A Little Shout Out to My Inspirational Friend Joanna Track, and her Life changing news service, “The Bullet.”

If you are a Canadian in business you’ve no doubt heard of Joanna Track.   An incredible entrepreneur, Joanna has spearheaded several successful ventures, such as the popular Canadian brands Eluxe and Sweetspot, with which most Canadian women (who haven’t been living under a rock) will be familiar. She then put her efforts toward a marketing and consulting firm called “Good Eggs & Co.” which not only provides consulting for small businesses (like mine!) but helps other entrepreneurs and contractors connect with one another. 

As if this wasn’t enough for one powerhouse woman to accomplish, Joanna decided to take her passion for providing digital content to the next level. Joanna has recently launched a new project called “The Bullet”, a Canadian news publication delivered daily via e-mail that provides a concise, abbreviated “shot” of important news to your inbox every morning. The Bullet makes reading the news fast, easy and totally mobile, which is essential in my fast-paced life. It's a quick, fun read and a perfect way to start my day. I love knowing what's going on in in world events, with an extra bit of attention paid to our home and native land.  And now I actually know what teams are doing well in sports that I don't follow.  Excellent for dad chats during shoots. :)

I love checking my email in the morning and finding The Bullet in my inbox.  It makes reading the news fast, easy and totally mobile, which is essential in my fast-paced life. It's a quick, fun read and a perfect way to start my day

If you’re interested in knowing what's going on in the world every morning in one easy read, sign up here: http://thebullet.ca/

 

 

For Women only - How to Pose Like a Pro for photographs

If you're like most women, you struggle to capture your best features on camera.  As one who absolutely hates being photographed myself, I understand how scary it can be when the lens is pointing in your direction and you wonder, "Am I doing this right?"   While it may be true that some people just naturally photograph better than others, there are a few things we can do to make sure we get the best possible, most flattering photographs of ourselves. The secret is, it’s all in the pose! Here is the ultimate posing cheat sheet so that you’ll never again take an unflattering photo!

What To Do:

1.       Lean Your Upper Body Slightly Toward the Camera

Be sure when posing for a photo that you lean slightly toward the camera.  Your hips should always be behind your face as a general rule of thumb.

2.       Push Your Shoulders Down One Inch Toward the Floor

Many people tend to raise their shoulders a bit when being photographed, possibly due to nerves. Be aware of this tendency and push your shoulders down an inch or so toward the floor.   A longer neck, leaner lines and a more relaxed overall look is the result.  Beautiful!

3.       Turtle

Yup, you read it right.  It's called the turtle.  Project your face toward the lens, like a turtle coming out of it's shell.  Feels weird but looks great!

What Not to Do:

1.       No Duck Face.

No more of that obnoxious, pouty “duckface” that has somehow become so popular amongst today’s youth. You know, that one where you purse your lips and suck in your cheeks as though you’ve just sucked on a lemon? Duck face is out, got it? Just keep your expression pleasant and neutral, or give a nice genuine smile that feels natural and not too exaggerated.

 

2.       Don’t Stand Straight On.

Avoid standing straight on toward the camera, always angle your body slightly, it’s more flattering and always makes for a better shot.

3.       Don’t Try Too Hard.

Don’t exaggerate your poses or facial expressions, try to do what feels natural while keeping the above rules in mind. Trying too hard makes the photo look staged and uncomfortable.

 

Being photographed should be fun and painless.  Relax, enjoy yourself and incorporate the tips above and you'll look fabulous!  This post is for women only!  I'll have a post later on for the guys!

Feel free to share your best photo tip in the comments below!