For just over a year now, I’ve been blogging my photography at (warning- here comes a shameless moment of self-promotion) https://anotherperspectivephotography.wordpress.com/ and I’ve come to love wordpress. One of my friends recently said “you say so many strange and interesting things, you should start a blog”. (she may not have said interesting…). I replied “Well, I have a blog- BUT- it’s about my photography business, and is definitely not the place to show my inner crazy”. So- here, this page will be the blog where I can let my hair down, talk about the things that amuse/interest/annoy/tickle/entertain me…
I cannot promise to write on a regular basis- routine tends to make me itchy- so I will write when inspiration strikes. As someone who is rarely at a loss for words, I expect that will be often. A highschool friend wrote in my yearbook over 20 years ago “To…
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I had a photosession last weekend with this gorgeous and hilarious two-year-old.
I just love everything about her…her attitude, her eyes, her curly hair, her smile…and her laughter is crazy contagious!
I love so many styles of photography, but I have to say that I really enjoy images like this- planned, but spontaneous- letting the child take the lead and capturing those natural expressions and fun moments.
It seems like it’s been a long time since I’ve had a newborn girl in studio – there has been a boy baby boom among my clients and friends. I was so happy to get out some of my pink accessories, and enjoy some baby girl love! Ellie-Ann was an absolute dream- she slept and snuggled through the entire session just like a pro!
Vendors I used for accessories these images:
Buttontown Boutique https://www.facebook.com/ButtontownBoutique?fref=ts
Hair Jewels https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hair-Jewels/142317872551360?fref=ts
I love this photo for so many reasons- he is so focused on his love, she is looking out dreamily….
I just can’t decide if I like this image more in colour or Black & White. Which do you prefer and Why?
This little scrunchy face is too cute… and she needs a caption…what do you think? Post your ideas in the comments below!
It’s been a while since I had a newborn baby girl in studio- But this adorable sweetheart sure made up for it in pure baby love today! I crocheted this bunting bag and hat set myself with some really funky yarn from Knit Traders of Kingston.
There is SNOW on the ground at my house today- Nature’s April fool. I am warming myself with images of a beautiful girl on a sunny afternoon.
It’s easy for me to look back on past work and be very critical of myself. In terms of knowing how to use my lights, pose a baby to look natural-but-really-we-know-it-wasn’t-natural, fix those little skin imperfections, polish the entire image, I have worked hard to improve those skills. I have several photos from the beginning of my official photography career that I wish I could “do-over”, Where the baby looks awkward because of my posing, Where the lighting is too bright or too dim…. BUT- then today I came across a few images from BEFORE I actually decided to start a photography business, when it was just me and my camera and a close friend or a cousin’s baby girl in front of a window; BEFORE I put pressure on myself to meet a certain standard; BEFORE I was trying to get specific poses; BEFORE I was comparing myself to other photographers; in short, BEFORE I was overthinking this whole thing, and I was simply taking photographs for the pure enjoyment of it all.
Don’t get me wrong. I still enjoy it. I still REALLY enjoy photography, baby photography in particular, but I look back at these images and realize that maybe I don’t need to be so self critical, maybe I just need to relax and enjoy the process. I don’t know if it’s obvious to the viewer, but there is something simple, spontaneous, uncomplicated and natural about these photos. My “middle” body of work lacks this simplicity- and now with more experience I am trying to step back to that simplicity- although with a bit more technical experience and skill to ensure that I get the images consistently.
I could fuss about slightly imperfect skin (which is actually a much discussed topic among photogs I follow recently… if a newborn isn’t perfect enough, then who is???) I could fuss that the lighting could be better, but REALLY, I just want to enjoy babies SIMPLY. NATURALLY. PEACEFULLY. Keeping that simplicity in mind, here is one of my favourite recent images:
This woman approached me while we were walking through a village and pointed to my hat, which had a Canadian flag. She gave me a hug and started speaking quickly in Spanish. Since I speak only a few words of Spanish, and she spoke only a few words of English, I smiled and said “no hablo Espanol” she smiled and said “you try? I try”. We had an unusual but friendly conversation- I think it was about my children and her grandchildren, and that she loves Canada and I love Cuba… and finally I said she was beautiful and asked to take her picture. A few hugs and kisses later, and I was left with an image that will always remind me of the beauty, strength and open hearts of the people I met in Cuba.