Thursday, September 29, 2011

I am very excited to share with you all another PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT on the fabulous Stacey Kinkaid. It's interesting how Stacey and I met, she is the cousin of an old coworker of mine and when I was just beginning in photography he directed me to her work which I instantly adored.

For the spotlight Stacey wanted to photograph myself and the bf, he kindly obliged (a million thank yous Ko for being as awesome as you always are xo). We had such a fun time and Stacey made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera, her kind and generous personality made for a really relaxed atmosphere which is perfect!...Hope you all enjoy! Check out her blog for more photos!
What first interested you in photography? What do you love most about it
My grandparents’ photo albums first interested me in photography.  I would look through them for hours.  There were black and white photos that documented their lives.  I especially loved one of my grandparents in a rowboat.  

What I love most about photography is searching for the scene or the moment….it allows you to find something interesting and hopefully something beautiful in every situation and every location.  When I’m taking photos, I’m calm and happy.  What I love most about wedding photography is the connections between people…capturing connections not only between the bride and groom but between siblings, parents and friends.

What kind of photographs do you most enjoy taking?
Portraits and landscapes
What’s in your bag?
Main Camera Canon 5D Mark II  Back-Up Camera 5D Lenses:  I use prime lenses

Favourite lens
I find ‘favourite’ questions difficult…I really like variety.  I use the Canon 85mm 1.8 & Canon 24mm 1.4 a lot.

Your Pick! Who would you most want to photograph and why?
My grandparents…I never got the chance to photograph them.

List some of your favourite photographers
So many! To name a few..Wedding photographers Sean Flanigan, Jonas Peterson, Nordica Photography, Jose Villa.  Landscapes David Burdeny, Chris Friel, Christian Chaize
Your inspiration on a daily basis? What is your muse?

Favourite photographer dead/alive?
I really can’t choose.       

Tell us a little bit about your work flow/editing process?
I try to keep my photos as natural as possible; I don’t want them to look too processed.  I use Photo Mechanic to sort the photos and then import the keepers to Lightroom for basic adjustments like exposure/white balance.  Finally a bit of Photoshop. 

Film or digital camera?
Digital.  I have a few film cameras but they are just for fun.
The Big Picture (where do you want to be in 5 years? 10 years?)
Shooting portraits and weddings with a successful business.  Most importantly I hope that I am happy and still feel energized by the work that I do.

Magazine of choice?
I like many different magazines …W magazine and Frankie are two of my favourites.  

Favourite band?
Again I like a lot of different artists….I’m really enjoying the Yeah Yeah Yeahs right now.

Best coffee table/photography book?
I can’t say I have a favourite.
Describe your dream photoshoot (location and all):
In Australia, on the water, at either sunset or sunrise, with a really cool couple in love.

Favourite lighting to shoot in?

Best part of being a photographer?
People trust me to document some of the most important times in their lives and I have the opportunity to witness incredibly special moments.  The best part is definitely the emotion and connections between people.

Worst part?
Trying to differentiate myself from the hundreds of wedding photographers out there.  I try to be true to myself and my style. 
Breakdown a typical day-in-the-life?
A typical wedding day is 8-12 hours.  It is fast-paced and high adrenaline –  I’m very focused on documenting everything and providing clients with the best images that I can.

Most memorable moment as a photographer so far?
Too many to share….First-looks are one of the most memorable wedding moments for me (when a bride and groom choose to see each other in a private moment before the ceremony).  

Your personal favourite photo you’ve taken to date? (yes, I’m making you pick):
The moment you knew you were meant to be a photographer, any one in particular?
I don’t think it was one particular moment. The interest has always been there and I’ve always been passionate about it...I lose track of time when I’m shooting and editing photos.  I love it.

Tips/words of wisdom for aspiring photographers just starting out?
Shoot as much as possible, experiment and follow your instincts.  

Best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Be yourself.

And there you have it...!  Probably the most you've seen me in the past year on my blog :P, hope you enjoyed it, keep an eye out for the next photographer spotlight coming very soon! xo

Be sure to check out Stacey's website HERE
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New York Minute

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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Skiathos Jewelry

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I'll admit...I went a little overboard on the jewelry shopping in Greece, I revisited my old habit of buying many things in multiple colors...oh well you only live once right?

This store in Skiathos was incredible, so much to look at and so many fun colours I was like a kid in a candy shop. As I acted like a crazed shopoholic yelling "this colour!...ou NO look at this one...ah! that one too!" the boyfriend just smiled at me and shook his head gave me a kiss on the forehead and said..."take your time, I'll be outside"....bless him.

Hope you all have a wonderful day! xo

Quote of the day:
"Happiness depends upon ourselves" - Aristotle
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Dreaming again...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My apologies for the no post yesterday, it was my birthday so I decided to take the day "off". My brother surprised me with two tickets for my little sister and I to Cirque Du Soleil's Totem. It was the perfect way to spend my birthday.

A year ago this time I had just gotten back from Paris...therefore today I find myself dreaming again of Paris...le sigh

Hope you all have a fabulous day daydreaming of that happy place ;)

Enjoy! xo

Quote of the day:
"Happiness is perfume, you can't pour it on somebody else without getting a few drops on yourself". - James Van Der Zee
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Greece Photo Diary {part 4}

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Happy Thursday!

The final set of my Greece Photo Diary series. Off to a busy day of work, hope you all have an amazing day! xo

Quote of the day:
"Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you". - Oprah
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Greece Photo Diary {part 3}

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

above: the horse that took us to the beach named Clinton (its wife was named Monica...)
below: I was a little afraid of getting too close!
Happy back to school Tuesday!

Such an exciting time of year, the roads this morning were a little more packed with cars and crossroads filled with kids dressed in their fall best ready to start a fresh year! Its been about 4 years since I had the "back to school" feeling, while I definitely don't miss the homework I do miss fresh paper, new notebooks, organized binders and brand new sets of pencils/pens/erasers...maybe I will take a stroll to Staples next week when the madness has calmed down or the little sis will let me organize her a bit for school.

I digress...here is part three of my Greece photo diary...I heard this morning on the radio it takes 2 weeks for the "vacation" feeling to wear off...I am on my third week back and I am holding on for dear life to that feeling...not going to let it go and will wear my sandals till the first snow fall...or at least try ;)

Hope you all have an amazing week! Enjoy! xo

Quote of the day:
"Be thankful for what u have; you'll end up having more. If u concentrate on what u don't have, u will never, ever have enough." - Oprah
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Greece Photo Diary {part 2}

Monday, September 5, 2011

one of the many huge meals we ate...!
Happy Monday (of the long weekend) Everyone!

Hope you are all enjoying the day off, I know I am! This past weekend was surprisingly productive (don't you love it when that happens?) got all caught up on editing, spent time with friends, got my room ready for painting next weekend (room reno...all systems GO). All in all I'm feeling good and inspired...I just love September!

Here is part deux of my trip to Greece! I really miss all the incredible food, each meal was better than the next...that dip beside my red wine is called tirokafteri the boyfriend got me addicted to it while we were there..this is how you make it I can't wait to give it a try although just like the frappes I doubt it will taste nearly as good!  Hope you all enjoy it! xo

Quote of the day:
"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it's a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living". - Miriam Beard
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