OwnerAbout Shooting Monsters Photography
Shooting Monsters Photography is owned and operated by me – Sandra Leitch. It is based in the Toronto area but I am known to travel any chance I get.
I have always been that person taking photos at any event, no matter the device. I work full time as police officer and learned about Crossfit from one of my instructors on a training day. I was instantly hooked and read and watched everything Crossfit and joined a local box.
It was a natural progression for me to start bringing my camera to the gym and photographing people after class (that’s where the name Shooting Monsters came from – some women at my gym were absolute monsters, back squatting crazy weight I’ve never seen before!).
Photography was, and still is, a stress reliever and great creative outlet for me. And my images really caught. I published a website and it got the attention of a magazine and I started doing some work for them on my days off.
I still bring my camera to my gym (Crossfit N6) but mostly workout without it, so I can focus on me getting healthier, stronger and working through my stuff.
This community has introduced me to so many great people and I’ve found that it’s the same anywhere you go in the world. I enjoy watching the pros, they are elite and impressive to watch crush a workout. But it’s the everyday moms and dads and masters atheltes that really continue to inspire me. I have talked to so many people who have faced great adversity in their lives, yet they continue to push on and get stronger and keep showing up.
Some of the cool places I’ve been and shot at:
The East Coast Championships – Boston, The Reebok Crossfit Invitational in Spain, The Reebok Cross-Canada Crossfit Open Tour, Girls Gone RX Toronto, The Toronto Pro Show, Crossfit IOM (in the Isle of Man), Crossfit Swords (in Ireland), Crossfit 555 (In Spain)
Shooting Monsters images have been published in:
Sweat RX Magazine, Sweat Equity Magazine, Muscle Memory Magazine and Pedal Magazine.
I continue to shoot Crossfit event photography and have been shooting some commercial work. I enjoy the process of co-creating with a client, adding my magic with some light and mood, and bringing their vision to life.