Thursday, June 28, 2007

Pam and Ben

Photographed at Whitehearn, a turn of the century oasis in the middle of downtown Hamilton! Pam and Ben are a sweet couple and I look forward to photographing their wedding in July.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

my phone

Just a quick note that I will be returning calls tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. My phone found its way from the usual spot on the strap of my camera bag to under the seat of the car. I didn't realize it until today - I just thought no one was calling me!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

catching up

Just thought I'd post some photos from the past week or so....

Also, send any July newsletter suggestions my way!

Michelle and Tim's engagement photos. We met out at Millikin Park in Scarborough, right around the corner from their wedding course later that evening. They're getting married next month - check after July 20 for their photos.

Kate and Gabe's engagement photos. They're getting married in August in Oakville, so we had our meeting and engagement photo session at Erchless Estates on the Oakville waterfront. We wanted to check it out to make sure it would be appropriate for their wedding day - the venue passed with flying colours!

Jo-anne and Kevin got married in their home on June 16. They had an intimate ceremony with family and friends followed by a fun photo session right in their front and back yards!

I was happy to oblige Andrew with a headshot session. He needed something that showed him to be approachable, cool, but still professional. I think we hit it with this shot! Much like when I photographed my husband Fred, we only had to worry about his top half - Andrew wore his regular cargo shorts on the bottom!

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

what do you think?

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Gary Fong

If you've seen me work then you've probably asked me if that funny thing on my flash is a beer cup. No, it's a diffuser - and then I'll explain the benefits of diffuse and bounced light over direct (aka mug shot) flash. If you still looked like you were interested then I would go on to explain that the diffuser is from Gary Fong.

I think I've mentioned Gary Fong before in a previous post. I've long been an admirer of Gary Fong, as a business person, entrepreneur and photographer. Reading his blog inspired me to start this blog and post my thoughts and work out in the open like this. I could go on....

Anyhow, I was thrilled to see my photo entry for his 'Love my Fong' ad campaign on his blog. A copy of the pic is above. If you've been here before then you would recognize Kafrey dog and Darius cat being hypnotized by the Fong. The other submissions to the right of my photo are from fellow Fong-fans, Brent Jones, Andy Marcus, Jennifer Kiefer.

The link to the Gary Fong blog entry is here:


Thursday, June 14, 2007

traditional cheese?

Article: Say Cheese, A Defense of Traditional Wedding Photography

Take a read and let me know what you think about this article. I'll let you know my take on this in another post.

Did you read the article yet? Click above first and then come back to join the discussion.


Upon reading the title I sort of cheered to myself - I've always maintained that there is nothing old fashioned or dated about doing the posed group shots - it's a big part of the wedding day and speaking pragmatically, those are the shots that are purchased for framing, albums etc.

I do think that the article unneccessarily polarizes the 'traditional' and 'photojournalistic' styles by placing photographers in one or the other camps. But then it goes on to say if any traditional photographer is worth their salt, then they would capture those candid moments anyhow. So, the title is a bit misleading - the real point of the article is, make sure your photographer is not just some hack with a digital slr passing themselves off as a photojournalist, nor are they some outdated dinosaur who recreates moments with cheesy posed fascimiles - in other words, make sure you photographer is good.

If you've seen me work, then you know that there is a place for the posed shots, and that candid moments will be captured as they happen - ideally without the subjects knowing. "Posed candids" are a part of the deal - those are the run down the hill, kiss her, now dip! type arrangements. I'll find the best looking spot, and then the rest is up to the bride and groom!


The most interesting thing I did glean from this article is this link to Trash the Dress.

What a great idea! The images are pretty inspiring and it would be amazing to collaborate with someone as if they were wearing their sweats! The idea behind this movement is that since you are never going to wear the dress again, why not take it out again and wear it like you just don't care (the degree of trashing is agreed upon before - you'll see anything from just getting a bit sandy, to all out ripped to shreds in the mud).


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Home again

1) The recipe for Vanessa's potato salad is now posted at Suite 101. Simple and delicious.

2) I'm back from Calgary and Banff - a whirlwind trip - lots of mountains and streams and other great stuff. Good to see some friends and great to spend time with Fred. Here are a few photos.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

potato salad

This baby potato salad recipe from chef Vanessa Yeung is delicious!

Here's the recipe:


newsletter and fashion shots from today

1) June SNAPSHOTS newsletter is hot off the PDF press here:

2) Fashion shoots - more lights, more fun this time around. Thanks to the Art Institute of Toronto staff and students.

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