May Is photo Month Events

London Drugs has everything you need to capture the beauty of the world around you. Get inspired and learn new skills during one of our Photo Month Events. From Photo walks, in-store demos, and virtual webinars, we have something for everyone, no matter your skill level.

For weekly deals and other inspiring content check out our Photo Month Page.


Live Webinar: Thursday May 25th, 6PM PST | 7pm MT

Let’s take a trip: A guide to better travel photography

Join Tamron instructor & photographer – Ken Hubbard for this live webinar where we will talk about all stages of our next great travel experience. Ken will start with research and planning, then onto what gear to pack and then creating images.

Register here – May is Photo Month | Webinar Registration (

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Photo Walk:  May 27th,  10am – 2pm

Join one of our photo experts at UBC for a photo walk to explore street photography and lighting basics.

Meet at: AMS Student Nest, 6133 University Blvd.

More details on event page here.

Nikon Z8 Launch Party – May 31st,  7:30pm

Join Nikon for an exclusive Z 8 Launch Event. Get a first-hand look at the new Z 8, watch a live demo and mingle with the Nikon staff! Light refreshments will be served. 

The Kent Vancouver (Gallery) 534 Cambie St Vancouver, BC V6B 2N7

Space is limited, register today here


Vancouver – Cambie West Broadway

525 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC
For more details contact TECH Dept: (604) 872-8114

Photo Walk: May 6th, 10am-2pm

Join Sony & ambassador Vincent L Chan for a photo walk about outdoor lighting for street portraiture.

Meet in-store at camera counter.

For more details view the event page here.

Sigma In-store Demo: May 13th, 3-5pm

Join Sigma ambassador Harry Shaw to learn about the latest Sigma lenses and talk about which lens is right for your needs.

Meet in-store at camera counter.

Photo Walk: May 20th, 12pm-4pm

Learn about Fashion Photography with Yvonne Hanson (Professional Fashion photographer) & lead by Vincent L Chan.

Meet in-store at camera counter.

For more details view the event page here.

Cricut Crafting Demo : May 27th, 2-4pm

Join us for a workshop to learn more about crafting with Cricut machines, tools and materials. 

Vancouver – Davie

Photo Walk: May 21st, 4-6pm

Join Fido ambassador and London Drugs for this photo walk to explore English Bay.

Meet at: London Drugs 1650 Davie Street Vancouver, BC V6G 1V9

For more details view the event page here

Ladner / Delta

Photo Walk: May 27th, 11am-3pm

Join Sony for a birding, flora & landscape photo walk at Deas Island Park.

Meet at Deas Island Regional Park at fisher field picnic shelter (by parking lot)

For more details visit event page here.


Photo Walk: May 28th, 10am – 12pm

Join Sony for a flowers and garden photo walk to learn more about macro and landscape photography.

Meet at Sendall Gardens, Langley – by Sendall bronze statue in the park.
For more details visit event page here

New Westminster

Photo Walk: May 6th, 2-4pm

Brought to you by Fujifilm, this photo walk will cover taking better images of family and pets.

Meeting at the picnic tables near the Queen’s Park Spray Park.

For more details contact TECH Department: (604) 524-1326


In-store Demo: May 19th, 12-4pm

Representative for Sigma, Manfrotto, Lowepro & Joby will be on-hand to answer all your questions around choosing accessories needed for your Camera set up.

Guildford Town Centre London Drugs

For more details contact TECH Department: (604) 588-2545


Photo Walk: May 20th, 11am-1pm

Join Sony for landscape photography photo walk at Rocky Point Park.

Meet at Rocky Point Park – at picnic shelter by car park

For more details contact Coquitlam Centre TECH Department: (604) 464-1811


Mother’s Day Handprint Mug Event

May 8 & 13, 9-11am

Bring your kids to design personalized hand-painted mugs for Mom.

Marine Way and Byrne – 7280 Market Crossing, Burnaby, British Columbia

Maple Ridge

Photo Walk: Friday, May 26th, 2-4pm

Join Sony host for a photo walk at Cliff Falls to learn more about landscape photography, working with time lapses, and composing your photos.

Meet at Cliff Falls Park

For more details visit event page here.


In-Store Workshop: May 27th, 1-3pm

Join us to learn more about Fujifilm Instax Cameras and Printers. Our TECH team will be there to answer any camera questions you might have and help improve your photography.

London Plaza – 5971 No.3 Road, Richmond, British Columbia

For more details contact TECH Dept: (604) 278-8411

North Vancouver

Photo Walk: May 19th, 7:30-9:30pm

Join Sony rep Jin Cheong for a leisurely photo walk around Londsdale Quay. With sunset at 8:55 pm that evening we should have amazing, golden hour lighting to work with.

Meet at Water Grate Display (the fountain beside Tap & Barrel)

For more details view event page here


Photo Walk: May 6th, 9am-12pm

Explore wildlife and landscape photography at Rotary Marsh Park

Meet at Rotary Marsh Park, Sunset Drive, Kelowna

For more details contact TECH Department: (250) 860-4427

Photo Walk: May 13th, 10am-12pm

Join Sony rep Jin Cheong at Munson Park for a Wildlife Landscape Photography walk.

Meet at Munson Pond Park at the first large lookout by entrance

For more details visit event page here

Photo Walk: May 27th, 9am – 12pm

Learn about macrophotography exploring flora and fauna at Guisachan Heritage Park

Meet at Guisachan Heritage Park, 1060 Cameron Ave Kelowna, BC

For more details contact TECH Department: (250) 860-4427


In-store Workshop: May 23rd, 12pm

Learn more about point and shoot cameras , instant cameras and printers. Our TECH team will be there to answer any camera questions you might have and help improve your photography.

Lansdowne Village 450 Lansdowne Street, Kamloops, British Columbia



Photo Workshop: May 17, 2-3pm

Join us for a workshop to learn more about macro photography. We will go over fundamentals such as composition, lighting and depth of field.

London Drugs Nanaimo North Town Centre 170-4750 Rutherford Road Nanaimo, BC

More details on event page here.

Photo Walk: May 21st, 5:30pm

Join us for a photo adventure starting from the store and making our way to the marina. Feel free to bring your kids to explore family photography. We will have Instax printers to print out images taken on the photo walk.

036 – Port Place Shopping Centre – 650 Terminal Ave, Nanaimo, British Columbia

Photo Workshop: May 24, 2-3pm

In this intro class perfect for beginners, we will show you how to use your camera settings so that you can learn how to control your camera outside of the AUTO mode for more consistent photos.

London Drugs Nanaimo North Town Centre 170-4750 Rutherford Road Nanaimo, BC

More details on event here


Mother’s Day Handprint Mug Event & Cricut Demo

May 13th, 11am-3pm

Bring your kids to design personalized hand-painted mugs for Mom.

Tillicum Centre – 3170 Tillicum Road, Victoria, British Columbia



Photo Walk May 29th, 5-9pm

Join “Fuji Guy” Jerry from Fujifilm in a photo walk to explore Carburn Park and answer any equipment questions.

Meet at: Carburn Park 67 Riverview Dr SE Calgary, AB T2C 3N4

For more details visit the event page here.

Nikon Z8 Launch Party – May 29th,  7:30pm

Join Nikon for an exclusive Z 8 Launch Event. Get a first-hand look at the new Z 8, watch a live demo and mingle with the Nikon staff! Light refreshments will be served. 

Venue 308 308 11 Ave SE #110 Calgary, AB T2G 0Y2

Space is limited, register today here


Mother’s Day Handprint Mug Event

May 6, 7, 12 and 13 at 12-2pm

Bring your kids to design personalized hand-painted mugs for Mom.

Village Market -999 Fir Street, Sherwood Park, Alberta

Photo Walk: May 17th – 6.15- 9.30pm

Join Sony for a Photo Walk at Big Lake in Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park.

Meet at the parking lot across Ray Gibbons Drive and LeClair Way.

For more details visit event page here.

Photo Workshop: May 26th, 1-4pm

Join us in-store for training session to learn about portraits and other camera questions you might have.

London Drugs North Town Centre – 9450 137th Ave. N.W. Edmonton, AB

For more details contact TECH Department: (780) 475-1706


Photo Walk: May 6th, 9-10am

Explore Landscape photography in the Coulees.

Meet at Indian Park Lethbridge

For more details contact TECH Department: (403) 320-7711

Photo Walk: May 27th, 9-10am

Exploring wildlife photography in Lethbridge

Meet at Helen Schuler Nature Centre

For more details contact TECH Department: (403) 320-7711




Astrophotography Workshop: May 12, 9pm-midnight

Join Tim Yaworski (Living Sky Guy) to learn the basic techniques for capturing the Milky Way, the moon and the northern lights. The workshop will be held at a rural location 18km NE from the city. Meet up at Paul’s Bergheim Lutheran Church.

To register and learn more about workshop view event details here.


Mother’s Day Handprint Mug Event

May 7th, 1-3pm

Bring your kids to design personalized hand-painted mugs for Mom.

First Regina East – 2072 Prince of Wales Drive, Regina, Saskatchewan

Photo Workshop: May 20th, 1-3pm 

Learn more about film, instant photography and single use cameras.

London Drugs Grasslands: 4800 Gordon Road, Regina, SK

Father’s Day Handprint Mug Event

May 28th, 2-5pm 

Bring your kids to design personalized hand-painted mugs for Dad.

London Drugs Grasslands – 4800 Gordon Road, Regina, Saskatchewan

More details on event page here.




Cricut Crafting Demo : May 6 1pm-4pm

Join us for a workshop to learn more about crafting with Cricut machines, tools and materials. 

St. Vital Centre London Drugs

1225 St. Marys Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba

For more details contact TECH Department: (204) 253-2918



May is Photo Month Contest 2023

*Winners have been selected and can be viewed under the ‘guides’ tab of our Instagram profile @LondonDrugs*

It’s photo month at London Drugs! Celebrate photography with a month full of sales, contests, events & other inspirational content! New deals and educational content updated each week so make sure to check out Photo Month Page for weekly updates. 

Interested in elevating your photography with photo walks, webinars, and in-store demos from industry leaders? Make sure you don’t miss our Events Page. 

Photo Month Scavenger Hunt Contest 

 Each week we will be hosting a photo contest on Instagram that aligns with our weekly theme.
To enter : 

  • Share an Instagram post on your feed of the weekly theme using that week’s hashtag. Entries are due by 11:59 pm (Pacific Time) May 31, 2023. 
  • Please ensure your profile privacy settings allow your entry to be visible. 

GRAND PRIZE BONUS: Submit an entry for all 4 themes to enter for a chance to win a grand prize valued at over $1000.  


Weekly Themes: 

Week 1: May 1, 2023 to May 7, 2023

Pet Photography (use hashtag #LDPets to submit your best pet photo.) 

Week 1 Prize Package:

  • Nikon Z 30 16-50mm Kit ($1049.99)
  • Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 Instant Camera Bundle With Film Pack ($139.99)
  • Aura Carver Digital Frame ($199.99)
  • Epson All-in-one EcoTank ($329.99)
  • Canon Portrait Photography Deep Dive Class ($249 value)


Week 2: May 8, 2023 to May 14, 2023 

Landscape & Outdoor Photography (use hashtag #LDLocalLandmark to submit your best landmark picture) 


Week 2 Prize Package 

  • Go Pro Hero 11 Black ($649.99)
  • Pentax Papilio II Binoculars ($149.99)
  • Lowepro ProTactic Backpack $339.95)
  • Aura Carver Digital Frame ($199.99)
  • Rode Wireless ME Compact Microphone ($199.99)
  • Canon Landscape Photography Deep Dive Class ($249 value)


Week 3: May 15, 2023 to May 21, 2023 

Film Photography (use hashtag #LDNostalgia to submit your best blast from the past photo. From your favourite childhood photo to vintage cars or record players – the possibilities are endless.  

Week 3 Prize Package 

  • Polaroid Now Gen 2 Everything Box ($174.99)
  • Polaroid colour i-type instant film – 40 pack ($99.99)
  • Aura Carver Digital Frame ($199.99)
  • Epson All-in-one EcoTank ($329.99)
  • Energizer Gift Basket ($150)
  • PhotoLab 18×12 Canvas Gallery Wrap ($79.99)
  • Canon Photo Foundations Class ($199 value)


Week 4: May 22, 2023 to Monday May 31, 2023 

Macro Photography (use hashtag #LDCloseUP to submit your best macro photo.) 

Week 4 Prize Package 

  • Sony ZVE10 camera with ACCVC1 and Vlogging mic ($1199.99) 
  • Tamron Lens – 35-150 F2-2.8 DiIII VXD Sony ($2500) 


Grand Prize 

Submit all 4 themes from the scavenger hunt and be entered to win a grand prize: 

  • Instax Mini EVO Camera +  2-pack Instax Mini Film ($271.98) 
  • Rode VideoMic Camera Microphone ($129.99)
  • Aura Carver Digital Frame ($199.99) 
  • Epson All-in-one EcoTank ($329.99) 
  • Canon Beyond the Basics Class ($199 value) 



Full terms and conditions: 

This Contest is hosted by London Drugs Limited (“London Drugs”). Contest runs from May 1 – 31, 2023. The contest will be held on Instagram and will consist of photo entries made using the pre-determined hashtags slated for each week of the contest. Photos must be posted during the contest dates, and are limited to 1 (one) entry per hashtag. 4 winners + 1 grand prize winner will be selected over the course of the contest and those selected winners will receive a prize package.

  1. Eligibility: The Contest is open only to persons who are at the time of Contest entry: (1) a legal resident of one of the following Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba; (2) have attained at least the age of majority in their respective province of residence (nineteen (19) in British Columbia, and eighteen (18) in all other provinces), (3) No purchase necessary. Limit one (1) photo per Instagram handle per week up to a maximum of four (4) Entries. Limit of one (1) prize may be won per entrant and per household. Contest will commence on May 1 and all Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm Pacific Time May 31, 2023; (4) have not won a London Drugs contest since May 31, 2022 (5) are not an employee of, or an immediate family member (e.g. spouse, parents, siblings and children) or household member of any employee of London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies or the independent judging organization. The Contest is subject to all applicable laws and regulations and is void where prohibited. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Terms and Conditions which include the official rules of the Contest. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
  2. To enter the Contest:

To enter on Instagram:

  • Follow @LDPhotolab and @LondonDrugs
  • Share an Instagram post on your feed of the weekly theme using that week’s hashtag. Entries are due by 11:59 pm (Pacific Time) May 31, 2023.
    • All submitting accounts must be public and not listed as “private”.

Weekly Themes:

o            Monday, May 1, 2023 to Sunday, May 7, 2023: Pet Photography (use hashtag #LDPets to submit your best pet photo.)

o            Monday, May 8, 2023 to Sunday, May 14, 2023: Landscape Photography (use hashtag #LDLocalLandmark to submit your best Landscape photo.)

o            Monday, May 15, 2023 to Sunday, May 21, 2023: Film Photography (use hashtag #LDLNostalgia to submit your best blast from the past photo.)

o            Monday, May 22, 2023 to Wednesday May 31, 2023: Macro Photography (use hashtag #LDCloseUp to submit your best macro photo.)

Please ensure your profile privacy settings allow your entry to be visible.

Submissions will be taken from the pre-determined hashtags and all valid entries at the end of May will be entered into the Contest.

Entries will be disqualified if they include any of the following, as determined by London Drugs and/or the Contest judges in their sole discretion:

  • crude, vulgar or offensive images and/or symbols;
  • derogatory characterizations of any ethnic, racial, sexual or religious groups;
  • content that endorses, condones or discusses any illegal, inappropriate or risky activity, behaviour or conduct;
  • any identifiable third party product and/or trademark; or
  • any other content that is or could be considered inappropriate, unsuitable or offensive.

Entries will also be disqualified if it comes to the attention of London Drugs that Entry contains unauthorized personal information of individuals.

  1. Entries will be limited to a maximum of 1 (one) entry per hashtag to a maximum of 4 (four) entries throughout the contest. Entries must be posted during the contest time frame. Multiple submissions will not increase the odds of winning. London Drugs is not responsible for entries that become lost or misdirected. London Drugs reserves the right to disqualify any person who attempts to tamper with the Contest, to harass or interfere with any other entrant, or otherwise acts in an inappropriate, offensive, illegal or unsportsmanlike way, all as determined by London Drugs in its absolute discretion. Submissions shall be void if incomplete, not legible, or if they contain errors or do not comply strictly with all requirements in these rules. No mechanical reproductions or robotic online entries. All entries become the property of London Drugs Limited and will not be returned.
  2. The chances of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received during the period the Contest is open for. All entries of May 1, 2023 – May 30, 2023 will be entered into a draw administered by May 31, 2023 in Richmond, British Columbia. To win, selected entrants must correctly answer a timed, skill-testing mathematical question and must sign London Drugs’ declaration and release confirming compliance with the contest rules and acceptance of the prize as awarded, releasing London Drugs, its agents, sponsors and the judges from liability in association with the contest and prize and consenting to the use of their name, photograph, voice and statements for promotional and publicity purposes. Only one prize may be won per person and per household. In the event that any selected entrant incorrectly answers the skill-testing question or is otherwise unwilling or unable to comply in full with these rules, a new entry will be drawn.
  3. There will be a total of 5 (five) prizes awarded at the end of the contest; 1 for each week’s competition plus one winner drawn from those who have entered every week.

Week 1 Prize Package:

  • Nikon Z 30 16-50mm Kit ($1049.99)
  • Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 Instant Camera Bundle with Film Pack ($139.99)
  • Aura Carver Digital Frame ($199.99)
  • Epson All-in-one EcoTank ($329.99)
  • Canon Portrait Photography Deep Dive Class ($249 value)

Week 2 Prize Package

  • Go Pro Hero 11 Black ($649.99)
  • Pentax Papilio II Binoculars ($149.99)
  • Lowepro ProTactic Backpack $339.95)
  • Aura Carver Digital Frame ($199.99)
  • Rode Wireless ME Compact Microphone ($199.99)
  • Canon Landscape Photography Deep Dive Class ($249 value)

Week 3 Prize Package

  • Polaroid Now Gen 2 Everything Box ($174.99)
  • Polaroid colour i-type instant film – 40 pack ($99.99)
  • Aura Carver Digital Frame ($199.99)
  • Epson All-in-one EcoTank ($329.99)
  • Energizer Gift Basket ($150)
  • PhotoLab 18×12 Canvas Gallery Wrap ($79.99)
  • Canon Photo Foundations Class ($199 value)

Week 4 Prize Package

  • Sony ZVE10 camera with ACCVC1 and Vlogging mic ($1199.99)
  • Tamron Lens – 35-150 F2-2.8 DiIII VXD Sony ($2500)

Grand Prize Winner Package

  • Instax Mini EVO Camera + 2 pack Instax Mini Film ($271.98)
  • Rode VideoMic Camera Microphone ($129.99)
  • Aura Carver Digital Frame ($199.99)
  • Epson All-in-one EcoTank ($329.99)
  • Canon Beyond the Basics Class ($199 value)


Prize must be accepted as awarded, is non-transferable and no substitutions are permitted, except that London Drugs reserves rights to substitute a prize or prize component for one of equal or greater value. Actual value of each prize may fluctuate based on pricing of each prize component at time prize is redeemed. Prizes will be awarded at the closest London Drugs location to the Contest winner. Prizes must be picked up by Contest winner within seven (7) days.

  1. Selected entrants will be contacted by phone or email. No correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrants. If the selected entrant is unreachable within five (5) days a new entrant will be chosen in the same manner until a winner is determined.
  2. Decisions of the judges in respect of all aspects of this contest including, but not limited to, eligibility of entries and correctness of answers given to the skill-testing question, are final. London Drugs, contest sponsors, their advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization, and their respective agents are not liable to an entrant in any manner relating to the contest or the awarding and use of the prize(s).
  3. This contest is governed by the laws of the Province of British Columbia and to the extent applicable the laws of Canada. It is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws and regulations.
  4. By entering this contest, the entrant consents to the collection of all personal information included on their entry and agrees to the use and disclosure of such information by and between London Drugs, the independent judging organization, its advertising and promotional agency and their respective agents. The winner(s) also agrees to the collection, use and disclosure of their name, entry, photographs, voice and statements for London Drugs’ publicity purposes without further compensation. All personal information collected from entrants will be used only for the purposes of administering the contest and for marketing and promotional purposes as contemplated by these rules; under no circumstances will any personal information be sold or rented to third parties. All personal information collected by London Drugs will be kept in accordance with the privacy policy of London Drugs, which can be viewed at, and in accordance with all applicable privacy laws.
  5. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any other social media platform which may be used to communicate this Contest. All such entities are completely released of all liability by each entrant in this Contest.  Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Contest should be directed only to London Drugs
  6. London Drugs and its parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, and their employees, officers, directors and anyone involved in the production, development or implementation of this Contest or the provision of any prize are not liable or responsible for any failure of any website during this Contest, nor liable or responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software or any e-mail, online or internet entry lost due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer or property related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the promotion.
  7. The right is reserved by London Drugs to terminate this contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the contest, and/or these rules in any way, should any cause beyond the reasonable control of London Drugs or its agents affect the proper administration thereof.


Photography Tips & Gear for Capturing Better Easter Photos

With all kinds of fun props like colourful painted eggs and baskets at your disposal, Easter is a great opportunity to experiment with your camera and expand on your photography skills! Of course, it’s also a chance to capture some great shots of your family – especially the kids – in their element as they hunt for eggs and put their egg painting skills to the test. To help you to better preserve those memories and flex your photography muscles, our LDExperts have compiled their top creative and technical Easter photo tips for you to try.

Capturing the Action of the Easter Egg Hunt

The traditional Easter egg hunt is a chance to capture fun action photos of the kids. With all that motion though, you’ll want to make some adjustments to your camera settings to ensure your photos are as sharp as possible.

If you’re planning to use your smartphone for photos, check to see if you have any settings tailored to motion, such as a sports setting. This will help ensure each photo of the kids running around is blur-free.

You’ll have more control over your settings if you have a DSLR or mirrorless camera. Firstly, you can choose a lens that is best suited to the situation. A 50mm f/1.8 lens would be a good choice for getting great family photos when the kids won’t sit still or are running around. In general, a lens with a wide aperture is ideal.

Secondly, you can adjust a number of settings on your camera to make sure your images come out as crisp as possible. If you’re not as familiar with using manual mode, there are two other settings you can try:

  • Select Continuous Shooting Mode. This will allow you to take multiple photos in quick succession – so you don’t miss a moment!
  • Switch to Shutter Priority Mode (TV on Canon, S on Nikon), then increase the shutter speed to above 1/200. If your surroundings provide lots of light, try a shutter speed of around 1/1000. In this mode, your camera will automatically make the necessary adjustments to your aperture.

If you’re familiar with Manual Mode (M on Canon & Nikon), you’ll be able to adjust not only the shutter speed as described above, but also the aperture. If you’re finding it hard to keep your kids in focus, you could try using a less shallow depth of field (larger f/stop) instead to ensure the depth of field is broader and the kids stay in focus.

Capturing the Fun of Easter Egg Painting

Kids and paint: it’s a recipe for some fun candid photo ops. For the best candid shot, you may want to use a longer lens if you’re using an interchangeable lens camera – an 80mm or 100mm lens for instance. This way, you’ll be far enough away not to distract your subjects, while still getting the tight framing you want.

Once the eggs are painted, you can also get creative with some close-up shots to show the unique patterns and details. On a DSLR, switch to Aperture Priority Mode (Av on Canon, A on Nikon) and make sure to select a lower f/stop, creating a shallower depth of field. This will allow you to put the focus on a specific egg, with the rest falling out of focus. For extreme closeups, consider using a macro lens – whether it’s a lens for your camera, or an accessory attachment for your smartphone.

To capture the creativity happening at the table, why not also try an aerial shot? For a photo like this, either hop up on a chair, or if your camera has an adjustable LCD screen, hold your camera high above your head, and rotate the LDC so that it’s easier to see what you’re shooting from such a high angle.

Capturing the Cuteness of Easter-Themed Portraits

Once the Easter egg hunt and egg painting are said and done, you may want to use a few of the props, like the baskets and eggs, to do some Easter-themed portraits. Bunny ear accessories would be a fun addition too.

If you have an interchangeable lens camera, our LDExperts recommend using an 85mm prime lens, otherwise known as a portrait lens. You can choose between the f/1.8 or f/1.4, with the latter giving you a shallower depth of field (that nice blurry background we all love). Otherwise, if you’re using your smartphone, check to see if you have a Portrait Mode or Live Focus Mode available. This will simulate a similar bokeh effect as the portrait lens on a camera.

Printing Your Proudest Easter Photos

Be proud of the photos you’ve captured! Those photos hold memories that will be cherished for years to come. Our Photolab has a wide variety of print options to best showcase your images, from prints and enlargements to fine art papers and creative products. Just head over to our Photolab website to order, download our London Drugs Photolab App on the App Store or Google Play, or simply use our in-store kiosks. Not sure which print surface will best showcase your photos? Just ask one of our LDExperts in the Photolab!

Tips for Exploring the World with Your Camera

When it comes to photography, the world really is our oyster. There are seemingly endless opportunities to capture scenic landscapes, stunning landmarks, and people from every walk of life. Our LDExperts Robin Hoffman and Shidan Bartlett, both avid photographers, are sharing tips for photographing their favourite spots around the world and right at home. Keep reading below to learn their tricks of the trade, and be inspired for your next photography excursion!

Hawaii, USA with LDExpert Robin

Photo by Robin Hoffman

Like most things, travel photography takes planning and forethought.  I think that I love the “planning” part of our vacation as much as the actual travel.  To get photos that aren’t just snapshots you need to plan ahead and have the right gear.  I generally start researching a year or more in advance by searching out locations before travelling. This is the key to knowing what you want to see and photograph before you even arrive. I like to Google search images of the locations I am visiting so I can see different vantage points and what each looks like at different times of the day.  A great example of this was during my husband and my recent trip to Hawaii. I had many spots I wanted to photograph but didn’t know where the spots were or how to get there.  My solution was to book a private tour guide that specialized in photography.  The guide in Maui was particularly helpful because instead of worrying about driving on the Road to Hana we sat back and were able to concentrate on the scenery and photography instead.  A local will always know spots off the beaten path and, when someone else is driving, it gives you the opportunity to relax and enjoy yourself.

Photo by Robin Hoffman

Our guide took us deep into the Bamboo Forrest to shoot the waterfall photo you see above, on a hiking trail that I know I would not have found myself or that I wouldn’t have attempted without a guide. The trail was made more challenging after a hurricane the previous week but our guide helped us get to our location unscathed for the most part.

Packing for the location you are going to is equally important.  It is easy to get caught up in an “I will take everything just-in-case” scenario.  Remember that you will need to haul your bag around sometimes on long hikes so be mindful of weight.  It is easy to lose the patience needed to time a great shot if you’re tired from lugging around unnecessary gear.  It is equally important that you remember to take all the things that you don’t typically travel with as well. This is where pre-planning helps.

Again I make a list of everything that I think I “might” need as I am looking for my locations.  Once I am done deciding on the scenic gems I want to shoot, I can add and subtract equipment from the list.  A great example is that I rarely travel with a tripod as they add weight to my already over-packed suitcase (I am in no means a light traveller) but, for our trip to Hawaii, I knew it was a must.  I would need it for the many waterfall and long exposure shots I was planning for on the islands. I also knew that with shooting in midday sun I would need a 10-stop neutral density filter.  A wired shutter release was also necessary, so I could get those beautiful silky waterfalls or the glass-like water at sunset. Both of these shots required anywhere from 3-second to 2-minute exposures that would not be possible without the right equipment.

The settings to get shots like these will depend on time of day and what kind of filters you are using.  The waterfall photo above was a 3-second exposure at f/16 and a 100 ISO using a circular polarizing filter instead of a neutral density filter. Meanwhile, the sunset photo was taken after hiking out onto very sharp lava rocks and shooting 30-second to 2-minute exposures as the sun set. The key to long exposure is to take lots of photos using different settings until you find something that works for you.

Veracruz, Mexico with LDExpert Shidan

Photo by Shidan Bartlett

While travelling sometimes I only have my iPhone with me for quick captures, as my gear is in the hotel safe if going out late at night. The capture in front of ‘El Gran Cafe de la Parroquia’ was from Veracruz, Mexico. This was taken in a moving car with my iPhone! The exposure was 1/15 of a second, with the help of the iPhone’s stabilized lens, it turned out nice. The iPhone’s wide 28mm equivalent lens lets you capture the whole cafe. This cafe has been one of the most well known and historic in all of Mexico, established in 1808! I decided to use the VSCO app (available for iOS and Android) to convert it into monochrome. It is a street capture, seeing the people inside and the tradition of coffee, I loved framing the iconic sign in the photo.

Photo by Shidan Bartlett

Once inside, I again used the iPhone to capture the very beautiful Italian machines that must be several decades old. Remember to capture the details when you visit places, it gives more context to where you are, and allows you to tell detailed stories of where you were.

White Rock, Canada with LDExpert Shidan

Photo by Shidan Bartlett

Here is a local photo taken at dawn from the beach in White Rock, BC, of the famous White Rock Pier.  This was taken using my sturdy Manfrotto aluminum tripod amongst the rocks. The exposure was 2 seconds, aperture of f16 and ISO400.  The 2-second shutter slows the movement of the family of geese in the water in the right of this photo with a beautiful graceful movement. If I would have shot with a longer exposure, I would need to use an ND8 or ND64 filter; the geese wouldn’t appear in my photograph then, but the water would be extra smooth on the shoreline and under the pier. I chose the family of geese, as I feel it added something special to this photo.

Photo by Shidan Bartlett

The photo above is of a ‘Golden Hour’ sunset at Crescent Beach in Surrey, BC. Notice the low angle and leading lines of the pier. This photo was taken with a very small Manfrotto Pixi tripod to keep the angle super low while under the pier. The tripod was a couple of inches in the water, and maybe 6 inches above, so I could capture my foreground subject, the large rock. Use your camera’s self-timer or remote app from your camera manufacturer to release your shutter and avoid any further camera shake. I took several exposures with my circular polarizer filter to ensure I got the exposure and contrast I was envisioning for this photo. To soften the water to that silky smooth look and accentuate that beautiful setting sun and sky my favourite exposure was this one at 14 seconds long, the aperture was f16 and ISO200. Some HDR processing was also applied in post using the Snapseed app (available for iOS and Android) to bring out more dynamic range details in both the rock and barnacles.

Paris, France with LDExpert Robin

Photo by Robin Hoffman

Paris was at the very top of my bucket list for a very long time.  I wanted nothing more than to shoot photos of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral.  Again, these two locations required a great deal of planning before travelling.  First was finding a location that would actually be a great vantage point to see the Eiffel Tower itself.  After a great deal of research, we found that climbing to the top of the Arc de Triumph would give us an incredible spot to emphasize how imposing the tower was and how it dominated the city skyline.  After climbing many stairs to the top, I realized I forgot my circular polarizer at the hotel but did my best to cut thru the haze using HDR settings in my camera.  In some ways, I actually enjoyed my time at the top of the Arc de Triumph more than at the top of the Eiffel Tower and took many shots from its vantage points.  I do HIGHLY recommend shooting from this location and not forgetting your circular polarizer.

Photo by Robin Hoffman

Next it was on to the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral.  I feel so blessed to have had time in this stunning structure before it was damaged by fire.  I loved walking around inside and out. Some of the vantage points in the back courtyard where hardly any people gathered provided much cleaner shots of the great cathedral. Again, this was a location that required graduated neutral density filters or a circular polarizer to photograph properly.  As it was cloudy/rainy the whole time we were in Paris, both of the photos above were shot with f/stops of f/16 and ISO 400-800. I also recommend trying to shoot early in the morning or later in the evening as the light is better and there are fewer tourists around. The polarizers gave more contrast, particularly to the sky but also to the highly detailed structures.  Again, take your time and experiment with the manual and built-in settings in your camera.

Here is a shortlist of some of the equipment I find most helpful when travelling:

Most of all, have fun and remember you are on vacation!

Banff, Canada with LDExpert Shidan

Photo by  Shidan Bartlett

Sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate while you travel and then suddenly it does! This is the Bow River at Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. There was a quick break of rain this day, and instead of continuing to explore the many quaint shops in Banff, I grabbed my Nikon DSLR and went for a walk to the river before the rain came back! A foreground subject really helps with your framing and composition.  Whether it is a canoe, a flower or something else, it gives a nice depth, and adds to your photograph – in this case contrasting colour! The canoe, in the shot above, was great by itself, but hearing the train coming really forced me to be more patient with my shot, instead of walking away to take a photo somewhere else. I waited and waited. I loved the colours of the train’s cargo cars with the canoe in the foreground. To get that beautiful river reflection, it helps that this was taken during the break in the rain, and even though it was very cloudy, it still was a beautiful and inspiring photographic memory. For this shot, I used an exposure of 1/200 second at f7 and ISO 200.

I also wanted to share with you a cool behind-the-scenes photo of the London Drugs Photolab at work printing some of my prints of this shot as 24×36 enlargements, and the process of making some photo books of my photography. These were all actually ordered with our London Drugs Photolab App!

Photo by Shidan Bartlett

Proudly Displaying Your Photos of the World

We all see the world in a unique way – and we capture it in unique ways too! When you’re printing your photos, it’s important to choose a print surface that suits – or even enhances – your unique image. A vibrant shot like Robin’s waterfall photo in Hawaii would look even more stunning on an aluminum metal panel, which would bring out the bright lush green hues. Meanwhile, Shidan’s black and white photo of the Gran Cafe in Mexico would look phenomenal on a textured bamboo or canvas print.

Taken photos on your travels using your smartphone? LDExpert Shidan knows the easiest way to showcase them:

As an LDExpert I love to recommend our London Drugs Photolab app (available on iOS and Android) to print all of life’s moments you cherish and even create your own stellar wall prints as well as fabulous photo books from not only your DSLR or Mirrorless cameras but also from our smartphones. Smartphones today take phenomenally better photos than they did in 2009. Sensor, lens technology, and the advent of computational photography, have seriously advanced the quality of everyone’s photography, but my iPhone won’t replace my Fujifilm mirrorless camera or my Nikon DSLR anytime soon! However, like Seattle-based photographer and social artist Chase Jarvis says, sometimes “the best camera is the one that’s with you”. I like to think of my iPhone as complementary to my cameras, and I must say, it is the must-have accessory to use, WITH your camera!


About LDExpert Robin Hoffman

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~ Saint Augustine

Let me introduce myself, my name is Robin and I am a Photo/Electronics and Mobile Specialist for London Drugs in Kelowna, BC. My love of photography has been a part of me my whole life starting when I was little girl.  I would get film with my allowance so I could take photos with my Diana toy camera. My photography has come a long way since that toy camera and has evolved into shooting with a Sony A7R Mark III.  While I have worked part-time with London Drugs for the past 14 years, my passion lies with photography and travel. As wonderful of a company as London Drugs is to work for, if I am being honest, I work to be able to buy more camera gear and to take at least one bucket-list worthy trip per year.

Follower Robin on Twitter: @ScrapgoddessBC



About LDExpert Shidan Bartlett

Hello, my name is Shidan Bartlett, a Photo Electronics and Audio Video Department Manager in our Richmond No.3 Road location. I have been a Photography Expert with London Drugs for over 23 years! I am also a local photography instructor and workshop facilitator. Photography has been my passion since I was given my first camera, a Nikon Nikkormat, when I was 18 years old. All the camera gear out there today (and yesterday!) take fantastic photos! You need to be inspired to go out and be creative, take a moment to plan and make those great photos! Share your photos and print your photos. To quote Chase Jarvis, “the best camera is the one that’s with you”; don’t be afraid to not only shoot with your iPhone or smartphone, but to also use it as another tool, and accessory to compliment your camera equipment! Check for London Drugs photographic learning events and photowalks in your area.

Follow Shidan on Instagram: @ShidanBartlett

On the road to adventure with SIGMA lenses! By Liam Doran

Road trip to Spring! By Liam Doran – SIGMA Ambassador 

For many of us living in the mountains or northern latitudes, it’s been a long, cold, white winter. And while often times this can mean fun on the slopes skiing with friends or adventures on snow machines, it also means shovelling roofs and short bleak days. But spring is upon us and it’s time to crack out of winters embrace and trade snow boots for flip flops and shovels for cameras. It’s time for a road trip to find warm weather and springs brave colours!

Its no accident that I live in a geographic location that lets me escape winter in a half days drive or less. West of me is the high desert and all its offerings of camping and biking in a beautiful landscape of red rock towers and pinyon pines that just begs to point your lens at.

While the majority of my photography is assigned by magazines, outdoor brands and tourism boards, this adventure had a simpler directive. Fun. I’d hit the road chasing friends and family and dogs around campsites and trails. Of course, when I’m in such a beautiful place it’s hard not to break away for a few mornings and evenings of landscape and wildlife photography.

More often than not you’ll find me out shooting with professional grade Art and Sport series lenses. But with an emphasis on fun, I decide to lighten up my pack with some key lens choices. SIGMA’S Contemporary lens lineup has some excellent choices that combine optical excellence with lightness and packability. Here’s my kit and why I chose each lens.

The winery next door.
SIGMA 18-50 DC DN.
1/400 sec. f/7.1
ISO 250

Enjoying wine with friends.
SIGMA 18-50 DC DN.
1/250 sec. f/7.1
ISO 250.

Spring on display in the
SIGMA 28-70 DG DN.
1/640 sec. f/5.6
ISO 200.

My primary lens for landscape will be the SIGMA 28-70 DG DN C. This zoom range is critical for the landscape shooter, and it is much lighter the Art lens I usually bring with me. It has a constant f/2.8 aperture, internal zoom and feels great in the hand.

Camping on the river.
SIGMA 28-70 DG DN.
13sec. f/8
ISO 1000.

For hiking and biking I opt for the SIGMA 18-50 DC DN C. This lens is so small and light its almost, dare I say it, cute! Again it features a constant f/2.8 aperture and impressive autofocus speed and accuracy even with fast moving subjects. This is a crop sensor lens but when I mount it to my Sony a9II body the camera automatically goes into crop mode. A very cool, and handy, feature indeed.

Bighorn Ewe in morning light.
SIGMA 100-400 DG DN. 1/250 sec. f/7.1
ISO 1000

Finally, for my wildlife lens I bring the venerable SIGMA 100-400 DG DN C lens. This is one of my favorite lenses in the SIGMA lineup and I have used it extensively. In fact I had it with me on a recent assignment to Norway where it proved its value once again. This lens is light in the pack, fast to focus and features pro level image quality. I have had numerous photos published with this lens and will certainly have more in the future.

This will be my lens trifecta on the road. One important attribute I’d like to point out is versatility. While I state that each lens has a particular subject to shoot, in reality any of these lenses can shoot travel, landscape, wildlife and action sports.

My time on the road chasing spring is simply fabulous. At our first campsite there is a vineyard right next door. And yes, they have a tasting room. We ramble over and sample vineyard right next door. And yes, they have a tasting room. We ramble over and sample some amazing Cabs, Malbecs, and a Chardonnay. Afterwards we settle into camp right on some amazing Cabs, Malbecs, and a Chardonnay. Afterwards we settle into camp right on the banks of the river. The sounds of soft water and crackling fire fill our ears and soothe our the banks of the river. The sounds of soft water and crackling fire fill our ears and soothe our souls as winters grip relaxes and we sigh deep sighs of contentment. souls as winters grip relaxes and we sigh deep sighs of contentment.

Bighorn Ram on his morning run.
SIGMA 100-400 DG DN. 1/500 sec. f/7.1
ISO 1250

Spring lambs playing on the steep slopes.
SIGMA 100-400 DG DN. 1/400 sec. f/7.1

Young ram chasing ewe on dusty slopes.
SIGMA 100-400 DG DN. 1/500 sec. f/7.1
ISO 1250.

The next day I take a scenic drive and find myself above beautiful red rock canyons. In the early morning canyon wrens sing their way through the cliffs and bighorn sheep gather after a night sleeping in the rocks. The light is warm and soft as the wind has stirred sand and dust high into the atmosphere taking the edge off the usually hard light found here.

Red rock glowing in the morning light.
SIGMA 28-70 DG DN.
1/10 sec. f/14
ISO 100.
Polarizing filter.

Soft warm light in the high desert.
SIGMA 28-70 DG DN. 1/160 sec. f/7.1
ISO 200.

Peaceful moments in red rock country.
SIGMA 28-70 DG DN. 1/250 sec. f/8
ISO 200.

Our second camp has us right on some premium mountain biking trails that are great for kids just learning to ride and adults with years of experience. It also is a great place for action sports photography as the trails are readily accessible for evening and morning mountain bike shoots.

Sweet singletrack fun. SIGMA 18-50 DG DN.
1/1000 sec. f/6.3
ISO 640.

A wide view of the action. SIGMA 18-50 DG DN.
1/800 sec. f/4
ISO 1250.

After a few days shooting on the road I’m dusty and dirty and ready to head home. Shooting with Contemporary lenses has been incredibly fun and productive. I really enjoy shooting out of a super light pack, especially while riding my bike. If you are heading out for a spring or summer adventure and are looking to reduce the weight and bulk of your kit, I would highly recommend all of the lenses I shot on this road trip. Have fun, be safe and see you out there!

Sunset light on the trail. SIGMA 18-50 DG DN.
1/1000 sec. f/5
ISO 2000.

Last light on the ridge. SIGMA 18-50 DG DN.
1/1000 sec. f/5
ISO 2000.

All photos on Sony a9II camera. Copyright Liam Doran – SIGMA Ambassador

10 Reasons to Bring a Rugged Portable Drive

With travel restrictions slowly easing in select areas around the world, many of us are all the more excited to get out and explore the world again. Whether it be in your own backyard, a long road trip, or an extended getaway across the ocean, our appetite to see the unknown is only rivalled by our eagerness to share our experiences with everyone else. And with mobile phone cameras becoming all the more advanced, and digital SLRs and mirrorless cameras becoming all the more accessible it’s no surprise that we are capturing and sharing our moments faster than ever.

But picture this: you’re on day three of a week-long once-in-a-lifetime vacation when you realize you’ve just about filled your memory card on your camera. What do you do? Situations like this are all too common, which is why an external rugged portable drive can help relieve this stress-point. Here’s 10 reasons why you should consider a rugged portable drive on your next holiday.

  1. Larger storage capacity. Memory cards can be limited in their capacity. With 32gb or 64gb being common capacities, portable drives can come in much larger capacities—10x these amounts or sometimes even more! 1TB (1000gb) portable drives can safely store all the photos and videos you take on your next holiday…and more than likely the one after that one too.
  2. SSDs: Solid State Drives (SSDs) contain no moving parts inside the hard drive. This means more stability and reliability when it’s bouncing around in your backpack on your next hiking adventures or rolling around in your suitcase in your next city exploration.
  3. Rugged: With extra padding all around to safeguard the physical drive from accidental hits or falls, you’ll be confident in its ability to withstand any bumps on the road you may encounter.
  4. Water-resistant: How many cameras and memory cards can say they can be splashed with water and still work properly? Rugged portable drives are water-resistant so you can rest easy knowing you can take your portable drive on a portaging trip and it will keep your memories safe from rain, splashes or even spills on the hard drive.
  5. Speed: Rugged portable drives are more than likely much faster to work with than the memory card in your camera. Transferring photos and videos will be a breeze when you take advantage of USB-C or Thunderbolt connections that are readily available on the latest rugged portable drives. While typical SD cards can transfer at rates of about 100mb/s, SSD speeds can be much greater at up to 2800mb/s.
  6. Connectivity: Speaking of file transferring, rugged portable drives will be compatible with multiple types of ports, giving you the peace of mind that you can use these drives on Windows and Mac computers without connectivity issues.
  7. Mobile connectivity: Very few—if any—memory card will connect directly to your mobile device. Some rugged portable drive models will allow you to connect your iPhone or Android device directly to the hard drive. With the use of an app, you can transfer all your mobile device photos and videos onto the rugged portable drive freeing up space on your mobile phone. You can organize and review your photos directly off of the rugged portable drive creating an efficient workflow, giving you more time to enjoy your vacation.
  8. Backups: You can never have too many back ups of your files. Transferring files from your memory card to the rugged portable drive allows you to free up your memory card for more images and videos. If something happens to your camera or memory card, you can breath easy knowing that your memories up to that point are safely stored in a location separate from your camera.
  9. Use without a computer. Memory cards typically require you to connect directly to your computer to transfer files. This requires you to bring your laptop wherever you go. For cases where you don’t want to lug around a heavy laptop during your adventures, a rugged portable drive that can connect to your memory card reader is your go-to solution in this case. Accepting multiple port types, and even containing an internal SD card reader, the rugged portable drive lets you copy your photos and videos from your memory card directly to the drive, without the use of a computer. Now that’s convenience!
  10. Peace of mind. You spend hundreds—maybe thousands—of dollars on your holiday adventure so why risk keeping your precious moments on just one small memory card that can get corrupted by a number of reasons. Use a rugged portable drive to keep your sanity and your photos in a safe place. You’ll be reassured that when you return home your files will all be readily accessible on your hard drive, ready to be worked on whenever you need to. There’s no putting a price on peace of mind now is there?


A Freelancer’s Best Friend

As a freelance photographer, I can often find myself in any number of situations where I don’t want to solely rely on my one memory card in my camera. Having a small rugged portable hard drive to back up the files on my memory card gives me the added peace of mind knowing that I have a backup available at the tip of my fingers.

Having a rugged portable drive also lets me be more care-free with where I put this hard drive. The added bumper gives me the allowance of putting the hard drive wherever I have space in my pack. Whether that’s loose in my backpack or tucked away in a pocket inside the bag, it can handle any bumps or bruises it may get along my journey. It’s even safe from accidental drops of up to 4ft. Now that’s reassurance!

So many times I didn’t want to carry my laptop during my trip because it packs on a few extra pounds. But with the rugged portable drive that allows for direct connection, I can leave my laptop at home and connect my memory card reader directly to the rugged portable drive to transfer files off my memory card. If I connect my iPhone to the rugged portable drive I can see my images, organize and review them right on the spot so when it’s time to edit them on my computer, I have all the ones I need to edit already marked and ready to go.


More recently than ever I’ve been experimenting with video footages wherever I go. Video will however take up so much more space than a photo will, which means you will need a large capacity hard drive to accommodate all of your video needs. Furthermore, a hard drive that’s capable of handling fast read and write rates are required if you want to work on 4k slow motion or 8k video files. These rugged portable drives come packed with the latest technologies letting me edit videos directly off the hard drives which is super convenient.

Tips for Vacation Photos

On your next vacation, try incorporating these tips to create even more memorable photos you’ll be proud to share with your family and friends.

  1. Golden hour photography. To get the best light of the day, try photographing landscapes during the hours surrounding sunrise and sunset. These are the moments when the light is soft and warm, bringing in a welcoming feeling to your images. And with the right conditions, you might just get one spectacular showing from Mother Nature.
  2. Incorporate a landmark. When photographing landscapes or even portraits during your vacation, be sure to include a landmark of some kind to indicate where you are. This will give the viewers an idea of where you were standing when you took the photo. If there’s no landmark, find out what makes the place unique to that location. Then, incorporate that unique element in the photo to create a more memorable image.
  3. Rule of Thirds. The easiest thing to do is to centre the subject in your frame…but that’s just boring. The Rule of Thirds dictates that if you divide your viewfinder with two vertical lines and two horizontal lines, making a grid of nine rectangles, you place the subject anywhere along those lines or where the lines intersect with each other. This makes for a much more dynamic image creating more interest by offsetting your subject.
  4. Cherish the moment. Arguably the most important thing to do on your vacation is to enjoy the moment with your own eyes. Photos will allow you to relive the moment after the fact, but there’s no replacement for experiencing the moment for the very first time with your own senses. What you saw, smelled, felt, and heard at that very moment is what will allow you to capture the moment in its most authentic way, letting you come home with perfect pictures you’ll be proud to show off to your family and friends.

Photography Tips for Beautiful Mother’s Day Photos

Whether you’re planning to snap adorable shots of your mom this year or take your photography to the next level and set up some Mother’s Day photoshoots, our Photolab Technicians have put together some great tips to help you along the way! Keep reading for some Mother’s Day photography inspiration, and don’t forget to check out our blog on best locations for Mother’s Day photos to help you pick an ideal location to put these tips to good use!

Gift her a day together

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to bring together the two things you love, photography and mom! Gift her a day out together and take your camera along to capture all the fun. Plan out a route along her favorite spots across the city and snap some great candid moments of her reminiscing of fond memories or posing against a gorgeous sunset backdrop. As a perfect way to treasure the memory, surprise her with a framed photo or prints of the best shots! They’ll show her how beautiful she is to you, inside and out.

Organize a Mother’s Day photoshoot

Ready to take your photography to the next level? Set up a Mother’s Day photoshoot for family & friends. It’s a sweet way to appreciate all the amazing moms you know!

With summer on the way, you may need to use flash-fill to compensate for the lighting and improve your outdoor portraits. Meter the background area behind your subject, using either a light meter or the in-camera meter. Capture a test shot and examine it to make sure there are no blown out highlights in the brightest part of your image. Once you’re satisfied with the background exposure you may realize that your subject appears too dark in relation to the background. You would then need to match the foreground exposure with fill-flash. To do that, you can use either a speedlight or a studio strobe with the light modifier of your choice.

Mom & me – then and now

A popular shot for Mother’s Day on social media is the ‘Then and Now’ photographs with a childhood photo and a recent photo with mom. It’s sure to bring a heartwarming smile to her face, and maybe even a tear to her eye.

Don’t forget to check out our selfie sticks, tripods and camera remotes to help capture the perfect present-day shot! As the perfect gift to mom, order one of our photobooks curated with your best shots over the years!

And if you end up going down a rabbit hole looking at all your mom’s old print photos and realize some are starting to fade, why not have them all digitally preserved, as a special gift to mom? You can use our Photo Scanning Box or Slide Scanning Box services to easily have photos and slides digitized so mom’s most precious memories are safe for a lifetime.

Newbie moms

Becoming a mother is an incredibly special time. Spend your first Mother’s Day capturing your newborn’s adorable expressions & antics! Experiment with different angles, like this closeup of their tiny feet, or snap some photos of them playing or sleeping. If you’re taking photos of your partner, try to snap some quiet moments of mom and baby cuddling, or some more lively candids of the two interacting. Once you’re done, our photo books are the perfect way to print and cherish those memories.


Whatever your plans for Mother’s Day, don’t forget to check out our wide range of products from keychains to aprons that you can customize with your photographs to gift your mom. If you’re looking to surprise your mom this Mother’s Day with a framed family photo that she will cherish forever. When ordering prints, our London Drugs Photolab App offers the best convenience and is available for iOS and Andriod. Or you can simply order online or visit your nearest London Drugs store!

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