Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

The company I work for did some post cards for Star Wars Day TO!  Which is, for all of you non-nerds, May 4th….as in May the 4th be with you 😉  In return we received tickets to the Star Wars Day TO show, held at the Underground Theatre in Toronto.  It was the first time they had held this event, and I sure as hell hope they do it again next year!

Chris and I dressed up as Han Solo & Leia Organa.  Duh!  Any chance we get to wear our costumes we take it!

We watched a bunch of amazing Star Wars tributes & mashups from the webbernet, played Original Trilogy Trivia & they even had a costume contest!  Neither Chris or I won, but I didn’t expect to…there were super rad little kids there all dressed up too!  You seriously couldn’t expect me to take a prize away from them! They were much cuter anyway lol

OH! and the 501st Stormtrooper Legion was there. Badass!  I need to get me a Sandtrooper suit….pronto.

Check out @StarWarsDayTO on twitter and lets make this an annual event!

Here’s a few pics I took!
Check out LOTS more on my flickr!   — all I ask is that if you use the photos for Facebook, or on a website, etc. that you please credit LD Photography (www.ldphotography.ca)…it would be greatly appreciated. ❤

And may the force be with you.

(Chris) Han Solo

High fives!

Costume Contest!

Leia & Artoo ❤


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WOW!  I apologize for my long absence!  This post is long overdue.

I’ll make this quick, and maybe later this weekend I’ll update you all properly. lol  I’ve had a lot going on since my last post…. my photography has been going extraordinarily well! I’ve done some couple shoots, siblings, maternity & even my niece Alyssa’s Christening!  And of course, my wonderful, patient husband is always close by to be my test subject before shoots ❤

for more of my photos please visit my LD Photography blog!

Or check out my website!  www.ldphotography.ca

Our dogs are doing wonderful too!  Leia and Artoo are getting along better and better every day!  Artoo is a gigantor of a Boston Terrier…at 10 months old he’s already over 30lbs, and not fat at all! Just huge.  Every once and awhile we catch them doing something awesome; cuddling:

Yeah…that just happened!

Personally though, I have recently become uber obsessed with How I Met Your Mother.  Like, really obsessed.  For Christmas I went out and bought myself the first 4 seasons on DVD! (I would have bought the 5th too, but it was $60!)  I spent the entire Christmas vacation watching them all…and I don’t regret a single second of it! BEST…SHOW…EVER!!

I got my feet tattooed! ❤  (i now have the most awesome, legendary feet in the world)
and we (once again) got some new furniture and awesomed up our kitchen!…yup. that’s a word.

We also painted and totally re-did our basement, but that will be a post all of it’s own…

More to come soon! ❤


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Good evening all!

After alot of soul searching and thought, I have decided to stick with LD Photography.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, right?! 🙂

Thank you Adriane for your wonderful insight.  You were right, I can’t loose sight of my roots!  Who I was in high school most definitely helped shape me to be the person I am today…and I think I’m pretty alright ! lol

I’d like to introduce you all to LD Photography: The Blog

I’ll be posting all new photos to my photo blog only, but will continue to update you on this blog as well.  I’m keeping this one for my personal shenanigans, and I am so very excited to start posting to my photo blog too!

I appreciate any feedback you can give!
I’ll try to update as often as possible, and your opinions matter a lot to me!

Thanks to my friends & family who have supported me and my hobby throughout the years, and who have most graciously (and patiently!) modeled for me time after time!
And a HUGE thank you to my husband, Christopher, who has allowed me to blow all of our spare cash on cameras, lenses, camera bags & classes.

I love you all!

This new blog really motivates me to take new photos and to keep up with my wonderful hobby!

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•Identity Crisis•

I’ve found myself at a bit of a dead end.

I’ve spent the last week or so designing new business cards for myself/LD Photography.
Not that I’m planning to make a business out of it anytime soon, but I would like to be prepared should someone want to find/contact me.  I do want to come off as professional as possible, because this is something I would like to pursue one day.

Among the designing process I have found myself feuding over whether or not I should ditch “LD” and change to something more long term.  “LD” refers to the nickname “Lori Dark” that I’ve had since high school….but I’m not a high school kid anymore.  I’m not that same girl.  I’ve grown up, and I think my photos portray that as well.  BUT I still find myself attached to “LD”.  It’s been a really huge part of my life.

I’ve been working with names like:

LMH Photo
LMH Photography
LH Photo
LH Photography
Lori Michelle Photo[graphy]

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…I don’t know. lol

Nothing really jumps off the page to me….I want people to see the name and know that its me.  I want it to be simple, but elegant. OR, do I just go ahead and just use my name?  “freelance photography”.  I’ve already been tagging my photos with a simple signature…

I was thinking of  using my initials because I like the idea of having a monogram as a logo. It’s easy, and can be portrayed very elegantly, or in a very modern fun way as well…depending on who/what you’re photographing.

I’m really at a dead end here.

Any suggestions?!  Please help…if I think any harder, my face may get stuck like this!

Please help me...

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•LD Update!•

I’ve updated my LD Photography tab on my blog’s homepage with some new photos from January!

I’d like to thank my husband for allowing me to spend all our money on new lenses lol

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I’m not big on New Years Resolutions…I never have been.
I’m great at keeping promises to others, but I am terrible at keeping them with myself.
I tend to think about/care for/make happy everybody else before I think about myself…which, you know, isn’t a terrible thing (I have amazing friends and family!) but it doesn’t hurt to be a bit selfish sometimes. I do have to think about my needs and what makes me happy too!

So…for the first time since Elementary School (when the teacher made you write them down), here are my New Years Resolutions for 2010!

#1: Be Optimistic!

I am a terribly pessimistic human being.  I always assume the worst in almost every situation, and usually end up disappointed because of it.  I constantly fret about the “what ifs” and show total disregard for “living in the moment”.  My main goal in everything I do this year is to be optimistic! Fuck the “what ifs”!  2010 is the year of “living in the moment”!  I have everything I want in life right now; a husband who loves me, an adorable husky puppy who couldn’t possibly be more affectionate, 2 quirky kitty cats (although I think one of them can read minds is quite possibly planning his World Domination…), a new house, and a lifetime of happiness ahead of me!  I should have nothing to fret over this year!

#2: Take More Photos!

I know, I know….I take enough photos as is, but I really want to work on expanding my portfolio this year.  I love photography so much, and I really want to spend more time focusing on what could possibly be a new career path!  I want to have some great shots to show potential clients!  I want to expand my knowledge of photography…it’s history, it’s future and how to work some of these damn buttons on my camera! lol
I want to go on more adventures and plan new photography-based trips…which leads me to Resolution #3…

#3: Go on Adventures/Trips!

…or even A trip for that matter.  In the 5 1/2 years that Chris and I have been together we’ve never gone on a trip together.  Sure we’ve gone to places like Grand Bend, Wasaga Beach, Niagara Falls…but I mean a real trip.  I want to see something exotic!  Something new!  Something I’ve only ever dreamed of or seen in pictures!  Somewhere I can take my own pictures, show them to friends and have them go “WOW! I wish I could go there! You’re SO lucky!”  (…because that person is usually me lol).  Even a smaller scale trip somewhere outside of ONTARIO would be nice.  I want to see something new.

#4: Become More Active!

I’ve been struggling with my weight for a couple of years now…well, actually ever since we moved home from Manitoba.  I gained about 40lbs while living there…and we only lived there a year…yeesh.  Being the procrastinating pessimist that I am it’s been really hard to take it off and keep it off.  I lost about 20lbs last year, and then gained it all back a few months later….I’ve taken some steps at becoming more active already.  I totally don’t feel comfortable in gyms…even when I was super skinny I hated them….so my wonderful husband took all my not-so-subtle hints and bought me a Wii and Wii Fit for Christmas.  I’ve already used it a few times since then and I adore it!  I love the fact that I can do it in the privacy of my own home…I can choose when and where to do it, and I can work at my own chubby girl pace! lol  I want nothing more than to lose weight this year….this really should have been my #1 resolution lol

#5: Learn More Recipes!

I’m not too shabby in the cooking department, but I’m stuck in a rut.  With both of our jobs being so busy I tend to just cook the same several meals over and over again…I know them, they’re easy and they are pretty damn delicious!  BUT, I want to learn more!  I want to be able to cook extravagant meals…something new and fun!  I don’t even know how to cook a turkey for christs sake! It’s not that I think it’ll be difficult or anything, I just never have! lol

#6: Completely Settle into our New Home!

This includes everything from hanging frames & mirrors, to painting the basement and re-doing the bathroom in the basement.  I’d love to have it all done before the end of 2010!  The basement will be a huge job…there’s alot of trim to do, and alot of wall space to cover.  The basement by far is our biggest project for 2010.  We keep changing our plans for our bedroom…it’s already half painted, but we keep switching back and forth between wallpapering the one wall or painting it and we just can’t seem to make up our minds.  We also have alot of outdoors work to do this spring/summer.  We want to take out a couple of the gardens, re-sod parts of the backyard (due to Leia digging humongous  holes…), tear out the crab apple tree in the backyard and rebuild a newer/taller fence at the back of our property.  The tree and the fence are my #1 priority though.

#7:  Keep in Touch with Friends!

With my two best friends (my maid of honor and Chris’ best man!) moving to Prince George, BC and with us moving to the other side of town we really want to keep in touch with our friends.  Alot of our friends live closer to/in downtown Burlington, with a few more scattered across Hamilton & Oakville we don’t really live central to anyone anymore….AND we don’t own a car.  It’s hard to get around to see everyone, and we just can’t afford to spend nights at bars and cab it home.  Whether it’s through facebook, this blog, or starting to use that thing called a telephone I want to keep in touch more with my friends.  I feel as if I’ve lost touch with a couple of close friends in 2009 and I’d like to work towards gaining those close friendships back.

It’s been really tough since Chelsea and Paul moved to BC….I feel a little lost in the friend department.  I’ve known both of them for so many years now, and now that they’re so far away I can’t help but feel a little lonely at times.  That’s not to say that I AM lonely….we’ve also made a few new friends recently who are fantastically amazing people!  ….I just miss my Chelsea Buns ❤

#8: Keep Away From Drama!

2009 was The Year of Drama for Chris and I….between the wedding, the stag n doe, family and friends we had drama coming out our ears!  Planning the wedding and stag n doe was a near disaster due to wedding party complications, some of our close friends’ relationships and lives took a serious turn for the worst, and I’m still not 100% sure what’s going on with a few members of my family….but in 2010 I want it all to just disappear. I’m very proud of my friends who have turned their lives around and have taken the necessary steps to making a better, brighter tomorrow!  I wish you all the best and I love you very much! (you know who you are!)

I have taken it upon myself to stay away from ridiculous teenage, high school drama from here on out! Who needs it!? I’m married! I’m not a kid anymore, and I don’t need to be the person sitting in the middle of an argument passing information between 2 people who refuse to talk to one another….Nor do I want to be the middle man in any situation anymore!  I will always be here to help a friend in need…but only if they’re willing to help themselves too.  I can’t do it all, nor do I want to…sometimes you’ve got to help yourselves.  I have enough of my own stress to worry about, and stay positive about as per Resolution Numero Uno! lol

#9: Read More!

I do read quite a bit as is…I’ve always been an avid reader…But as I read through Adriane’s Resolution blog the other day I realized I tend to do the same thing as her…I stick to one type of book.  I love a good horror book! Something with mystery and violence and detective work (currently reading the latest installment of the Dexter series, “Dexter by Design” by Jeff Lindsay).  My 2009 book collection consists mainly of mystery, horror, ghost & vampire books and biographies…wrestler’s and Elvis Presley’s biographies in particular.  I really need to expand my horizon and delve into something new.  I like to collect things…my book and movie collections are beyond normal…so I tend to buy books that I know I’ll read rather than take out Library books.  I need a new Library card.  Up until 2008 (when my wallet was stolen from a McDonalds…) I still had my Library card from when I was just a little kid.  With my name written on the back in my adorable little kid scrawl and everything!…damn I miss that card lol

Getting back on track, I’d love some recommendations of fantastic books that people have read.  I need a new theme for my 2010 book collection!

#10: Keep Writing.

This last resolution is very important to me.  I’ve had a few different blogs over the years and I’ve always lost interest in them.  I absolutely love to write!  When I was younger I spent days on end writing poems and letters and notes about everything and anything that was going on around me.  Given, alot of them are pretty teen-angsty, but they’re still good regardless.  I haven’t written a poem in several months, and that kinda makes me sad.  I got my poem-writing ability from my Poppa I’m sure.  He was an avid poem writer, and continued to write poems to my Nana (his wife) up until his last few months of life.  If you’ve read through my long blog posts before you’ll know how much my Poppa and his poetry mean to me, and my family as well.  I’ve always been very proud of my poems and my writing because of my Poppa and I’d like to get back on track with it.

When I was younger most of my poems were about being lonely, about being a loser and a nerd, and about not having any real friends…which were all true feelings at that time in my life….Now I’ve embraced most of those feelings and I love the fact that I’m a Star Wars geek!  I love that I only have a few close friends (I know I don’t need everyone to like me lol), and I absolutely LOVE how nerdy and retarded I am most of the time lol.  I have a husband now.  I have a wonderful family.  I need to start writing again, otherwise someone’s going to look back on my poems when I die (like my family did after my Poppa passed away), and think I was some strange, delusional, emo psychopath hahaha!  I think the last notable thing I’ve written was my blog post after our wedding entitled “Kilts, Poems, Namesakes and Important Dates”. (you can find that here: http://loridark.com/2009/07/28/•kilts-poems-namesakes-important-dates•-a-closer-look-into-our-wedding/)
I’m a pretty emotional person (I get that from my father…if you were at our wedding, you know lol), and I need to write, and I need to write more often.  Even if it’s just here, in this blog.

Thank you to everyone who does visit here and takes the time to read my blog.
I love hearing your comments, whether it’s about my ramblings or about my photos!
I know some of these posts are long and probably boring, but from the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Cheers to a fantastically awesome 2010!

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•Foggy November Night•

Fog captivates me.
I love the way it obscures light and blurs your vision.
As someone with absolutely terrible vision it makes me feel a little more normal.
A foggy night makes everyone see a fraction of how I see without glasses/contacts…I say ‘a fraction’ because my eyesight is frightening.  Without my glasses/contacts everything is a mess…I can see fragments of objects and blurry lights, but there is always one light source that always stands apart from all others.  When your vision is as terrible as mine bright lights are very attractive…it’s really all I can see…makes you feel like a moth.

Being able to take a photograph of my beloved foggy night is a blessing.
Here’s a ‘fraction’ of a sneak peek through my eyes.


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