Category: Shoots

Bringing The Heat To Your Camera

As you know, I do stock photo shoots, and while I do them, I learn a lot and get a lot of ideas. An example I can use was where I did a shoot on home heating systems. All the different types of heating systems, whether it was under floor heating, gas furnaces, baseboard heaters and also pool heating systems. The reason why I say I learned a lot in this shoot is because it gave me great ideas for my own home as well as my photo studio. I had no heating in my studio which meant long and endless old winter days and nights, preventing me to work for long periods of time. After the photo shoot and learning a little bit more about home heating, I decided to install a baseboard heater, the Qmark Hydronic, in my studio. Take it from someone with first hand experience in this big change, it really makes a difference. I am also looking into a pool heating system, as I love taking regular breaks from working in my studio, and taking a dip in the pool. Again, during winter, this is impossible. In the end, stock photo shoots does not seem that dull as one might think. It builds your knowledge while doing what you love most.

An Overview Of Qmark Hydronic Electric Baseboard Heaters

Qmark hydronic electric baseboard heaters are used for both residential and commercial purposes. One of the first things that homeowners and businesses are concerned with today is saving energy. Everyone is looking for ways to do their part and make a difference anyway they can. These heaters are energy efficient so they meet the standards consumers expect in the products they buy today.

Choosing Qmark Hydronic Electric Baseboard Heaters

Many homeowners choose the residential electric baseboard heaters combined with the hydronic system, because they’re efficient and economical while providing a great heat source that’s reliable and easy to use. They can be found in


  • restaurants
  • schools
  • office buildings
  • and other types of structures

as well as homes, because they are such a great heat source.

How Hydronic Baseboard Heaters Work

The Qmark hydronic electric baseboard heaters are designed with a heating element and a liquid that is sealed within the heater itself. In other words, you won’t have to install a boiler and a pump like you would need to do if you chose the radiant hot water baseboard heaters. These will actually be wired into the power supply of the home or building so they’re much easier to install. Many of them can even be wired directly into a remote thermostat on the wall to make using them even easier.

The portable hydronic baseboard heaters are an excellent choice for small rooms and they can be moved from one place to another very easily, which is great for a studio.

  • Instead of being wired into the power supply these units simply plug into any standard household outlet.
  • The thermostat used for controlling the temperature is on the unit itself.
  • The main thing that you need to be concerned with when installing baseboard heaters is placement.
  • Since they’re placed along the baseboard you have to be careful not to block them with furniture and other items.
  • It’s also important to keep curtains from hanging into the unit for safety purposes and to ensure you get maximum benefits from the units.

Advantages Of The Qmark Heaters

Qmark hydronic electric baseboard heaters have many advantages. For starters, they provide your home with an even steady heat that allows you and your family to relax in comfort all winter long. They will continue to provide warmth even after the thermostat has been turned off due to the heat retention the hydronic element provides. Hydronic baseboard heater reviews will confirm all these advantages.

They Do Not Affect Allergies

These heaters supply a clean heat source so they won’t dry out the air like many other types of heating elements. If you have allergies you’ll appreciate the fact that they don’t spread dust particulars around the room and other allergens, because they’re closed in units. This type of clean heating can be beneficial for many reasons.

They Are Not Noisy

They also operate very quietly. This is a big advantage for any home or business, because you’re not disturbed by excessive noise that can be annoying and disruptive. Some models are even designed with “high-temperature shutoff protection” that will help to keep you safer.

Qmark hydronic electric baseboard heaters are stylish enough to be used with any décor and take up very little room so they can be installed in almost any home. All of these advantages make them an excellent heat source.

Electric Pool Heater For Your Pool

Whichever way you see it, an electric pool heater is great to have because it is gives you the freedom of adjusting the temperature of the water according to any weather. The heater also s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-s out the season, allowing you to spend more time in the pool. There are many areas around the world where the air and pool temperatures are far below the comfortable levels. The other great thing about having a pool heater installed is that when you experience a cool spell, you will be able to return the temperature back to it comfortable level. Not only is a swimming pool a great investment, the value of the pool and your home will increase considerably when installing an electric pool heater, and you can do so during the construction of the pool or any other time thereafter.


Swimming All Year Round

Having a swimming pool is great, you can change into your bathing suit at any time and go and have a dip in summer, but there are those times when the weather is cold but you still wish you could go and swim for a bit but decide against as you don’t need to develop a cold. However, this is where pool heaters come in, you can use them for any swimming pool and they can be electric, solar powered and some are even tankless. You have many different options to choose from when you are looking for an electric pool heater, all you have to do is determine which of them suit you best and take the situation from there.

New Or Used

Whether you are buying the pool heater new or used, you will be able to mount the device vertically or horizontally in both existing and newly built pools. The device is ready to install and all you will have to do is adjust the setting on the thermostat before you are able to enjoy the water for endless hours.

It is even nice to use in summer as many people don’t like the freezing chill of the swimming pool so they will put the heater on, just a little bit to get the chill out. Then, once they are in, they will turn it off again as they will already be used to the water.

Looking At The Cost

The water heater is inexpensive and the cost of installation is minimal. It also has an automatic control and no special plumbing is required. You will be glad to know that the heater is rust resistant and it installs anywhere. There is no venting required and it is compact enough to fit any pool. With the electric pool heater there is no condensation, gas or corrosion. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about replacing the device six months down the line, if you buy a good one to start out with, you won’t have to replace it for many years to come. They are good devices and you won’t be sorry that you got one; the kids are sure to love it too as they might even be allowed evening swims now with the heater installed.

Photography Ideas And Projects

I see potential in basically everything I look at because the simplest thing can make for the best photo, no matter what it is. I like looking at objects and “picturing” them so that I can get an idea of what the result would be. If the result works, I use that object as my next project which usually comes out perfect. One of my next projects include antique lamps. These lamps makes for great photos, especially with the antique motif and background.


The Antique Motif

One of the popular trends of the 21st century is redecorating the home with an antique motif. And a part of that antique look often includes antique floor lamps throughout the home, in select spots. They play an important part in creating anything from a Victorian to a colonial theme in your house.

You’ll find antique floor lamps in a variety of shapes, styles and designs. There’s something that will match nearly any preference, all while adding a dash of elegance to your home that will complement your antique furniture wonderfully. A typical antique, for instance, antique brass floor lamps, differs from other lamps because they are styled more ornately and often have antique glass lamp shades.

True Or Replica

As you are lamp shopping, one of your first decisions will be deciding whether to buy a true antique or to buy a modern replica. Either one might suit your needs, since many of the replicas look quite authentic and they are usually much more affordable. The better replicas are made to look just like an authentic antique.

On the other hand, an authentic antique lamp often has a historical value that a reproduction won’t have. It’s even possible that the true antique was used by an important person or once stayed in a building of historic significance. The one drawback, though, is that this authentic antique will likely cost you more money. Plus you’ll often have to have it restored to look nice enough to display in your home.


The replica antique lamp, you can find at most lamp stores, warehouse stores and home improvement stores. For an authentic antique, however, you’ll need to look in specialized places, such as Internet auction sites, at flea markets, antique stores, etc. The pricing on true antiques near you locally will be hit or miss. You’ll normally find the best prices by searching online. And nothing beats an online search if you’re searching for something really specific. No matter how often you look at your local antique store, you might never find any antique brass pharmaceutical floor lamps but online, you probably can.

Restoring These Lamps

One thing you need to make sure of, if you choose to go with authentic antiques, is that you’re fully equipped to restore and repair them. This will mean that you will possibly need several replacement parts for it. Do you have them or can you easily find antique lamp parts? That’s an important consideration as to whether you should buy the lamp.

If, on the other hand, you choose to go with a modern manufacturer of antique style lamps, choose a name that is highly regarded in the field. Kathy Ireland lamps, for instance, are top of the line.

Antique lamps are just part of the project I am going to do. This will be the first step to a whole vintage, antique as well as a rustic look. There are so many different things you can do with these themes, just play around a bit, you’ll get the idea.

Getting Creative With Wedding Photography

As a photographer, you get the chance to take shots of basically anything that inspires you or catches your photographer’s eye. Once you get to the point where people recognise your work, they will become more interested in you as a professional photographer and will start hiring you to do professional shoots. This is the most rewarding part of photography as it gives you that little extra to go further and take your photography along the career path to success.

Getting Hired As A Professional Wedding Photographer

When planning a wedding, the most important part is hiring a professional wedding photographer. You do not want your big day to just be a distant memory. You want that special memory to play out in front of you like a story, a story with images of the happiest day of your life. These images need to be of the greatest quality so that it can take you back to where it all began.


Experiences Of A Wedding Photographer

A wedding photographer is not only there to make sure that the special day is captured on film, they are also there to experience the wedding itself. They have to see what the newly weds see and capture what the newly weds would want the photographer to capture. The only way to do this is to truly live in the moment.

Enjoying What You Capture

A great example of truly living in the moment of a wedding is the venue and theme of the wedding. Caribbean weddings makes for some of the best venues, as the beautiful sights of the Caribbean is inspiration in itself.

Capturing A Caribbean Wedding

Many couples like the idea of Caribbean weddings because they are tropical and have a relaxed feel. Some couples may even take a cruise to the Caribbean for their wedding. Many cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean can offer complete packages for groups of wedding guests. Guests can relax in the lap of luxury on the cruise ship before reaching their destination and attending the wedding ceremony.

Royal Caribbean Cruises

A Royal Caribbean cruise is a great way to travel to a Caribbean island such as the Bahamas, Belize or St. Maarten. There are many cruises ranging from three nights to seven nights. A couple can choose how long they want the vacation to last. These cruises often have different ports of call on different islands. A couple can choose which island they are most attracted to and will be the island where the wedding ceremony will take place where the photographer can take photos. The couple can also plan group excursions with the guests on other ports of call.


Choosing The Wedding Venue

Before looking into a luxury cruise, the wedding couple should first decide the site that they think will make a great atmosphere for the wedding ceremony. The couple can start to research the characteristics of the many different Caribbean islands before deciding where the wedding will take place. Islands such as St. Lucia or the Cayman Islands can make great and beautiful backdrops for wedding photos. The atmosphere is relaxed, casual and tropical, allowing even a luxury wedding to have an informal feel to it.

Resorts And Hotels

Caribbean weddings can be performed at resorts, hotels or on the beach itself. There are many resorts that have wedding planners and wedding packages available for purchase by couples. These packages can allow a couple to not have to worry about the planning process. Since the resort workers have planned and executed many weddings in the location, they are able to know the ins and outs of decorating and performing the ceremony without any problems. When purchasing a wedding package, however, the couple should pay attention to what is included in the package. If the couple has a specific location picked out, they should make sure that is the location where the ceremony will take place. If a couple needs to substitute food items or locations in a wedding package, the price is subject to change, so the details should be worked out before a bottom line price is agreed upon.

Caribbean weddings can be memorable and fun occasions for couples and their wedding guests. Since there are many islands and resorts to choose from, a couple should first research what is offered at each island. Royal Caribbean cruises are an option for a couple and their wedding guests who want to travel in luxury to the island. They can also make for a joyous time with friends and family members that a couple will never forget.

Beach Wedding Ideas And Planning

Planning a beach wedding may seem overwhelming for couples because there are many unpredictable factors such as the weather and other beachgoers. However, if a couple can stick to a checklist and receive tips from professionals or those who are experienced with beach weddings, the process should be fun and easy. Beach wedding ideas can be found online or from different married couples who have already performed a beach wedding ceremony. Many couples find they can get creative when planning a beach wedding because it can easily be personalized with a few imaginative ideas and make a great setting for wedding photos.


Checklists And Planning

After choosing a venue and developing ideas about the beach wedding, a couple should make a checklist of all the things that will be needed on the big day. Travelling to a venue and setting up the location without help can sometimes be overwhelming for couples so it is important for them to stay organized. If the planning and setup just seem like too much to handle on the day of the wedding, a couple can hire a wedding planner or a set up crew to help with the workload and organizing. A couple that hires a professional wedding planner can also get tips and suggestions about the set up and overall flow of the wedding ceremony and also which photographer they can use. Many wedding planners have experience with beach weddings and they should be able to offer ideas for couples that are stumped on the details of the wedding.

Setting Up On The Beach

Some couples may dismiss a beach wedding as too casual or not luxurious enough for what they envisioned of their wedding day. However, with the help of a professional wedding planner and a nicely sized budget, a couple can still achieve the luxury and elegance of a beautiful inside wedding while on the beach. Beautiful tents can be rented and decorated for a cocktail hour on the beach before the ceremony. A runner can also signify the “aisle” for the wedding ceremony and flower arches can be installed in the sand for the altar of the ceremony. There are many beach wedding ideas that can make the wedding feel extremely lavish for a couple who doesn’t want a casual wedding.

A wedding planner can also suggest the timing and places to take the best photographs so the beauty of the beach is captured in the pictures.

As you can see, beach weddings or Caribbean weddings make the perfect venues for the most beautiful wedding photos. A variety of themes can also be chosen especially for beach or tropical weddings and the photographer will have more to work with. As a wedding photographer, you have the luxury to be part of so much and the inspiration will flow through you every step of the way. It also makes a great portfolio for your next shoot and you will get recognised for your attention to detail and happy clients.