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Looking for the Light in Life Jul 31, 2021

For me, this week was rough. Lockdown, cancelled plans, crying kids, home-school drama, headaches, friends leaving the country, and more. Oh, and on top of that I cut out coffee, sugar, dairy and gluten for two weeks . . . you can just imagine how fun that’s been!

I’m usually a pretty...

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Creative Composition Jul 20, 2021

Creative composition is so important in photography. You can take your photos from boring to artistic with just a slight change in your composition. Today we'll talk about one composition trick called the "Rule of Thirds."

When most people pick up a camera, they tend to compose their shot so that...

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Seven Things To Lift You Up Jul 10, 2021

Have you ever felt like you’re in a rut? Maybe you find yourself bored, going through the same old schedule every week. Maybe your life is so busy that the tyranny of the urgent is taking over the things that feed your soul. You feel trapped. Stuck. Depressed. Hopeless. Overwhelmed.

I know...

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The Importance of Storytelling in Photography Jun 28, 2021

 

After photographing weddings for a decade, I have trained my eye to look for stories. With the click of my shutter,  I can capture a glance, a smile, a hug or a moment that captures the emotion of the moment and the story of the day. A good visual story sets the scene,...

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Lessons from my Father Jun 20, 2021

It’s Father’s Day and I’m thinking about my dad, John Ott. He was a wonderful dad; gentle and patient, who loved photography. When I was at university, he lent me his old 1970’s camera so I could take my first film photography class. He encouraged me, supported...

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Is Comparison Helpful? Jun 03, 2021

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “comparison is the thief of joy.” Do you agree? Often, when we compare ourselves to others, we end up thinking that our work is inferior, or worse, that we ourselves are inferior, simply because we are not like somebody else.

We all do this...

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The Color of Light May 21, 2021

The color of light is a fascinating part of photography, which is in essence is painting with light. When you think of light, what color do you think of? Maybe orange or yellow?

In reality, the light around us is full of all of the colors in the whole stunning spectrum of the rainbow....

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The Joy of Creativity May 04, 2021

I believe that God is the great Creator. According to the Bible, when God created people, he made us in his own image. That means we have elements in us that are like him. When we create something, we connect to that divine origin, to that part of God that finds joy in the process of...

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"I don't want to be a photographer" Apr 11, 2021

“I don’t want to be a photographer.” 

My friend told me that at this point in her life, she was so busy with life and kids, that pursuing photography didn’t make sense for her.

I remember feeling like that. I had taken a photography course in university, and...

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Portrait Photography Mar 24, 2021

I LOVE portraits more than any other kind of photography. For me, it's about the connection. I enjoy getting to know other people and sharing the experience of a photo shoot with them. I also love the challenge of knowing that WHAT I say, and HOW I say it can dramatically impact the...

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Artistic Photography: A Window to the Soul Mar 23, 2021

They say that the eyes can be a window to the soul. I really believe that the camera lens can be a window to the soul as well. It can help you connect with yourself and help you express what is deep inside.

1. The camera can help you discover artistic giftings that you didn’t know...

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Looking for the Light Feb 09, 2021

When I first set out to create an online photography course, I asked people questions. If you could wave a magic wand and get better results in your photography, what is the one thing you'd like to learn?

Their answer? Light.

The word photography literally means "drawing with light." LIGHT is...

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