#GIRLBOSS Anita Peeples

Anita first shot us for a collaboration with another local artist and instantly made us feel comfortable and in awe of her unique approach to photography.

Anita’s thoughtful and creative take on photography really brings her photos and subjects to life that tells a story and really captures candid moments.

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1.Tell us a little bit about your business?

Hello!  I’m Anita, and I’m a photographer.  I mostly photograph weddings, with some portraiture, family and commercial work as well.  I take a candid, journalistic approach to my photography, focusing on capturing authentic moments that tell stories.  I specialize in intimate weddings, such as backyard weddings, elopements, rural and outdoor venues.  I also love to photograph urban weddings in Ottawa’s downtown core and of course in my own Hintonburg neighbourhood as well.

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2. How did your interest in photography start?

My high school had a film photography class – I always loved the idea of photography, and once I got myself into the darkroom things just clicked, I loved it.  I was probably in one of the last age groups where, during high school, not many people had cell phones (and if you did have a cell phone it certainly didn’t take photos) so this was my first real opportunity to make photos happen on a regular basis.

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The first thing that peaked my photographic interest were animals – our dogs and cats, the horse I had at the time.  I’ve always found animals very easy to photograph because they really don’t care that you’re taking their photo, they just do their own thing and you try to capture the right angles and moments.  This is probably part of what drove my work towards a more candid style.

When I was in my early twenties I had the opportunity to start second shooting weddings with a friend, and the rest was history!

3. Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?

I honestly try not to focus on other photographer’s work all that much.  I think it’s really easy to become caught up in how your own work isn’t like someone else’s, and I think that’s a dangerous and frustrating path to head down.  I love looking at other photographer’s work on Instagram every now and then, but I really just try to do my own thing.  If someone’s hiring me, it’s because they like my style, so I think it’s important to be true to that.

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4.What is it like running your own business? What’s your day-to-day like?

I try my best to keep semi-normal Monday-Friday hours for computer work, especially for things like emails – I think it’s important to have cut off times when you work from home, or else you can easily fall into the pit of never-ending work.  There’s always something to do – client work, social media, marketing, blogging, financial stuff – the work never ends, so for my own sanity I try to stay off my computer in the evenings and on weekends.

Of course, weddings and most photo-shoots end up being on weekends, and meetings with clients are often in the evenings…so I do still end up working a lot more than 40 hours most weeks!

The winter months are less busy for me, which is a nice break, but the summer is just crazy.  Sometimes it’s not fantastic having literally no free weekends over the summer…but when your job is watching people throwing the biggest party of their lives to celebrate their love, you really can’t complain!

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5. Who has provided the most inspiration for you along the way, as you’ve built your business?

Probably my fiancé Josh.  When I left my graphic design job to try photography full-time, it was scary.  It was very much a risk, I had no idea if I’d be able to get enough work, if I had it in me to run my own business…but he supported me the whole way through, he encouraged me to keep going for it and has always had my back when I become frustrated with some aspect the job.  It can be tough living with a full-time creative person when you’re not one yourself, and he’s a real champ about it!

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6. What do you think were the most important mistakes you’ve learned from?

Learn when to turn down clients.  It can be hard (especially when you’re starting out) to turn down money, but if someone wants work done that isn’t your style you need to be honest with yourself, and with them about that.  Trying to force a style of work that isn’t what you usually do will never turn out well.  Focus on taking on like-minded clients, who love YOUR work, and YOUR style, it will save you a lot of headaches down the road.

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7. What motivates you to continue taking pictures economically, politically, intellectually or emotionally?

I don’t think I could stop taking pictures if I tried.  Visuals drive me, creating things drives me…when I’m making things I’m happy.  It’s a huge rush when I really nail a photo I was trying to get.  It’s amazing that I’m able to do this, to take photos and make a living doing it, and I’m incredible grateful for that every day!

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8. What advice can you share with other #GIRLBOSSES in training?

Be nice to everyone, you never know how you will find yourself connected to them in the future.  Trust your instincts; you know what you’re doing.  Taking time off, being a workaholic isn’t something to be proud of.  Ask questions, you can’t be expected to know everything.  Let others help you, and help others as well.  Take compliments gracefully, you deserve them!

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Find Anita on:

Website: www.anitapeeples.com

Instagram: @anitapeeples

Facebook: Anita Peeples Photography

XO,

-Country meet City

Photo-BOMB – Knowing your rights as a photographer

Here’s the thing folks.  We all do it.  But do we know if we are doing it legally.  We work in the legal profession so it is hard for us not to pay attention to the legalities of photographing.  This is also a lengthy post but it IS IMPORTANT for any artist dabbling in photography.

Photography Laws

Photography is mentioned in very few Canadian laws. And where it is mentioned, it is usually a very grey area and is rather dated, however that does not mean as an artist you should undermine the laws that are in place. There are lots of other laws, which do apply to photography, even if they don’t mention it by name, and sometimes in interesting ways.

We took a look at various Canadian laws and how they apply to photography in Canada.

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Disclaimer

This is not legal advice. This is simply our interpretation of the laws surrounding photography. Information and links are provided as-is, with no warranty, neither stated, nor implied. The laws that are applicable to you may vary by city, province and country. Not every law will apply to you, depending on your location and the type of photography you do, and there may be others that I have not discovered yet.

What Can I Photograph?

 warning Laws are complex and differ by city and province.
 red You cannot photograph a person who has a ‘reasonable expectation of privacy‘. This is someone who believes that they are in a private location and no-one is watching them, such as a person in a bathroom. Criminal Voyeurism
 green It is not illegal, nor against copyright to take photos of buildings, public art, and permanently installed sculptures. Copyright Act
 warning What you are doing – Although taking the photo may not be illegal, what you are doing while taking the photo can be. This doesn’t necessarily make the photo illegal, but it can be used as evidence. Although every law applies here, the following cover a few that you have a greater chance of breaking:
 red If you illegally enter a building or property, including breaking windows or locks to enter the building or property. Breaking and Entering
 red Misrepresenting yourself, using fake ID, saying that you are someone you are not, or associated with an organization you are not. Fraud / Security of Information Act
 red Being cruel to animals. Cruelty to Animals
 warning Where you take the photo – Although taking the photo may not be illegal, where you are matters, since you may be breaking a law just by being there, or, if photography is not allowed, taking the photo may be what breaks the law. This doesn’t necessarily make the photo illegal, but it can be used as evidence.
 green On your own property.
 green On public property, like sidewalks. This includes taking photos of anything that a normal person could see from public property.
 green On another person’s property, where you have permission from the owner, property manager, security guard, or other representative of the owner.
 green Any private property that has a “photography allowed” sign, or that you have permission from the owner to take photographs.
 red At night outside another person’s home, on their property, without permission. Trespassing at Night
 red On private property that has a “no photography allowed” sign, or that you have been told by the owner not to take photographs. Trespassing
 warning On property that is privately owned, but open to the public, like malls, galleries, etc. Although you should ask before taking photos, if there aren’t any “no photography” signs, you may take photos until told otherwise by the owner, property manager, security guard, or other representative of the owner.
 red On private property, where you are not authorized to be, and have ignored a sign or instructions from the owner, like: “do not cross”, or “authorized personnel only”. Trespassing

Ontario Photographers Rights

Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Everyone in Canada has the fundamental freedom of thought, belief, opinion, and expression, including the freedom of press and other media of communication.

Basically this provides every Canadian the freedom to take photographs and use methods to share those photographs. This does not mean that those photographs may be used in any and all manners that the photographer wishes though.

Privacy Act

The Privacy Act is often wrongly assumed to provide personal privacy to individuals when in public.

In fact the Privacy Act only protects personal information that is submitted to the government.

Where can you photograph?

A photographer can take a photo anywhere that the photographer is legally allowed to be. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Your own property
  • Public property
  • Private property with permission of owner

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What can you photograph?

Assuming no others laws are being broken you may photograph anything you can see

Despite common misconceptions this includes:

  • Children
  • Accidents
  • Fire scenes
  • Infrastructure
  • Residential buildings
  • Industrial buildings
  • Criminal activity
  • Law enforcement officer

The most notable exception and basic rule of thumb on whether the subject was legally photographed is considered “reasonable expectation of privacy”.

Anybody that has a “reasonable expectation of privacy” cannot be legally photographed, even if other laws are being followed

For example, a couple in an intimate embrace cannot be photographed from the sidewalk through their window. If the couple were outside and in the same embrace then they could be photographed legally

What is publishing?

Publishing can roughly be defined as displaying for viewing. This can include:

  • Print in newspaper, book, magazine, etc.
  • Display in gallery
  • Posting online

Posting online is not limited to social media sites or password protected sites.

What can I publish?

Your right to publish photographs is protected under section 2b of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Any photograph may be published with these exceptions:

  • You do not own
  • Would interfere or threaten national security
  • Would interfere with a large number of Canadian lives
  • Name or photo of a minor convicted or charged with an offence
  • A recognizable person endorsing a product or service without model release
  • Image modified to deliberately mislead or misrepresent what an identifiable person is doing

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Who owns a photograph?

Ontario does not have a law that gives each person a right to their image. This means that an image of a person is solely owned by the creator of that image.

A notable exception to this is when a photographer is working for somebody else. Then, unless otherwise stated through contract, the employer owns the copyright to the image.

Can I be forced to delete photos?

With very few exceptions nobody can force you to destroy your personal property. This means you cannot be forced to delete memory cards or expose your roll of film.

Notable exception is where the photograph jeopardizes national security.

Some relevant law

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, 2.b. –  freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;

Criminal Code of Canada, 162. (1) Every one commits an offence who, surreptitiously, observes – including by mechanical or electronic means – or makes a visual recording of a person who is in circumstances that give rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy

Trespass to Property Act, 2.Every person who is not acting under a right or authority conferred by law and who, (a) without the express permission of the occupier, the proof of which rests on the defendant, (i) enters on premises when entry is prohibited under this Act, or (ii) engages in an activity on premises when the activity is prohibited under this Act; or (b) does not leave the premises immediately after he or she is directed to do so by the occupier of the premises or a person authorized by the occupier, is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not more than $2,000. R.S.O. 1990, c. T.21, s. 2 (1).

Copyright Act Changed in 2012. One key change was that photographs were now treated as any other “artistic work” such as paintings or drawings. Copyright law gives the owners of artistic works certain exclusive rights to exploit their works, such as reproducing the photograph or selling the photograph. In the case of photography this means that the copyright owner of a photograph can, in most cases, prevent others from copying that photograph. With the exception of photographs taken during the course of employment, the photographer will always be the owner of the copyright in a photograph.

So next time you wish to get your camera out and take photos, be aware of where and who you are photographing, as it could get you into some trouble.

If you want more information, we have a PDF brochure that we would be happy to send to you.

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XO,

-Country meet City