focal length: 24 mm
shutter speed: 15
aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 800
flash: none

Sarah-ji over at Shutter Sisters created an abstract image in-camera (no Photoshop here!) by using a long exposure, capping the lens, repositioning to another subject and removing the cap to complete the exposure of the second subject. The result? A composite, if you will, of two photos in one. A double exposure. You can read about her detailed instructions on how to achieve this here. I was immediately intrigued and seeing as it’s 3:30 am and I have nothing better to do, I tried it out. It took me a few tries, 16 shots to be exact, with varying shutter speeds and maneuvering techniques to minimize blur while positioning the second subject where I wanted. It’s harder than it sounds since your mirror is locked up and you have to blindly compose your second subject. But what a fun exercise that was! Thanks Sarah-ji!

Today is our 5th wedding anniversary. On one hand, it’s hard to believe that it’s already been 5 years when our wedding is still so fresh in my mind. While on the other hand, it’s hard to believe it has ONLY been 5 years when it seems like we’ve been best friends forever. I had to throw our baby into the mix because it’s the same thing with her. She’s already 16 months old and yet I can’t imagine life without her. A strange thing, love is.

Laura is a Vancouver wedding and portrait photographer. Visit