You bought a camera, now what....

First Camera

The biggest fear people have after they buy their first DSLR/mirrorless camera is being overwhelmed by the technology that is packed into their new 'toy'.  
This was one of my fears when I picked up my first camera which was a Nikon D3000 6 years ago. However, I soon realized that there is no way I can break it (unless i physically damage it). The camera has a 'reset to default' option so I ended up experimenting with the settings and even tried shooting in manual mode but the images would never come out properly so I would keep it at either auto or Aperture priority mode and hope for the best. Although the quality of the images would come out amazing I knew I wasn't using the camera to it's true potential. So I went to Youtube and started watching a bunch of videos but my head was so overwhelmed with information I didn't know where to start! I'm sure many of you feel this way as well so I have narrowed everything down to just TWO videos which will guide you and make you more comfortable using your new camera: 

- Exposure triangle:

- In camera metering:

These are the absolute basics, the only thing you need to understand before watching any more videos and fine tuning your skills! I highly recommend picking up your camera after watching them, switching it to Manual and experimenting at home. Keep playing with the three settings (Shutter, Aperture and ISO) and watch your in camera metering which makes it SOO easy to nail that exposure.

Untile next time - Happy shooting!

Owais R

5 profile picture mistakes keeping you from getting your next job

It's time to scrap that awkward cropped cell phone selfie.

Whether it's Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram, recruiters will look you up to put a face to your application. Having a professional picture will set you apart from the competition. It differentiates you from Internet bots and humanizes you. To help you get that corner office or your dream job - Below are 5 key mistakes keeping you from getting your next job.

1. Bad photo online

Having a good profile photo is the cornerstone of your personal brand. The obvious place HR would search is LinkedIn and if you don't have a picture there, you can bet that they are Google searching for one. Make sure you do the same and remove all partying pictures that make you look sloppy.

2. Clothing is KEY!

If you don't wear a tie to work, don't wear one in your photo. Having simple clothing with no distracting patters or logos that work in your everyday style is recommended. During a photo-shoot it's always best to bring multiple outfits so you can try what works for you while shooting.

3. Your photo is as old as the Queen of England

Maybe you looked great in 1995; it doesn't mean that people will look past your highlights and popped collar. It just shows that you are behind the times, which is a red flag in today’s society. We recommend updating your profile picture every two years or if you lose / gain significant weight (Although you can get better looking with age - check out our future blog post on skincare for men)

4. Expression


The most common mistake most people make is the 'mannequin' smile - this is the ear-splitting grin that make you look fake and overeager. Having a blank stare is just as bad. Your picture needs to show personality and there is no better way than to show it with your expression.

Depending on your industry, stick to a slight smile. If you're in sales or the corporate world you can strike a serious face but adding a slight grin can make you seem more welcoming and approachable.

5. Lighting


You may have a friend who has a really cool camera and is willing to take your picture for free but chances are that they don't have the the knowledge and hardware to prevent dark circles under the eyes and skin. Go with a photographer who is experienced in lighting and retouching to make you look your best naturally.

3 Reasons to Have Family Portraits Done This Fall

We can all agree that time flies and life seems to move quickly as we get older. You especially notice the mark of time when you have a family with kids. I mean, how many times have you looked at your children and thought ‘where has the time gone?’ Life will continue to pass by, which is why its so important to catch those cherished moments we have with our loved ones.

Everyone at some point thinks about having a family portrait done, but they never actually go ahead and do it. Then, years later, when those special moments have passed and it’s too late to capture them, they find themselves regretting it. The good news is that life is happening right now, and it’s never too late to start capturing life's most important moments starting now.

So, here are three reasons why you should book a family portrait session today.


1. Capture life's most precious moments.

The birth of your first child, your child’s first birthday, their first day of school, or a graduation are just some of life's greatest moments that should be captured on camera. Some of these events are more important to some than others, but the point here is; they only happen once. They come and they go. These special moments and periods of times just can’t be recreated, and that's why these "once-in-a-lifetime moments" should be remembered.

People become so busy with their lives, such as with work, or children going away for school, and they don't have the luxury to slow down time. Hire a professional at Phot-O-Holic Imagery to freeze the moments, as they are now, so the special times can be remembered forever!

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2. Family portraits are fun!

Have you already tried professional photography but had a bad experience? Don't let that get in the way of reaching out to a photographer right now, because I'm here to tell you that it was one bad experience.

At Phot-O-Holic Imagery, I guarantee you will enjoy the entire process. You will be eagerly waiting for the moment when you receive your beautiful personalized photos, and you will be looking for just the right frame to put up your photos in your family room.

At Phot-O-Holic Imagery, the photos are all about you being yourself. You will always have a say with the location, the props you want to include, and the type of photo you want. We love being able to capture the most natural emotions, love, and true joy that we are privileged enough to witness during our sessions, and it really is a fun time for the both of us.

3. Autumn is beautiful!

The arrival of fall brings some very exciting opportunities for photos and you may just want to try them all. Jumping into a pile of leaves or rolling out the pumpkins are a couple of options. However, what makes pictures so amazing in the fall are the colourful leaves and the warm sunlight!

Our fall family sessions take place in locations known for beautiful trails and tall trees, with leaves and grass that turn golden. Take advantage this Autumn and book your session now, because we all know Winter is just around the corner!

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Hiring a professional will always cost more than hiring an amateur, but there's a good reason for that: you get what you pay for.

Family portraits are an investment in something you greatly value, and they will be valuable for a lifetime. I promise you that with each passing year you will appreciate the photos you chose to take more and more.

We all spend time and money on things we value very little, or not at all. So why not invest in what matters to us the most? It’s an investment that will be treasured by your family forever.

Gather your loved ones, and know that you will not regret it.

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