August 2014 Calendar

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July has FLOWN by. I didn’t do enough savouring of the mild weather, though in my defence it has been un-seasonably cool in our part of the world. I want to tell you all about my new photograph that I used for the August calendar, Bubblegum Elephant, but it’s going to have to wait until next week. Until then you can download yours here:

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You can see our whole archive of calendars here: Downloadable Desktop Calendars.

So how has your summer been so far? Is it going by too quickly or is it long and luxurious? How’s the weather in your part of the world?

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London Art – 2014 Square Foot Show

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Got plans Friday night? Why not pop by the Westland Gallery for the official opening night of this year’s Square Foot Show. I’ve been busy getting three square feet of art ready for the event which you may have spotted in our booth at the Dundas Street Festival.

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The show will feature Port Stanley #4 and Pelee Rhythm, both on canvas, and Vanilla Dream, which is printed directly onto wood – a little experiment that turned out to be quite popular.

Details

2014 Square Foot Show
July 15 – August 16, 2014
Opening Night: Friday, July 18, 2014, 7:30pm
Westland Gallery
156 Wortley Road, between Craig and Bruce
London, Ontario, Canada
Free Admission
A Group Show and Sale

If you happen to see us there definitely introduce yourself, we always love getting to meet people live and in person! And maybe we’ll snap a photo for our instagram feed!

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The Other Side of the Camera

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I always think that because I’m a photographer I can do my own portraits for our website. Do carpenters let other people work on their own homes? Hells no. So why shouldn’t I be doing my own portraits? Because it’s more than just positioning and snapping the shutter. Expressions need to be elicited, eyes need to be brightened, and tilting the head an inch can make all the difference. It’s not that I don’t love my current portrait, I just felt it was getting to be time that I update it. So I enlisted the help of Sandra Dufton to make my head shots.

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And I’m smitten with my new photographs! After seeing the results of my session I know I’ll never be seriously considering doing my own portraits again. Not only was Sandy super speedy, getting way more variety than I ever could have in that amount of time, but she has an eye for seeing the beauty in people that they don’t see in themselves. And as a result I have a lovely collection of head shots that I plan to use throughout our site as things are tweaked in the coming months.

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To other photographers – It really is eye-opening being on the other side of the camera, I highly recommend it once in a while.

Sandy - Thank you so much for these fun portraits! You’re fantastic at what you do and you clearly LOVE  your job!

And to all our readers – I’d love to hear which are your favourites!

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Ultra-Modern Home Interior – Home Staging 4 Success

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When property stylist Cheryl Trudell of Home Staging 4 Success first walked into her newest project in Komoka she knew that fine furnishings accessorized with modern art and transitional decor would make it appealing to both families and professionals.

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The versatile light-filled open concept living room overlooks a spacious backyard and Cheryl’s styled it both for entertaining guests and also cozying up in front of the modern fireplace with a book and a glass of wine.

“With the soft grey painted walls, Jennifer’s black and white architectural photographs were the ideal setting for this home,” Cheryl says. “Edgy, directional, and modern.” So she chose three of her favourite urban photographs from our collection, Archive, Listen, and Convene (not shown), in nice large 24 x 30 inch wrapped canvases.

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The high-end powder room was already decked out with crown moulding, dark purple ceiling, a one-of-a-kind granite vanity top, and zen-like faucet with stunning vessel sink. “If I was given the opportunity to select just one of these features as my favourite, it would have to be the chandelier,” dreams Cheryl. “I love it’s reflections on both the walls and Jennifer’s photograph. It’s truly mesmerizing.”

Thank you so much Cheryl for giving me the opportunity to work with you in this decadent space!

Styling – Cheryl Trudell, Home Staging 4 Success
Bench – Jennings Furniture
Black leather pillow and greenery – Home Staging 4 Success
Abstract Painting – Steve Tracy
Photographic Art and Interior Photography – Jennifer Squires Productions

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Happy Canada Day!

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Happy Canada Day Everyone! We’re out of the studio today, busy frolicking in the yard, bbq-ing, and admiring all the things that make this country of ours so spectacular. What are you doing to celebrate our great nation?

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July 2014 Calendar

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We spent last Friday night on the Ipperwash beach. First having our portraits made by the very talented Sandra Dufton, then we had a tuna sandwich picnic in the sand. And you know, we never take a trip to the beach without packing my camera. It was a beautiful evening! We watched the sunset, made friends with a dachshund, and Darren relaxed with a book while I relaxed with my camera.

This photograph is a bit of a different style than what I normally do so I’d love to hear what you think. You can download yours in calendar form here:

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And you can see our whole archive of calendars here: Downloadable Desktop Calendars.

When’s the last time you had your portrait made? At your wedding? When your kids were babies? Or do you get one done every year or two?

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Thank You London Fringe and Dundas Street Festival!

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We’ve had such an amazing and inspiring time with this year’s London Fringe! Thank you so much to Alison and all the volunteers who made it such a successful event. Thank you artists who have given me so much inspiration over the past few weeks. Thanks to the performers that kept us entertained for ten days, some of our favourites were Killer Quack, Deranged Dating, Roller Derby Saved My Soul, God is a Scottish Cross Dresser, 2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Jaded Private Dick: A Dirk Darrow Investigation, and High Tea. Click through those links learn more about each production and take a look at their schedules, if any of them are coming to your area definitely go check them out.

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Thank you to everyone that came out to say hi at the Visual Fringe opening night that kicked off the whole event and thanks to everyone who stopped by our tent at the Dundas Street Festival over the weekend! We loved getting to know you just a little bit better and sharing all our favourite beach spots in the area.

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And an extra special thank you to Darren. I truly could not have done any of this without you. Thanks for your patience with the giant canvases in our tiny living room, thanks for turning a blind eye when the street festival inventory filled our dining room, and thanks for standing by my side and laughing with me for the past few weeks. You’re amazing!

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London Art Show – 2014 Dundas Street Festival

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This Saturday, June 14th London Fringe and Our Street London will be closing down Dundas Street from Wellington to Ridout and filling it with art vendors, music, bike tune ups, yoga classes, food trucks, and on street patios. The Dundas Street Festival has roots in 2010′s Car Free Sunday, and this year marks 5 consecutive years of celebrating on a car-free Dundas Street.

DETAILS

The Dundas Street Festival
Saturday, June 14th, 2014, 10am-5pm
Dundas Street between Wellington and Ridout
{Find us at booth #19, just East of Richmond on the South side}
London, Ontario, Canada
Free Admission
A group show and sale

Following this event Nuit Blanch will be taking over the street with amazing art installations from 7pm to 1am so be sure to stick around past dark.

WHAT WE’LL HAVE AT THE SHOW

  • 8×10 photographs {starting at $40}
  • 11×14 photographs {starting at $70}
  • notecards {$5}
  • 12×12 canvases {$150}

Hope to see you there! Have a beautiful Tuesday!

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A Story About Camping

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We went camping last weekend. And I know it doesn’t seem like a big deal to most but I grew up with a cottage so camping was something I never did. Well I wouldn’t say never, there were a few instances with the other kids in the village when we’d camp in someone’s backyard. And it was horrible. I loved having our own parent-free space and getting to stay up late with my friends, but I didn’t like having a rock in my back, going to sleep cold, and waking up boiling. But the freedom…

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A few years ago I found myself camping for another friend’s bachelorette party and it was a lot better than I remembered. Attention was paid to where the tent was set up – making sure it was on a nice, flat, rock-free patch of dirt. And foam pads! Where were those when I was a kid?! There were nature walks, hours on the beach, and laughter. Laughter! Giggles don’t come around in adulthood nearly as much as they did when I was younger. Hmmm… There might be something to this camping stuff…

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Darren and I talked a lot about camping during our winter yurting trip. How relaxing it could be. How fun it could be. So we dared. And we kept it simple. I didn’t want to make a big investment of time, energy, and money into something that was really going to turn into a one hit wonder. We borrowed a tent, packed our air mattress, and roasted hot dogs over the fire. We didn’t have time for nature trails but we spent the evening huddled around the fire and the following morning relaxing on the beach.

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As for the sleeping I was cold. I think it was the air mattress and the fact that it went down to 6C {43F} that night. Maybe if we were smarter we would have planned our first camping trip for a not-so-cool night. Or maybe it will make future warmer nights a lot more comfortable.

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Zen Art – Pinery Beach Photography

Spending time at the beach is relaxing but we can’t always make it there as much as we’d like. I made these minimalist Lake Huron photographs to help us de-stress at home when heading to the water’s edge just isn’t an option.

{Lake Huron, The Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada}

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