Writing with Light

2014 A Year in Review

It’s that time, when I sit back and reflect on the year that’s behind us and the work that I’ve done. I’ve been fortunate this year to have had the opportunity to do quite a bit of travelling and to document those places with my camera.

It’s also been an incredibly busy year both on the home front, at work and photographically speaking. Earlier this year I launched a pet photography business,  PhoDOGraphy by Edith but at about the same time I did that things started really heating up at work which left me with less time then I had hoped to start building my business and marketing it. I intend to change that in 2015. On the positive side my print sales were up this year and I was fortunate  to have some of my images licensed for book covers and fundraising events.

I’ve become more critical of my work, which I think is a good thing and I’m always looking to change and improve, which in essence helps you grow both as a photographer and as an individual. This year I became a member of Professional Photographers of America and I will be attending their Imaging USA conference in Nashville at the end of January. This will enable me to immerse myself in 3 full days of learning the business side of photography, photographic technique and post-processing techniques.

I always find it difficult to narrow down a years worth of work into my “favourites” but here it goes. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy 🙂 You can click on any of the headers to view the original blog posts.

Down Under the Manhattan Bridge

Over Christmas and New Years last year we took a family trip to New York. As I always do on family trips I try to find some time to sneak off and take photographs. We were staying with family in Brooklyn and I had to opportunity to explore DUMBO quite a bit. This was one of my favourite shots from Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.

DUMBO, Manhattan Bridge, night photography, city lights, New York, Brooklyn, Jane's Carousel, cityscape

City on the Edge

This was taken on the same trip but along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

Brooklyn Heights, Manhattan, city view, cityscape, Hudson River, long exposure, golden hour, sunrise, travel photography, Black & White, monochrome

Tiny Bubbles

We had a very different winter last year. We were hit by an ice storm in Toronto just before Christmas and the months of January and February we saw most days in the -20C range. One very cold February day I decided to start experimenting with some macro photography and oil and water. I really liked the final result.

Tiny Bubbles, bubbles, abstract, macro, macro photography, oil and water, blue

Mush, Mush

I did end up braving the cold one weekend and headed out to photograph dog sled races in Cannington, Ontario. I’ve always wanted to do that and wasn’t going to let the -12C forecast get in the way. I bundled up tight and headed out….brrrrrr!

Dog sled race, Cannington, Ontario, Siberian Husky, Huskies, snow, race, sled, Pet Photography, Toronto Pet Photographer

Pets in Studios

Last March I attended a Pet Photography workshop in Houston, Texas given by the Paw Print Divas. It was an incredible experience and I learned a lot. It was also he first time I had attempted pet photography in a studio and fell in love with the process and the control that I had over the setting and lighting. This is Gilley.

Toronto Pet Photographer, Paw Print Divas, Houston, photo shoot, lifestyle pet photography, Border Collie, studio

Hey….Looking at me?

Here’s another favourite from the workshop. This is Jiff!

Toronto Pet Photographer, PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy, Corgi, Paw Print Divas Workshop, dog

Watch Out for the Jellies

Toronto’s newest attraction open last year, Ripley’s Aquarium and I joined my camera club for a photo outing there. It was a tough shoot due to the lighting conditions but the Jelly Fish exhibit was my favourite.

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, attraction, jellyfish, jellies, silhouette, water, blue

Upstairs Downstairs

In April I once again attended a photo outing with my photography club, this time to the Toronto Centre for the Arts. This was taken from the upper lobby and I loved all the converging lines.

Toronto Performing Arts Centre, lobby, interior, Art Deco, North York, North Toronto, Theatre, upper lobby, staircase

Old Jaffa Arches

The month of May found me travelling to Israel, for a family function, with a side trip to Petra Jordan. This image was taken in the old city of Jaffa.

Old Jaffa, Israel, archway, stones, green light, travel

Tel Aviv Sunset

The best views of Tel Aviv are from a top the hills of old Jaffa.

Tel Aviv, Israel, sunset, Mediterranean, sea, coastline, travel photography, Old Jaffa

A First Look at the Treasury

Petra is a place that I’ve been wanted to visit for a very long time. I flew from Tel Aviv to Eilat in the south and then walk across the border (yes walked) and then I boarded a bus a drove 2 hours to the ancient city of Petra. It was incredible! It was another hour-long, hot walk in the desert before getting to the Treasury but it was well worth it.

Petra, Jordan, The Treasury, monument, travel

City of Lights

This year I celebrated a big birthday and when my wonderful husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday I promptly answered that I wanted to go back to Italy…what else. As an extra treat we stopped in Paris first for a few days. The images I took in Paris and Italy are some of my favourite and it was difficult to narrow it down. This one was taken on our first night. We were exhausted from travel and jet lag and sunset that evening was at 9:53pm but I wasn’t going to miss photographing the Louvre at night.

Paris, France, louvre, museum, city of lights, night photography

Bay of Poets

You can travel to Italy every year and still not see all its beauty. With the exception of Rome every place we visited this year was new to us. One of the towns we visited was Lerici. We stayed in a wonderful hotel over looking the Bay of Poets and it was one in many spectacular views we enjoyed on this trip.

Lerici; Italy; Liguria; harbour; La Spezia; town; Bay of Poets

Bellagio Street

Lake Como is a place that I’d wanted to go to for a very long time and it was our first stop when we arrived in Italy. We stayed in Bellagio with its narrow, multi-stepped streets.

Bellagio, Italy, walkway, street, stairs, village, travel photography

Manarola Blue Hour

Our base in Cinque Terre was Manarola.

Cinque Terre, Manarola, Italy, village, colored village, blue hour, long exposure, cliff, sea,

The Bistro

This is one of my favourite images that I came back from Paris with.

Paris, France, bistro, street photography, restaurant, sidewalk cafe

Tourists at the Louvre

Some images just work better in Black & White and these tourists strolling through one of the many arches at the Louvre fit the bill. I love how having the tourists there really gives you a perspective on the scale of those arches.

Paris, France, Louvre, museum, tourists, arches, balk and white, monochrome

Rolling Hills of Tuscany

Nothing says Tuscany more than rolling hills, hay bales and cypress trees…oh and wine of course but you can’t see that in the image 😉

Tuscany, hills, countryside, Montepulciano, travel photography

Distillery Bike

This is one of my favourite images that I took at a shoot at Toronto’s Distillery District this fall.

Distillery District; Toronto; downtown; store; bicycle; night photography; vintage


So this is it folks, Happy New Year to you all. I look forward to seeing what 2015 brings.

58 responses

  1. Wonderful images and what a year Edith! Best wishes for you and your family in the new year! 🙂


    January 2, 2015 at 9:18 am

  2. You always share very beautiful work. Best wishes for a happy new year, filled with inspiration.

    Liked by 1 person

    January 2, 2015 at 9:26 am

  3. Glorious post, Edith, and what gorgeous images. You made my itch for my Canon to get even stronger. Today I am using it. Happy New Year, my friend. May only the best be yours this year. Love, Amy


    January 2, 2015 at 9:51 am

  4. What a magnificent photographic year Edith. I wish a better one if it is possible for 2015 and a lot of happiness and joy 🙂


    January 2, 2015 at 10:27 am

  5. What a wonderful year in pictures. I’m looking forward to more of your work in the year ahead. Happy new year!


    January 2, 2015 at 10:41 am

  6. Simply put, just beautiful. 🙂


    January 2, 2015 at 10:55 am

  7. A superb collection of photographs Edith. An excellent year’s work! Most of these images i remember very clearly! 🙂


    January 2, 2015 at 11:12 am

  8. Great collection of images, Edith. You have a very signature style…love that Paris Bistro. Hope 2015 is a god year for you, better even than 2014?


    January 2, 2015 at 11:15 am

  9. Fabulous work Edith…all the best in 2015!!!


    January 2, 2015 at 12:11 pm

  10. Great year of photos and fun, Edith!
    Wishing you the best for 2015.


    January 2, 2015 at 12:35 pm

  11. Amazing photographs and so lovely dog 🙂 Thank you dear Edith Levy, Happy New Year, love, nia


    January 2, 2015 at 1:01 pm

  12. Beautiful work Edith! It shows your talent and your passion about photography.


    January 2, 2015 at 3:37 pm

  13. Awesome!


    January 2, 2015 at 6:36 pm

  14. These are all fantastic shots and make us want to escape the cold of NY for some of these lovely sunny places.


    January 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm

  15. Loved every one of them Edith. Beautiful images.


    January 2, 2015 at 9:35 pm

  16. Great shots Edith! I’m going to Europe this year to see Italy, France, and a whole lot more. So excited!


    January 3, 2015 at 1:30 am

    • Thanks Karl. Have a wonderful time. I look forward to seeing your photographs. I’m already itching to get back.


      January 3, 2015 at 11:07 am

  17. STUNNING!!!


    January 3, 2015 at 1:56 am

  18. Beautiful pictures and a lovely round-up of your year. Best wishes for 2015 too!


    January 3, 2015 at 8:10 am

  19. Wonderful review. I look forward to seeing more in the coming year!


    January 3, 2015 at 10:17 am

  20. Sayvan

    Wonderful photographs Edith… Happy New Year! I have never really been a fan of HDR but I do love your work… have been experimenting myself lately as well… All the best for the new year…


    January 3, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    • Thank you so much. I really appreciate it and all the best to you and your family in the new year.


      January 4, 2015 at 10:06 am

  21. What an awesome collection of images Edith! I wish you much success for 2015!


    January 4, 2015 at 6:28 pm

  22. Len

    Just a wonderful series of photos Edith. I have enjoyed your growth over the years that I have followed you and I wish you much success in pursuing your dreams in 2015. Hope you had a great holiday season.


    January 5, 2015 at 6:36 am

    • Thank you so much Len. I had a wonderful holiday…thank you and thank you as well for the kind words.


      January 5, 2015 at 6:52 pm

  23. A superb set of images to be really proud of, Edith. A very Happy New Year to you


    January 5, 2015 at 1:56 pm

  24. LB

    Edith, I remember so many of these incredible shots! and how wonderful that you’ll be in Nashville. It’s such a fun city! Everyone focuses on the music, and while that was great, I loved the architecture.


    January 6, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    • Thanks so much Laurie and thank you as well for the tips on Nashville. I can hardly wait.


      January 7, 2015 at 1:37 pm

  25. A terrific outlook for the year and a wonderful list of memories to re-enjoy here Edith, these are some of my favorite pieces you’ve published this year. Cheers to 2015, my friend!!


    January 8, 2015 at 2:35 pm

  26. What a busy, fabulous year! Happy New Year and wishing you more wonderful adventures!


    January 8, 2015 at 3:56 pm

  27. A difficult job but a great selection! All the best with your endeavours in 2015.


    January 10, 2015 at 7:31 am

  28. Hi Edith,
    A post reviewing a year of photography is a really nice idea and gives a nice overall view of your style. I especially like the seeing inside through the doors, and the photos with painterly style. I will follow you to see more!


    January 13, 2015 at 12:28 pm

  29. Lovely Blog !


    January 21, 2015 at 7:33 am

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