Monday, April 30, 2012

Inventory & Upcoming Photoshoots

So, I just took an inventory of my gear. Scary stuff. So far I've racked up a $13,000 bill. (Although, I did include the Nikon D800 & 24-70 that are on backorder, so even though I don't have them, they are part of my future expenses.) I've been procrastinating on buying my 24-70mm lens and it's a rather silly move on my part putting it off, but it's being ordered this week (tomorrow possibly?) as I do have a few things I need it for later this month.

Right now I have 3 shoots lined up. One through Henry's to photograph the CN Cycle on the 6th of May. Another to photograph the Algonquin College Achievement Awards on May 17th. And then I will be photographing the Tae. E. Lee Taekwondo Demo Team for the 35th anniversary on May 23 & 24th!! :) I'm really looking forward these photoshoots and I'm looking forward to expanding my photography portfolio with these 3 shoots! :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Splish Splash

I had the full intention of heading to the gym after accounting today, but then I got an idea for a photoshoot... and all plans to go to the gym went out the window!

I filled up the tub with water and charged my batteries while I scavenged for something neat to drop into the water. After about 15 minutes of hunting I found a little box of colourful dice in the bottom of the cupboard. I decided I was going to throw around the dice and make pretty pictures! I grabbed my tripod and my flash and set up in the bathroom. My cat was really curious as to what I was doing, luckily he stayed away as I awkwardly had my tripod set up, so it was tippy! After an hour or so the water was starting to get cold and my hand was all wrinkly and I had made a mess of water in the bathroom, it was time to end the photoshoot.

All in all I had a fun afternoon playing with water and photoshop and I'm happy with how the results turned out. Ideally, I would have had a sound trigger with me, but I don't feel like buying (or rebuilding) one.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Business Start-up (Part 1) + New Self Portrait

Here's my endeavors as a business student/Photographer working on starting up my Photography business. There's so many routes out there to take, and so many people out there to help out, but it's overwhelming to figure out where to start. So, I'm going to blog about where I'm taking my business and the steps (no matter how random they may be) to get where I want to be.

Money- Savings
I knew I was passionate about Photography, but I had no idea where to start after I graduated from Photography at Algonquin. My first step was to put my savings into an account that would make some interest on it, it's a tiny amount, but it's a start. Finding the right place for your money that you're comfortable and happy with is key!

Knowledge- Business School
I was lost and needed something to help me get my business sorted out! So I'm currently taking Small and Medium Business Enterprise management. What I've taken away from this year has been: insight about myself, about my business, and about my target market. I've written a short business plan, worked on case studies, done presentations, learned about accounting, and so much more.
Finances- Loans/Grants
So, I haven't actually applied for any yet, but I've been looking into them and looking into which ones to apply for. There's a lot of options out there for starting up small businesses.

Networking - Being Positive With Potential Clients
I've always had a strong ability to network with people, I've volunteered in the community frequently, volunteered at charity events, and maintained the relationships with people. Having a positive attitude will definitely get you far in life!

Do What You Love
Although I haven't started my business, I work at a camera store. Although it's not a career, it's still something that I enjoy, and having a job that I enjoy now keeps me in a positive mind frame about my career!

Self Portrait from a Photoshoot I did this evening.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Post that never got published

This is not really photography related, but I figured it could be if you're a pet photographer....
The dreaded moment a cat/dog pees on something.... the smell is so gross! But you find yourself attached to the item, or it's brand new, or just too expensive to throw out. Whatever the reason, the item is ruined and you're mad.
Do you throw it out, maybe it's something that can be cut like a backdrop, but what if there was a way to clean it?

My cat has peed on 2 papasan cushions, & on the bed 3 times. After throwing out 1 papasan cushion, a feather down, a little mattress cover, washing blankets oodles of times. I decided I needed to do some research.

Step 1 Pre-treat the spot:
fill a spray bottle with tide, or your favourite laundry detergent, & water. (I poured about a half a cup in & filled the rest with water)
Spray the area. Alternatively, for the sheets, I soaked them in the tub with Tide.
After pre-treating, let it dry.

Step 2 Neutralize the smell:
(My nana always suggests this to me) pour a solution of vinegar & water onto the spot. (A mix of 50/50) Again, let it dry.

Step 3:
pour a a bit of baking soda to cover the area, then pour 3% hydrogen peroxide on the area (1/4 of a cup) & add a wee bit of dish detergent, or tide. Then you are going to massage the mix into the spot. I used rubber gloves, you can also use a brush or sponge, depends on the material. Let it dry.

Step 4:
Vacuum the spot as there will be caked on baking soda. Spray with Febreeze if desired. If possible put it through a cycle in the washer just to get it clean of all three baking soda & get some fabric softener to make it feel cozy soft!

Your item should be rid of the smell now! Which for a pet photographer thus would be handy! Don't want another pet to mark their territory on the spot again!!

Monday, March 19, 2012


This weekend I had the phenomenal opportunity to be the photographer for the National Orientation Directors Association Region 7 (NODAR7) conference in Terre-Haute, Indiana. I was surrounded by student leaders from universities and colleges from Canada and the United States. I met a lot of inspiring people who shared their stories with me about how they do things at their campuses. I learned a lot about myself as a Photographer, student and class rep. This conference made me think of my role as a future student on campus and made me inspired to look into taking my class representative skills and volunteerism and expanding them.
Getting the opportunity to be a photographer was frustrating at sometimes! I got to hear little bits and pieces of the education sessions, and had to leave them to jump to the next room, when all I wanted was to just grab a seat and sit down, it really was hard. “Just 5 more minutes of photographing this session,” I’d tell myself, but being pressed for time and looking through the photographs knowing that I had the photograph I wanted, I had to move forward. I would be in a session for around 5-10 minutes and to be captivated by the topics in that small of a time frame I can only imagine the knowledge and gain that people got from sitting in on the entire session. The excitement and buzz about the sessions in the hallways between events switching up definitely confirmed this. I think that every one who attended is heading back to their campus with new insights about their student leader positions and make their campus an amazing place for students to attend.
Throughout all of this I managed to snap 1050 photographs. This was a ridiculous workload to work through on Saturday night after returning to the hotel. I definitely learned quite a bit as an event photographer and what to change for future events. It helped to have a great team that had positive words of encouragement to give me as I was going crazy. Polar bears. I felt very honored to be able to be the NODAR7 2012 official Photographer, and I owe so much thanks to Jeremy McQuigge, Joe Thomas and Lindsey Speer, Patrick Newell, Brittany Butler & numerous other people for their involvement of making NODAR7 such a success!!!
I am looking forward to heading back to campus and working on a few things. First getting things checked off my list of things to do as class representative, then the next step is figuring out how I want to step up the student leader ladder. I am inspired to get myself organized and work on a few charity events I have been wanting to do (And get my sleeping pattern back on track). I feel after this insightful weekend of learning new things and making new connections that my biggest challenge might be getting my sleep pattern back on track!
Here's the link to the slideshow
Here's the link to the photographs

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fundraising- Relay for Life/Locks of Love

I think it's great to give back to the community, in any way. I typically stick to helping out at events by taking photos of the event. This time I'm participating in the Relay for Life, I've never participated in this event before, but I am very excited about it! I'm participating in Relay for Life on March 23rd at Algonquin College.

My online fundraising goal is $300, if you wish to donate to me you can through this link

One related charity event that I have done in the past (and continue to do) is to donate my hair to be made into wigs for cancer patients. I have donated my hair 3 times before, and it's a great feeling knowing that you are able to help someone out by doing something so simple as cutting your hair!! If this is something that you feel like participating in check out this website

Thanks for reading!!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Perfume and Garbage Bags

This evening I decided I really wanted to take a photograph as I haven't done a photoshoot yet for the new year.

All the batteries in my house were dead and I didn't feel like waiting for them to charge, so I grabbed my desk lamp and used a garbage bag to diffuse the light and did a glass photoshoot using a dark field glass schematic.

Here's the final product! I'm thinking that I'm going to print this and hang it up in my apartment somewhere :)

I have always been fond of glass photography, but I have never photographed coloured glass before and I was a little curious as to how this would turn out. Ideally, the stopper would have had a bit less blue in it as it was rather dark and didn't allow light to shine through easily. But I still like how it turned out all things considered.

Here is a photo of my lighting set up..... creative thinking at its finest.