Willsie’s Weekly Word

Willsie’s Weekly Word

Week of February 6th, 2017

For the last 2 weeks I have been really struggling to find something positive to post about. With all the negative crap going on in the world lately I have tried to stay away from social media and all things internet. I don’t watch the news anymore and listening to the radio is totally depressing.

So it took an amazing Super Bowl come back by the Patriots last night for me to snap out of the funk and write another positive post.

This weeks Willsie’s Word is “Team”.

“Team” as described by Wikipedia.

“A team is a group of people or other animals linked in a common purpose. Human teams are especially appropriate for conducting tasks that are high in complexity and have many interdependent subtasks.

A group does not necessarily constitute a team. Teams normally have members with complementary skills and generate synergy through a coordinated effort which allows each member to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses.”


Last nights amazing 25 point come back by Tom Brady and his “Team” was nothing short of AMAZING.

Now Tom Brady will get a lot of the accolades for the win…… but lets look at it in depth.

First the Super Bowl Champs are the New England Patriots….. not the Tom Brady Team.

Tom is the quarterback and will arguably go down in history as the greatest quarterback or at lease in the top 2 or 3 to every play football. BUT…… Tom doesn’t run down the field and catch the ball that is thrown… he needs to have amazing athletes to run slants and hooks and get open. For these receivers to have time to get open Tom needs an incredible offensive line to protect him. Great so now Tom has time to look for a receiver and hopefully those receivers are open…. but who designed the routs for the receivers? It is not like the receivers are just running around…. they are told when and where to run too. These plays are designed by the coaching staff. The plays are practiced hundreds of times throughout the year along with hours of strength training and conditioning….which is what I think Atlanta was lacking in the end…. they just ran out of gas. So the strength and conditioning coaches played a big part of this team as well.

Lets talk about the athletes families for a bit. Almost every play would say that they couldn’t do what they do without the support of their family…… again these people are also part of the team.

Now we are talking about a professional sports team, but this also applies to you and I.

I am a full time professional photographer here in Guelph. I take some pretty photos and sell them to my clients. But I am not the only part of John Wills Photography.

I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without my amazing wife Kim and son Austin. Kim is the glue that keeps me together when things get busy and Austin is the joy that keeps me wanting to be a better person.

Also part of my team are the rest of my family. My mom Linda and her husband Rino, my sister Deb and the Freemans all play a huge part in my business. They are always there for support and encouragement.

My fellow Professional Photographers of Canada members and colleagues. I have many amazing photographer friends that help me out when I have questions or to bounce ideas off of…… and I hope they feel the same about me.

Also part of my team are the incredible printing companies I order from. My clients deserve the best possible prints to hang on their walls and I rely on you to help with that.

So to finish this up I want to give a HUGE shout out to Team John Wills Photography….. I wouldn’t be where I am today with out each and every one of you.

This week take a look at your “Team” and maybe take a minute and then them for what they do.

Have a fabulous week everyone.



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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.







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?



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