Welcome to Mouse Island Photography

We want to be your personal documentarians.

This post is not going to be my, Shawns, typical rambling journey down a rabbit hole. Who am I kidding, it’s totally going to be an adventure down a rabbit hole!  You will find from the start that everything we do here at the Mouse Island Creatives family of studios is a little bit different. The quality of the Graphic Design work by Mouse Island Designs, the stories spun by my alter ego Liam Kingman, the artistic creations of my wife Artist Rowena McPherson, and the photos that we capture. Heck if you don’t have enough of us from there, there is always our personal blog The Wicked Good Life where we bring the rest of our family into the mix and get a little bit wacky.

That plug for the rest of what we do out of the way, you’re here for the things we capture at your new photography studio, Mouse Island Photography.


Finding a thing you love when you aren’t looking

I fell in love with photography when I was taking classes in directing and motion picture production. I’ve always wanted to be an author and for a period of time, I was running from that. I was turning my back on my talents because I was scared. I was afraid of putting my work out there and having people not enjoy it. I started to question everything, but my dialog. My dialog was always solid, so I figured why not screenplays as they are mostly dialog or that was my impression before diving in.

While on a shoot, one of the other students took still images of what I was directing. I fell in love with the images and what they captured. It was a moment in time that meant something to me on a deeply personal level. The images weren’t great looking at them now, the lighting was bad, the composition was off, but they spoke to me. I was attached to the memory of the moment.

Later in life, I made the investment in a Canon 70D. My first real camera. I loved it and I was just starting to get into photography, only to lose that camera in the dissolving of a past relationship.

Fast forward a few more years and after making the pitch to my future wife, that we really needed a better camera, to document her art, she gave in. She was reluctant to spend the 2,800 on a Canon 80D as she had never snapped a picture with a higher resolution than her cell phone. Needless to say, since then she has fallen in love with photography as much as I have and we have decided to make a life out of capturing life moments. You can check out our current equipment that we use for all of the different shoots we do here.

Sure, she is the one with artistic talents. Her talent is slightly better than my crooked stick figures (I couldn’t draw them straight with a ruler) and by slightly I mean she has all the talent in the hand drawn or painted medium. She couldn’t be happy with just capturing moments with the camera, she has taken photography into her world and started to create watercolor and hand-drawn works of art from the images.

In the 2 years since we started getting serious about photography we have invested thousands of dollars in equipment, but more importantly, we continue to constantly invest in ongoing education. We both are creatives who crave knowledge, we are never satisfied with good enough, we want to be the best we can be. I’m not saying we are arrogant and accept nothing less than being the best in our fields, there are millions of talented people in our fields. To accept nothing less than the best is stupid and setting yourself up for failure.

We strive to be the best we can be, not the best in the world

The difference between the two is we are committed to squeezing every drop of talent we can into every creation we make.l Be it a photograph, artwork, a story, graphic design, or the training products that we will be eventually putting out to help other creatives become the best they can be. We don’t look at other creatives as competition, they have other studios, but to us at least these are our peers. We can all learn from each other and our differing work will always be unique to the creative producing the product.

I would write more for this first post, but I have other things I need to be doing… Like setting up 6 websites so I can get to my 2,000 words I need to write for Liam. Thank you for stopping by, future posts will be a lot more about photography, but I wanted to say hello and welcome. We’ve got a lot of really exciting things going on across all of Mouse Island Creatives and we are super excited to talk about them and we thank you for following along.