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Ottawa Photographer earns Master of Photographic Arts Designation

On May 1, 2017, I received my Master of Photographic Arts (MPA) designation from the Professional Photographers of Canada. This has been a goal I’ve been reaching for ever since I became a professional photographer 10 years ago.

I almost titled this blog “Jack-of-all-trades, Master of One”. I wear many hats in business and life and my interests are diverse so I’ve never followed the advice of many gurus to choose a ‘niche’. My career has ebbed and flowed as did my own life. I started with weddings when I myself, had just gotten married. I began photographing babies after welcoming my son. Now that he’s older, I’m rediscovering my passion for travel and telling stories that led me to pursue a degree in film studies at Ryerson University.

Photography has always been a way for me to capture moments, memories and the beauty of the world around me. It is such an honour to achieve this designation and call myself a Master of the Photographic Arts. That said, I know I will always be a student of the craft and of life. Nothing excites me more than new challenges and learning new things. I will continue to push to achieve new goals, including having my images recognized in the PPOC Image Salon. This year, I got my best results yet at the National level – two of my images received a Merit and a third was accepted into this prestigious collection. The great thing about photography is there is always another great image waiting to be created and I’m up for the challenge!

If you like what you see below and would like to order a print, feel free to contact me. I will also be exhibiting some of my work along with fellow local PPOC members at the upcoming show entitled Searching for Excellence at the Trinity Art Gallery inside the Shenkman Arts Centre. The vernissage will take place on May 28 from 1-3pm. Please stop by and say hi! You can RSVP on Facebook by clicking here.

Chasing the Sun

Jewel of Qatar

Lavender Dreams

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