I was really excited to take a walk after class when I felt how warm it was outside. Unfortunately, the beautiful red and orange leaves have fallen and I was left with a bunch of branches.

The walk on the other hand was just what I had expected. The air was warm and the leaves on the ground rustled and crunched under my feet and the feet of the squirrels and chipmunks. Speaking of chipmunks, this little guy seemed to be interested in striking a pose. Of course I took advantage of it. If anyone sees him in the future, tell him I’m interested in an editorial shoot.




I was really looking forward to keeping up with this ‘once photography assignment’ as a fun summer project for myself, but that hasn’t really happened yet. Since I’ve started working, I spend all my waking hours that aren’t spent in my uniform probably just lounging. I work a lot. 

Anyway, I’m pretty disappointed I haven’t been able to even think about posting anything the past month. I did however want to just say that I’m not gone forever. I wanted to go out every chance I got to take pictures and explore but that isn’t realistic. 

For the meantime, enjoy this photo I took of the sunset the other day. 



Behind the Scenes Pt. 2

Very similar to my post about a month ago, below are some quick photos of the few photos I took while messing around trying to get my first panning shot downtown Toronto.





And my personal favourite:


I definitely think I need to take more time this summer to take photos around downtown. It’s such an interesting place.

In Her Natural Habitat

My good friend and classmate, Laura, is my partner in crime when it comes to the photography studio. I love taking pictures of her hard at work; it’s so raw and honest. She’s totally in the zone! Watching a photographer try with all they can to get that perfect photo is something I find so interesting.


DSC_0654To see the final result, visit Laura’s post here!

Food for Thought

Food. Food. Foooooood….

In this case, dessert. Dessert. Desssseerrrrttt….

Already just thinking about it my mouth is watering! But just between you and I, dessert is for stuffing in your mouth, not photographing. Not for me anyway, let’s leave that to the professionals.

In all honesty, I was pretty bummed about this assignment as I thought I was going to be way better at it. Boy, was I wrong. Very, very wrong.

Let’s break it down.

First of all, the concept I had in mind was the best part. I was going for a New Year’s Eve snack platter vibe. I had chocolate chip cookies (delicious), chocolate straws (equally delicious), and some sort of coconut cluster thing (not very good). So I had my desserts, now I needed my decor. I hit up the ever faithful Dollarama for some of my supplies as I already had some useful things at home like plates and cups. So about $10 later I had a mini  New Year’s party for one going on in my car. Now, let’s fast forward to shooting day.

I brought everything to class and cleverly set it up to look like the end of the night after someone had a few snacks. I even filled a ‘red solo cup’ with pomegranate vitamin water for a red wine feel (super clever, I know. Thank you). Anyway, after I set it all up at my station, I realized how unhappy I was with the way everything looked! It was way too messy it didn’t have the feel I wanted. Just reminded me of a plate that someone left laying around because the food on it wasn’t very good… Right away I was super bummed because I was so looking forward to a good shoot. Now, I’m not saying I wasn’t pleased with the finished product, I was just not as good at arranging as I thought I was going to be. Even glancing around the room and seeing everyone else’s set ups bummed me out because I was thinking to myself like ‘Rachel! Come on, you could have done sooo much better!”

Okay, I probably sound really hard on myself. I’ll let you be the judge. What do you think of the finished product?

Crowell, R - Food

Part of the assignment was to throw the image in photoshop and play around with blur effects and I think that is what really improved my image. Since I know my way around photoshop about as well as a someone navigating a new home in the dark, I used this youtube tutorial to help me with the Gaussian blur effect. Found it hard to follow at first but if you give it a go, let me know. Happy snackin’!

Go Ahead and Jump!

Jump on in and take a look at the process of taking a good jumping photo!

DSC_0162  DSC_0163  DSC_0164The perfect jumping shot is not as simple as it looks. These shots alone took about half an hour and once you get the right timing down, it’s all personal preference after that. I could have stopped at the first two photos because it is apparent that she’s jumping but I wanted it to look like she was floating and that’s what I got in the third photo. Really happy with how these turned out. To find out how the pros do it, visit this blog with nine tips on how to take the perfect jumping shot.


Hey guys, I hope you can forgive me for and look past the super cheesy title of this post and focus on how proud of these images I am! Although these were from back before the snow, I really wanted to share with you how cool painting with light could be. Yes, these are imperfect, but they’re still really cool nonetheless!



I also found that the following photos look fairly similar to a long exposure carnival landscape and I thought it was pretty wicked also!




Although the photos on this site don’t show the trail of light, the author still explains how to get that saber glow. Camera settings, model positions, and even props and costumes! The only thing we did differently was model movement, really. My models were moving and swinging their sabers around like I wasn’t there while the models in the blog linked above were still. Either way, saber shots are wicked awesome. Happy shooting!!!