Do You Need A Better Camera?

So your camera is a few years old, you’ve only got one lens (cause who has the money for those fancier ones??) and you feel like this is all holding you back from creating the photos you have in your mind.

You’re frustrated and you don’t take your camera out as much anymore because of it. Everyone on Instagram has amazing photos and you feel like yours don’t even come close.

Let me tell you something.

And I know you’re probably going to roll your eyes, but this is the truth.

It’s NOT about the gear you have; it’s about how you see the world.

Now, obviously camera technology is advancing drastically, and there are differences between cameras that are a few years old vs cameras that just came out, or cameras that cost $400 vs $5000, or lenses that cost $150 vs $3000.

Of course!

But you can hand a $5000 camera to someone who doesn’t know anything about cameras, and they can end up with images that aren’t great. And at the same time you can hand a cheap camera to a professional and they can come up with images that surprise you!

This is because the gear isn’t the only factor to creating great images. The person controlling the camera is more important!

I want to start an ongoing series that will hopefully help to demonstrate this, because I don’t want anyone to stop shooting just because they think their camera isn’t good enough. And I certainly don’t want anyone going into debt to get a new camera when they didn’t need it yet.

I want you to learn all about the camera you have now. Learn which situations are best for that camera and which situations cause it to struggle. Learn how to work with those limitations and still create great images!

So for my first challenge, I decided to pull out my old camera (my first ever DSLR)! The Canon Rebel T2i that I got way back in 2010. And I used it with one of the cheapest lenses out there: the Canon 50mm 1.4 ($150).

I took this camera out to Fisherman’s Cove in Eastern Passage. I photographed Jackson and Memphis, a pair of Australian Cattle Dogs on a nice spring evening!

I had to adjust to the smaller camera in my hand because my current camera (Canon 7D Mk II) is much bigger and heavier. The 50mm lens is a bit slower to focus, so I didn’t try action shots that day - I stuck with nice posed shots in some lovely spots around our location!

And I’m really happy with the results! I certainly don’t think these photos look like they were taken with an almost 10-year-old camera and a super cheap (and equally old) lens…

Do you?

The next round of my “Master Your DSLR” workshop is coming up on June 2nd!

Join me and a small group of other photographers to learn the basics of using your camera in Manual mode. No experience necessary! We start from the very beginning.

if you’re ready to move out of Auto mode and take control of your photos, this is the place to start! The course fee is $150 + tax, and we’ll spend 3 hours together, exploring the park and putting your new skills into practice. You’ll also get access to my private Facebook group for attendees, so you can continue to ask me questions, share your work, and support your new friends long after the workshop has ended!

Send me a quick email at info@wetnoseimageshalifax.com and I’ll send you all the details!

Dogs and Tattoos - What Could Be Better?

Just like the artwork you display around your home, tattoos are artwork you display on your body.

We get tattoos of things that mean the world to us. They’re unique and personal, and they were created by an artist who spent years developing their specific skills. Each one is a work of art!

I love seeing people who display their very favourite things on their skin. It shows the passion, love, and dedication with which they live their lives.

Cambridge Suites Hotel: Part 2 | Dog Friendly Halifax

Halifax and HRM is a fairly dog friendly place! I’ve been working on a side project over the last year where I showcase some of these fabulous businesses by doing a photo shoot at their location.

Last weekend I coordinated with Cambridge Suites in Halifax (right near Citadel Hill!) to photograph 3 stunning pups around their hotel! We were given access to a few guest suites, the rooftop patio, and the lobby. So much fun! And the staff were thrilled to meet these sweet models.

In today’s blog, please meet Bella and Beanie the Miniature Dachshunds!

A Bernedoodle also joined me at Cambridge Suites that day…

Check out George’s blog HERE!

Cambridge Suites Hotel | Dog Friendly Halifax

I love finding businesses around Halifax and HRM that are dog friendly. I’ve been working on a side project over the last year where I showcase some of these businesses by doing a photo shoot at their location!

This past weekend I coordinated with Cambridge Suites in Halifax (right near Citadel Hill!) to photograph 3 stunning pups around their hotel! We were given access to a few guest suites, the rooftop patio, and the lobby. So much fun! And the staff were thrilled to meet these sweet models.

In today’s blog, please meet George the Bernedoodle!

Two miniature dachshunds also joined me at Cambridge Suites that day…

Check out Beanie and Bella’s blog HERE!

Meet the 2019 Ambassadogs!

I am SO excited to finally introduce my Ambassadogs for this year with their first Wet Nose portraits!

We hung out at Garrison Brewing this weekend for some drinks, puppy cuddles, and photos. It was a great way for our group to get to know each other (both humans and pups), and get excited for what’s to come this year. I photographed these sweethearts around the brewery, showing off their custom bandanas from Puppy Riot Designs.

This year each Ambassadog will get their very own Wet Nose session, as well as several unique group sessions! So stay tuned for lots more photos of these beauties throughout the year.

Alright, without further ramblings… please say hello to Willow the Berger Picard, Delta the Black Lab, and Wick the Nova Scotia Duck Toller!!

Leto the Bearded Dragon

Leto the bearded dragon was such a cool dude to photograph! I’m mainly a dog photographer, but I am always up for the exciting challenge of photographing other animals and pets. No matter how big or small!

I had such a great time meeting Leto (my first bearded dragon friend!) in his living room. I captured exactly what I wanted to - a cool critter just hanging out around his home. I absolutely love these portraits and can’t wait for another in-home session like this!

Lola's Session at Fisherman's Cove

Beautiful Lola the Akita had her session in January - she loves the cold weather! We went to Fisherman’s Cove in Eastern Passage where we hardly saw a soul and practically had the place to ourselves! We used the boardwalk, the beaches, and the tall grass… and Lola was a rockstar (she takes modeling just as seriously as Ruby does).

For those dogs who love winter, this is the perfect time of year to have them photographed. They’re comfortable with the temperature, and they’re so happy to be out exploring!

And just like with 90% of Wet Nose sessions, Lola was on leash in every photo and I removed it during editing. I want all pups to be safe while I’m photographing them, and we obey the laws for the locations we use. So if your pup doesn’t have reliable recall, don’t let that hold you back from booking the session you’ve been daydreaming about!

Enjoy Lola’s foggy winter portraits…

What is A Reveal & Order Meeting?

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After your session has taken place at your favourite location with your favourite pups we will schedule your Reveal & Order meeting! Next to the session itself, this what my clients say is the most exciting part of the Wet Nose experience! It's the day they get to see the final images from the session for the first time and decide which ones they want to display in their home.

By the time the Reveal meeting arrives, you and I have already discussed the wall art and album options that I offer and you've been envisioning how you want to display your images. You've received my pricing guide and we've talked about general sizing and grouping options for portraits on the wall. But this is the big day where it all finally becomes real!

We meet up at a quiet coffee shop, grab a warm drink, and sit down together. I turn my iPad towards you, and there is your pup’s beautiful face on the screen. This is usually when I hear a squeak of delight and your hands fly to your face. Those furry faces are your absolute favourites and you've been so excited for this moment all week. As the images slowly flip through in a slideshow, you "ohhh" and "awww" over them. We get to the final image… and and you start to wonder how you're ever going to decide on your favourites.

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But don't worry! I'm here to help. We look through the images a second time and mark each one as either Yes, Maybe, or No. That way you'll have a collection of Yeses and Maybes and we'll just concentrate on those ones as we move forward. We then talk about your favourite product options again. I offer beautiful floating prints, acrylic prints, and framed canvases for the wall, as well as luxurious coffee table albums. You tell me you've always loved canvases, and you think your parents would love a floating print for their home (can't forget the grandpawrents!), plus you've also been eyeing the coffee table album I brought with me, too. I show you what a few of your Yes images will look like on your own wall - you’ve given me a picture of your living room so that we can select an appropriate size for your space.

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You decide on one that fits the feeling and the colors of your room best! There's another sweet image that you choose for your parents' Christmas gift, and by this point you just know you need that album so you can take home the rest of your favourites. The 15-image album is the perfect fit because you ended up selecting that many images in your Yes pile! I will design the album to fit all the portraits beautifully, and it will be ready for you in a few weeks. Today might have felt like Christmas... but just wait until you have these products in your hands!

Taking photos of your dogs is so important - they are our family and they are loved fiercely. Even if you're taking photos with your smartphone, it's still so important! We never know what life has in store for us and you don't want to regret not taking more photos of your sweet pups. Of course, when you also have the opportunity to hire a professional photographer, that's even better! Decorate your home with photos that bring you joy and celebrate the special souls you cherish.

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Ambassadogs: Peggy's Cove

September’s group session with my 2018 Ambassadogs was at Peggy’s Cove! I don’t go there very often, so it’s always nice to enjoy a beautiful evening right on the water and away from the city.

They practiced posing on benches, docks, and big rocks. And our backdrops included colourful buildings, boats, the lighthouse, and that gorgeous sunset. This was such a fun session!

Here are some of my favourite photos from that evening! They definitely have an east coast feel :)

Diesel - Frenchie Cuteness Overload!

I absolutely love how all the connections I’ve made over the last few years in business have all intertwined and led to even more connections!

Back in 2015 I photographed a very sweet French Bulldog named Maple, and got along well with her wonderful mum. I didn’t cross paths with her again for a few years, but then discovered she works at Planet Paws! She then enrolled her new pup, Bismarck, as one of my Ambassadogs in 2017 so we got to catch up again and I found out that her dream of becoming a French Bulldog breeder was finally happening for her. So exciting!

Through the Ambassadog program that year she connected with one of my other wonderful clients, who then ended up bringing one of the puppies from that first Frenchie litter home. That puppy was Dante, who is an Ambassadog this year!

 
Dante at Peggy’s Cove

Dante at Peggy’s Cove

 

And just last month, one of Dante’s littermates, Diesel, had his very own Wet Nose session!

I hope I didn’t lose you with that story and the various connections! But it’s so cool to see how small and connected this dog owner community is here, and how many wonderful people and dogs I get to meet (and photograph)! I feel so lucky and so happy to be doing what I do.

Alright, and without any further ado, I want to show you some of Diesel’s portraits from his session at Fisherman’s Cove! He’s only about 8 months old, but he was a fast learner and got right into his modeling career. Check him out!