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People and portraits

We love to see ourselves in pictures. Probably more than 90% of the photographs in the average photo album are people pictures. Sure, pictures of pets can be appealing, superb landscapes can take our breath away and undersea images can capture our imagination, but people pictures are in a class of their own.

From the family snapshot to a formal portrait, good people pictures convey a message. The picture can tell a story, show relationships or provide inspiration.

In most cases, conveying a message is not that difficult. You simply have to think before you click the shutter. Occasionally, you will see it before you in a candid shot, and will have to capture it quickly before it is interrupted.

When taking school pictures, some photographers simply pose the child in front of the camera and take a picture - sort of like an assembly line. Others take the time, albeit brief, to interact with the child and evoke a pleasant aspect of his or her character that will be revealed in the picture.

More sources ....

Airport News in YLW Magazine
BC Business Magazine
Digital Photography Review
Canadian Press Images
Calibrating Computer Monitor
Calgary Herald
Nikon equipment Nikon Canada
Nikon USA Commentary
National Post
Writer, freelance WriteArm
Vancouver Sun



Kelowna Photography News


Airport soars with new publication

AUGUST 15, 2009 - Congratulations to one of my clients on recent accolades for a new publication. The innaugural YLW Connection magazine created by Kelowna International Airport was awarded first place from over 250 entries in the 2009 Excellence in Marketing and Communication Contest among North America Airports.

Images from a couple of events I photographed for the Airport were assembled with informative stories and dynamic advertising features in the quarterly publication. Kudos to Airport manager Sam Samadar, assistant Jenelle Turpin, and to freelance designer Sandy Magee.


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Forest fires in Okanagan

Forest Fires renew fears of 2003 devastation

West Kelowna forest fire

JULY 19, 2009 - Kelowna's scenic surroundings are making national headlines again - for a sad reason.
Two Forest Fires have forced evacuation of almost half the homes in West Kelowna, and closed the highway disecting the town of Westbank.
Recalling the devastation in 2003 when over 200 homes were consumed by fire in the Okanagan-Mission region of Kelowna, national media have quickly descended upon the city.
Fortunately, nobody has been injured and it appears only two homes have been lost to the blaze that began Saturday afternoon.



JUNE 14 - Over $175,000 was raised in the annual 24-hour relay.  I was glad to again be a part of the fundraising event for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and Easter Seals Camp with on-site photography and attempting my first ever Charity Auction.



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