The 10th Annual Rotary Club of Whitby Food Truck Frenzy

The 10th Annual Rotary Club of Whitby Food Truck Frenzy

As a member of the Rotary Club of Whitby part of my volunteer work is doing the local event photography for the Food Truck Frenzy event. Over the course of two days I cover the event and now that I have done a few I can focus on moments and less on the trucks which makes this even more fun.

This year our marketplace included a vintage market, our kids zone had a new John Deer Blow up, the game zone was a huge hit, the Helen’s came out in droves to dance (think Three’s Company) and as per usual we had the Whitby Fire Department on site giving tours of their trucks. 

Is bigger better? With 30 food trucks, a children’s area and a marketplace I think we got the size and the offerings just right. Sure the event raises money for work we do all across the region and the around the world; but it also needs to be small enough for little feet to navigate.

Events are a chance to bring out the zoom lens, wait for smiles, capture the spread of owl wings and so much more. You need patience in this line of work and with so many great people, trucks and volunteers one cannot help but have a good time.

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Event Photography: Rivalry Week – Henry Vs Anderson

Event Photography: Rivalry Week – Henry Vs Anderson

Event photography when it involves capturing images of Rivalry Week for Henry Street High School. What is Rivalry Week? It is a friendly, yearly competition that goes back to the early eighties according to some sources and others early 1990s. I was in high school back in the eighties in a nearby town and it’s so fun as an adult so many year later to be hired to take photos of the events.

 The week starts on Monday with a pep rally at each school where they hand out t-shirts to the students lucky enough to get one of the 200 seats for the Basketball and Volleyball games. Basketball is typically played Tuesday and the Volleyball Wednesday, then the seating expands for the Hockey Game at Iroquois Park Sports Centre. Seats on one side are filled with Henry and Anderson students and on the opposite side stands reflect those schools with feeder schools and loved ones from each community.


SHOWN: Various images from warm up, game play and student/staff interaction during the event.

SHOWN: Various images including referees, student crowds, and so much more.

 If you were to attend this event I am going to add some of my tips to make it the best experience:

 + Wear lots of your school colours.

+ Eat a good breakfast and get hydrated, you will be burning some energy cheering in the stands.

+ Do not wear heavy clothing, it is going to be very hot in the gyms. Sandals, shorts and light clothing will help keep you cool during the event.

+ For the hockey games you can wear a few more layers but it still gets pretty warm in the stands. 

+ Sing along with all the songs. No one can hear you anyhow and it’s so much fun.

+ High five the mascot. Thank the band.

+ While it is fun when your home team is winning you will still have fun if you lose a game or two.

+ Bring some money for the hockey game so you can buy drinks and pizza.

+ Be sure to clean up after yourselves, many hands make light work is true.





Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller 

Lest We Forget – RCL Whitby 112 2023 Cenotaph

Lest We Forget – RCL Whitby 112 2023 Cenotaph

EVENT: Remembrance Day 2023

Widely attended by residents of the town and local organizations, the Remembrance ceremony was a chance o honour veterans and current women and men who serve and protect our freedoms.

“The Annual Remembrance Day Parade forms up in front of the Branch on Byron St. South at 10:15 am. The Whitby Brass Band will lead the parade. The Parade marches off at 10:30 am. The parade proceeds north on Byron St. to Dundas Street, east on Dundas past the four corners and arrives at the Cenotaph at approximately 10:40 am..”

Lest We Forget.


 In Flanders Fields
    In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow
         Between the crosses, row on row,
       That mark our place; and in the sky
       The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
       Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
                              In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
       The torch; be yours to hold it high.
       If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
                                In Flanders fields.

Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.

Visual Storyteller | Kirsten McGoey | Trinity Design Whitby

Durham Region Challengers Baseball – Opening Day Coverage 2022

Durham Region Challengers Baseball – Opening Day Coverage 2022

Take a journey with us through the Opening Day images for the new baseball diamond at Willow Park for the Durham Region Challenger Baseball league.


The Durham Region Challenger Baseball League is recruiting BUDDIES and COACHES for the upcoming season!

There are a number of volunteer positions that need filling, and each offers its own rewards. The league is based at the new fully accessible Willow Park diamond in Whitby.

Be a Buddy: We will offer you a quick training, and you will be assigned to a player on the field to support them throughout the season.

Be a Coach: Create practice plans and in the run practices and games. Coaches receive specialized training from Jays Care Foundation to ensure they feel equipped to support the program.

Be an Assistant Coach: Help in the creation of practice plans and in the running of practices and games. Assistant Coaches receive specialized training from Jays Care Foundation to ensure they feel equipped to support the program.

Be an Onsite/Volunteer Coordinator: This role greets buddies when they arrive at the field. They help to ensure that buddies feel prepared and excited for the day ahead! They also assist with equipment as needed.

If you are interested, please complete the form here:


Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography

Durham ETFO Event Coverage

Durham ETFO Event Coverage

We provide event photography coverage for a variety of clients across the Durham Region and Greater Toronto Area. We recently hit the ground at 6 different locations in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Brooklin and Oshawa to show the strike action on January 30, 2020.

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Seeing Event Photography Differently

Seeing Event Photography Differently

This summer and fall have been full of wonderful events – from book launches, to beer festivals and celebrations of powerful women in the arts. One thing they all have in common (along with the many events we have covered over the years) is ever changing lighting conditions.

Of all the things I considered writing about on this topic the one I felt would be the most helpful for a client is how to plan for successful photography at an event.

Let there be light.

The first rule of events is to light your anyone who speaks or performs on stage.

Do not assume the ambient light in the room will suffice, for example, light from the ceiling does not flatter the face creating shadows under the hairline, eyes and nose, and the neck.

Instead light the stage with a light that hits the face at a , we had some lovely lighting at the last Whitby Courthouse event and from Leo at Rent-a-Stage Canada at Whitby Beerfest. I won’t get too technical (mainly because stage lighting is not my expertise) however using a series of lights at a 45 degree angle is ideal for a stationary speaker (experts will tell you there is more to the science so using the in house professionals is always a good idea). 

So if we are candid about time, daylight wins.

As the images we took at the Wild Nellies “Celebration of Women” shows working in low light or stage light can be amazing. It will however never quite add up to the beauty Mother Nature dishes up in that golden hour or through filtered window light at an event for clear, beautiful images.

Deciding when (i.e. what month of the year) and where to host your event will impact the look of the images. Natural light images were par for the course at Beerfest until the sun went down. On the lit stage at the Whitby Courthouse theatre we used the stage lighting from the lighting booth upstairs in the theatre. At the SG we used a mixture of natural light, flash and ambient lighting to capture the Drawing for Art event.

In the dark of the night.

In the absense of light and to grab images of tables at charity events such as “Starry Nights” hosted each June by the YWCA we use flash. A diffuser on the on camera light literally douses the area in front of you in light and the further away the subject is from the light source (you and your camera) the less light there is (we call that light fall off).

We recommend holding a pose for a few minutes to give the photographer a few takes. This accounts for movement, focusing and closed eyes – which the more people in a photo the more chance of a blinker.

At the podium? Here are a few tips.

If I could give someone speaking one word of advice I would say stop, look up and smile for a period of time longer than YOU think needed. This gives eye contact to the audience and gives us the 10 seconds or longer needed to take the ideal shot of you.

The pause removes shapes created by talking and replaces them with a smile. Eyes are not diverted to the podium or page but instead at your audience. Light is hitting your face and not being shadowed by a microphone. In the end this simple change will help create more effective shots of your event and your speakers/performers. 

We love working your events and if you have any further questions about our services please connect with us.

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Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller |