New Orleans

Hey!!

I have been down in New Orleans for the past week and I am finally getting a chance to start to import and weed through all my photos (yes, my wife is napping :).

The architecture down here is so awesome, spanish mixed with french for the most of it.

Architecture in New Orleans, LA

Architecture in New Orleans, LA

Wow just as I am writing this I heard a band playing outside.  Looks like a parade but it is actually a wedding.  Today I experienced both a funeral and a wedding and guess what.  Both were celebrations.  Music, dancing and more music.  More on that later.  Gotta wake up the wife so we can get our jazz fix for the night.

Arrr Matey

Shipwreck in Niagara

Shipwreck in Niagara

There is a ship that is located in Jordan Harbour which always attracts me every time I drive by it.  You can see the ship when driving on the QEW by Jordan Rd.  It is located on the north side of the road (

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.  I try to stop there when I have time.  I am usually on my way back from working in the Niagara area.  The monthly challenge for the Milton Camera Club (www.miltoncc.ca) was black and white and so I thought the ole ship would make a good subject.  It was freezing cold but hey its worth it right ;).  Was nice to have a few swans swimming around too.    This link gives a good history of the ship http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/14660

 

Help Portrait

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Yay!!  This week I was able to deliver the help portrait photos to the co-ordinator at The Dam.

What is help portrait you ask?

“Help Portrait is a community of photographers coming together across the world to use their photography skills to give back to their local community.  This is about GIVING the pictures, not taking them. These portraits are not for your portfolio, website, or for sale. Money isn’t involved here. This holiday season, you have the chance to give a family something they may have never had before—a portrait together.”  Check it out at www.help-portrait.com

This year myself along with Jason DiMichele (photographer), Stephanie Moritmer (hair), Robin Blakely (hair) and the awesome staff at The Dam were able to provide a fun environment for the young mom program at The Dam.  For those of you that are interested The Dam is a non-profit organization that gives hope and help to youth and young moms and is located in Mississuaga, ON (Meadowvale area).  You can check them out at www.thedam.org.  Jason is mainly a fine art photographer and awesome printer who can be found at www.jasondimichele.com.

We provided a CD with digital images and an 8×10 framed print for the moms.  Can’t wait to do it all again next year.

THANK YOU!!

This is the second time that I have had “photoday”.  Basically I set up in my house and people come over have a mini session that is typically used for their Christmas cards.  The sessions are by donation only with 100% going to the Mississauga Food Bank.  This year, along with some food donations we were able to raise $130 which will provide over 300 meals.  I just want to say thank you to all who came and donated.  I hope to keep expanding this event every year.

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New diggs :D

I am changing around my web presence somewhat.  In the past I have been using a web service called squarespace.  There is nothing wrong with the service.  Customizing the pages was ok even with the limited knowledge that I had.  It wasn’t anything that was super awesome, look what I created but it did what it needed to do.  Then I found smugmug.  This type of web space is more geared towards photographers tho.  The only problem is that it seems more photocentric.  I.e. it doesn’t really let you have a blog.  I was running both sites for a bit but since smugmug decided to raise their prices I can’t afford both anymore.  You can customize smugmug as there are companies that offer to do so but its at least $300 plus if you want a matching blog its another $175 (and maybe a monthly hosting fee).  I have started playing around with smugmug and got the customization going.  Its not where I want it to be yet, but for now it works.  And well you are at my blog, so obviously I have found a free blogging site.  So the site might change here and there over the next little while, hopefully this won’t be too distracting.  Thanks for checking the blog out.