This page is currently in development.

I will have a selection of portfolio work to showcase here which will include examples of commercial photography, special events, and music related. Feel free to check out more of my photography at 500px.com/alexzafer.

[My Service Offerings] FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions Do you do street photography workshops? :: YES I DO! Learn with my workshops :: I'll help you develop your skills in street photography with my hands-on practical tips. Tools that you can use in many different types of photography styles. I love to inspire and share my knowledge. In my courses you will learn to take the next steps and develop your skills as a photographer. I'll coach and lead you forward in a simple and playful manner. I love to share hands-on tips that you can use in your own work-flow. Private workshops :: Book a private workshop if you want full focus on your training. It's just you and I working together on the streets. I tailor the training to suit your needs and skills with 100% focus on your development. Maybe you have photographed a while and feel that you are stuck? Let me help you get further and focus on what you really need to improve. We shoot together on the streets and you will have me by your side, coaching and giving feedback. CONTACT ME HERE Will you photograph my band? :: YES! Through the years, I have had the opportunity to do photo sessions for personalities, musicians and artists of all types. Hiring a professional photographer is a wise investment that can make a stunning difference in an industry that relies a lot on image.  I have shot for album covers, posters, promotional / press photos, artistic productions, web sites, blogs and social media. I also specialize with live stage performance photography. This is where I really began my passion for video and photography, working with musicians. This is my world. Talk to me. (hair and makeup artists can be arranged prior to your photo session) Do you do Special Event Photography? :: YES! Actually, what I like to do is DRAMATIC Event Photography! I have an intuitive knack for capturing incredible candid moments that others so often miss. Whether it be galas, openings, red carpet, conventions, nightclubs, live music, corporate parties, private or public gatherings, I seek out to capture and produce great images that can be used time and time again in social media, press and marketing pieces, publications, presentations and more! Click 'Contact' in the upper right of this page and lets discuss. Do you do fine art photography sales and special commissions? :: YES! Absolutely I do. Many of my photographic images are hanging on the walls of some fine businesses and homes. You can purchase photos that are currently in my showcase library or commission an entirely new piece of photo art work specifically for you. I also photograph architecture, landscapes (urban and nature), as well as produce abstract and contemplative photography. Will you photograph my family? :: I would be happy to do that! My approach to this type of photography is again very close to the style I use in street. It falls under my "Lifestyle" shooting category. It is usually candid non-posed, capturing the real-life moments as they happen. I shoot with a creative and artistic eye producing stunning images using both black/white and colour. Contact me below if you are interested in a "Day In The Life of..." bookings. Do you do documentary shooting? :: Absolutely! Do you have a project in mind? Can you describe your exciting idea? I'm all ears! Do you do location shooting as opposed to studio work? :: FOR SURE! Send me out there. Where do you need me to be? I also specialize in Set Photography taking photographs of film sets or studio shoots that are used to create the press and publicity for feature films. I have experience documenting  "behind the scenes" and very familiar working in theatres, backstages, recording studios, as well as TV and Film production sets. Do you do weddings and engagement photography?  ::YES! Much of my work is based in the art of reportage and I like to photograph weddings in very much that same mind set. Photographing your wedding from the inside out, my style is almost exclusively as a documentary / candid photographer.  This is a unique and creative approach to wedding photography. I don't use wedding party shot lists per se. I do not direct your family, friends and guests into static traditional portraits that we've all seen over and over again.  You wont hear me asking you to “pretend” to put on earrings or fake laughter! Sure, we'll round up your guests for a few minutes of fun group shots, but it won't look "traditional". If traditional is what you're looking for in a wedding photographer, I'm not your guy. I do something quite different. I want to capture the emotion and atmosphere of your wedding day without interference, direction or instructions. I want to make photographs that tell your story. Let me explain a little further... I have a passion for people watching. I shoot weddings very much like I shoot street photography. And vice-versa. CANDID! So many elements of street and wedding photography are alike. Searching for moments that are unexpected, it’s about how you see the world and the way you capture it. I will document your wedding day primarily using existing natural lighting complimented by flash (only when necessary) producing striking, dramatic and contrasty cinematic-like photos in black & white, with a mix of colour. 98% of the day is unposed, fly-on-the-wall stuff (the other 2% is a small number of groups and portraits). Documentary wedding photography is about capturing the day as it happens, not a series of fabricated images. Blending in like a guest, I get close to the action. Capturing the emotion and story of the day, providing stunning images that enable you to relive it forever. I enjoy making photojournalistic story telling images that are shot like a stylized photo essay. I want to blow your mind with superb artistic images that are comprised of natural, unposed, uncontrived photography of real-life moments frozen in time.  Weddings are where I ply my classic street photography skills to their fullest. I like to get close to the action while remaining unobtrusive capturing the authentic story as it unfolds. To help me do this I no longer use large intimidating camera equipment. Instead I prefer to shoot with small Olympus OMD and other pro compact system cameras with a mix of professional zoom and prime lenses. This allows me to blend in almost invisibly. The results are stellar! You will have in the end beautiful professionally curated imagery that will take you right back to that very moment in time when the photo was first exposed seeing it from your guests point of view. I will create a secured online photo album so all your friends and family can easily view the final images. Prints and Wedding books can also be special ordered. Do you need more coverage? I often partner with other fantastic wedding photographers so nothing is ever missed. I also offer hybrid shooting, which is a mix of still photography and video.  Half-day and full-day bookings are available. Planning a wedding adventure? Perhaps an elopement of sorts in a faraway place? I also do destination weddings! Just drop me a line by any means below and I will be happy to consult with you. CONTACT ME HERE

[My Service Offerings] FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Do you do street photography workshops? :: YES I DO!

Learn with my workshops :: I'll help you develop your skills in street photography with my hands-on practical tips. Tools that you can use in many different types of photography styles.

I love to inspire and share my knowledge. In my courses you will learn to take the next steps and develop your skills as a photographer. I'll coach and lead you forward in a simple and playful manner. I love to share hands-on tips that you can use in your own work-flow.

Private workshops :: Book a private workshop if you want full focus on your training. It's just you and I working together on the streets. I tailor the training to suit your needs and skills with 100% focus on your development.

Maybe you have photographed a while and feel that you are stuck? Let me help you get further and focus on what you really need to improve. We shoot together on the streets and you will have me by your side, coaching and giving feedback.

CONTACT ME HERE

Will you photograph my band? :: YES! Through the years, I have had the opportunity to do photo sessions for personalities, musicians and artists of all types. Hiring a professional photographer is a wise investment that can make a stunning difference in an industry that relies a lot on image.  I have shot for album covers, posters, promotional / press photos, artistic productions, web sites, blogs and social media. I also specialize with live stage performance photography. This is where I really began my passion for video and photography, working with musicians. This is my world. Talk to me. (hair and makeup artists can be arranged prior to your photo session)

Do you do Special Event Photography? :: YES! Actually, what I like to do is DRAMATIC Event Photography! I have an intuitive knack for capturing incredible candid moments that others so often miss. Whether it be galas, openings, red carpet, conventions, nightclubs, live music, corporate parties, private or public gatherings, I seek out to capture and produce great images that can be used time and time again in social media, press and marketing pieces, publications, presentations and more! Click 'Contact' in the upper right of this page and lets discuss.

Do you do fine art photography sales and special commissions? :: YES! Absolutely I do. Many of my photographic images are hanging on the walls of some fine businesses and homes. You can purchase photos that are currently in my showcase library or commission an entirely new piece of photo art work specifically for you. I also photograph architecture, landscapes (urban and nature), as well as produce abstract and contemplative photography.

Will you photograph my family? :: I would be happy to do that! My approach to this type of photography is again very close to the style I use in street. It falls under my "Lifestyle" shooting category. It is usually candid non-posed, capturing the real-life moments as they happen. I shoot with a creative and artistic eye producing stunning images using both black/white and colour. Contact me below if you are interested in a "Day In The Life of..." bookings.

Do you do documentary shooting? :: Absolutely! Do you have a project in mind? Can you describe your exciting idea? I'm all ears!

Do you do location shooting as opposed to studio work? :: FOR SURE! Send me out there. Where do you need me to be?

I also specialize in Set Photography taking photographs of film sets or studio shoots that are used to create the press and publicity for feature films. I have experience documenting  "behind the scenes" and very familiar working in theatres, backstages, recording studios, as well as TV and Film production sets.

Do you do weddings and engagement photography?  ::YES! Much of my work is based in the art of reportage and I like to photograph weddings in very much that same mind set. Photographing your wedding from the inside out, my style is almost exclusively as a documentary / candid photographer.  This is a unique and creative approach to wedding photography. I don't use wedding party shot lists per se. I do not direct your family, friends and guests into static traditional portraits that we've all seen over and over again.  You wont hear me asking you to “pretend” to put on earrings or fake laughter! Sure, we'll round up your guests for a few minutes of fun group shots, but it won't look "traditional". If traditional is what you're looking for in a wedding photographer, I'm not your guy. I do something quite different.

I want to capture the emotion and atmosphere of your wedding day without interference, direction or instructions. I want to make photographs that tell your story. Let me explain a little further...

I have a passion for people watching. I shoot weddings very much like I shoot street photography. And vice-versa. CANDID! So many elements of street and wedding photography are alike. Searching for moments that are unexpected, it’s about how you see the world and the way you capture it. I will document your wedding day primarily using existing natural lighting complimented by flash (only when necessary) producing striking, dramatic and contrasty cinematic-like photos in black & white, with a mix of colour. 98% of the day is unposed, fly-on-the-wall stuff (the other 2% is a small number of groups and portraits).

Documentary wedding photography is about capturing the day as it happens, not a series of fabricated images. Blending in like a guest, I get close to the action. Capturing the emotion and story of the day, providing stunning images that enable you to relive it forever.

I enjoy making photojournalistic story telling images that are shot like a stylized photo essay. I want to blow your mind with superb artistic images that are comprised of natural, unposed, uncontrived photography of real-life moments frozen in time.  Weddings are where I ply my classic street photography skills to their fullest. I like to get close to the action while remaining unobtrusive capturing the authentic story as it unfolds. To help me do this I no longer use large intimidating camera equipment. Instead I prefer to shoot with small Olympus OMD and other pro compact system cameras with a mix of professional zoom and prime lenses. This allows me to blend in almost invisibly. The results are stellar!

You will have in the end beautiful professionally curated imagery that will take you right back to that very moment in time when the photo was first exposed seeing it from your guests point of view. I will create a secured online photo album so all your friends and family can easily view the final images. Prints and Wedding books can also be special ordered.

Do you need more coverage? I often partner with other fantastic wedding photographers so nothing is ever missed. I also offer hybrid shooting, which is a mix of still photography and video.  Half-day and full-day bookings are available. Planning a wedding adventure? Perhaps an elopement of sorts in a faraway place? I also do destination weddings! Just drop me a line by any means below and I will be happy to consult with you.

CONTACT ME HERE

ALEX ZAFER, an introduction

Candidly chronicling the streets through my lens, interpreting the world around me, the people, personalities and the events I come across.~Alex Zafer

Hi, my name is Alex Zafer. I'm the editor of The Candid Flaneur street photography website. I shoot candid real-life images. Humanist, street-style, documentary, urban lifestyle, live events & entertainment photography. 

For the last several years, humanist photography, urban Street-style in particular, has become a vocation (so-to-speak), my main trade. It is what rejuvenates me, keeping things fresh and my photographic skills sharp. Each time I hit the street I'm reminded why I fell in love with the art of photography in the first place.

I believe it is true to say that the best camera is the one that's with you. I also believe that the way a certain camera in your hands can make you feel when you're using it, certainly as a creative mechanism, is just as important. In the few years I've slowly made the transition away from DSLR for street use to small compact camera systems. The weight and size is much better suited for the types of image making I enjoy most, unobtrusive non-posed street photography. Were there trade-offs? Yes. Was it worth the move? Absolutely.

For several years I've been making street photo's nearly everyday and needed a public repository to host some of those images. I started a photo stream on 500px initially to showcase a long-term humanist photo street project - what some might call an applied sociology through the lens, a visual narrative. It has expanded to be much more than that since and I'm currently now working on my first photography book and hoping to do another gallery showing soon. I hope you will find these images thought provoking and inspiring by having you look at every day life a little more closely.

I find it difficult to want to be pigeon holed into any one genre of photography, but at the core, straight photography is and always has been the truest form of photojournalism, documenting the times we live depicting scenes as realistically and objectively as possible. Of all the types of photography I currently shoot, incorporating the philosophical elements of straight photography with street-style is the one I'm most passionate, or rather obsessed about. I find street photography to be an excellent storytelling medium. It is in the search for the "story" that keeps me walking for miles, pounding the concrete jungle for hours on end.

In the street it's spontaneous. Always in motion I like to capture candid scenes, very rarely interacting with my subjects. It is the authenticity in the non-posed candid shot that I'm after, nothing contrived. I am simply an observer, yet my camera allows me to also be a participant, in a raw and unrehearsed unmediated theatre full of unknown actors and extras. The spirit and rhythm that is REAL-LIFE.

When I'm photographing in the street I try to frame with a filmmakers eye. I am hyper aware of my environment and the people around me, studying the light and the geometry, paying close attention to both the stillness and the movement. In between the smells and the noise, the serenity and the calmness in the unending, ever-changing momentum of the city's everyday oddness I seek out the serendipity of a scene that comes together perfectly for that rare and decisive moment. The uncontrolled so-called 'reality' as it happened in front of my camera. It is one thing to create a good photograph, it's another challenge altogether to create one that is meaningful.

Much of my work is based in the art of reportage, what I call "personal-documentary" street-style photography (adjunct to my other professional work in the medium). Reminiscent of noir, many of my monochrome images have a gritty aesthetic enhanced by deep focus and high contrast intended to add drama to the one frame or multiple frame story. As a general rule I very rarely crop a street image. When Henri Cartier-Bresson said he was vehemently opposed to cropping street photos, I understood why. Not to argue that cropping absolutely can create a stronger image... which I will do in other kinds of picture making. It is in the purity of the street shooting philosophy though, in my view, with great respect for the intuitive eye to compose quickly knowing precisely when to hit the shutter button in the split second chance that I enjoy so much. If you have to crop later, it probably wasn't a great composition to begin with.

So with that introduction of myself, I invite you along a virtual journey with me as I continue to share this visual narrative of the human condition in pictures.

BIOGRAPHY - for media release:

"Alex Zafer is a photographer and digital media artist/producer who has been exhibited and published internationally. With his distinctive style developed over the years he has become a photographer’s photographer with an awesome eye for artistic composition. He is famous for his street photography and photo-journalistic scenes that capture the essence of the human spirit, in ‘the moment’ candidly, and his live action music video footage has awarded him international distinction. Alex has a vast knowledge of the technical aspects of cameras, lenses and lighting and that has made him a very in demand DP on many independent film, video and photo productions. He is extremely perceptive and has a deep understanding of the human condition and that intuitive understanding helps him make great pictures." ~Dave Beatty, Producer - QED Media

Alex has been selected for photo-art exhibits and has been featured in Europe, Japan, the United States and Canada. Many of his photographic images have been used for digital and print publications, and has produced visual media work for special commissions and projects. Alex also works with filmmakers, documentarians, and music producers.

Alex's talents have been used for a variety of interesting projects and assignments. Fellow producers, artists, collaborators, agencies, publications, small and large businesses as well as non-profit organizations have utilized his services.

"In my off-time I enjoy the art of candid street photography. I am passionate about creating images that portray both the grittiness and the beauty of urban street-style photography. I seek out environments that expose me to these factors, forming a sequence of truly remarkable moments that fill me with immense energy and joy."

Alex maintains a studio outside of the Toronto area with a group of creative collaborators and producers in the arts hub city known as Hamilton, Ontario.