KyleWith: Michelle MacDonald on Why you need a Website and Website Hosting

You would be surprised at how many businesses, organizations and artists don't have websites out there. There are valid arguments as to why an entity doesn't have a website and that they don't need one to survive, but Michelle and I disagree.

In this episode of the KyleWith Podcast, we talk about what the point of a website is in 2015, how you can actually build one yourself easily, some tips for doing it and how to host it.

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Posted on July 30, 2015 .

KyleWith: Michelle MacDonald on Social Media and Podcasting

Welcome back to the KyleWith Podcast. It has been a long time since we had a new episode of the show, almost 3 years in fact. 

Now recorded out of my awesome mobile recording camper, the show will feature different creative and entrepreneurial people from around Yellowknife, the North and the world. 

However, on a reoccurring basis we will have a regular guest on the show. Michelle MacDonald is a friend of mine and also a big advocate for Social Media communications. Her musings can be found at ykuptowngirl.com. When Michelle is on the show we will be talking about different topics regarding social media, digital communications and website and how they affect small businesses and organizations. 

This first introduction episode with Michelle is a little rough. It was our first time recording and we went in without a plan. Don't judge our skills on this episode. Listen, laugh and then hang on for the next episode where we really get into a groove.

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Posted on July 25, 2015 .

KyleWith: Photographer Kyle Marquardt

Don't let the fact I butchered his last name stop you from checking out Kyle Marquardt's work, because it is quite good. Kyle, like many photographers I have talked to, discovered his interest in photography at a young age. For Kyle, it was high school. He tells me he took pictures of everything and had his camera with him everywhere. After high school, he decided to pursue it further and go to Ryerson University in Toronto for Photography.

Kyle's career started out much like anyone else's that would want to get into professional photography at a young age, he became an assistant. Whether for a wedding shoot or in a studio, he would be there helping. He also tells me in the show, that a large part of learning was making mistakes and he did make some along his way.

So how did Kyle end up going to the Arctic, Antarctica and around the world? Well it all started with a Travel Company he volunteered at. He would make them slideshows and edit their photos, but eventually they saw his potential and offered him a trip to the Canadian Arctic, so off he went. Then of course one thing lead to another, which he explain in full detail in the show.

If you ask Kyle what makes him think of "warm and fuzzy", he'll probably tell you his over 50,000 Google Plus followers. He is extremely humble about the attention and makes the daily effort to post a photo across all networks. For him, the Social Networks are a great way to get his photos out there, but also a good learning tool to get people feedback.  He is also more than willing to teach what he has learned and often has a Photoshop tutorial on his blog for others to use.

It was a real pleasure talking with, Calgary-based Photographer, Kyle Marquardt. He is on a journey that is exciting and he is earning it. To hear all this and more, be sure to listen to this episode.

Be sure to check out his website/blog, Facebook PageTwitter and of course Google Plus.

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Don’t forget if you know someone doing something interesting (or another photographer or yourself) send me their info, I want to talk to them!

Posted on December 5, 2011 .

KyleWith: Painter Robbie Craig

Robbie Craig's Northern Projects were first introduced to me by mutual friend Dave Brosha. Robbie's art can be classed as impressionism, which is very similar to well-known artist Graeme Shaw. He says though that his paintings are more abstract with lots of bold colours. Robbie likes to describe it as funky and wild.

Robbie Craig - The Three of Me

Robbie Craig - The Three of Me

6 years ago Robbie and his wife moved to the Northwest Territories, to the community of Wekweeti. There he and his wife managed the school for a year, before moving to Behchoko to also work in the local school. They have been there since, but as of June of 2011 moved right into Yellowknife as they were expecting their first child and since the painting sales had started to pick up.

Like many others that I have talked with, Robbie's art is his passion and was a hobby before anything else. He explains to me in more detail in the show that he needed a hobby when not working during the long winter nights, out in Behchoko. That was when he rediscovered his passion for painting.

Since then his art has really taken off. He has sold many of his paintings and even taught a course at one of the Diamond Mines north of Yellowknife. Robbie talks about so much more in the show about what and who inspires him, how he creates a painting and what is in the future. So be sure to listen.

The Show

This Thursday, December 8th, Robbie will be having a show in joint with one of his inspirations, Graeme Shaw, at Visual Effects in Yellowknife. Facebook Event here. He will be featuring some work that has yet to be seen, so it promises to be a good show. You should go.

Be sure to check out Robbie's website and his Facebook Page.

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Don’t forget if you know someone doing something interesting (or another photographer or yourself) send me their info, I want to talk to them!

Posted on November 30, 2011 .

KyleWith: Photographer Dave Brosha

Dave Brosha is one of the photographers I have always looked up to. I taught me the basics of photography; knowledge which I use every day. So why I find he such a great photographer is not only that he is a great photographer, but also that he is willing to teach those who want to learn.

Photo by: Pablo Saravanja

Photo by: Pablo Saravanja

Dave's adventure started in the Resolute Bay, which is in the Canadian Arctic, where he wanted to start taking pictures to showcase to his family back home. His photography slowly progressed and he also moved to Yellowknife, NT. He realized it was a passion and his and wanted to pursue it. He slowly took on clients and built up his name while still having the stability of a 9-to-5 job. Finally, he took the plunge one day and quit his job and started doing photography full-time, he hasn't looked back since.

Nowadays, Dave isn't limited to Yellowknife, where he and his family lives. He has traveled as far north as Alert, as south Australia and has been to Egypt twice. He has traveled to these places on writing assignments for magazines or to document a friend living an adventure. He makes the point those that he is very fortunate to have the opportunities that he has had.

We go much more into detail about how his business grew and where he has been in the show. Dave also shares with me what is in his bag and who inspires him. So be sure to listen.

Be sure to check out his website and his blog and is ever-growing Facebook Page.

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Posted on November 22, 2011 .

KyleWith: Designer Janet Pacey

Janet Pacey is a designer, a graphic designer, a print designer and just a creative person. This local of Yellowknife has recently moved from her house to her very own office in downtown Yellowknife.

Janet Pacey by Pat Kane Photo

Janet Pacey by Pat Kane Photo

Janet has a wide variety of work, one of the most notable is her stuffed animals called Ptarmi. They were created from a cartoon she created based on the arctic chicken, the ptarmigan. Ptarmi took off from Yellowknife and has been seen around the world. Janet tells me how Ptarmi got its start and where it is going. Possibly another character will be coming to life.

As our conversation continued we get onto the topic of business. Janet wasn't always a small business owner so she reflects on what it took her to make the switch, as well as offers advice for those who are thinking about starting their own business.

She has a successful line of stuffed animals, amazing art and a wide variety of clients she loves working with, she also has a wicked sense of humour. Janet Pacey is a smart lady and she shares some good information that we can all use going forward.

Be sure to check out her website and like his page on Facebook.

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Don’t forget if you know someone doing something interesting (or another photographer or yourself) send me their info, I want to talk to them!

Posted on October 26, 2011 .

KyleWith: Photojournalist Pat Kane

Update: Pat Kane has since left UpHere Magazine and is working as a Freelance Photographer, servicing clients in Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories

Pat Kane is an Editorial Photographer for the Yellowknife based UpHere Magazine and has been for the last 6 years. He tells me he comes from an artsy family, but it wasn't until in college that he really got into photography. He was in college to become a reporter with the hope of writing for a magazine when his interest in photography came about.

Pat Kane Photo

After getting an internship with a Sports Photography company and later taking a job with them, Pat moved up to Yellowknife to work with UpHere Magazine and now has seen most of the Arctic. Depending on the assignment, Pat has gone to different communities to document the people and the culture. He calls him self a generalist photographer, but that hasn't stopped him from producing great photos, and says his favourite type of photography is probably editorial portraits.

Recently Pat is working on a project with Yellowknife filmmaker Jay Bulckaert. It is a documentary and photo essay on the famous Range Street which is located in Yellowknife. They plan on showcasing the Photos and Film for everyone to once they complete the project.

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Be sure to check out his website and like his page on Facebook.

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Posted on October 19, 2011 .

KyleWith: Photographer Karl Johnston

Karl Johnston first caught my attention with his amazing shots of the Aurora in the area of Fort Smith, NWT. Since then I have watched his career as a Photographer grow.

During our conversation, Karl and I talked about how in the last couple years he was worked towards supporting himself a photographer and proper marketing. Even though it can be very difficult, Karl has set out to make sure he is selling his prints. His prints can be seen in Fort Smith, Yellowknife and more to come.

A recent project that Karl has been working on is combining the natural beauty of the Fort Smith, NWT area and the beauty of a human. Check out some his latest work on his website and hear more about Karl, the project, what inspires him and what is next in this episode.

Be sure to check out his website and like his page on Facebook.

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Posted on October 6, 2011 .

KyleWith: Alexander Legaree

Coal Photography first came to my attention just after he was up in Kugluktuk taking photos with Dave Brosha. Since then I have been glued to the photos the man behind the name, Alexander Legaree, has produced. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to get him on the line and talk about his photography.

Alexander calls the NWT home and has for many years, but not only that, he calls it his inspiration for photography. Ever since the age of 4, Alexander his been into photography, but it really became a passion when he was living in Sweden in 2003. He says "I haven't looked back since" and his photos show that. Alexander also shares with me he favourite genre of photography, who inspires him and what he is up to next, all in the show.

I highly recommend everyone check out his website and like his page on Facebook.

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Don't forget if you know someone doing something interesting (or another photographer or yourself) send me their info, I want to talk to them!

Posted on September 17, 2011 .