Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.

Kahlil Gibran

Alana Lee Photography: Apples 2018 holiday ad share your gifts

Best Holiday Ad 2018

Have you ever made something wonderful but were too afraid to share it? This is the question our friends at Apple ask in their 2018 Holiday ad. The short film created by Pixar features music by 16 year old Billie Eilish (“Come out and Play”) and follows a young girl who keeps her creations a secret until her dog accidentally opens a window, releasing the papers into the community where they are seen and enjoyed by everyone.

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Alana Lee Photography: Digital background textures and overlays for photographers and photoshop

Add Interest to Photos using Textures

I’m often asked how do I create my backgrounds for studio portraits. An easy way to add interest to images is by using a digital texture or overlay with Photoshop or your favorite photo editing software. By using digital textures I can avoid purchasing expensive canvas, fabric or paper backgrounds thus saving money and space in my studio. This keeps my photo shoot production costs down and enables me to offer more variety and pass along savings to my clients.

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Alana Lee Photography: fantasy photography with girl wearing deer headpiece in forest using stella pro continuous LED lights

Photography Talk

Inspirational Photo of the Day: Photography Talk

My fantasy image of a young girl exploring the dark woods was recently featured by the online photography forum Photography Talk as the Inspirational Photo of the Day. Recently I’ve been exploring ways to tell stories with my images and it has been such a rewarding experience and enabled me to express so much more with my photography. Photography Talk is an amazing resource for photographers around the world that helps photographers tell amazing stories with their cameras. Followed by over 3 million photographers around the world, they are the “everything” resource for photographers and it is such an honor to be featured on their website.

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Alana Lee Photography: Santa photos at the Canadian Fire Fighters Museum in Port Hope Ontario by Alana Lee Photography

CFFM Santa Photos 2018

For the past few years I’ve been volunteering to photograph Santa and his friends at the Canadian Fire Fighters Museum in Port Hope, Ontario. After enjoying the annual Santa Claus parade in downtown Port Hope everyone (including pets!) is invited to join Santa for hot chocolate, cookies and have a photo taken with Santa himself. This year the Santa meet and greet, and photos will be held at the former Canadian Tire building at 100 Henderson Street, just across from the end of the parade route. Donations to the Canadian Fire Fighters Museum are welcome.

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If I could give you one thing in life, it would be the ability to see yourself through my eyes. Only then would you realize how special you are to me.

Frida Kahlo

Alana Lee Photography: Bunny rabbit studio photo by Port Hope and Cobourg pet photographer Alana Lee

Don’t Use these Essential Oils Around Pets!

Essential oils are beneficial to humans, however, they can potentially be toxic to our beloved pets. What is safe for us might not be for them, so it is important to speak with your veterinarian before using essential oils either topically or in a diffuser when pets may be sharing your home or coming into contact with you when oils have been applied to your skin.

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Alana Lee Photography: Port Hope photographer Alana Lee receives two honorable mentions in the International CPC photography awards for childrens portraits

CPC Portrait Awards 2018

The CPC Portrait Awards are an international photography competition that recognizes the best in child portraiture throughout the world. This photo competition for child portrait photographers recognizes exceptional images based on a judging criteria that identifies the best quality in art. The judging panel scores entries based on technical quality, composition, artistic expression and overall impression.

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Alana Lee Photography: Stella Pro 5000 and Stella Pro 2000 continuous LED lights for photographers outdoors

Stella Pro Continuous Lighting for Photographers

fantasy photography with girl wearing deer headpiece in forest using stella pro continuous LED lightsStella Pro LED Lights for Indoor and Outdoor Photography

Over the past year I’ve been searching for a continuous lighting source to use for my photography sessions. There are many options on the market for photographers but the one I found works best for me is the Stella Pro Lighting series from Light & Motion. Not only are the Stella Pro Lights rugged, small and compact, and even waterproof…but they run for an hour or more on battery backup. As a children’s photographer I love that I can work with the Stella Pro Lights in studio and not have to worry about having cords running through my set. The cordless feature of the Stella Pro lights makes them a wise choice when considering the safety of your studio setup.

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Alana Lee Photography: Rise 2018 Finalist award

Rise International Photography Awards

Port Hope photographer Alana Lee is Finalist at Rise International Photography Awards

Over the past year I’ve been continually challenging myself to learn and master my craft, so that I can always be providing the very best quality images and service to my clients and grow and challenge myself as an artist. Part of this process has involved entering my work in a variety of professional international photography competitions. Recently I submitted 5 entries into the Rise International Photography Awards, founded by world renowned photographer Kelly Brown. The Rise Photography Awards aims to raise the standard of newborn and child photography across the world, and to facilitate growth in photographers through critique of entries by internationally qualified judges.

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