Shawn Van Daele


Doting father to four Boston Terriers, Shawn is also owner and photographer at Toronto's (Milton, Ontario) Renaissance Studios Photography. Exploring his passion for the surreal and conceptual, he works with musicians, bands and individuals to create haunting images for promotion, and for fun. Originally having studied at the Ontario College of Art & Design (Drawing & Painting) he later explored the realms of Graphic Design, where his passion for photography and photo manipulation developed. Mainly self-taught in his photography and photoshop skills, Shawn continues to experiment with new techniques to create the impossible in a photo.

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Regret - "Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so." – David Grayson

Overboard - From The Bridge Band Promo / Press

Walk Off The Earth - Band Promo

Skin - "You can kill a lifetime without feeling anything but skin.” – Chuck Palahniuk

The Morning After The Circus Left Town - "No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear." - C.S. Lewis

Fireflies - "I think that people who can't believe in fairies aren't worth knowing." – Tori Amos

Belonging - "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." – Mother Teresa of Calcutta

The Price You Pay

The Two Thieves - “We crucify ourselves between two thieves: regret for yesterday and fear of tomorrow.” – Fulton Oursler

Wilderness of Intuition - "You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself." – Alan Alda

The Inside Out of Thinking - “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” – John Cage

The Puppet - "First we make our habits, then our habits make us.” – Charles C. Noble

Faith Grows

Bottled Up Emotions - "A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” – Oscar Wilde

Karma - "Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don't even notice it." - Sakyong Mipham

Elevation - "The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man." – Author Unknown

The Shepherd - "When at night you cannot sleep, talk to the shepherd and stop counting sheep." – Author Unknown

Enjoy The Silence

Hello, December

Worry - "Some of your hurts you have cured, And the sharpest you still have survived, But what torments of grief you endured From the evil which never arrived." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Into The Dark - "If heaven and hell decide That they both are satisfied Illuminate the no's on their vacancy signs If there's no one beside you When your soul embarks Then I'll follow you into the dark" – Death Cab for Cutie, from the song "I Will Follow You Into The Dark

Walk Off The Earth Band / Press Promo

Let Them Eat Cake

The Pursuit of Happiness - "We have what we seek, it is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us." – Thomas Merton

Sing - "To draw, you must close your eyes and sing." – Pablo Picasso

Of Mice and Men - "Maybe everybody in the whole damn world is scared of each other" – John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

Bedtime Stories

Train of Thought - Eventually, a good idea will hit you.

Walkin' The Dogs

The Abduction - Inspired by "Leave My Body" by Florence and the Machine

Domestic Chaos - "Chaos is a friend of mine" – Bob Dylan

Fall In Place - From The Bridge Band / Press Promo

Sea & Shore - From The Bridge Band / Press Promo

On The Floor - From The Bridge Band / Press Promo

Canary In A Coal Mine – "Unbeing dead isn't being alive." – E.E. Cummings

Fishing For Memories - "Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." – Henry David Thoreau