OwnerAbout Shooting Monsters Photography
Shooting Monsters Photography is owned and operated by me – Sandra Leitch. It is based in the Toronto area but I will travel any chance I get.
I work full time as police officer and a few years ago I learned about Crossfit from one of my instructors on a training day. I’ve always gone to the gym and fitness has always been important to me, but there was something about Crossfit that got me hooked. I read and watched everything Crossfit and soon thereafter joined a local box.
I’ve always been that person taking photos, anytime, anywhere, with any device at hand. It was a natural progression for me to start bringing my camera to the gym and photographing coaches between classes (that’s where the name Shooting Monsters came from – some women at my gym were absolute monsters, back squatting crazy weight like I’ve never seen before!).
Photography was, and still is, a stress reliever and great creative outlet for me. And happily my images really caught. I shot some local events and some international events as well.
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 by all means and can really crush a workout. But it’s the everyday moms and dads and masters athletes that 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, 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 train at my local box and shoot event photography on weekends. I’ve also 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.