Category Archives: How to’s


There is nothing worse than being stagnant and stuck in a rut. I wouldn’t say that I was stuck in a rut but I did want to continue to improve my skills and be better at what I do. I recently did an online course with Meg Bitton to learn how she processes her images.

What do I love about her images? The warmth simply put. The course was much more than that though. She mentioned so many little things, some I knew, some I didn’t, that help to make a photograph truly special and stand apart from the rest.

Here are a couple of before and afters that I have been working on. Can you spot all the changes?

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The New Client Galleries

The Client Galleries on have been revamped with a bunch of new features to make it easier to view and order your photos. Every photo is able to be shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest with the click of a button. The new galleries are also GORGEOUS and look great on mobile devices as well.

Here’s a quick “How-to” so you can get the most out of your gallery.

When you get the email that your gallery is ready for viewing, click the link and it will take you to the homepage. Click on Clients then you will be redirected to the site shown below. Just click on the correct category for the type of photography you had commissioned.

Screenshot 2014-09-18 13.27.42After you’ve clicked the category, choose your gallery to begin to view it. The category goes a bit dark when you put your mouse over it.

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Then you will need to enter your email address and password.

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Why the email address?? Well the new gallery allows you to send email links to photos, highlight your favourites, and gives us an address to send digital negatives to.

Once you’re logged in you’ll see your photographs in a beautiful collage format. Place your mouse over one of the photos and you’ll see a semi-transparent bar come up along the bottom of the image like below.

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Screenshot 2014-09-18 14.12.11The icons from left to right are: Add to Cart, Share, and Favourite. When you favourite a photo it’s saved for your email address and it helps to keep you organized. You know a picture has been favourited when you see a star an orange circle in the top right corner.

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You may also see this icon, Screenshot 2014-09-18 19.51.10, and when you click this one you can download the digital image with a PIN code provided by me.


If you wish to purchase a print or other product click the shopping cart icon Screenshot 2014-09-18 19.53.54 and you will see a menus with all the products.

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On the bottom right corner you will see an “Available Discounts” button that lists things such as print packages and what items are needed to get the discount.

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Once you’ve picked your products, you can click on the cart button Screenshot 2014-09-18 13.31.04 and review your order then click “Begin Checkout.”

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At this time you only need to pay for you order when I deliver it to you! That’s it!

Take it for a test drive (no email required)!! Just use the password: test

What the duck???

Photo tip!!

When photographing people, dogs, landscapes, or whatever it’s always a great idea to pay attention to your surroundings. Back (way back) in the day when I was enrolled in photography at Langara, my instructor always said good photographers always get it right in the camera. Now that was definitely true back then because we worked with film and you couldn’t just remove objects out of a photograph like you can now. Which leads to a dilemma of, “is it still a photograph if it’s been photoshopped?”

Personally and professionally, I believe that it’s still a photograph if the integrity and intent of the image hasn’t changed. If it enhances but doesn’t alter the meaning (such as a news photograph) it’s good.

Anyway, I wanted to show an example of why it’s important to get it right in the camera and how moving your subject 12 inches can save you a lot of time.

A before and after!

Before and After

Smile! (you hope)

One of the reasons you never ask a child to smile is most kids really don’t know how to smile nicely. When taking photos of kids more often than not, you need to be a bit silly, or a lot silly, to get them laughing a bit and eventually the smiles will come naturally. Sometimes it’s funny noise or someone putting a pine cone on your head will be what it takes to get that genuine smile. Give it a try!

When I photograph kids and adults for that matter, I like them to see the photos on the back of the camera as we take them. Kids LOVE to see themselves on the camera and it’s an easy way to keep them interested for the next shot. It gets them comfortable in front of the lens and if they are meeting me for the first time, with me too! This all leads to natural genuine photos.

Anyway…. This is what  you hope happens when you ask a child to smile. Well frame 4 anyhow!