Thursday, 27 June 2013

Taking Better Photographs: Babies


Isn't he just precious? This is Rowan, the adorable baby boy of a good friend of mine. I am simply in love with him and his personality.  This is the happiest, sweetest baby I've ever met, and I just couldn't wait to practice my photography skills on such a great little subject.

Since making my very first light box to help me take better photos, I've been trying to learn how to take professional looking photos in different situations. I recently asked a photographer friend for some tips on how to take better photos of babies and children and here is what I got out of it so far:

 

1. Documentary vs Portrait

 

For these shots, I chose portrait as I wanted to capture Rowan's personality. This meant that we took him out of his regular environment and focused in on him instead of capturing him in an everyday situation.

 

2. Indirect Lighting

 

Lighting is probably the most important aspect of perfecting your craft. Direct sunlight can be too harsh, so I opt for a spot with even shade so that I don't get shadows.

 

3. Find the Angles 

 

I have two suggestions: Get down low and get close up. 

 

Getting close ups of a baby is a great way to improve the angles and make your shots seem more intimate. I opted for a longer focal length for the really close shots as I didn't want to freak him out by sticking my camera into his face.


I really loved photographing this little guy. Does anyone in Toronto have any kids or pets I can practice taking photos of? If so, leave me a note in the comments below!

Friday, 21 June 2013

Prairie Luv: Rustic Wedding

Rustic Wedding

All I can say is... Thank God it's Friday!
Tonight we are flying off to the Canadian Prairies for yet another wedding. If you are already sick of me talking about weddings, I'm sorry, but gear up as I'm also making July somewhat of a wedding month (it's our upcoming one year wedding anniversary, yay!).

I just can't help it, knowing how much blood, sweat and tears go into planning weddings, I have a deep appreciation for gorgeous weddings that have every detail pulled together.

I'm imagining a rustic chic wedding with tons of vintage and glam details for this weekend, but it's also exciting to think that this wedding is going to be super chic and modern, completely different from what I'm stereotyping the prairies with. I guess I'll find out soon enough, till then, have a great weekend!

Monday, 17 June 2013

Wisconsin Wedding Weekend: Kate & Dan


We just attended our first wedding of the season and it was a blast. My good friend Dan (from first year of uni) married the lovely Kate in her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin.



The day started at 2pm with an amazing church ceremony. One of Kate's bridesmaids sang a song for them that gave me goosebumps. I wish I had that type of talent! The bride looked absolutely radiant and the groom looked giddy with happiness.

I'll let the photos speak for themselves, but overall, their wedding was relaxed, rustic and really fun. Dan and Kate had met in ballroom class and you really felt the dance floor come alive when the two of them were on it. Who knew that a guy that tall and lanky could move so well?






























 Andy and I had a really great time and wish them a lifetime of happiness.




Sunday, 9 June 2013

Braid Luv

Braid Luv

I've never been very good at braiding my hair. I find the whole process quite exhausting and my end results always look a little too messy and out of symmetry. That of course doesn't mean that I don't still want to learn how to tame my crazy mane with the romantic look of braids, and have been looking for a way to style my hair without using toxic hair products or heat to manage it.

I've just found a great sister duo with their own youtube channel that can teach me... if I can't learn from their amazing videos, then I'm afraid I'm just a lost cause.

These Luxy Hair YouTube tutorials by Toronto sisters Mimi and Leyla are amazing. They're so charming and talented that I can't help but want to be their friend, check out their website and instagram accounts and you will be saying the same thing too.

Here is a side braid by Mimi:


and here is a lovely updo by Leyla:


Once you've taken a look at the tutorials and gotten really good at braiding, I wouldn't mind if you came over and did my hair too, please and thank you. :)



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