I’ve been photographing the Remembrance Day Ceremony for Toronto Hydro for many years now. They are one of many companies that lay a wreath at the epitaph at Old City Hall.

It’s an incredibly humbling experience. As the years go on, photographing this ceremony, it’s sad to see the section reserved for veterans growing smaller every year.

This was the 2019 ceremony, and it snowed. It added a kind of beauty to the service. When I’ve photographed these in the past, it’s been bright sunny days but very cold, when I say cold, I mean I can’t feel my fingers kind of cold.

It makes photographing this event difficult, but standing near the veterans and everything they sacrificed, I learn to suck-it-up real quick!

When I photograph this event, I use two camera bodies (Nikon D500)
The reason for that is so that I don’t have to keep changing lenses. I usually keep a Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 on one body.

The zoom on this lens is great for getting right into the subject without being right up and distracting from the event.

On the other camera body, I’ll switch between the Nikon 50mm f1.4, Nikon 24-70mm f2.8, and my favourite for this event is the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8. It just has a tremendous wide-angle that I feel it’s the best way to tell the storey.