Family Photography – Aravinda

Family Photography – Aravinda

In our studio we created a series of portraits for this family in traditional Indian dress, formal and casual western wear. Each family, each story is unique and we work with you to create that special session.

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Capturing a family in studio often comes with myths. Dad won’t want to be there, teens will be sullen and so on. Dad brought such a special vibe to this session and the teen rocked his session – even doing a model pose. I come to each session without preconceived notions and let the dynamic unfold. 

I loved every minute of the traditional outfits. The patterns, fabrics and the cuts were so lovely.

More familiar are the western suits I grew up with in church and weddings. I love the juxtaposition after the formal Indian outfits.

Mom went all out and even had these great shirts made for a casual studio portrait.

Mom looked stunning in her sari – she is so beautiful and if I can a solo portrait of each parent is added to every session. We are in so few of the images we take for our family.

At the end of the day we ended up a a great range of Indian formal wear, western formal and casual portraits for this family. I can imagine how gorgeous this would look in a fall setting in the future.

To book a session with us please fill out our Connect Form and we will send you information and follow up with a phone call to review.

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography (Whitby)

University Graduate Session -Durham Region

University Graduate Session -Durham Region

Graduating from university is a huge milestone and again with pandemic effects impacting not just school but the locations of local big box graduation stores. This graduate ordered her own gown and hat (which we bought from her for our collection) and it looked amazing in the late summer greens and golden tones of her golden hours session.

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We used both the south and north areas of this Ajax location to create a stylish and elegant session. The graduate is wearing a dress underneath so we used this technique of removing the gown to create a walk away photo of her. I like the look, the symbolism of walking into a new and exciting future. The slate and stone steps make for a lovely back drop.

I am often asked will glasses be an issue with my session. Most of the time with some creative posing, a little luck and some editing they are fine, even outdoors. However, the anti-glare coatings are a photographers best friend so if you have those (these had them) I will like you that much more!

Finding new ways to use areas I shoot in frequently is par for the course. In this spot I went high and asked the graduate to lean and look up. It is one of my favourite images from the summer. She looks amazing and it gives a great perspective – something new and fresh.

To book a session with us please fill out our Connect Form and we will send you information and follow up with a phone call to review. We have a two black gowns in tween and adult sizes, a blue gown as shown and matching hats. We also have this royal blue gown in Kindergarten size.

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography (Whitby)

Actor: Jacob Breedon (age 9)

Actor: Jacob Breedon (age 9)

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Working with actors to create professional headshot photos in Whitby, Ontario in our studio is one of my favourite things to do. Even more favourite are young actors who are already amazing at taking direction.

We worked with Jacob to create his first set of acting headshots. Do not let that first fool you, he is already at age nine an experienced actor with cast credentials on a new television series. Watch for him in the upcoming

When dressing for headshots as an actor bring solid shirts that will allow the focus to stay on your face in your headshot. This shirt has a small pattern which we removed to strengthen the impact of the image. I asked him to give me a stern look and he nailed this look with only that direction. 

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Every actor must update their shots yearly and when younger sometimes even moreso. A full body, half body and a headshot are the first three shots you MUST HAVE in your actor arsenal. We added in some cut off jean shorts and a white t-shirt to play up the converse shoes in this image.

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A professional headshot is markedly different than an actor headshot. We only edit what we need to in acting headshots, removing blemishes. We show the true face and that face must be current. Directors and casting staff need to see what you look like. So editing is minimal and complimentary to how the person looks.

The classic headshot is head and shoulders with a winning smile. It is essential the eyes are in focus for any headshot and anything less will not do for a professional headshot.

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Sometimes I will have clients jump, dance or anything to relax them. In Jacob’s case we did it because it was fun – after all he is nine and fun is the name of the game.

If you need to update your acting headshots we would love to chat.

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Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography

Notre Dame CSS Ajax Graduate Experience

Notre Dame CSS Ajax Graduate Experience

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Grade twelve is a journey from teenagehood into adult hood. I wanted to start the session with traditional poses and then we walked the garden walkway to show off the gown, the hat and the journey she is about to embark on. It is always fun working with kids at this juncture as they finish secondary school and have life stretching out in front of them.

Creating some movement we had the client walk foot in front of one another to make a s-curve to her walk and then used the gown and hat/tassel in the wind to compliment the overall story.

To say it was windy during this session was an understatement. We had so many behind the scenes giggles as the hat was swept away but somehow managed NOT to drop it in the water feature even once. I had a good laugh, too, when before my client arrived a young boy was playing with his parents and during hide and seek walked right into the fountain!

Reflections and leading lines give the cool grey and architecture elements a sense of movement and colour. The wind was less in this spot but we still liked the hand on the hat in some of the images. I just love the school colours, after all we do like a purple here at Trinity Design.

When you find a perfect spot where you can climb a wall and bench, give your client the railing and let her relax into the experience. A few head turns to give mom a smile and we got this amazing shot – she just radiates beauty in this one. I wish every graduate would do outdoor sessions as they are so natural and double as senior portraits for your child(ren).

 

We loved working in this new location in Ajax and surely we will be back to explore more over this summer. If you like this location ask for images here at Pat Bayly Square in Ajax.

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Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography

Downtown Brooklin Family Session

Downtown Brooklin Family Session

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Family sessions are one of my favourite types of work in the summer. The giggles of sisters, the parents giving the look, the simple act of capturing portraits in a moment in time. A moment that you will go back to as they grow, as time goes onward through seasons, grades and years.

Kids sometimes shine at different times in the session, I liked two of the images from the brick wall but preferred the way the little one opened up in the later images. There are no rules on how a session should go and sometimes kids need time to open up. This is why minis are not my favourite way to do family work because every child deserves time to shine.

Walking, talking and laughing – these are the images I love making because it speaks so much to the moments we do not capture. The closeness of a family and their aunt, the way a family works and supports one another throughout life’s moments.

Every. Single. Session. I will ask for a family hug. I love them. Expect a family hug in your session.

We had so much fun running up and down downtown Brooklin’s main drag. Balloons are optional but I loved the extra pop of colour they gave this session.

The cover image bears repeating. The vehicle a family car passed down with a lot of meaning. The girls are so sweet in the vehicle and it is for sure one of my favourites from this session.

Let us work with your family to create an out of the box session for your 2021 portraits (this session was taken in 2019). 

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Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography

Graduation – Two Sisters in Whitby

Graduation – Two Sisters in Whitby

Sisters graduating grade eight and grade twelve deserved nothing less than a celebration! I have been watching these two grow for years on the school yard and at the local dance studio. During this last wave both were so patient waiting for us to be able to capture these images. During the last announcement permitting Step 1 outside photos we jumped at the chance to get them in front od the camera.

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The empty parking garage has become a regular spot for graduation sessions. As with all spots I frequent revisiting them gives me new opportunities to create different art – sometimes using what is there and sometimes by knowing what I can do with what is there. The darker spots I could see the lights peaking out but they were green and yellow, not the look I wanted for this session. Dovetailing in the colours I envisioned give the girls shots a the look I saw when taking them in my creative mind.

There is an unspeakable bond between sisters – a current that runs between them. There is of course a little sass, the inside jokes and looks and the giggles – something I see across all siblings – the giggles. This is not something just with girls – I see it in boys all the time. It always is amazing on camera – a tickle, a look – the smiles become real.

In the case of two graduates plan for extra time, we went about half an hour over time. There are outfits, grad gowns and various spots to walk to – times two graudates and sibling shots.

Inside the session it is also important to differentiate between the graduates so they get a look of their own, too. In the case of the younger sibling we embraced her bold personality and posed her in a way that was a little more edgy. For her older sister we found a more classic pose that suited her – she brought up the hand and I knew we had our shot.

Our sessions come with a gallery to choose your favourite poses and order print sheets for them (one package even has two sheets included).

To book a session with us please fill out our Connect Form and we will send you information and follow up with a phone call to review.

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography (Whitby)

Milestones : Whitby Birthday Photography Session

Milestones : Whitby Birthday Photography Session

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This Canadian kid turns double digits this summer, is there anything else cooler for a kid? Making sure you cover those milestones with a photography session.

Every birthday I work with my boys to create one milestone session with them. It’s not each child’s favourite evening with the exception of this guy who still plans the whole thing with me from props, to crazy things we can try and puts up with my expiramentation. 

Kids often will tell you they do not like photos. They have memories of being in front of cameras in the gym at school in the view of their peers and not in a setting that would inspire any young mind. Kids who work with me get to help create the end result.

We discuss where we are taking the session, what props they are feeling work for them and we move away from things that do not. There is an element of what is planned but there is the room to be free in choosing what works for the kid in front of the lens. 

This ten year old loves LEGO, building with polymer clay and making models out of cardboard. There are glue guns, exacto knives and paint all over the house in the wake of his creative spirit. He dreams in Minecraft and loves watching Star Wars cartoons and anything with a superhero. 

Our third son at double digits – forgive me if I am a little teary as I write this post. He’s no baby anymore.

With a new watch today our little energy bunny walked the house until he hit his 60 minute milestone. He is planning bike rides, walking and swimming all week, thanks Garmin for the extra motivation.

Is there anything more Canadian than that outfit and that smile? Adding in the flag a as a superhero cape worked well so inspire him to run around and enjoy the empty parking lot which has a been an unexpected space to work in the pandemic.

We work throughout the Durham Region (based in Olde Whitby) and the Greater Toronto Area, we even will travel to cottage country. Sessions are best made in spaces that have meaning and value to you. Your hometown, your cottage or the local beach. Include the dog and the kids and YOURSELF. Being in photos now means you get to see how awesome you looked years later and you leave images of you for your kids who trust me, think you are beautiful just as a you are.

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Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography

Grade Eight Graduation Photos in Whitby

Grade Eight Graduation Photos in Whitby

Love this grad photo of S so much! It is just really ‘S’. It was such a great experience and we have so many amazing shots to pick from thanks to Kirsten McGoey from Trinity Design Photography .

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Graduation from Grade Eight was my first big moment in life. I remember the lemon yellow dress I wore (the only other time I have done that since was a wedding). I remember feeling very grown up and fancy and maybe not liking my white shoes (but my memory is fuzzy). I got a bible from my parents for all those kids who are asking for MacBooks – yes this is a thing (yikes).

So as we work with all the grade eight graduates this spring I am reminded of how much they are missing. They are missing sitting in a fancy outfit in the school gym, our school gym is super small and hot. They are missing out on gathering with friends after for a graduation dinner at the Brock House (this is a tradition at this grads school) and they are getting a prerecorded grad ceremony up for 24 hours that is over Zoom so we can dial in our loved ones from their houses.

Young men like this graduate have been faithfully doing online classes and waiting for a time when we will all gather again. This particular young man is a talented soccer player, has been in many school plays and on all the sports teams. E. A. Fairman P.S. is a small school (growing much larger next spring) and the benefit is no matter what your skills you make every team – but this guy is a born athlete. He is kind, gentle and getting taller by the day. Another friend of my sons that is taller than me seems par for the course these days. 

When you work with kids you have know since they were in Senior Kindergarten there is a special connection you don’t get otherwise. This young man has seen me at every school sport I can attend from track and field to lacrosse. He has worked with me when we captured 80+ portraits for the school play in the black and white style so used by real theatres. He has seen me at every school event and play capturing the experience of the school’s community. He knows my kids and he knows me. That connection is invaluable.

As a small studio we thank you so much for supporting us as the third wave of the pandemic draws to a close. We are permitted as of the date of this publishing to work retail photography (business to consumer – family, grads etc) outside as long as we follow social distancing guidelines and gathering limits outlined by the Ontario government for the Step we are in which is Step 1. That means until we open further studio sessions are not permitted but we have lots of great locations locally and outside that fit the bill.

To find out more about our graduate work visit our portfolio.

To book a session with us send us a connect form.

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Kirsten McGoey, Visual Storyteller

 

Modern Graduation Photos

Modern Graduation Photos

In the wake of last years pandemic – which was fresh and new a year ago  – graduates were the first clients we worked with when we opened in June 2020. This grade eight session was done in a now empty space – free of commuters and vehicles as the pandemic asked us to work at home to stay safe.

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Garages have levels denoted by colour so when I started last year my two black gowns and one blue stole worked well with the upper level of the rooftop level. It also matched his tie so the tone on tone gives a nice effect.

The garage markings can add interest to the composition and level up the already amazing indirect light. Sometimes a spot you have used a few times becomes something new when you revisit it with a new client. The new trend is a suit or dress shirt with smart sneakers (not your ratty ones, these ones are the dressy kind). Well styled hair and of course bring your diploma, any awards if they have been handed out and we document it all. I am not showing those shots but his watch is a lovely touch to complete the look.

When dressing for graduate photos be sure to dress up so the gown and the outfit you would have worn to graduation is celebrated. This young man again had this great tone on tone blue outfit which worked so well with the blue tone on the rooftop.

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Kirsten McGoey, Visual Storyteller

 

The Visual Story of Shael Risman: CEO of PACE Technical

The Visual Story of Shael Risman: CEO of PACE Technical

They define “headshot” as a picture of someone’s head or face in the dictionary. A tool used in acting to get the job and in the new pandemic world literally the first touch point most of your clients will see. After seeing an image the client will make decisions on several fronts including are you likeable, competent and influential.

As a CEO Shael Risman spends sometimes as much as 12 hours a day on zoom and meeting software. He manages a company with over 30 staff and to say an online impression is paramount is an understatement. Meeting in person is on pause while we battle the pandemic and vaccinate the population so a series of good headshots allows Shael and his team to get down to business.

Shot on basic black we worked with Shael to style him in a grey neutral look which gives the entire series a modern, sophisticated and classic look. Wardrobe advice is included in all sessions in our preparatory call and PDF guide.

Knowing that Shael is launching a podcast which will further showcase his innovation and leadership there was room in this session for a strong image that breaks a few “headshot rules” but tells the story of this visionary leader.

If you are from the Durham Region and recognize Shael he is also a skilled actor/director and dedicated member of the Whitby Courthouse Theatre. His comfort on stage lends itself to the ease behind the lens which makes telling his story that much more fun.

For good measure we did add in one traditional headshot – even lighting, catch lights in both eyes – but there is no reason a headshot cannot (as seen above) play with those rules, play with the lighting and break out from those “rules”.

I thought I would give Shael the last word on this session as he posted this shortly thereafter:

“Trinity Design Photography are miracle workers plain and simple. Kirsten McGoey never fails to amaze me by her ability to capture exactly what I need. We wanted new pics for the podcast PACE Technical is launching as well as other professional initiatives, but a lot of times when you deal with commercial photography, the results can be a bit staid. I really wanted to have something that captured my professional persona – which – let’s be honest – does not fall easily into your usual CEO boundaries. I really don’t know how she does it but I’m so happy she does. “

If you and/or your team is looking for an update please connect with us to arrange a quote. We follow all protocols as outlined by the province and only shoot one session per day in studio. We also can come to your office to shoot a team with pre-booked appointments to ensure all COVID related protocols are taken into account.

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography