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June 19, 2020

How to Choose The Perfect Wedding Photographer

With so many wedding photographers out there, each with their own plethora of packages and options to choose from, it can often be daunting to tell the difference. Thankfully, Focal is here to help!
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June 10, 2020

Top Outdoor Elopement Locations in Victoria BC

With restrictions in place due to COVID-19, we know that a lot of wedding plans have had to be altered. But that doesn’t mean love is cancelled. Everyday, our team is surprised by the beautiful and incredible ways that couples are finding to forge ahead and celebrate their love. As we have been seeing a lot of questions about venues as couples have adapt to the new restrictions. We decided that we would make a list of our top outdoor elopement locations around Victoria.
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May 6, 2020

Victoria BC Takeout Inspo

In the spirit of supporting local businesses, the Focal team came up with the great idea to go into our archive and pull out some of our yummyest looking food photography to try and inspire you to takeout from some of Victoria’s great local restaurants. We know that everyone has their favourite staples in town, but take a look at our list and you might be surprised to find a place that has slipped under your local food radar...until today!
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May 7, 2020

Why Apple’s Keynote is a super awesome design tool disguised as presentation software

My startup Focal, just finished an 8 month software development project building the latest iteration of our “photography booking marketplace/Shopify for photographers” platform. We designed our whole project without any designers or ux developers, just Apple’s Keynote. 
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April 13, 2020

Starling Lane Vineyard Wedding Venue Photo Walkthrough

Timeless elegance meets natural beauty at Starling Lane Vineyards where you’ll be transported into a fairytale world filled with antique buildings and blossoming flowers. Just outside Victoria BC, this gorgeous venue offers a tranquil setting for your ceremony and is only a short drive away from town should you desire a lively reception.
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April 10, 2020

How I learned to code: 8 lessons from a non-technical founder

Since I can remember I always dreamed about building an iPhone app and launching it on the App store. But I always just had one little problem...I didn’t know how to code! Here are my 8 lessons for learning to code as a non-technical founder.
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April 9, 2020

How working for a startup was invaluable to my education: The top 5 things I've learned working at Focal

Like many University students, I finished my schooling for the year in April and was eagerly hunting for a summer Co-op. I hunted and hunted for Co-ops but everything that interested me was either too far away or required more education than I had at the time. Just as I was considering moving back home and re-applying for one of my previous jobs. I received an email advertising a summer position with Focal...
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April 13, 2020

Merridale Cidery and Distillery Wedding Venue Photo Walkthrough

If the idea of getting married in front of a castle or at a fancy hotel strikes you as a touch over the top, then the Merridale Cidery and Distillery might be the perfect venue for your wedding. This secluded cidery & distillery is just a little ways up Vancouver Island from Victoria in the area of Mill Bay.
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April 24, 2020

Summary of Covid-19 Government Support Benefits: A guide for BC photographers

Sadly, COVID-19 has had a huge negative impact on the photography industry with few, if any photoshoots taking place. This situation is not expected to resolve itself over the short-term. The following article details the COVID-19 government support initiatives which are most relevant to BC based photographers.
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April 27, 2020

Introducing the new Focal marketplace platform

Today is bittersweet for the Focal team. For the last 8 months we have been pouring our hearts and souls into building a brand new platform designed to empower our photographers more than ever before. Every day imagining this moment when we get to unveil it to the world.
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March 30, 2020

Focal Photographers' Most Instagramable Locations in Victoria BC!

We teamed up with our photographers to come up with the most instagramable locations in Victoria, BC Canada!
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March 30, 2020

What to Expect When you're Expecting; a Newborn Photography Shoot

Having a baby is a huge lifestyle change and the last thing you want when you’re a new parent is unnecessary stress. That’s why we sat down with Focal Photographer Christin to answer some of the most common questions she gets asked from new parents booking their child’s first Professional photoshoot!
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March 30, 2020

Bat Mitzvah Bash!

Coming of age is a truly unique point in any young person's life and it was our pleasure to capture this special memory together. Being apart of an event that brings family and friends from all over the world is something that we love to capture. Have a look at this beautiful Bat Mitzvah down below!
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March 30, 2020

Destination Pre Wedding Featuring Horse and Carriage

This shoot saw the Focal team travel around Victoria with an amazing couple starting from Schwartz bay at 9 am and finishing up at parliament just after sunset capturing pre-wedding photos the entire way.
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March 30, 2020

Focal on Beers With Entrepreneurs

Listen to our appearance on Beers with Entrepreneurs a podcast that explores up and coming startups!
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April 22, 2020

Don't make these 7 mistakes when booking a wedding photographer

It’s always sad to see couples disappointed by their wedding photography and it seems like it happens far too often, so the team at Focal has created a quick guide to avoid some of the common pitfalls of hiring a wedding photographer. Here are 7 common mistakes to avoid when choosing your wedding photographer!
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April 6, 2020

5 Reasons you need a 2nd photographer for your wedding

As if choosing the perfect wedding photographer wasn’t too much work! Now your photographer is asking if you’d like to add on a 2nd shooter! You’re probably thinking - I just spent all this time finding someone with the style I like, is a good personality match and fits my budget! Why on earth would I need a 2nd photographer?
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April 13, 2020

The Focal Guide to choosing a great newborn photographer

Newborn photography can be a big investment and so doing your research and asking the right questions is extremely important. Especially when you are going to be trusting someone with your baby. Here’s 10 things to ask potential newborn photographers, and the types of answers you should look for!
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March 30, 2020

You aren't just buying photos!

A couple weeks ago, the Focal team came across this Facebook thread on one of our photographers’ pages advertising “Glitter Minis” and it made us very sad.
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