Princess Series- Part 2- Wash Day

In this modern era, even a princess should do her own laundy….untitled-8442untitled-8373

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tracy cook {HOLIDAY PHOTOGRAPHY} www.cherryblissphotography.ca

This weekend was my Christmas Mini Session Marathon !  Had lots of cuties come through my door, here is a sampling of some of the images.

Thanks to everyone who came, and have a great holiday !

tracy cook {PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY} www.cherryblissphotography.ca

What a fun session !  I normally do primarily families, and edit in a very traditional way, but with this session, it was just one beautiful, photogenic woman, and I was given lots of  opportunity to edit in a very funky, fun way.  It was a fun session, and I love the cool images we captured !
Hope you enjoy this mix of traditional and non-traditional natural light photography !

tracy cook {FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY} www.cherryblissphotography.ca

Family photo shoots have to be one of my favorite types to do.  Maybe it’s because I’m a parent myself, but I always want to capture the love and emotion between parents and their children.  I’ve photographed this family before, and got one of my all time favorite shots of the little man and his dad.  It was an image that I thought just moved me and showed the strong connection between father and son.  This was the image.
Fast forward almost a year ahead.  I was privileged to shoot them again.  They are such a nice family, but it’s funny, I feel an intense need to please this dad with my images more then anyone else I’ve shot.  It’s totally pressure from within because like I said, they are the nicest family.  But I really want him to like these.  I think he’s the dad who will give me honest feedback, will tell me if I got it right or wrong- which I actually really appreciate from a learning perspective.  Hey, as a photographer I want my clients to love the images, and I appreciate them trusting me to capture their family.  So here are a few previews of tonight’s session.  Did I get it right Kev?  🙂

We threw a little outdoor party for the little man’s upcoming third birthday !  Ohh what fun it was !! 

tracy cook {FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY} www.cherryblissphotography.ca

I had the cutest brother/sister duo the other day !  Both were sweet and beautiful, although I’m not sure a boy his age wants to be referred to that way–haha– but it’s true !  Enjoy the images.
This has to be one of my favorite images, I caught her just sitting quietly waiting for me to come to her.
And she was all smiles once we got going

The two of them were soooo photogenic !!
And this is an out-take, but an adorable one… monkeying around after the shoot.  Could you resist capturing this??

tracy cook {FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY} www.cherryblissphotography.ca

My handsome husband doesn’t generally want to pose for photos… but I caught him outside reading and relaxing while our boy played in the sprinkler.  I captured this image, that really shows how handsome he is.  But don’t tell him I’m bragging about him… it might go to his head, making him more difficult to photograph in the future..haha  🙂

what I’ve learnt about photography

I found a post on one of the blogs I read, about the things the blogger learned about photography.  And it got me thinking… I’ve been serious about this photography thing for a while now, so what have I learnt?

You really do need to get off of auto mode.  I was scared to get off- but I did, and it’s made a world of difference.


Photography can be technical- but a person can learn the ins and outs.
Expert photogs always say- know your camera inside and out.  They are right. 






It is not wise to take a client’s word for it that a location that you don’t know, and that they insist on is great.  It might be a fabulous location, but a horrible photography spot.  Lesson learnt

Always scout out a location before a shoot.  If you can’t- don’t shoot there.  (related to my learning in #4)


Do not over saturate yourself with blogs and fb pages of other photographers.  It makes you feel bad about yourself if you are looking at too many.  


Take inspiration from a few photogs that you really admire.  My top three are Jasmine StarKelle Hampton, and Drew B.  There are others- but these are some of the most talented ladies out there.


Don’t follow blogs/fb pages of anyone within 500km.  I have made one exception to this rule because this lady is wayy too talented not to follow.




Find inspiration everywhere.


Shoot what you love, and try out other types of photography too.


When you are trying to develop your brand- shoot 70% your style, and 30% of what you know the client will love.


You must own and use a prime lens.  Must. Must. Must.


Try not to compare yourself, be too hard on yourself, or give up.  Some factors in your photographic success are in your control, some aren’t.


Try to tell a story with your photos.


If you really don’t want to do it- don’t.  (actually that’s a life rule too)


Be true to your photographic vision.Find a mentor or a friend to share and learn from/with.  It can be very inspiring.
Seek input and constructive criticism only from those who are giving it for the right reasons.


Know that with props, it’s a fine line between good relevant prop and cheesy items.

The rule of thirds really does help.


The histogram is helpful, but not essential.


Photoshop suggestions aren’t always right- if you like your image- use it even if conventional thought is that it’s wrong (ie over saturated  blown out, overexposed, underexposed etc)




You don’t have to do anything- it’s your photography.


Blog and share your stuff


Make friends with photoshop (uggh) but edit in a way that represents your style.  (ie I say I’m an organic photographer- meaning I use photoshop to touch up, not to drastically alter an image)


Find your photographic voice and use it- whatever level you are at- your thoughts, opinions, contributions matter.


Would someone remind me to look at these next time I get frustrated or lose my way?  I plan on reviewing this post in 6 months, and 1 year to see if I still agree with myself….