Showing posts with label tracey nolan studios. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tracey nolan studios. Show all posts

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Favourite Images of 2013

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Hi everyone! As we embark on another great year, I wanted to take a moment to share my favourite images from 2013. You'll see many pictures of my wonderful clients at Tracey Nolan Studios as well as a few personal ones. 

The song, "Little Leo", was written and performed by the Robeau. To learn more about his upcoming album (for which I was very happy to provide the photography) check out the Songs My Daughter Knows Facebook page here.

Can't wait to see what 2014 brings!  

Monday, August 05, 2013

(Holiday) Monday Motivation - Freelance Love Edition

I've been gone for a month!  WHAT?  Where has the time gone?  Why does everything just move so much faster in the Summer?  I hit the ground running when we got back from New Orleans with a bunch of different projects and am struggling with the balance thing.  Oh, the balance thing.  That said, today is a Holiday Monday here in Ontario and I'm having one of those days where I feel so grateful that I get to live a life where long weekends are irrelevant.  Working from home can be filled with pitfalls (so much mom guilt, so many yoga pants) but it is also a lifestyle that affords me dizzying freedom and creative outlets of every kind.  Right now, I wouldn't trade it for anything.

So, what have I been up to?  Other than staying up way too late and obsessing over this Jay Z video?

I had the opportunity to work as a Staff Photographer at the Toronto Jazz Festival this year.  So much fun, you guys.  So much fun.  You can see all the pics here.

I've been continuing my jazz writing as well, over at Torontoist.

I had the absolute pleasure of getting to know Nicky and Art and shooting their wedding photos.  I love shooting weddings.  It's a lot of responsibility but there is so much inspiration there and I get such a thrill out of getting to know my clients, especially during this special time in their lives.

I've been keeping super busy with my Social Media clients and invite you to follow The Tim McCarver Show on Twitter and Facebook and Butterball Canada on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  If you're curious about some of the other projects I've been working on in this area, let's hook up on LinkedIn.

So, the moral of the story? I love ALL of my jobs!  I'm so grateful that I get to wake up every morning and have breakfast with this girl before I make the commute upstairs to my home office.

I've got a lot more that I want to talk about coming up including some great recipes, great shopping and great reads!  I've also met a few new babies (there will be pictures) and The Robeau's record is almost done so there will be a lot to share about that.  You know, with all that spare time I've got.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Elsewhere: New Stuff at Tracey Nolan Studios

I always find I get reinvigorated in the Spring when it comes to my photography.  Even if the weather isn't quite there yet, we know it will be soon!  Just wanted to share a few pics from some recent sessions.  To see more drop by Tracey Nolan Studios.

A couple of outdoor shoots with a couple of beautiful and talented ladies.  I have the best clients in the world!

The first of the winners from the TDJ Special Projects initiative for 2013...

And I even managed to get my wee fam into the studio for some fun.  How cute are they?!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Happy Mardi Gras

I'm celebrating by sharing some of my favourite New Orleans photos over at the newly redesigned Tracey Nolan Studios website!

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Saturday Zen

Coffee in Harvard Square
I shot this Monday afternoon while I was in Boston on business (!!!) Hey, life list, come on over here, I've got something to cross off of you.

Friday, December 07, 2012

The Art of Knowing

There is an art to knowing where to start.  And how to start.  And when to start.  I know there must be.  I also know enough to know I have not mastered that art.

There have been big changes happening for me.  Remember the job that I used to sometimes talk about, but not that openly?  The one I would sometimes mention only to say that I loved it or to show you some great pictures I had the opportunity to take there?  Well, eight and half years later, that job is over.  I've moved on and I'm in the midst of "finding myself" professionally.


Don't worry, I hate me for saying that too.

The truth is, that I'm finding my way to professional freedom.  I'm not entirely sure what that looks like yet, but I'm getting there.  I'm finding my way towards working with people and places on things and ideas that excite me and I'm using all the skills in my tool belt to do just that.  It sounds crazy, but it feels like the minute I made up my mind to do this, all of the pieces have started to fall into place.  Am I still worried that someone is going to come along and pull the rug out from under me and that I suddenly won't be able to pay the mortgage?  That everyone will realize that I'm as much of a fraud as I fear I am in my darkest moments?  Of course I'm worried about that.  But mostly I'm optimistic.

I'll be launching my new website Miss Social Media soon to let you all know about my Social Media Consulting business. Already I am working with an AMAZING client (more on that later) and I can't wait to expand. 

I'm also really excited to give Tracey Nolan Studios the time and focus it deserves.  Pop by the website to see some of my recent sessions.

Lastly, I'm hoping to find time to write more.  I'm not sure how this blog will evolve as my professional life does, but that's kind of the fun part, isn't it?  You never do know where life will lead you.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Elsewhere: International Women's Day at Tracey Nolan Studios

Yesterday was International Women's Day and I took a little stroll down memory lane to remember my favourite female subjects at  Tracey Nolan Studios.  Get ready for the eye candy!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Elsewhere: Year in Review at Tracey Nolan Studios

All of my favourite images from 2011 are in one place!  Hurray!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Elsewhere: In Case You Missed It at TNS

Being back to work at Mirvish full time and trying to find the balance between my wonderful new position there and family life with a baby who is suddenly a toddler (!) hasn't left me much time to focus on Tracey Nolan Studios.  That said, I do have a few posts up over there that I think you might enjoy.  I'm also really excited about some upcoming shoots this Fall including my first official wedding shoot!

It is so gratifying to see the portrait that I shot of Sharron a few short months ago be transformed into a great show poster on display right next to Marget Cho's show poster in London, England.  Sharron is really taking the world by storm.  I'm so proud of my wonderful clients!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Elsewhere: Caribana Memories at Tracey Nolan Studios

Come on over here to see more, and to find out what else is going on at Tracey Nolan Studios!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Elsewhere: Sneak Peeks Galore at Tracey Nolan Studios!

Guys, I have three, count 'em three sneak peeks up at Tracey Nolan Studios.  Hop on over there and get a load of the AIMToronto Orchestra featuring acclaimed British saxophonist Evan Parker, Sharron Matthews Superstar and the wonderful Celine Olivia.

I'm going to be launching a Spring Special sometime soon too, so stay tuned for that!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Beach Babies

Had a really fun portrait shoot this afternoon at the beach with my friend Rachel and her munchkins.  I love shooting down by the boardwalk at this time of year, when it's less crowded.  I can't believe how big her kids are getting.  In fact...

Attention KIDS (yes, all of you): Stop growing so damn fast!  Thank you.  

You can see more over here.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

BIG SALE at Tracey Nolan Studios!

Drop by the website to learn more!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Two new posts up at Tracey Nolan Studios. A portrait shoot with Sean Fisher and Jamillah Ross and Terence Blanchard in concert at Humber College. Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Bruce Cockburn at Luminato this June

Luminato is one of Toronto's youngest arts festivals, but also one of the city's most loved and certainly its most ambitious. Now in its fourth year, Luminato is an annual ten-day celebration of the arts where Toronto's stages, streets, and public spaces are infused with theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, film, literature, visual arts, and design.

A press conference was held today to announce Luminato's 2010 music line up which features the North American premieres of the Rufus Wainwright opera Prima Donna, The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer which stars two time Academy Award nominee John Malkovich and the return of the crowd favourite Canadian Songbook series to Massey Hall, this time highlighting the forty year career of guitar-legend Bruce Cockburn who was on hand this morning at the announcement.

It was great fun shooting the announcement this morning. I can't wait to see what else Luminato has up their collective sleeve for us this June!

Janice Price, Chief Executive Officer of Luminato.

Chris Lorway, Artistic Director of Luminato.

Canadian music legend, Bruce Cockburn.

Friday, February 26, 2010

LAST CHANCE for New Orleans: You Are Beautiful

This weekend is your LAST CHANCE to catch my photo exhibit at The Lens Factory, New Orleans: You Are Beautiful. The response so far has been absolutely AMAZING and I must thank everyone who has made it out and spent their hard earned dollars on prints (they will be delivered to you in the next couple of weeks).

I have been asked by a number of people who are unable to attend if they can still purchase prints in support of the Liese Dettmer's community run music program in The Habitat for Humanity Musician's Village. If you are interested please check out this slideshow of the photos from the exhibit. 8x10 prints are available for $20 (unframed) or $35 (framed). 11x17 prints are $40 (unframed) or $70 (framed).

Please contact me if you are interested in making a purchase and we can make arrangements.

Thanks again for all of your support and encouragement. It makes me really happy to know that my photos are going to great homes and that we are raising money for a great cause in the process! Let's band together and get those kids some more drumsticks!

Friday, January 29, 2010

New Orleans: You Are Beautiful

Well, I've been hopelessly absent lately and I miss my little corner of the intornet and all you lovely people. I've had a few valid reasons for my truancy, one of which is this:

I'm very excited to announce an exhibition of my New Orleans photographs at The Lens Factory a wonderful spot in Toronto's Gallery District on Queen Street West. There will be a few shots from my first visit to New Orleans, six months after Hurricane Katrina, but the bulk of the work is from a visit in April of 2009. It's a thrill for me to share my photos from what has to be one of my favourite places on earth and to give people a chance to see what I see when I'm there - not just the destruction, but the beauty and the resilience of its people.

This is Liese Dettmer, one of the first residents of The Habitat for Humanity Musicians' Village.

When I met her in April of 2009 she had just finished giving a show on her front porch (she's a great singer / songwriter).

While giving me a tour of her new home, she told me about the free drumming lessons she had been giving, on her front lawn, every Saturday morning, to the kids and teenagers living in the Musician's Village. Some of those kids had been getting up to no good, she said, and they needed something positive to focus on.

When I spoke with Leise today, less than a year later, she said there is no more "kid crime" in the Village. The program is working.

This is strictly a volunteer, community building mission for Leise, and she has plans to expand the program. She is hoping to add more teachers, move indoors to the Ellis Marsalis Performance Centre (once construction is complete) and even march her kids in the 2011 Mardi Gras parade.

All proceeds from the sale of prints from my exhibit at The Lens Factory will go towards purchasing much needed supplies for Leise's students - drum pads, drum sticks and drum straps. Any help you can offer would be much appreciated!

Exhibit Details:

New Orleans
A Photo Exhibit by Tracey Nolan

February 2010
The Lens Factory
1040 Queen Street West

Opening Reception
Friday, February 5th
7pm - 10pm

Sunday, December 06, 2009


Been keeping busy this holiday season with lots of photo shoots for Tracey Nolan Studios. You can check out some of the "sneak peeks" over at the website to see what I've been up to. Today finds me enjoying my beeee-uuutiful new fake Christmas tree and editing a whack load of photos. So. Much. Editing. So. Little. Time.

Other things that have been keeping me busy and happy the last little while? Jazz Times being back in publication mode, Cooking a turkey dinner with all the trimmings for nine of my girlfriends last weekend, NPR's Fresh Air Podcast, Christmas music, the boardwalk down at the beach and the sunshine we've had this weekend.

Hope you have all been having a great weekend. Hope you can take a little time to get yourself in the spirit of the season, and if you're having a hard time doing that, I hope this helps...

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Introducing...Tracey Nolan Studios

Photo by Lauren Hammersly / Make up by Summer Garcia

As many of you know, things have been very busy in my world as of late. Mostly with the move into the new house and, if I'm being honest, with post-season baseball (go Yankees!). The other project that I've been focussed on is launching the Tracey Nolan Studios Website.

Regular readers of this blog know about my adventures in jazz photography, but you may not have noticed how much I love shooting pictures of my friends and their families. One of my favourite things to do is to help people capture the beauty that resides in every day moments through spontaneous, natural light photography. I firmly believe that you don't need to work within the constraints of a studio or under hot lights to get great results. After a few years of shooting these kinds of portraits for a select few people, due to popular demand, I've launched Tracey Nolan Studios.

Miss Tracey Nolan remains a personal blog, but I will share links to the Tracey Nolan Studios site from time to time to let you know what I'm up to in that part of my life. In the past few weeks I've had a number of sessions and have enjoyed every single bit of the process from meeting with my clients, to conducting the shoots and editing and sharing the photos. I still really enjoy my day job at CSIS and working with my MTN Media Relations clients very much and finding the balance between those two things and this new initiative will no doubt be a challenge. That said, right now, I feel very focussed on building this business and very fortunate that I've been able to find a way to make my passion for this art form and for connecting with people meet and maybe even become profitable. Wish me luck? Wish me luck!