Opinion: The Front Porch Project Trend

Opinion: The Front Porch Project Trend

Surf social media, turn on local news and you have likely seen the trend during COVID-19 to raise money or generate business using the concept of the Front Porch Projects.

In so far as my community discussions amongst some of the top photographers in North America this was the brain child of a lovely photographer in Massachussetts. I want to stress this was an idea born out of community, love for clients and the need for connection in a very unprecedented time. That is important because I do not think when it was born in the minds and hearts of then many other photographers any intentions were anything but honourable.

There are several reasons why we are not offering these sessions: 

ONE:  COVID-19 is a new coronavirus and our medical community has an evolving understanding of transmission. To work with clients means taking on risks that I am not prepared as an insured photographic professional. Kids like to run around and I do not want to break their bubble or my own.

TWO:  On the whole family photography is a luxury item in our list of services. While it does nourish the soul it is not an essential service during the COVID-19 Pandemic. All the messages we are getting from all levels of government here are this is not business as usual for photographers.

THREE: You have heard the directive from Justin Trudeau on how we beat the virus. Stay home. Stay healthy. That does not include travelling to client homes to take photos. It is as simple as that. While it was not as clearly stated a few weeks ago the next few weeks are key in flattening the curve in our Region and I intend to follow that directive.

Does this mean in the future the idea of Front Porch Sessions is a bad idea?

I do not think anyone can answer that. It is a lovely way to capture a family – just not at this time.

Stay healthy.

Stay home.

We encourage you take lots of photos of your self isolation because this is a time to document – using a phone right up to a professional camera (if you have one) – so one day you can show your grandkids what the COVID-19 pandemic life in 2020 was like.

We will be here to capture the experience when the restrictions are lifted.

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller at Trinity Design Photography 

The Visual Story of Erin Haig

The Visual Story of Erin Haig

Creating images with professionals has become one of my favourite parts of photography. Each professional has their own needs balanced with that of the company they work for. Images that connect you with someone often before you have even met them in person.

In  a world with a camera on every phone we have forgotten the power of a professional headshot. An image is digested by your brain in just 13 milliseconds. People looking at your headshot will judge you on your appearance, they judge your intelligence and your socio-economic status. When partnered with a job search or in partnership with a business or your own brand a head shot becomes a key part of your first contact. Using a muddy cellphone shot of you in your car is literally leaving a key part of your brand out of the mix from the very beginning.

With these new looks there Erin has a strong series of looks that compliment her role as a Human Resources professional. Her new images show a stylish, professional and capable professional in her field.

This pose uses a table lined with the same seamless black paper we used in this session. I love the way the paper and her dress become a frame for her face. Her expression while not smiling but has warmth and a strong elegance.

Our new brown Thonet (or ice cream) chair provided a perfect prop for this pose. Our client is wearing a classic jacket, one of her own faves which gives this portrait texture and another timeless look.

A bonus shot for this client I loved the way we used this jacket collar along with her hand placement to create a strong, engaging portrait. The same chair was used but you cannot see it – with the famous “Rhonda” pose we often use in studio.

The “Rhonda” pose showed up twice in this gallery as the client loved the pose with this jacket. This jacket reminds me of the designs of Chanel – another classic to round out this session.

If you are looking to update your professional look connect with us for your update.

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | trinitydesign.ca

Durham ETFO Event Coverage

Durham ETFO Event Coverage

We provide event photography coverage for a variety of clients across the Durham Region and Greater Toronto Area. We recently hit the ground at 6 different locations in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Brooklin and Oshawa to show the strike action on January 30, 2020.

Need event coverage/images? Connect with us:
https://trinitydesign.ca/connect-2/

The Visual Story of Nicolee Evans

The Visual Story of Nicolee Evans

An experienced professional in the mortgaging business, Nicolee Evans, works with the Element Mortgage Group. We took a look at the branding of the group and added in her own personal style to create a new set of images for her this year.

(above) Shot in our home studio in Whitby this portrait of Nicolee was created in tandem. Using our new love seat and Nicolee’s great sense of style. The casual nature of this image will compliment nicely her over arching branding for her mortgage business.

We used the navy blue with that hint of teal for the background in the images. Outfits were picked in tonal blues for the more formal images of the session. That tonal look gives a sophisticated look in tandem with the branding of the group and Nicolee’s personal style.

To wrap up our session we worked on a new format of image where we seated Nicolee using paper to match the background on the table. The end result is a powerful image of this professional mortgage broker.

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography

The Visual Story of Rebecca Munn – Durham Region

The Visual Story of Rebecca Munn – Durham Region

Just over a year ago Trinity Design Photography created editorial headshots and story images for Durham Region and Whitby’s one in a million Rebecca Munn (East of the City magazine). Rebecca, a master seamstress, has been an entrepreneur since she was 16 and was a perfect choice for our test model for our upcoming headshots team photos for companies who work within the 1855 Whitby Innovation Accelerator.

1855 Whitby is housed in a non-descript building that completely wows you when you walk inside. The concrete floors and walls made of bricks dating back to the 1800 and 1900s mixed with glass, steel, and colourful plastics makes for a fresh and creative space.

Rebecca’s brand is clean, modern, fresh and youthful. We kept her outfits simple, in the right portrait she is even wearing one of her own sewing creations. In headshot photography we do not want the main focus to be the clothing but rather it compliments the wearer and moves focus to their face, their personal brand.

This portrait is again proof positive a portrait of a strong, capable and talented woman does not have to feature her smiling. Rebecca’s “blue steel” gaze is just what this portrait needed to make it next level awesome.

The 1800 and 1900s brick background is gently lit with light fall off and the subject is perfectly lit with a one light/reflector combination. Our end product is a strong professional look for this entreprenuer in the building that is now growing some of the latest technological innovators in North America. Long live the entrepreneur.

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | A.O.C.A.D. | Trinity Design Photography

The Visual Story of Susan-jane Frank and Moragh Cameron

The Visual Story of Susan-jane Frank and Moragh Cameron

Real estate professionals Susan-jane Frank and Moragh Cameron came to me to refresh their brand look. Both women are experienced, professional real estates professionals whose combined skills form a strong real estate services for buying and selling your home.

Using fresh and unique locations strengthens a shoot. The home we used in Brooklin featured a stunning open kitchen/bar, seating areas and sun rooms that provided a perfect backdrop for this duo.

Brooklin has so many wonderful places to showcase this team. Our second downtown in Whitby provided a perfect pairing to the images we did at the home. The fall colours, brick and accents on the buildings complimented the wardrobe chosen for the shoot.

 The open bar-kitchen had an amazing Dutch door which we used to create this unique portrait for Susan-jane Frank. Each fresh environment gives you opportunities to tell a story in a new way. We aligned this portrait to the overall brand look and feel using this welcoming space to invite you into her portrait. If you have never meet Susan-jane this portrait tells you everything you need to know about this lovely, smart professional. 

 The open bar-kitchen also had a front bar area which we used to create an informal portrait of Moragh. An image does not have to face the camera to be effective and this style of image can be a great asset in a marketing portfolio.

Want to create content for your business? We will create content that fits your brand and your look. To connect with us connect via the website connect form.

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography

Magical Christmas Portraits (Trinity Design Whitby)

Magical Christmas Portraits (Trinity Design Whitby)

Time is ticking on a child’s belief in Santa. While true it might continue after the age or 8 to 10 it’s rare for it to last much longer (insert the sadness here from all parents/grandparents). So when our 8 year old, who last spring announced he knew about the “Santa thing” we thought our third had joined the ranks of the children who carry the secret of “believing” for the younger kids.

When he sat down this October and announced he needed to be “good for Santa” our family saw a reprieve – courtesy I would like to think from some Christmas magic from the big guy himself. (Yes, some of us still believe).

Shown above is the holiday version of our White Box experience – a different take on family photos. Also a collage composite this has been a mainstay of our studio for the past three years at holiday times and year round.

We just added this third composite to the collection because we “believe” in magical portraits at Christmas. All three are amazing backgrounds from the magical Tara Mapes collection.

I am in love with the simple magic of the window and our third “believer” with his letter to Santa which by tradition was mailed through our studio mailbox (it works every time).

If you are interested in a holiday portrait with us we thought it would be helpful to show you how they work. Each child or pet is captured in their holiday finest in the studio. We then hand edit a magical portrait using the talented and gorgeous digital composites we own – the window and roof by Tara Mapes.

Our studio has a lot of Christmas accessories, a number of Roots Cabin Sweaters and other items you can borrow for portraits should you need it. That being said we do encourage you to bring your own special holiday items and PJs/robes. These touches can make it a much more personal story for your Christmas keepsake portraits.

Our lovely girl Sydney is a secret operative of Santa. Unlike the house eleves her job is to extend the season of belief with her boys. We created this portrait to show her explaining to Santa that yes her assignment was going very well and her youngest boy is a believer again. The story is literally melting my heart and this will be a printed keepsake for years to come in our family.

Sydney loves to watch for Santa in the window, she’s a magical addition to our family.

To book a spot in the studio connect with us as soon as you can – our supplier deadlines are fast approaching. Connect via our website form: Book the Magic of Christmas

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography

Seeing Event Photography Differently

Seeing Event Photography Differently

This summer and fall have been full of wonderful events – from book launches, to beer festivals and celebrations of powerful women in the arts. One thing they all have in common (along with the many events we have covered over the years) is ever changing lighting conditions.

Of all the things I considered writing about on this topic the one I felt would be the most helpful for a client is how to plan for successful photography at an event.

Let there be light.

The first rule of events is to light your anyone who speaks or performs on stage.

Do not assume the ambient light in the room will suffice, for example, light from the ceiling does not flatter the face creating shadows under the hairline, eyes and nose, and the neck.

Instead light the stage with a light that hits the face at a , we had some lovely lighting at the last Whitby Courthouse event and from Leo at Rent-a-Stage Canada at Whitby Beerfest. I won’t get too technical (mainly because stage lighting is not my expertise) however using a series of lights at a 45 degree angle is ideal for a stationary speaker (experts will tell you there is more to the science so using the in house professionals is always a good idea). 

So if we are candid about time, daylight wins.

As the images we took at the Wild Nellies “Celebration of Women” shows working in low light or stage light can be amazing. It will however never quite add up to the beauty Mother Nature dishes up in that golden hour or through filtered window light at an event for clear, beautiful images.

Deciding when (i.e. what month of the year) and where to host your event will impact the look of the images. Natural light images were par for the course at Beerfest until the sun went down. On the lit stage at the Whitby Courthouse theatre we used the stage lighting from the lighting booth upstairs in the theatre. At the SG we used a mixture of natural light, flash and ambient lighting to capture the Drawing for Art event.

In the dark of the night.

In the absense of light and to grab images of tables at charity events such as “Starry Nights” hosted each June by the YWCA we use flash. A diffuser on the on camera light literally douses the area in front of you in light and the further away the subject is from the light source (you and your camera) the less light there is (we call that light fall off).

We recommend holding a pose for a few minutes to give the photographer a few takes. This accounts for movement, focusing and closed eyes – which the more people in a photo the more chance of a blinker.

At the podium? Here are a few tips.

If I could give someone speaking one word of advice I would say stop, look up and smile for a period of time longer than YOU think needed. This gives eye contact to the audience and gives us the 10 seconds or longer needed to take the ideal shot of you.

The pause removes shapes created by talking and replaces them with a smile. Eyes are not diverted to the podium or page but instead at your audience. Light is hitting your face and not being shadowed by a microphone. In the end this simple change will help create more effective shots of your event and your speakers/performers. 

We love working your events and if you have any further questions about our services please connect with us.

For more of our event work visit: Events

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | www.trinitydesign.ca

Fall in love with your family all over again.

Fall in love with your family all over again.

Every time I walk through our rooms in the house I am falling back in love with experiences.

The first time our son ran a cross country race, the droplets of water that shook off him as he started the 1500 m in grade 4 and his recent graduation from grade school. The look on our middle son’s face as he danced ballet on stage for the first time, the love we have on our faces when we hugged on the grass near Cullen Central park during a family session. The crazy smile our third gives me every single time and I am worried one day will fade away.

Limited Space this fall.

  From toddlers, to teens and in-betweens – we capture all the experiences – including that new puppy.

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | @trinitydesignwhitby