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Sneak Peek: Diane and Colin’s June Wedding

June 28, 2011

Well, hello! It’s been quite a while since I last visited the blog world, but what better way to kick things back off than a wedding? When family friends Diane and Colin contacted me to photograph their wedding, they shared with me their vision of an occasion where all of the people closest to them could simply come to celebrate and have a great time. This definitely came to be, as there was much joy and laughter shared throughout the day. Thanks to both of you for allowing me to capture the love you share. May you be happy together for many years to come. Thanks also to my second shooter, Jason. As always, your help was greatly appreciated:) Enjoy!

Needless to say, things got a little wild by the end of the night;) What a great time! Thanks again.



Just a Little Harmless Photog-stalking

August 11, 2010

As a photographer, one thing I love to do is follow the work of other photographers in order to keep up-to-date on new techniques, discover different ways of approaching photography, or simply admire the immense amount of talent some of them possess. Since I’m fairly new to this and the majority of the photographers I keep track of are waaay more experienced, my episodes of “blog-stalking” are really more of a learning experience.

Of course I follow some of the best wedding photographers in the biz, such as Max Wanger, and Tec Petaja. I follow some family and lifestyle photographers, like Chenin Boutwell and Marta Locklear and a couple of children photographers, like Shannon Sewell (amazing!). And even some younger photogs like myself, such as Kristin Marie or Shannon Nicole Smith (though you’d never tell it by their photos!!).

Buuuutt, then there’s this guy. He resides in LA and shoots mostly celebrities, though I’m pretty sure it would be almost impossible to categorize him. I discovered him about two years ago, and his portfolio just keeps growing to include some of the most unreal, unbelievable photos you ever seen. Actors and actresses come to him for portraits featuring them in extreme situations, doing things a little bit out of the ordinary. I will warn you, his site houses quite a bit of almost-explicit content, so if you’re at all queasy (there are, surprisingly, innate amounts of fake blood) or have an aversion to the risqué, I might advise against it. But, for those of you who desire a dose of, “Woah,” when you view your photos, I highly recommend him. His name’s Tyler Shields and you can find him here. Head on over and I’m sure you’ll recognize quite a few faces (yes, that’s Lindsay Lohan with a gun to her head). What I admire about Tyler is his courage to break boundaries and to convey his opinions and things he’s passionate about through his photos. But, what’s mostly evident, is that the guy likes to have a good time. He strives to achieve the “shock factor” in the majority of his photos, whether  90210’s Jessica Stroup is smashing a champagne bottle on a subway platform or Twilight’s Kellan Lutz is rearing a chainsaw in front of the lens, and I’ll give that to him. Most of the time I just can’t believe what I’m looking at, but that just makes me want to keep looking. Hope you enjoy him as much as I do. And here’s a little peak:

amazing photography

*My apologies to anyone who may be offended upon looking through Tyler’s site. I’ll admit some of the photos are a little bit distasteful, but remember, they’re just photos. All dreamed up by a young guy with stupid amounts of money at his disposal and the world as his playground.

If you could make someone do anything for a photo, what would it be?

So, You CAN Capture Love (in approximately 12 minutes)

July 27, 2010

I came across this wedding video by FullFrame Digital Cinema today featuring couple Golriz and Devon. I’ve seen quite a few wedding videos and they keep getting more and more original and pleasing to the eye, with the videographers able to use their own creative licences. I higly recommend having a videographer for your future wedding. This video in particular though, was able to capture the sheer joy this couple obviously finds in eachother and the immense amount of love between them, along with the countless number of gorgeous DIY decorations and details. The entire wedding is so charming. Look at the exitement in the groom’s face at just the thought of being able to be near his bride. Look at how comfortable and protected she feels around him. It’s beautiful. It’s breathtaking. And it was captured in video for your viewing pleasure.

A Picnic in the Park

July 21, 2010

I had such a fun time shooting the L family one evening late in June. I’ve known them for years and they are such a lovely bunch who are never afraid to get a little messy in the name of fun, which is one lesson I think we all can learn! I hope you enjoy looking through these as much as I did!

Enjoy you guys!:)

What You See is Who You Are

June 24, 2010

I was scrolling today through the plethora of photos that have taken over my hard drive over the past couple of years and the following ones caught my eye. They were from a day I visited my Aunt and Uncle’s acreage outside of Cremona about two years ago. My mom had just bought a new digital SLR and I had always been interested in photography but wasn’t really “into” it yet. So, while everyone was visiting, I decided to take a walk with the camera and snap anything that caught my eye. I had no idea what exposure or shutter speed were, what depth of field was or what any of the functions on the camera did. I simply pulled into the view finder anything that inspired me, or made me think, “this could be beautiful if someone looked at it the right way.” The results are, even now, some of the best photos I think I’ve taken. Photography today has really come to a place where post-editing and retouching have become a necessity. Don’t get me wrong, I am so grateful for the technology out there that allows me to take what I do to the next level, but does it make the non- “photographers” of the world look at today’s photography and think, “I could never do something like that. I could never be a photographer.” I hope not. These photos should be proof that photography is about the individual behind the camera. Whatever they see as beautiful is beautiful. And if they can capture those beautiful things, feelings, moments, and preserve them, even without making them flawless with the most expensive editing software money can buy, they are a photographer.

Smack Dab in the Middle of Wedding Season!

June 21, 2010

Yes, it’s true! May through August marks the busiest time of year for our Planner, Florist, and Baker friends. In light of this, I thought I’d collect some images for another inspiration board which are SO fun to create. These aren’t necessarily things that are popular this season, rather things I lay dreaming about when I think of a wedding on a warm summer night. Everything on here makes me swoon!

To all the couples getting married this year, congratulations and enjoy!!
*Please note, all of the above are found photos and are not a part of my portfolio:)

Homemade Photobooth Strip: Great Father’s Day Gift Idea!

June 18, 2010

I like to think of creative homemade gift ideas for birthdays and holidays like Father’s Day that are inexpensive but still something someone will actually enjoy receiving (exit puzzle piece picture frames and toilet paper roll kaleidoscopes). I love the look of photobooth strips, as well as the idea of them. Two or three people crammed into a little box hastily trying to keep up with a blinding flash, waiting out the “three” minutes rather impatiently to see how embarrassing your pose ideas actually turned out, and tearing them evenly to divide amongst yourselves, a reminder of the mall/movie theatre/amusement park you visited. Photobooths, however, are rarely something I frequent and, although it’s part of the romanticism of the whole thing, the horrible picture quality is not something I usually want out on display. Enter my idea to create homemade photobooth strips out of favourite family photos as gifts for the receivers to use how they wish. My favourite use idea is as a bookmark. The process is so easy, and I’m loving how they’re turning out so far! Here’s how to create one of your own:

1.Choose the photos you wish to use. I stayed fairly traditional in using four photos per strip, all of them being of the same activity:    



2. Crop each photo using the same proportions as the original so that each is vertical and the subject is roughly the same size in each.

3. Re-size each photo to a smaller pixel size. I used a height of 400 for each of mine.

4. If you wish, using your editing program add any desired effects/embellishments. I chose to have mine appear more vintage looking. The rounded corners also add to the authenticity:


5. Finally, combine all photos vertically into one file. I used my editing program to do this, but you could also use also use something like Paint if that’s what you have. And here’s the finished product!:

Here’s another one I did. Wouldn’t one of these be great as a “thank-you” party favour? Simply use pictures taken during the party, print it off  on photo paper, write your “thank-you” message on the back and mail it off to all of the guests:

You could even use it as a party invite! Scrawl party details on the back and send them to guests. They’ll be delighted to receive such a personalized request! Have fun with this and Happy Father’s Day!