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Finn O’Hara on Representation

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We had the pleasure of sitting down with photographer / director Finn O’Hara several months ago to talk about representation. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get to editing the interview until recently but the wait is over! Finn is an established photographer with a lot of experience and great clients, so we turned to him to tell us the ins and outs of representation, what  the benefits of signing with a rep are, when it’s the right time to do so, and what reps look for in a photographer. Thank you very much for the interview Finn and we’re sorry it took so long!Continue Reading →

Big News For Canadian Photographers

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Some excellent news for photographers in the last few days; Canadian photographers finally own copyright of their images. As the Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators states, “In Canada, all other artists have already owned the copyrights to their work and thanks to this new law, Canadian photographers, albeit the last in the industrialized world, now have all legal rights to their images.”Continue Reading →

A Guide to Art Residencies

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A few weeks ago I decided to get serious about applying for residencies and met with artist Samantha Mogelonsky to get some advice. For those not familiar with the concept, an artist residency is when you go to a location (a mix of housing and art studios) for a period of time to focus exclusively on your work. Samantha has done a variety of residencies across the world, so it was great to hear what has and hasn’t worked, what to watch out for, and how to narrow in on residencies that will benefit you the most. So first of all where do you look?Continue Reading →

Found: Ramit Will Teach You To Raise Your Rates

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Is money always on your mind? (It’s not a bad thing, I’m just asking.) As freelancers, it can be hard to position yourself in a place that both gets clients and makes money. One of the hardest things can be raising your rates. You don’t want to risk losing the clients you have, but there’s also only 24 hours in a day to get everyone’s work done. I just watched this video where Ramit Seti, of I Will Teach You To Be Rich, lays out how to raise your rates fairly, and have clients happily pay you.Continue Reading →

Exploring New Ground

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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about exploring new ground. I’m just beginning to work on several fine-art projects and in the process trying to come up with ways to help me think differently, try new methodologies, new techniques, etc. The last few projects I have done have followed roughly the same formula, sure there were differences in the details of production, the subject, and images, but the broader arc has remained the same. When you become comfortable with a technique it’s easy to keep applying it again and again, but after a while it becomes a little boring, for oneself as the creator and probably for your audience as well. I want to shake things up and push myself to experiment more.

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You’re Not The Boss, So Stop Being Bossy! (Some Basic Rules For Collaboration)

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Terms like “on the ball” and “organized” can serve as euphemisms for “control freak” and “bossypants.” I like to think of myself as the former, but know I can be the latter. Which is why I often have a hard time working on group projects. I have strong ideas, and I like to see them carried out to my full potential…I mean “our” full potential. Oh dear. If you’re anything like me, I suggest considering the following rules for collaboration.Continue Reading →

The Creative Process

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Last week I watched 6 Days to Air – a documentary about the making of an episode of South Park. Unlike most animated TV show, which have weeks or months to make a single episode, South Park does it, from initial concept to writing to animating, all in six days. My favourite aspect was getting a look at the creative process the entire team follows to ensure they can deliver the final episode at the end of the week. This got me thinking about my own creative process and various tweaks I can make to work smarter, be more consistent, and keep myself moving forward.Continue Reading →

Junction Design Crawl

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Everyone in the city seems to think that their neighbourhood is the greatest, but I think extra props go to The Junction. A little removed from “the real downtown”, the Junction seems like the little neighbourhood that could. They have a great sense of community, and that community throws great events! This Friday is the 2nd Annual Junction Design Crawl, so you can all go see what I mean.Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Janela Da Alma (Film)

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I want to share a fascinating film called Janela Da Alma. It’s a Brazilian documentary that looks at blindness, using it to talk about vision and our perception of the world. What was particularly interesting to me is that most of the interviews are with artists – a blind photographer, a musician, an actress, and many more. Through this unique cast, the film transcends the topic of blindness and really focuses on the meaning of the visual experience. I think this is a must watch for all image makers.Continue Reading →

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