Karen and Dave, AKA a Night Among the Stars!

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what a night. With the sky displaying thousands of stars, and the Milky Way’s galactic center in plain view, Karen and Dave took a short moment on a bench and let me take some pictures of them. I’m sure that being away from the party and the music for a few minutes while I forced them to sit in silence for 30 second intervals gave them time to reflect everything they had just gone through in just one day!

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5 things to do in Paris AKA a Photographer’s Guide on How to Get Kicked Out of the Louvre!

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Paris is the called the city of lovers, the home of fine wine, great bread, and quaint architecture. But what is there to do here? For this #throwbackthursday I’ve compiled a list of 5 of my favorite things that everyone should experience when traveling to Paris! Continue reading

Al and Maria’s Wedding day aka Love truly falls from the sky!

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Watching Al and Maria getting ready for their big day at the Hampton Inn in Ottawa, you’d think they were going to a baseball game! I expected the sky-diving, thrill seeking bride to be cool and collected, but I thought that the groom would be a bit nervous (Lord knows I was when I got married!). Turns out they were both at ease, both relaxed, and both more than ready for this day. This is a great way to sum up Al and Maria: completely nsync with each other, even when not together.

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Flying Away to Your Destination Wedding!

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When I was approached by Viky and Lee with the idea to photograph a 50’s style engagement session, I was ecstatic! I have always wanted to do a shoot that brings a couple back to the golden age of cinematography, home to Frank Sinatra’s rebirth and 25 cent a gallon gasoline.  And when I heard that they were planning on having a destination wedding, I knew the perfect setup for their session!

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The Multiple Sides of a Photograph (Multiple Exposure Photography and Me)

A while ago, I saw a photograph that seemed to mix two separate pictures into one, so that it looked like a person was made up of branches. At the time, I thought to myself “How in the world did they do this?”. Now that I have a bit more practice with Photoshop, I decided to do some research and give it a try!

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The idea in multiple exposure photography is to merge different pictures to create something new. There are many techniques to accomplish this, but the easiest one is to simply change the blending mode to something else (Overlay or Soft Light work well), and take it from there! That’s the easy part. The difficulty comes in asking yourself, “What pictures combined will give me something interesting?”. The options are limitless, as long as you have a good imagination!

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Tracy & Mark

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I met Tracy and Mark when their original photographer and my friend Kristina recommended me to them, and we met at a cafe to discuss their photography needs for their wedding. At the time, with their wedding just a few months away, and having had a couple of schedule changes, they were understandably under some pressure to get things done!  They had a good sense of humour about everything though, and we quickly ironed out the details of what they wanted and what I could offer. Continue reading

Awakening the Darkness with Fun

A couple of weekends ago, I went to a Christmas party, where I had a fun conversation with Daniel about the fact that I haven’t had many photographic sessions with men. When I told him that I didn’t really know many guys that wanted to do shoots with me, he immediately took it as an opportunity to  work together! Daniel explained that people always see him as a really nice guy and a kind person, and he really wanted to show another side to him.

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I had found a condemned house on the outskirts of Ottawa a long time ago, with furniture that looked like it had been there since the 50’s. This house is slated to be torn down in the spring with everything in it; perfect for Daniel to let his darker side out by playing a vandal who has found a place to destroy. Continue reading

SELF PORTRAIT IN A BASEMENT

I’m starting to create a facebook page for my photography, ans decided that I needed a new profile picture. Seeing as I have no money, I ended up using what I could find in the house. It’s always surprising how much stuff we have! Hats, ornaments, books, suitcases, blankets, decorations… it’s a wonder how I don’t do a different theme shoot every day!

One of the things I found in the basement, was a very old fan. It’s probably at least 50 years old! It’s made entirely of metal and looks like it belongs in an old office! It gave me the idea to do a portrait with a little bit of classic in it. Of course, seeing as that was all I really had that was very old, I did my best to look the part and used the oldest camera I could find!

Once again, it all comes down to having fun. As long as I continue to love taking pictures, I’ll keep on doing it!

As for the technicalities, this was taken with a canon t4i, in RAW, and edited with photoshop cs6. Still no full frame camera for me, but hopefully soon!