Now with Ko-fi

My Ko-fi page is now live!

Ko-fi is a platform that allows creators, like me, to be easily supported by fans of their work. Supporters can give a “ko-fi”, which is similar to the price of a coffee, to show someone that they value their work and would like to offer support. It’s pretty great!

If you enjoy my work and would like to help me make more, please consider supporting me on Ko-fi!

As a thank you from me, all supporters are given access to a wallpaper package, containing a variety of sunset photos from my collection of work.

Check out the page to learn more. 😊

Thanks! ❤

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September Adventures: Sugar Pine Reservoir Part 2

Last week I shared Part 1 of my adventures in Sugar Pine Reservoir, where I visited the area in late September with my husband and mother-in-law. It’s a gorgeous area to spend the day wandering around and soaking in the beauty of nature.

I had heard stories from my husband and his family about how beautiful and peaceful the area was, but had yet the chance in any of my travels to visit the space.

This all changed last month. And I think it’s safe to say it’s now one of my favourite places in California. I want to back!

Let’s get to the photographs, shall we?

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September Adventures: Sugar Pine Reservoir Part 1

In late September, my husband, mother-in-law and I traveled to Sugar Pine Reservoir, located in Northern California, to spend the day wandering around. I had heard stories from my husband and his family about how beautiful and peaceful the area was, but had not yet had the chance to visit.

This was all about to change.

In preparation, I purchased a new SD Card for my camera, a nearly-ten-year-old Canon EOS REBEL T3. In previous years, I have shied away from shooting photographs in RAW. My excuse was that SD Cards were expensive and I would rather take more photos and experiment, rather than have to stop early and miss something because I didn’t have card space.

These days, SD Cards don’t really cost all that much and I have no excuse not to ensure I have ample room for the photos I need to take. I never had any excuse, to be honest.

And after editing RAW photos in Adobe Lightroom Classic recently, I don’t think I will ever go back to using only Adobe Photoshop. For photo editing, if I don’t need to edit people out of them or work on a design, I can see myself using Lightroom for most retouching instead. It’s amazing for organization and batch editing. I love it!

Let’s get to the photographs, shall we?

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Editing Landscape Photography

This post is based on a similar post I created for Tali Gibson Designs LLC‘s company Portfolio. It was a post that turned out far more detailed than originally intended, and I can see it being relevant here as well. It gives a fair amount of insight into how I photograph and edit photos, as well as what programs I use to do my work.


There are different ways to edit a photo based on how the photo was taken and the intention behind the editing. In the case of landscape photography, there is more leeway in how far to push an image, compared to the subtlety required for portrait retouching.

Photograph taken in September 2019 at Sugar Pine Reservoir in California.

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Learning and Designing and Editing And…

The last two months have been busy for me, so there has not been much in the way of content going up here. It’s the kind of busy-ness that’s productive, but doesn’t offer much to show for it in the short-term.

For those who keep up with my devientART Gallery, you will have seen a few designs popping up in the last month or so. That’s a small portion of what has been going on around here. I have much to show you!

Website: Tali Gibson Designs LLC

In July, my husband started up a business, Tali Gibson Designs LLC. Since then, we have been working on creating content for the website to showcase examples of the services we offer through the company. Being a new and small company, I’m both Graphic Designer, Website Administrator, Social Network Admin, and Whatever-Else-We-Happen-To-Need.

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Gallery Update: San Francisco

As promised in a previous post, the deviantART gallery and portfolio are updated with a number of photos from 2016 when I visited San Francisco. It was an adventure and I can’t wait to get the chance to go back.

I made the trip from Mississauga, Ontario to California to visit my boyfriend (who is now my husband) and his family for a couple weeks around the Canada Day holiday and Independence Day. On July 4th, a group of us went to San Francisco to meet another friend and explore the city.

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Talizmyn on deviantART

Did I Ever Tell You I Was on DeviantART?

I have a deviantart account, TalizmynVox, and have since 2003. (16 years… Already?!) The link is up on the sidebar of this blog, but I never actually gave it a proper introduction. Oops!

I have a fair bit of work available to view there and, going forward, will post here when I upload anything new. Beware of going too far back in the archives though, because 2003-Talizmyn was just getting out of high school and the artistic abilities were only just beginning to evolve into something… presentable.

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Stumbling into 2019

Hey there,

I’m a graphic designer, photographer, artist, and writer. The best way to describe who I am may be to say that I am a creator. I want to make things out of nothing and share them with you. Except… I haven’t been doing much of any of those things of late. And that’s going to change. It changes today.

I need a bit of accountability and I am going to be using this blog to do so. It’s now my space to share projects, reviews of content I’m interested it, random musings, and whatever else I happen to want to share.

Here’s a bit about me

My name is Janessa, and I go by Talizmyn online. I’m a gamer in my free time: I play Guild Wars 2, Diablo 3, The Sims 4… just to name a few. I’m a fan of the Mass Effect and Borderlands franchises and plan to continue with those series in the future. I love reading, writing, and am active on Goodreads. I have had dogs and will talk about them for hours if you let me. I don’t have pups now but plan to soon in the future… but my husband and I aren’t quite prepared for that yet!

I am Canadian, from the Greater Toronto Area, and currently live in California with my husband and our roommate. I miss snow far more than I thought I would and don’t much care for the dry Californian air that gives me nosebleeds in the middle of the night. How is this a thing that happens?

I’m learning that, in California, winter means rain and, thankfully, a reduction in nosebleeds. It also means the return of allergies, which I used to only have to deal with from May to October. But I guess one can’t have everything.

What to Expect

As I said above, I am an avid reader and I plan on posting reviews ob books I have read, excerpts from work I am creating, art, photos, new items available in my shops, and perhaps even reviews of movies and shows I’m watching if I feel strongly enough about them to share. I also post a fair bit on Instagram of items I have cooked, baked, or random photos taken of the area on my phone. My goal is to focus a lot of that here, rather than leave each site as its own separate entity.

Plus, it’ll get me writing on a much more consistent schedule. Comments and feedback will be welcome.

Thanks for joining me.