Jul
20

A few weeks ago, I was fortune to be interviewed for Global news here and I was even luckier that this gorgeous family was in front of my lens for their Calgary family session.  I have photographed Dawn and her children a few times, and what has always struck me is how close they are as a family  and now seeing the bond between brother and sister it’s just too precious!  We had a lot of fun blowing bubbles, skipping and cuddling in the morning. Here are a few of my favourite images from that time together.

While I love colour, especially in the summer, there is something so simple and timeless about a black and white photograph. What do you think?

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Jul
10

This is my final concept photo as part of the pro group I  am a part of.  It’s the one that I really have been working towards all along, and the first picture that popped into my head when I saw the McDougall Church in Morley a few years ago.  What I have learned about concept photography is that sometimes it takes that long, that long for the technical, creative and logistics to come together. But for me, it’s been satisfying to transform this picture on a country church used to celebrate weddings and happy times…

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Into the scene I have had in my head  which draws upon my background in English literature. When I first saw the church, it always had an ominous, dark feeling to me and I used that feeling and drew upon Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” for inspiration. I wanted the feeling I had when I looked at the church to come across and be at once beautiful, ominous and powerful at the same time. I wanted the processing and clothing to reflect the darker and heavier art style reflective of the time that the church was built in the 1800’s, yet have a modern twist as the young woman in the picture was the source of the power, instead of the languishing woman often portrayed in that timeframe.

I would love to know what you think and what this means to you, if anything at all.

Here is Forgotten Lore….

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Let me know if you have any questions at all as to how I did this, I would love to share. And I would love to hear what you are working on…

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Jun
22

I did a segment on Global TV today speaking about printing your photos.Whether its from your mobile device, instagram feed or computer, it’s so important to get them into your hands.  Technologies fade – remember the floppy disk? No??

That’s my point.

When you look at the picture below, ask yourself honestly, which one do you want to pick up and hold? Ask a story about, or could look at again and again?  Which one would you take if it was your daughter and  your house was burning down?

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I bet it’s not the CD, USB or strange black thing that’s obsolete. I bet it’s the print.  We connect with the visual and tangible.  And there’s research that is proving how much seeing photos of themselves in your home matters to your child’s self-esteem in case you needed any more reason to print. To be clear, I am not saying just print, those storage devices and cloud systems are great for making sure you have the back up . I am saying get them off of your devices, create books, magnets, posters, and most importantly create memories.  

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Here is the link to my interview with Global this morning. I had such fun Global – thanks for having me back :)

There is a trend not to print as much, and often not knowing where to print or the variety of print products out there is a real barrier. We have such a fast paced life that there is often not enough time to take the CD or USB somewhere to get prints made. I really do love all those companies for the reasons I mentioned.  They have fun, easy to use apps (goodbye excuse of time), great customer service, and awesome products which inspire me to print from my instagram feed or even Facebook pictures.  Social Print Studios has some of my favourite products, from the poster of our last vacation in the pictures above and the instagram hard cover book, to the magnets and framed picture of my dog (yes, I consider my dog my family too!)

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Casetify is another one of my favourites for phone cases, iPad cases, computer cases. Either custom ones or their great selection of pre-designed cases, I really do like their product and designs.  The one below is one of my favourites.  It probably looks boring, but to me every time I look at it, it brings me back to Hawaii on the eve of my birthday. Thats kind of the point about printing personal stuff. It doesn’t have to be ultra amazing and mind blowing to everyone else (although thats fun too), it does have to touch something in your heart, mind or soul.  And only you can decide what that is :)

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Artifact Uprising  is also a favourite.  I love their slogan “Get it off your device and into your life”. Truer words have never been spoken. I printed a soft cover book of my first 365, and just ordered a whole bunch of postcards and a calendar – can’t wait to see them!

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My kids pour over our coffee table and instagram books, reliving summers, vacations and birthdays.  They ask me again and again to read them the one their grandparents made during a visit to Ontario last summer. They walk past the poster of our last vacation everyday, something which reminds us all of what is really important when life gets busy, our time and our family. Then they get the globe and ask us to start to plan out next vacation, with suggestions like Japan, Seattle, or Nepal. Our photos are a daily reminder of our roots, who we are and who we aspire to be. They are the connection which holds us together when we have had a rough day, with a reminder of the fun we do have, and a firm look into the future of what is possible.

Print your photos, they matter; just like the people in them….

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p.s Thanks to Musea for the inspiration on the fading technologies portion. And thanks for your inspirational prints and the care and love you pour into everyone.

Jun
21

I was fortunate enough to be on Global TV last week sharing some if my favourite tips for betters photos for parents!  I am going to be starting a parent resource section in my website – so be sure to stay tuned for that!

I hope you join me Monday morning as I go over a few of my favourite consumer places to print from and share my thoughts not only on what sizes and who often you should print, but why prints matter!

What are some of your favourite photos tips?

Cheers,

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Jun
08

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you didn’t catch the news this week on Global News you missed seeing me in action!  Check out the video for a little peek into what a session with me looks like and what lengths I go to get the shot (like getting a branch up my nose) – just keeping it real! 

What have you done to get that “perfect picture”?

Cheers,

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