This photo was taken at an event I was at earlier this year. I had no need to take the photo other than artistic curiosity. At first, I didn’t think anything of it until I got home to edit photos. It is an old photo but nonetheless, I am proud of it. I am proud of the fact that no matter where you are or what the current situation, there is some form of a photo that can be taken that doesn’t relate to what your purpose of being at that place is. I hope you like my re-edited version of this photo as much as I do.
I realized today that most of my work has come from a need to help other people. Whether it was in photography or other kinds of work, it always came from a desire to help that person with their vision. Inherently, work is usually for others if you have a job. What I am talking about is the work that you wish you could do, your passion.
When you give up the search to find the perfect project to outline who you are as a person and instead, give that energy to other peoples projects, you find a way to make it your own, through them.
I can’t count the number of hours I have spent searching and brainstorming ideas that I want to come to light that never do. When I put the energy into looking for work and even letting people contact me with their ideas, it usually works out better than I had hoped for.
So next time you’re looking for that perfect idea, maybe try to guide your energy towards someone else. Who knows, maybe that is what you were looking for in the first place.
This is my dog, Spunky. He died in March of 2018 after 17 years. He was going to be 18 years old in July of 2018. He was about 25lbs and he was a Peekapoo which was a cross between a Pekingese and a Poodle. This was the most entertained photo from my family that I had taken of him. After putting peanut butter on his nose, he was licking it off and I had my camera taken as many photos it could in a short period of time before all of the peanut butter was gone.
This photo represents the hard work I put in to connect with people when I was working with Snapd London. This in turn, lead into helping Mount Zion United Church with the information that built their garden and eventually leading into growing these vegetables.
When I was working for Snapd London, I took photos at an event at Growing Chefs. This is where I met Joel Bakker and Murray Hunter. Murray Hunter was the one putting on the event who owns a foundation which creates pollination gardens around London, Ontario. Joel Bakker is the one who helps to build garden structures that will last for years and has a deep knowledge of gardening itself in different climates and soil conditions.
I invited Joel Bakker to Mount Zion United Church to help our congregation learn about how we can build a successful garden with the space we have. He taught us how to build the garden and what to put into it. Everything from what type of wood for the base of the garden, along with putting newspapers down before putting soil and then compost. I wrote detailed notes in our meeting which were used to construct the garden.
After the garden was built, members of Mount Zion started growing flowers and vegetables. They were there everyday during the summer of 2018 to ensure a proper growth. At the end of the season, we were invited to take any food from the garden that we wanted. This photo is what my mother took from the garden. She laid it out on a platter I had and that is where I got this photo. At the time I was experimenting with different types of photography. This type of photography is called, “Low Key.”
With so many styles of photography, it's good to stumble upon something you haven't done too much of. For me that is, low key photography where the light is soft, natural and right up my alley. I love living somewhere that I can use things around the house to fill the frame while having big windows to let as much light in as I want. Here is my latest creation. I hope you enjoy it.
I took this first photo on August 2, and the next one on August 3. Nature is amazing how it can transform so quickly.
Event photography is fun for me. I have been attending events throughout the summer as well back when I was working with Snapd London. I am seeing a lot of the same sort of visuals and have found what to look for when I go into the events.
During the event, I am solely just taking photos and trying to build connections with vendors or coordinators. I get as many photos as I can before I leave. Once I am gone, I usually waste no time in editing photos. When I get home, thats the first thing I do. I get really excited to see what I have captured. It usually takes a few hours depending on how many photos I got.
Now since I have been going to a lot of these events without talking to the hosts beforehand, I can't expect any monetary return for sharing the photos. I always tag the hosts of the event and so far, I have had a lot of events or businesses share my photos. I love getting the exposure on their social media accounts and to me, that is proper marketing.
Getting paid photography work is tough and there are a select few that have managed to obtain the jobs that pay. It seems like I enjoy all types of photography except wedding photography. Events are fun for me because there is no expectation. I need freedom to operate when I'm in the field.
Now that you know my process, be sure to say hi to me if you see me at some local events. I may even feature you on my page.
In order to take a photo like this, I must get low.... really low. I get so low that I'm lying on my stomach at 7:30 in the morning in my pajamas with footies... not really. I do get all the morning dew on my clothes though but its worth it. I have pretty good eye sight so I can spot the little dew drops on the blades of grass. It takes a lot of messing around with depth of field and how far I am from the subject. I can take up to 100 photos of one square foot area and have a few really good photos from that.
I will suggest for any beginner photographers that are looking for an easy way to get interesting photos is to buy a macro lens and just explore your yard or the park. You can make the tiny world of bugs and plants fascinating.