When opportunity tackles you

This is definitely long overdue, and with everything that has been going on, I definitely do want to mention this. Our Brother (in-law) gave me an opportunity.

Ben plays Aussie Football. In Ontario. CANADA.

Now I have never heard about Aussie Football, I have never ever even heard about this sport before, and I am not even going to attempt to explain it to you.

What I can tell you is that it is an intense sport to watch, and I am betting an even more intense game to play.
DSC_4709I have known that Ben has played this game for the last year or so, and when I got an email from him, I was shocked, and super excited and touched by the opportunity he presented to me.
DSC_4939.1Ben sent me an email asking me if I would be interested in coming to his games and taking photos for them, the only thing he wanted to make sure is that I knew it was free.

Like that would stop me.

Honestly, I have not been able to touch my camera. I have gotten camera shy.

I don’t think my photos are any good, and I don’t think that I have any talent whatsoever, so it has scared me.

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It has scared me to have a camera in my hand, because what if I let someone down?

However, Ben has given me an incredible gift. He has given me a new kind of opportunity to put a camera back in my hand and get back to my passion and the thing that I love.

This blog is dedicated to you Ben. You are an awesome Big Brother, and I cannot thank you enough for getting me back to what is so me, and something that I have missed so much.
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You should go over and check out more photos, and the game/players over at The Grand River Gargoyles website! If you are in the area for games as well, go check them out! They are great players and a great team and deserve a ton of support.

~ Andreah

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So you want to take indoor photos

Indoor photos are very simple, and pretty much similar to the outdoors in terms of rule, but when you are working an event and are taking more candid shots than posed, here are a few rules to guide you through an indoor event. I just photographed Jacqui’s bridal shower, so I am going to use a few of my favorites for examples.

Lighting
I can never stress this enough: make sure you have a decent light source. Flash is 100% acceptable if you like, but the problem there lies in washed out guests, and no one wanst to look like they haven’t seen the sun in over 100 years. Find a good source of light for posed shots, and work with what you have for the rest. I know this is going to go over some people’s head, especially since I am talking photography, and I tend to ramble using ‘photog jargon,’ but I am going to do my best here. If you use a flash, make sure you bounce it! That means either getting a diffuser for your flash, make your own, or learn to bounce your flash off the ceiling/walls so that the light caresses the faces of the people, and doesn’t end up blinding everyone in the process.

Excellent Light use, if I do say so myself!

Excellent light use, if I do say so myself!

Smiles
There are so many people who do not smile for pictures, and can I just say as a photographer it kind of sucks when the only photos you get of people are either closed-lipped smiles (which can really look like a grimace of pain), or no expression at all. It is best not to focus on them, but capture what you can of them when they’re as close to smiling as they’re going to get.

Toni always gives good smile.

Toni always gives good smile.

Posed
As always with posed shots, it can look boring, and people can also look crazy in them. Best thing to do is be comfortable taking the photos and they will be more comfortable getting the photos taken of them.

No cardboard cut outs here! The happy couple!

No cardboard cut outs here! The happy couple!

Candid
People can make amazing faces when you are watching them. Beautiful expressions and happy light-up-their-face smiles may only happen once in a while but catching them is always a blessing. Sometimes you can miss those moments and get the funny faces as well. Best thing to do for that person, who looks like they are trying to eject something from their nose using their mind, is to not have taken it at all. I call it the photographers code. Sort of a “Thou shall not post pictures of people if they look utterly ridiculous.”

At the end of the day, I caught this one of JQ. She is so beautiful!

At the end of the day, I caught this one of Jacqui. She is so beautiful!

Overall, for indoor photography just remember to focus on the light and that flashes can be tricky at times. Just smile, have fun, and watch for the moment.

~ Andreah

Wintery wonderland photo tips

My sisters gave me an assignment for this week’s blog post.

I love them and their ways of guiding me to my goals that I set for myself, although sometimes I hate to admit it.

Anyways so I was given a task…
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Then I thought about my teachers in college preparing us for every situation, especially snow. In fact, when my three friends and I decided to do our winterscape assignment, we decided to go out in a blizzard and some of us *cough* *Kate* *cough* decided it was a good idea to go into a field with two and a half feet of snow and get stuck!

For this post, I wrote out my list of stuff I was told to remember, and asked my friend Hanna to model for me. Because she loves me, she said yes!

Without further ado, here is my list of do’s and don’ts for this wintery wonderland we call home!

1. DRESS WARM!
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Yes, you may look a little silly, and your subject may want to have their coats off at times, but it is cold, and we don’t want to be blue in photos, even if that parka hides your figure, and makes you look boxy! Bring it anyways! Between shots, bundle up, drink some warm beverage and take it easy.

2. Remember COLOUR!!!
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Do not wear white in winter for photos. Cream is not bad. But, if you want your photos to look amazing, try for at least a pop of colour. Hanna had her red coat on and it was perfect against the stark background.

3. Keep an eye on backgrounds.
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Now this one is a year round one, but it has two meanings in winter for me. Be aware of what is in the background! You may think the photo looks amazing, but after when you are inside perusing your photos and see that you have trash cans in the background, you might be kicking yourself. I also bring up background because they can help you! Not just by adding to your subject matter, but also as a windbreaker! Use that wall to shield you from the wind! See that big maple over there? Yeah that tree! Have them lean against it and ta-da! Cuts out that snow glare and helps them see you instead of squinting at you! Which brings me to my next point…

4. Ah! Snow glare! Over exposure!
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The snow is white. I don’t think I have to tell you that, but I feel the need to remind you of it. Photographers use these things called reflectors – they come in gold, silver, white, and a couple other ways, but those three are my favourites. Taking photos in the snow is like stepping out into one big reflector! Just be aware your subject can look a little too ethereal with the help of all that snow! You are then over exposing your photo, which is not good. You can usually change the settings on a simple point and shoot camera, which are set for a bunch of different surroundings. Let them help you. Just remember that sometimes standing on the snow looks like you are standing on the sun, so use your presets or a light meter for your DSLR (Digital Single Lens Relex). They actually have light meters you can download for your phone if you don’t want to spring for the $100+ ones! Amazing, I know!

5. SUN POSITION
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It is so not fun getting your photo taken and having to squint through the sun at the photographer. Keep an eye on the sun position and change it up. Even moving three feet to your left (or right) can help you and your person. Hanna couldn’t stop laughing when I told her I had to blind her with the sun for a ‘what not to do’ photo.

We live in Canada, where we get snow for about 50% of our year, and I hope these tips can help you out with all your picture taking needs!

A huge thank you to Hanna for being my model – you were lovely! Even with the blinding light.

See! Nice photo, and I followed my tips!

See? Nice photo and I followed my tips. I love how you can see the snow falling!

~ Andreah

P.S. If you want more tutorials or have photography questions, leave a comment on this blog, and I’ll do my best to answer!

Finding the love

So, you may or may not have noticed that I am a photographer. You also may have noticed that lately (like the last year) I have not picked up or used my camera. Or, at least, when I have, I haven’t told anybody.

There are reasons for that. Reasons that I really don’t want to talk about and I really don’t want to focus on. Needless to say, I am working on figuring that all out.

HOWEVER.

They really liked this bridge!

They really liked this bridge!

I picked up my camera.

They are SO pretty!

They are SO pretty!

I took photos.

Laughing at themselves!

Laughing at themselves!

I remembered the love.

Awesome sisters!

Awesome sisters!

I remembered why I wanted to be a photographer and why I decided to do all this in the first place.

Molly!

Molly!

I fell back in love.

Hanna!

Hanna!

Like I said, I’m working on not being so ridiculous and actually trying to work my craft again.

I also got put back in my place via text message from Hanna (one of the two sisters in the above photos).
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I want to thank you two lovely ladies for this awesome opportunity – you were both fantastic models and wonderful friends!

~ Andreah