Ever wonder who is behind the lens taking all these beautiful photographs? We thought it might be fun to get to know the 515 crew a little better. And who better to start with than Mike Caringi – principal photographer and creative director. Mike was a founding partner in 515 way back in 2001.
- What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
There are two things that come to mind for this. The first – I am completely fluent in Italian. I have lots of family in Italy and like to get there as much as possible. It really is just one of the most amazing places. It’s a second home for me. The second thing that might surprise people is that I am really good at Hula Hoop. I can keep that thing going forever. It’s all in the hips!
- What’s your guilty pleasure?
Where do I start? My guilty pleasures are all food related. I have a sweet tooth and I love cookies! Mr. Christie Chocolate Chip Cookies especially. I’ve been eating those with a glass milk since I was a kid. For savoury treats I love Jamaican beef patties. Oh! And don’t forget about gummy candies.
- What’s your party trick?
This could be filed under party trick or another thing that people would be surprised to know about me. I’m a really kickass whistler! I can whistle anything really. I find myself whistling while I’m alone in the studio or setting up a shot, taking a shower and driving.
- Bucket list?
My bucket list is all about places I want to travel. I have been so fortunate and have been so many beautiful places – check out our destination wedding photos. But the places left that top my list are Spain, Greece, and Argentina.
- Favourite cocktail/boozy Bevy?
It really depends on my mood. If I’m having a boozy night out or I’m going out for a fancy dinner I like to start with a vodka martini (Tito’s, Belvedere or Kettle One). And I like my martinis dirty, extra olives and on the rocks. In the summer or in warmer climates, rose is usually my go to. You may have seen some of my favourites here.
- What are you currently listening to/watching?
Just like the rest of the world, I am obsessed with Game of Thrones. It’s just so good! I’m also currently watching Vampire Diaries and Broad City. Broad City is just so, so funny. As for music, I actually like to listen to some Italian music. This is also something that people might be surprised to know but when I was dating my now husband I used to send him lyrics of Italian songs. It worked didn’t it! You can listen to some of them here: here and here.
- Favourite Toronto hidden gem?
We are so lucky to live in Toronto. It’s such an amazing, diverse city. There is really just about everything and anything you can think of. I live in the west end and I love walking around Roncesvalles. I get a strong coffee from Cherry Bomb that helps kick-start my day and the cocktails at the Ace are just amazing. They might not be hidden gems, more like my neighbourhood gems.
Do you have any questions you want to ask any of our crew? Tell us your party trick or tag is a pic of your guilty pleasure or hidden gem. We want to get to know you too!