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Personal branding photoshoots are some of my favourite shoots.

Why?

I usually tailor them to the personality and style to the person in front of the camera.

I love to have fun with them.

That’s why I’m offering a free photoshoot with 10 files to suit your personal brand, whether you’re an artist or entrepreneur.

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Happy Wednesday!

 

 

Do it with passion or not at all

I’ll be honest, I almost completely stayed in bed this morning. I told myself, get up, or don’t do this at all, you won’t regret it. 

I went and grabbed a coffee at Kuppajo and walked to the school of Architecture for a school project.

Here’s a photo of me, completely disheveled but happy walking there in the brisk morning air.

Honesty hour: I wasn’t a big fan of shooting HDR because I thought that the same look could be achieved without the time-consuming photo stitching that it takes post-processing.

Here’s the thing, I knew I should’ve been a fan. I should’ve been over the moon to shoot HDR. I’ve come to realize it’s such a beautiful way to bring out the full dynamic range in a photograph, and highlight details in a way no other way possible.

Here’s a quick story to highlight why I should’ve been a fan of what I thought was a nitty gritty post-processing technique. I first started photographing night photography at the Ten nightclub and lounge and I absolutely hated it at first.

I despised figuring out low-light settings, trying to understand ambient lighting and how that meshed with using a flash.

I didn’t like working with drunk people and all of the loud noise. It was a boisterous and confusing experience for a long time.

But here’s the key word: it didn’t last forever. And over time, the photos I produced were great. And that challenging atmosphere combined with the technical challenges of using my flash in low-light situations forced me to understand so many other key elements of photography. It’s the reason I can do what I do now.

So here’s what I’ve learnt: when learning something new, do everythingevery aspect with passion. Because every part of it will build you up to the artist you’re ultimately to become.

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Here are the HDR photos I ended up taking (I took one nature photo, one with an object, and one interior architecture photo).

Indigenous Photography

It’s always been a goal of mine to capture cultures not just abroad but in my own country. I decided to put a calling out for local Indigenous women who wanted to be a part of my series. I found Britney, a local student at Cambrian College who’s taking Social Work with a Specialization in Indigenous Studies. She was eager to help me out.

I wanted to capture the regality of her culture yet still maintain a traditional feel. I used a Brooke Shaden style texture for this experiment:

Here are a couple more from the shoot:

I feel this is just the beginning of something. I’d love to include more of an interview aspect with these photoshoots and travel to more remote places to create this kind of work!

Happy travels!