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Sabah Wildlife

On March 22, 2015
By Connie
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This year has already been so full of amazing experiences and personal changes for myself.  To sum it up, last month I went and got myself married!  The lead up to the wedding was a haze of endless emails, to-do lists, big eating, and so much love.  I feel truly lucky to have so many wonderful, generous and loving people in my life.

Of course, one of the best perks of getting married is the indulgent honeymoon that follows.

Sabah, the Malaysian province on the northeast side of Borneo, was the perfect choice for us.  We had a perfect holiday of lazy luxury (required after many weeks months of hectic wedding planning) mixed with a little adventure.  The highlights were a visit to Selingan Island, a turtle sanctuary where we had the unforgettable experience of releasing baby turtles to the sea, and the boat trips up and down the Kinabatangan River watching for endemic wildlife.

Before we left Sydney, I treated myself to a brand new point and shoot camera since I didn’t want to be lugging around my heavy camera gear on what was supposed to be a relaxing, romantic honeymoon.  There are times when it’s more important to not be focusing on getting that perfect shot.  This trip was one of them.  I wanted an easy-to-use, light-weight, little point and shoot camera to grab my happy snaps without any fuss.  After lots of internet reading, I had decided on a Canon Gx7.  It had the wonderful flexibility to choose fully automatic settings or to use any combination of manual settings.  Having not bothered with point and shoot cameras for several years, I was happily surprised with the beautiful results of this camera.  Camera technology sure has come a long way in recent years!  Below are a few photos from Malaysia, all taken with the Canon Gx7.

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New Zealand Getaway

On January 4, 2015
By Connie
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Happy New Years!  I spent a very relaxing few weeks unwinding in New Zealand with family and friends.  After several days of the usual holiday feasting, we took off for a beautiful little spot in Whagaruru, a bit east of the Bay of Islands.  We camped on a friend’s patch of hilltop in the middle of nowhere and enjoyed a little tranquility (and a little rain) for a couple days.  Here are a few photos from our getaway.

 

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Ice Storm

On January 4, 2014
By Connie
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Happy New Years everybody!  It’s been so wonderful spending a white Christmas with my family, and catching up with old friends in Canada.  The good food and restful days were exactly what I’ve needed after the big rush leading up to Christmas.

This year Toronto was hit with a big ice storm just a few days before Christmas.  It was a huge blow to the city as hundreds of thousands of residents were left with no power for days.  With temperatures plummeting to -20C, no power resulting in no heat became a serious problem across the Greater Toronto Area.  But our family was incredibly fortunate to escape the power outages.  We spent Christmas Day hunkered down in the warm comfort of home.

After piling on layer after layer of clothing, I did venture outside to grab a few photos of the beautiful, yet amazingly destructive ice storm of 2013.

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Seoul Stopover

On December 20, 2013
By Connie
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The long haul flight over the Pacific is never an easy stroll through the park.  This year we decided to make a short stopover in South Korea on our way to Toronto.

Visiting Mount Namsan was definitely a cultural experience.  Aside from the typical amazing views most major cities make accessible in order to attract hoards of tourists every year, this particular tourist attraction was also geared specifically at couples.  Named Kiss Kiss Paradise (what?!?), the viewing platforms had been advertised as THE place for couples to pronounce their unending love by symbolically attaching a personally decorated lock to the wall of lovers’ padlocks.

There were countless locks of all shapes and colours.  Animal shapes and the random phone covers were particular standouts but not uncommon. Not wanting to miss a deep cultural experience, we promptly bought our own little green lock from the conveniently placed gift shop.  Can you spot our special little green lock?  I drew the panda myself.

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About Connie

I was that geeky camera chick who spent her high school lunch breaks in the darkroom.  I still miss the smell of those stinky developer chemicals.  Sort of.

Born in Canada, I graduated with top honours in Applied Photography at Sheridan College before spending several years assisting and producing for  some of the best commercial shooters in Toronto.  After gathering a wealth of valuable skills and getting my first DSLR, I bought a plane ticket to Asia.

It was my first backpacking adventure, but I managed to survive nine months from Seoul to Singapore with only some shoddy mandarin and a lot of luck.  I had the time of my life. So I did it again.  Seven months of zig-zagging around India and Nepal taught me ingenuity with limited resources, clarity when surrounded in chaos, and how to eat with just my right hand.

Sydney became my new home in 2008, and I’ve been enjoying the sunny weather and great coffee ever since.

Today, I’m a fashion and product photographer extraordinaire.  Based at Studio 8 in the northern beaches of Sydney, I relish the challenge and precision of studio lighting.  My clients are drawn to my clean, stripped back approach to every project.  My simplistic yet direct style is refreshing and elegant in a market full of heavily Photoshopped images.

When I’m not in the studio you can find me hand folding dumplings or scaling walls at the rock climbing gym.  I’m also really good at winning board games (or my friends are just really good at losing).

 

Accolades

Finalist – Shoot The Chef 2013
Top 5 – Australia’s Emerging Travel Photographers of 2010 – Capture Magazine
Winner – Best Marketing Imagery Award 2010 – New Mardi Gras
Semi-finalist – Shutterbug Awards 2010 – Shutterbug
Short-listed – Travel Photographer of the Year 2009 – TPOTY
Finalist – Cultural Explorers 2009 – STA Travel
Winner – World in Focus 2007 – Photo District News
Top Emerging Photographers of 2007 – Photo Life Magazine

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