The Visual Story of Kristine Dandavino

The Visual Story of Kristine Dandavino

Kristine Dandavino is a teacher, an actor and a talented opera voice. She mentors and coaches local talent with her business Oshawa Piano and Voice http://www.oshawapianovoice.com/. When they say those who can’t teach they did not include the likes of a talent such as Kristine.

When she connected to update her headshots we discussed how she would use the images to audition and for social media usage. Acting has very specific needs and over top of that the opera world has it’s own. We crafted her poses and outfits to ensure her looks dovetailed with the types of roles she auditions for, a key component of an actor’s headshot.

Kristine had her makeup done by makeup artist The Many Faces of Beauty’s Stephanie Koktan. We kept our editing in keeping with the industry, maintaining major features so casting directors see the true version of the actor if present in our lighting of the face.

By pairing a tank top with a simple necklace and vegan leather jacket we get a timeless look for this headshot. The key to this shot is the position of the body which welcomes in the viewer to the actor’s portrait.

We finished up the session with a sensational image of Kristine wrapped in raw silk. Shot from a high angle this image is a nod to the Girl with a Pearl Earring. We amped up the volume as Kristine is a joy bringer, a room filler and she needed a portrait that spoke to the voice and beauty inside her. As they say on Tik Tok – I understood the assignment.

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Kirsten McGoey, Visual Storyteller 

 

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)

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.

To see more of our graduate work: https://trinitydesign.ca/portfolio/durham-region-graduates/

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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.

To see more of our portrait work: https://trinitydesign.ca/portraits/

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Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography