Foreshots Photography


Foreshots Photography was created in 2014 by Toronto-based photographer Michael Yaneff, and provides high quality, affordable photography services to individuals and organizations across the GTA.

Michael chose the name "Foreshots" to express both his Scottish ancestry and the way he hopes to preserve moments. The word is a term used in whisky making, describing the very first spirit to come off the still. This liquid is very strong and is usually re-distilled in later runs. For him, “Foreshots” also represents the first photographs of a scene - the ones that capture those first impressions and candid moments. At Foreshots Photography, we aim to be there “in the moment,” capturing images as they happen. For this reason, the name of the company has both photographic meaning as well as a connection to a rich history and tradition.

Check out our Portfolio and Services sections to see examples of our work, and to learn more about the various services that Foreshots Photography has to offer.



Owner and Lead Photographer

Michael’s interest in photography stems from his innate love of stories and storytelling. His lifelong fascination with the ideas of memory and nostalgia, and how we connect emotionally to the past, led him to create Foreshots Photography in 2014.  As a theatre director and performer, he is able to apply his critical eye to this medium, and he has had great success at being able to tell stories with all of his photographs.  He loves travelling and finding as many opportunities as he can to preserve the feeling of a place through this art form.

On a more personal note, Michael likes to capture images of his various travels and adventures.  Check out Michael's personal photography portfolio, including animals, landscapes, and cityscapes.



Second Photographer and Assistant

Mandy Yaneff makes up the other half of this husband and wife team as Second Photographer and Photography Assistant. For events that are really big, or just for that extra perspective, Mandy is a great addition to Foreshots Photography!

Mandy's photographic passions are birds, wildlife, and portraiture, and her background in the visual arts gives her a unique viewpoint and beautiful design aesthetic.


My organization has used Michael to photograph a number of corporate events and the results have been terrific! Great candid shots and beautiful portraiture too. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Foreshots Photography.
— Leslie W., Toronto
I had a great time getting my headshots done with Michael! The whole process was completely stress-free. He got some great shots and, most importantly, was able to get shots that really represent who I am as a person and an artist.
— Anthony B., Toronto
We loved having Michael photograph our wedding! He knew how to capture everything we wanted in our wedding pictures. From funny to romantic, we love everything about them!
— Yolanda V., Toronto