Which Camera is best for my child

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For my stepson's 13th birthday I gifted him his first DSLR, it was a way for us to bond, and do things together. I have fond memories of us going on little walks and pulling out the cameras and experimenting. As he got older the photography bug grew, and he starting shooting and upgrading his equipment. That passion, took him to many countries, and created many memories for him growing up. So, if you are thinking about buying your mini-me their first camera, how do you know which is best.  Well, a few things you to consider particularly since children’s interests can change in a flash.  You can, however, still support their hobby without breaking the bank.   

Here are our top tips for choosing a camera for your kid. 

1.       Size Matters - Make sure that the controls and buttons are manageable and that the size of the camera is suited to the size of their hands. The menus should also be logical, easy to read and have intuitive icons that are easy to understand.

 2.       Learn by Doing - Children love to experiment and tend to learn faster when they are hands on. An entry-level DSLR camera will give them enough settings like exposure, ISO, shutter speed and aperture.

 3.       Big Screen – The digital screen on the back should be large, bright and have great color reproduction. Another thing to consider is how easy it is to see in both indoor lighting and outdoors lighting conditions. 

 4.       Pixels – Most camera’s will have plenty of resolution, but if you are purchasing second hand you want to consider the sensor resolution. In general a 10-14 mega pixel camera is a sufficient for an entry level photographer.

 5.       Memory Cards – Obviously, they will need some SD/SDHC memory cards, to store all those amazing images.  The only suggestion is a little more research, buy from a camera store and have backups in case of failure.

 6.       Add-ons – After a day of shooting your mini-me will want to download images from the camera onto a computer for viewing or editing so a USB cable or external device to transfer the images from the card to the computer will be an essential.

Finally, if you are concerned about price, and worry that this is just a fad, you could invest in a used camera.  Many photographers sell their ‘older’ camera’s to upgrade and you may be able to get a deal.  Your other option for a second hand camera is check in the camera stores, they often have a used section. 

Amanda's White Sheet Session


Amanda booked in for one of my White Sheet Sessions to celebrate a few milestones in her life, being a mom, starting a new workout routine and also to capture her new gorgeous smile. I have shot Amanda a few times in the past and it is always a great time.

A few days ramping up to the session, I got a few messages from her about how excited she was for this and she booked in for some additional pampering by getting her nails done ( I mean why not!). Then of course we had the threat of snow, and that had both of us a bit nervous about a go or no go. But the snow held off and she arrived at the studio with hubby and babe in tow. She got dropped off and bit early and her hubby took their daughter for some daddy and daughter time out in nature while we completed the session. The space was already set and within a few minutes of wrapping herself in the white sheet we had captured beautiful images. The session was full of laughs and gossip (cause that’s what we do) I worked with her to position her in the most graceful and flattering way, and we just ‘played’. Once we were about 45 minutes into the session I suggested having her hubby come back and floated the idea of adding her daughter into the images. I thought we could capture some precious moments between mum and her little 18 month old sweet heart. We only had about 10 minutes then it was a wrap. Another great session - I just love these sessions!

Kim these images are amazing!!!! I felt so comfortable and just relaxed working with you, and then the fact that my daughter joined in after just made it all that much better. You always make me laugh and In doing that we create amazing photos. It’s always been an honour to work with you. I have never felt so beautiful especially lately until I got behind your camera, the best sound from you is “yes,yes, yes. That’s it!!” And that happens to be a lot. And not to mention how amazing and patient you were with my daughter...thanks for being awesome and making me feel more than I already do. ~Amanda

My Why

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Have you ever wondered what stokes a photographer’s passion?  Wonder why they do it?  Well here are a few of MY reasons why..

  1. Photography changes how you see things. I am constantly noticing colors, textures, people, and light in a way most people don’t. It’s a way to capture those things for others to see.

  2. You pay attention. Everything you see is something you can shoot with some creative lighting, or posing. Even the most mundane can become beautiful when you photograph it in a creative way.

  3. It's my creative outlet. Every photo I take I get the chance to put a little bit of who I am into each image.  I particularly love shooting people in a way they don’t see themselves and I can show them a different perspective.

  4. It's a challenge. There is always something new to explore, something new to learn and even and a new way to work with the same subject and create something different! It’s never the same way twice and it never gets boring.

  5. PEOPLE. I love working with people, the connection and friendships I make from a session is something I am grateful for every day.  

 

Every photographer has a different WHY, and this list changes a little bit as I grow and learn and make more connections, but right now, this these are some of my Why’s.

Your Maternity Session

Congratulations!  Bringing a baby into the world is an amazing life event you definitely want to capture. Trust me, it’s a time you want to remember, and it is a beautiful way to bond with your little one once they are older.  So this blog is for you if you are considering or have booked your maternity session

How to prepare for a White Sheet Session

You booked your white sheet session so now what? Here’s a little list of things to think of before your session.

1. SCHEDULE A MANI PEDI

I am not saying you need to book one, however take some time to ensure that your digits are well groomed, clean and if you have polish I suggest having them match color or tone.   

2. HAIR REMOVAL

I strongly suggest that if you are going to shave, that you will want to do that a day or so prior to you scheduled session. That goes for waxing as well. You don’t want to have annoying little redness appear during your session.

3. MOISTURIZE

Use your best moisturizer and ensure that you are well hydrated. The intent is to have glowing skin, so include some lip balm as well if you have dry or chapped lips.

4. HAIR STYLING

If you regularly dye your hair, a quick reminder to have the roots touched up prior to the session. Yes, it is something I can fix in post however it can be easily corrected with a quick visit with your hairdresser.

Looking back at 2018

2018, what can I say, it was not quite what I expected but it is what I needed.

It was the year I launched my new website, my new brand, and started taking myself serious. The year I wanted to dedicate to service with my photography. I was blessed with moments of amazing connections and strong women going through so many changes. Women who bravely stepped in front of my lens and came away changed by the experience of my sessions. I started working with Business Branding and expanded into Video production. It was such a full year but it was also the year I had to say no to alot of things and take so much more time for myself to rest more, have more quiet time, and try to get beyond feeling guilty for it all. The truth is this year was a big year for me, celebrating my mid century mark, my first big family trip to Alaska, and fulfilling a dream to attend a Conference by Brooke Shaden. So for 2019, I hope to connect with more amazing people and create some wonderful memories and images while still balancing life. Cheers 2019, I am ready.



World Meet Devan

Sometimes you don’t need to say anything other than she is woman hear her roar……

A Session with Mindy

I met Mindy through her sweet hubby who is a fellow photographer.  We met at a photographers meet and greet and my first impressions was she is just perfect for her partner Dave.  They are both comedians, constantly smiling and making people laugh.  They are a pleasure to be around.  My first session with them was a few years back and I captured some images for their engagement.  Fast forward to our most recent session, this time Mindy got the royal treatment.. this session was all about her.  We spend the session laughing and joking and having a ball.  Dave was my assistant that day as well setting up some behind the scene shots.  It was an epic day.  I look forward to shooting her every year of her life.. she is simply beautiful.