Passion, Motivation & Drive: What’s Your Thunder?

Aug
8th

 

The only people for me are the mad ones,
the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk,
mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time.
The ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing,
but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles
exploding like spiders across the sky.”

–Jack Kerouac

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I’ve always been drawn to passionate people. I love meeting them at parties, reading about them in magazines, watching them on TV. It’s why I started This Renegade Love in the first place – to be inspired by the stories of passionate people and pass them on to others.

But more than that, I’m intrigued about what motivates those people to follow their dreams and achieve their goals. What gives them that drive, that belief in themselves? How do they keep on pushing when the world gives them roadblock after roadblock? And what lessons have they learned from failures that have motivated them more than their successes?

So when I saw the first episode of CBC’s newest drama, 21 Thunder, I was like, “YAAAAASSS!” On the surface, 21 Thunder (which airs at 9PM/9:30 NT) is about an elite soccer team in Montreal, but it’s the themes of the show that have me hooked. Besides all the sex, crime, race and drama (not to mention the super attractive and diverse cast), the show focuses on the lives of young athletes who are following their dreams and will do whatever it takes to succeed  – something I can absolutely relate to in my own career. The characters deal with struggles and roadblocks that aren’t unlike many of the things we all deal with in our lives – there’s a female coach who has to work harder to prove herself because of her gender, a rising star whose personal life is holding him back, and a fresh player from the Ivory Coast who feels like an outsider in a new place… but all who are determined to succeed. Not hard to see why I love it, huh?

To kick off the launch of 21 Thunder and explore the show’s overarching theme of chasing glory, I reached out to a group of driven young Torontonians, ranging from creatives to entrepreneurs, to hear more about what motivates them to follow their dreams, to get back up when they’ve fallen down, and to constantly be trying new things.

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How To Edit Photos | Tips, Tricks and Apps

Aug
3rd

How to edit photos

After writing my last post on 7 Ways To Take Better Photos, I immediately got an overwhelming amount of requests inquiring about my photo editing process as well. It’s one of the most common questions I (and a lot of other bloggers) get asked – “How do you edit photos?” Everyone wants to know about editing. They want to know what apps to use, what filters will make their images brighter, how to add a lens flare, whatever.  And in this day and age with thousands of photo apps and online hacks, literally anyone can edit photos to look semi-professional.

But here’s a little secret I’m going to let you in on – editing programs won’t make you a great photographer. You need a creative eye for that – an understanding of composition and light, an ability to capture moments and tell a story with a single snap.

That being said, what post-processing can do is take a good photo and make it even better. There have been plenty of times where I’ve taken a photo that was perfect in terms of subject or composition, but it fell a bit flat in colour or contrast, and by simply pulling it into an editing program to play around, I was able to bring it to life by changing up the saturation and exposure (amongst many of the other amazing things you can do).

So, to fill the bellies of you hungry beasts, I’m laying out all the programs I use and showing you my own examples of how to edit photos so you can play around and create your own awesome style.

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7 Ways To Take Better Photos

Jul
26th

How I Shoot and Edit My Photos

It’s Monday afternoon and I’m walking home from a pilates class on a gorgeous summer day. The sky is hazy and the air is warm. The sun is just beginning to set, with rays of golden light streaming through buildings, shadows contrasting softly against them. I turn around to face the sun as a cyclist rides towards me in the distance, no cars on the road, just an outline of a silhouette. I pull out my camera excitedly – the stage is set for an absolutely perfect photo.

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Since I started getting more serious about photography a few years ago, this has become my life now – every time I open my eyes, I am constantly aware of the light and shadows and composition of the things that surround me. I’ve trained my eye to recognize moments and settings that could be perfectly captured by a lens. Table vignettes, people, landscapes, you name it.

But that wasn’t always the case. When I first started using a DSLR, I had NO IDEA what the hell I was doing. I didn’t know the camera settings, I knew nothing about composition, and a lot of my photos were entirely out-of-focus. And that’s really how most people start. The thing with photography is that you can only get better with time and practice. So that’s what I did – I kept on trying, kept on failing, and eventually started succeeding.

And now that I share my photos on Instagram, photography is one of the questions I get asked the most about – what camera I use, how I edit my photos, what settings I use in different light. So my friends, I thought it was time to share a post on some of the most important lessons I’ve learned about photography.

Heads up that this is more of a high level look at some of the strategies and lessons I’ve adopted, but if you’re starting out and want to know about your camera settings and all the technical nitty gritty, I highly recommend taking a course or two on Skillshare to acquaint yourself with stuff like ISO, aperture and shutter speed (it’s membership based, so you can take however many courses you like – it’s legit awesome).

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The Renegade Guide to Marseille

Jul
21st

Marseille, je t’aime.

It’s been a month since my friend Meghan (also my model muse on this trip) and I took off for the South of France with Air Transat, a trip from Toronto to Marseille which gave us total flexibility to explore the vibrant city as we wished. I already penned my love letter to the city on this blog, but I wouldn’t be able to leave the experience in the memory of Instagram without also sharing a guide to the place I fell so hard for. And as I write this post and sort through my hundreds of photos, I’m brought back to the terrace of our Airbnb in the bohemian quarter, with the sunset casting a warm glow over the streets below and sounds of our neighbours clinking glasses and laughing over cheese plates.

And while I would love to give you a comprehensive guide to the best of everything Marseille has to offer, my five days there simply weren’t enough. A month wouldn’t have been enough. Because the city is so old, so complex, and vast with diverse neighbourhoods, each with its own vibe and hidden gems.

So instead, I leave you with some unforgettable memories of my trip, from the restaurants we spent lazy afternoons dining at, to the day trips that took us to some incredible places all within an hour of the city.

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