Last weekend, I was invited to experience a one-day-only event at Hollywood and Highland. Canon asked me to come check out the “Let It Snow” Globe Spectacle, and chat with Bryce Dallas Howard while trying out the Canon Rebel T5i. Can you guess how quickly I said yes? I have been a Canon fan for several years and have been eyeing the T5i for well over a year, but top that with the amazingly talented Bryce Dallas Howard… I was giddy with excitement.
For parts of the globe spectacle, there was a snow-covered path of real snow! Canon outfitted the Hollywood landmark with a giant snow globe, and a path that led to gingerbread houses, ice sculptures and more. As I said, I am a pretty devoted Canon fan, I owned a T2i until recently and I got a couple of hours to play with the T5i (they also had an SL1 to demo). I am so hooked. I am no pro, yet this camera was easy to handle and took gorgeous photos of just moments in that center. Here are a few of the scenery, and a couple of very candid shots I caught of my friend Shelby’s kiddos playing in the globe.
Gorgeous right? That’s no editing, except for some resizing, and maybe brightening it up a notch. Canon made it easy for us, too, to keep these amazing images, as there were touch and try printing stations, featuring Canon PIXMA printers, onsite! We also got to experience Canon’s North Pole PIXMA app — users submit their wish lists to Santa’s workshop at the North Pole through cloud technology, demonstrated by a video so kids can see Santa getting their lists.
The Canon people were fabulous, and then I got a chance to talk one on one with Bryce Dallas Howard. We had a great chat and I got to hear about how she captures holiday memories, her favorite holiday memories for her childhood and a little tidbit about her upcoming role in Jurassic World.
Q: A lot of photography is about creating and keeping memories, during the holidays, how do you create long lasting memories for your children?
Bryce Dallas Howard: Well, I like to have a set grouping of activities because that’s the only way I’ll stay sane. I try to kind of plan things that we can do like going to the ice skating rink, or in LA, going for a hike or the beach. I think creating memories is all about having the intention to actually remember it and to actually capture it. That’s why I bring my camera with me everywhere. Because there is intentionality with photography — I am looking for moments. Just having that intention that you want to create a positive memory, for me, totally changes my mind set and changes that day, instead of being upset about this didn’t happen or that didn’t happen. You are just looking for those moments that we all treasure with our children.
Q: Along the same line, what are some of your favorite holiday memories from your childhood?
BDH: I was raised mostly in Connecticut, so for me, it’s that very wintery, snowy Christmas. But before that, when I was very young, we would spend the holidays in Big Bear with my grandparents. It’s interesting actually, and there’s research to back this up, if you take a photo you remember the event better and it’s because you took the time to take a photo that you have a quick recall. You look at the image and you are right back there. My grandmother was an avid photographer, that’s kind of where my dad got it from, cause [my grandmother] always had a camera with her, so there are so many images with me at 2 or 3 years old in Big Bear. I swear I can remember those Christmases because I’ve had those photos my whole life.
I would look at those photos and those experiences and memories with my grandparents, especially my grandmother who is not here anymore, are so vivid for me. She left me her photo albums, and they’re some of the most priceless gifts I’ve ever received.
Q: In what ways do you believe that Canon fits into your life as an actress, director and a mother?
BDH: I’m gonna be vain for a second, Canon has created cameras and lenses that take beautiful photos so they are real flattering! It makes you not want to hide away from photographs. With a Canon camera, unless I’m making a ridiculous face or something, all the photos are fantastic and all of the photos of my children are fantastic. These moments in life are so fleeting; you want to be able to take photos of your children and have them all turn out because who knows when that magic moment will happen again. Canon fits into my life because they [photos] are a value to me. Like here, I have my PowerShot with me and it’s so easy and super durable. My son has one of these and he’s almost 8, so I know it’s super durable. He’s had his for 3 years now- it works perfectly and he’s been empowered to take photos in a way that he wouldn’t otherwise.
Q: There is much research out there that says that often moms aren’t in the picture because we’re the ones capturing the memories. How do you get in the picture and what advice do you have for moms to get in the picture?
BDH: This (*shows a Canon PowerShot pop out screen and poses herself*). So you can be like this (*stretching out arm*), and it’s steady, and you can actually take the photo and then you’re in the photograph. Also, honestly, there are so many photos of my husband and I cuddling on the couch that our son has taken and then we’ll look through his camera later, and we’re weeping cause it’s like oh my gosh, he thought to take a picture of that. So, having something as well that you can give your children and so that you can just say, take a picture- take a picture of us!
Q: So true! So, what can you tell me about your upcoming role in Jurassic World?
BDH: Yes! So exciting! Um, I don’t know how much I can actually say but I can say that I start off the movie in a pristine white costume and at the end of the film I am very filthy.