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”

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”

Makers in the Raw: Agnes in August

With a motto like “nature simplified,” it’s easy to see how Kourtney Branagan’s Agnes in August line of modern string art pieces draw the essence of the Albertan wild indoors. The soft wood grains of the boards, lovingly sanded and finished, are contrasted with the perfect angles of stringed peaks, making artworks that are wonderful additions to the walls of every outdoor enthusiast’s home.

Born in Red Deer, but living in Calgary since she was four, Kourtney has always enjoyed everything the outdoors had to offer. Adventures with her mom took her and her brother snowshoeing through the snowy wilderness in winter and camping throughout her summers. Continue reading “Makers in the Raw: Agnes in August”

DIY Pinhole Camera Lens

Pinhole cameras are simple little devices that use a tiny hole to focus and expose an image. They are the simplest of lenses and are based on the camera obscura effect.

Since the “lens” is so tiny, pinhole cameras create dreamy images. The pinhole makes for a very narrow depth of field and aperture, which works together to add mood & mystery to otherwise ordinary scenes.

For those photographers who like to DIY their equipment and experiment with various photographic processes, making a pinhole lens for your SLR or Micro Four Thirds camera is one of the easiest and most fun projects. As a bonus, it’s really inexpensive, especially if you happen to have a spare body cap for your camera. If you don’t, you can pick one up for $6 to $15. Everything else on the equipment list is likely already in your house!

Ready to get started? Follow along below! Continue reading “DIY Pinhole Camera Lens”

Makers in the Raw: Maple and Oak Designs

Funky, retro, and undoubtedly fun, Leonie Vatter’s Maple and Oak Designs are the perfect accessories to brighten up any outfit. From her trademark triangle scarf to her cute rockabilly headbands, to her suave beau-ties for the gentleman in your life, there’s something for everyone.

Given our many collaborations in recent years, it wasn’t hard to select Leonie as the local maker to kick off this series. Born in the small German town of Bad Oldesloe, she moved with her family and grew up in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lübeck, famous for its gothic architecture. It was there she learned to sew in school, inspired by her mother, her grandmother, great aunt, and great grandmother. Continue reading “Makers in the Raw: Maple and Oak Designs”

Introducing “Makers in the Raw”

It started when I began organizing local handmade markets. Applications would come in from hopeful artists eager to sell their goods to Calgary’s many handmade supporters. Included in their applications were photographs of their work, descriptions of their process, all to be juried by myself and my co-organizers.

It was easy to see how many talented people there are in Calgary. These artists take seemingly mundane materials and transform them into something beautiful. They make everything one could possibly need, from fashionable clothing to elegant home goods. It leaves me feeling a little awestruck and throughly impressed. Continue reading “Introducing “Makers in the Raw””

Using Layers to Give Photos Magic & Whimsy

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Glitter is a beautiful creation. It adds sparkle and shine to otherwise dull surfaces and is fairly synonymous with holiday cheer. Can you picture a Christmas-themed item that doesn’t have at least a little glitter?

No, you cannot.

Working with glitter can be an absolute nightmare, though. Eventually, you’ll just find glitter everywhere, making it’s sparkly appearance even weeks after using it in some minor project. So, just in time for the holidays, I took one for the team and busted out my extensive glitter collection to create a rainbow of glitter photographs. Abstract, shiny, and mess-free, these images are the perfect solution for sparkly Christmas cards, elegant name plates for holiday meals, or anything else you can think of in need of a little holiday polish.

The magic doesn’t stop there, though! These glitter photos can make an interesting addition to any other photograph to add a little whimsy & wonderment. In this tutorial, I’ll teach you how to use my stock pack and Photoshop’s layers function to add some enchanting textures to otherwise normal images. Continue reading “Using Layers to Give Photos Magic & Whimsy”

Wild Horse Warm Spring

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A few months ago, Stephen & I went on an adventure to find a secluded hot spring – a place true to the romantic idea of an isolated spot, warm in the mountains.

During our search, we came across Wild Horse Warm Springs, an incredibly photogenic spot. I took a few rolls of Fujichrome with me and came away with some new favourite shots.

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