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Mar 052015

People will often say to me “You must have so many beautiful photos of your kids!”. – and yes, I do. But I have even MORE silly/bad pictures of my kids than nice ones.

As any photographer with kids knows, their own children are often the most difficult subjects for them to photograph. They have a camera shoved in their general direction SO often, that they’re tired of smiling nicely and posing – that’s boring! So, they goof off – frustrating photographer parents everywhere. If they DO happen to look in the general direction of the camera (which they love not doing), they will usually make a weird face. This is what photographer’s call “Photographer’s Child Syndrome”.

To demonstrate what I mean, I did an experiment with my son. He will be 6 years old in a couple weeks. I started my photography business a couple years before he was born – and started learning about photography a few years before that. So he has been my involuntary photography subject since BIRTH.

I had him stand in front of a plain white background, and all I said was “Okay, smile!”, and these were the results I got.

Photographer's Child Syndrome Experiment by @filemanager

But I’ve found, if I wait long enough, eventually I’ll get a decent shot.

Photographer's Child by @filemanager

Here are my tips for photographing children who don’t necessarily want to be photographed:

  1. Don’t have kids say “Cheese” for photos. Ever. Their automatic response is their phony smile, and you’ll often get awkward photos like this.
  2. Play with them! Play ball, play tag, have them purposely make silly faces (because right afterwards, they will laugh about it), and if all else fails: Fart noises.
    Giving them something to do, distracts them from posing for photos, and the focus is more on having fun, and you’ll get lots of natural smiles, laughs, and happy faces.
    For example, my daughter is 4 years old, and she loves to dance, twirl, and run around for my camera. She loves when I capture her in motion, and I love how happy she is when she’s doing it – so everybody wins!
  3. If you want a specific background, the average toddler will NOT under any circumstances stand in front of it – but if they do, they won’t face the camera. When working with toddlers it’s much easier to take them outside, or let them play in a more natural environment. Let them roam and explore, and focus on what they’re doing, what they’re exploring, what they’re playing with, their facial expressions, rather than the background.
  4. Relax! If you are stressed out about trying to get a certain shot, the kids can feel that stress and they will not cooperate. Instead relax, have fun, and just let the images happen. It might not be the image you were imagining in your mind, but it will be an authentic capture of the child(ren) at that age.
  5. Get down on their level. It can be intimidating for kids to have an adult, who is much taller than tham, point a camera in their face and expect them to perform. Get down on the floor, and play!

Sometimes, you just have to try again later. Maybe the kids are tired, busy, hungry, thirsty, distracted, feeling sick, or all of the above – trying to push doing photos never works out well in that situation. Just put the camera down, spend some time with them, and try again later when they seem to be in a better mood.

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I take pride in offering my clients the type of Newmarket photography they are looking for. It’s one thing to take pictures, it’s another to create art for my clients.

My Newmarket clients are typically looking for artwork for their home vs. snapshots, and that is what draws them into my Newmarket photography studio.
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Not looking for a Newmarket children’s photographer? Please be sure to consider me for your event needs. I travel all over Southern Ontario!

May 242014

I don’t like the term “retouching”. It suggests the photo has been “touched” before, and is now being “re” touched. I don’t know. Editing just seems like a better term, so that’s what I’m using ๐Ÿ˜‰

Today my kids and I were in the backyard, and one of our cats was out there too, and I took some random photos of various things while I was out there because it was a pretty nice day.

One of the photos I took was of the cat, while he was talking towards me. It came out pretty well (as cats tend not to “pose” so much ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and then I thought, I haven’t shared a before/after comparison in awhile – or ever.

SOOC means “straight out of camera” – so no editing or colour correction or anything, just the straight image that the camera sees (and yes, I shoot in raw, which means there is no processing at all, not even by the camera – and since cameras likes to make everything gray and dull looking before processing, that’s how the SOOC images come out.)

Before/After Editing

The bottom image is after I edited it. Much better!

Shameless self-promotion time!

In addition to photography coverage, I do also photo editing services! At this time, I do not edit photos in mass quantities for other photographers. (ie. a wedding or some other large event). However, I do work for people who say, took a great picture of their kid but there’s an awful sunflare in the way, or they just want more contrast or brighter colours before they print the photo for their wall, things like that. Sometimes the editing isn’t as drastic as the above.

Photo editing example

My good friend Karyn (whom I’ve known since the first day of Kindergarten! ๐Ÿ˜€ ), took this photo of herself to show off her new hair colouring (which looks super awesome, by the way!). The original photo is pretty good, but I really wanted to make her hair colour “pop”, and also remove the distracting stuff in the background. This was just a quick edit, but small things can make a big difference in a photo.

Some of the photo editing services I offer are:

  • Full Edit (Custom colour toning & portrait enhancement (blemish removal, smooth skin, white teeth, etc.))
  • Digital Weight loss / slimming
  • Double chin removal
  • Digital make-Up
  • Background replacement
  • Photo composites (combining multiple photos, or adding people to a photo)

If you are interested in my photo editing services, feel free to send me your photo(s), and what you would like done do it, and I can send you a quote. Photo edits start at only $1!

Apr 232014

When I had my Toronto wedding almost 9 years ago, I had your typical guestbook. It was white, it said “Guest Book” on the cover, and inside were just lined pages. My guests signed their names. At the end of the day, we had a list of the guests who attended our wedding – which I had compiled anyway when I got their RSVP cards back.

SO, I offer custom designed wedding guest books. They not only feature images of the husband-and-wife-to-be, but they also have prompts for your guests. Prompts such as “What’s the secret to a great marriage?” and “Why are we great together?”, things like that. So not only will your guests get to sign your book, but they will also give you advice that you can read later! It’s a great souvenir from your wedding (I still have my guestbook!), and it will hold more interesting comments from your friends and family than just them writing their own names!

Sample Page from a Wedding Guest Book by @filemanager

Sample spread from a Designed wedding guest book.

Starting this year, I now also offer a “No Design” option for those who would prefer a more basic guestbook, and to save a bit of money as well ๐Ÿ˜‰

Contact me ( for more information and pricing!

Mar 222014

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Nov 242013

You already know: your cake will disappear in less than an hour, your flowers will wilt before the ceremony ends, and that uncomfortable tux will go back to the rental place in the morning. But those photos… they’re gonna be there forever.

Photo by @filemanager

If you get any of those Wedding Planning books, there’s usually a list in there for your photographer. “Must-Have Photos for your Wedding Day!” and the like. I’ve seen these lists. These lists never have any of the most important wedding photos that you would REALLY want though!

… your parents, who will hold hands and cry on the first row of the chapel. To photograph your sister dancing with that boy she will marry in three years. To photograph those kids who will grow up so, so quickly. To photograph your grandfather, who will pass away next spring. To photograph your first kiss as a married couple, your best friend busting out her signature dance moves, the flower girl asleep under a table, and maybe even your ex looking pretty wistful as he hugs you a little too long in the receiving line.

50 years from now the photos you will treasure the most won’t be of a photo to remind you what colour your napkins were that day, they will be of the emotions that were going on around you, and you didn’t even REALIZE it because you were, you know, getting married ‘n stuff ๐Ÿ˜‰

I came across this article today, and it rang so true with me, that I had to share it! (You may have already seen this article, as I posted it on my Facebook page earlier.)

Click here and go check out Anne Almasy’s blog post. It’s so, so true – and probably one of the best wedding photography articles I’ve read in a long time, if not, ever.

If you’re planning your wedding right now, please just close the magazine. Log out of Pinterest. And look at the person you want to grow old with. Remind yourself of why you’re doing this. And really CELEBRATE when that day comes. Don’t stress about your shoes or your cake or your flowers. Don’t stress about anything. When it’s all over, you will be married, and surrounded by the people who know you and love you most in the whole wide world.

Just married kiss @filemanager

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