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Willsie’s Weekly Word

Week 4, 2017


This weeks topic….”Comfort Zone”

This is taken from Wikipedia

“A comfort zone is a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person and they are at ease and in control of their environment, experiencing low levels of anxiety and stress. In this zone, a steady level of performance is possible.[1]”

Writing every week on a topic like this….. is way outside my comfort zone. 🙂

As an artist, this is something I struggle with all the time. It is scary trying new things, especially when you are “somewhat” successful at what you are presently doing. The phrase “don’t fix what ain’t broke” comes to mind. But after being a full time professional photographer in Guelph for 7 years I feel like I need to make changes and challenge myself….. or boredom will set in. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my job and what I am doing, BUT…… I need to get out of my “comfort zone” and try new things.

SOOOOOOO, enter “The Enchanted Forest”. What is that you ask? First, let’s picture the photographer. I am 5′ 11 and weigh about 190 lbs. I work out five times a week. I have a shaved head, a cool new tattoo, a mean looking goatee and some would say I look a bit intimidating. I am a father of a crazy cool six year-old boy and for the first time, I am photographing 3 – 8 year old princesses in my studio. Yep….. let that visual sink in for a bit. 🙂

Now, I have photographed hundreds of kids and families, and I am comfortable and at ease with that demographic. But the frilly fantasy photos…this is WAY outside my comfort zone as I know absolutely nothing about princesses and fairies. I even locked my office door when I was doing research on princesses and fairies so my wife wouldn’t walk in and see me looking at photos and inspiration on the internet. 🙂 I had to ask my wife who “Tinkerbell” was so I had something to talk about with the beautiful little princesses in the studio. But I have to be honest…after shooting three test sessions in the studio, I am totally pumped to launch this promo and hopefully photograph 20 little princesses on Family Day Weekend. (watch out for the promo and all the details.)

So this week, I challenge all of you to try something outside your comfort zone. Feel free to check back in here and comment with what you did and how you felt. I would love to hear from you.

Did you miss last weeks topic? Check it out 🙂

Check out one of the images from the Enchanted Forest sessions. They are perfect for girls aged 3 – 8. Spaces will be limited and will sell out fast. 🙂

Our Enchanted Forest Promo is now set and we are taking bookings check it out HERE.

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Willsie’s Weekly Word

Week 3 , 2017

Soooooooo…. it is Monday and I am a day late with my blog post, but I do have a great excuse……. NFL Playoffs…. nuff said 🙂

Ok, so this post is not about football (cough cough Go Green Bay cough cough), but it is actually inspired by yesterday’s games.

If you missed it, The Packers destroyed Dallas ……. well ok, they won on a field goal with only seconds left on the clock…….. but this is my blog post and I will write it as I want to.  🙂

All kidding aside, this game was EPIC and by far one of the best NFL games I have watched. Not because my team won, well ok that might have a little something to do with it, but because of how both teams played and never quit until the end.

So this week’s topic is…..

Determination :

a :  the act of deciding definitely and firmly; also :  the result of such an act of decision

b :  firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end

As a father of an amazing 6 year old I am reminded daily what it is like to be learning new things every day. I watch Austin struggle with things that are simple to me….. like tying shoes…….. Ok most of my shoes are slip on and sandals, but I can honestly say I know how to tie my own shoes. It amazes me how easily adults give up on things, and yet 6 year olds will keep trying.

Austin started basketball this winter for the first time. Look at the intensity in the photo below. From the beginning, Austin spent most of his time shooting on the regulation baskets and not the smaller ones that were set up for the kids. The first day during the free shooting part of the session, I was trying to get him to shoot on the smaller baskets. “No daddy, I want to shoot on the big nets like the real basketball players do, the other ones are too easy.”  Determination with a capital D.

Now back to the Packers. Did I tell you they won their play off game against Dallas yesterday????? 🙂

If you get a chance take a look at the last drive, especially the last throw Aaron Rogers makes down the side line. When all looked lost and the play dead, he found an opening and the rest is history, well after Crosby nails the field goal to end the game.

Determination, yes it is every where. Ask yourself this week….. what are you determined to accomplish in the next six days?

Did you miss last weeks topic? Check it out

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Willsie’s Weekly Word

Week 2 , 2017


First I just wanted to thank everyone who sent messages and comment about last week’s post. I had a lot of great feedback. So I am excited to keep this going……. here we go.

I was struggling all day trying to decide what to write about tonight. I was jotting down words and phrases, I looked up some of my favorite quotes, but nothing was jumping out at me. Well, that was until my wife, son and I had an epic Nerf Gun battle in our living room. I kept taking a moment to look at my wife and son’s faces as we ran around. I wished I had been able to photograph the happy expressions…… but to be honest, I was pinned down in a corner with Nerf bullets whipping by, so I couldn’t get to a camera.

SO “Happiness” is going to be our word for the week.


Here is what Wikipedia says….

Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Happy mental states may also reflect judgements by a person about their overall well-being.

But I am sure everyone knows exactly what the word means, or at least knows what it feels like.

Today during the epic Nerf gun battle,  I could hear our son Austin giggling the whole time, laughing hysterically at daddy getting shot in the bum by mommy, and shrieking with joy every time he was attacked. Yes, this was an incredibly happy moment in our day.

Happiness can be caused by many, many things. When I look back at my day today to count the things that made me happy, the list is long. Now, happiness can come on different levels and at any time. Let’s take a look at just some of the things that made me happy today.

As some of you know, I have been trying to lose weight and get back into shape. This morning I jumped on the scales to find out I had lost the 4 or 5 lbs I put on over the Christmas holidays ( thanks Santa). The scale said 187.7 lbs…….. HAPPY DANCE.

I went to the gym and was struggling a bit trying to get in a good work out. I watched a newer member ( or at least one that I hadn’t seen before) kicking butt on the elliptical machine. It wasn’t the fact that she was working hard, it was the fact that she was mouthing the words of a song that was she was listening to on her headphones. Now when I say mouthing, I actually mean doing the best damn air band solo in history. I mean it was just like she was in front of 50,000 screaming fans. I so wanted to go up to her and ask what song she was listening too, but after watching her, I was immediately in a different mood and went on to have an amazing work out.

Back at home, Austin had been asking to build a fort in the living room with some old photography backdrops I had given him to play with. Watching him bounce around with excitement as we planned out how and where to build the fort made me feel like a kid again……. well except I had just had a killer work out and could barely lift my arms over my head. 🙂

The fort was built in no time at all and lunch was being served.

After lunch Austin was given 15 minutes on the iPad to play some games. Next thing I know all three of us are huddled under the fort playing on the iPad. Yes, happiness comes in all shapes and sizes. 🙂

Next was the epic Nerf Gun battle…… you already know about that.

After that I had to go into the office to do a bit of work for a client and to plan out my session for tomorrow. I was chatting with my client who I am photographing in the studio tomorrow about ideas and what not, and I felt myself getting excited for work, yes you read that right, EXCITED FOR WORK. Most days I absolutely love my job and tomorrow is going to be one of those days.

Sunday night at the Wills house is usually family movie night with dinner in front of the TV.  We had decided to watch “Finding Nemo”. When I put the dvd in I heard the familiar music from “The Wonderful World of Disney” and it brought back memories of being a kid and watching Disney with my family. Yes, happiness can come at you from all things. Sometimes they are little, sometimes they are memories, sometimes they are a child laughing, sometimes it by getting shot in the ass by a Nerf gun.


Have a very happy week everyone.







Headshot Specials in Guelph

Headshot Specials in Guelph

Headshot Specials in Guelph Kitchener Waterloo and Ontario

The cold winter months are here…….. YUCK.

Well to help out with the yuckiness (I know that is not a real word but I think it should be ) John Wills Photography is offering a wicked Special on Business Head-shots in Guelph and area.

For the month of January and February you can have your professional head-shot done by our award winning studio for


ONLY $129.00 plus tax

That is a savings of $70.00.


Why not start the year off right and add an updated professional business head-shot for your Website, Facebook, Instagram, Linked-in and Twitter.

These sessions can ONLY be booked on Monday’s and are by appointment only.

Your session will take approximately 30 min. and will include the image of your choice professionally edited in both color and black and white. We will also help you out with what to wear , bring and expect so that you are completely prepared for your session. You have your choice of bring photographed on pure white or dark grey. (must be picked on booking)

Don’t like having your photo taken?

Well neither do I….. but I promise you that it will be painless and you may even have some fun.

We have photographed hundreds of head-shots of the years and have a lot of experience in getting people to relax.

Check out some of our work HERE

So what are you waiting for… call today to book your session 519-400-6996

Or email us at    johnwillsphotography@gmail.com

Use the phrase “I LOVE MONDAYS” when booking to get this great deal.


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Willsie’s Weekly Word

Willsie’s Weekly Word

Week 1, 2017

So another year has past and we awoke this morning to new beginnings and excitement for the year to come.

Every week I will be making a blog post about a phase, thought, word or experience to hopefully help you make the most of the following 7 days.

Now I want to be clear…… I am not a doctor, psychiatrist or counselor…… I am a photographer. (if you hadn’t figured that out yet) I will only be sharing my thoughts, experiences and opinions in hopes that we can all have a SPECTACULAR year in 2017.

I may only post a photo, sometimes I will share a video other times I will just ramble on a bit 🙂

I hope you get something out of it every week and please let me know your thoughts by commenting.

So to start things of I am going to talk about a phrase that I now have tattooed on my arm.

” A negative mind will never give you a positive life”

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Every day I struggle with negative thoughts…… YES EVERY DAY. These negative thoughts can be about my business, my body/health, my personal life or about people in my life and many many other things.

These negative thoughts can change my mood drastically and NEVER do me any good what so ever.

In past experiences negative thoughts have only ever brought on negative things.

Just like positive thoughts will bring on positive things.

Don’t believe me?  Next time you are having a bad day…. stop and think about how and when it all started.

Do the same thing when you are having a great day. I think you will see that most of the time your mind and thoughts were either negative or positive.

So I had the tattoo done a few days ago on the my left forearm. Now when ever I start having negative thoughts I look down on my arm and read the words…. ” A negative mind will never give you a positive life “.  I am not telling you to go out and get this tattooed on your arm or anything like that, but why not write it down on a piece of paper and put it on your fridge or beside your computer?

The next time you find yourself thinking negatively…. say this phrase and change your thoughts to something positive.

Try this for a week and see if more positive things start happening in your life. And then check back here for next weeks post.

Now this is just the first post in this series…. I am stepping out of my comfort zone doing this and I will get better as the weeks go by.

I plan on having the most SPECTACULAR year in 2017…… want to join me?



Winter Family Portrait Sessions in Guelph

Winter Family Portrait Sessions in Guelph

Well it looks like Mother Nature is going to keep us buried in snow for a while. So why not take advantage of the beautiful white stuff? Family photos don’t have to be done in the fall…… they can be done any time of year and winter photos are fun to do. This is my family photo we did on Christmas Eve this year and it is one of my all time favorite family images we have done.

For a limited time we are offering a special price session fee for winter family and kids sessions. 

ONLY $79.00 Session Fee (plus tax)

What does the $79.00 cover?

A one hour family/child session.

A full consultation on clothing, locations, props and what to expect so you are fully prepared for your session.

A full purchasing session at our studio where you decide on only the photos and prints you would like to purchase.

We have many amazing print options to hang on your wall. Everything from Custom Museum Grad Canvas to gorgeous Aluminum and Acrylic prints. Be proud of your family and invest in some stunning family photos for your home.

So if you are wanting to do some beautiful family photos in the snow give us a call today or fill out the contact form below.

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One thing we do for our clients is a blog post promoting their business. We do this for any business head shot clients that book sessions with our studio. Last week I had the amazing pleasure photographing John and Stacey for their business headshots and I am really looking forward to photographing their daughters wedding next summer. 🙂

So on with the business profile.

Meet John and Stacey Aarssen….oooohhh and Dexter 🙂

John and Stacey Aarssen created Path2wealth with the intention to help people manage, protect and grow their wealth. Their 5 step “Path” process guides their clients to their financial goals.  The process integrates your lifestyle with your current financial status and identifies opportunities to improve cash flow.  You will be empowered with the knowledge needed to make the best decisions to achieve your goals. Being a broker for insurance products, coupled with alternative and private investments they have the best solutions to fit your needs.

“It was a great pleasure to book our head shots for our business Path2Wealth with John Wills Photography. My business partner/husband John Aarssen found John Wills to be very professional and keep us a ease to take amazing photos of us. The location was ideal and the weather proved to be exceptional that day. When it came to choosing our photos, it was a difficult decision as there were so many great shots. John Wills made the choices simple, by giving his honest opinion which helped tremendously. Having an outside view how others see your photo is helpful. I would highly recommend John Wills Photography for all your photo needs.”   – Stacey Aarssen



291 Woodlawn Rd. West, Unit B12,
Guelph, ON  N1H 7L6


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Family Christmas Photo Special

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Guelph Family Christmas Portrait Specials


This year, John Wills Photography will be offering, for the first time, a Family Christmas Photo Special. We are really excited about having some fun with our clients in our studio.

“Dear Santa, We can explain…..”

We are very excited to be Adopting a family this year with a portion of the money from these sessions. This time of year it is really important to give back to your community to those that need a little help. We also encourage YOU to adopt a family as well. Our family did this last year and will do it every year from here on in. It was an incredible feeling being able to teach our five year old son that some families and kids aren’t as fortunate as we are. Austin took part in purchasing the presents and delivering them to the Children’s Foundation.

So, here are the details:


Saturday, November 12, 2016


At our home studio in Guelph (address will be supplied on booking)


YOU silly…. but we can only accommodate families of five people or less due to space


Option 1.       $89.00 + tax for NEW clients

Option 2.      ONLY $49.00 + tax IF you are a past client that has booked a family or child session

Option 3.      YOUR SESSION IS FREE IF you have booked a family session this Fall

What is included?

Have your family (up to five people) photographed by one of the top portrait photographers in Ontario in a 15 minute mini-session. You choose your family photo before you go home, and we will give you that image as a digital file, fully edited with printing rights. How cool is that?

These photos are incredible for Christmas Cards and Family Newsletters, which is what our family did with them last year, and everyone LOVED them.


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Cutest Kid Contest Guelph

It is a busy time of year here at the studio. Lots of people are taking advantage of the Fall Family Portrait Special and Cutest Kid Contest. We wanted to share this little cutie pie today. This is 8 month old Lila and she totally kicked butt! 🙂 She gave me so many amazing expressions during her session that mom and dad had a hard time narrowing their images down. I was told at the beginning of the session that she may take a bit shy and will definitely not “go to a stranger”.  Well, apparently Lila likes being a supermodel. At the end of the session I decided to put my arms out to see if she would come to me…… VICTORY. Lila let me hold her while we were packing up and it was the highlight of my night! 🙂

What an amazing experience! Being a mom of an active 8 month old , having her photos taken can be stressful. Our little one was at ease with John almost instantly. She had so much fun !  John captured our little Princess’s personality, can’t wait to work with John again. Thank you John for this amazing experience and beautiful portraits!”  – Stephanie

“Our session with John Wills Photography for my daughter Lila was fun. He was a pleasure to deal with. Very professional, yet personable. He worked quickly but was not rushed. As you know, dealing with a baby, things can change quickly. He made me feel comfortable in knowing Lila’s safety was his first priority. He captured Lila’s bright personality perfectly. John has an eye for color use and perspective. He has a vision right out of the gate. Thank you for capturing those brief but yet memorable moments for us.” – Kevin

Like what you see? Want to book your cute kid or family in for a fun session? Contact us today before the nasty winter sets in. CONTACT US

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 One of the cool things we will now be doing with EVERY head shot client is a personalized blog post promoting their job or business on our website. ( only if they wish) We will show the images that they have purchased and link to their business so that all our amazing clients can see what they do and hopefully use their services as well. How cool is that?????
So first up is the lovely Natalie Daley from “Art With Impact”.
 ‘My experience getting head shots done with John definitely exceeded my expectations. I tend to be behind the camera more often and photos of me typically include sunglasses or goggles on, or looking at a scenic landscape – needless to say, I’m not very comfortable having photos of my face taken. Nervous at first, John’s easy going vibe had me relaxed pretty quickly and as I saw more and more of the photos that were being taken on the camera’s screen I knew we’d have some I’d be really happy with. Plus, it was a beautiful morning by the river and the quick half hour of being in the beautiful outdoors set me in a good mood for the day 🙂 The whole process was quick – from phone call to photos in hand in a week.  I think sometimes I am still in disbelief that I’ve found myself in a professional incarnation and think it’s too good to be true to have the job that I do.
 The head shots I received from John are more than photos for me but a reflection of who I’ve become throughout the course of my work with Art With Impact Canada, the nonprofit that I manage. Thanks John for a truly important and enjoyable experience!’
 Natalie Daley is the driving force behind Art With Impact Canada, a charity that uses short film to engage youth in conversations about mental health. Their ‘Movies for Mental Health’ program visits college and university campuses across North America and creates spaces for youth to learn and connect through art and media. Learn more: http://www.artwithimpact.org/
Thanks again!
Do you need a great headshot for your business or job position? Do you want to have a cool blog post promoting your business? Well call today to book your session and we will take care of both of those for you. 519-400-6996
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