Social Series #4 – Photography Basics05.14.10

So last year I began hosting a series of evenings highlighting other local entrepreneurs who were discussing topics that I found interesting and I thought that my clients would also find interesting.  I knew when I started this that I would probably have to turn the tables and speak on the topic that I love at some point.  Now talking about some thing that I am totally passionate about is not a problem…speaking to a group of people on the other hand is.  I have a HUGE fear of public speaking regardless of the number of times that I have done it.  I have done ENDLESS presentations through my CMA and MBA.  But there happened to be the one time at the beginning of my MBA studies that I fainted during a presentation…yep, fainted!  So for the remainder of my studies, I was known as “the girl that fainted”.  This label does not make it easier to get up in almost every course to speak to a bunch of people that are essentially “competing” with you.  Competing may not be the right word but you know there is always the person in the class that wants to ask the question to “one up” you or at least that is how it feels when you have gone through what I felt was a traumatic event.  THANKFULLY, last night was not like that at all…it helps to be surrounded by people who support you and love what you do.  It does not hurt to adore the topic that you are speaking about too!

So, why did I choose to talk about photography (beyond the obvious)…I have had a ton of client requests to do classes over the last couple of years.  So many of my clients own DSLRs and take a lot of pictures of their children.  One common problem though is that they are still using these fancy cameras like a point and shoot – switching to auto.  You will not be able to tell the stories that you want without being able to manipulate the features of your camera to make a picture!  So this is where I began!  Last night we only dove into a few points because the last thing that I wanted to do was throw a TON of information at you and then scare you into setting it back to auto.  Clients took away a few things to work on.  This also leaves room for sequels;)

Now due to the overwhelming response to this seminar (and the fact that I did not faint last night), I will be offering another session in the near future.  For the clients that are interested, please let me know if a daytime or nighttime session works better.

I, SERIOUSLY, appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm and support.  Not only does it inflate my ego but it helps me face and hopefully finally conquer one of my greatest fears.

Here is one of the pictures of my little one that I took yesterday morning that was used in the presentation (her bedhead was too awesome not to capture).  You can’t do this in AUTO!

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Cherry Four new location |Calgary Children's Photographer05.10.10

As many of you know Cherry Four, a children’s boutique in Calgary, is a commercial client of mine.  After many years in Inglewood, Cherry Four is moving to the very trendy main road in Kensington.  On Friday I dropped off the display piece (shown below) for the front window and was already so impressed with the new space.  With this move Cherry Four is seeing a bit of a rebrand with a new logo and an updated look to the space.  There is no doubt that Fev’s attention to detail, unique, top quality products and AMAZING customer service will still continue to make Cherry Four one of Calgary’s top children’s boutiques.  The exact address is 1111 Kensington Road NW – only a couple doors down from Crave Cupcakes so go have a little look around and then grab a snack;)

Fev and I are planning a few things over the rest of the year so stay tuned!

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Mexican vacation | Calgary Family Photographer04.26.10

How long ago was I away?? Yeah, these are from awhile ago. A little bit more timely than the last vacation post though:) I needed to get these up to at least share with family as we vacationed with my husband’s family and they would probably like to see some pictures.  There are not a ton this time…the shutter on my camera broke during this trip.

The first group is from a whale watching trip that we did. AWESOME! I am a HUGE marine lover…a scuba master would be my alternative dream job (not overly feasible this far inland though). The kids were both a little green on this trip so they may not be following in my footsteps. I am hopeful that this will pass though so one of them can replace my current dive partner(husband), who does not love trying to “keep up”;). He also does not love that I have been known to follow, hold, pet or resurface into things like barracuda, sting ray, reef sharks and jellyfish respectively. So you can only imagine my excitement when we encountered these three humpbacks…and the disappointment as I remembered that I had opted out of the scuba portion of the trip to watch my children’s reactions. My son’s reaction was worth this though as he did enjoy seeing them (prior to feeling ill).

The rest of the trip was mostly spent in the pool and my children both came back little fish…very proud mommy! I ended up with a bit of unexpected rest time due to throat, ear and foot infections. I should explain as a portion ties in with my love of marine life story. The throat and ear were just a cold but the foot infection was as a result of an encounter with a jellyfish (or some other type of sea creature) that had washed on to the beach. It seems running without shoes on the beach is not a good idea. That will teach me for trying to stay in shape on vacation;) And, of course, my husband said that only I would find the jellyfish on the beach. True enough and I will probably do it again!

One more thing…Itouches are an amazing invention…made for VERY enjoyable plane rides!
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Booking form | Calgary Child Photographer04.13.10

I just wanted to mention that I have added an online booking form to the main website – you can click HERE to see.  The form should help improve the booking process and alleviate some of the back and forth emails as I know you are busy enough already.  There will continue to be a few more changes over the next little while as I continue to streamline everything to make it more efficient for everyone.

And since I need a picture…here is a quick picture of my daughter and I from last week.  I wish I had the focus on the other side;)  I stink at self-portraits (well, and being in front of the camera at all).

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Lunch |Calgary Children's Photographer04.09.10

I had to share a couple of pictures from today’s lunch that I tweeted about earlier.  My daughter loves helping in the kitchen and yesterday while grocery shopping we decided to get the ingredients to make sushi.  Nothing fancy, just california rolls.  So that is what we did…despite the fact that I am *this* close to having the house back to some sort of order…I can almost see the floor in the laundry room…and the work is piling up (I apologize to all that are waiting for things from me…tomorrow…I promise!).  Anyway…we had a blast and here is what we have to show for it.  No, there are no pictures of process of making it as my kitchen was a mess…I also had Rice Krispy squares going on as a treat for my son…not a sushi lover.  oh, forgot to mention…the look she is giving her lunch is not what you think…it is just the moment that she paused before inhaling it!

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