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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