In Print : The UnDiet Cookbook

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in News & Views | 0 comments

In Print : The UnDiet Cookbook

First day that the UnDiet Cookbook hit the stands this week, it was number one on Amazon.ca in ALL BOOKS!  I’m excited by this, but not at all surprised. Read here how incredibly proud I am to have taken the photos of Meghan for this new release.  Sample-see some spreads.  Then go out and buy the book so you can sample-taste from the recipes! Interested in how the heck such an epic book was made?  Meghan gives you a taste on her blog,...

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5 tips for better smartphone photography

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in News & Views | 0 comments

5 tips for better smartphone photography

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 to crop later in your phone.  (Either way, use the crop tool judiciously – it is always better to get the shot you want in the camera the first time when you take the shot.) 4. Play with angles with your phone.  These devices are small and discreet — use them to your advantage.  No need to hold them at standing eye level – instead, get down on the ground, or climb up high for an unique perspective. 5. Try taking photos of your friends and family without asking them to stop what they are doing and smile at you.  You might find you like what you capture a whole lot more.   Here are a few examples for illustration from my phone this...

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In Print: SHE magazine, issue 5

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

In Print: SHE magazine, issue 5

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....

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Thinking about your “first look”.

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in News & Views | 0 comments

Thinking about your “first look”.

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 also meant was that their wedding day was not just the step by step rules of “how to have a wedding”, but instead, self-designed to suit them, and get the best photos imaginable while they were at it. They would definitely agree that it was worth the extra effort.  And certainly worth giving some considerable thought. In your ideal world, how would you want to experience your first look?  And how would you like the photos to be?  Start dreaming there, and see what creative answers...

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Online : Mark Evans Consulting

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in News & Views | 0 comments

Online : Mark Evans Consulting

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! ....

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Looking for a great wedding venue in Toronto?

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in News & Views | 0 comments

Looking for a great wedding venue in Toronto?

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...

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Travel : Remembering a special Mexico wedding

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in News & Views | 0 comments

Travel : Remembering a special Mexico wedding

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 Curacao creates!

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Travel : Giving Back

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in News & Views | 0 comments

Travel : Giving Back

In had the great pleasure of going to Ethiopia as a Co-Photography Leader with Epic Photo Tours. We went to take a group of Photography Enthusiasts to photograph the tribes living in the Southern Omo Valley. We had a wonderful time. However, it just didn’t feel right to me to be there, take photos and leave, when we were witnessing so much poverty and hardship.  So, with the submissions of everyone on our trip, I designed a magazine to raise funds for Omo Child — a non profit that saves the lives of children considered “mingi” who would be otherwise sent to drown in the Omo River. For some of my photos and more information, please have a look at my blog post here. To purchase a copy of the fundraising magazine, please click below : Omo Magazine By CATHERINE FARQUHARSON 68 pages, published 1/22/2015 After travelling to the Omo Valley in Ethiopia, a group of photographers produced this limited edition magazine as a fundraiser to help the non-profit organization OMO CHILD. All proceeds from sales will be donated this important Ethiopian...

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My view : Documentographer Studio

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in News & Views | 8 comments

My view : Documentographer Studio

Something really major happened in 2014, and it has been hard to keep under wraps over here!  But now it’s 2015 and ready to come out of the bag! The major thing was that I moved my studio.  And for the first time in my life, I was able to create a space that truly represents me, my brand and my taste. About 15 years ago, I remember making a vision board with my friend about what my ideal work environment would look like.  I distinctly remember the light, the brick and the plants.  When I sit in my space today, I realize it not only is straight out of that dream, but actually better than I think I could have dreamed. As a creative person, I know that dreams don’t get surpassed alone.  And if you want to create beyond your own self-imposed boundaries, you ask for help.  Enter, Tiffany Pratt.  She is the Fairy Godmother of Design.  She sprinkles her glitter on your space, and creates magic out of your dreams.  And that’s what she did for me. Here’s what the space looked like originally: And here is the photo I pulled from the cover of House and Home Magazine that seemed to fit the layout of the room, and the type of furniture I already owned.  Tiffany looked at it, liked it, and then discarded it saying we can do way better…  “Wood in the fireplace?” she said, “Everyone puts wood in the fireplace.  How boring.”So first, we painted.  Flat white, everywhere. And then, Tiffany took the things I already owned — some I loved and didn’t know what to do with, and others that I never really saw as much of anything — and turned them into showcase pieces. She wanted to incorporate the items that I have collected from my travels around the world, my grandparents’ pineapple lamps and even meditation crystals.  Before now, these are things that I would have kept hidden in a personal room.  As far as I have ever seen, photography studios are always clean, clear and slightly generic.  She turned that belief upside down.  In fact, when you walk into the space, you have to look pretty hard for wedding or photography related things — instead, you enter into a space that gives you a real experience for who I am, and what it will feel like to work with me. Here’s what it looks like now:    I realize that this isn’t the room for everyone.  But I think that’s the best part.  It’s the office beyond my dreams.  And everyday when I walk down here I feel unbelievable gratitude for the opportunity to be in this space, and for Tiffany helping to share my most authentic self with others –especially with my clients. Come over any time! Special Thanks to Nikki Leigh McKean for these shots....

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In the news : In the newspaper!

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in News & Views | 0 comments

In the news : In the newspaper!

You know, you all share so much of yourselves so generously with me when we work together, it’s only fair that I do the same!  So I am blogging to share with you that I was in the Globe and Mail this weekend, with a story about the Little Free Library that my boyfriend and I put up on our front lawn. It’s not a new idea, and there are many of them around the city, but it was a great story reminding people of small things that change communities. Apparently, people are excited about it and sharing the article like hotcakes, which only further establishes my belief that people are thirsty for good news.  Which, I am delighted to be a part of. Here’s the link to the article : http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/little-free-libraries-strengthening-the-spines-of-gta-communities/article22062863/ Here is a picture of the library that my friend Nikki McKean took this summer :...

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