About Shane & Contact

I’m Shane. I’m a country boy who found himself growing up surrounded by horses and dogs. I knew long, cold winter walks to the end of my driveway to catch the bus to school, and I knew how to spend lazy afternoons on the lawn watching the leaves blow through the wind. We didn’t have cable TV.

I am a portrait and documentary photographer who now calls Ottawa home. I have a beautiful wife, and two energetic young boys who help keep life in perspective.

My photography style can be described as elegance with an edge. I use the interplay between light and shadow to create drama and boldness in my images, and I seek out interesting ways to tell the stories of the people and places I photograph. My goal is to always bring out the best in my clients, a side they may not have known they had.

That’s me in a nutshell. As you read this I’m probably being pulled outside to shoot hoops with my boys, or slaving over a gourmet meal for the family.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and if you’d like to chat about portraits, weddings, events or just want to ask a question, feel free to drop me a line at sfrancescut@gmail.com.

Where the blog name came from…

Iย adopted the title from my old high school biology teacher, Mr. Marshall, who would call our local small town newspaper “The Weekly Minute“. He would joke that it took the paper a week to produce, and a minute to read, and since I think that a blog post should be readable in just a couple minutes I felt the title was appropriate.




  1. We will defenitely check out your pictures and new posts.I love Canada,am married to a Canadian(German myself) and will visit Canada one day and maybe even move there after all our boys finished obligatory military here in Israel.

    1. You should visit Canada someday, it has so much to offer. It’s a HUGE country, and probably too large to see in one visit, but there is something for everyone.

      Thanks for stopping by. I quite enjoy your blog as well.

  2. Lovely blog Shane and beautiful photos! I like the way you use depth of field. I’ll be happy to see more of your inspiring work. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks for the fabulous complement, Elina. I really love playing with DOF, so it’s nice to hear that someone appreciates it.

      Unfortunately, I got hooked on your blog while at work today. But, I’m happy to have found your blog.

  3. Hi Shane just wanted to let you know I think your Photography is Fantastic and I have throughley enjoyed browsing your blog


    1. Thanks Mike, I really appreciate the complement. Your blog helped me get through what would have otherwise been a boring breakfast this morning. Great stuff on your end as well.

  4. Hi Shane, I read your post about Street Photography and thought I’d check the About Me post before commenting. I, too am a people watcher and as I work in Community Health…people, body language, emotion etc are a part of my working life too. I often see such rich character in strangers and wish I had the nerve to just capture their image….but the thought of even asking a stranger freaks me out a bit. I loved your photos in the related post….I was especially drawn to the old man sweeping and wished I could see/know more of him. I live in a country town and generally think this will be an easier task if I head into the anonymity of the city! Thanks for sharing, I look forward to viewing more of your photgraphs.

    1. Tina, thanks for the wonderful comment.

      Like you do now, I grew up on a farm and in a small town. You may not live on a farm though ๐Ÿ™‚

      I often wish that I’d taken up photography in my teens and twenties while still living in the town because there’s so much history and emotion to capture. I’ll be moving to a new city in a couple of months and am excited to start photographing it, but for the time being, I’ll keep going here in Toronto… if only to make some memories.

      1. I look forward to seeing your photographs from your new city! No farm for me, but a town with population around 4,000 in the midst of the Barossa Valley Wine producing region…..lot of fabulous photographic opportunities, so that is nice. I am very much a beginner to all of this and am kind of glad that I came to it at my age as it gives me a fresh perspective and a new enthusiasm as my kids are now adults…..but then I think most things happen when they are meant to. Thanks for following and replying to my comments, see you soon, ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hey Shane, so good to know someone who loves photography and writing. I’m so looking forward to more of your posts because you inspire me to go out and shoot something. Anything. Oh yes, I definitely will do that, again. BTW, if you (and family) are ever coming to Europe, stop by in Rotterdam. Cheers!

    1. Hi Jenn,

      Thanks so much, and I’m really glad you enjoy the blog. I must be doing something right. Yours is incredible too. Your writing is superb!

      I’ve never been to the Netherlands, but I’d love to visit someday. We’ll look you up for sure.

      1. Awww… thank you for your compliment. I am glad someone likes it. Will Europe be in your list to go? I hope so. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Great photos. As an photographer on the side, you might want to ask your blog audience, why do some of them like Instagram retro photography a lot? (The occasional one here and there is ok. But some bloggers really overdose on it.)

  7. Shane. Killer work! You have truly an impressive blog with not a single thing on that isn’t interesting! Curse you! haha. Looking forward to seeing more.

    1. Carrie I’m honoured ๐Ÿ™‚

      I just read your wonderful post and you have curated an excellent list if bloggers. I really don’t deserve to be among such a class. You’ve made my day.

      Have a fantastic night.

      1. Thanks Shane! You are very welcome and totally deserving of the company you are in. It is so great to give back a little to those who inspire me. Enjoy!!

  8. Only had the chance to briefly look around your blog at the moment but really enjoying your work Shane :-). I visited Canada for the first time last year when I spent Christmas in Banff, and I absolutely fell in love with the place, so much I’m coming back this year :-). One day I hope to see the big cities such as Toronto; but in the meantime I will live that experience through your photography.

    1. Oh wow, Banff! I love Banff so much. Actually, that’s where my mom is from. I’ve only visited once, but I have always been in love with the mountains.

      I have actually just move to Ottawa, so you’ll soon start to see posts about our capital city.

      I took a quick look at your blog as well, but have to dedicate a bit more time to get the full experience. So far however, I really like what I see.

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