techno: Photoboother

October 27, 2011

All you have to do is choose a frame, upload photos, click develop and download prints. Or check out the photobooth locator, grab your BFF and hit the mall.


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artsy: Endless Summer No.3

August 22, 2011

Hang in there summer. Love this print by, available at Supermarket.

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eye candy: Paige Elizabeth

July 12, 2011

I’m thinking this must be one of the best jobs out there. A dog photographer? People are great and everything but…


I happened upon Paige’s website yesterday. She is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Denver and London. Love her “about” statement:

I am…
blue jeans & cashmere,
diamonds & bare feet,
grilled cheese sandwiches… with champagne…

See more work on her blog.

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eye candy: Camera Bags

June 29, 2011

We had a media tour visit us at Boulevard Magazine a few weeks ago, and the photographer had the most excellent camera bag. I don’t see the exact one here, but it has been determined that it was from Kelly Moore bags. It’s a great site, with videos of how the bags work and fantastic cross section diagrams.



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Fanatical eh?

June 16, 2011

I wonder how these people are feeling about themselves after the Stanley Cup riots? What is this all about anyway? Is this hockey? Is this Vancouver? Is this what it means to be a fan?

fanatical enthusiast or supporter
1. Filled with excessive and single-minded zeal.
2. Obsessively concerned with something.

It’s great to enjoy a sport, but what’s up with the die-hard, nervous energy, aggression-driven passion? Where did this state of mind come from and more importantly, where is it going? The game was an excuse for bad people to behave badly. Were any spurred to action from actual disappointment at the outcome of the game or are they just crazy? If anything good could come from this, the shot of the couple smooching on the ground is unreal. All photos via

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eye candy: Supermoon

March 29, 2011

saturday supermoon

On March 19th, the moon was at the nearest possible point from the ground, making it exceptionally large – 14% larger and 30% brighter to be exact.

Not to be repeated until 2029.

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on the road: Encinitas CA

February 11, 2011

Surf at your doorstep, cruiser bikes, crashing waves… there’s a good vibe in Encinitas California where the winter means walks on the beach in your shorts, picnics and happy hour. It’s a half hour north of San Diego off Hwy 101. My visit was short, but sweet, literally. A stroll to the Leucadia Donut Shoppe makes for a cheap and easy thrill, a toddle around the Self Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens is worth it for the view and a quiet place to rest. Don’t forget the Pizza Port where delicious pizza and craft brews meet video games and lively music. Here’s to winter weekends.

cliffs at encinitas


private wave

Just Peachy Market | Boogie Board Dreamin


Leucadia Donut Shoppe

sunset in january

Tried the California Condo Cocktail yet?

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on the road: Manzanillo Mexico

December 13, 2010

The rain is falling, the skies are grey and it seems everyone is talking about getting out of town. I’m relying on a few photos from the archives to get me through. Tesoro Resort in Manzanillo… Mexico’s busiest port and where the movie 10 starring Bo Derek and Dudley Moore was shot.

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newsflash: Holiday Card Sale

November 24, 2010

I have 2 sets of 6 holiday cards left! Email me if you want to get your hands on a set of cards with 6 unique designs and festive phrases on the front:
“warm holiday wishes” / “catch me if you can!” / “hurray for rudolf!” / “meet me under the mistletoe” / “season’s greetings” / “ring out the old, cheers in the new”.

Reduced to $10 for a set of 6 – email me or leave a comment here by clicking in the bubble top right, then enter your info below.

ALSO – COMING SOON! 2001 calendars! A great gift or hostess gift at $11 + tax. Stalk the online shop.

Calendars coming soon! | 2 sets of cards left!

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bits & bytes: Cleaning A DSLR Camera

November 16, 2010

I’ve noticed that my DSLR is producing images with little blurry spots. Time to clean it up. It’s likely that your camera came with some cleaning equipment. If you’ve lost track of it, you’ll need to get some lens cleaning fluid and cleaning tissues. C’mon, you know you’ve been dying to use that air plunger. If you’re unsure, take your camera somewhere like Lens & Shutter.

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bits & bytes: Stipple

October 20, 2010

Too easy!
Stipple is a slick way to label and share the content of photos on your site or blog. When readers mouse-over your images, information from your labels pops up.

Welcome to Stipple from stipple on Vimeo.

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September 23, 2010


The industry of motherhood is rampant. Conversations, online resources, blogs….

Sometimes I wonder about the dads.

“Taking pictures is instinctual for photographer Phillip Toledano. His paternal instincts, however, took time to develop. When his daughter Loulou was born, he was faced with the sobering realization that every baby enters the world as a stranger, a living riddle demanding to be solved.
Through photos and narration, Toledano plots out his journey through the maze of Loulou’s first months, revealing his steps toward fatherhood.”

From objet d’art to object of love The Reluctant Father is a candid, humourous image diary of a father/artist. Go Dads.

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artsy: Elevator Shaft

September 20, 2010

Dan's Feet, Sayward Building, Victoria BC | re-touched iPhone image

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on the road: Savary Island BC

September 16, 2010

White sand, blue water, cabin life. The regulars would rather you not know. Get there via the Powell River ferry from Comox, drive to Lund and catch a water taxi. I’d say go, but then I might not get invited back. It’s a place where you go to clarify your thoughts or muddle them up. It’s about the people, the place and links to the past.

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BCC: beach panorama

BCC: cabin in the woods

BCC: beach front cabin

BCC: beach front micro cabin

BCC: island ride

BCC: powell river

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on the road: Kopachuck State Park

September 1, 2010

When September is looking you straight in the eye, it’s time to take a last minute camping trip. Kopachuck State Park was a random choice – I think I heard something good about Gig Harbor once? It’s about a leisurely 3 hour drive from Port Angeles. A lunch stop in Port Townsend was worth it for the pizza and architecture. Kopachuck is about 15 mins outside of Gig Harbor, Washington where the view downhill of a long harbor filled with boats and Mt. Rainier climbing from the edge of the sea makes for exciting arrival. Gig Harbor is a serene place with a history in boat building and commercial fishing. Today there are farmers markets, docks to wander, a decent choice of restaurants, shops geared towards boaters and 10 mins outside of town…. Target. Kopachuck is winner of a campsite, private and quiet, with a boat launch and a beach where the water is warm enough for swimming. Perfect place to recharge your creativity.

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eye candy: Lake Days

August 20, 2010

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artsy: summer spiral

August 16, 2010

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flavour of the week: Lucy’s Lettuce

August 13, 2010

At this time of year there’s no excuse for boring salads. This one isn’t fussy or over stuffed with ingredients. Sometimes you just need a little inspiration in the salad department. Serve with homemade bread of course.

Lucy's Lettuce

Salad Ingredients:
Fresh Greens
Peas & corn (use frozen if required, just cook then rinse with cold water)
Strawberries (or blueberries or mango)
Roasted pine nuts (or almonds)
Goat cheese

Dressing Ingredients:
olive oil
white wine vinegar (or apple cider)
Dijon mustard
maple syrup

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bits & bytes: Stock Photography

July 28, 2010


My clients are usually surprised to find out you can purchase stock photography for under $20. One of the most difficult challenges can be finding imagery or video that both illustrates your business and appeals to your demographic. If you’re creative (c’mon even you can make your own invite or t-shirt design) stock sites are great for textured backgrounds and vector graphics. Here are a few of my faves:

iStockphoto: my most frequent haunt. This was one of the first stock sites I worked with, it’s affordable and easy to use. Sign up, buy stock, sell stock.

Dreamstime: lots of affordable images, I find the interface a little awkward.

Fotolia: stock photos from 14 cents!

Shutter Stock: “the largest subscription-based stock photo agency in the world”. Thousands of photographs, illustrations, and vectors added every day.

123 Royalty Free: credit packages or subscriptions, similar to iStock.


YouWorkForThem: A collection of artists offer everything from stock images, fonts, videos and audio. Check out their blog for other design inspiration.

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2 years ago today

July 19, 2010

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eye candy: Vic Maui Race Start

July 1, 2010

It was a drizzly and slow start to the Vic-Maui International Yacht Race this morning but that didn’t diminish the spectator’s awe as they watched their friends and family set sail for Hawaii. Could you do it?

Sonsie setting sail for Maui - good luck Chris, Kelly, Camilla, Donald, Brent and Serge!

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locals only: Maritime Forces Fleet Review

June 23, 2010

cover your ears

It was a cloudless day for the Fleet Review on June 12th. Snowbirds, picnics, ships and parachuters.


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on the road: Huntsville AL

June 9, 2010

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bits & bytes: Photo Editing Online

June 2, 2010

Microsoft Paint not quite cutting it? Dying to cut that old boyfriend out of a fabulous photo? Picnik allows you to edit photos online, in your browser. It’s the easiest way on the Web to fix underexposed photos, remove red-eye, or apply effects to your photos. Realize your inner designer fantasies by making a custom slide show or collage.

Oh, and it’s free.

Free online photo editing

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in the house: Richard Powers

May 13, 2010
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Taken with these images from photographer Richard Powers. Powers is a self taught photographer, specializing in architecture and interiors. When asked what the most important thing is for good photography, he says, “balance is key – what and what not to include is as equally important as the shadows and highlights”. Loads more inspiration on his website.

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