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My 52-Week Photography Project is Complete!

February 14, 2018

My 52-week photography project is now complete! Here are some of my favourite photos taken during my project:   If you would like to improve your photography, are looking for some inspiration and/or a photographic challenge, I highly recommend trying a photography project. I found that my photography grew by leaps & bounds over the […]

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Week 52 of the 52 Week Project: “El Khorbat”

February 6, 2018

My topic this week is El Khorbat, an ancient Ksar in Southern Morocco. It was one of the most interesting places I visited in Morocco. Here are some of my favourite photos:   Ksar El Khorbat is a fortified village made of soil in the 19th Century in Southern Morocco. I visited the Ksar while […]

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Week 51 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Nomads”

January 24, 2018

I chose Nomads for my photography topic this week. I recently went on a fantastic photography tour to the region of Quarzazate and the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. One of the best parts of the tour was an early morning visit to a Nomad family in the Todra Gorge. Here are some of my […]

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Week 50 of the 52 Week Project: “Essaouira”

January 16, 2018

My topic this week was Essaouira. I love this beautiful little coastal town with its vibrant blue colours and friendly locals! Here are some more of my favourite photos from Essaouira:    

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Week 49 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Essaouira Fishing Port – Part II”

January 9, 2018

I continued with the topic Essaouira Fishing Port since I just finished working on my photos from the harbour and fish market in Essaouira 🙂 Here are some of my favourites:   Here are a few tips for taking pictures at a coastal fishing port: Lenses A zoom lens is really useful for taking pictures at […]

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Week 48 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Infant Photography”

January 2, 2018

I chose Infant Photography for the topic this week since I had a fun photography session with an adorable mini-model this weekend. Proud parents Rob and Claire graciously allowed me to post some of the photos of our session with their lovely daughter Posy:   Tips For Infant Photography Sessions:   Location We held our […]

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Week 47 of the 52 Week Project: “Essaouira Fishing Port”

December 26, 2017

My topic this week is the Fishing Port in the coastal city of Essaouira. Essaouira is one of my favourite places to visit in Morocco. It is more laid back than Marrakech and is a fantastic place to take photos. I especially loved the hectic fish market and the fact that most of the vendors […]

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Week 46 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Street Photography in Marrakech”

December 19, 2017

This week I decided to go with the topic Street Photography in Marrakech since I have a few additional Marrakech photos that I would like to share. Here are some of my favourites:   Visit my Amsterdam Street Photography blog post for tips on street photography 🙂              

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Week 45 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Marrakech – Markets”

December 12, 2017

This week I decided to go with the topic of Markets in Marrakech since I have many photos of the Jemma el Fna Square and various souks in Marrakech. Here are some of my favourites:   Tips for Taking Photos at Night: One of the most interesting places to visit in Marrakech is the renowned […]

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Week 44 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Leather in Morocco – Part II”

December 5, 2017

This week is a continuation of my topic Leather in Morocco. Last week I focused on the tanneries while this week I focus on the craftsmanship of the leather, a leather market in Marrakech, and some of the finished products. Here are some of my favourites:   Shooting from the Hip: During my trip to […]

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Week 43 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Leather in Morocco – Part I”

November 30, 2017

This week I decided to go with the topic Leather in Morocco. I have quite a few photos for this topic so I decided to split it over two weeks. Here are some of my favourite photos from the tanneries in Marrakech and Fez:   Here are a few tips I picked up during the […]

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Week 42 of the 52 Week Challenge: Textiles in Marrakech

November 22, 2017

My topic this week was Textiles in Marrakech. It was a fun topic to do – the fabrics in Marrakech can have such beautiful, vibrant colours! Here are some of my favourites:   This topic was inspired by my sister Keely Sullivan and photographer Suzanne Porter. Thanks for the inspiration ladies! Keely is a very […]

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Week 41 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Marrakech”

November 14, 2017

I chose Marrakech as my photography topic this week. I recently spent 5 days in Marrakech and have so many photos from the red city! I’m still sorting through them all and editing my favourites. Here are some of my favourite photos from my first two days in Marrakech:   Since I was traveling solo […]

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Week 40 of the 52 Week Challenge: Amsterdam Street Photography

November 7, 2017

I chose Amsterdam Street Photography as my topic this week. I recently got back from a trip abroad where I spent a couple of days in Amsterdam and 3 1/2 weeks in Morocco 🙂 Now  I have thousands and thousands of photos to go through lol! I decided to begin with my photos from Amsterdam. […]

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Week 39 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Shallow Depth of Field – Part III”

September 19, 2017

My topic this week was Shallow Depth of Field – Part III. I chose to continue this topic because I had a vase of dried (aka very dead) flowers that I really wanted to photograph with my macro lens. I also wanted to play around with some abstract and impressionistic compositions. Macro lenses are so […]

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Week 38 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Shallow Depth of Field – Part II”

September 12, 2017

I decided to continue with the topic Shallow Depth of Field this week since I wanted to keep experimenting with my macro lens. This weekend I discovered beautiful red roses, autumn leaves and a sleepy bumblebee at Confederation Park in Calgary – perfect subjects for my macro lens! Here are my favourite photos from this week’s […]

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Week 37 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Shallow Depth of Field”

September 5, 2017

My topic this week was Shallow Depth of Field. I chose this topic because I wanted to take pictures of our beautiful summer flowers on our patio. I also love macro photography, so shallow depth of field was a great topic! Here are some of my favourites:   For those of you not familiar with […]

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Week 36 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Star Trails”

August 29, 2017

My challenge topic this week was Star Trails. It was my first time trying a star stacking technique to create star trails, and I thought it created a cool effect! Star stacking involves taking many photos with the same composition and camera settings over a long period of time and then stacking them together using […]

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Week 35 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Fireworks – Part II”

August 22, 2017

I chose Fireworks Part II as the challenge this week since I love taking pictures of fireworks! I had two recent opportunities to practice taking photos of them – the first was at Globalfest in Calgary this Saturday and the second was a fireworks display in our community. Here are some of my favourites:   […]

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Week 34 of the 52 Week Photography Project: “Astrophotography”

August 15, 2017

The topic this week was Astrophotography. I chose this topic because I recently attended a night photography course with Meetup Group Explore.Capture.Repeat. It happened to fall on a night where the Perseid Meteor Shower was occurring so I had the pleasure of seeing a meteor shower for the first time. Unfortunately the smoke from nearby […]

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Week 33 of the 52 Week Photo Challenge: “Painting with Light”

August 8, 2017

My photography topic this week is Painting With Light. I chose this topic for two reasons. The first is that I injured my knee and needed a topic that I could do from home. The second reason is that painting with light is a lot of fun! It’s a neat technique that involves using a […]

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Week 32 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Photo Compositing”

August 1, 2017

My photography challenge this week was Photo Compositing. I chose this topic because wanted to experiment with photos from my Zapdos cosplay photo shoot and also try out a few techniques from a Photoshop course I’m currently taking. Photo compositing is a cool technique that involves combining elements from multiple photos into a single photograph. […]

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Week 31 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Wings”

July 25, 2017

I chose Wings as the challenge topic this week. I recently had a photo shoot in Drumheller with cosplay model Winterlights Cosplay in her fantastic winged Zapdos costume. For those of you not familiar with cosplay, it involves a person dressing up as a particular fictional character for photo shoots, videos, comic expos and/or role-playing. […]

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Week 30 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Fireworks”

July 18, 2017

I chose Fireworks for the challenge topic this week. Fireworks can be challenging to photograph, and I wanted to practice with the Canada Day and Calgary Stampede Fireworks this summer. Here are some of my favourites:   Tips From This Week’s Photo Shoot: Gear A tripod, tripod release/remote and a camera that allows you to control […]

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Week 29 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Midway Motion”

July 11, 2017

The topic this week was Midway Motion. I chose this topic because I love the brightly coloured lights of the Midway and the cool patterns you can get with a long shutter speed. Below are some of my favourites:   Here are a few tips from this week’s photo shoot: Shutter Speed A long shutter […]

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Week 28 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Rodeo”

July 4, 2017

The challenge this week was Rodeo. I chose this topic because I was excited to practice sports and action photography at the Airdrie Pro Rodeo! The Airdrie Pro Rodeo is a small rodeo where you can have your pick of the seats in the bleachers if you get there early. Plus the bleachers are quite […]

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Week 24 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Gardens – Part II”

June 27, 2017

The challenge this week was Gardens Part II, with a focus on close up shots of individual flowers. I chose to continue the garden topic this week since I absolutely love photographing flowers! Some of the photos are examples of macro photography. For those of you not familiar with the term “macro photography,” it refers […]

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Week 23 of the 52 Week Challenge – “Gardens – Part I”

June 20, 2017

The challenge this week was Gardens (Part I). I chose this topic because I really enjoy spending time in beautiful, serene gardens 🙂 You might be wondering where I would find such a garden in Calgary. A couple of years ago I was surprised to learn that the city of Calgary actually has several tranquil […]

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Week 22 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Angles”

June 13, 2017

The topic this week was Angles. I chose this topic because I wanted to experiment with taking photos from different angles during a photo walk in downtown Calgary. Here are a few of my favourites:     Here are a few tips from this week’s photo shoot: Angles Challenge yourself to get pictures from different […]

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Week 21 of the 52 Week Challenge: Time-lapse Photography

June 6, 2017

The challenge this week was Time-lapse Photography. I chose this topic since I recently attended a time-lapse photography course offered by Kristin Repsher. It was my first time trying time-lapse photography, and her course a great introduction to it 🙂 Here is a time-lapse I took of a city street in Calgary during the course. […]

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Week 20 of the 52 Week Challenge: Magical

May 30, 2017

The photo challenge this week was Magical. I chose this topic because I recently had an opportunity to take pictures of a beautiful cosplay model, Winter, from Winterlights Cosplay. Winter approached me about setting up a photo shoot after I sent her a photo I had taken of her during the Calgary Expo. I jumped […]

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Week 19 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Something that makes me smile”

May 22, 2017

The challenge topic this week was Something That Makes Me Smile. I chose this topic from a list of challenge topics created by photographer Denise Love at 2 Lil Owls Photography. All of the photos below were taken at Confederation Park in Calgary, one of my favourite parks in the city. This last week the […]

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Week 18 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Patterns in Nature”

May 16, 2017

The challenge this week was Patterns in Nature. A perfect topic for visiting the Calgary Zoo! The butterflies start emerging from their chrysalises in May, and if you time it right you’ll be walking into a kaleidoscope of beautiful butterflies in the Enmax Conservatory. This year I was a bit early – there were only […]

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Week 17 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Monochrome”

May 9, 2017

The challenge this week was Monochrome. This is one of my favourite challenges since I love working with photos in Silver Efex Pro :). I could get lost working in that program for hours on end, and often do! I also wanted to continue working with photos from last weekend’s Comic Expo, and several of […]

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Week 16 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Fantastical”

May 2, 2017

The challenge this week was Fantastical. I chose this topic since I knew I would be exploring the Calgary Comic Expo this past weekend. It’s a perfect place to practice street photography – over 2500 cosplayers dressed up in amazing costumes this year! These cosplayers often invest a great deal of time and money into […]

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Week 15 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Food”

April 25, 2017

The challenge this week was Food. I took this topic from a list of challenge topics created photographer Denise Love from 2 Lil Owls Photography. I thought it would be a fun topic to try and a delicious one! Plus I have a weakness for chocolate cake, and thought I would indulge in some heavenly […]

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Week 14 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Night”

April 18, 2017

The challenge this week was Night. I chose this topic since I had a photo shoot planned with the group Explore.Capture.Repeat on Friday evening. Despite being a morning person, and nowhere close to being a night owl, I have really been enjoying our evening shoots! I also picked up a few cool night photography techniques […]

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Week 13 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Flowers”

April 11, 2017

The challenge this week was Flowers, which is one of my favourite subjects 🙂 I was also in dire need of flower therapy! Calgary is the awkward ugly duckling right now – the drab, faded brown before the new, fresh green of Spring. Plus my treasured violet houseplant, a gift from my Grandma that I […]

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Week 12 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Reflections”

April 3, 2017

The challenge this week was Reflections. I really enjoyed this challenge, since I love taking pictures of reflections and have a tendency to see them everywhere! This weekend I visited Canmore, which was a perfect place to go hunting for reflections. I also had fun using Analog Efex Pro 2, part of the free Google […]

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Week 11 of the 52 Week Challenge: iPad Artistry

March 30, 2017

The challenge this week was iPad Artistry, and involved using creative editing apps on the iPad to create an artistic or painterly look in the photograph. I love editing photos on my iPad – you can get some really cool effects with some of the apps. Some of the apps used on these photos included […]

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Week 10 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Out in Nature”

March 21, 2017

The challenge this week was Out in Nature. Since it was a surprising plus 16 degrees Celsius on Saturday, it was a great day to be out in nature at Big Hill Springs Provincial Park. It was also a bit uncomfortable at times with the combination of mud puddles and ice – luckily when I […]

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Week 9 of the 52 Week Challenge: “Leading Lines”

March 14, 2017

The challenge this week was leading lines, and involved using lines in the photograph to draw the eyes of the viewer to a specific area in the photo. For example, leading lines could be roads winding their way into the image, or structural elements such as the railings of an escalator drawing the eye towards […]

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Week 8 – Little Bit of Red

March 7, 2017

A few years ago I attended a Serena Ryder concert with one of my best friends. I had never heard of Serena Ryder before then but my friend was excited about seeing Serena live, so we went to her concert at the Banff Centre. I ended up really enjoying her music, and one of my favourite […]

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Week 7 of the 52 Week Project: “Spring”

March 3, 2017

Alas, I am a bit late getting this blog post up. But better late than never, right? 🙂 I chose Spring as the topic this week, mainly because I visited Vancouver this past weekend and there were signs of spring everywhere! A welcome site given that the city I live in will have winter for […]

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Week 6 of the 52 Week Project: “Glow”

February 21, 2017

The challenge this week, glow, coincided perfectly with the Glow Festival being held in Calgary this weekend. The festival featured several interactive, glowing art installations throughout downtown, from a light show on the side of a building, a glowing octopus like-sculpture, glowing pivoting prisms, a blue chandelier made up of chopsticks and suspended from a […]

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Week 5 of the 52 Week Project: “Out of focus”

February 13, 2017

The challenge this week, out of focus, had so many possibilities and interpretations. Since I love abstract photography, I decided to try panning of ordinary objects in our townhouse to create a blurred abstract appearance. I used a technique called “panning,” which entails deliberately moving the camera while you take your shot. This requires a long […]

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Week 4 of the 52 Week Project: “Old times”

February 4, 2017

This week I decided to pick my own topic, since I was eager to work with some photos from Heritage Park. I also wanted to play around with Analog Efex Pro, one of the amazing software programs from Google Nik Collection. The collection is free, so if you haven’t tried it out yet I highly […]

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Week 3 of the 52 week project: “Sunrise”

January 31, 2017

This week’s challenge was “sunrise,” a perfect topic since I was visiting a beautiful mountain town called Canmore this weekend. Without further adieu, here are a few of the photos from this week’s challenge:  

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Week 2 of the 52 Week Project: “Shadows”

January 22, 2017

Phew, this week’s topic was considerably harder than I had anticipated! I am not completely satisfied with my pictures from this week’s challenge, but I did learn quite a bit about light and creating shadows. Since one of my goals of this project is to learn and improve my photography, I am pleased to say that […]

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Week 1 of the 52 Week Photography Challenge Topic: “everyday things”

January 14, 2017

I had a lot of fun with this particular topic. For a while now I have wanted to play around with Christmas lights to create interesting bokeh, and this challenge seemed like the perfect time to try it out. I chose drink glasses and a container of olive oil as my “everyday things.” Here are […]

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Hello and Happy New Year everyone!

January 13, 2017

Hello and Happy New Year everyone! I thought I would start the year off with a photography blog – there are so many cool photography techniques that I would love to share with you. I would also enjoy sharing my progress with a 52 week photography challenge that I am undertaking this year, and to give […]

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