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Happy Halloween

It’s been far too long since I’ve blogged. I have no excuse other than life has just been very busy.

Quick post today as Master Finn and I want to wish everyone a Happy Halloween! May the Force be with You!


Finn’s First Passover

Finn is ready to celebrate his first Passover and wanted to wish you all a Happy Passover and a Happy Easter!


Here’s Finn!

Have you met Finn? He’s been making the rounds on my Instagram and Facebook pages.

Want to learn more about him? Click here to go to my Edith Levy PhoDOGraphy site for more pictures of Finn and to learn more about him.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Reflections

I shared this image on my Facebook page this week but couldn’t resist including it in this week’s Photo Challenge.

I do try and post different content on Facebook so please jump on over to my page and have a look. While you’re there you can “like” the page to stay up to date. You can find me at www.facebook.com/EdithLevyPhotography

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, CKCS, CKC, reflection, Toronto Pet Photographer, weekly photo challenge


Pets in Studios

I shot in a studio set for the first time at the Paw Print Divas workshop that I attended last week. I’ve always been a natural light shooter both in my travel and landscape and pet photography. I was looking forward to learning about lighting set-ups and shooting in a studio but I honestly didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. The control you have is unbelievable (I’m sure that’s nothing new to those of you that have been studio shooting for some time). I’m hooked and I’m now looking into purchasing some lights and setting up an in-home studio.

This is Gilley, a very handsome and smart border collie.  Let me know what you think.

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


Hey…Looking At Me?

I spent the last few days in Houston, Texas attending the Paw Print Divas Pet Photography workshop. It was an amazing experience with excellent instructors. I also got to spend 3 days totally immersed in photography and dogs…not a bad way to spend my time I would say. I wanted to give you a sneak peek today but please bear with me as I’m trying to work through 2 16g memory cards full of images. I’ll be posting a full run down on the workshop on my PhoDOGraphy by Edith site later this week.

I’ll also be posting images to my Facebook page and Instagram so hop on over and follow me if you want total cuteness in your feeds 🙂

Oh…this is Jiff!

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


Winter Photography Tips

With all the images I’ve been posting this week of the  Cannington Dog Sled Race ( you can see them here and here) I’ve also received quite a few questions and comments about what I was wearing that day to stay warm and dry. Good questions and if you haven’t spent hours outdoors shooting in -12C  (that was the temperature that day) but you’re thinking about it then grab a hot cuppa java and read on.Cannington, Dog Sled Races, Ontario, mush, musher, snow dogs, siberian husky, winter sport, snow,

Now let me start by being completely honest. I don’t like the cold! I’m not a huge fan of winter. I do like a fresh snowfall, it’s very pretty. I like a white Christmas but by the second week of January I’ve generally had it. As a matter of fact as I write this I’m dreaming of white sandy beach with turquoise waters somewhere far away….

Sorry I digress, back to preparing for a winter shoot. The following are tips that will ensure a successful photography outing as well as keeping safe, warm and dry.

  1.  Charge up your batteries the day before. The cold weather will drain your batteries quicker then normal so make sure you have a back up with you.
  2. Dress in layers. Knowing that the forecast for the day was going to be about -12C I knew that I would need a few layers to keep me warm and dry. Use a base layer (top and bottom), which essentially acts as your second skin. It should be made from a wicking material such as merino wool that will pull sweat away from your body but provide a layer of warmth. Do not wear a cotton base layer. When you sweat (and chances are you will even if your bundled up because your going to be trekking) the cotton will absorb the sweat but it will stay wet and you will be cold.
  3. Wear a pair of ski/snow pants over your base layer. Make sure your snow pants are waterproof and that they have reinforced cuffs and boot gators. This will prevent snow from getting inside your boots.
  4. On top, over the base layer, I wore a fleece pullover and a ski jacket with a hood. Believe me the hood comes in handy if it’s really windy and the snow is blowing.
  5. This goes without saying but wear a hat. If your head isn’t insulated the bodies core temperatures drops more rapidly but despite scientific findings believe you’ll be happier with a warm head and ears.
  6. Gloves! My hands were my biggest concern. If my fingers get too cold not only can I not shot for long periods but depending on how cold it gets you can risk frostbite. At the beginning of this winter, knowing that I was going to be shooting outdoors with animals I purchased a pair of gloves for photographers with the tips of the forefinger and thumb that bend backwards allowing you to be able to manage your cameras’ controls. I wore them for a shot in December when the temperature wasn’t below zero and my hands were freezing. They just didn’t work for me. What I did for my day shooting the dog sled races is I purchased a pair of thin merino wool liner gloves. I wore these as a base layer under a pair of ski gloves. While walking from place to place I wore both gloves. While shooting I removed the ski glove from my right hand and with the liner on I was able to manage my cameras controls easily.  NOW HERE’S YOUR TIP OF THE DAY…. Get your self some disposable hand warms and keep them in your jacket pocket. While waiting for the next dog sled to come around I would put my hand in my pocket and it warm up my right hand. This way I didn’t have to keep taking the ski glove off and put it on and potentially. Issuing a shot.
  7. Make sure your boots are warm and waterproof. You could be standing in one place for a couple of hours so you want to make sure your toes stay warm.
  8. Taking care with your camera is just as important in these types of conditions. If you’ve been outdoors and need to head inside for a coffee or a bathroom break then put your camera away in your camera bag and leave it in the car if that’s possible. If your car isn’t close by then pack your camera in you bag before going inside. If you wear glasses you know that when you come in from the cold your glasses will fog up immediately when you come in from the cold. The same thing will happen to your camera and lens. The condensation can cause some real damage to your camera so you need to let it acclimatize to the difference in temperature. Once I got home I waited a coupe of hours before unzipping my camera bag.

I hope this helps and gives you some good guidelines to help you plan for a day shooting out in the cold and snow.

Have a great weekend.

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Cannington Dog Sled Races

As I promised in my last post I have more images to share with you from the Cannington Dog Sled Races. I’ve written a post on my PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy site, about my experience that day with a variety of images that I hope you’ll like.  Please click here to read the post.

Click to enlarge so you can really see those happy face! 🙂

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Mush, Mush

All my good intentions to get caught up with work and prepare my blog posts went out the window this weekend. On Saturday we got almost 20cm of snow but it was mild out and quite pleasant. It was a veritable winter wonderland with the bare trees full of snow. It really was beautiful at least looking out the window it was. I should have been outdoors shooting but unfortunately I got hit by a wicked cold on Friday and ended up spending most of the weekend in doors all stuffed up and cranky. Oh well…can’t plan these things. It’s Sunday night and I am feeling much better so let me share with you an image I shoot a couple of weeks ago at the Cannington Dog Sled Races.

I have many more images to share and I will prepare a lengthy post that I’ll share on my PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy site. (Don’t worry I’ll let you know about it 🙂 )

In the meantime here’s a sneak peek…

Click on the image to enlarge (it really does look better)

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Do You Need a Pet Photographer?

I am so excited to let you all know that my PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy website is now live! The new site is www.PhoDOGraphybyEdith.com or you can just click on the logo to get to the first blog post. There are still things I want to add and tweaks I have to make but please have a look around and let me know what you think. I’d love to get your feedback.

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2013 – A Year in Review

I can’t believe another year is coming to a close but then again I say that every year. It seems they go by so quickly these days. As I look back on 2013 I’m proud of some of the images that I produced and some of the projects that I’m working on. As I announced a couple of months ago I’m launching a new pet photography business, PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy. This is something that I’ve wanted to do for sometime and I’ll have the website ready for launch in January.

Below are some of my favourite images from this year. They don’t necessarily reflect the most popular images by hits or comments but ones that resonated with me for various reasons and I’ll let you know why as you go through them. Enjoy!

One last thing…wishing you all a Happy Holiday and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Jackson Square in B&W

Interestingly enough this image never appeared on the blog. The colour version did (and you can see it here) but for some reason I didn’t post the B&W version which happens to be my favourite of the two. This was shot before sunrise and I love the moodiness that comes out in the B&W.

New Orleans, NOLA, Jackson Square, benches, sunrise, dawn, travel photography, monochrome, Black White

Jackson Square

Cafe du Monde

To call Cafe du Monde a coffee shop is downgrading it a bit. It’s a landmark and institution in New Orleans which was established in 1862. Cafe du Monde is open 24/7 and it was the perfect place for me to duck in and warm up with a piping cup of coffee and beignet right after my sunrise shoots in the city.

New Orleans, Cafe Du Monde, cafe, coffee, French Quarter

Cafe Du Monde – New Orleans

The Elgin Theatre

I was fortunate to be able to shoot this iconic theatre in Toronto at the beginning of the year. This was one of my favourite images from that shoot. Little did I know that it would be selected to appear on the cover of the theatre’s souvenir brochure. Below is a scan (sorry about the poor quality) of the cover.

Elgin Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Balcony, ornate, interior

The Elgin Theatre, Toronto

Elgin Theatre, WinterGarden Theatre, 100th Anniversary, Brochure Cover, Edith Levy Photography,

Boston Strong

I attended a conference in Boston in April. At the time I wasn’t quite sure if it would be taking place as it was taking place a few days after the Boston Marathon bombing. The conference went on as scheduled and although security was tight at the airports and in the city I was amazed at the resilience of the city and its people.

Boston, Memorial, Bolyston street, Marathon, remembering, Boston Strong

Golden

This past July I took a trip to California, starting in San Francisco and driving down the coast to L.A. While the weather wasn’t always in my favour (lots of fog) I di manage to come away with some images that I was really pleased with. My second day in San Francisco called for an early morning wake up call to shoot the Golden Gate bridge. Being in a place for the first time without a lot of time to explore and get to know you’re way around means that you waste a lot of time looking for the perfect vantage point to shoot from. I was lucky here because as soon as I shoot this the lights on the bridge were turned off.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, Sunrise, Blue Hour, bridge, landscape, Edith Levy Photography

Golden

La Bicyclette

Come on…you had to know I’d include a bicycle image in my year-end recap 🙂 I loved that the name of this restaurant in Carmel-By-The-Sea was called La Bicyclette.

Carmel, California, night, bicycle, La Bicyclette, restaurant, window, French, flags, dining, travel photography

La Bicyclette

The Roman Pool at Hearst Castle

I was just really pleased with the way this came out. The light was very low and I didn’t have a tripod with me. I increased my ISO, braced myself against the railing and took the shot. Sometimes you just have to go for it.

Hearst Castle, Roman Pool, San Simeon, California, indoor pool, water, reflections, travel photography

The Roman Gods Stand Tall

Sponge

This is just a personal favourite. I took pictures of this little guy…his name is Sponge as part of my portfolio building sessions. Isn’t he just adorable.

French Bulldog, Frenchie, pet photography, best friend, dog photography

The Lonely Path

This image was taken at the Rockwood Autoyard in Ontario while I was attending a workshop with Denise Ippolito. It was drizzling the whole day with a light mist floating in the air which made for some terrific light.

Ontario, forest, path, autumn, fall, changing colours, trees, fine art, texture, fog

The Lonely Path

Santa Barbara Marina

Here’s another personal favourite from my California trip. I loved the different colours emanating from the boats and wanted to give this image a bit of an abstract, impressionist feel.

Santa Barbara, California, harbor, sailboats, abstract, pacific ocean, surreal, wharf

Santa Barbara Harbour Abstraction

Santa Monica Pier

One the last night of my California trip I was determined to get a shot of Santa Monica pier at night. Even though it was cold and I really wasn’t dressed properly I headed to the pier (with my husband in tow…he really does deserve an award) and set up for this long exposure.

Santa Monica, pier, amusement park, lights, ferris wheel, roller coaster, night photography, long exposure, travel photography, beach

Amusing Lights

Malibu Pier

This is probably the image I’m most proud of this year. A long exposure of Malibu Pier with a high key treatment.

Malibu Pier, California, long exposure, high key, beach, waves, malibu pier cafe, travel photography

Elephant Seal Rookery at Piedras Blancas

I really had fun photographing these elephant seals at Piedras Blancas which is about 3 miles north of San Simeon on the Pacific Coast. I title this image “A Little Disagreement” but someone made a comment that it looks like the seal on the right might be laughing at a joke (wish I had thought of that), but the loud barking of these mammoth seals is still ringing in my ears 🙂

Elephant Seal, Rookery, San Simeon, Piedras Blancas, California, beach, nature, travel photography, ocean front, beach

A Little Disagreement

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday and a Very Happy New Year.



Consider Yourself One Of The Family

I’d like you to meet my nephew, Oliver. Oh sorry, I shouldn’t be so formal, we actually call him Ollie. Ollie lives in Montreal and when I was there a few weeks ago I asked my sister-in-law if I could do a mini photo shoot with Ollie. I didn’t use a flash so I had to increase my ISO to 3200 to get these indoor shots. Luckily my go to plug-in for situations like this is Topaz Denoise which does just an incredible job of reducing noise caused by high ISOs.  You can download a free trial of DeNoise here and remember you get 15% off all Topaz Products when you use the code “ELPhoto”

Click on the images to enlarge (they really do look better) or to Purchase a Print.

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cat, whiskers, portrait, pet photography, kitty,

cat, whiskers, portrait, pet photography, kitty,


Meet Sponge

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot with Sponge. Sponge is a French Bulldog or “Frenchie” and he is just the most loveable and cuddly little guy.  He wasn’t to keen on being followed by this lady with a funny looking contraption in her hands pointing it at him but before you know it Sponge got into the swing of things.  What a little crawling around on one’s belly will do (I mine me not him 🙂 )

French Bulldog, Frenchie, pet photography, best friend, dog photography

French Bulldog, Frenchie, pet photography, best friend, dog photography

French Bulldog, Frenchie, pet photography, best friend, dog photography


My…How Cavalier Of You!

I thought I would take a little break from my Boston images (they’ll be back) and share some images of Brady. Before I do that though you may have noticed that I’ve added another item to the menu of this site…”Product Reviews.” Yesterday I published a review of the Gitzo Traveler Tripod & Markins Ballhead. Let me know what you think. I’ll be adding more reviews as I try out new gear.

Speaking of new gear I’m a bit giddy because last week I purchased the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens and of course who better to try it out on then Brady. Here are a few initial shots using the new lens. Once I’ve had a chance to really put it to the test I will be posting a full review.

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cavalier king charles spaniel, dog, park, ball

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How Cavalier of You

Do you ever find that the weekends just seem to get away from you and you don’t get half the things done that you wanted to get done? Well that was this weekend for me. Friday night I made a mental note of everything that I wanted to accomplish and by Sunday night I made a mental note of everything I didn’t. Oh well…life’s too short to sweat the small stuff.

One thing I have been meaning to do is to shoot my dog, Brady doing what he loves best…playing catch in the park. Now if you haven’t met Brady yet he’s a 7 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who has me wrapped around his little paw.

Click on the images to enlarge for a better quality view.