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60-Minute Session with Dante Leon by Sean Berrigan

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I was recently back in Toronto for a weekend to shoot a wedding and the day before I flew out I managed to link up with my friend Dante Leon, who’s been featured on the blog many times before. I only had an hour with him since I had to get back to our airbnb to catch the premiere of Game of Thrones. :)

It was great to finally catch up with him again and hear about all the exciting new projects he’s working on including his forthcoming album which will be dropping this summer. We took a quick rip through some back alleys close to one of his recording studios and managed to capture some great candid shots of him and burn a quick J while we’re at it.

Listen to some of Dante’s music HERE!

You can also check out a new video for Coming Down that just dropped with 24Rico.


TIFF's Cameron Bailey: HOUSE Magazine Nollywood Editorial Photoshoot by Sean Berrigan

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I can’t believe i’m only just sharing this now in 2019 and not in 2016 when this shoot originally took place. Back in the early summer of 2016 I was commissioned by Soho House head office in London, UK to shoot a feature story for HOUSE, their international quarterly magazine that goes out to over 40,000 Soho House members worldwide. Soho House for anyone who isn’t familiar was founded in London in 1995 as a private members’ club for people in the creative industries, including film, fashion, advertising, music, art and tech. With over 23 clubs across Europe and North America, as well as restaurants, cinemas, workspaces, spas and bedrooms, Soho has been a major hub for creatives in Toronto and all around the world.

The feature story was written by a man named Cameron Bailey who is a Canadian film critic and festival programmer. He is better known as the artistic director and co-head of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Cameron is very prolific within the Nollywood film scene a.k.a the Nigerian film industry and he was writing an article on how Nollywood is the most ambitious film scene of the moment. This was a last minute shoot that came through back in the summer of 2016, and I was extremely excited and eager to have the opportunity to shoot something for HOUSE as it’s a beautiful publication with stunning design. HOUSE wanted to see relaxed, candid lifestyle images capturing Cameron in various locations throughout the iconic TIFF Bell Lightbox centre on King St. W in downtown Toronto. They wanted the images to highlight his environment which was downtown skyscraper-filled Toronto. We didn’t get any time to location scout the area so we were going in almost completely blind, except for vague memories of the building when it was first constructed as I worked on a photoshoot there years prior.

We had some help from Cameron’s assistant who showed us all the locations we could shoot once we arrived. We had about 20 minutes to get a tour of the building before Cameron arrived camera ready. Vanessa and myself ran about like maniac’s trying to find locations that had nice light and we managed to find a couple great spots. The shoot went great, we had a lot of fun and Cameron was a blast to work with for the hour and a half we had him. Fast forward a couple months and the issue of HOUSE arrived at my apartment and it was surreal to see the images in print. Soho House, myself and Cameron were very pleased with the images that came out of the shoot, even though the shots that you least expect, always end up being the ones that get used. The images below are my favourites from the shoot. :)

All images were edited with my ONYX Signature Lightroom Presets, which are available for purchase HERE!

Birthday Dinner at Blue Mussel Cafe on Prince Edward Island by Sean Berrigan

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It was my 29th birthday last week and Vee decided to take me out. It was technically supposed to be a surprise, but since PEI is so small, this meant I sorta knew where we were going on the way or pretty much when we left. We had passed Blue Mussel Cafe a couple times on our photo adventures, but it was definitely our first time enjoying the vibes and good seafood. 

The day was perfect but windy, the wait was long to be seated, but the beach was minutes away. We decided to sneak away to the beach to hang out and to medicate. Vee had rolled two joints so we just sat down and enjoyed the ocean and the sun. 

We finally got seated and looked at the menu - it was so hard to pick! We settled on an ADL cheese & lobster dip which was mouth-watering and then we both had the halibut as mains, served with some Island potatoes of course. We ate and laughed while the sun was setting and it was quite the most perfect PEI night.