Dogs Don’t Listen!

For my viral video, I planned on getting something cutesy of my 3 pets; a cat and two Labrador retrievers.


With taking a few videos, they did not work at all. Lighting wasn’t right even having it all lit properly. The people in my household apparently did not listen to me when I told them I’m going to be filming and turning the TV down a little so I can get the audio for the video, but they turned the TV up and that’s all you can hear.

Trying to match up the video to make a big one, with music over top wasn’t entirely an option. So I just decided to film my dogs doing tricks for their treats and one time they don’t cooperate is when I brought my camera out to record it. Having a treat in hand was not even helping. Seemed they were just in a misfit behavior.

After editing it, I noticed that the audio of me yelling at my dog was chopped a little too soon.


This is the final production of the video.


What’s New? What’s Hot?

In this day and age is all about what’s trending. The average person wants what’s hot and new. This philosophy also applies to the fast changing photography industry. With SEO, search engine optimization, it is easy to discover what’s trending in the world. Here are a few things that are trending in the photography industry at the moment.


At any given moment, there is a new baby brought into the world with parents who want to remember their little ball of joy at every stage. Parents are quick to get maternity shots, then followed by baby portrait shots, Christmas shots, Easter shots, thanksgiving shots, and Halloween shots. Their baby is photographed in everything they can imagine; teacups, flower pots, carriages, and crates. They even dress their little one in every costume they find adorable on them. Parents will go through a seemingly endless stage of photographing their newborn baby.

baby photography

Fake Flooring & Backdrops

Instead of the tradition backdrop of a wall or a scene with the flooring that best suits the scene, photographers have become more creative. They have started to use rugs as backdrops and the flooring. These rugs don’t look like ordinary rugs though they can look like stonewalls, wood, tile and much more. One of the rugs that seem to be trending is called “barn wood rug”, it looks like an actual wood floor. This new innovation gives photographers a new opportunity to shoot creative shots right in the studio, or in the comfort of the client’s home. It also saves the time and effort of post-editing the effect into the photo using Photoshop.

barnwood rug

Creative Props

Everyone feels that the perfect prop helps to make the perfect photograph. Well try a big, bright lollipop or even a colorful umbrella next time you have your photograph taken. Help make that special image POP! This new trend of eye-catching props adds a more colourful side to an otherwise serious photo. The contrast can be used to infer deep meaning in an otherwise simple photo.

colorful.umbrella lollipop photography


Most people would stray away from graffiti so they don’t get that “bad appeal” in their photography. Graffiti is just another form of art that is trending more in today’s society. The use of graffiti’s “urban art” can be used in many versatile ways. This form of urban art can be used to toughen up the look of a photograph, for a more robust feel, or it can be used to provide a more up beat tone. With the vast variety of graffiti, its potential is limitless for both content of a photograph and as use as a backdrop. Try embracing this art form, never know it may give your photography that kick you could not imagine.



The photography industry grows everyday due to the growth and expanding technology. With the technology unraveling there is more available to the average person.

Camera Phones

As everyone is using smartphones, the companies are trying to improve and make their phones the best to get everyone using their phones. As an example in 2013 NOKIA introduced a cellular device with a 41-megapixel camera. With the rise in popularity of apps such as Instagram, snap chat, Pinterest etc. camera technology inside of cell phones has greatly improved at a still increasing rate. Phones are coming with more advanced cameras, with HDR technology, rapid bursts, slow-motion record, built in filters and even some auto edit features.

nokia phone

Get to Know Me

Hi I’m Courtney Vilneff.

I’m a Durham College student studying Digital Photography. I have a website for my work. There is a Facebook page for my work as well,

Some weird facts you may want to know about me are

  • I’m vegetarian
  • I have a disability but I don’t let it stop me

The photographs I usually take are

  • landscape
  • wildlife
  • newborn
  • animals and pets

Here is a sample of my work.