Last night I had dinner with the other 4 Canadian Canon Blogtography Ambassadors and some great people involved in the program from Edelman Toronto and Canon Canada. We arrived at The Drake Hotel not knowing what they had planned for us. Each of the Canon sessions we’ve attended over the past six month have had a different theme where we learned tips and tricks from professionals to try with our cameras.
Over the last six months I’ve really learned how to take photos. I mean, I’ve been using a camera as long as I can remember but snapping shots is different than knowing how to use a camera outside of auto. I took that photo above.
We were on the trolly in High Park this summer and Emily had just gotten this massive ice cream with sprinkles, it was hot and about to drip everywhere. I cropped it and used one of the filters in my Canon Rebel SL1 then sent it off to Canon as part of my 20 favourite photos. Last night they gave each of us one of our prints, blown up and in a frame. The image was printed using a Canon printer which, in true Oprah style, we each got one. (Imagine “You get a printer and you get a printer”, it was kinda like that.) We were all amazed by the high quality, shocked by the generosity, and extremely grateful.
After almost a decade of blogging, the world of social media has blossomed and I’ve been fortunate to be part of many ambassador programs over the past few years. I’ve carefully only chosen to take part in ones that offer products or services that I honestly like and have purchased or would have given I had the money. This is most certainly the case with Canon (and of course Ted Baker!). Back in 2004 I shipped off to Australia for school, I got my first digital camera ever, a Canon Powershot. I loved that little thing and took it everywhere. I’ve never owned a fancy camera and my Rebel SL1, the worlds smallest, lightest DSLR is my very first. I’ve always wanted one and more than bring an ambassador for a great brand through this program, I got to learn how to shoot.
I’m extremely thankful to have been in unofficial photography school over the past few months. Now that I have a pinter you can expect to see more prints of my photos as I perfect my craft. It’s also what everyone on my list will be getting over the holidaya!
Canon and Edelman, thank you.
Check out my posts from the last few months and feel free to share your photo tips and tricks below. I’m always up for learning and sharing!
Have an awesome day, soak up some of that sunshine. 🙂
Been loving my walk to work the last week. It’s great to be in a creative office surrounded by art and internet. Our building is about 10 minutes from my door, major score! Greeted by this sign when I walk in. There’a all kinds of creative, vintagey things around here. Will give you a tour one of these days.
I did not wear the right shoes for snow! Doh. Shoudl really know better.
Yesterday I took my mentee to the AGO for his first visit and to see the Guggenheim exhibit. We walked around and talked about her future eventually coming up with a plan and some actionable items. Vanessa Grillone won the HTC One contest earlier this year and part of the prize was mentorship from me. See her post about winning here and a guest post on my blog here.
I absolutely love the AGo and have been a member for a few years. It’s an amazing place to go and get inspired. Many times I’ve just walked through for 15 minutes and stopped to visit a few favourites. I never miss Andy Warhol or walking through Gallery Italia (above).
Saw this art on my way to work today.
Made this before I left the house 🙂
One of the things I chatted Vanessa about yesterday was stepping out of your comfort zone. That’s where the magic happens guys. This is an excellent time of year to reflect on the year passed and think about where you want to be this time next year. I don’t even know where my comfort zone is anymore I step out and do the unexpected so often! Don’t be afraid to try something new, you’ll most likely be surprised at the opportunity it creates!
Have an awesome day!
(I drew this a couple years ago!)
I love this weather and time of year for the sheer beauty of photos. I can’t wait to get out in the wild with my new canon DSLR at the cottage this weekend and snap some photos. Have a new Canon post coming up next week.
Saw this beauty new mural in progress near Queen and Niagara. It’s full of bright colours and even on a rainy day, was a beauty to see.
Dripping and bleeding with rainbow bright colours.
I’m decked out in lots of colours and leopard print today, there’s no rain on my parade, honey. Pants are from Gap, jacket and hat H&M, scarf Ted Baker London, shoes Sperry Top Siders, smile, natural. Umbrella was picked up on that fashion trip to Calgary last year for Paul Hardy’s 10th anniversary. rainbow bright
In other news…
This album is SO FREAKING GOOD. I have been telling you about Lorde for nearly a year, so happy the world recognizes her now too. New Zealand is talent baby!
Happy Friday 🙂
Last month was the Global premiere and this month the film is making the rounds at the Ottawa Film Festival. Above I’m at the VIP Reception at Hot House Cafe with Antoine Gaber, Producer/ Director of It’s All About Me. See what you missed in the short retrospective film below of the Feature Documentary ” It’s all about ME” from the world premiere screening at COMMFFEST Global Film Festival on 14 September 2013. See all photos from the event here, some of my favs below.
Jenie, Mum, Sean, and I had a blast at this together. So cute!
I spoke on a panel with some of the lead people in the movie after the film premiere.
Christianne Cruz and myself ready for the screening.
Mum & sisters, love you so much!
Thanks everyone for your support!
Went on a private tour of ‘David Bowie Is’ at the AGO this morning with some Community colleagues. Later this week they start the Ago 1st Thursday events and our client Drambuie is a sponsor.
The exhibit was so freaking cool. It’s matched up with Sennheiser Sound so that as you travel from room to room the audio is updated and talks you through the exhibit or plays a song to go with the art. It was pretty amazing, not gonna lie! It’s the first time I’ve experienced a 3D sound system quite like that.
This part was super cook. The pano is a bit fuzzy but you can see me and my trench on both sides in the mirrors.
I think this sign might have been my fav part, I love the sign..
Could really have stayed at the AGO all day…
Saw my old Andy Warhol favs. I used to go to the AGO all the time! See all old posts tagged AGO here. It pays to be a member! For $100 you can go anytime you want for a year and use the members lounge (it has wifi!).
Hair is in a bun today 🙂 Forgot my damn sunnies and the sun just came out, urgh.
I am back at my desk in my office with coffee, water, sunflowers, and work.
Hope you are enjoying the day wherever you may be!
What’s going to happen from one day to the next. All you can do is think positive and do your best. Woke up this morning after a great sleep to the sounds of raindrops on the roof top patio. Got ready and jumped in a cab to work.
Got an email that made my day, it was something I’d been thinking about, dreaming of, then voila, it happened. I’ll share with you eventually. Have a bunch of meetings so went out to grab lunch early. There’s something so refreshing about the rain, I feel like I could walk for hours today. Speaking at an event after work. Looking forward to winter weather, hibernating, and organizing the house.
Decided to reflect back on some posts tagged ‘rain’ from over the years. The best things about having a blog is the ability to look back on the past and see how far you’ve come. And how much you’re changed.
Don’t let the rain get you down, use it as inspiration to build you up. Or just lay around and watch movies like I did ALL DAY yesterday. I didn’t even tweet once for the whole day. A digital detox was just what I needed.
Sending sunshine your way 🙂
During TIFF I was a busy little bee. one of my stops was The IT Lounge, hosted by Toronto- and New York-based public relations agency NKPR. In an exclusive collaboration with fashion magazine W, Caitlin Cronenberg took the helm of the portrait studio, snapping photographs of some of the most highly anticipated celebs.
The theme was Modern Vintage (which I LOVED) featuring elements of heritage and classic. Décor included antique furniture and trompe d’oeil sets, with the concept for her Portrait Studio based on Casa Susanna.
There were also a ton of great brands present in the lounge including Avon, Tweezerman and Roots Canada, Cold Stone Creamery and Italian heritage brand Barilla. Natasha & NKPR, thank you SO MUCH for all the goodies. Avon was lovely and sent me a bunch of lipsticks and the Tweezerman set are the best I’ve ever had.
Love this drawing by Ani Castillo. Us bloggers really are a mix of skills and talent! She is married to one of my colleagues at Community and the talented artist who did our branding on thecommunity.ca. I love her work! See more of it here.
Very busy today so sharing this piece of positivity with you. It’s been a while since I posted this great video. Reminds me of myself every single time I watch it. I really do love life this much. Powerful!
Sending sunshine your way!