Today I had the opportunity to take photos at Ottawa Civic Hospital, Civic Campus, and their Staff Appreciation Event for the Kitchissippi Times. 1,500 staff and pizza galore courtesy of Gabriel's Pizza. There was music, cold beverages, ice cream and so many smiling faces. Dr Jack Kitts took time out of his day to hand out pizza and I could see it was greatly appreciated! It takes so little to make a community of staff feel appreciated. Bravo Ottawa Hospital!!
Here it is!! My version above and here's the link to the official version. I'd like to thank Companies Committed to Kids for the opportunity to be there and to take photos. The event was held at Glashan Public School located in Ottawa. To see all of the photos I took that day, please go to my facebook page.
Yesterday, I attended the "NEW" Westfest 2016. The festival relocated to LaRoche Park this year. The Kitchissippi Times asked me to come out and take professional photos for anyone who wanted one. It was an opportunity to promote the paper, their Humans of Kitchissippi feature, and for me to promote my photography business. Here is a link to my facebook page and all of the photos I took yesterday.
Recently, I was asked by Andrea Tomkins, the editor of the Kitchissippi Times, if I was available for a shoot. Unless I'm dying, my answer will always be yes! I had to call and arrange all four of the shoots on my own, and made appointments with all of them within the next two days.
The first was Zahara Jewellery in Westboro. What a beautiful shop. I definitely want to go back and check out their jewellery. I read their vision and bio on their website, and this is the type of business I want to spend my money at.
I also visited and took photos at The Gladstone Theatre, Life Therapies, and the Critter Jungle. I even booked my first massage in a very long time at Life Therapies while there. It's all about networking and for me the opportunity of going out there and capturing a moment in time for folks makes me happy.
I just spent the last week in Jamaica. What a trip. Normally, I camp or stay with friends when I go on holiday. I've never been to an all inclusive resort before. I went with my good friend Peg, her daughter Liz, and Liz's husband Garrett. We stayed at the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, outside Montego Bay. Liz and Garrett were celebrating their 10 year anniversary.
We spent most of our time at the resort, but did do two excursions. The first was to ride a catamaran west to go snorkelling at Negril beach and then go to Rick's Cafe. Snorkelling was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen in my life. It was like being in the movie Finding Nemo. I oooo'ed and ahhh'ed right through my snorkel. Rick's Cafe was cool, as was the cliff jumping there, but it was very touristy, and very expensive. Not a huge fan.
The other day we spent away from the resort, we did a Jamaican tour, guided by Raymond Fairclough of Raymond One Love Tours and Taxi. What a great day!! Raymond took us to small things like Usain Bolt's high school where we saw the field he trained on, he drove us up the Fern Gully road, we stopped at a few road side stands where locals where selling various items, and he took us to the Blue Hole. Email me if you want to know any other things we did that day, and I'll help you out mon.
While at the resort we met many people from all over North America. Larin and Andy are from Cincinnati, and I went with them to a local restaurant called Scotchie's. For $7.91 US, I got a quarter chicken white, 2 traditional fry breads, and a Red Stripe. Local, and amazing! They cook over sweet wood, and it tastes amazing!!
It was an amazing trip, the people were friendly and kind, and I can't wait to go back!
I have completed my first week of placement with the Ottawa Police. While I can't speak of specifics, I can tell you what equipment and software I worked with. I got to help tear down the studio after a shoot, and while their equipment amount does not rival Algonquin Colleges, OP have high quality lights, stands, lenses and cameras.
I worked on editing some video footage using Premiere Pro, a software from Adobe. Thankfully, one of our professors had us working in a similar program this semester, so it was fairly easy for me to figure out how to use it after not using it for over a year. Shout out to Jason Machinski!! It was pretty cool footage of some practical exercises that one division of the OP do to prepare for real events.
I also go to use a negative scanner to retrieve some photos. This was the biggest challenge of the week, as no one in the office could figure out how to use the equipment. Hello google and discussion boards. I found the issue rather quickly, and soon was scanning what was needed to be done. After scanning the photos, I had to colour correct, and do some other small edits to make the photo look like the actual print.
At the end of the week, I used my old friend Photoshop to edit photos of some award ceremonies for various members of the OP. No heavy duty edits were required, but I did use a global colour correction and skin tone correction to make the photos look great!
Lastly, this week, the latest issue of the Kitchissippi TImes came out. I have two photos published in this issue. One is the Human Of Kitchissippi, and the other is the cover photo of a new hot dog and poutine place in Hintonburg, called Whassup Dog? One of the perks of photographing them was a tasty hot dog!
Thanks for reading!
Yesterday, also was my Final Portfolio interview with four of my professors. They had a lot of positive feedback, and when they said "Congratulations Ellen" at the end, it felt very good. I worked hard these past two school years. Harder than I ever worked before at school. I never felt smart in school, at times couldn't believe I was a teacher, but I feel like a photographer. What's the difference I wonder.
I really believe it has to do with how our brains work. I spent most of my time at McMaster University completing a Physical Education degree using the left side of my brain, but when I got to use the right side of my brain playing sports, or thinking up creative practical jokes, that's when I was happiest. I couldn't see that then. It's taken a lot of introspection to be able to see it now. I believe that is why photography makes my soul happy.....it completes my right brained body.
Today, I had an article published about me and my photography journey in Peterborough's favourite website PTBOCanada.com. I am so proud that folks can see what my photograph "Movement" was created to say. I look forward to developing this idea and moving forward. You can read the article by clicking the photo below:
I have posted my 2016 Portfolio on a separate page under the photo tab. Thanks to Brad SInopoli, Jenn Sinopoli, Francko Edge, Bram D'Hoest Tyler Thomas, Gareth Luke, The LumberJoes, Kailey Morrison, Emma Littlewood, Ben Breitler, Leslie McCue and Lindy Kinoshameg for posing for portraits. I couldn't have done it without you all.
I have submitted my final portfolio in the Photography Program at Algonquin College. Wow. When I look back, it seems like a few days ago I walked into my first class. Within the first week, I knew I had chosen correctly. So here I am at the end of one chapter. A chapter I feel lucky to have been able to complete. Here's what I learned:
1. It's never too late to learn. Take that night school class. Expose yourself to new things. Expand your brain. I've learned so much these past two years, and I'm better for it.
2. Ottawa is a small town inside a big city. I am amazed at the connections one can make here. This person knows that person, who can get that done for you, who knows a connection for you to track down over there. I hope the connections I've made will continue to grow for me.
3. Experts in their field can be great teachers, even without a teachers certificate. The professors in my program are so experienced in their field, it makes me wonder how they know so much at such a young age. Their love of photography and all its facets rubbed off on me.
4. Follow your passion. As someone who has struggled with depression, I can't say enough about how following my passion has made me and my soul feel happy. Life is too short. Don't talk about what you wish you were doing, do it. FInd a way. Your soul will thank you.
I want to share my favourite image I took this year with you. It was created in my head, and I wanted it to tell a story. I believe I accomplished that, and I hope you agree. Leave a comment, if you are moved to. I'd like to thank Leslie McCue and Lindy Kinoshameg for sharing their time and their passion with me. Thanks goes out to Sara Cratt for traveling to Toronto with me and assisting me in this shoot.
I know I've mentioned it before, but I love hockey. Playoff hockey is even more exciting. Leo Lazarev played his heart out. He's the goalie for the 67's team. His teammates scored four goals for him, and he made some amazing saves!
I have about 20 pictures from the game on my facebook site. Check them out!
This weekend I travelled to Whitesboro, New York to my cousin Kate's house. Kate lives there with her husband Fred and their two children Lauren and Andrew. It just so happened to be Andrew's 7th birthday, and his family birthday party. Also attending the party were my Uncle Fred and Auntie Dee (Kate's parents) and my cousin Britt with two of his three sons, Issac and Adam. Rounding out the family get together was my cousin Amanda, and one of her two children, Fiona. It was a case of good timing.
Andrew, is nuts about hockey. We spent about 30 minutes the first morning I was there playing hockey in this super cool hockey fitted basement.
Like Andrew, I love hockey, and although Andrew now wears the number of his favourite player, Henrik Lundqvist, I wore the number of my favourite player, my Uncle Fred.
It was a great weekend!
Yesterday I had the opportunity to take a photo for the Ottawa Business Journal. The OBJ is owned by Great River Media, which also owns the Kitchissippi Times. The story editor is Andrea Tomkins, who is the editor of KT. I was honoured she asked me to take the photo. When it's published, I'll blog about it and post a link. Who knows where this opportunity may lead.
Over my life, I have received and given a lot of feedback. I always feel like I've helped when the person receives my feedback in a positive way. I feel I've wasted my time when the reply is "Ya, I know, I'm working on it", and yet things don't change. For me, a simple error here or there is acceptable. However, if I notice multiple errors in multiple posts, and that never changes, there is no way I am hiring you.
Recently we worked on a magazine cover. Here is the version I handed in to be marked:
I was happy with it. I worked hard with the pen tool to recreate the exact masthead for TATTOO magazine. I did some dodge and burning. I added a price code. I incorporated names of people related to the shoot, all folks at Status Salon in Barrie, Ontario. I received my feedback from my prof, and did well. However, she had a lot of feedback....things to challenge me with, things she wanted me to change, and she gave me some suggestions for improvement. I loved the feedback, and today I used it to create version two:
Tonight I volunteered with a classmate, Matthew Aman, to shoot a gala organized by students from Algonquin College's Event Management students. It was called "The Wonders of the Grand Cirque". It was a wonderful event. They had many interactive booths, and dancers from Kali Andrews Dance Company. Wow! What a great event to raise money for the Children's Wish Network. I was honoured to be a part of it.
Last October, I began shooting for the Kitchissippi Times, a local newspaper that is published every two weeks. I began shooting their "Humans of Kitchissippi" feature, and was quickly asked to shoot some photos for articles and sometimes the cover photo. This has been a great experience, and I have met some wonderful people in the area. In one case, taking a photo has turned into a potential photo shoot for a local business.
You can read the lastest issue by clicking on the photo above, which I took in Julie's home.
The editor of the Kitchissippi Times, Andrea Tomkins, has recently posted a blog on how she chooses the perfect image for a cover story. I was honoured she asked to use my images in her post. You can read the article here:
Despite the distance, you can still make an Ottawa to Toronto day trip a reality. My photo buddy Sara Cratt and I drove to Toronto to meet up with Leslie McCue, someone I have known for years, and her partner Lindy Kinoshameg. Leslie and Lindy, other than being awesome, are First Nation Dancers. I asked them to be part of a shoot that was created in my head. I wanted to juxtapose the traditional lifestyle of First Nation peoples to the excess that is most of today's society. What better place to showcase that than Dundas Square, deep in the heart of Toronto.
In a picture perfect moment, we arrived at the parking garage at the same time, the sun cooperated by passing behind a skyscraper to allow me to shoot without blowing out everything in sight, and it was a beautiful day. I can't wait to share the finished photo with you. Here's a photo from Lindy's iPhone:
Thanks for reading :)
This weekend is going to be pretty exciting at Algonquin College. The women's varsity volleyball team is in a crossover playoff game against the Redeemer Royals. This game is personal, as the Thunder have lost in the crossover game the past two years to Redeemer. WIth four graduating players on Algonquin's team, they are going to want to win badly! Come cheer them on Saturday February 20th, at 3:00 pm in the Algonquin gym.