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5 tips for better smartphone photography

Posted on Sep 1 by

Smartphones take amazing photos these days.  However, it’s still you that takes the photo, not the camera.  So here are 5 suggestions that can single-handedly change everything about the images you create.  My aim is to have you consistently exclaiming either, “I can’t believe I took this shot with my phone!”, or, “I can’t believe I took this shot!!” Either one, and my job is complete. Without further adieu, I present to you my camera phone photo tips for excellence : 1. Get into position for your photo BEFORE the shot happens. 2. Ask yourself, “What am I taking a photo of?”  and then, “How can I best show that subject?” To get to the second answer, take more than one frame.  (For every final shot I post on Instagram, there are an array of other attempts, taken with different angles, crops and perspectives). 3. Shoot first, crop second.  I learned this tip from a professional Instagrammer.  Turns out, when you use your camera zoom, your file degrades.  To preserve the image quality, take the photo at full frame, then zoom...


In Print: SHE magazine, issue 5

Posted on Jun 21 by

I love repeat clients.  I especially love repeat clients that are making a real difference in the world, and I get to be a part of that (by proxy).  For that reason, I am honoured every time I am hired to photograph the feature shoot for the The Canadian Women’s Foundation‘s SHE magazine.  I’ve just completed the photos for Issue 6, coming out in the Winter.  (See past issues, here). Most recently, the Spring Issue 5 publication came out.  We sure had fun doing this shoot!!!  Elizabeth Correira, the amazing woman featured in this issue, managed to change her life around in the most inspiring way.  She now public speaks about her story, and helps other women to take hold of their lives like she did.  She’s truly incredible, I recommend you read her story. As you can likely see, she’s vivacious and full of energy.  We had a blast taking these photos.  Here are some out takes, below....


Thinking about your “first look”.

Posted on May 29 by

Stephanie and Ronan did a lot of things right when making decisions for their destination wedding in Curacao.  They picked a beautiful location, a great time of year, and a wonderful hotel.  But the decision that I think they made the best, was taking the risk and taking the chance to have an EPIC location for their “first look”.  Most people play it safe, and choose the easiest location.  Almost everyone chooses a location on the resort property.  There is nothing wrong with that.  What I like about what Stephanie + Ronan did, was that they put some thought into how they could best use the fact that they were having a destination wedding in a beautiful country.  For them, that best use meant having their reveal at the National Park. Not only did it mean we got insanely dramatic and gorgeous photos with the waves crashing in, it also meant they had such a memorable experience for their photos — it was so beautiful, so windy, and with such dramatic landscape, none of us will ever forget it. What it...


Online : Mark Evans Consulting

Posted on Apr 30 by

I am always pleased when I see my photos come to life online.  This website of Mark Evans Consulting just launched this week, and I am just tickled pink by how the amazing Laura Wills made these portraits work so beautifully with the site. (She’s the same designer that did my site, BTW.  So, full disclosure, I am not surprised that I love it so!)  Click here to get engrossed in the whole site. He’s a pro around social media + storytelling — get ready to be engaged. Congratulations Mark on your amazing consulting practice.  I’m delighted to have been a part of this project! ....


Looking for a great wedding venue in Toronto?

Posted on Mar 30 by

Try the Thompson Hotel.  I have to say, I was incredibly impressed and delighted to shoot there for Susan + Matt’s wedding. For photos, we had access to the stylish bar area, the gorgeous French Cafe Colette, the side parkette and the glass rooftop with the tremendous view.  This kind of access to all the the cool areas of a hotel in Toronto is unheard of. As a photographer, I was delighted.  And on behalf of my clients, I was grateful. We not only enjoyed the wedding itself being there, but also the experience of spending the day there. Have a visit to their blog post to see more of what we created.  It was an incredible day — in an incredible place. I’m a...


Travel : Remembering a special Mexico wedding

Posted on Feb 25 by

As I head off to Curacao for a destination wedding next week, I am remebering Garry + Ratsamy’s amazing Mexico wedding last May.  Check out the blog post I made about it HERE, and see all the fun ways they made their union so unique. Looking forward to seeing what fun memories...