May 19th, 2016

LDFotocon 2016 is still on!

Great events to attend until June 11.

Photography Month 2016 may soon be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop celebrating photography. London Drugs is going to keep the celebration going until June 11 with #LDFotocon events happening at select stores in Alberta and BC.

In case you’ve missed it so far, #LDFotocon is a series of in-store photography shows featuring representatives from top camera brands as well as London Drugs Photography Experts. In addition to showcasing the newest products and technology, they also offer tips and techniques to benefit photographers of all skill levels. Presentation topics include everything from an introduction to Parrot Drones to getting the most out of baby photography, while the seminars on travel and documentary photography are a perfect way to get your skills primed for a summer of adventure.

Still plenty of great presenters left

It may be down to the final few weekends, but the event schedule still has plenty of interesting topics lined up—not to mention presenters who are all kinds of awesome. I took a look at a number of presenters’ background info on the LDFotocon site and was thoroughly impressed. Here are a couple that stood out for me in particular:


Elizabeth Gadd

“Elizabeth Gadd is a 23 year old photographer based just outside of Vancouver, Canada. Having grown up in this beautiful area, she fell easily in love with exploring the surrounding forests, hills, mountains and ocean—all of which are heavily incorporated in her photography.  First picking up a camera 10 years ago, she immediately was drawn into the world of creating magical photographs involving nature and landscapes, eventually leading to the whimsical combination of landscapes with human portraiture (usually self-portraits) that she’s known for today. This special niche of Elizabeth’s photography has been described by others as fairytale-esque, dreamy, peaceful and full of wanderlust.”

At #LDFotocon, Elizabeth will be speaking about how to combine human portraiture with landscapes, seamlessly and beautifully. One visit to her amazing portfolio site and you won’t want to miss it.


Kate Siobhan Mulligan

“If you love travel and photography then join Kate Siobhan Mulligan as she shares her photography tips and skills as one of Canada’s top Travel and Portrait photographers. Just back from a workshop in Havana, Kate keeps no secrets as she teaches how to make great travel pictures, how to approach strangers on the street, and how she gives back to photography as Operations Manager of the group “The Giving Lens”. Published around the world and working for tourism groups around the world, join Kate and take your own travel photography to a higher level.”

It’s fair to say that travel photography is one of those things everyone would like to be good at. Even if you have no other interest in photography, at the very minimum you’d like to make your travel memories look memorable. Kate is just one of the pros presenting at #LDFotocon who can show you how.

While these two sort of jumped out at me, every presenter on the LDFotocon roster is an expert in their field with plenty of knowledge they’re happy to share. It’s a rare thing to have access to this kind of expertise—for free, nonetheless. Visit the #LDFotocon website to check out the remaining event schedule and read more about some of the outstanding presenters. These in-store shows are always free, but registration is recommended to ensure yourself a spot. You can view or download a complete list of subjects here. Even if you’re unable to make any of the remaining events, remember there are also plenty more in-store photography workshops available at every location as part of the London Drugs workshop series.


Kate Siobhan Mulligan is a freelance travel photographer from East Van and just one of the fascinating presenters featured at #LDFotocon. (Photo:

Kate Siobhan Mulligan is a freelance travel photographer from East Van and just one of the fascinating presenters featured at #LDFotocon. (Photo:

April 1st, 2016

#LDFotocon is back! Apr 16 – June 11


This is a wonderful time of year to be a photography lover, whether pro or amateur. First of all, May is Photography Month. It’s a celebration that’s been gaining momentum around the world the past few years and 2016 promises to be bigger than ever. As always, the Photolab and the entire London Drugs organization will be doing their part to share the joy with as many people as possible.

Which brings me to the subject of this post: London Drugs is once again bringing back #LDFotocon to help photography lovers celebrate Photography Month. In fact, since last year’s #LDFotocon events were so successful, we are expanding LDFotoCon to more select London Drugs locations as well as having workshops to celebrate Photography Month in all other stores.

In case you missed it, #LDFotocon is a series of informative workshops led by a wide range of ‘Subject Matter Experts’ as they’re formally known,  including:

  • London Drugs Photography, Photolab, Computer and Electronics experts
  • Camera vendors from all the top brands
  • Retouching and colour management experts, and more.

Each workshop is an opportunity to increase your knowledge, upgrade your skills, and expand your network of fellow photography pros and hobbyists in your local area. #LDFotocon events also offer a chance to preview the hottest new cameras and related hardware and software products.

Subjects covered in this year’s workshops include:

  • Point-and-shoot photography tips
  • DSLR showcases from the top brands: Nikon, Canon, Pentax
  • Compact system camera (CSC) photography and showcases from top brands
  • Drone photography
  • Mobile made easy: capturing images on your smartphone
  • How to build a Moments photo book or calendar
  • Making a photo mug
  • How to build greeting cards: perfect for Mother’s Day
  • Showcasing your photos on your walls with ultimate enlargements, gallery wraps, aluminum panels and fine art paper options.

There will even be representatives from London Drugs Pharmacy departments providing travel health clinics to prepare you for your next photo expedition.

This year, LDFotoCon events will be running in select London Drugs stores from April 16 to June 11. Check out the #LDFotocon website for dates and store locations, or visit our in-store workshops site to view workshops in all other stores. Attendance is always free, and each workshop offers you an opportunity to grow as a photographer—so feel free to attend as many as you can.  Even if you don’t see a particular subject interest of yours in your local store’s event schedule, keep in mind that each #LDFotocon location will also feature an all-day tradeshow with even more suppliers and store departments involved. In fact, it’s hard to imagine a larger and more comprehensive event devoted to photography—right in your neighbourhood, no less—so make sure you don’t miss it! If you’d like to help spread the word, be sure to use the hashtags #LDFotocon and #MayisPhotoMonth throughout the social media world.

April 1st, 2016

Local Inspirations Artist Gallery

Yes indeed, May is officially Photography Month—and one of its main objectives is to broaden the appreciation and appeal of photography worldwide. It’s also one of the key themes of London Drugs #LDFotoCon 2016. One of the main reasons Fotocon was created was to share the joy of photography with as many people as possible at the community level. Beyond the short term however, its greatest goal is to help local photographers prosper, which is why the Local Inspirations Artist Gallery (LIAG) was created.

Actually, the creator and driving force behind the LIAG was Meghan Shewchuk, Manager of the Ladner Photolab. It all started when a local artist (who also happened to be a co-worker) used the Photolab to print a 12×18” Remembrance Day image he’d created in Photoshop, and he asked her if she’d display it on the store wall. Meghan immediately envisioned the big picture (pardon the pun) and reached out to another local photographer to see if she would be interested in displaying a collection of her prints as well.

Meghan’s initial goal was to use the wall to showcase the various kinds of art prints available from the Photolab, to give customers an idea of how they might look on their own walls at home. However, she soon realized that the true value of such a gallery would be the platform it gives local photographers and artists—to showcase their work to others in the community, and help them gain new clients and grow their business.

Meghan’s next step was to get approval from head office. Her proposal went over so well that not only did she get the OK for her LIAG in Ladner, but they decided to roll it out to every London Drugs location that has the space necessary to create a proper display. And that’s how one creative Photolab manager’s idea to give local photographers a leg up in the community became an ongoing company-wide celebration of photography.

If you’ve never noticed it before, or if you simply haven’t been to your local Photolab in a while, be sure to stop by and appreciate some of the finest photography your community has to offer. Better yet, if you happen to be a professional photographer, digital artist, or even a member of a local photography club—speak to your local Photolab Manager for details about showcasing your work and becoming a local inspiration to others.



Selected images from photographer Karen Maires, whose prints have been featured in the Local Inspirations Artist Gallery at the Ladner Photolab. See more of her work at

May 11th, 2015

See you at LDFotoCon this May!


May is Photography Month. To celebrate, London Drugs is hosting LDFotoCon—a month-long series of consumer photography shows created specifically to give photography aficionados of all skill levels a chance to fully explore the boundless depths of their joyous photo-geekery.


May 2nd, 2015

London Drugs Celebrates National #PhotoMonth

With the arrival of May flowers, photographers everywhere are dusting off their cameras to once again capture the beauty of spring during Canada’s National Photo Month. Originally created to raise awareness and an interest in photography, Photo Month is the perfect time to choose the right accessories for your camera and improve your photography skills. To celebrate, London Drugs is starting the month off right with store-wide events and weekly workshops.

photomonth(blog3)London Drugs locations throughout the month of May will host photography related workshops to help customers better acquaint themselves with their current camera’s capabilities and to learn ways to better manage their images. Our Photo Electronics department will walk you through the differences between choosing a DSLR camera versus a compact camera system and even what the best smartphone camera solution is for you. Learn how to file and manage your images with external hard drives and photo editing software from our Computers Department. The weekly workshops will help customers discover how London Drugs is a one-stop shop for all your photography needs.


The first annual #LDFotoCon is happening at six London Drugs locations this May in British Columbia and Alberta. Customers in select cities have the opportunity to meet with expert photographers and representatives from top manufacturers like Nikon, Canon, Fuji  and more to learn the ins-and-outs of professional photography. For more information about a #LDFotoCon near you or to register visit

National #photomonth wouldn’t be complete without an amazing end product to hang on the wall andphotomonth(blog2) show off to friends. London Drugs Photolab has the ability to turn any photograph into a piece of art by creating ultimate enlargements, canvas gallery wraps, photo mugs, greeting cards and vibrant metal prints. With tripods, bags and lighting equipment in-house, customers will arrive at London Drugs as amateurs and leave as prosumers on everything photography. Check out the variety of items the London Drugs Photolab has to offer here.

April 24th, 2015

London Drugs hosts first #LDFotoCon Consumer Photography Show in Vancouver


London Drugs is pleased to present its first #LDFotoCon Consumer Photography Show taking place in six locations throughout the month of May. Customers can learn the ins and outs of digital cameras and photography with the help of expert photographers and representatives from top manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Microsoft and Fuji.

With workshops happening throughout the day, amateur and prosumer photographers can discover how easy it is to capture images that will take their photos to the next level.


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