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Proposal Photography Niagara Falls

Yahoo my first ever proposal shoot! I have been advertising and telling everyone I know all year that I want to photograph the real moment of the proposal and I was over the moon when Maurice, the lovely gentleman you see here, contacted me a few months back. We started planning the proposal photography and as I had done their family photos many times before I knew I was going to have to be sneaky/very inconspicuous about it. We arranged a meeting spot and I sat and waited in a bus stop so as to not be recognized. As I was waiting there for awhile on a very hot day I started chatting to a few people and they decided they were going to be my cover, so that when he gave me the thumbs up that he was ready they walked with me and from just across the street I managed to capture the moment for this lovely couple. We then had fun taking a few more shots around the Niagara Falls area.

Like anything that you are doing for the first time I learnt a lot that I will change and improve on for in the future. Looking forward to the next proposal and hopefully their wedding 🙂

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Destination Wedding Photography

I am quite often asked about what I charge for a Destination wedding so I decided with my aim of making my new website as helpful as possible that I would write a blog explaining how much I would love to capture your destination wedding and how it all works. Continue reading »

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Tall Ships Shoot

So when the Tall Ships were in town I couldn’t let the opportunity pass without collaborating with some local models Matt and Eden, for a shoot. I definitely think that if I’m shooting something like this again I will seriously consider going early in the morning so as to not have thousands of tourists to work around but still, it was a very fun shoot with the beautiful Eden falling through a barrel at one point!

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Chicago visit to see Vivian Maier

I was talking about the visit to Chicago awhile ago on the blog and on Facebook and I have been really slow with getting these photos up, even on my Lomography page. The reason? Most of these Lomographs are a little blurry on my part, I should have taken a faster film because of the overcast weather and shooting inside, but the lab I took them to, which wasn’t my normal lab must have had problems with their machine and I have scratches, dust, spots and development splotches all over the negatives, which in most cases makes them look like they have another layer of blurriness over them but some I think it helps them to look even more like they were taken in the 60’s when Vivian Maier was taking photos in Chicago, which was the reason we were going to Chicago to see her first exhibition and why I decided to not take a digital camera. Even though some of them aren’t great, this is the kind of photography I love, going to a place I haven’t been before and shooting a series.

Taking a photo of my road trip buddy Tyler through one of Vivian Maiers viewfinders.

Check out the development splotches in the photo above!

Have you ever had a roll of film ruined by a lab?
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Window Shopping

Another series that I developed along the way while traveling was of shop windows. There were a few reasons I think which drew me to taking photos of them. As a hostel dwelling traveller taking photos of some of the interesting (and in most cases expensive and impractical to carry with you) products in shop front windows is as close as I was ever going to get to them. Also in most cases told a story of where or when you were looking at them, either in the display or in the reflection of the window. I did a series around a year ago which was all about “Double takes” and had one of these natural double exposures included in it.

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Making up for memory mondays..

So I guess I must have been too busy squirrel chasing yesterday to remember to do the Memory Monday post on time. So heres one to make up, and from only a week or so ago!

Very early on a Wednesday morning got together with my new Couchsurfing friend Tyler and road tripped it from here in London Ontario to Chicago Illinois. We saw all the major tourist attractions there, went to a jazz bar and ate some chicago deep slice pizza. The main purpose of the trip was to see Vivian Maier’s exhibition and because of that I decided I would ‘Leave the Digital grind behind‘ and take only film cameras. I’m still waiting on all the 120 film rolls to come back but these were from the Diana Mini color roll.

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Shooting a series

Since high school I have always thought of my photo taking as a series. I remember hearing the head of fine art when I was in my undergrad describing how once he started a series, It never ended, and to some degree I feel the same way. It is good when there is a way for it to come to an end of course, like for example the end of a trip.

During my time traveling Europe last summer I realized that I was making series, some without thinking about it, some that were continuations of other series I had done. I’ve already shared the ones on here of kids or of lovers but here is one a little less personal which was very well received when I put the photos on my facebook page.
The archways of Europe.

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Memory Mondays Week 12

Back in June I decided that I needed to do more touristy things around Halifax and what is Halifax known for? The explosion and being the first place with boats to get to the Titanic victims. One of the graveyards where some of the Titanic Victims were buried was actually just down the road from where my boyfriend lived, on Olivet street, so one day we decided to go along and take our cameras. Cemeteries are always a somber but beautiful place to photograph.

This photo was taken by my boyfriend of me taking photos, which even though that is a very common situation, I don’t have very many photos of and I really like this one 🙂

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Ballin’ Berlin

Ballin’ I know, I hate that word too but there is a serious lack of words in the English language at least which describe how awesome Berlin is. The city where anybody who’s anybody in the creative world wants to live at some stage this city and the stories and history that it has just needs to be seen. I was there for only 2 short days but man did I walk my butt off to get to see everything I could while I was there.

I have a lot of photos in this post so I wont talk for too long but I did a Sandemans free walking tour here also and we got to see a load of different historical sites and he pointed us in the way of many of the museums and galleries that were there. What amazed me was knowing how much of the city was completely bombed in the war and has been rebuilt basically from the ground up. We saw everything from the book burning site to where Hitlers bunker was- nothing more than a car park with a bit of a green patch – see the photo of the Aussie flag shoes, that is someone from my tour standing on it. The second day I did a street art tour with the same company which was pretty awesome seeing all the ‘underground’ places I know I wouldn’t see otherwise. I stayed at The Grand Hostel Berlin and it was the best hostel I stayed in for my whole trip.

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Munchen Munich

So my main reason for going to Munich was Oktoberfest, not going to beat around the bush about that. But when I got there and I walked around the center of town for a little while I realized what beautiful architecture it has and the lively city (I’m sure it was a lot more lively than normal because of the festival) has so much history, especially with the second world war, that it was amazing to go on the Sandemans free walking tour and learn all about it. Our tour guide was from America but had degrees in History and had written books on the Hitler etc so you know we were in good hands.

We went in the church which is said to have the devils footprint. He told us which buildings had been rebuilt since the war and also which bars to go to and which beers to avoid. While I was there I also went to the Dachau Concentration camp which was very sober and had a lot to read and look at but unfortunately I was on a bus tour and only had an hour and a half to look around and would have liked a lot longer than that. On a lighter note I went to the toy museum which was great as it had translations in English of the descriptions of each of the different dolls, action figures, robots, Steiff bears and Barbies that we were looking at and it was a very low entry fee.

Some creepy looking dolls in the toy museum

My classic aviator shot of the glockenspiel

An amazing car (I wish I knew cars, but all the guys on the walking tour were very impressed by it) on the most expensive street in Munich

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