I took Trump’s advice, but I don’t think this is “exactly” what he meant….

I just achieved my 11th Accreditation from the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), this time in “FELINE PORTRAITURE.
For those that are counting that means I’m “110 for 110”.  I have never had an Accreditation image of mine rejected – ever.  I’ve known people who have taken 5, 6 etc tried to get one set of 10 images accepted by the judges for just one category.  That is something I am proud of

Planning a Wedding? | First Look

I’ve written articles about this very same message.  However when I watched this FaceBook video by Brett Birdsong Photography I just had to share (with permission of course).  Yes this is funny….. but it’s also the honest truth!

Check out my website for an article on how to time your wedding for a relaxing and fun day here:

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Kitty Kat Love! | Craig Street Cats

It’s been a while since I updated the blog – very sorry about that! While there is lots to catch-up about, I wanted to jump right back in and talk about a project that I’m really excited about!

Craig Street Cats is a no-kill cat shelter in Winnipeg, Manitoba that is in need of some financial TLC. As “technically” the city doesn’t allow people to actually feed, care for or even neuter feral cats (how stupid is that?), they can not become a register charity. Other technicalities even prevent them from getting grants to help them out controlling the feral cat population in this city and take some of the lonely kitties off the streets and get them into forever homes. So sadly, they are left to pay the bills solely by the generosity of their donors.

Last fall there was a major financial drain as there was a disease effecting many of the cats on the streets. Major vets bills (which in a normal year reach $50,000.00) caused them to be in a tight financial situation. I stepped up and offered a complimentary family portrait session from Impact photographic Design complete with a photograph (a total $350 value) to anyone who committed to becoming monthly donor of at least a minimum $25/month.

They are still trying to get out of that financial hole and need all the support they can get. Therefore Impact Photographic Design has come up with some ideas to help them out. In the works are calendars, posters and greeting cards projects all to be sold with profits going to Craig Street Cats to help with the continual influx of bills and expenses. They are not ready to be sold yet… but the sessions are happening to create them and hopefully product will be on their shelves soon for everyone to buy!

In the mean time before the calendars and cards are ready, please consider becoming a monthly donor to Craig Street Cats and help them pay for the wonderful work they are doing finding lonely kitties forever homes!

Donate here:


PPOC-MB “Poser In The Place” winner again!

The Professional Photographers of Canada – Manitoba Chapter holds a contest every few years.  This is a different type of contest as you are only given a time and a location to show up.  You have no idea where, who or what you will be photographing.  Once you arrive you are given 5 minutes to look around and figure out what you wish to do.  You are allowed only to use one lens, have 15 minutes to take a maximum of 12 exposures and, oh yeah…..your LCD screen is taped over.  The idea for that is you must rely on your technical ability and knowledge as a photographer and not wing it by fooling around until you eventually get something that looks half-way decent.  The idea is to see who has the ability to produce something good when you are under the gun and who has the technical ability to work “blind” so to speak.  Usually you are allowed one flash (on or off camera) and/or a reflector and an assistant is provided for you to hold things for you.

While past versions of this contest have had prizes for both best fully artworked as well as best “SOOC”  (straight out of camera) images, this latest contest “Poser In The Place” had only one award and allowed you to do whatever you wished as far as artwork goes to your entries.

Though I felt all but one of my ideas actually worked out very well, I knew that one idea I had stood out above the rest.  It was my very first 2 exposures I created and I recognized what I wanted to do with it right away.  For those of you who had either read the Stephen King book Christine  or had scene the movie of the same name, you will instantly recognize the inspiration.   I knew how I wanted to finish off this image before I created it.

So here is the finished image that won me the contest.  I’m proud to say I’ve won 3 of these type contests (2 fully artwork and one SOOC).  Also here are three other images I created from the same contest.  I created a total of 7 different looks with my 12 exposures.  One I knew right away wouldn’t work (actually would take too much time perfecting to be worthwhile continuing in such a limited time) and my last exposure was finished 20 seconds overtime – so I refused to even consider using it in the contest.






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