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Which Camera is best for my child

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For my stepson's 13th birthday I gifted him his first DSLR, it was a way for us to bond, and do things together. I have fond memories of us going on little walks and pulling out the cameras and experimenting. As he got older the photography bug grew, and he starting shooting and upgrading his equipment. That passion, took him to many countries, and created many memories for him growing up. So, if you are thinking about buying your mini-me their first camera, how do you know which is best.  Well, a few things you to consider particularly since children’s interests can change in a flash.  You can, however, still support their hobby without breaking the bank.   

Here are our top tips for choosing a camera for your kid. 

1.       Size Matters - Make sure that the controls and buttons are manageable and that the size of the camera is suited to the size of their hands. The menus should also be logical, easy to read and have intuitive icons that are easy to understand.

 2.       Learn by Doing - Children love to experiment and tend to learn faster when they are hands on. An entry-level DSLR camera will give them enough settings like exposure, ISO, shutter speed and aperture.

 3.       Big Screen – The digital screen on the back should be large, bright and have great color reproduction. Another thing to consider is how easy it is to see in both indoor lighting and outdoors lighting conditions. 

 4.       Pixels – Most camera’s will have plenty of resolution, but if you are purchasing second hand you want to consider the sensor resolution. In general a 10-14 mega pixel camera is a sufficient for an entry level photographer.

 5.       Memory Cards – Obviously, they will need some SD/SDHC memory cards, to store all those amazing images.  The only suggestion is a little more research, buy from a camera store and have backups in case of failure.

 6.       Add-ons – After a day of shooting your mini-me will want to download images from the camera onto a computer for viewing or editing so a USB cable or external device to transfer the images from the card to the computer will be an essential.

Finally, if you are concerned about price, and worry that this is just a fad, you could invest in a used camera.  Many photographers sell their ‘older’ camera’s to upgrade and you may be able to get a deal.  Your other option for a second hand camera is check in the camera stores, they often have a used section. 

Dear 2017,

I want to say thank you.  It was not quite what I expected from a year but in the up and downs I learned lessons, found new friends, clients and inspiration in every moment.  Even those that were wrapped in fear and a bit of darkness.  2017  you helped me grow, find a grounding I have been seeking for  while and a new appreciation for hard work, deep relaxation and embracing what is.

I had my own Glamour Portrait session that boosted my self esteem....I was walking high after that thank you Vintage Chic!

I spent time with other creatives shooting video, creating connections and making memories, I went through home renovations I am in love with.  I create a new space to shoot in - tiny but all mine.. and new refreshed energy in my home.

I spent a beautiful day at a wedding in Tofino, capturing amazing memories and creating some wonderful art from the day.

Finally, I spent alot of time on walks, listening to pod casts on how to hack our life, how to change our behaviors that are not serving us.. and that kicked me off on some healthy journey's, and  bit of weight loss.  Yea!  

So, thank you 2017, you were not what I had planned but you were what I needed. 

Here's to 2018!  



inspired by Sue Bryce

In 2013 I came across a portrait photographer from down under named Sue Bryce.  At that time she had a mission to bring back glamour portraiture, not the 80s style that I still have haunting nightmares about but a more updated version.  A Vogue magazine inspired glamour, traditional chic.  Her desire has always been…'to help women to love and value themselves, to recognize their own beauty and to have amazing photographs of themselves.'   Over the last few years her message has been refined and reinforced with the passage of time.    

Photographers around the globe are echoing Sue's words encouraging everyone (but especially women) to exist in photographs.

'Exist in photographs for yourself. Exist in photographs for your children.'  

I am one of those portrait photographers, so I ask you, when did you last have your photograph taken?  #EXISTINPHOTOS now.