Dear Santa,I know I'm on your naughty list this year. I should have worked harder, should have flossed, and should have given more time and money to charity. In other words, I could have been better. But that being said...I think I deserve some things this Christmas. As a photographer, I have a few things on my list of what I would like. First of all, next year I'm running tours to Mexico, one for food + photography and one for 55+. I'm super excited and have been planning hard for... continue reading
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Location, it's the make it or break it for great photography, but finding a location at times can be incredible tricky. Or is it? Over the last decade (and some) I've always wondered that question, can you take great pictures anywhere, no matter where the location is?The question is both yes and no and it always involves the photographer. There are some people who can turn the mundane into the extraordinary, and then there are some...well they do the opposite. Just look at "... continue reading
I collect business cards as a hobby. My friend, another photographer, got me started on this a long time ago and it’s been useful in so many ways.Not only do I have a long list of contacts, but I have hundreds of great examples to show students when I teach marketing and building a brand.Some business cards are amazing. You can tell the effort that goes into them, some are ok and some you have to wonder what they were thinking. I’m specifically looking at one guy I went to university with who... continue reading
Visiting markets while traveling is probably one of the best experiences a photographer can have. They are the center for the culture and you can see what daily life is like. It's not always easy though. Sometimes it’s difficult to find, or hard to get to, or or not the safest place. However, with a few simple tips in mind, going to a market to do some photography can be easy and rewarding.1. Know when and where the market is. This is probably the most important step because without knowing... continue reading
Cameras, if you’re reading this you probably have one, or two or three…And you might be wondering do I need another one?Last year I was wondering that too and decided to jump the gun and change things up a bit. Instead of getting a new Nikon I decided to go much, much smaller and got a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100.And after almost 9 months, here’s my (very) simplified review as I’m writing this at midnight.This camera is great. In fact it’s fantastic.Why?First of all, it’... continue reading
Canadian winters are famous for being long and cold, really long and cold. So how can you bring a camera out when it's -30? You really can't. I've tried and literally frozen up leaving me with nothing to show.So if you're here in those long dark months, what do you do?My mom's favorite place (and somewhere I really like too) is to visit the Muttart Conservatory, a beautiful little oasis in the river valley.There's 4 glass pyramids, containing different biomes from desert to rainforest. Not... continue reading
One of the first things that people notice about Edmonton is that it’s a small city, but it’s spread out like butter on a hot piece of toast. If you catch the airport bus in (#747, $5) you’ll see that it takes a few minutes to get into where the city basically starts, and then you have to hop on another train. Forget suburbia, unless you like Walmart, The Olive Garden and have a car to drive around, there’s not much to do. The major action in Edmonton (and also the best picture taking spots)... continue reading
Whenever I say I’m from Canada, people ask three questions: Am I from Toronto, Vancouver or do I speak French (meaning am I from Quebec). Neither A, B, or C are correct actually and when I say where I’m from, 99.9% (ok, maybe 90%)of people have never heard of it.I live in a city called Edmonton, capital of Alberta, population under a million, which for many is a small town. But my city is lovely and we are continuing to change. We have many wonderful festivals (most in the summer as people... continue reading
Happy New Years everyone from China to Canada!New Year's Resolutions!Let’s get started.1. Don’t be afraid to take pictures. So many of us hold back thinking that we’re not amazing, or our stuff isn’t good for others to see, but that’s silly. Practice is what makes us great. If the photos get rejected, that’s ok. Learn from them and keep going! We only have so many years to create so the more time we spend worrying, the more time we lose.2. Make use of what you have, or rather... continue reading
Photography Resolutions For 2016 (Part One)As the year draws to a close, we’re reminded that as photographers it’s time to evaluate ourselves. Whether we do photography as a hobby or as an actual job it’s always good to set goals and reflect back upon the work we've done this year.Before we plan for the future however, we must look back on the year 2015.What did you do in regards to photography this year? Did your camera collect dust (sadly like mine did a little) this year or did you... continue reading
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