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5 Traveling tips from a photographer #VantagePoint



I am trying really hard to make "snowbirding" happen. Yeah like a verb.


My dream is to work winters in Mexico (after Valentine's day so I can finish those orders) 
And stay until is warm in Toronto (maybe May). But with kids and their school and all that stuff I can't, this is the longest I have been away before my youngest starts kindergarten and I did not organize it very well. I need to share some tips I learned along the way.

I was gung-ho about staying for free at my mom's place, being in the warmth and eating tacos. Lot's of tacos.

Realization number 1
We brought too much stuff. By we I mean my daughter and husband. I am almost done creating a capsule wardrobe since I wear black all the time I do not worry about looking like I am wearing the same thing. I am, and pfft, I really do not care. In the other hand, my rainbow inspired daughter and husband have all the colours to mix and match and specific things that go with specific things.

Next time we are keeping it to 3 casual outfits, one warmer outfit to travel from the cold to here and in case it gets chilly, 3 summer outfits and one formal one, that is it! #blackoutfitsallmatch #greyisacolour #makeupdoesnotcount



Realization number 2
If you are staying with family, have a backup plan. Learned it the hard way. Thanks to Airbnb and Trivago (last minute hotel). #familytelenovela #pricklypears #iambeingnice


Realization number 3
Camera gear is heavy AF. I normally shoot with a Nikon d800 (team Nikon!) but for a lighter version, I travel with my backup Nikon D7000, 250 grams lighter. UGH. So with my intention of grabbing a lot of photos for stock and backgrounds I have to lug what feels like 20 kilos of gear. And then I end of taking lots of photos with my phone, just because I am too lazy to carry the 20 kilos. So I end up using my camera for exactly 2 days out of the 45-day trip.  I need  this compact camera. I will try to be good so I can get it for xmas, pfft, not likely. #LGvsNikon  #VantagePoint
Photo with a cell phone, improved with a filter. We had to take a photo of the muffin tree. Good thing it's a short tree.


Taken with Nikon D700, fast enough and sharp enough

Realization number 4
The internet, you need it. Unlock your phone before you leave the country! Then buy a sim card for your stay and get a pay as you go package. 
#wifisavessanity #shades #selfies #becausethatismyangle



Realization number 5
Google maps IS your best friend. Cities like Guadalajara are not in a grid. More like a puzzle piece. And even if you do not have a data plan, map the location you are going to, and do not close the app, your location services on your phone will let you know exactly where you are at all times, even if the map doesn't update, your location will with the blue dot. #googlemap #savesrelationships #iwasright #noneedtoaskfordirections #lostgringo #googleknowswhereyoupee


And lastly, calories during vacation do not count, especially when you are walking around and getting lost. #allthetacos

This is what I mean for stock photo, I usually shoot people, so it is a nice change to shoot pretty blooms.  #realphotos 





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My Boudoir -updated January 2017




Where the magic happens... yes photographic magic.
Anywho I needed to post an updated picture of my place and I took this picture before clients came in on the weekend and preserve the pristine appearance that usually lasts 5.2 minutes.
:)

SO! I moved it to another apartment I share with a neighbour. It's like having a super tidy roommate that disappears when I have to shoot. Not like the 3 other roommates I have at my place. Lily is not the neatest.
And I discovered that the huge window made a difference in the sessions! Love the natural light now. I hardly need extra lights anymore.



It is a little bit small, but mighty, I have shot up to 5 people in here, but ideally I shoot individuals or couples. When you bring a friend I just move them around.

And some recent samples. I am loving all the natural light. 




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Boudoir photography for couples- updated gallery and tips



It takes a really committed and confident couple to go for this type of photography.  You have to trust the other half that these images are not going to end up on Tumblr. A great source for ideas and inspiration, I save some stuff there that I see around Tumblr. It's fun. Check mj-couples.tumblr.com

Or for something spicier:

Tremblingfluidheat - you are welcome!! Warning it is not for prudes. Sister of mine, if you read this, do not click it.

So! where was I?

Oh yeah, you have to trust your other half that in the case you ever broke up; pinkie-promise that these images do not end on the internets for the world to see your abilities.


I updated the Couples page and a handy dandy BROCHURE
I condensed all the tips there, it comes in handy when someone purchases a gift certificate and info of what to expect is needed.



It is really a lot of making out, cute making out, not eating faces because we do not want to ruin the makeup, a lot of boob grabbing, and a lot of pretending I am not there.

Tips on what to wear:
For her- they are all here on what to wear for your session

For him:
  • Suit with tie and everything (not to worry about the shoes really) or just bring shirt and tie.
  • Jeans and simple t-shirt 
  • Boxers/ briefs/thongs I do not judge. Maybe a little but I won't tell you. Simple colours, preferably no prints.
  • Shave super early in the day on even the night before if you have sensitive skin.
  • Tweeze the unibrow and brush off your lips with your toothbrush for kissable lips.
  • Moisturize after your shower, you want to look dewy 



Book yours! If you need help convincing your other half, get the brochure :) 

(originally published in 2011, now giving it the revamp)
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Holiday Family Portrait Tips


For non-cheesy family photos!
Well, who am I kidding, if there is a time for cheese it should be the holidays! Here are some tips and recommendations based on my "viral" Family Portraits tips on the beach. And by viral I mean, it gets pinned on Pinterest. I wish I could get bookings from that thing but I guess reputation is great. 

First, I just want to say, take this chance to take a nice photo, even if it's Walmart, as long as someone else is taking the photo. Dress up, print it, and hang it on the wall, not just post it on facebook.
So take advantage of the holiday pressure and kill two birds. Get an awesome family photo and send your relatives a printed photo.

So my first tip is going to be:
1. Do a formal portrait. Maybe add a touch of red, but don't make it too Christmasy with the red and green together. Yes, a pop of red is great. But think home decoration. You do not want to print a big photo with your reindeer sweater. It doesn't look that great the rest of the year.


2. Wear neutral colours. For the same reason above, BUT, add a Rudolph scarf? Your ugly Xmas sweater? Your Santa hat? Yes take a couple of really holiday photos but only keep it to a couple.
Wearing neutral colours will let you use those accessories quickly without stopping a shoot for a change. Remember, kids have the attention span of a, well, kid.


3. Keep it short. Kids give you a solid 10 minutes attention if that.  So be ready, have the arguments in the morning while getting ready, and drag them all dressed up all ready. Yes, promise ice cream and treats if they behave,  but use it as a last resort. Explain how this is a gift for grandma, for someone they like, and that it is very fun and short! A good photographer will capture honest laughs or action shots. I always ask them to show me how high they can jump. The joy of playing is priceless. Or instead of a kiss, to blow a raspberry  :)


4. Tickle and play. It will be great if all of you are looking at the camera at the same time, but really, it rarely happens. So tickle away, I will make sure those 4 takes look like one awesome one. Or maybe just get a moment like this: 

And here is the fancy holiday guide :) 









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3 reasons why not to have a boudoir session...



I am gonna get a little serious here, (this photo is me trying to do a smart face?) but the dorkiness will show up - don't cha worry.

This one I have been cooking for a while. But first, let me say that I think everybody should do it once in their life for themselves.

And this is the important part. I've had clients which have told me "My husband/boyfriend/other really wants these type of photos" and great! as long as that is giving you motivation  and excuse to do it.
BUT, and this is a big BUTT

1. Do not do it because you have been told to do it.
Especially if you are saying to yourself: This is not me... I feel so hoochie... I can't. Then maybe don't. Do a glamour photo session instead.

A little black dress that shows some cleavage. Or your jeans and a cool shirt with high heels. You do not have to show me anything. Or anyone for that matter. 

2.  You do not have photos of yourself.

There are people that hate their photos with a passion, (my mother for example) runs away from the camera or when coerced looks at some other random spot, anywhere but the camera. PET PEEVE of mine. I have one of her with my son, and where the fudge is she looking at, I have no idea. 
If you are like my mother, try a glamour session first. You will love at least one. 


3. You have really high expectations of my photoshopping skills.
Oh, I can do it, I will give you Kim Kardashian butt, but, do you really want to? I can also make you the shade of number 6 line of the toaster. But you are super pale. It does look a little bit fake. Go to get a spray tan at schulzbeauty.ca first.

I will fix the tank top tan from that weekend you forgot sunscreen. Or match the belly to the arms, that I can do, and do it well. It is when you are expecting abs when there is none, or worse, because another photographer did it for another session in the past. Nope. You do not have barbie skin. Or a barbie butt. It is plastic.


And I am pro-photoshop. Enhancing what is already there and fixing little things like skin tone matching and the chin pimple, and the darn mysterious super bruise. 

There! I let it out of my chest, feel better now!
But again! let me emphasise! Do it for you!







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Types of boudoir photography



Did you know that there are differences in boudoir photography? This is my simplified version of what you can get when you show your boobs. I kid.


Pin up
This one it is a bit more costume-y, for the fans of retro and really dig it. Anyone can pull it off with the right makeup, hair, outfit, and attitude. You have to be more outgoing and flirty and "out there".
A nice article of the history of pinups by Boudoir Louisville - here

The background is plain and any color. The outfits require more planning. Click here for info and to book!





Artistic or Implied Nude
Well, yes, you do have to take all your clothes for this one. It's more a play of light and shape, more like a piece of artwork to put up on your wall. Barely any eye contact needed really.
Here also there is a comfort level needed, it also helps if you have an idea in mind that we can interpret. For this one, I would go for a simple white or black background.





"Fashion Magazine" boudoir
A little more brazen and plenty of eye contact. This is the Maxim style cover. TheVictoria Secret catalogue. Fan in the hair. Touching body.



"Getting ready" boudoir
My speciality. A little peek into the sensuality of you getting ready, or getting undressed. Some tossing around the bed included.
The idea is capturing you in a natural setting and the result is a little more voyeuristic.
Bridal Boudoir falls into this category. Using the elements of your wedding attire :)


The fun part? We usually do a combination of all! Because why not? Since most people do this usually once, except for a very special few (hi, gals!) Book your regular session and we can go from there :) Click here



So there, class dismissed. Children be good. Do your homework. 
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Turn Your Photos Into Artwork With These Canvas Prints - Guest Post




If there’s a photo that you’re proud of then there’s no better way to enjoy it that with a canvas print on the wall so you can show it off to everyone who visits your home. It could just be a perfect selfie where you’re having a day where your hair looks fantastic, or it may be a holiday snap with your children, or a photo of your favourite pet. Whatever it is, looking at transferring your photos into personalized canvas prints will allow you to show off your photo in a form that is likely to last even longer while providing you with a form of artwork which can allow you to really put your own personal touch on your home.

Photographer

If you want a photo that you can turn into a canvas print, then turning to a professional photographer is always a good idea. They can find provide you with the best lighting, angles and more to really get that picture perfect. They also have the patience to deal with energetic children for family portraits or fidgeting animals so you know you can get that perfect picture that you may not be able to get at home. In addition to this, photographers may even come with a stylist or designer so you can make your picture even more personal with a pin-up or boudoir look to really escalate that personal touch. Whether you hire a photographer to come to your home, or you want to go to their studio, there are plenty of ways that you can create a truly perfect photo without having to struggle with timers and bad angles.

Editing

In some cases, a photo on its own isn’t always one that you’re going to want up on your wall. However, before a photo is turned into a canvas print, and normally not long after the picture is chosen for the one that you want, it will be edited in order to remove any blemishes, adjust lighting and saturation and other aspects that can truly help to enhance the image and make it even more captivating than ever – like a true work of art. In some cases, the editing of photos can even make the photograph look like a work of art, with a watercolour or painting effect all included. While photography is a form of art, you can go one step further and edit your images to make it look truly like a one-of-a-kind image that you will want to place on your wall.

Personalisation

One of the best things about canvas prints is that it allows you to put your own personal touch on your walls at home. This can give your home a feel of family and love, depending on what the picture is of. One of the main aspects of the photographs is that they tend to be made up of memories, and it is these memories that you will want to cherish forever. Whether it was a family day out or a photo of your latest holiday destination that you particularly like, you can truly create a personal touch by transferring these photos in canvas prints.


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Thanks for this post! And I agree! You should print at least one large photo of your session :) and what a great way to make it artwork. If you need help selecting which image to crop it so there is no face showing and be able to hang it on your room let me know! (we do not want to traumatize the kids).



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