Monday, January 19, 2015

Ruby. Newborn Photography.

I had sweet little Ruby in the studio just after Christmas along with her mom, dad and big brother Abe.

It's been a while since I've done a newborn and a few things became obvious fairly quickly. My studio space isn't quite large enough, (mom, dad and Abram hung out in the rather chilly hall while my assistant (and dear friend) Nicole and I worked in the studio) and poor little Ruby wasn't feeling quite herself that day.

 Newborns can go through  growth spurts, feel a little gassy, or would prefer to be at home in their own bed rather than hanging out with a photographer who snuggles them to sleep and then starts messing around, trying to get them into the 'perfect' position . . .

What's up with that?!

Big brother Abe was a sweetheart and thoroughly enjoyed climbing up on the box to pose for me. He would have been fine if we had skipped Ruby altogether! ;D

In the end, we decided to bring Ruby back another day and have dad and Abe stay home. I brought all my gear upstairs into my much larger office space and we did the shoot in there instead.

So much better. 

A big thank you to Ryan and Cindy who were so laid back through out this process. I know it can hard work getting out with a new baby and a toddler, especially in the winter! Thanks for letting me snuggle and play with your little ones.

How adorable is this sweet face?!

Check out their 'Welcome to the Family' video. (click on the little cog in the lower right corner, then click on 720 to watch it in HD)

 I love being able to add video clips to still photos . . .

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Learning how to make a Poster in Photoshop

I've always had a fascination with the visual arts. Graphic art in particular.

I've never even thought of graphic art as something I could do. After all, even my stick men are barely recognizable!

And yet . . . I love a beautifully designed poster, an eye-catching book cover and even a well presented flyer.

And so . . . being the curious,' I've got to at lest give it a try kind of woman', I decided to tackle some of the tutorials offered by Design Cuts to it's clients.

People . . . if you are at all into design you've got to check them out! I love all the beautiful resources they offer at an unbelievable price! And no. . . I don't get anything for saying that . . . I just love them. They are sweet and helpful and English, and they drink tea! I'm not sure how they could get any better. . .

I spent yesterday afternoon and evening working on this poster. There were many steps involved. I had to do a bit of googling when my knowledge was lacking but it was soooo satisfying when I was done!

I'm not going to be a graphic designer anytime soon and I've go an even larger respect for their skills now that I'm done.

That said, I enjoyed this so much I'm going to tackle another one next week. Learning new things is awesome!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Talented Tuesday. Breanne Jansen, Motion Designer and Film School Graduate.

Learning a new craft takes work. In the creative world it's said that it takes 10,000 hours of work before you master your craft.

That's a lot of hours . . .

I'm always fascinated by creatives who are passionate about their work. It doesn't matter to me what their field is, art, music, food, I just love seeing someone immerse themselves in their craft.

It's why I love chef Jamie Oliver, Master gardener Paul James, and sharpie artist Emmy Star Brown

I thought it would be fun to share some of these fabulous, passionate people with you once in a while and today I'm going to share the work of my niece Breanne Jansen.

Breanne has always been creative, drawing, photographing and filming as a girl and into her teens. (Her mom says she was born with a pencil in her hand.)

She's got a unique view of the world (as do we all) and her work shows an amazing attention to detail. She's just graduated from Vancouver Film School and is ready to set out into the world armed with her carefully honed skills.

She's taking a bit of time off first as she's been invited to volunteer at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival next week in Utah. (A really big deal!) A pretty exciting adventure for this young woman.

I wanted to share a bit of her work, so here is her newly finished Grad project. It's message is the perfect way to kick off Talented Tuesdays . . .

Live What You Believe from Breanne Jansen on Vimeo.

It's really crazy how much she's learned over these last few years . . . and how many hours and hours of work she's done to get to this level.

 This is one of her early works. It's simpler, but still a big favorite of mine as it stars her niece (my great-niece) Celina.

What is it that you like to create? I'd love to hear about that thing you can lose yourself in for hours at a time. Are you a scrapbooker? Gardener? Cook? Painter? Musician?

I'd like to feature you and your talent. Leave a comment and a place to contact you and we'll talk. 
(The comment feature on the blog is working properly again! Whoo Hoo!)

Our talents are meant to be shared  . . .

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Taralynn and Cody's Wedding

A while back I was honoured to be asked by Danielle of Lucier Photography to second shoot for her at Taralynn and Cody's wedding.

I was excited and apprehensive at the same time. Danielle is an amazing photographer and I didn't want to let her down. She was so sweet and encouraging though, and gave me opportunities to learn from her through out the day. She also allowed me to edit and use any of the images I took for my portfolio.

As second shooter, I headed over to the boys place the morning of the wedding. I had never done boys before and I was a little dubious about how well they would take having  a camera pointed at them for a couple of hours . . . I shouldn't have doubted though. They were so sweet. If I asked them for something, they did their best to help, even when it didn't make a whole lot of sense to them.

At one point, when they were getting ready, I noticed the groom's pocket 'hankie' was a little wonky. I couldn't help myself, I had to fix it! I went over to him and told him the mom in me couldn't let him go out with a less than perfect hankie. He was thrilled I was fixing it for him. When one of his groom's men had troubles with his hankie Cody told him to let me fix it.

"She knows what she's doing . . . she's done thousands of these things (weddings) . . . "

I burst into hysterical laughter. How old did he think I was???! 100?? 200?? Luckily for my professionalism, all that laughter stayed on the inside, although it threatened to burst out off and on  all day. I still think it's hilarious.

One we were finished with our pictures we headed off to the Prince of Wales Armory for the ceremony. What a lovely venue! I had catered a Credit Union dinner there, years before, but we had only used the main floor and a few small rooms on the upper floor. The room  the ceremony was held in was just lovely. The bride and groom were filled with emotion and their families and friends were so very happy for them.

We took family pictures and then a few formals with an awesome vintage car on the Armory grounds.

 The dinner and the reception took place in a beautiful hall on the University grounds where we took more formals before dinner.

Taralynn and Cody's wedding was beautiful and working with Danielle was a real pleasure.

It has converted me from a "I will never do weddings!" photographer to a "when's the next one?" kind of girl . . .

Taralynn and Cody, I wish you only the very best as you begin your married life together.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

The Truth about Young Kids and Photo Shoots.

Late this fall I decided I wanted to get in one last photo shoot before the snow flew.

I wanted something different for this one though . . . something magical. Luckily for me, my sister-in-law Andrea is always up for adventure and has four kids.

I explained what I was looking for and she dug through her dress-up box and came up with some great fairy tale costumes for her kids. I brought along bags of gourds, a suitcase full of assorted props, and a few wooden props.

We all piled into our trucks and headed for a nearby park. Thankfully the older kids were able to help carry the props into the park. I've got to find a better system for getting my props from place to place. Ideally I would just bring less props. But that's not going to happen any time soon . . . Henry choose a roomy Yukon XL for me because he knows me and my ways better than anyone. Ahem.

We had a great time acting out fairy-tales and making up stories of our own that afternoon. And then, because I'm smart that way, I thought we should see if we could sneak in a quick family session with the kids . . .

We started out pretty good . . .

Some one very quickly noticed me and my camera . . .

Someone else had really difficulty with the whole, 'stay sitting down' concept . . .

Tongues poked out, props were eaten, thrown and knocked over . . .

 Mom spent a lot of time putting someone back in the shot and fixing the props . . .

 All in all, an amusing challenge.

I did get some sweet moments though. Not technically 'perfect' mind you, with everyone looking 'perfectly' at the camera, but sweet none the less . . .

So now you know the truth about young kids and photo shoots.

There is no way to control what happens, you just take what comes.

And that's just the way I like it.

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