Thursday, September 3, 2009

sweet peas on a blustery day Sept 3

feeling under the weather
isn't so bad
when you have a handful
of sweetpeas to lift you up

and there is the added bonus of unveiling my photography website too!

Please join me there, I won't be here anymore!

Gawdess says goodbye, but Kath says HELLO!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Morning light run Sept 2

Morning light run Sept 2, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

two young dogs
giddy with speed
run to us
coats wet with dew

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

dandelion at sunset Sept 1

dandelion at sunset Sept 1, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

sitting beside the skateboard park in the early evening
watching my oldest daughter practice with her new longboard
and noticing the night coming sooner
and the setting sun light up the fluffy dandelion heads in the field

Monday, August 31, 2009

snorting in sunshine Aug 31

snorting in sunshine Aug 31, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

oh he is a pain in the a$$!
but what puppy isn't?
I love having him visit and sometimes I think it would be fine if he were mine
....but mostly I am also pleased when he goes back to his own loving home
and I bask in the relative calm

Saturday, August 29, 2009

farmer's gold? Aug 29

farmer's gold? Aug 29, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

one of the farmer's markets that we go to
is in a sprawling building that once housed city trollies and buses
and it still has the wide windows high up on the walls
through which light poured in and splashed down on piles of fresh carrots

Thursday, August 27, 2009

hugs available when needed Aug 27

when your Dad is not around
and your Mom's hands are full with the twins
it is helpful to have another friend's Dad
available for a hug.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

a galaxy of flowers (iphone) Aug 25

on a back alley walk with my Mom
we found this bed of echinacea and globe thistle
it is one of those small, regular favourite places that I think we all have
and I always pause for a moment to enjoy it when ever I pass it

Monday, August 24, 2009

goat's eye Aug 24

goat's eye Aug 24, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

this is not the goat we own
but possibly one of her sisters
anyway, all of the goats seemed to find us interesting,
as we, my youngest and me,
fed and watered the free range chickens
while the farmer was on her travels

Sunday, August 23, 2009

not long Aug 23

not long Aug 23, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

now, my husband has never been a fan of Michael Jackson
so I did find it funny to have him hold up this shirt and take a picture of him, all the while him not knowing what was on the front of it.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

little toaster portrait

little toaster portrait, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

Found on an alley wall on a day when I needed a reminder to be a "brave little toaster".

Friday, August 21, 2009

batty batty batty bat

batty batty batty bat, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

hidden in the corner of the out house in the campground
my oldest son's sharp eyes found it
as we were packing up to go home
tucking itself up to wait the day out

Thursday, August 20, 2009

pretty dock

pretty dock, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

When we go camping at this place, I love getting up very early and taking my camera down to our private, little bay. In the past I have tried to work around the dock, never including it in my pictures because I thought it was ugly. On this morning, I tried to embrace it and see it as pretty instead.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


wildlife, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

espite the idiots on the jetski, in the powerboats and even the beer can and trash strewing ones who had the campground before us
we were still graced with the presence of whisky jacks, squirrels and this deer.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


gaudy, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

this is a place that can sometimes explain the startlingly vivid paintings of sunsets that are done -

Monday, August 17, 2009

butterfly finger

butterfly finger, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

rescued from the lake water
my youngest child
brought the butterfly carefully over to the picnic table where I was sitting
so I could photograph it and also protect it
while it's wings dried

Sunday, August 16, 2009

sanctuary (iphone)

sanctuary (iphone), originally uploaded by gawdessness.

we have been lucky in our friends and where we camp with them each year, hopefully for many more years to come
pump water and pit toilets
bugs and no electricity
only the view from our private beach
the clean air
the stars and
each other
an excellent trade off

Saturday, August 15, 2009

screen saver

screen saver, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

snapped from the car window
on our way to camping
so unrealistically pretty
made me think of a computer screen

Friday, August 14, 2009

george (iphone)

george (iphone), originally uploaded by gawdessness.

n the pottery studio there are blanks for people to buy and paint
this one caught my eye on the same day that we bought 1984 by George Orwell
which made me think of Animal Farm,
convoluted? Sure.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

farmshare (iphone)

farmshare, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

sa means community supported agriculture
and we are a part of that community at "our" farm - where the potatoes are so fresh and good they are almost sweet!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

topsy turvy

topsy turvy, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

giggling with delight at being up ended by her mama

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

the school of "Imeanttodothat" handstands

nearly the end of the handstand that went, unexpectedly, over backwards

Monday, August 10, 2009

unofficial guinea pig appreciation day (Aug 10)

snuggling with a member of her herd
the guinea pig wrangler is happy

Sunday, August 9, 2009

dirt is best

dirt is best, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

a final scene from the folk music festival
where this little girl thought the dirt was a bigger draw then the musicians on the stage beside her.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

wildfire moon Aug 8

wildfire moon Aug 8, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

although we are about a thousand kilometres away from where the fires rage through the forests
we could still see
as the smoke and ash painted the moon
with the colour of flames

Friday, August 7, 2009

the best camera to have is the one you have with you (iphone/toyphone) Aug 7

about twenty thousand people show up at the folk music festival every day
many of them struggle to sit as close to the stage at the bottom of the hill as possible
we gave that up long ago and climb to the top
and look waaaaaaay down at the stage
but the sound is good, the people are nice and views are spectacular!
(love my iphone camera still)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

music to catch grasshoppers by Aug 6

our local folk music festival
is set in the natural amiptheatre
of one of our city parks
which is great for the music lovers
and for their kids too


thirty two years ago - my youngest brother was born-it changed my life, mostly for the good!

I wish him the very happiest of birthdays!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

ifolk Aug 5 (iphone/toyphone)

ifolk Aug 5 (iphone/toyphone), originally uploaded by gawdessness.

high on the hill at the folk festival
the stage far below
I used my iphone to take a picture of someone using an iphone
and wondered if someone was doing the same to me

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

the view from nineteen years Aug 4 (iphone/toyphone)

on my first "real" date
with the man who became my husband
he took me to a park bench
that overlooked the river valley
and the city and it's lights
then suddenly it is twenty years later
nineteen of them married
and he took me there again
I am a lucky woman.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Up Up Up (aug8 but using for aug3)

Up Up Up, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

at the folk music festival
babies fall from the pink sunset sky

iso 100, shutter speed 1/1600 second, focal length 70mm, Canon 30d, exposure 0ev
This post is really about things that I have learned about photography in general and specifically about starting my own photography related business.

Why the baby? I was tooooooo busy to take pictures on the third (at least I haven't found any if I did) and I liked this shot so much that I wanted to share it. Partly because it is the shot I went after and I didn't have a very large window of time to get it. So I was pleased that I figured out how and did it.

In point form (and in no particular order and by no means complete ) some of the things I have learned:
- when handing out business cards do not tell people that they don't need to take one if they don't want too
-workflow is a very important word - it means how you manage the digital information from your camera from the moment you download, how you download it, edit it and how long it takes to get to your final product.
-I usually need at least a day before I can look at the pictures from a shoot after I have downloaded them because I am at first staggeringly overwhelmed with how much they are not as good as I want them to be (nothing to do with subject) and I need time to have a more realistic perspective, shake myself and just do the job This is harder than it sounds though. Possibly one of my biggest challenges...
-emailing each edited picture to the client as I finish with it, is a nice idea but not a practical one (it takes too long and I send too many) nor a constructive one (I overwhelm the client with images/and being in the middle of the workflow is not the right time to ask for what changes the client would like made)
-I need time to practice printing out images so I am comfortable with doing it and also having them printed out so that I am comfortable with a service and what they offer and can recommend it to clients
-beautiful, handmade albums to give to clients at the end are a lovely idea but not at all possible to do if I buy the ones I want ready made (they start at 275 US)
-talented, beautiful friends and family are amazing resources for all kinds of things, letting me take pictures, waiting while I figure out the rest of the process, encouraging me, providing me with mockups of beautiful, handmade albums that we can make for picture presentation...etc.
-if I need a few minutes to iron out a problem with one of my cameras or the lighting, I should say so and just do it - that is more professional than attempting to forge ahead and brazen it out and losing images because the quality sucks (painful lesson)
-I also need to take a few minutes during shoots to review and use things like that the focus is where I want it on a subject, the f stop is right for the subject, and the iso and the metering etc. and to not worry about that not coming across as professional
-I have about a ten percent return on my shots (i.e. shoot 400, get 40 pretty good images) and that is not bad at all
-the best shoots take from 1-3 hours
-have a plan, stuff never goes the way you think it will but having a plan is comforting and professional
-there is a reason photographers cost so dang much!!!!!! And it isn't just because they can and I have to suck it up and come up with some kind of pricing-but I feel weird about it
-editing is a whole different ballgame and skill set and I need to research more about it because it is worthwhile
-getting the right picture onto the memory card from the beginning is the very best way and my biggest goal
-jpegs can be a very useful format
-raw format means I can save a picture I might not otherwise have been able too
-I love my 5d but wish I could make it shut up and be quiet instead of noisy when I am shooting (maybe I can, I have not read the manual all the way through yet)
-there is NOT enough time in the day........
-taking pictures for other people is much more intense in some ways than taking pictures for myself and yet it is very much the same and I LOVE it.
-being a professional portrait photographer is about a lot more than just snapping some pictures (Duh)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

each moment is precious Aug 1 (iphone/toyphone)

she and our other old dog can make it for about two blocks
one out and the same one back
and then they are tired
and I think with a lump in my throat
when we would run and run and run
and gratefully run my hand over the soft fur of their heads
and slowly follow them home

Friday, July 31, 2009

acreage lane Jul 31

acreage lane, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

I don't live in Northern Ontario
but a part of my heart does
gravel roads and ditches filled with wild flowers
takes me back there

Thursday, July 30, 2009

my business card Jul 30

my business card Jul 30, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

my littlest niece looking at one my business cards
a picture of herself from three months ago!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

puff of light Jul 29

puff of light Jul 29, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

this just goes to prove that dandelions are a beautiful thing

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

same spirited Jul 28

same spirited Jul 28, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

not our dog
but my youngest daughter would certainly like him to be...
because of that
I can see a springer spanial might figure in our future at sometime

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Imagination is everything...Jul 25

found in the drawer of the coffee table at our Saturday morning Cafe
lots of notes and stories and drawings and poems written on napkins and tucked away

sweet peas Jul 25

sweet peas Jul 25, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

father and son
but I think that is pretty obvious

Friday, July 24, 2009

lazy in the haze Jul 24

lazy in the haze Jul 24, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

happy when family comes to visit!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

mmm popsicles Jul 23

mmm popsicles, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

on a hot day
every melting drop counts
and must be caught in any way
with fingers and shirts

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

found and then lost Jul 22

found and then lost, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

nearly every week
my husband and I meet up with friends to go for a long bicycle ride
exploring the different areas of the city
on this particular evening
I stopped when a little, golden bunny darted across the road in front of my bicycle and into the front yard of a house.
It was a baby and obviously an escaped pet - so I spent a few minutes
trying to catch it so that I could try and find it's home and if not, get it home and it would live with us. My children would not have minded.
It was very tame and I was very close to getting it, when the door of the house opened and a very young women leaned out and asked me to leave the wild rabbit alone. I asked her if she was sure it was wild and she was very firm that it was. I was dubious but felt uncomfortable pushing the issue and reluctantly climbed aboard my bicycle and pedaled off. Not before I took some pictures though. Looking at it again. I don't think it is a wild rabbit at all.

sweet spot on the midway Jul 22

this makes me think of a shot that might have once been used for a postcard

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

happy boy Jul 21

happy boy Jul 21, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

a moment in the shade
leaning against Mom

tiny dog, huge eyes Jul 21

tiny dog, huge eyes Jul 21, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

scrap of a dog
adored client of my oldest children's pet and home sitting business

Monday, July 20, 2009

sometimes in the summer Jul 20

I sit on the deck by the public pool
hopefully it is mostly empty
and the snack bar is not too tempting
and the children whine at me
instead of splashing in the pool

Sunday, July 19, 2009

his garden Jul 19

his garden Jul 19, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

I am drawn to the statue of the peaceful buddha
smiling into the green leaves and yellow blossoms

Saturday, July 18, 2009

rain falls, wind blows Jul 18

rain falls, wind blows Jul 18, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

rain did come down and so did hail
but it was what the wind brought down
that was the most startling
large trees uprooted
building fronts pulled off
and then all quiet

rain falls, wind blows Jul 18

rain falls, wind blows Jul 18, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

rain did come down and so did hail
but it was what the wind brought down
that was the most startling
large trees uprooted
building fronts pulled off
and then all quiet

Friday, July 17, 2009

the happy cow Jul 17

the happy cow Jul 17, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

I was so very lucky to do a shoot at a small, working family farm.
What a lovely place and a truly magical family who live there.
This is Rosebud, settling in happily at her new home.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

in the grass Jul 16

in the grass Jul 16, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

Sometimes I have to just sit and really appreciate how lucky I am.
This is little fish, the utterly engaging son of a fellow blogger. My youngest daughter and I spent a wonderful morning playing and photographing him and his equally delightful sister and Mom. Talk about a photogenic family!
I will talk more about them in a post I have planned about everything I have learned so far.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

view from canoe Jul 15 (iphone)

a friend of great fortitude
wrangled two vans, four adults, six kids and three canoes
for a trip out to Elk Island National Park
on a jaw droppingly beautiful day

there was just the one close encounter with the huge and highly dangerous wildlife
which I dealt with in a courageous and mature fashion - no matter what anyone else says -
(leeches are gross, and that one was at least a foot long, and it was TOO chasing the canoe and if not for my new world record in speed paddling would very likely have jumped bodily into the boat and wrapped us all in it's blood sucking coils - if I had not been there, I shudder to think what would have happened, at least listening to the delusional babble of the ones around me - "oh it is only a few inches long!" "you do know that these ones actually only feed off of cold blooded creatures right?" "MOM! (eye roll) They cannot jump into the canoe! For pity sakes, how nuts are you?"
Sad, little people but I saved them anyway.)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

twixt grass and white sky Jul 14

soccer is played here in the summer
not many rules, not much organization
no matter how hot, how sunny, how cloudy
the only thing that stops them is the rain
and there hasn't been much of that around

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When I ask to photograph someone, it is because I love the way they look and I think I make that clear. I'm paying them a tremendous compliment. What I'm saying is, I want to take you home with me and look at you for the rest of my life.
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