John Ratchford could have set up his photography studio just about anywhere. His passion and creativity, eye for beauty and detail, and immense talent behind the camera could have easily earned him a career in any major urban market. And no doubt he’s been encouraged to do so at many points in his career. But Ratchford is a man who knows what he wants, and he wants to be right where he is: a 30-second commute from his home, working in his sophisticated studio space on the waterfront in downtown North Sydney. Having lived and worked elsewhere, he ultimately began his business in Nova Scotia for one very simple reason: “Anytime I went away, it was like a heavy blanket being thrown over me. I just wanted to be here. My heart wanted to be here.” Now, he and the staff at Ratchford Photographic Studio run one of the highest volume photography studios in Canada, and produce awe-inspiring images that have garnered attention and acclaim at home and abroad.
Pride of Place Vignettes
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