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Today we have Ebony Logins, Click Pro and an inspiring wedding photographer, joining us to share just a few of her favorite things.
I recently discovered that sunrise is my favourite thing in the entire world. Growing up, I would enjoy sunsets and slept in.
These days, I’m in bed really early and up really early. I’ve matched my grandmother’s sleep schedule. But that’s okay, because I am IN LOVE with sunrise. I love the fresh new feel of the day and how you get warmer and warmer as the sun comes up.
I think this realization came to me on a trip to England last year. I was determined to wake up early to catch the ponies of Dartmoor at sunrise and they did not disappoint. It was so magical that I’ve kind of been chasing that high ever since.
2. Kerestase Shampoo & Conditioner
Okay, a little confession: I cut my own hair. I just don’t trust anyone around it!
My hair parts strange, grows tons of baby hairs, and is a weird in-between of wavy and straight in all the wrong places. There have been too many visits to the salon that end in tears!
Even though I take care of my own cuts, I still enjoy the fantastic feel of your hair when you leave the salon. So I always keep a bottle of Kerastase Shampoo & Conditioner around for the days I want extra shiny, bouncy, soft, beautiful hair.
There’s something so magical and powerful about being in the mountains. On New Year’s Day, some people like to polar bear swim but I like to climb a mountain.
Being on top of the world for the first day of the year makes me feel like I can conquer anything! Plus, for some reason, the weather is always beautiful and sunny.
I have a back injury, so it was hard to carry my big camera around on hikes until I invested in a Spider Holster! Now, I can hike for hours and not worry about missing a shot.
4. Eating out
While I do love to cook, there are just so many incredible restaurants in my town. Many places support local farmers by using fresh, local ingredients, and many change their menus to match the season’s produce.
I stay away from gluten, dairy, and soy, so it’s nice to have a variety of delicious menus to choose from. In any given week, I’ll have a few tacos, sushi, burger, and whatever the high school cafeteria is serving up. Honestly, the school cafeteria may even be the best menu in town!
5. Clickin Walk
One of my favourite events of the year is the Clickin Walk! I love meeting up with local photographers and spending some time together as we walk around our beautiful city.
Not only is it a great way to connect but it’s also a great excuse to get some street photography in! I hardly shoot street images since I live an hour from the city. Gathering a group of awesome ladies to wander the streets makes you feel secure and confident when photographing the energy of the city and it’s people.
I make sure I bring along my Vanguard Alta Pro aluminum tripod so we can get a great selfie!
I’m quite a gypsy at heart. I love the excitement and adventure of change and challenge. My favourite places to travel are Belize, Costa Rica, and Panama. The Central American region in general has totally stolen my heart and soul!
Travel and vacations can get a little hectic since there is always something to do or see. So pulling out my gear and setting aside time to look at the world in a different way allows me to relax and really take in my surroundings.
7. Macro photography
Many photographers enjoy macro photography as a means to show the beauty in the details. The things we would typically pass by, we spend a bit more time with and photograph to share with the world. Macro photography is one of my favourite genres for that reason!
Another thing I love about macro is how you can use it to study lines, light, color, emotion, depth, creativity, and other artistic elements. It really forces you to slow down, practice your manual focus, and shoot with vision and intent.
I use my Tokina 100mm f/2.8 macro lens for macros and my Sigma ART 35mm for close ups.
I have been coaching a junior girls basketball team for 5 years at the high school where I work. It’s so much fun to get to know a new team each year and train them for a competitive season!
I’m so lucky to get to coach with one of my best friends, too. She brings her littles to practice and they have started to tell the players to bend their knees when they shoot. So we inadvertently started training the next generation of coaches!
I also get to help organize an outdoor 3-on-3 tournament each summer where we have players of all ages join in.
9. My dog, Cooper
This dog is such a sweetheart! I love having a big giant cuddle bug around at all times. Cooper is a black Lab crossed with a Bernese Mountain Dog. I got him when he was 8 months old and 120 lbs, so I’ve never known him to be small or puppy-like.
He is 5 years old now and is pretty timid and quiet, except when he’s excited to see you! He enjoys sleeping in the rain all winter which is so not fun to clean up every day, but I have to let him do it because he loves it so much.
He will never pass up a car ride, but he does take up the full width of the car while he sticks his head out one end and his tail wags non-stop on the other end!
Yes, I am a hopeless romantic at heart! It’s such a joy to be a wedding photographer and to constantly be surrounded by love. Hearing vows and speeches and watching the ceremonies always brings a happy tear to my eye.
Before I bought my first DSLR I was a wedding planner, but when I was just starting out with photography, I swore I’d never photograph a wedding. I was certain that it was too much stress and too much work! Then, I realized that my years of wedding experience would pay off, because I new a few tricks of the trade and how the day unfolds. I was already trained for the unexpected.
Once I got over my fear, I jumped right in and started to learn how to make people connect and how to draw out emotion in my wedding clients. I photograph all my weddings with prime lenses, two camera bodies, and natural light.
On the rare occasion, I will pull out my Nikon SB900 speedlight for the reception and dance shots, but I do like to challenge myself to work with available light whenever possible. It has been such a rewarding experience!