Welcome to the Green Apple Photography Blog. By viewing my stories and images, you will get a glimpse into my shooting style and personal experiences. My mission is to get you excited about your family portraits, about the moments I capture of your gorgeous children and the beauty of your pregnant body. I want you to share them with your friends and family and to see quality and artistry in every image.

For the many people who share their comments, stories, and lives with me, thank you!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Elmira Children's Photographer. mom+camera

Another tip on taking great photos of your children.  If you submit your email address to the right, you are guaranteed to never miss another post again. 

So here is probably one of the easiest, yet hardest things I will ask you to do: Use your camera everyday.  Not your phone camera, but your real, big, bulky camera.  Practice Practice Practice.  Chase your kids around with it for 20 minutes each day.  Become a mama paparazzi.  Try to perfect the tips I set out for you.  It won't be easy and at first you will probably forget, but as you go it will get easier and easier and you will get better and better at capturing your children as they grow.  At the end of the week choose your favourite image and print it.  Small or big, it doesn't matter, but get it printed and share it with your kids.  They will love to see them selves in print.  Also, feel free to tag me in images you post to facebook from challenges or tips I set out for you.  I love to see your progress.

In case you are just joining now, here is what you've missed so far:
Lesson 1 - getting your kids excited about being photographed
Lesson 2 - Focusing tips and tricks

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Winterberry's Design & Decor - Elmira. Elmira Photographer

Hey friends, If you need a new place to shop - I've found it. Winterberry's Designs & Decor in Elmira.  It's a beautiful shop with beautiful staff and beautiful products.  I easily wandered through (with Charlie in the stroller) to check out the small furniture pieces, jewellery, home decor items, purses, throw pillows, scarves and my fave item - recycled woven plastic bags.  The price point is reasonable and I didn't feel like my little man was going to pull something off the shelf, or I was going to knock over an expensive item with the stroller. It was airy and fresh and it didn't feel cramped or crowded. What a wonderful gem in downtown Elmira.

Judy, the shop's owner was warm and friendly and her adventures in Vietnam brought back some amazing bags - I couldn't resist buying one.  The bags are handmade in Ho Chi Minh City from reused plastic pieces.  They are a part of everyday life in Vietnam, carrying anything from fresh produce from market to spare motorcycle parts.  Their durability is crucial to their functionality, but their personality and colour is what makes them so wonderful.

I also purchased a beautiful, delicate small scarf which you may very well see wrapped around a snug newborn soon.

If you need some new inspiration for your home or yourself, then this is the place.

Winterberry Design & Decor Inc
5 Church Street East

Monday, September 9, 2013

Elmira Children's Photographer. mom + camera: focus tips and tricks

Focusing can actually be quite difficult to master with little moving people.  For this reason, I recommend that anyone who really loves photography invest in an SLR (single lens reflex) camera.  There is no delay when trying to take an image of your children.  You know, when they finally sit still and you have the camera ready and the moment you push the shutter, they move!  You end up with a blurry mess or a very bizarre facial expression and you end up with something like this pic from my camera phone.

Back to my focusing tips and tricks.
1. Focus on the eye.  
When we look at people we look at their eyes.  If the image doesn't have sharp eyes (in focus), then it just doesn't look right.

2. Focus on the eye that is closest to you.
If your child is slighting turned, then you will want to focus on the eye that is closest to the camera.  Our cameras focus on the point that we tell them to, and then slightly behind.  If you focus on the farther eye, the front one won't be in focus.

3. Use a slightly smaller fstop (larger number).
The best lenses offer apertures of 1.8, 1.4 and even 1.2.  This means that only a small portion of our image is in focus and this is how we get that amazing blurred background.  But when you are first learning to focus, having a smaller aperture allows a greater plain of focus if you kids are moving.  I rarely shoot larger than f3.2 when I'm photographing little people.  If your kids are older and more likely to stay put for longer, then you can practice with a larger aperture.

4. Delete images that aren't in proper focus.
When you get the images onto your computer and the eyes aren't in focus - delete the image.  I know but it was the cutest, most adorable picture ever.  But honestly, you won't get better if you don't force yourself to nail that focus every time.   Ok - so keep it for a bit, but try again to get a similar shot the next day with your focus bang on - you won't regret it.

Here are some images of my 2 boys where their eyes are in sharp focus and it is glorious!

If you are new to your DSLR and don't know what I'm talking about in #3, I do offer limited 1-on-1 mentor sessions for moms who want to take better images.  I also have a group course that I will be offering in the new year (or sooner).  So get a group of your girlfriends together, a bottle of wine and I will come to your place and teach you how to take better images of your little people!

Also, check my facebook page for info on a mom + camera Thursday evening Q&A session.  I will help answer your questions!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Elmira Newborn Photographer - my beautiful niece

It's always an honour to photograph newborns and their families, but it's especially wonderful when it's your own sister and her brand new baby that you are photographing.  Little A was one week old when I arrived for her newborn session.  And it was a dream session.  Even her big sister J cooperated and we got some wonderful images of the two of them together.  I even had some time to snap a few of J while A had a feeding.

Cindy,  Thank you for allowing me to capture such amazing moments for your family.  I'm so excited for you, Joe and your house of girls!  Please enjoy a few of my faves.

Please check out more Elmira newborn session images here!

Monday, September 2, 2013

St. Jacob's Market Fire - Elmira Photographer

I'm sitting here this morning nearly in tears.  As a local business owner it makes me so sad to hear about the fire at the St. Jacob's Farmers Market.  This was a wonderful tourist attraction and meeting place for the community.  Many of my favourite vendors have other retail locations and although the market provided one stop shopping for me every Thursday, I can still visit these amazing people by taking a drive throughout Waterloo Region.

Here is where you can find my favourite vendors.

Brady's Meat and Deli - local, certified organic, natural drug-free and specialty meats,
 8-465 Phillip Street
Waterloo, ON

Hilltop Acres Poultry- Beautiful free-range poultry
1501 Maple Bend Rd
Bloomingdale, On

Caudles Catch Seafood-Amazing, Fresh seafood
Kitchener Market
Bauer Lofts
Seafood Superstore: 60 Otonabee Drive, Kitchener, Ontario

Nauman's Farm - Fresh fruit & vegetables
3250 Hessen Strasse R.R. #1
St. Clements, Ontario N0B 2M0
519) 699-5524

Cupcakes! Cupcakes! Cupcakes!- making delicious treats!

Edgar & Irene Gingerich Maple Syrup products
Drayton, On

Kitchen Kuttings - Summer Sausage, Jams and preserves, cheese!
2 Arthur Street South
Elmira, Ont

Full of Beans Coffee Bar - amazing coffee, tea and atmosphere
NEW LOCATION opening Monday Sept 9th

Victoria St Market Place
1575 Victoria St

Also home to Finest Sausage and Meats & Caudles Catch

If you have a favourite vendor, feel free to add it in the comments - Let's rebuild this amazing community!

The St. Jacob's Market posted this to their facebook page on September 2, 2013:
We lost the main food building at the Market to a fire early Labour Day morning. Thanks to all the firefighters who came out to help us. They did a great job in making sure the fire didn’t spread to other buildings on the property. We are very grateful that no one was hurt.

Our hearts go out to all of the great vendors in that building. Many of them were there since the building opened back in the late 1980’s. There is a long road ahead, but we will build a new home for your businesses.

We have a huge outdoor market, and another indoor food and flea market building, and our hope is to keep it open this week. At this very early stage, we can’t give a definite answer on that, but please stay tuned for further updates.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has reached out to us this morning. We have always said that the market is not the buildings. It’s the people – the vendors, customers, the whole community. We’re very humbled by the sense of ownership and pride that so many people have for this market. We will bring it back!
Photo by Rob Brady