Not Your Average School Portraits

Not Your Average School Portraits

When you do the math on school portraits in order to get prints you are investing a lot for one photo. We stopped doing this for obvious reasons, it helps when your Mom is a professional, insured photographer. Instead we invest in studio sessions and lifestyle sessions for our milestone moments. For our son’s graduation we hired a local talent to shoot our family and took some time to grab images of each boy and them all together at that moment in time.

This family lives in Brooklin, mom is a teacher and Dad works in IT. We did their “Not Your Average School Portraits” in February in the studio against a black paper backdrop. We did a series of each sibling and some group shots – all three dance so they have some experience in front of the camera which is always a bonus.

 We used outfits in shades of grey to create a modern feeling for the portraits of the siblings. We paired cardigans with tank tops to create a neutral backdrop for each portrait. This allows the timeless beauty of each subject to grab your attention and compliments the image instead of distracting from it.

 Our new chocolate brown Thonet chair was a perfect choice for this session. It is a classic chair to pair with this session with three dancers in this family. It also has simple, clean lines that add to the portrait without distracting from it.

In any studio portrait once the regular shots are done I use hair tossing, jumping and other physical exercises to losen up my subjects. If subjects are not comfortable with having their portrait taken this loosens them up and it’s a lot of fun, too.

Portraits in the studio while capturing a single moment do not have to be boring. We added in some of the energy that this wonderful girl has in movement with her hair, the bite of her lip and her joie de vivre (zest for life).

This actor and dancer is in good company in this family. He has the best freckles ever.

I am pretty sure I will never tire of a simple portrait of one child ever. The chocolate brown eyes and that easy going smile are all exactly what a portrait of this handsome young man are at this point in time.

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Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | @trinitydesignwhitby

Personal Branding : Kerri King, C.E.O.

Personal Branding : Kerri King, C.E.O.

Visual thinking is top of mind with CEO Kerri King of the Station Gallery in Whitby, Ontario so her latest headshot images needed to follow suit. Personal branding has become a must have in this day and age of social media.

I had the distinct pleasure of working with Kerri last year when we did her first session in downtown Whitby and we wanted to continue on the urban, local theme. Our location this session is the local craft brewery Little Beasts Brewing Company (located in the Wentworth/Thickson area).

The look we worked on played off the dark black walls in the brewery and paired that with Kerri’s classic style. Little Beasts has amazing west facing windows that allowed us to shoot all of her images with natural light.

The classic leather jacket with the touches of red create a frame around the face and neck for our client. A jacket like this compliments without stealing too much of the show from the main event, our client, Kerri King.

Pairing your outfit with timeless accessories is always a win when doing headshots. A solid silver bangle, stunning but simple ring and watch all add but do not detract from the outfit. The leaning portrait creates great lines in this pose and we offset the original so it could be used in gallery biography content with overlays as needed.

This bonus pose was from some of the alternate outfits and poses we experimented with. A headshot session is never “just one image” – we work to find the right pose for your body, the location and the right wardrobe, too. The contrast of the white on the black tells a completely unique visual story, while still in keeping with her overall personal brand.

If you are looking to update your professional look connect with us for your update. We will be resuming our services as soon as the COVID-19 isolation limits are removed from our service category.

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | trinitydesign.ca

Art in Isolation: Being Creative During the Pandemic

Art in Isolation: Being Creative During the Pandemic

Trinity Design Photography is pairing up remotely with the Station Gallery in Whitby to show how creativity at home can add to the quality of time spent home with loved ones. This mural project requires the following:

– a window pane

– acrylic or tempra paint

– a few drops of dish soap (in the paint)

– paint brushes

– painter’s tape

– optional but handy, an exacto knife and ruler (to make the painters tape strips smaller

Step One – Clean your window panes so there is no debris or dirt.

Step Two – Mask off the window into sections. We chose a traditional geometric design.

Step Three – Mix paint with a few drops of dish soap in each colour, this will help removal at a later date.

Step Four – Paint one colour per section ensuring that the colours are evenly spaced so as to make a pleasing pattern. There is no wrong way to do this so have some fun.

TIP: Make patterns in the wet paint to add visual interest such as circles, waves and diamonds with the edge of the brush, you could even finger paint.

Step Five – Once dry remove the painters tape – this will give you mullions of clear glass to finish of the window.

Step Six – Enjoy the fruits of your labours from both inside and outside the window pane. Outside will be much more opaque than the inside and give you a different POV on the artwork.

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Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | www.trinitydesign.ca

 

 

 

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 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

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