Gio is a Toronto-based visual storyteller and photo editor. Since graduating from Loyalist College's Photojournalism program in 2010, he's worked as a photojournalist, videographer and photo editor for publications large and small, and corporations and companies of every shape and size. His career, while admittedly still emergent, has taken him across the globe over five continents.
He's interested in offbeat stories which give viewers an insight into a different way of doing things, another way of life. With a creative eye, and a keen curiosity, he holds a very special place in his heart for portraiture and photo essays, as photographers of these disciplines have held a large influence on his practice. He's taken quite the interest in Latin America, following two long stays in Costa Rica and Ecuador, and also has a keen interest in seeing much of his own vast homeland "A Mari Usque Ad Mare".
Gio has had the privilege of contributing photography, videography, picture and video editing services to a multitude of editorial clients including, but not limited to: The Canadian Press, Anadolou Agency, The Globe and Mail, Maclean's Magazine, HELLO! Canada, Toronto Life, National Post, The Grid Magazine and other local and international publications. As someone committed and interested in giving back to his industry, he's also involved in the promotion and advancement of professional photojournalism, namely as a volunteer on the executive of the News Photographer's Association of Canada, NPAC.
When he’s not on assignment or on the desk, Gio is always making images in some fashion, often in various places around the city with a smartphone in-hand. He fills his time with a love of cooking, books, long form journalism, the outdoors, looking at photography and the occasional video game.
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Freelance clients include: The Canadian Press, The Grid Magazine, Toronto Life, Metroland Media, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Canada Newswire, The UC Observer, ElPais.cr, The Costa Rica Star, Good Life Magazine, OurKids Magazine, Maclean's Magazine, Corriere Canadese, Torontoist, Anadolou Agency
2017 - Present : Casual/freelance picture editor for Rogers publishing magazines Maclean's and HELLO! Canada, in Toronto
2015 – Present : Employed as a part-time/casual picture editor for The Canadian Press photo desk in Toronto
2014 – Present : Serving the Toronto editorial and commercial market with photo and video services on a freelance basis
2012/13 : Contract Photojournalist at The Voice of Nosara, a Costa Rican newsmonthly and website
2011 : Photography Intern at The Grid, a Toronto weekly magazine
2010 : Contract Photojournalist at Il Corriere Canadese, a semi-national Italian-language daily
Education & Workshops
2013 : The DIY Storyteller – A combined self-publishing workshop and grant/proposal writing workshop with photographers Rob Hornstra and Donald Weber.
2011 : The Next Level – Documentary Photography Workshop with Brett Gundlock and Johan Hallberg-Campbell
2010 : Loyalist College – Photojournalism Program (Direct Entry 2nd Year)
2005 : Seneca College Faculty of Media Arts – Television Broadcast Program
2014 : Black Cat Gallery, Toronto - Salon de Inclusivité, a group exhibition in support of a local gallery
2011 : Photosensitive, Cross-Canada - TIEd Together, a group exhibition in advocacy of men's health
Summary of Skills
●Dependable performer under pressure
●Consistent creative professional
●Positive team player
●Strong interpersonal communication skills
●Engaged self-starter and independent learner
●Proven software user: Photoshop, Lightroom, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Avid Xpress and Media Composer, Illustrator, Bridge, ACDSee, Photo Mechanic
English – Native Speaker
Italian – Native Speaker
Spanish – Technical Fluency
French – Intermediate Capacity
Portuguese – Intermediate Capacity
Arabic – Rudimentary Capacity