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

Branding for Nourished a Way of Life (Durham)

Branding for Nourished a Way of Life (Durham)

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A brand is something essential when starting your business.  Many people ignore it or try do it yourself options that can hurt your brand or worse kill its success before it even has a chance to get started. So when a client comes to you while building her brand it’s the perfect time to include  photographer who can adapt to the style of your brand.

Avoid using a photographer whose work all looks the same – your photography should reflect your brand not theirs. How can you tell they can handle this? Their work should show a variation of skills that allow them to understand not only natural light, off camera flash and studio light but also colour theory and how that impact the overall brand.

With over eight years experience in the Durham Region we have built relationships with locations that in a pinch will let us work on site. Those kind of partnerships are invaluable when making content for clients locally. Here we are working at Hy Hope Farm as they graciously let us use the gardens to showcase the nutritional aspects of the brand for this client.

Timing is everything with outdoor and food branding. We were lucky in late July to find some suitable produce to use for this shoot which was done with masks, social distancing and some creative positioning to make the most of the environment, the brand and keep everyone SAFE.

Showing things growing is so perfect for this brand. We grabbed the can, threw in some water and did a little watering for the garden while working. We had such a good time because when you have the right setting, an engaged client and a good idea of the end result it is magical.

As I walked the site before the client arrived I was looking for NEW in a site I have been lucky to work on several times over the past eight years. I walked past the garlic barn and went inside. It felt like I had walked into Rome, Italy where we spent our honeymoon. It was glorious and I showed it to her and how I could use it to frame the lower part of the photo. How many images of a garlic barn have you seen locally? Exactly.

No lie we were giddy in this garlic drying barn, the smell was better than chocolate and that is saying something from this certified chocoholic. Imagine the recipes these garlic bunches will make all over Durham and the health benefits that will bring. Heaven on earth.

Let us help you brand sparkle like Amanda’s and Nourished a Way a Life by connecting with us for a branding experience that will lay the foundation for your business. We capture sharp, skilled and brand appropriate images for your personal and business needs all fully insured in Durham Region and the Greater Toronto Area.

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Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography

Fast, Modern Team Headshots

Fast, Modern Team Headshots

We have been working for the last year with 1855 Whitby to ensure they have consistent member headshots for use on their website. This value add for members gives them a professional look in keeping with the other members at 1855 – Durham Region’s first and only technology accelerator. 

Just some of the great features of our team headshot experience include:

 

  • Quick modern set ups.
  • Full PDF of what to wear and what NOT to wear for your employees.
  • Versatility to work in both natural light and studio/Off Camera Flash scenarios on site at your business.
  • On site viewing of images being taken so team member is involved in the making of their portrait and pose.
  • On site choice of image for each team member increases efficiency.
  • Consistent look across team members.
  • When needed on site assitant to ensure a smooth process.
  • Back up gear brought to every single session.
  • Fully insured.

The process is pretty straight forward – here is what we need to quote on your team:

 

  • The number of solo and group shots required.
  • The location of your business.
  • The style of image you wish to create – studio or on location/lifestyle
  • Timeline for taking and delivering images.

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller

The Visual Story of JoAnne Drumm – Local Councillor

The Visual Story of JoAnne Drumm – Local Councillor

JoAnne Drumm Alexander is the daughter of Joe Drumm, who served on Whitby Council for an impressive 41 years serving as East Ward Councillor and then as a Regional Councillor. JoAnne is the current Centre Ward councillor serving her first term after a long career working in Library Services and also as an Early Childhood Educator.

JoAnne is the Mayor’s designate on the board of the Whitby Yatch Club, who graciously let us create images for JoAnne on site at the club. We used water as a the background for this portrait of JoAnne Drumm Alexander on a warm summer’s evening.

(above) Also shot at the Whitby Yatch Club we used the stairs to the upper deck adjacent the large room often used for parties and weddings. The mixture of glass, metal and wood textures creates a unique background for her professional image.

We have such a beautiful waterfront, it was something that drew me to the town when we ourselves moved her 8+ year ago. JoAnne and I walked the whole facility looking to the harbour, along the boats and closer to the clubhouse. She shares with me the time on the board here and growing up in Durham Region.

(above) On the yatch club side we tried all sorts of options to find the perfect shot, this one was one of our favourites. The sun in the back hitting the boats does not overwhelm but enhances the warmth of the portrait. Warmth and approachability is essential for JoAnne’s story as an educator and now councillor on Whitby Council.

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Serving the public takes a special kind of person and JoAnne is the first to admit she is not your typical politician. She listens and shares openly the experiences that have shaped her life. I think we talked for over one and a half hours during this session without pause. Her story needed to reflect her ability to quietly listen, her friendly sharing of her life story and her approach to her work on council.

(above) The last shot – also our cover shot – of the evening was taken just after the sun set. We call this time the blue hour. The sun still lights the sky and the earth’s shadow in seen in the sky casting a blue tone to the golden sunlight. JoAnne takes in the view on the Port Whitby side, another spot we used with permission from the Marina Supervisor.

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography