Canadian Tulip Festival Instameet! Instagrammers Unite!

Hi all!

Photography is something that I have always been interested in.  I remember being 12-years-old, saving up all of my Canadian Tire money to buy a Kodak 110mm camera.  Wow.  I’m old.  And for all of you who are mystified by “Canadian Tire” money, it’s a fake currency given out by one of Canada’s most popular hardware stores.  It’s like Monopoly money that you can only use at that store.  My Dad, being a huge Mr. Fixit, it would shop there and hand me all of that Canadian Tire cash. LOL…but I digress…

Style Domination Kodak 110mm camera

Kodak 110mm camera. Wow. I’m really dating myself here.

When I graduated at 17, my parents helped me buy my first real camera, a 35mm Pentax.  I loved that thing like people love their first born.  It went everywhere with me, and I have thousands of printed pictures to prove it.

Many more cameras later, I finally bit the bullet and treated myself to a DSLR camera.  I really wanted to get better at taking photographs, and hopefully take my own pro-quality pictures.

I bought myself a Canon Rebel EOS T5i.  It’s everything I wanted in a DSLR.  Relatively easy to use, tons of features, takes clear, detailed, beautiful shots, and has an articulated screen which is great for filming videos (especially of yourself for YouTube).

My good friend Katie, who just happens to be a stellar photographer, invited me out to the Canadian Tulip Festival Instameet.  Here, amateur photographers get together and take photographs of the beautiful scenery and share tips on photography and social media.  I met a ton of great people and learned A LOT!

Here are some shots from our little instameet, including photos taken for Katie’s amazing project YOW City Style, an Ottawa-based fashion and lifestyle project.  Please check it out and follow along on Facebook and Instagram!

Canadian Tulip Festival Ottawa Canada Ontario STyle Domination Street Style YOW City Style Mink Williams

Buttery yellow tulips

Canadian Tulip Festival Ottawa Canada Ontario STyle Domination Street Style YOW City Style Mink Williams

Canadian Tulip Festival Ottawa Canada Ontario STyle Domination Street Style YOW City Style Mink Williams

Canadian Tulip Festival Ottawa Canada Ontario STyle Domination Street Style YOW City Style Mink Williams

Canadian Tulip Festival Ottawa Canada Ontario STyle Domination Street Style YOW City Style Mink Williams

Canadian Tulip Festival Ottawa Canada Ontario STyle Domination Street Style YOW City Style Mink Williams

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Canadian Tulip Festival Ottawa Canada Ontario STyle Domination Street Style YOW City Style Mink Williams

YOW City Style; pic courtesy of Katie Hession

Canadian Tulip Festival Ottawa Canada Ontario STyle Domination Street Style YOW City Style Mink Williams

Our friend Mink Williams – photographed for YOW City Style; pic courtesy of Katie Hession

Canadian Tulip Festival Ottawa Canada Ontario STyle Domination Street Style YOW City Style Mink Williams Katie Hession

Hope you enjoyed my first foray into the world of “real photography”. When you get the chance, check out the noble history behind our Tulip Festival…the reason why Holland sends Canada over 10,000 beautiful (and some rare) tulip bulbs annually!

Don’t forget to check out YOW City Style (FB and Instagram) and Mink Williams (FB and Instagram)!!  Both Katie and Mike are gifted photographers!

xox!

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  1. May 20, 2015 / 7:31 pm

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  2. May 20, 2015 / 10:04 pm

    Gorgeous shots! I had that little Kodak camera as well 🙂

  3. May 21, 2015 / 9:28 am

    I always wanted to go to the Tulip Festival … Beautiful pictures 🙂 xo’s

    • May 21, 2015 / 9:49 am

      Awww! You should come to lovely Ottawa to see it first hand! I have many more pictures of the full scope of the festival…I should have posted them! It really is breathtaking! Thanks for stopping by! xo

      • May 21, 2015 / 4:17 pm

        I’ve been to Ottawa several times but not during this period… Next year maybe 🙂

  4. May 22, 2015 / 11:44 pm

    Tulips are my favourite types of flowers! Lovely photos 🙂

  5. May 23, 2015 / 4:39 am

    Wow…the tulip shots are gorgeous! Love the blue flowers too.

    • May 25, 2015 / 8:53 pm

      Thank you so so much!!! It was such a great day! Thrilled with how these turned out!

  6. May 24, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    Wow – such amazing photography! I have just bought my first decent camera and am yet to experiment with it – Seeing the photos of your flowers makes me wish I could take something so beautiful and preserve it like that! So inspiring!

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    • May 24, 2015 / 10:20 pm

      Such kind compliments! Thank you! Honestly – take a photography course!! The courses are invaluable and really transform your photography!! xo

      • May 25, 2015 / 5:05 am

        I will do this summer after moving house definitely! Xx

  7. May 24, 2015 / 10:56 pm

    Wow, those photos are gorgeous!! What a complete delight to see!!!

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