Camera Confidence with the YYC Girl Gang

A few months ago, Sam from Sugar and Sam reached out to the YYC Girl Gang about an idea she had. Tired of not knowing what to do in front of the camera, she asked us if we could put together a workshop about how to pose and feel better in front of the lens.

This is something I’ve worked on before, as it’s a pretty integral part of what I do as a portrait photographer, but I was so excited and jumped at the chance to work with Sam and the rest of the Girl Gang to bring the experience to our local population of bossbabes. Continue reading Camera Confidence with the YYC Girl Gang

Things to do in Calgary: Velour Clothing Exchange

One of the things I love about living in Calgary is how small businesses are thriving. In a time when other sectors are experiencing a slump, handmade, vintage, and small are being supported by and in turn are supporting the community. This series is going to take a look at those businesses!

Vintage-fashion lover Myra Miller recently took her clothing curations to the next level and has opened up her own brick & mortar shop on 17th Ave. Velour Clothing Exchange is a beautiful and bright space, filled with fantastically unique pieces, carefully selected by Myra herself. There’s handmade art pieces hanging on the walls, and all of the fittings are locally made. Continue reading Things to do in Calgary: Velour Clothing Exchange

Makers in the Raw: Knitatude

Hands up if you have warm, happy feelings associated with yarn! There’s just something about that squishy fibre that’s so easy to love. It keeps us warm, comes in gorgeous colours, and can be expertly crafted into functional yet beautiful patterns to enjoy.

This is the world Chantal of Knitatude lives in. In her bright apartment, there’s a shrine-like quality to her studio. Nested in a large papasan chair, her hands move quickly to crank out beanies, scarves, and even purses in beautiful, brightly coloured yarn. Continue reading Makers in the Raw: Knitatude

Etsy Captains’ Summit 2016

Last week, Lindy and I took off to Toronto to attend this year’s Etsy Captain’s Summit. Every year, Etsy Canada gathers team captains from across the country to come participate in a special conference where we share ideas and celebrate all things handmade & vintage.

The first Summit was held in 2014 and originally centred around the Etsy: Made in Canada market. In order to attend, each team had to agree to put on the market in their own city, which was great for putting on a united front and making Made in Canada the big cross-country event it deserved to be, but it also meant some really great people doing really great things stayed home for 2014 & 2015. Continue reading Etsy Captains’ Summit 2016

Makers in the Raw: Folly a Tet

Beautifully sculpted, with vibrant mixes of colour, Carly Allison’s Folly a Tet brand needle-felted artwork and accessories are a sight to behold. All of her pieces are one-of-a-kind and often directly inspired by the natural world.

“I used to live close to Nose Hill Park and spent a lot of my childhood exploring and playing in the park and the hills,” says Carly. “It’s sort of an active meditation being out in nature.” Continue reading Makers in the Raw: Folly a Tet

Maple and Oak Designs Lookbook 2016

It is 100% no secret that I love the products Leonie comes up with for her Maple and Oak Designs line of fashion accessories. There is literally something for everyone, which makes shooting a lookbook dynamic and fun!

After hunting around for a great location, we started the day off in Inglewood after discovering a great deep turquoise wall. The stunning deep colour was the perfect backdrop to give great contrast to all the Spring looks, like bright pastels and beautiful florals. Continue reading Maple and Oak Designs Lookbook 2016

Setting Technological Boundaries

We are so tied to our phones.

The constant stream of notifications from emails, text messages, app reminders, social media tags, and (every now and then) phone calls barrages us into submission. Sometimes I think all we do now is work.

Studies show people are working harder and longer hours than ever before, and it’s largely because of our constant attachment to technology. We sync our work emails to our personal accounts and all of a sudden, there’s no such thing as being off the clock. Continue reading Setting Technological Boundaries

How to Make and Use Redscale Film

Alright, budding film photographers out there. We have to have a talk.

Through my work at the photo lab, I see all sorts of film come in and I’m happy to see so many of you experimenting with different film types and effects. This is how we grow as artists!

But I’m seriously shaking my head at those of you who are shelling out $10+ for rolls of redscale film. This is the easiest DIY in the world and if you want to have fun with film, doing things the DIY way takes it to the next level. Continue reading How to Make and Use Redscale Film

Emotional Support in Small Businesses

At the beginning of the year, I took some time to map out my blog post schedule. In my effort to blog with more regularity, I sat down and planned what days and which topics would be published all the way through to the end of June.

When it came to this week’s post, my schedule read the vague and daunting subject of, “Emotional Support in Small Businesses.” I looked at this topic and immediately said to myself, “I do not know where to begin with this one.”

So, I texted Leonie, complained to her that I had delivered an impossible topic to myself, and lamented that I just didn’t feel like writing this one. After a bit of back and forth, I was more at ease, relieved that my friend was there to make me feel better and that she understood how tough it was.

And though she didn’t know it, she gave me my article with that one small gesture. Continue reading Emotional Support in Small Businesses

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Travel Pics!

As a devotee of Instagram, I know how it usually is when it comes to travel photography. We snap a million great photos, eagerly post a few to social media to share with our followers, and then we let it drop, except for the occasional Throwback Thursday.

Your photos can do so much more for you!

Travel can be one of the most rewarding experiences we can treat ourselves to. Learning about other cultures and ways of life can humble you, expand your mind and heart, and make you appreciate both the things you have at home and the things you don’t.

If you leave your photos only on social media, you’re missing out. Your home’s walls, shelves, and niches all deserve to showcase your travel memories and provide you that daily opportunity to reconnect with great experiences. Continue reading 5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Travel Pics!