Gift ideas for people who already have ‘everything’

Tomorrow is Black Friday in the US but here in Canada, retailers love to jump on board with sales as well. It can all be quite overwhelming. For those who are either tired of consumerism or just plain stuck on finding original ideas for those hard-to-buy-for loved ones, here are some ideas:

  1. Gift a portrait session! Beautiful family photos are often the most treasured of our possessions, especially when they capture milestones or loved ones we don’t see as often.
  2. Give original artwork! If you like my fine art photography, you can now choose the size and whether you like canvas or a frame and have it printed and shipped directly from Crated.com!
  3. Gift a course. I am teaching The Art of Photography at the Ottawa School of Art starting in February. I’m also doing a 1-day workshop on how to take better pictures on February 11. If you know someone who loves photography and wants to learn or improve their skills, this would be a great gift. I am also available for private and small group lessons. Contact me for more info!
  4. Gift travel. What not surprise someone with an amazing experience. The tours I run only need a deposit of $250 to secure your spot. With upcoming tours to France, Iceland, South Africa there is destination for every taste. And right now there is an early booking bonus for the South Africa Wildlife and Wine Tour. Save $150 per person if you book before November 30. Please sign up to my mailing list to get more info on upcoming tours and specials!

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I wish everyone a very Happy Holiday season full of love and laughter!

Vanessa

 

2016 PPOC-Ontario Image Salon

While I didn’t take away any class awards or judge’s choice like last year, I got my best ever results in the PPOC-Ontario Image Salon with 2 of my images receiving a Merit and 2 more being accepted. It’s no small feat to get all 4 images in the salon!

The image of the lavender fields holds a special place in my heart because my Nikon D810 died in the middle of my family trip to France this summer and for 5 days I tried to make due with my iPhone. When on one of those days, we went to the Valensole Plateau that is renowned for it’s lavender fields as far as the eye can see, I almost cried. The iPhone just didn’t cut it.

I searched online and found a camera rental business in Aix-en-Provence and added a day trip to our itinerary so I could pick up a body. I got a Nikon D7000 which proved to be a great little camera and convinced my husband to drive me back to Valensole in time for the golden hour. When we got to there, there were combines already cutting down the lavender in some of the fields. Had I waited a day, I really would have cried! So to say I’m thrilled to receive a merit for this image is an understatement and I’m so grateful to my husband James for helping me create it. And for all the partners and spouses out there who are so patient with us photographers, thank you! We really do appreciate it. ūüôā

Oh, and in case you were wondering, my Nikon D810 needed a new power circuit board and had only 1 week left on the 2 year warranty when I brought it in for repair. Phew!

Lavender Dreams (Merit)

Lavender Dreams (Merit)

Jewel of Qatar (Merit)

Jewel of Qatar (Merit)

Chasing the Sun (Accepted)

Chasing the Sun (Accepted)

Into the Blue Abyss (Accepted)

Into the Blue Abyss (Accepted)