Friday, January 29, 2016

Smartphone Photography Tips, Star Wars, and All the Best Intentions

I had every intention of doing a post today with tips to improve your smartphone photography...but it's not going to happen. Because I can't take my mind off these photos!  Last weekend, I needed a little creative inspiration so I decided to photograph my boys' new Star Wars toys one evening.

I'm not really a fan of Star Wars, nor do I like this lego series at all...but these characters were speaking to me for days and I had to get it out of my system.  When I couldn't resist it any longer, darkness had fallen and I lit the figurines with my flashlight (with the exception of the first one) - the effect in the following photos is perfect for a battle between light and dark, don't you think?

As you can see below, my son poses these characters much better than I do...

Sometimes you have to follow the muse when she taps you on the shoulder (or in my case hits me with a Lego lightsaber).

And those phone photography tips I mentioned?  If you're in Vancouver, I'll be sharing them at Mama Mondays at the Juice Truck Store (28 West 5th Avenue between Ontario and Manitoba) on February 1, 2015 at 1 pm.  It's free to attend, AND the Juice Truck is offering a discount to moms attending.  I hope to see you there.

In the meantime, you can find my visual diary here.

Monday, January 4, 2016

In Retrospect: My Favourite Photos of 2015

Professionally, it's been the best year ever.  But the images I'm most proud of weren't necessary the most seen or prestigious, nor did they ever receive the most "likes" on Instagram and social media.  But they are still my favourites.  Personal pride and a sense of accomplishment, creativity and growth can easily outweigh any outward validation.  Of course, it's great when others appreciate your work (and your "likes" pile up), but having an internal love for what you've produced is so much more important. On that note, below are the images I enjoyed making the most in 2015.