Monday, December 30, 2019

My Year End Bonus

This shiny new Nespresso Expert is my year end bonus for surpassing my sales goals for 2019. The CEO of Spencer Studio (me) and the VP of Employee Incentives (me) decided that the entire sales department (me) needed to be recognized for a job well done.

This new Nespresso Expert makes perfect Espresso, Lungo, Cafe Americano and Ristretto (a double strong espresso, same amount of espresso beans in half the amount of water) each at the push of a single button.

It also messages my smart phone when I am low on coffee pods, water tank is low or the basket of used pods is full.

I love working at Spencer Studio, the board of directors (me) is so generous. Not just to the sales department (me) but also the marketing department (me) and the maintenance department (me).... and we all need coffee....lots of coffee.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

FEDEX: “When It Absolutely, Positively Has to Be Smashed Overnight”

FEDEX: “When It Absolutely, Positively Has to Be Smashed Overnight”
A viral video shared by photographer Greg Riegler over this past weekend highlights the problem of carriers mishandling packages — in this case, a package containing a $1,500 Canon lens. The video was captured by a video doorbell security camera and recently detailed by Riegler

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Why I'm a Rotarian

I remember seeing many old black and white photos of my father as a small boy wearing a metal brace on his arm. He wore it for two years between the ages of 4 and 6, he had POLIO.

So this news comes decades too late for him but I am still grateful to read this. A heartfelt thank you to Rotary International for taking this on as a project and raising over US$2 billion, and to The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their 2 to 1 matching grant. People sometimes ask me what Rotary does, well this is what it does.

The Story, the wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) has been eradicated worldwide.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Square Thing Upgrade Takes Debit Now

Cool. Square sent me an email this morning saying our little devices have been upgraded to accept Debit Chip & PIN for any dollar amount. Previously they would only accept sales up to $100.

I love the convenience of Square, and have been using it a couple of years now.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Latest 5 Star Review... in Mandarin

I just got this 5 Star Online Review... Love it! I photograph a lot of international students, when he said he was going to leave me a review I asked him if he would do it in Mandarin... so cool.

" 是如何太太华最好的摄像师。他知道如何拍出最好的照片,也知道如何让一个人笑起来并且抓拍那一个美丽的瞬间。"

Translation "The Best Photographers in Ottawa Robin is the best cameraman in the world. He knows how to make the best photos and how to make a person laugh and capture that beautiful moment."

Monday, October 7, 2019

Newest Addition to our Portable Portrait Studio Kit

Each year my portable portrait studio case gets heavier and heavier. It's mainly from following the old boy scouts advice to "Be Prepared" I tend to add things to solve small problems that come up with doing headshots on location.

The latest addition is "Blot It" blotting paper from Sephora. It's tucked in with a couple of spare ties and a few other things designed to save the day.

As you can imagine, fixing a problem on the spot is less time consuming than fixing it in Photoshop later.

This has been an odd summer in Ottawa weather wise, humidity has been high and the need to blot the shine off foreheads seems to be happening much more often.

Up to this point removing shine has worked with some success just using a tissue. But it takes a few attempts and is seldom 100%. So we have added blotting paper to out location kit.

I would love to hear a few suggestions on other useful things to include. Lip gloss was suggested but it would have to be one time use (non-shareable) items for obvious reasons.

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Corporate Headshots for Scotiabank

Our simple on location "portable portrait studio" set up in one of the board rooms at Constitution Square to do corporate headshots for the Scotiabank Commercial Banking Team. Hard to believe we did all the headshots, teams and group shots and were done by lunch time, I have never worked with a more organized and efficient group. Thanks Haley.

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