Thursday, July 8, 2010

Last Post of This Blog!

So I have finally graduated Prairieview and gained my Diploma in Professional Photography!!
What a crazy ride it has been!!

This means that this blog has come to an end, but fear not my friends, I have a brand new Website and Blog up and running!!

To continue following me and my work, go to
You can get straight to my new blog via the website, and you can also follow me on facebook (my website will also redirect you to my FB page)  so check it all out and let me know your thoughts.

Love Love,


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

27.1 Editing Portraits

These images are part of the assignment DT27.1 Editing Portraits.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Portfolio Frenzy!!

Hello Readers/Viewers, 

So it's been a while since I've had a chance to blog for pleasure! The last few posts have been assignment related! School has been so crazy, but I'm taking a time-out to post some shots from my latest shoots!

Most of my time developing my portfolio has been spent on shooting fashion as that is my Major, but I also have to squeeze in time for some normal portraits!! For school purposes, my portfolio has to be made up of 30 images, 20 of which will be my major - fashion - and 10 will be my other chosen genre - portraiture.

I've pretty much completed the fashion shots for my portfolio, just a couple more final shots needed and so I have the next couple of weeks to put together 10 awesome portraits!

Last week I took some photos of my lovely boyfriend, Liam. Here are some of my faves that I will be selecting from, for my port:

To add to that, today I had a great shoot with the lovely Jessica Kmiec - an awesome Make-up artist that I worked with on a recent Fashion shoot! She's so photogenic and was a joy to photograph! It was a really fun morning and the weather was just gorgeous!
Here are some of my faves of Jessica (and man, there were a tonne of great shots to choose from!):

And finally, I shot some fashion work with Akos, one of the gorgeous models from Swish Productions Modeling Agency in Winnipeg. She needed some black and white images in particular for her book, as did I, so we focused on getting some black and white shots in the studio. After we'd done that, we went outside and took a few colour shots while the weather was so nice! Here are a few of my faves:

So, that's that for now! I have another exciting creative planned with Akos next weekend, and I'm shooting another gorgeous Swish model on Wednesday afternoon, so watch this space for more Fashion updates!
As well as that, more portrait sessions scheduled, so watch this space for more updates on how everything's coming along!

Until next time...


Monday, April 5, 2010

AT21.1 Hybrid Photography

So over Spring break I had an Analogue assignment to shoot a roll of colour film on any theme I wanted. Unfortunately, it didn't end up as 'themed' as I originally planned and would of liked!
For the first half of my spring break I ended up not being able to do anything as I was recovering from having my wisdom teeth out, so when it came to shooting this assignment it was Thursday and I realized I'd picked up the wrong film! Uh Oh! Luckily, my star of a mum went and got me a roll of the correct film so I could still get it shot! 
So it came to Friday when I was planning to shoot and lone behold, it was miserable weather and raining! :o( As it was forecast to rain all week, I decided to have my theme as 'in my house' and started to snap a few shots. Saturday came and I hadn't finished the roll by any means, and luckily for me the sun decided to come out! I decided then to take my camera everywhere I went on Saturday and shoot things that I came across throughout the day. Theme therefore entitled 'A mish mash of things from Katy's Saturday' haha!
I'm just glad I got the roll shot!

These are 3 images that I took when I went out for lunch with my mum and Liam.
Shot on colour film, scanned onto my mac and enhanced in LR.

Liam standing in the road
Coffee at Stella's
Reading Uptown


Friday, February 19, 2010

Movie Week Extravaganza!

So, this past week at school was movie week, in which we had a bit of downtime (and when I say downtime, I don't mean it was relaxing or any less stressful than any other week lol! 'Relaxing' and 'not stressful' are not words that you will find in the 'Prairieview dictionary'!) It was, however, a time to have a bit of fun with fellow PVers and enjoy (or not, as some cases may be) some photo-related movies. As always, there was a catch, and this catch is what you are now reading! We had to write a review on each of the movies we watch and blog them!
So, here goes, here are my reviews for the three movies I watched!

O' Brother Where Art Thou?

Now I think I was only one of few who didn't really enjoy this movie! Maybe it was for the fact that I don't have a crush on George Clooney, find it hard to understand the amazingly thick southern American accents that each character adopted, or just simply because I found the story line quite boring, but either way it just wasn't, as we english say, 'my cuppa tea'!
The thing that I did find interesting about this movie was the way in which it was shot and processed. Having watched a short interview on the 'dvd extra's footage', it was explained how the colour balancing on the movie was changed on every frame to give it the mood and atmosphere the director/producers wanted. The whole movie was very much on the yellow side of the colour scale, with lots of warm tones, which I thought really emphasised the heat. This was especially effective, I found, in the opening scene, where it faded from black and white, into colour as the scene progresses. In this scene, there is a chain gang of convicts working outside and the colour balancing really adds the sense of how hot, tiring and uncomfortable it would have been for them. 
So, on the whole, the most compelling aspect, for me, with this movie, was the cinematography and the general look of the film.


Second movie of the week, was Pecker. Probably one of the weirdest and most random films I've ever watched! Words can't really describe this movie, other than "I Love You more than Kodak!" BEST line in the entire movie! Only a passionate photographer could 'love someone more than kodak!' Maybe I should try that line on my boyfriend, perhaps "I love you more than Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop" would be enough to show my affection! Because let's face it, in today's photographic industry with digital taking over the world, Adobe products are pretty much the equivalent love for a digital photographer, to Peckers love for Kodak film!
As much as I found this movie extremely random, I did find a lot of good moral points within it, from the fact that money and fame can ruin someone's passion and also ruin a lot of other things in people's lives, to the fact that there is a thin line between art and photography capturing the 'truth' and what is simply perceived as the truth! It raised awareness to the fact that as a photographer, you have to be careful with who you are taking photos of and where these images are being used, and whether of not you have the subjects consent to publicly display the images, as this could have consequences (and not always good ones!).
Overall, I think this film portrayed the passion that some people show for art and photography and how sometimes this passion is used for good, and other times, just to exploit people. 

One Hour Photo

My favourite movie of the week!! I had seen it before, as I own in on DVD, but I think it's a fantastic film, therefore, I found watching it again very enjoyable! 
In general, it is a very creepy film, and certainly would make you think twice about taking your film to be developed at a one-hour place, like Walmart or Shoppers, just incase you found out that you are being stalked by the extremely lonely guy that does all your developing! Overall for me, I find this film less creepy and more just really sad! Sad to think that someone could be that lonely that they revolve their life around watching someone else's life unfold through their family photos.
I also find it very interesting the way in which the scenes are filmed and the producers choice of lenses and colour balance. For example, I think that the way in which the scenes with Robin Williams character 'Si', on his own, are filmed with a long lens, creating a shallower depth of field and therefore, isolating him as the point of focus in the 'frame' is a really good way to reflect the emotional state of the character and really depicts his loneliness. 
Asides from the creepy, yet sad story line, I think this movie also represents how much photography can mean to some people, but also that typically, for most, photos only ever capture positive and happy moments, the good memories, never the negative things in life. Is photography therefore, really a true representation of what's happening in people's lives? I find this film raises questions about certain morals and situations, that's for sure.

Until next time...


Monday, February 15, 2010

Out of this world!!

So I haven't blogged in a while, so thought I'd share some recent work with you.

I can't say this was my favourite assignment (sorry Sarah!), and my ideas were lacking! I found it really hard to come up with ideas to create 'Space' images. I think, however, that I managed to pull off some good work, despite the creative block! 

I've been working hard all day on these 3 images, and I know there are some areas that can be improved (my PS skills are still developing, so don't be too critical on my errors please! Lol. Photo-manipulation isn't quite my thing!)

In order to achieve the final results on the following images, I began by photographing 3 different things, then I used PS to manipulate the images to create a 'Space' effect.
Let me know your thoughts! :o)


Friday, January 29, 2010

People and Pets :o)

Hey People,

So sorry my blog entry's are few and far between lately! My life is so hectic these days that I rarely have time to sit down and blog!

Right now I'm not feeling so well, so I've had to rain check on going out for the evening and I've been chilling at home in the warm instead! 
In order to try and keep some sanity, whilst at home, depressed about not being able to go out on the town, I've been playing around with the studio lights that I've borrowed from school. 
This evening my dog has been the only willing person to 'model' for me haha, but I did manage to rope my mum and dad in for a few shots too!

Here are my 2 fave shots! 

Not bad for a studio light beginner, I'd say! Makes me want my own lighting kit coz I know I'm gonna miss it when I don't have it at home! lol.
Anyway, hope to do some more shooting with the lights over the weekend, so i'll keep you posted :o)


Friday, January 8, 2010


'Dorothy' is a series of images I've been working on for a Creative Imaging assignment.
The brief was basically that I had to produce a body of work that had a narrative - a beginning, middle and end. It had to be at least 5 images and it could be anything I liked! Fiction, non-fiction, a recreation of a story... anything!

I chose to base my work on 'The Wizard of Oz'! I have a HUGE love for anything related to the 'Wizard of Oz' so I had a lot of fun shooting this and a lot of ideas! 
It was challenging trying to work in the freezing winnipeg winter temperatures and Janine was a TROOPER modeling for me in the 'outdoors' images! I faced a few challenges and limitations while shooting, so I would love to attempt this series again sometimes, maybe in a warmer month! lol! 

Overall, my version of the story is based on the character of Dorothy, as opposed to being a recreation of the whole story. I wanted to represent Dorothy's experience with the 'witch' alone, and in this instance didn't include the 'scarecrow', 'tin man' or 'cowardly lion' characters. Again, this was due to time, weather and model limitations! I really hope I can work on this series again in order to work on these shots as well.... so watch this space!!!

The Storm
The Wicked Witch is Dead
Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Hello My Pretty

Dorothy Escapes
Ding Dong the Witch is Dead!
There's No Place Like Home