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I am a big fan of playing tennis, and I tend to choose opponents that are stronger than I am in oder to improve my own game. I am mentioning this because having a conversation with Anaafi makes me feel the same way: there is always something that I can learn from talking to him! And, similar to a game of tennis, there is a constant back and forth where you can challenge yourself and always feel entertained.

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I titled this post “Top 30 Under 30” because I feel that this young entrepreneur is headed in that direction. I love to meet and work with goal-oriented and driven individuals, and Anaafi is hands down one of those people.

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 I mean, how can you not put faith in that smile? 🙂

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 Anaafi–I am so glad that I was able to meet you and capture these images. I want to wish you all the best in your future endeavours and I hope to see you in Forbes one day!!

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What’s better than a gorgeous girl? A gorgeous girl with talent, of course.

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Enter Allie: Not only a talented singer, songwriter, and musician, but also someone who shares my passion for science, tea and books. You can imagine that we got along just fine.

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It was an absolute pleasure photographing Allie! I am always excited to meet young, talented professionals, and this was no exception. I already have a few of her songs in my iTunes library (and stuck in my head!) and I hope to hear many more in the future. Hope to see you soon Allie!

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What a beautiful day! And what a wonderful photoshoot I had with this handsome fella! Meet Patrick, a happy-go-lucky, energetic little boy who melts my heart. I had such a fun time running around and playing with you, Patrick!

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Oh, and thank you for helping me convince your dad to be in a few of the shots! They turned out so well!

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Patrick, I am so thrilled that I was able to capture (an be a part of) you journey through life. You have a long, fun road ahead of you, and knowing you, I am certain that you will do well in anything that you set your mind to. How can such a great “tag” player not do well? It was so great to spend time with you and your family, and I hope to see you again soon!

Remember this cutie?

Well she’s all grown up now

Diana is now 4 years old and still super adorable!! She was shy at first but as time passed she became the perfect little model. We had a lot of fun running around and being silly (me most of all, as socially unacceptable as that is).

I had such an amazing time photographing Diana and her family. It was so nice to see them all again after all this time and to see how the children have grown up and changed.

So cute! Holding her brother’s hand while I was speaking to her mother.

Speaking of the brother, he’s grown quite a bit as well. Going to university next year!! I told him that if he’s anything like me he’ll like university more than highschool. I also told him that he should hide these photos from the girls at his school or else he may get swarmed 😉

Here’s Elena, the mother, beautiful as always. She was soo sweet when I delivered her images- she called me and gave the most heartfelt “thank you” ever. I am so thrilled that my images can bring joy to people and Elena’s words just made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This is why I love photography.

I hope you enjoyed these images. I had such a great time taking them and I was so happy to see everyone once again. A huge THANK YOU to Elena for asking me to record this beautiful time in her life. I hope to see her again soon!

Hi everyone!

I decided to create a blog post which shows the girls how to apply makeup specifically for photography. I am doing this because the question of makeup comes up a LOT in my conversation with clients and I would love to answer that question. I am no makeup artist but I  have watched my fair share of youtube videos of real makeup artists and I have been taking photos long enough to safely provide you with this guide. Also, this isn’t very difficult at all, so don’t fret.

Frankly, makeup isn’t EXTREMELY important for getting beautiful photographs… I would have to say hair is a bigger factor in looking hot. However, I want to share this because applying makeup for photographs is different than your everyday makeup. Here are a few DOs and DON’Ts for application:

DO
Use matte makeup only. Shimmery or shiny makeup just looks sloppy on camera

DON’T
Contour. I know, weird. But don’t apply any bronzers or contour your face because, even though that looks great in real life, on camera it’s just too much. If you take a look at the photos below, you can see that my cheekbones are prominent even though I didn’t contour. Adding bronzer would make me look like Lady Gaga on her Born This Way album cover.

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Go outside your comfort zone a bit. As you will see, my makeup does not look very dark. However, in real life it was DARK. I didn’t have raccoon eyes or anything, but it definitely did not look as sexy in real life as it did on camera. Obviously if you are having your picture taken in a dark room with no flash, you should ignore this pointer.  If there will be flash (especially a studio flash) or bright sunlight then keep in mind that makeup appears lighter in photos than in real life.

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Practice your makeup before any big photography event. DON’T just do it an hour beforehand and hope for the best. It won’t be pretty. Especially if you’re one of those gals who doesn’t wear makeup on a daily basis.

Alrighty, so here is the guide I put my blush, sweat and tears into (eh? get it?). You can stop at any one of these steps (and just apply mascara and lipstick or something), you don’t have to go all the way to the end. So if you want a natural look, do step 1 and 2 and just put on liner and mascara or something. If you want a medium look, do the same but continue on a few more steps, you get the picture. I applied mascara, blush and lipstick at the very end because I wanted to show you how you can layer your eye shadow to get a dark look. Enjoy!

 

The finished product. Tada!!

Now that wasn’t very hard was it? You could keep going and make it even darker. You can use a darker lid colour for a nice dark smoky eye.

Great! Now you’re all set to get your photo taken. All you need is a photographer 🙂

Thanks for reading

 

 

It was a beautiful day outside yesterday so my boyfriend Nikola and I decided to go visit the Art Gallery of Ontario  to see the Picasso exhibit. Obviously, being the person that I am, I brought a camera along and decided to document the event. Unfortunately, I did not take any photos of the paintings+ sculptures inside of the exhibit (it wasn’t allowed as far as I could tell) but I did take a few nice photos which I think you may enjoy.

First of all, I want to say that Picasso is an inspiration. Not because I liked every single piece in the exhibit (or even understood all of it) but because he managed to take what everyone was doing, morph it to his liking and create a style that was precisely his own. Some people say that their 5 year old could paint like he can, and while that may be true, the difference is that Picasso knew the rules but he also knew exactly how to break them.

You could see Picasso’s unique style as you explored each of the 7 rooms with his works of art- from one of his first paintings and sculptures to some of his last. I was completely absorbed by the art and the story of his life- it felt like I was walking through his life and re-living it.

Despite my comments about the exhibition and being completely absorbed, I do want to remind you that I didn’t understand EVERYTHING that I was seeing.

Some of the paintings you looked at and simply said “Nope!” In one image of a still life, Nikola and I confused some fruits for a pair of breasts. This should give you some sort of idea as to what we were dealing with.

Inside the AGO. This was the gorgeous walkway leading away from the Picasso exhibit

After satisfying our cultural appetite, Nikola and I decided to grab a bite to eat (and satisfy another appetite). There was an English pub just around the corner from the AGO called The Village Idiot Pub where we decided to go to. Honestly guys, go here. I’m not joking. The atmosphere is great, the food is excellent (get the freakin’ fish&chips, you won’t be sorry) and the staff are awesome. There was wood furniture, vintage couches and huge windows which had garage doors instead of glass. The windows were open (i.e garage doors were pulled up) when we were there so it was as if we were eating outside. Next time I’m in downtown I know where I will be getting my grub.

After our feast we took a walk around downtown TO which was great because I hardly ever get to go downtown (the downside of living in the suburbs). Once we thought that we were satisfied with the sight-seeing (i.e. after the pain in my feet from wearing heels all day became unbearable), we decided to go home on the train instead of the subway. We got to sit on the second floor, kick off our heels(when it comes to my heels, literally) and chillax so it was a fantastic end to a great day. I hope I can do it again soon!

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Thank you Nikola for taking my portrait against the wall and taking the photograph of the GO Train from outside. My helper!

I am extremely excited because the weather is improving and summer is slowly approaching. To add to that, all of you know that I am having my Summer Mini Sessions June 2nd and 3rd (which I am even MORE excited about) and I want to prepare everyone to look fantastic for their session (not that you don’t already you fox, you).

The question I get asked most BY FAR is “Julia, what do I wear?” I usually go over to my client’s house prior to the session and help them choose the clothes for themselves, their kids, their family, etc. However, this isn’t always possible so I am creating this guide so that if I can’t come over, you won’t be totally lost with picking out clothing.

Remember, these are only suggestions ! If you don’t have clothes like these, don’t sweat! Just try to follow the guidelines as much as possible and if you get stuck, I’m always here to answer any questions 🙂 Let’s get started

By the way- I am SO psyched to have made all of these outfits (below). It took me 3 friggin’ hours but I did it. Don’t worry, it shouldn’t take you that long it was just hard finding images of the clothes I needed on white backgrounds so that I didn’t have to cut them out in photoshop- story of my life. Anyways, I just want to say that I would be an awesome fashion consultant if i ever chose to go that route.

Before you begin choosing anything, pick a colour palette. If you are the only person being photographed, this may not be as necessary but if there are 2 or more people, this is super helpful! Colour palettes are great because they prevent everyone from looking identical (ta-cky) but everyone is still cohesive. I know it might be difficult creating your own palettes so you can always look them up online or use one of the ones I have created above.

Alrighty, so using the colour palettes I created above, I put together some outfits. Again, I know you may not have clothes like this in your closet or this may not be your style but this is a guide to help you not tell you exactly what to do. Just pointing it out, the dress is from the ‘Funky’ colour palette, the shit+ shorts are from the ‘Earthy’ palette and so on.

A few things to notice:
What is absent from all of these outfits: Logos, distracting patterns &  text. All of these things draw the eye in a photograph and I want you to be the center of attention not the designer of your shirt.
What not to be afraid of: Bright colours, accessories, large faint patterns (seen on the green shirt). Don’t be afraid to showcase yourself through your clothes! If you are fun and outgoing or if you are calm and laid back, pick out some clothes that display this- I want to see who you are!

Okay! Continuing to use the different colour palettes, we get these options. Again, no logos (this is a tough one for guy shirts), no plaid (ie. distracting patterns). Notice that I still used bold colours and accessories even on guys!

I don’t want to call them accessories because I know someone’s going to say “Ugh! Julia, that is so emasculating why don’t you just put us in a dress and get it over with?” so I will call them “Menbellishment” to keep everyone happy. This menbellishment is a great way to stay within the colour palette if you only have white Ts and jeans in your closet.

Also, I didn’t use shorts for any of these outfits just because I love how jeans and pants look on guys, but wearing nice shorts is totally fine with me!

I know this probably sounds strange but I think that girls in dresses and galoshes is the CUTEST look ever. I may have lived on a farm in my past life.

The same rules apply to children: no logos (I can’t stress this enough), nothing too busy that will take away from their own cuteness, dress them in fun colours and accessorize!

Note: Most of the clothing used for the boy+ girl outfits are from Old Navy and the The Gap Kids if you were wondering where you can buy some.

So, now you have used your colour palette to pick out the clothes for all of your family members individually. What I suggest now is that you take all of your lil’ outfits and lay them on the bed or on the floor and see how they look all together. Mine look something like this:

Each column represents a family following my rules and their colour palette 🙂
Each outfit looks good alone or combined together which is fabulous and not very difficult to accomplish.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope that you found it useful. Remember,  these are just suggestions- you don’t have to follow everything to the dot. I want you to wear something that will make you look and feel amazing during your shoot because that is how I would love to capture you. Have fun with it, that’s what photo shoots are all about!

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If you want more ideas on what clothes to wear, I would suggest you look through magazines and see what types of clothes they wear for their editorial and/ or lifestyle shoots. The website BodenUSA is also great because you can look at ready-made outfits and gain some ideas.

I couldn’t figure out what to write for this post for 2 days! I had many ideas in mind but none of them let me be creative (which is what I’m craving right now). So I decided to show ya’ll what I carry in my camera bag (which is getting too small for all my stuff)- but I decided to be creative about it 🙂 I won’t be too technical because I know that some people won’t understand my “photographer lingo”
Here goes nothing:

Camera 1: Canon EOS 5D Mk II

This is my baby, my main trooper which I use for all of my sessions. Our love began quite unexpectedly-I received this as a birthday gift (was never expecting it!) and it was love at first sight.
The good: it has a full-frame sensor (in English this means that you get better quality and you capture more of the scene)
The not-so- good: 9 point Auto Focus system (compared to the Canon 1D camera which  has a 61-point system. This means with the 5D you have to keep shifting around after you focus, but with a camera like the 1D, you need to only click the shutter and you’re good!)

Camera 2: Canon EOS Rebel XSi

I am very excited to show you this camera because this is my very first dSLR camera. This is what started Julia Gauberg Photography and I am forever grateful to this cute little camera. I took the photo of my other camera (5D) with this camera, so compare the quality!
The good: This camera is excellent for those who are transitioning into the “professional” camera world. It is a very easy camera to use and get used to
The not-so-good: This camera sucks in extremely low light – turn out slightly grainy is you pump up all it’s settings

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 USM

This was my very first lens (not counting my kit lens). It’s a cute little lens which makes your images look super sharp and detailed. Great little lens
The good: This lens is CHEAP. It was around $130 for me- it is probably the cheapest lens you will find. For the price, the quality is amazing and if you are just starting out, I would highly recommend this
The-not-so-good: It feels very plastic-y and cheap and the blur is not very soft with this camera

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS USM

This is my holy grail lens. It can take wide-angle shots, it can zoom in pretty close. I work with children so this really saves me some energy because I don’t have too keep running back and forth to get a shot, I can just zoom in and out.
The good: This is an amaaazing, versatile lens. It is part of the canon L series (L for Luxury. OoOooOO) and this means they use really nice, great quality glass for the lens.
The not-so-good: Because of the better quality glass, this lens is not cheap!! However, to me it was totally worth the money because it lets you do everything .

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

This is one of my newest additions to the bag. It is a prime lens which means you can’t zoom, it is stuck on 85mm and you have to move around to frame your subjects.
The good: This camera works very well in low light conditions and it is PERFECT for portraits
The not-so-good: It is not as good as the 85mm f1.2 L II lens (again, part of the L series), but that lens is a bajillion dollars and I though this lens was better for the price.



Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM

Again, another prime lens, except this one is a wider angle. This is a wonderful lens for wedding photography and portraits. It’s great because you can take a photo of your model and have the entire background included in your image.
The good: This is the best lens (out of the ones I have) for working in low light (due to the f/1.4)
The not-so-good: This is a very specific lens, if you want an all-purpose lens, get the 24-105mm I showed above

 

Reflector

I carry this around with me everywhere. It has a white side (shown) and a metallic side (peaking out from the back). I use this to bounce light back on to my subjects if I am taking a photograph which has the light behind them. Don’t mind the plant- I just opened up the reflector and shot the plant from above.
The good: This is the go-to tool for outdoor, natural light photography.
The not-so-good: If you don’t have an assistant or a stand for the reflector, it becomes a little bit useless because you can’t work the camera and hold this up at the same time

Miscellaneous

Transmitter for my studio lights

An extra CF memory card

This memory card isn’t the best, actually. I purchased it because it was cheap and I got what I paid for, no doubt. I use it as a backup now and the main one I use is the SanDisk Ultra 8GB (much better)

Some things I didn’t take photographs of that are in my bag are: extra batteries, my charger, and my camera remote (which I use to take self-portraits)

Alright, I hope you enjoyed this post! I would love to hear what gear YOU own, you can tell me int he comments. Also, if you have any questions or gear suggestions, I would love to hear that as well!!

For those of you who are not familiar with mini sessions, here is some more information:

Session is open to kids, teens, families expecting mothers and babies
First-come, First-serve
They are 20-25 minutes in length
Up to 4 people ($10 each additional person)
They take place in the evening (see times below)

The $75 session fee includes the 20-25 minute session, a private online viewing gallery and 2 gift prints (a $140 value!)

Time Slots*

Saturday, June 2
6:00 pm- Booked
6:30 pm- Available
7:00 pm – Available

Sunday, June 3
6:00 pm- Booked
6:30 pm- Available
7:00 pm – Available

If you have any questions or would like to reserve a time slot, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Phone: (416) 625- 7375
E-mail: juliagauberg@gmail.com

If you would like to see more of my work, visit my website

 

*dates may change due to the weather

My family and I go camping every year… you know: tents, barbecue, outhouses. All those glamorous things.  We have a favourite national park which we keep returning to and  we stay there each year for 1 week (not a typo). As terrible as this may sound, it really is a great experience and everyone should try it at least once in their life, even if you only go for a few days.

Yeah, yeah I know there are things like :

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Sleeping outside & having unpredictable weather. Also, tons of product placement in all your photos (so annoying)

But it’s nature, you cannot always control it and you have to learn to love it. You can always buy bug repellent to get rid of the mosquitoes and bees and sleeping outside is super nice when it’s warm. You get so much oxygen and fresh air that you get a nice “Thank You” card from your lungs at the end of each day.

Besides, if you don’t go camping you may miss out on moments like these:

and photographs like this:

So yes, it’s true that camping is no 5-star, butler service, Ritz Hotel experience, but put it on your bucket list. Try it at least once if you haven’t already. If you are a photographer you will leave with some gorgeous photographs (like the night sky. You haven’t see so many stars in your entire life!) and if you aren’t, you will still spend your days at the beach, sleep under the stars and have BBQ all day long. Go camping and tell people that you lived.