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I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was when Lindsay asked me to shoot her daughter Henley’s one year cake smash session. I mean, what’s better than capturing the cutest one year old I have ever met as she dives into her very own cake? I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do. P.s. sorry there are so many, it was hard to pick!
When Peter asked me if I would be willing to shoot his wedding and do an engagement session for him and his fiance Claire, I was thrilled. Peter and Claire are one of those couples who feels very comfortable with each other, I knew if I could just bring that out, my job would be easy! Last year around this time, I had scoped out a location with gorgeous natural wildflowers in Dundas and had always wanted to do a session there. The flowers wern’t out yet, but we still had a great time!
First stop… Burlington Beach for a short session.
The beach is always a great place to shoot. Excited to do more sessions there once it gets a little warmer!
We got to the Dundas location a little later in the evening than expected. Still in time to capture the fantastic evening light. Love how green the moss is.
So happy the light held for these shots!
Apparently May is too early to ask a couple to stand in a river.. who knew! Thanks for putting up with my antics
Claire had a great idea for a message in a bottle shot!
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One of the most common questions people ask me is how I got into photography. I tell everyone the same story – I just bought a DSLR, started taking photos and the rest unraveled as I went along. I make it sound as if everyone can accomplish the same thing and I still believe it! There are, however, a few small things that can help an aspiring photographer on their way to enlightenment:
1) decent equipment
2) the internet
3) excellent photography books
4) a mentor
I want to write today about the influence one of my best friends had on my progression as a photographer (number 4 on the list). In honour of her birthday last week (she is spending it in Hawaii surfing – ugh so jealous!), I would like to tell you tell you a little bit about her and how she impacted me.
Shortly after I bought my first camera, I was perusing Facebook and noticed one of my colleagues in undergrad had some excellent shots taken. Recently inspired and looking to get into portrait photography, I naturally messaged the person who had taken the photo asking if perhaps we could go shooting sometime. Fortunately for me, this was a little before the days of random facebook messages from strange men and she subsequently agreed to meet me at the Williams across from the McMaster hospital in Hamilton.
First impressions of Jin Sol Sohn:
- she smiled a lot
- she had no reservations with allowing a strange man into her car and driving him all over town to take photos
- she was a little different than most people I had met
- she was an old soul
- she was a mover
So we ventured on our way, off to take some photos of her sister and a few horses at a nearby farm in Dundas – my first portrait shoot!
Fortunately, I had just made my first lens purchase after many hours of research and deliberation (a Tamron 18-250mm). Even now, I recommend anyone who is started out to get a good quality superzoom lens (one that has a wide range of focal lengths). This allows you to experiment with wide to telephoto settings before investing lots of $$$ into the higher quality equipment that has a more limited range.
So we got to the place, drove up the hill and excited to try out my new lens and recently acquired polarized filter, I took a couple shots of the horses.
By far one of the most comical shots I have ever taken….
Apologies for not including any of the portrait shots – like I said, it was my first time and as you can expect they weren’t that great! My new found friend Jin Sol, however, was amazing – showing me all these new places around the Dundas/Hamilton area, always coming to pick me up to go on shoots…staying up late to talk about life, love and what really matters. In addition to becoming one of my best friends, she also became a fantastic wedding photographer – a direction I never felt I would pursue myself, but seem to now have followed in her footsteps. I have learned an incredible amount from her and have realized recently that she has acted as somewhat of a mentor for me, despite the fact that we have walked through the photography journey together.
Now out in Halifax, she has removed her website and decided to postpone wedding photography work to pursue other adventures throughout the year.
I can’t stress the importance of finding someone to inspire you as an aspiring photographer, someone who will critique your work (like one of my favourite waterfall shots below) and praise you when its deserved.
If you can also find someone to walk through your journey beside you, to see what you see, you will be well-equipped to enter the world of photography. I am lucky enough to have found both in one person. Turns out Facebook is good for more than just wasting time after all.
She still has a Facebook group up so be sure to check out some of her work (older stuff). I am going to have to bug her to get a site back up and running.
Thanks for reading, will be adding more recent photos very soon!
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Before creating this blog, I sat down and thought about what my key objectives would be.
1) Showcase my wedding and engagement work while giving some insight into my interactions with the couple
2) Walk through my journey as a photographer while passing along any tips / tricks I have discovered or developed along the way
Conveniently, I just finished the edits on a recent engagement shoot I conducted…
When I first spoke with Jessica, she mentioned the desire to have a winter engagement shoot. I was quite excited to incorporate snow into a shoot, but was a little concerned about the technical difficulties with shooting in the winter. When it is bright, the sun reflects off the snow and can often result in ‘blown out’ highlights (see end of post for Photography tip). This often makes it challenging to develop properly exposed photos. To prepare, I scoped the locations, went on a couple of practice shoots and read up on some tips (something I do before every shoot).
Due to conflicting schedules, Jessica, Mark and I had a tough time connecting, but finally we met up one warm, sunny afternoon in mid February. I always like to meet clients at a restaurant or coffee shop to start things off, it really helps in getting to know each other and increasing the level of comfort. The Starbucks on Locke st. in Hamilton it was!
For those of you who haven’t been, Locke St. is a fantastic place with all kinds of shops, boutique stores and interesting things to explore.
This brightly coloured wall made for an interesting backdrop
Next stop was the Old Mill in Ancaster. Fantastic place to eat, albeit a little pricey.
I absolutely fell in love with this bridge, something about the lighting on bright days…This was around the time where I climbed into a snowbank on the other side of the fence. Didn’t really expect to sink up to my waist – good thing I was wearing my knee high snowboard socks! (P.s. thanks to my brother Andrew for that birthday gift!)
Third location of the day, a local waterfall in Hamilton. Jessica and Mark had mentioned that they really enjoyed the outdoors and wanted to incorporate this in their photos. Loved the contrast their red blanket made against the snow.. and of course, the ice cave was a great find!
Nearing the end of the day, I got really really excited when it started to snow…
For those of you not familiar with the lingo, this basically means that the highlights (the areas close to white) in the photograph lose all detail. Another time this comes into play is during weddings. The photographer often has to be very careful not to overexpose (blow out) the dress as all of the intricate and beautiful details will be lost. This has much more dire consequences than snow – in which the worst that happens is it looks as if there is a large white mass with no detail. Take a look at the photo to the right and notice how there is very little detail in the snow – a perfect example of blown highlights! In order to combat this, be careful about properly exposing the snow. If the situation permits, put your camera on a tripod and take a couple shots at varying exposures.
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