The Photographer's Notebook





4 Ideas for Valentine's Day Themed Images

Valentine's Day is a couple of days away, and I always enjoy being creative when it comes to themed images. There are a ton of creative ideas out there that can be incorporated into Valentine’s Day images, but I do have a few favourites!

1. The Paper Heart Project

The Paper Heart Project is an incredibly important campaign that was started by a fellow photographer friend, Danielle Awwad. Danielle’s son, SJ, was born with ten different Congenital Heart Defects and Heterotaxy. He has undergone significant surgeries and extensive medical procedures. Currently, his heart has only one pumping chamber. 

Danielle explains,

“The Paper Heart Project is a campaign to spread awareness about Congenital Heart Defects, also called CHDs. Congenital Heart Defects are the most common birth defect. The severity of CHDs can range from mild to deadly. One out of nearly 100 babies is born with Congenital Heart Defects yet it is one of the most underfunded childhood illnesses in...

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8 Mistakes I Made as a New Photographer

When I first began my photography journey, I made a lot of mistakes. It's those mistakes, though, that have helped me develop into the photographer that I am today. I believe that a person can learn a lot by making mistakes. I also think that mistakes can be avoided by listening to others who have been there and solved these issues. I want to make your photography journey a little easier and share with you some of the mistakes I made as a new photographer in the hope that you can skip these challenges. 

1. Shooting at slow shutter speeds

Choosing a slow shutter speed is probably the biggest mistake I made when I jumped from photographing in auto to manual mode. I didn’t quite understand the importance of a fast enough shutter speed. Shutter speed controls motion in your images. It is essential to ensure that you maintain a fast enough shutter speed to freeze not only the movement of your subject but your camera shake. 

Playing around with shutter speed can be...

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The Dreaded Winter Rut: Tips to help you stay Inspired

January can be tough. The nights are long and the days are short. It’s often frigid up here in the Northern Hemisphere, especially where I live, and we are sometimes stuck inside with cabin fever. By this time of year, we’ve already had a couple of months of winter and with a few months to go before spring starts blooming, we can begin to feel quite blue. 

I, however, actually love photography during the winter months. Here are a few tips on how I stay inspired and avoid the dreaded winter photography rut.  

1. Bundle up and head outside

There are plenty of days when spending some time outside is possible. Here, we bundle up in our winter gear, and off we go. There’s a ton of fantastic childhood winter moments to capture. I have a small collection of colourful toques, mittens and scarves that I can pop on my children before we head out into the winter elements. My children play joyfully in the snow, and I capture all those rosy red cheeks and fun...

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6 Tips to Capture Everyday Moments without the Overwhelm


We are all busy. Our days are filled with routine and obligation. I know that there isn’t much downtime. So how is it possible to find the time to photograph those everyday moments when you're so busy? It's not all that challenging! Incorporating photography into your daily is pretty easy to do. Here are a few tips to help you do just that:

1. Keep your camera in an accessible location

I like to ensure my camera is visible. Keeping my camera in a safe and visible location reminds me to pick it up and capture something every single day. I also like to have user-friendly exposure triangle settings ready in my camera. This way, I’m less likely to miss a moment as it unfolds before me.

ISO 200, 35mm, f2.0, 1/320ss

2. Keep a log with moments you want to capture

I love my photographer’s notebooks! I have quite a few. I am constantly jotting down notes, ideas and inspiration that come to me about how and what everyday moments I want to...

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