Posts Tagged ‘personal project’

Wedding Planning: Location! | Personal Blog

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

It’s almost here! To count down to my OWN wedding, I’ll be making one blog post each month outlining all of the awesome things we picked out for our big day. We had set the date so far in the future from our engagement that at first it seemed forever away, so it’s hard to believe it’s almost here already. I have new found respect for all the brides I’ve worked with because planning a wedding is VERY HARD, and we even eliminated many of the steps that are involved!

Early on we knew we didn’t want to get married at home, and a beach was our top choice. In the end we chose Santa Monica, near the famous pier.

We’ll be having our intimate ceremony on the beach with dinner to follow on Ocean Avenue. By intimate, I mean 10 people including us :)

Getting married in California wouldn’t be complete without some Hollywood in the wedding, so it’s fitting that our officiant appeared in wedding scene in the Hangover!

In case you missed it, our engagement story is here.

Halloween | Personal Project

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

October is one of my favorite months… warm days with chilly hot chocolate nights, crunchy colorful leaves and, of course, Halloween, which means lots of horror movies and listening to Dead Man’s Bones! It’s been far too long since I’ve worked on a self-portrait project and I’ve been inspired by all the amazing levitation photos out there, plus I wanted to do my own haunted series. I set out on one of the ridiculously windy afternoons we’ve had and luckily was only interrupted by a few pedestrians, though I almost blew away a few times! I’ve taken on a few new genres of dance this year so that was a big inspiration on a few of the images. Psh, who needs stools and ladders for levitation photo composites when you can do it with your body alone? ;) (more…)

Beth on Film | Personal Project

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

It seems like a lifetime ago now, but before digital I shot with film! I learned photography with my film camera and it wasn’t until I was nearly finished university that I saved up enough money for a DSLR. Even then, I loved the tangibility of film and being able to see my b&w images develop before my eyes, as well as the rich quality of the photographs.

Over the past few years, my remaining canisters of film have been taking up room in my fridge and old camera bag, expiring more and more with each passing day. However, I am finally going to be making an effort to use this film!

Let’s face it, we’ve all gotten lazy with digital cameras. In a photo session I can fire off hundreds of photos, chimp, and get the framing right after looking at the first result. There’s very little need to get the photograph perfect on the first shot… and that’s just not acceptable!

Doing this project sets these limitations:

  • I can only use one roll of film for each one.
  • I can only do light digital enhancements on the photographs after scanning them.
  • I have to really pay attention to the light meter, or remember from experience how to ignore the light meter.
  • Every photo needs to be properly composed before I even half-press the shutter.

Beth was my first go at this, and it was not without issues.

  • My scanner sucks!
  • I chimped (looked at the “display screen” on the back) after EVERY PHOTO. All I saw was an exposure reading. ;)
  • It was disappointing to find out later that a few images hadn’t turned out – but that just means I need to concentrate more next time!
  • I’m probably getting a few quality issues from using my digital lenses on a film body, but since my original camera only had a kit lens, I’m willing to make this compromise. I need me those primes!
  • Expired Kodak consumer film looks nasty compared to the expensive b&w Ilford film I got used to in university :)

If I’ve learned anything, it’s that it’s hard getting back into film, but I’m going to keep trying ;) (more…)

Photoshop World 2011, Las Vegas

Monday, November 14th, 2011

It’s been a busy season so I’m two months behind on posting this, but better late than never, right?

I had a great time at Photoshop World again and learned many things which I have since forgotten (good thing I took notes!).

On my first day, I went on the Photo Safari with Joe McNally and Moose Peterson. I am lucky I signed up for it when I did because it was sold out several days later! This event is always popular because you get to spend an entire day shooting with these two very influential, talented photographers. They show you how they light scenes, interact with subjects, and see things the way they do. This year the field trip was to Bonnie Springs Ranch, which is a tourist attraction just half an hour outside of Las Vegas. The employees/actors who work at the ranch were our models, and they were great to work with. (more…)

Always the photographer, never the bride?

Monday, July 18th, 2011

In June, my mom and I went to Disneyland (yes, again), and unfortunately Cameron wasn’t able to get the time off of work to come along with us. We spent my last day in town together, and we both took the day off of work. For him to get the day off, he said, he had to go into work earlier the next morning, so we had a quick goodbye while I was half asleep and when my parents later picked me up, it was only myself in the house.

Shortly after my mom and I arrived at the airport, we walked over to the ticketing area and I started to fill out the customs form before we got in line. My mom went, “Hey,” to me, and pointed behind me. This made me aware that there was someone there, so I apologized and inched over to give them space to get to the counter.

“No, look,” my mom said. I turned around and Cam was there!

My first reaction was to cry, and I thought he had come all that way just to say goodbye to me in a much more romantic way. Instead of saying anything, I just stared blankly at him because I was having trouble processing why he would do this or how he got there.

“I thought I should come along,” he said, and held up his passport and ticket, so I cried even harder (but in a happy way!).

The two of them had been plotting this for a long time. We had booked our flight when my mom was in town, and Cam had casually looked at my confirmation and rushed downstairs to book the seat next to us on his own computer.

There’s a little more to the story… (more…)

Mary is Haunted [Personal Project]

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

The concept for this photo shoot has been rotting (har har) away in my brain since January. During the winter I couldn’t stop listening to Dead Man’s Bones – that’s Ryan Gosling’s band, by the way – and was in love with the eerie, ethereal visions and ideas that popped into my head when I was listening to it. Finally this took shape, and I knew Marie and a white dress would be perfect, but I had to patiently wait for the snow to melt and the ground to warm up so that having her out there in bare feet wouldn’t be too torturous. Mary was as amazing as last time, and I gave her an even harder workout than when I had made her jump across dirt roads repeatedly.

Normally for personal work I do zombies, so I guess I just can’t step outside of the supernatural ;)

p.s. Only one photo is a composite. Can you guess which one? (more…)