June 2009


When you do a digital session with me, you'll receive a disc including the high resolution digital files of all of your proofs. These images are ready to be printed and have been through basic editing. You are welcome to print them anywhere you would like.

When you order prints through me, they go through some extra editing that may include removal of objects in the photo, blemish removal, etc.

You'll see that on my blog I often post different variations of an image. I do this mostly because I think it's fun :) I will include any variations that I post on my blog, on your disc.

Here is an example of what I'm talking about, from the portrait session that I'm currently editing:

Sierra's Photos ~ Artistic Edits

I mentioned a couple of posts ago, that I wanted to do some more playing with Sierra's photos.

Here are some of the edits that I came up with (in Before/After style), using a bunch of different tools in photoshop as well as textures.

I like both versions of each, for different reasons. But I definitely have a couple of favourites. What do you think?

Butterfly Conservatory

Amanda posted an entry not too long ago about her daughter's trip to Wings of Paradise. This reminded me that I have a bunch of photos from our own trip there this past winter, with a bunch of cousins, aunts, & uncles, in celebration of Ken's Grandma's birthday.

I thought they might be fun to share here. They were some of the first photos I took with my new Canon EOS 5D camera! :)

Butterflies coming out of cuccoons!

A man passing a butterfly to Talia:

The next two are from the Bug Exhibit:

You'll notice I stayed right behind the camera, where I belong!

Sierra is One!

My neice, Sierra, is having her first birthday in July and since my sister and her family are visiting Canada for a couple of weddings, we thought we'd get a little photoshoot in.

You might remember her from her newborn session posted on the blog nearly a year ago.

This time, we loaded the car up with a chair, a helium balloon, and a bassinett, and took off!

After a quick little session due to the one-year-old attention span, we came home for naptime. Thanks to some rainy weather, we ended up experimenting with a makeshift studio in my mom's living room and we ended up with some more cute shots.

I really like this one:

These are just a few of my favourites, but I loved so many of them!

There is some cool processing that I want to do on some of these (and will probably do another post with some of them), but it will have to wait until I catch up on client work. I wanted to get a little preview up for my sister and my mom though, before I get back to work ;)

Relay For Life 2009

In January of 2005, my little sister Amber (then 18 years old) was diagnosed with Cancer. 6 months later, she completed Chemotherapy. A few months after that it was confirmed that she wasn't going to have further treatment. It was quite a ride for her, and for those closest to her. I'm so grateful that she was able to get through this experience and come out on top!

Last night, I was able to attend the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For Life in Brant that took place at the track at the Burford Fairgrounds.

It was pretty cool to find out when we got there that Amber had been asked to carry the flag for the Survivor's Victory Lap!

There were teams that ran or walked the relay overnight together (the relay is 12 hours long- from 7pm, to 7am).

This is Amber with her team, "A Step In the Right Direction":

I didn't catch all of the team's names, but there were certain teams you couldn't miss- like "Alice's Aliens" and "Candace's Angels" :)
(I have to add that I just found an article about Alice Wood who, at 96 years old, is the disease's oldest survivor!)

Here are just a few of the teams:

It was touching to see the different groups and to know that so many of them (and so many of the people there to support them in the relay) had personal reasons for being there, and were there to support a special person in their life who is facing or has faced a battle with Cancer.

The place was packed with "survivors" in yellow tshirts with blue ribbons that showed how long they'd been surviving and the track was lined with luminaries representing those who had fought the fight against cancer.

Here we are: (My mom, niece, sister & I, with Amber)

My heart goes out to those who have faced or are facing the fight against Cancer and I am so appreciative of those who supported the Relay for Life this year!

Emily ~ Headshots

I snapped a few headshots for Emily last week, for her University student card. This was my favourite of the bunch.

I haven't had many photos to post lately, so I thought I'd share it, even though it wasn't a full session or anything.

I'm in the middle of a computer switch, & the computer that I have my photo software running on is extremely slow right now, so processing photos takes way longer than it should. This is why I haven't even uploaded our trip photos yet!

Photoshop Fun

First order of business: If you've left me a message in the last 2 weeks, or are waiting to schedule a session, I will be in touch with you this week.

I've been away on vacation for 2 weeks and I know it's been pretty dead around this blog, so I thought it was about time I posted!

And no, I don't have any photos to share from our trip- they haven't even been loaded onto the computer yet!

But I do have something photo-related to share. This evening after I got the girls to bed, I decided to get on the computer and play around with some things in Photoshop, for fun (it's been a while!).

I pulled up a photo that I took in January of 2008 and re-did the processing.
Here's how I processed it then:

Tonight I did some sharpening, burning, cloning, channel mixing, and added a border. When I was finished, it looked like this:

It's always interesting to me, to pull out an old picture that I took, and then re-process it the way I would do it now. It's encouraging to see that I'm learning more about Photoshop over time!

I love computers, art, and photography, so processing images on the computer after shooting is one of my favourite parts of photography. I've shared a few before & afters on my facebook page and have received interested comments about them, so I thought I'd make this the first of more posts on the blog about Photoshop and sharing some before & afters.

Now, I'm just curious... to me, the above photo is about the two birds sitting together... did your eye go to them? Or was it just a picture of part of a tree, to you?

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