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.

To book us for a session connect with us for more information: Connect Form

 Capture the experience.

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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

The Visual Story of Neil Henderson

The Visual Story of Neil Henderson

We work with a lot of professionals in a variety of different industries – what ties all business professionals together is the need for a headshot that reflects who they are right now. An image that is crisp, clear, with proper highlights in the eyes and an outfit that supports your brand but doesn’t compete with the intention – a portrait of the person wearing them.

Neil is in Insurance with CAA and needed a look that reflected the brand he works for and his own personal brand. The corporate look was using black as a background – this is a nice modern change from all white all the time. We did two black options and one white for his final three images.

When you work for a company be sure to send us your corporate brand specifications for headshots so we create a product they can use in line with their branding.

When shopping for work wear always consider one or two jackets that have some texture without too much of a pattern. These add a nice look to headshots which typically do not include any pattern. The texture should be uniform and a colour that works with your colouring. Hint – almost everyone looks good in a blue to navy colour story. Avoid stripes and plaids which can be hard to smooth while editing.

We can often however break the rule of a pattern if it is subtle enough. Note his plaid and navy jacket here reads as a solid with some visual interest. We always recommend bringing multiple options so we can help you edit your closet to the right look for you. 

The listening or “Rhonda” poses are a staple here in the studio. We love how leaning forward elongates the neck, brings the shoulders into a listening pose and shows off the client no matter what age, gender or size they are. A little catch light in the eyes gives this pose the final touch.

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

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | trinitydesign.ca