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Merry Christmas!

Christmas sessions NL, Newfoundland Christmas photos, Newfoundland photographer

 

Christmas Sessions!

It was great to see so many familiar faces again this year, as well as some new kiddos too!  Here are just a few of the cuties I saw this year  :)

Sending a THANK YOU to my clients for making this year’s Christmas sessions the biggest event yet!

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Lost in cyberspace

I value every inquiry from potential and existing clients, and I respond to every email I receive.  So, if you send me a message through the contact form on my website and you don’t receive a reply within a few days, please try to reach me again :) Apparently, some of the recent messages sent via the contact form have been lost in cyberspace…gotta love technology, right?! 😉

On a related note, when you’re filling out your email address in the form, please check to make sure there are no typos.  I will be responding to the email address you input, so if it’s not correct you won’t receive my email reply.
And lastly, be sure to check your junk folder in case my email reply lands there.

I look forward to connecting with you!

NL App: Shop The Rock | Media Features

I’ve been fortunate to have some media coverage about Shop The Rock in the past couple weeks — it’s been featured on the NTV news, CBC Here & Now, CBC Late Night news, CBC Morning radio shows (St. John’s and Gander), OZFM and in the Telegram. With all these interviews (and everything else), I’ve been a busy lady since 2013 came in! I reluctantly share the TV interviews because the unflattering camera angles make me want to hide in the room, lol, but the radio audio interviews went ok 😉 Please don’t judge me too harshly; I get nervous when I’m being recorded, haha!
CLICK HERE to check out some of the media coverage!

New Workshop Options to save $$ | Newfoundland Photography Workshops

Check out the workshop details page (HERE) and each of the registration pages (Basic Photography and Intro to Photoshop) for new bundle options to save money!  If you register for the Intro to Photoshop workshop at the same time as you register for the Basic Photography workshop, you will save $25!  If you’re only interested in the Photoshop workshop, you can “upgrade” your registration — for only $1 more you get a $50 credit to I ShootI Shoot is my line of apparel and accessories for photographers – shirts, caps, wristbands, bag tags and more!
Learn to use your camera and take your photos to the next level with photo editing!

Newfoundland Prints

A few of my prints are available for purchase at local businesses!  All prints are professionally printed, mounted & coated with a pearl finish, and professionally framed – ready to hang. No glare, paper wrinkles or discoloring to worry about.  The Visitor’s Information Centre in Bay Roberts has a couple different fireworks prints and one of the river.  There are fireworks prints for sale at Home Accents & Gifts in the Beaver Plaza and at Hidden Treasures on the main highway in Bay Roberts.  A  20×30″ fireworks print is displayed in the waiting area of the Bay Roberts Dental Health Centre (this one is not for sale, but you can view it there).  The fireworks photos were taken at the 2011 Klondyke Days fireworks in Bay Roberts.  The river photo was taken in Hopeall a couple years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lifestyle Sessions

I am excited to now offer Lifestyle Sessions. Lifestyle Sessions are intended to capture the essence of your life, or something that is happening in your life, at the time of the session. The images will mostly be natural, candid and personality photographs, and possibly some casual portrait-type of photos, as well as “details” shots. You may remember the post I made about Jaxon’s first haircut a while ago (LINK); this is one example of a Lifestyle Session. Below is a video featuring some photos from a recent family Lifestyle Session. If you would like information about preserving some of your memories in this way, please contact me for details!

Gift Certificates Available

Give the gift that will be cherished for a lifetime: quality photographs.  Gift certificates available in any amount, to be used towards a session. Or, you can choose to purchase a certificate for the entire shoot fee (which includes some prints).  Perfect gift for friends and family!  Do you know someone who’s interested in learning photography? Why not give them a gift certificate to one of the Basic Photography Workshops with Brandi Gosse?!  Great gift idea for Christmas, birthdays, graduation, retirement, Mother’s Day / Father’s Day, etc.  All my gift certificates are personalized with names and a message if you’d like.  And I can provide an electronic copy for you to print yourself if you don’t live nearby to pick it up   :)

Print with caution

I admit, I often print my personal snapshots at a local “chain” lab.  Recently, I took a studio picture of my baby that I wanted printed quickly, so I put it through with my monthly snapshot print order (rather than waiting until I sent my next pro order).  When I picked it up I was SHOCKED!  It didn’t look anything like it did on my calibrated monitor.  Of course, I re-printed it with my usual pro lab, and I just can’t get over the difference!  See for yourself; below is a picture showing the two prints…notice how the “not-pro” print is washed out and has a “cold” look to it, not to mention you can’t even see the shading of the background.  (I never edited this quick comparison picture at all – only cropped it and added text – so please excuse that it’s not super sharp, lol).  Yes, this is the exact same file, uploaded to two different labs.  This is one reason I’m so reluctant to provide clients with full-resolution digital images for them to print themselves…I have no idea where they are printing, and they could be putting a picture like this (awful) print on their wall and telling people I took it – yikes!

Addition on July 19, 2012: Here’s another comparison, showing the drastic difference with another photo! (LINK)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s in MY Bag?

I often have people ask me what camera I have or what lens I use, or if I use a flash, or what accessories I have.   So, here’s what’s in my camera bag!  (Sorry I don’t have time to include various pictures with this post; if I could buy TIME, that would be the most valuable thing in my bag!)


Cameras

Nikon D300.  I purchased this camera when it was first released, and I really love it!

Nikon D40.  I bought this camera used, for infrared photography.  I used it a few times – until the novelty of infrared wore off – and now I keep it as a back-up.  (Note: I don’t shoot weddings or other important “live” events, so having a “good” back-up camera isn’t as critically important for me)

I plan to upgrade my camera soon (I’m checking out the Nikon D800.  And the D4, in case I win the lottery ;)), so my D300 will soon become my back-up camera.


Lenses

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f.2.8G ED.  I’m thrilled to have recently added this to my bag (though my bank account looks pretty sad with the big whole where the 2K used to be, lol)!  I’ve only been shooting with this for a short time, but it’s  already clear that this lens rocks!

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR.  This was the lens I purchased when I bought my D300, and I’ve used it about 80% of the time since then.  I love the range it covers (perfect for a convenient walk-around and travel lens).  Though I will be shooting with my new 24-70mm most of the time from this point forward, I will still be keeping this worthy lens for travelling because it’s lighter and less valuable than the 24-70mm.

Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 D.  Open wide, baby!  I love that this lens can open to an aperture of 1.4!  But, my lens seems to have a problem and is being serviced by Nikon at the moment :( .  Looks like I may be upgrading to the newer AF-S  50mm f/1.4 G pretty soon.

Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8G ED-IF VR.  Looking at things through a macro lens is like getting a glimpse at a whole other world.  The amount of detail that can be captured of such small things is truly amazing!   While macro photography is one of the most challenging types of photography I’ve tried, I truly enjoy the photographs I can get with this lens.

Nikon AF DX Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8 ED Fisheye.  This is my “play” lens, and I adore it!  It is extraordinarily sharp, and it produces super fun and interesting photos.  It’s tied with my macro lens for my “coolest” lenses  😀

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX.   I have to admit, I haven’t used this lens much.  Note to self: get this awesome lens on my camera and put it to work!

Lensbaby Composer.  Another “play” lens.  I purchased it used, just to see what it’s all about.  It’s pretty cool, but it’s another lens that I could have done without but don’t want to part with now that I have it.


Flashes

Nikon Speedlight SB900.  I have two of these.  They are wicked!  I use them in studio (occasionally), outside (often) and for personal snapshots in the house (all the time…unless there’s quite a bit of light coming in from the windows).


Accessories
Sekonic L-358 Flashmeter.  I bought this when I was beginning to learn studio lighting.  I used it initially, but to be honest, I rarely use it anymore.  I tried to turn it on last month while I was waiting for a client to arrive, and the battery  was dead.

Two PocketWizard Plus II Remote Triggers.  I use these outside for off-camera flash, and I also use them in studio.  It took me a while to upgrade from the cheap ebay triggers, but now I can’t imagine using anything else.

Various filters – UV, polarizer, ND, IR, and maybe others that I’ve forgotten about.

SanDisk Extreme CF cards – two 4GB and one 8GB.

Other miscellaneous things – lens cloth, stepping ring, sync cords, rain sleeve, etc.  Some filters are Hoya and others are B+W.

Manfrotto tripod.  Not sure of the model number, but it’s a heavy-duty tripod.

 

You may ask: “Is all this stuff actually in one bag?”.  And my answer is YES (or, at least it all could be – except the tripod)!  I can get it all in my Tamrac Expedition 7x kick a** camera bag.  But it is HUGE!  I use it to store my gear that I’m not actively using, and I have taken it when I travel so that I can fit everything in one safe bag en route (though it barely fits as carry-on luggage).   BUT, I also have two smaller camera bags – one that can fit my camera, a couple lenses and a flash, which I take with me for location shoots; and one cross-body bag that just fits my camera with attached lens, which I would use if I’m going on a personal outing to the park, for example (and that I would take when I travel as well).

So, that’s my gear…well, my gear that fits in my bag; I haven’t even touched on what’s in my studio!

(note: this is a good supplement to my post titled “The Cost…Explained” HERE)