4 Tip and Trick to Take The Best Sh*ts

Have you ever taken a photo with a friend in the same place, time and lighting and then after comparing realize your SH*T is terrible compared to their photo and say to yourself ‘how did that SH*T happen?’

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With the wave of social media platforms becoming more visually desirable, the need to have mind blowing photos are a must! Have you noticed how the pages with amazing photos are getting more followers or people showing off their fancy [Brazilian] assets are all the hype?

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If you’re like me and prefer to put my best face forward (wink) but are struggling to take better picture or selfies with your phone camera that’ll catch a second look on your media platforms,  I’ve got 4 quick tips to help instantly improving your sh*t!

Blured Sh*t:

Let’s turn your phone into a camera. When opening your camera (iPhone) on your phone swipe on either side of the word PHOTO and click on PORTRAIT. Now, take a shot! This will give your photos the desired blurred background look and have people wondering who took that sh*t. Amazing right!!!!

  Sunset Sh*t

I live in Ottawa, Canada and there are very few months in the year that I get to enjoy the beach. I enjoy the sound of children splashing in the water, the wafting smell of a BBQ and at the end of the day the last picture I, like most people, want to Capture the sunset sh*t.  How do you create a memorable photo with all those hues of soft yellow and wind swept clouds of pink. Place your family or friend in the front of the sunset as it dances on the water. Don’t worry if the faces are not lit up, the silhouette will speak for it’s self. Take the sh*t!

That sh*t’s OLD

Have you ever seen your grandparent or great grandparents’ photos in black and white and became totally captivated with them? No matter who your grandparents where they looked like movie starts (starts). Before posting your next photo on social media play with the black and white filter. Adjust the brightness or contrast and boost the mood of your photo.

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Vogue sh*t

Have you ever seen a photographer in action? They are always bouncing around, standing on things, contorting their body’s or dropping to the floor. Have you seen it and asked why? They are after the angles!  Some would say you are being extra if you jump around with a phone camera but really they will love the sh*t after! There’s not shame in seeking just the right sh*t my friends! These are your pictures, own them and get your memory sh*t! 

I would love to see your photos after using these tips. Hashtage #chr8ive and I’ll feature your picture on my story. Can’t wait to see your sh*t!!!!

Oh and thank you for reading my post, I hope you found it entreating to read as well as useful.

**sh*t = SHOT

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Instagram vs. Reality: Why Your Pose Matters

I think at this point we all know how social media can influence our self-worth and self-confidence. We constantly see photos of everyone else’s perfectly curated lives, which leads to unease within ourselves when we forget that Instagram isn’t real life. 

All of this posing creates a false sense of reality, not only for others, but for yourself as well. As a teen, once I learned that all it took was some sneaky poses, I would start doing all of these poses myself because I felt as if my reality wasn’t good enough. Once I saw how good I COULD look if all I did was pose properly, it became addicting, and would start to warp my own view of myself, because I started to see myself as this person I was trying to be, instead of the reality of who I really was and what I really looked like.

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Chasing perfection 🌿 Before I went on holiday I fell back into old negative thoughts and kept seeing photos of people in bikinis and wanted to look like them. I started disliking how my body looked because it didn’t look lean and toned 24/7. Don’t allow social media, or anything, or anyone else make you think you aren’t good enough. You shouldn’t have to suck in your tummy and make your body look a certain way to be happy with a photo. You shouldn’t feel the need to delete a photo of you having fun and making memories because your brain convinced you that you don’t look good enough. I can make my body look smaller from certain angles, by sucking in and flexing ridiculous amounts. But that’s not how I really look 99% of the time. Society has convinced us that this is “aesthetic”. But we need to realize there is beauty in everyone and in being human. You are not the negative thoughts that your brain tells you. You deserve to be comfortable in your skin and not worry about what you look like when you sit down and have your tummy touch your thighs. Don’t hate and punish yourself for things that are completely normal and human. Don’t think that your body needs to look any particular way, because its amazing the way it is now. You don’t have to change yourself. —————————————— . . . . #instagramvsreality #mybody #flatstomach #loveyourbody #selfesteem #loa #thankyourbody #youareworthit #youareunique

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A few years ago though, I saw a post on before and after photos (I can’t remember at all where I saw this, but if it sounds familiar and you know the source, please let me know!), specifically for detox teas, and how those before and after photos are often faked. The before photo was made to be purposely unflattering, while the after was strategically done with camera angles, and different poses to make the model look thinner, and as if the teas had worked a miracle. Here’s an article from the Huffington Post written by a fitness coach that shares a similar sentiment. He says his transformation photos are often taken 3 HOURS apart.

After I saw this post, it really opened up my eyes to the fact that not every post you see is reality, to the point that I would start to pick out these poses in before and after photos – and it gave me a sense of gratification almost. As if I knew better. But the truth is that I didn’t. I was aware that these poses were faked…. But it didn’t make me stop doing these kinds of poses myself. 

I was visiting some friends back home in Winnipeg this past weekend, so naturally, we took some pictures together, when one of my friends asked how I always pose so well in photos and she asked for some tips. I was immediately excited to give her some pointers, when I got to thinking about all of the things I think of in the span of the few seconds it takes for the photo to be taken. I was listing things off such as “stick your forehead out, touch your tongue to the top of your mouth to lift your chin, smile with your eyes, suck in your gut, angle your hips so your butt looks bigger, stand up straight.” How can one person possibly focus on all of this stuff in such a small amount of time? And why was it my posing that mattered in that moment, and not in visiting with the friends I get to see once or twice a year? 

Here is the photo in question (I’m on the right). In this photo I wasn’t thinking about how happy I was to be with my best friend for the first time in 6 months… I was thinking “okay tuck your shoulder back and down, suck in (even though you can’t see my stomach at all??), chin up, forehead forward.” 

Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t think there is anything wrong with posing in ways that are flattering on your body and that make you feel beautiful. The heart of the issue is the deception that is at play in trying to fool not only your followers, but also yourself, that that is what you really look like. The key here: being self-aware that you are doing these poses, and also being open about the fact that you don’t always look the way you do for posed photos on Instagram. 

There are a few influencers that I follow who I think do this really well. The first one is Allana Davison (@allanaramaa)  while she does post a lot of flattering and perfectly curated photos, she doesn’t hesitate to show posts that are a little more unflattering. Her Instagram stories are also constantly filled with images or videos of her with no makeup. 

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Always tired 🥱

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Another FANTASTIC influencer, is Sarah Nicole Landry (@thebirdspapaya). She’s gone through a lot of fluctuations in her weight, from being overweight, to severely underweight, as well as having 3 kids, but due to this she struggles a lot with stretch marks and loose skin. Rather than try to hide these things, she is very open about sharing those parts of herself and exhibiting self-love, while showing others that their bodies are beautiful too. 

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“It’s because I’ve lost 100lbs” “I’ve had 3 kids” “My son was like 10lbs” “I’m genetically predisposed” “I just carry weight in my lower abdomen”. ⁣ ⁣ I’ve said these lines more times than I can count. I will say them again, I’m sure.⁣ ⁣ So why am I bringing it up?⁣ ⁣ Because they’re reasons. They’re whys. They are me asking permission for my body the way it is. Answering questions that I’m assuming are being asked. ⁣ ⁣ In the steps to self-acceptance these words helped pacify the feelings of self hate. They gave me reasonings. They gave me some peace. They helped settled my anger and resentment towards my body. ⁣ ⁣ And now I’m moving past them. ⁣ ⁣ Because I don’t want my body to come with fine print. ⁣ ⁣ My body is how she is. Whether I show her or not. She’s doesn’t need explain herself. She’s not open for a discussion beyond the ones I open up. ⁣ ⁣ I recognize that these images help normalize things we’d not quite seen before, and subject matters we were quietly suffering in. ⁣ ⁣ Just know while you digest the normalcies of the skin, the body, postpartum, weight loss, genetics, medical conditions or otherwise, we deserve to exist without the “I’m worthy because and even though…” sentences. ⁣ ⁣ We are worthy. Period. ⁣ ⁣ Full stop. ⁣ ⁣ The sentence can end there. ⁣ ⁣ As we move past the words that once followed them. ⁣ ⁣ The ones that asked permission. ⁣ And answered questions we assumed were being asked. ⁣ ⁣ Exist. Your worth is without question.

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Are there any other influencers or celebrities that you look to for inspiration on this topic? Please share their names below, if you do! I’d love to follow them.

Are you aware of how your pose in photos affect your self-worth? #SelfWorth #IGvsReality http://bit.ly/IGvRL

Does the way we pose in photos impact how we view our own bodies?

COM0011 Assignment #1: Say ”Cheese”!



Educate before they Litigate!

One of the most common hardships I experience as a blogger within my global health advocacy is the use, or, more commonly, MIS-use of images within the blog itself.

When I’d initially set out to start up my online presence, my online use of imagery wasn’t even a consideration until I’d attended a social media conference (SOCAPOTT) where the reality of the legal implications of imagery use online hit me like a Mac truck on a modern day highway. I was gobsmacked. One of the highlights of each and every blog post I had been making contained an image. Mostly my own, but periodically I would hop off with my bff, Google, and have a little peruse of the images that best matched my topic-du-jour.

Irony? I’m a law clerk by profession. But, like most people, the laws surrounding intangible concepts like Trademarks and Copyrights was absolutely foreign to me. It wasn’t until I was sitting in the conference room listening to one of the keynote speakers’ workshops that I realized that, to my horror, I had likely infringed upon the rights of real people and their creative endeavours at some point in my blogging history.

Sure, I had found many articles relating to the psychological factors in choosing imagery. I found a great article on Hootsuite’s website, “How to Chose Social Media Images’’ which explains a little bit of the psychological reaction to imagery down to a checklist that every user of imagery should refer to before hitting that ‘’publish’’ button.

However, this particular article merely alludes to the concept of legal implications of the use of imagery by referencing “creative commons’’ images. For the layman of BloggersVille, this might strike a thought into someone to Google the term and from there come to an implied understanding that, perhaps, just adding a photo willy-nilly may not be such a good idea. Might. Not likely.

My initial reaction, post-horror, was to hit up the Google machine again to actually look up the laws of the Everything that governed the use and distribution of imagery online. Educate in order to prevent the requirements to Litigate.

The Social Media Examiner has a wonderful article explaining not just the the “fair use’’ concept but also of copyright and the rights of creators versus specific exclusions to the regular legality surrounding fair use images.

 “Copyright Fair Use and How it Works for Online Images’’

However! As a law clerk who also has dabbled in a bit of the online ‘’Did she just take my twins’ photo and claim them as her own?!’’ (this actually happened to me, yes)…I am also highly attuned to the nature of jurisdiction. The laws of the land are the laws of the land! So, where, exactly, are you? Having much experience in the global health advocacy platforms and forums, but being Canadian, I am well aware of the efforts of the ‘’cease and desist’’ after being confronted by a woman claiming I had stolen her two-word slogan, ‘’Chronic Badass’’, and that I should immediately cease and desist its use in my Twitter handle and my writing.

What she failed to take into account was that she was in Australia, I was in Canada, and, truth be told, there were multiple citing of this very slogan dating back five years prior, in multiple countries, to her ever crafting it up for herself.

So. Imagery. Social media. Laws. Rules.

Case in point: Here is a handful of countries I chose to look up –

Copyright Law of the United States

Commonwealth Consolidated Acts: Copyright Act 1968 (Australia)

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (United Kingdom)

Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China of February 26, 2010

My challenge to myself is to brush up on more of the Canadian law:

Copyright Act

R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42

Perhaps the goal is to find that delicate balance between the laws of your land and the laws of other countries and take into consideration the use and impact that you using an image can have.

Or, in the alternative, perhaps I will brush up on my own photography skills and just create images to use myself!

Which is the easiest for you? Do you have an account on sites like Dreamstime for stock images or do you prefer to seek out the creative commons images on sites like Flickr? I’ve certainly afforded the few dollars to purchase images where I was going to use them as permanent background images or headers. Where I want to be careful when using stock photos, or photos found under creative commons, is that they are, obviously, there for anyone to have access to, thereby saturating the pool of images used. The more common an image, the more it is viewed and, respectively, the less of an impact it could invariably have on one’s purpose of use.

I continue to be astounded as to how much time social media puts on even the seemingly smallest of postings and by the volume of ‘’taken for granted’s’’ there are. Assumptions, in social media and legalities, are never a good thing. I want my blog to thrive, educate and provide a network within communities.

It is eye opening to think one photo improperly used could threaten an entire website.

COM0011 – Introduction to Social Media-Blog #2-Smile, I’m finally on Instagram.

A picture is worth a thousand words.


That is what I have always loved about photos.  They communicate in an instant.  So it is only natural that my latest social media profile would be an Instagram account. Laurie Lancaster Instagram

I’ve been an avid photographer for years. I like to capture natural landscapes and urban street art. Especially political or subversive art. Instagram appealed to my photographer side so I figured I would try to get into the action. I kept trying to download it to my laptop.  I didn’t even realize it was a phone app until I finally downloaded to my phone the other day.  I was embarrassed I didn’t know.  The learning curve of social media for me is still uphill.

I decided to document my latest trip. Feeling compelled to be current and communicate it live. I am not real good at that.  Being a writer, I usually like to experience something first and document it later.  The lack of a reliable internet connection in the woods made the experience much less fun.  Instead of relaxing and enjoying the view of the lake or soaking in the outdoor hot tub, I was in the hotel room on my cell phone, trying to get an internet connection to upload my experience and make it current.  Totally missing the point I felt.

I was looking for “pictures” instead of just taking all the beauty in visually.  Would this view look nice?  Does this really capture the essence of the place?  What do I want to show people?  What was I trying to communicate? Half the time I was scanning with the internet view in mind.  A strange way to take in the world visually.

The Instagram demo is young and mainly female.  Most of my followers/friends online fit that profile.  The app is idiot proof.  Just upload the picture from your phone, add a filter and post to Twitter or Facebook.  I loved how simple it is to share my view of  the world.  Instagramming the photo to the world is pretty quick. And they do look pretty.

Why post photos? Why did I feel compelled to have this photo sharing account? To show where I was. Share my experience of it. Show others the beauty of the place.  My good intention set with the first Instagram photo I posted.


COM0011 – Blog Post 6: Effective Content

Eventually, my personal brand will be that of a communications, media, and design guru, so I will draw from those already existing to describe content that I think would be relevant.

Adele Chan, founder of a special events and PR business called Blank Communications based out of Vancouver, is a lovely example of what I hope to achieve. She works with clients of the beauty, fashion, lifestyle, and consumer brands of Canada and customizes unique communication strategies to enhance brand awareness and growth. If you follow her on Twitter, you’ll notice that she regularly posts ‘features’, ‘client news’, or ‘as seen in’ posts to showcase her clients and what they’re doing, outside of the raw promotional efforts she establishes and organizes with her clients…almost as a way of bragging about them. She also posts short updates or photos on events she has helped organize, or events that she personally cares about. I think this is the kind of content that would matter to her audience because not only does it reinforce her commitment to work with them and help them grow, but it also showcases her work to prospective clients, who may have just been wanting more information about an event and not knowing that she was the force behind it.

I think from a design professional’s point-of-view, any graphic work or videography they may be working on is really relevant, because that type of content is the most snackable and shareable content as far as social media is concerned. So if you were working on a brand launch or a video project, updates on progress or actual video snippets of what’s to come are really relevant and would also generate some excitement leading up to whatever it is you might be launching.

I look forward to all of these aspects of my future!

Blog Post 1: Tools and Resources

Social Bookmarking and Content Gathering

My personal favorite for this one was Twitter, however, I am admittedly more visually stimulated (as I’m sure most are), so Pinterest and Digg are quickly becoming my favorite tools for gathering bites of information – what I mean by this is quick inspiration or clarification, quick fixes (recipes, gift ideas, quick tips or steps on how to do a given task, opinion gathering). Due to the fact that I’ve learned a few things doing social media for an IT department and how private I like to keep all my profiles, Twitter is quickly fading in to the background for me on a personal basis. From an organizational basis, however, I find it incredibly helpful. It allows you the opportunity to respond quickly to questions or requests that aren’t terribly complex or have an involved process attached to it. From an College IT department standpoint, Twitter is really the preferred tool for getting a message out to most students or staff – often times, IT will send out mass e-mail communications to the appropriate audiences if a system has gone down or if upgrades or maintenance is happening, and we get so much feedback that the e-mails are annoying and too frequent. On the other token, if we were to under-communicate or communicate less, people would still complain, so it seems that the only way to win this battle is to communicate only the most time-critical/system-critical information in a mass email, otherwise, stick everything else on Twitter. That way, you’re giving your audience the liberty to pull information from you, rather than being pushed.

Social Monitoring

Hootsuite is certainly the one I use for the department – mind you, the only channel we use is Twitter, but in this regard it allows me to see everything that’s going out, coming in, things that are scheduled, and any direct messages. I have tried using Hootsuite for Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn channels synonymously in the past, but I find it’s really optimized for Twitter.

This is an interesting one – I’ve used WordPress for years, and continue to use it in my professional work for blogging and site maintenance, but I have found that Instagram has really changed the idea of blogging for me. If I’m writing an extensive amount of content on something, then naturally a platform like WordPress would be ideal. Instagram, however, is what I use for what I like to call ‘phlogging’ or ‘photo blogging’. It’s a really short and sweet, no bologna application that can capture so much in few words, and I find it more fun because of all of the other creative apps (Picstitch, Pixlromatic) that feed into it.