that Carleton University would walk away with W.P. McGee Trophy. But, like in 2008, when Carleton was looking to make it five straight years on top of the CIS Basketball world, they fell short.

OTTAWA - Head coach of the Carleton Ravens, David Smart reacts to the Ravens lost to the University of Saskatchewan, 86-82 during the semi-final game at the 2010 CIS Men's Basketball Championships. March 20, 2010. CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/ THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

Back in 2008 I was covering this tournament for The Charlatan, Carleton University’s student newspaper. I became so attached to the Ravens. Following them for six months, getting to know the players, and even traveling with them at some points.

When Carleton lost that iconic game to Acadia I had no idea what to do as a photographer. Sitting in front of the Ravens bench with my 24-70 fixated on their faces as they watched their dreams slowly diminish like the time on the scoreboard, I became a spectator…not a journalist.

OTTAWA - Derek McConnery (left), Micheal Kenny (center) and Kevin McCleery (right), sit in the locker room, dejected after their lose to the University of Saskatchewan at the 2010 CIS Men's Basketball Championships. March 20, 2010. CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/ THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

Before the tournament started this past weekend, I told that story to The Charlatans photo assistant, who was covering the tournament this year. I had a gut feeling that the Ravens would faultier again. Sure enough they did losing to the University of Saskatchewan Husky’s, who went on to win the 2010 W.P. McGee Trophy.

With a gut feeling, knowledge of pictures made from previous years and a will to get the best possible photo, I went in for the dirty work. Getting up in peoples faces when they’re upset is not the best way to get your dejection photo. Put on that 24-70 or 70-2, and take a step back to blend in with everyone. I hate the feeling when you know someone is upset that you took his or her photo but I also love the feeling of getting a photo that tells a story.

Working as a team, John Major (Ottawa Citizen) and I covered our bases that night. John – getting U of S celebrating their win over Carleton and myself – capturing Carleton’s grief as they fall short of another national title.

The tournament leaves the Nations Capital next year and heads back to Halifax. Maybe next year I will be a happy alumnus.