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…
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!
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!