Monday, December 7, 2020

I Love This Idea


I thought this was cool and wanted to post it. While doing grad photos for nurse Maria she showed me a way to pinch her stethoscope into a heart. First time I've seen that.

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Monday, November 30, 2020

The obvious answer was “Chickens”

I’m happy to report that once again my clients have been generous with their appreciation and I was able to reach my yearly marketing goal of 400 Five Star Online Reviews. 
In previous years I have treated myself to a “year end bonus” for reaching my marketing goals. 2019 a new state of the art espresso machine and 2018 it was a Movado watch.

But this year when I thought of options for my “bonus” it occurred to me that having an espresso machine and a nice watch is all a man really needs.  I wanted to look elsewhere.

2020 being what it is and realizing I need nothing, my thoughts naturally turned to chickens. My bonus this year is a shopping spree on the World Vision gift catalog. Buying chickens, school supplies, seeds and farm tools for Africa’s most needy.  I feel so good about my choice that I have decided that this will be a new tradition for me.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Life Happens


An unexpected ruptured appendix forced me to close the studio from November 8 to the November 14.

Thank you all for your wishes and prayers, I am finally home.

Turns out had I listened to my 92 year old mother and gone to the hospital right away this would have gone much easier. But I waited about 5 days after the initial pain in my side before going to the hospital.

To avoid major surgery the doctors were able to stop the infection and allow me to schedule an appendectomy as a simple day surgery in about six weeks.

I was able to contact all my clients from my hospital bed to reschedule my week of appointments.

Again thank you all for your thoughts and wishes, and my clients for their flexibility.

I am once again amazed at the professional and compassionate care our free healthcare system provides.

The big take away from all this: Always listen to your mother 😊

Friday, October 30, 2020

Our Portrait Gift Certificates Have Been Updated To eGift Cards


I am very happy with our new selection of photo studio portrait Gift Certificates. Well more accurately “eGift Cards.”

We used to take a gift certificate order online or by phone then print them, then snail mail the gift certificate. A traditional but slow process.

But this new system offers an instant download with options to print off yourself, or email the gift card directly to the receiver, or you can set a delay and have the emailed eGift Card go out right on their birthday or anniversary etc.

These new ones are available in 36 designs based on the theme: Birthday, Get Well, Christmas etc.

We hope that this new system will speed things up for our clients and produce a nicer looking gift certificate in the end.

Let me know what you think.


Friday, October 2, 2020


Hey we've been nominated for the 2020 Excellence in Experience Awards and I would love your support and vote 

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Kente Stole Now Available For Grad Photos

This colourful Kente (the traditional ceremonial stole from West Africa) arrived at "The World Famous Spencer Studio" yesterday from Ghana. A touch of home for some of our international student's to wear for their graduation photos. 

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Disposable Hand Towels For Spencer Studio


Well I thought this was cool. Our IKEA cloth hand towels in the photo studio bathroom have been replaced with these soft disposable hand towels as part of our #COVID19 upgrade. ~ Robin Spencer

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Family with Uninvited Geese

Tuesday during one of our outdoor family portrait sessions about a dozen wild Canada Geese wandered into the shot. This was a first for me, being photobombed by geese. The geese wandered through and I just kept snapping, hoping to get a lucky shot.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

2020 Grads. No Proms, no commencements, no parties, no ceremonies.  Yet through it all you have maintained your optimism and sense of humour. I salute you.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Grad Special Ends Soon

Our Grad Gowns are sanitized and ready to use.

Only 7 spots left for our FREE Grad Photo Sessions (until June 30).
Details Here

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Friday, June 12, 2020


Our Ottawa photo studio is re-opening tomorrow, June 12. So I'm restocking the studio fridge with water, preparing for a hot week of grad photos and business headshots. 

(World Famous, World Traveling Master photographers NEVER stock the studio fridge with plain ordinary boring water 😁)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

How This Entrepreneur Overcame Recession & Other Small Business Challenges

Genbook did this interview with me about Spencer Studio celebrating our 40 years in business, it came out today. What can I say, I love the "exposure." 

How This Entrepreneur Overcame Recession & Other Small Business Challenges: A Q&A With Robin Spencer

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Really? We Have a Patron Saint of Photographers?

I was fooling around on the internet today and discovered there is a patron saint of photographers. Yes really. You'd think after being a world famous, world traveling, master photographer in the photography business for forty years this would have come up. I messaged a few of my photographer friends, nobody knew.

Self isolated for what... three weeks now? Tired of Netflix, tired of Three's Company re-runs and of course tired of the news my attention landed on Google and the photography things I could find there.

There she was Saint Veronica, patron saint of photographers.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Photographing Stool Samples

My studio is temporarily closed #StupidCoronavirus so I have no photos of people to upload. But I thought you might enjoy seeing photos of my most recent stool samples.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Studio in Self Isolation

I got to say that it's slap in the face to have your business, your profession,  and your life's work to be deemed "Non-Essential" by the government. Hopefully after the mandated COVID19 self isolation we will all emerge to a stronger, wiser and kinder world. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Avoid the "Dewy Look" on Professional Business Headshots

I know that this "Dewy look" is a popular trend but we have been asking clients to avoid it when they come in for professional business headshots. 

Removing blemishes or reducing lines, wrinkles or bags under the eyes is a piece of cake in Photoshop. But removing large areas of shine takes much longer and  often looks retouched. 

I'm sure dewy looks fine in glamour shots but it's not a good look in professional business headshots. 
We prefer clients tone it down themselves with their own makeup but we find blotting paper does a nice job so we always keep some on hand.

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What to wear for your business headshots here 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Fixing Collar Gaps With Liquify Tool

Photographers are always learning.

Sometimes with headshots the jacket is to large you get that gap between the shirt collar and jacket. I don't always catch it during the shoot and have to fix it later. I use Photoshop and cut and paste the jacket, then use the Transform/Warp tool to warp it back into shape. But just couldn't get it to work for me this time.

So I gave it a try with the Liquify tool and just "pushed" the collar of the jacket in, only took about 5 seconds.  I have been using the Liquify tool to fix unwanted bulges, like "muffin tops" or necks that hang our over too tight collars.
Using the liquify tool seems much faster than my old technique. Got to love Photoshop.

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