Where did the blog posts go?

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in News & Views | 0 comments

Where did the blog posts go?

Well here I was, having the most incredible 2016, and I didn’t share it with you at all!  I was happily clicking away, and spent my energy delivering photos to clients and not to the website. Now, it’s Feb 2017, and I am going back in time.  Going to 2016, and sharing the goodies that came out of that phenomenal year.  I’ll get them out for you to enjoy, just in time for this year’s busy season to be underway. Please check back regularly, and you’ll see all kinds of shoots that will put a big smile on your...

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The Archivist : Your life in photos, for a year

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in News & Views | 0 comments

Introducing, by far my most exciting photography offering, The Archivist Program.  Four shoots over one year — and you don’t have to do a thing except be yourselves! Memories don’t happen once a year. This package is designed as the best way to document your real life over the course of a year. The repeated sessions capture your family’s growth, so you can have it all beautifully archived. Example sessions might include : • Saturday morning breakfast • The routine with your newborn • A day at the cottage • Seder dinner • Ballet class • Teeth brushing, tuck ins and stories at bedtime • Rise and shine, getting ready for school • Sprinklers • Snow angels and snow men • Swim lessons • Fall afternoons walking the dog • Homework time • Any day… like, Wednesday! Wanna see examples? Here is Etta, photographed from pregnancy to one year old. And here is Kye, photographed at three years old, and completed at four with a new baby brother! I make this easy for you. Four photo shoots, files for printing, galleries for sharing, a completed album at the end of the year, a framed print that is changed 4 times a year and two framed prints for gifts. I take care of everything — you just be you and live your life. • Includes me, embedded with your family for 2.5 hours, 4 times in a year • Travel to your home or preferred location • All uploading, editing, processing • Online proofing gallery to share + order prints from for each session • Online slideshow of Documentographer “Best Of” Selects at the end of the year. • High resolution files from each shoot for printing • 10×10” archival album with 125 images from the “Best of” collection of the year* • 2 – 8×10” framed photos • 1 – 11×14” framed photo — with delivery of a quarterly updated print from each shoot *Why is the album always included in this package? Four shoots can add up to a wonderful collection of images over the year. I include the album to ensure you have your collection in a beautiful physical form. Contact me to sign up for your...

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How about a photo shoot at the cottage?

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in News & Views | 0 comments

How about a photo shoot at the cottage?

And how about it!!  Honestly, this is the best idea. We cherish our summers so much, and no matter how much we try to drink it in, they can be fleeting. Have me up for a day, and I’ll capture your wonderful family together at this time, in your most beloved space.  I just document you doing your thing — swimming, BBQing, hanging out on the dock, reading.  All you have to do is be you, and the magic creates itself. Here are three new posts to see examples of what you might expect… Muskoka Haliburton Creemore I honestly believe that of all the locations for family shoots, the cottage is where it’s at.  If you love it up there as much as I do, let’s...

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The Photographer’s Art of Selling

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in News & Views | 0 comments

The Photographer’s Art of Selling

Are you a wedding photographer who is just not landing the jobs that you expect to?  Are you getting to the place where clients come to meet you and then you lose the job?  Why? What’s going on there? More importantly, what can you do differently? Join me, and find out how to turn that ship around… On April 17 I am going to be delivering an interactive workshop on The Photographer’s Art of Selling, as part of the Wedding Co. workshop event. This is a Wedding Industry exclusive event that will be from 12pm -3pm at the Camera Bar at the Stephan Bulger Gallery on Queen West. Click here to Book your Spot! Here’s what you can expect to learn : How to connect genuinely with your potential clients immediately How to talk about your work so that it stands out for them How to handle questions about whether you are “negotiable” How to position yourself outside of the competition How to lead them to purchase the package you want them to buy What you are really selling… Tips and techniques to finesse your pitch And so much more! You’ll also have a few good laughs and make some good friends. What more could you ask for on a beautiful April day? Speaking of ask for… If there is something in particular you want me to cover, please let me know! Looking forward to seeing you,...

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And the winner is…

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in News & Views | 0 comments

And the winner is…

I am extremely happy to announce that everyone who was nominated is the WINNER of the FREE PHOTO SHOOT! (Review : I invited for people to nominate someone they think would enjoy a family photo shoot, and just don’t have the means or resources to pay for one at this time.) Many nominations came in, most of which were for families struggling with poverty or having to allocate their resources to more pressing issues like health conditions. Very compelling and heart warming nominations.  You tell me how I could possibly choose one family over another! I refuse! So instead of doing so, I put a call out to my local photography community (Thank You, Facebook!), and these generous and talented people offered to do a family shot of the nominations for free. What does that mean? It means that everyone who was nominated will win a free shoot!! Isn’t that incredible? I was extremely touched by the generosity of this photo community, and am even more excited about this initiative now that others are on board. I’m in the midst of gathering names and addresses and linking people with photographers in their area.  I will be introducing the winners to their photographers over email.  If you were nominated, stay tuned in your inbox for your match! Meanwhile, I thank you for your thoughtfulness in nominating those you care about, and your contribution and generosity to this initiative.  Many lives are going to be touched by your inclination to give them this gift.  And it didn’t even cost a dime! How cool is...

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The Wedding Co. bridal show on Feb. 21

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in News & Views | 0 comments

The Wedding Co. bridal show on Feb. 21

I have to say, I was incredibly proud to be brought on as the photographer to take promotional images for The Wedding Co. bridal show that is coming up at the Wychwood Barns this Sunday, Feb. 21. If you aren’t aware of this show, you should be!  It’s the best bridal event (the only one worth going to!) in this city. As an engaged couple, you’ll leave feeling inspired, excited and happy.  It is all about genuine beauty and wonderful ideas. Go!   Here are some of the ways my images were used, below.  I’m so delighted. Look at the magic team I got to work with : Hair : Nicole Graftner/Hair by Nicole Location : The Wychwood Barns Model : Kristina Ruddick / Kirstina Ruddick Accessories/Styling : Antonia Akai-Casuccio/ The Loved One Flowers : Fiona/Stemz Vision — of course! : Catherine Lash/The Wedding...

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How BIG do you love?

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in News & Views | 0 comments

How BIG do you love?

It’s February, also known as Love Month. Not news to you. I know, I know, Valentine’s Day is now Hallmark Day, and giving flowers is a great thing. But what if it was more?  What if we used it as a way not only to show that we love, but also to show HOW MUCH we love the people in our lives, for real? I’m inviting you to LOVE BIG, here.  Bigger — and also easier…   HERE ARE 2 WAYS TO LOVE BIG… 1. Buy a gift certificate for your Love.  Get him or her a photo session to have your family Documentographed.  My suggestion is to get a Day in the Life shoot, where I come and document your regular life for 5 hours. Included in this shoot : an online gallery + slideshow (= show the in-laws how MUCH you love. Check!)  all the files (= use pics for Christmas cards next year. Check!)  a beautiful Heirloom Album (= show the kids how much they are and were loved as time goes on as they continuously look through this book. And they do! Check! Check!) Not convinced?  Have a look at my blog for a new post of Andrea + Jason’s session from July. CLICK HERE OR EMAIL ME TO ORDER. I’ll hook you up with a beautiful gift to give on the Big Love day. 2. Ok, you don’t want to spend money.  Give love anyway!!! Nominate a family for a FREE PHOTOSHOOT.  I am still taking nominations for families that you think would LOVE a photo shoot and can’t afford it.  All you have to do is email me, and include their contact info, as well as the reason you are nominating them. I will be announcing the winner on…you guessed it…Valentine’s Day! Go ahead, give your love.  Share your love.  February can be gorgeous.  Let’s make it so....

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Is your wedding photography boring?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in News & Views | 0 comments

I just read this article about the wedding photography industry by Ian Weldon, and how so many photographers just copy each other’s styles and produce “the same shit, over and over again”.  He says that basically, people in the industry tend to love photography, and often let the love of the idea of photography be the driving force, instead of creativity. “It’s easier to become (perceived as) competent with photography these days, no one has to learn how to expose correctly and that’s the first problem. Learning to expose correctly teaches us to see, to anticipate and say something. Snapping away, adding presets, being a part of Awesome photography groups and patting everyone on the back doesn’t. It breeds complacency, a false sense of achievement and mundane middle of the road identical photographs”. Is this you? If you crave knowing what makes you different, and have no idea how to identify that difference, you’re not alone.  In fact, it’s so common that it is the reason I created the “Finding your Frame” workshop. The truth is that the very fact that you are different from other people, means by definition you are a different photographer.  The trick is to understand WHY and HOW, and to shoot in such a way that supports your uniqueness. I will help you do that.  Come to the workshop on Feb 28 and uncover your unique photo voice.  It is part of the creative process that will bring greater meaning to your work — both for you and for your clients. Find out more on my Photographer Coaching site :...

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Excited about tomorrow!

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in News & Views | 0 comments

Excited about tomorrow!

I’m just doing the final touches on the details for tomorrow’s “Finding your Frame” DocuMentor Workshop.  There are eight amazing women who have signed up, and I am so excited to experience the day with them. The theory behind the workshop is this — People hire you for WHO you are, just as much as for what you sell.  If you can really understand what makes you unique, (and I don’t mean that you like tea and long sunsets), I mean what really matters to you, what drives you, what you aim for, you can then know how to position all of your marketing, products — even how you shoot! — to support the unique value that only you have to offer. So, we are headed on an adventure to look inside and own what we are really about. Stay tuned for more workshops in the New Year!  Shoot me an email (Catherine@documentographer.com) if you’d like to be put on the “want to know when” list. Check out more info at...

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The truth about my November 14 Workshop

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in News & Views | 0 comments

The truth about my November 14 Workshop

I lied. Ok, I didn’t exactly lie, but I wasn’t telling the full truth.  I have been promoting myNovember 14 workshop “Finding your Frame” to be for photographers who are having trouble getting their business to the level that they want.  And for photographers who want to stand out from the crowd.  And it IS for those people!  But.  But.  But.  It’s not going to be a “follow this set of instructions and you’ll reach success” kind of workshop. It’s way more than that. Instead of following the steps of “successful” photographers before you and doing what they did, we are going to delve into your soul and pull out the reason for WHY you do this work.  And from that place, you will identify the best route for you to reach success — while in total alignment with you and your values. I believe that people who choose The Photographer’s Path, do so because they are using photography as a way to explore their experience with the world.  This workshop is designed to help you navigate your business in alignment with you — the person who chose this field as their path. They can’t operate as separate beings, and reach success.  It’s time to bring it all together in one cohesive and authentic vision. You will come away from the day feeling clear, inspired and motivated. You will leave with an action plan in had to sauce up your business to be the form that you always dreamed it to be.  The form fitted to you. There are only two spots left in this workshop.  Email me if you want one!...

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