Taking a break

When you’re trying to work but the pickles is asking for some attention.



Mini Getaway to Niagara

I can’t count the number of times I’ve been to Niagara Falls but it’s so close to home that I can’t help going back. Despite the Fog Advisory, it was actually a very mild day and there were lots of visitors for me to people watch. One of them happened to be a cute and cuddly Golden Retriever, I didn’t catch his name but he loved looking over the edge of the railings and when I asked his owner if I could take a picture, he turned and smiled for me.

After some delicious all you can eat sushi we headed to Cliffton Hill to check out the SkyWheel. Now I’m not a big fan of heights, I’m usually fine as long as I can’t see straight down. Unfortunately for me, the SkyWheel has beautiful temperature controlled gondolas that are surrounded by glass windows so I nervously laughed for the whole ride while my mom laughed at me.


Since I knew we were only going down for the day, I kept my camera bag light with only my D800 and 24-70. Despite having gone so many times, I like trips like these because they get me away from the usual scenery and push me to see a familiar place in a new way.

Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear from you too, feel free to comment or e-mail me at shootme@vengenza.ca

xo jo

Clifton Hill | SkyWheel | Nikon D800 + Tamron 24-70 | Photo by Joanna Glezakos | Vengenza.ca

Old Cameras & a new toy!

I was mentioning to my friend Patrick that I wanted to do more product photography and he suggested the new Foldio 2.

If you haven’t heard about it, it’s pretty sweet and only costs about $100 at Henry’s. The Foldio is a portable studio for product or even food photography. It comes with two dimmable LED strips, power supply with different universal adapters, three backgrounds and a foldable light box!

Everything comes disassembled but it’s very easy to set up. The Foldio has built in magnets to keep its shape when open and even has a magnet that holds your background in place. The only downside to the ones provided is that they crease easily but you could easily make your own out of fabric.

The LED’s attach to the Foldio using an adhesive strip. They suggest putting them on the front panel which I found a bit limiting so instead I used butterfly clips to hold the LED strips where I wanted them. Placing sometimes below and on either side my subjects.

I couldn’t wait to set it up so I grabbed a few of my favourites from my old camera collection and had some fun!

My favourite right now is probably the Kodak EK6, it’s actually loaded with film but the batteries have leaked inside and I can’t get them out but I won’t give up!

The funny thing is most of these were found at yard sales for maybe $5 but I like them cause they’re all a little quirky.

I’m pretty happy with the results and I can’t wait to try it out on other items!

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and follow me for more!

xo jo


Find out more about the Foldio 2 and what it can do here!

Delgado Family Portraits


Holy moly, time flies! Between holiday and family portrait sessions, working in retail and family dinners every weekend in December, I was finally able to catch up on some editing! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a great New Year!

Here are a few of my favourites from my last Holiday session of the season. I had an amazing time photographing Leandra and her family, the boys loved the camera and the sound of the shutter. I think that’s my favourite part about photographing kids, they’re not self-conscious yet so their expressions are genuine.

Doing in-home sessions can be tough because unless you’re lucky enough to visit the home before hand you’re going in blind as to layout, space and lighting. I bring portable lighting to my in-home sessions in case we don’t have enough window light but luckily we had a beautiful bay window to lighting the room.

Well that’s all for now guys but stay tuned cause there’s lots more coming soon! I got some neat gifts for Christmas that I can’t wait to try out and share my results with you!

xo jo!

Capturing Christmas Lights with Kaiju Pickles

Christmas is one of my favourite holidays and one of the things I love doing the most around this time of year is putting up all my Christmas Lights! Not only do they make me feel all cozy and warm inside but they are a great and inexpensive prop to make your holiday photos pop!

So this year I decided to have some fun before throwing all my lights up!
This is Kaiju, she’s a 2 and a half year old Bug (Boston Terrier/Pug) who looooves having her picture taken, well not really but she’ll stay and that’s all I can ask for! Using only some window light and the christmas lights surrounding her I set my aperture as wide as possible to blur out any detail in the lights and background and create the dreamlike effect.  I use Zuke’s Mini Naturals Roasted Chicken Recipe Dog treats to keep her engaged and making cute googley eyes at the camera. So here are some of my results! I hope you enjoy and you can even try this for your own holiday photos to make them a bit more fun!


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Kaiju “Stinky” Pickles, Nikon D800 + Sigma 50mm 1.4

If you’ve got some extra lights laying around you can try this yourself with a point and shoot or even a cellphone! To get the most out of the camera in your pocket set up your lights about a foot or two behind your subject and make sure to select where you want the camera to focus. Your lights should be nice and blurry as long a your subject is closer to you then they are to the lights/the background.

If you’re using an SLR but aren’t too familiar with the manual settings yet here’s a tip.

Set your camera to Aperture Priority, set it as low as possible, adjust your ISO sensitivity according to the shutter speed, I try not to hand hold anything below 1/60 so in this case I actually went up to ISO 2500.

I would recommend using a 50mm 1.8 lens, Nikon and Canon make very inexpensive versions for about $150-$250. But if you don’t have one in your arsenal you can still use the more common kit 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 lens and zoom in to 55. Even though your aperture will be set to 5.6 and it doesn’t seem that bright your background would be blurrier than at the wider focal length. So what are you waiting for, go give it a shot!

If you have any questions feel free to contact me at shootme@vengenza.ca & stay tuned for more!

xo jo

Harvey Family Photos

Working at Henry’s I made a lot of great contacts and a lot of them have become clients over the years. I met Bonnie a few years ago when she was pregnant with her first child and a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing her family now!

Family portraits don’t have to be done at Sears or Wal-Mart and they definitely don’t have to be formal. Everyone’s family is crazy and unique so why not capture it for years to come!

She wanted to surprise her hubby with some family photos and I loved that she wanted to keep it as natural as possible! That makes it fun for me and gives you photos that represent who you are. I had an amazing time trying to capture these little ones and thought I’d share some of my favourites from the day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Contact me if you’d like to take some family photos of your own!



xo  Joanna

Starting somewhere

well I’ve wanted to do this for a long time but I wasn’t sure how. A good friend of mine always says if you don’t know where to start, just pick something and start, because by the time you’d figure out the best way you could’ve been half way done. I’m going to try and remember that from now on. 

So welcome to my blog! 

A bit about me, my name is Joanna and I am a photographer from Toronto, on, Canada.  I love music, movies, travelling and dreaming. My dream is travelling across North America in a camper van with my partner in crime and our dog kaiju, photographing, filming, documenting and living. I never want to be stuck, pinned down, my mind races all day, I’m constantly thinking of new things to do or places to explore and my camera barely ever leaves my side. 

I picked up my first camera at 16, I saved up my pennies from working at a nursing home an went off to Henry’s to get my first camera.  Well after 4 years of university, a BFA in photography, 5 years working at Henry’s and even a year at Canon Canada I’m ready to take this to the next level. On November 4th, I took my business full-time.  This is it, I’m scared but I’m done trying to juggle two jobs, I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off! 

I hope to use this blog so I don’t go crazy, working from home I’m alone most of the day, plus I just want to express myself and share what I’ve learned and what I will learn along the way. 

Welcome once again, I’m excited to see where this goes.

– Joanna