News and other exciting stuff

I’m in Canadian Geographic!!

Go with the flow, Canadian Geographic Best Wild Weather Pictures 2012

I’m home! I arrived home on Vancouver Island in British Columbia one year to the day from my departure on a grand adventure travelling around North America in an RV with the goal of photographing as many beautiful places as possible. I still have lots of images from Utah to show you before I write […]

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Before The Shutter: Free eBook Launched Today


I am so excited to announce the release of my second eBook! And best of all, you can get a copy for FREE. “Before The Shutter” will help you get the most out of your next photo excursion by preparing for and planning an award-winning photograph. Creating a timeless image has as much to do […]

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Your Questions Answered


Lots of people who took my reader survey left comments and questions I would like to respond to a few of those today. “I don’t have a husband, so I don’t know If I could travel like that by myself or not!” “Would you have made this move if you were single and on your […]

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Reader Survey Results


As many of you know, I recently conducted a reader survey to find out more about my audience so I can bring you the information you want. One thing I found out is that many of my readers are just like me (not that surprising really) so I thought these results might interest you too. […]

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Human Error. It is impossible to prevent. It always happens — eventually. It is only a matter of time. The only thing we can do is NOT do things so incredibly stupid as to spOIL everything when human error inevitably happens. Have you ever wondered how much our lives depend on the ocean? Please watch […]

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Top 10 Photography Accomplishments of 2011

Bell Harbor Marina, Seattle

2011 was a stellar year for me, not only because I changed my life and had some fantastic photo opportunities as a result, but I also reached many of the other goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year. 1. In January I had two of my images in a gallery show […]

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Top 10 Images of 2011

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

Just because all the cool kids are doing it … these are my top 10 favourite images I made over the past year. All of these images I made on my journey since I decided to change my life – none of them were in my portfolio a mere 6 months ago. As always, you […]

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Launching My First eBook

8 Types of Natural Light eBook Cover

Today I am so excited to be launching my very first eBook titled “8 Types of Natural Light That Will Add Drama to Your Photographs”. The best part of all is that I am offering it for free! All you need to do is enter your email address below and you will receive a copy […]

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Say Hello to my new Website!

Charleston, South Carolina

Welcome! Yes, you are in the right place. This is the new look of my blog. Why all the changes? Well … I wanted my blog and my photo gallery to be integrated into one website so folks can browse around, read my stories, and see my photo gallery at the same time in the […]

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My first magazine cover!!

Harbor Magazine

I am delighted to announce that one of my images of Victoria’s Inner Harbour has graced the cover of Harbors Magazine, the in-flight magazine for Kenmore Air. Kenmore Air runs float planes between Victoria, Seattle and Vancouver as well as numerous routes to islands and fishing lodges along the coast of British Columbia. Having this […]

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Oscar is 15 years old!

15 years

My beloved beagle, Oscar, is 15 years old today! I’ve had him since he was 8 weeks old. He came into my life 2 months after I bought my house, his arrival being the major reason why I bought the house in the first place. I figured a dog needs a yard. It took me […]

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Publication in Yacht Charter Catalog

Ship Harbor Magazine

Today I received in the mail a copy of the Ship Harbor Yacht Charter catalog featuring two of my images of Desolation Sound, British Columbia, on a two page spread in the centrefold. Synchronicity seems to be at work here since it is my first stock sale, my first commercial publication, it combines my two […]

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Look 2011

Ocean in Motion

If you are in the Victoria, BC, area, come on down to the Community Art Council Gallery Show, Look 2011. It opens tonight, February 4th at 6pm, on the bottom floor of the Bay Centre near the escalator. I have two pieces in the show. Both are photographs printed on canvas approximately 30 x 20 […]

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Winner in Clipper Vacations Photo Contest

Fishing on the Pier

I received “Best Spring/Summer picture for Seattle or Victoria” in the Clipper Vacations Photo Contest for this photo taken from Elliott Bay in Seattle. Getting up at 5am paid off when I captured this silhouette of the fishermen fishing off the pier just as the sun rose above the city skyline. I won roundtrip tickets […]

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Honourable Mention in SPCA Wild Arc Photo Contest

Ocean Data Buoy

My photo of this Stellar Sea Lion received an honourable mention in the SPCA’s “Wildlife in Focus – Urban Wildlife Photo Contest”. The photo contest raised money for Wild Arc, the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre on Vancouver Island, a branch of the SPCA. The Sea Lion is sunbathing on an Ocean Data Buoy, which collects […]

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One Day on Earth – TODAY – you tell the world’s story

It’s 10.10.10! The World is Filming Every Nation, 24 hours, and You. Across the planet documentary filmmakers, students, and inspired citizens are recording the human experience over a 24-hour period and contributing their voice to the largest participatory media event in history. Join in and contribute your images to the capsule. You have 30 days […]

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I missed the memo about TED

Have you ever learned something and felt like everyone else in the world surely knows about it, yet somehow you missed the memo? Well that happened to me today when I learned about TED, a non-profit organization that shares webcasts dedicated to “ideas worth spreading”. I was introduced to this via John Paul Caponigro’s blog […]

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Photo of the Day!!

Zooming in on the Legislature

On June 8th I received a huge surprise when I opened my email in the morning. One of my long time goals has been achieved, I got photo of the day at!!! See my photo of the day! It seems the legislature has turned in to one of my favourite places to photograph. Who […]

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I am now a Certified Better Photographer

Certified Better Photographer

I recently completed certification testing at BetterPhoto. The BetterPhoto certification program is recognized as having the most respected and successful professional instructors with precise lessons that will improve your performance. The program consists of 32 weeks of instruction from well known and seasoned professional photographers. I have taken classes with Tony Sweet, Jim Zuckerman, Brenda […]

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Second place in Better Photo Contest

Plum Tree Blossoms

Here is a news release from Better Photo: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4/20/2010 Photographer Anne McKinnell of Victoria, BC, has won Second Place for March in the prestigious photography contest sponsored by, the site’s founder, Jim Miotke, announced Tuesday. More than 17700 entries were submitted to the online photography contest, which attracted contestants from around […]

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Clipper Photo Contest Win

Fountain at the Legislature

Yesterday I received this email: Anne, Congratulations! Your photo entitled “Legislature” is the “Best Victoria Photo” Winner of the Clipper Vacations photo contest. You’ve won two round trip tickets on the Victoria Clipper! Prize includes two free round trip tickets on the Victoria Clipper, plus a Victoria Clipper Goodie Bag. Yippie! Here is the winning […]

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Gallery Show

Blue Canyon

Two of my photographs were accepted into a gallery show which begins on February 27 and runs until March 20 in Victoria, BC, on the bottom floor of the Bay Centre. Here are the two photos that are in the show. “Blue Canyon” was taken in Arizona at the Antelope Slot Canyon. It is a […]

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I was wrong … NOW I’m ready (I hope)

Well that was fun.  I just signed up for a free wordpress account and boldly started going where I had never gone before, madly customizing my theme and inserting my first photo when I saw that I had just used 920kb of my free 3gb of space.  Doh!  I should have installed this on my […]

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The women's room

I think I’m finally ready. My new blog is dedicated to all things artistic that interest me: primarily photography, image making, popular culture, and the combination of those things that can result in unique creative images. My goal in creating this is to build and encourage happiness. I have found that looking at the world […]

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