Top 10 Tips for a Trade Show!

It was my first experience as an exhibitor/vendor this year.  I wanted to share some of my takeaways from my experiences at the Ottawa Dog Festival  and Ottawa Pet Expo in hopes that it may help you with your first trade show.

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Published Photographer... WHAT?

What a great surprise!  One of my images from the Furry Friend Fiesta - Pet Portrait for charity event was used in a publication by the Ottawa Life Magazine.  OLM's pet of the week column showcased Thomas a foster of Freedom Dog Rescue who is looking for a forever home.

What an amazing feeling, i can now say that i am a published photographer, how crazy is that!  Below is the article about Thomas and his search for a furever home, Good Luck Thomas!

Pet Portrait For Charity - Furry Friend Fiesta

Saturday July 16th 2016 was my first charity event.  Thanks to everyone spreading the word and coming by to show support we were able to raise some money for Freedom Dog Rescue who is a non-profit organization founded in Ottawa, Ontario. 

It was a wonderful day to take pictures and meet people from the community.  The Pet Value staff were very helpful and accommodating.  The Freedom Dog Rescue members were on site in full force with may animals that were up for  adoption, we even had a visit from a feline friend.

What a fun way to spend my weekend, looking forward to the next event!

Fall 2015 - Family Session Planning

Nights are colder, the air is crisper, it smells like fall is just around the corner so it's time to think about fall sessions and most importantly, what to wear.  Just thinking about all the different layers and possible colour combinations makes me smile!  I love the fall colours that mother nature paints her canvas with, all the yellows, reds and oranges, it is almost like she is warning us to stay warm because winter is coming.

Trying to get your family prepared for a photo session can be challenging but don't worry i'm here to help.  So let's get to it!

  • Dress to feel comfortable-  Yes, we all know the old saying pain is beauty but this defiantly does not apply during a family photo session.  If you guys are not comfortable with what you  are wearing it will show through in the pictures and we don't want that!

  • Coordinating looks best-   Gone are the days of identical blue jeans and white shirts!   Instead of matching colors- coordinate them.   Stick to a color palette, but don’t feel like you have to match colour hues exactly.  A  little bit of pattern can be a good thing, but it’s best to avoid clothing with large graphics and logos.  When choosing a color palette, consider what will go well with the colors of your home.  Think, Classic!  These pictures will be cherished for years to come, by choosing simple, classic clothes  it will give your photos a timeless feel. 

Below  are the Fall 2015 colours for you to use as inspiration.  Pinterest is also a great place to get inspiration from.

Fall 2015
  •   Layers , layers, layers!  Fall is the perfect time to go crazy with layers!  It will also add visual intrestet in your photos.
  • Accessories! The ski's the limit, hats, scarves, jewely, gloves, SHOES.... all help create different looks and are so fun to play with during a session!

It's that easy! Just be yourself, have fun and your photos will look amazing!