Fine Art Portrait Event

Fine Art Portrait Event

We are hosting a small fine art event at the studio on March 7, 2020 for kids and their precious items. Lovies or stuffies, toys or books – will be used in the fine art style to capture a photo of them that will blow those school photos out of the water.

Sessions like this are great for grandparent gifts on Mothers and Fathers day which are coming up fast. Keepsake portraits of the little humans who are growing up so fast under our own eyes and roofs.

If you would like to book one of the limited edition spaces you can reserve a spot connect with us here. For questions give us a shout @ 905.925.7529 or trinitydesign@rogers.com.

https://kirstenmcgoey1.sproutstudio.com/invitation/the-fine-art-experience-2020

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Family Photos with Trinity Design Photography (Whitby)

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

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

Under the Water

Under the Water

Water is a crazy place to try and take photos. As a photographer every fibre of your being tells you to keep your gear as far away from the wet stuff as you possibly can. In our professional water is death to my day to day gear.

Much like above the water – gear can give you an edge but the true magic is the artist using the gear. Under water requires a series of variables to create magical stories and portraits – clarity of the water, light, distance from subject – just to name a few.

KiRSTEN MCGOEY | VISUAL STORYTELLER
Clear path ahead.

Under water photography gear ranges from inexpensive $100 kid proof, water proof point up to skies the limit budgets for cases for professional bodies and lenses. We own a couple $100 versions, a GO PRO Hero 5 and of course my professional gear (but no cases – so they live above on the land).

Much like above the water – gear can give you an edge but the true magic is the artist using the gear. Under water requires a series of variables to create magical stories and portraits – clarity of the water, light, distance from subject – just to name a few.

Pool reality is messy, churning, bubbly water.

So as the summer progresses we will continue to play above and below the water. We have a busy fall coming with the Downtown Whitby Beerfest and much more.


Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller

Building your ‘Visual’ Savings Account.

Building your ‘Visual’ Savings Account.

The sparkle in the eyes of a young daughter.

In this blog entry we want to introduce you to a new form of savings – the ‘Visual Savings Account’ by which family photos work to add to your emotional well being now and in the future. Much like an RRSP or TFSA or Savings Account family photos are a key building block in the foundation of your own families mental health.

We have cited before that family photos when printed and displayed on walls and in books add to a child’s sense of belonging in the home*. Our own clients often share how excited their children are looking back at the images we have captured for their experience.

A family with their home just as it was that year.

So when facing the prospect of family photos we encourage you to budget for it as you do for concert tickets, travelling to Disney or sunny beaches and much like you do when investing in time at the Cottage. Leave a line item in your yearly budget for family photos and printing.

There will be a day when you thank yourself for this investment. A day when you are the head of the family and times with grandparents are relived. Days when you reconnect with the first steps of your son with your grandsons and your daughter’s first smile with her new wife, your new daughter in law.

Capture the experience: portraits

It’s not easy to talk about losing people. My mom is the youngest of 6 and we have had to say goodbye to family I would dearly love to ask another question of, eat their food and give them a hug. What I do have are prints of images taken by someone who knew down the road this investment in time, in printing would mean I could revisit those experience for a moment. Recall their smile, their jokes and the joy they added to my life.

“Every time I leave a session I wonder how on earth she’s going to get anything decent out of our session. And then she invites us over and we see the magic of her photography. She pulls out every little aspect of our personalities, our expressions and joy, and captures it in a story of pictures. There is nothing more magical than having her photograph your family. You fall in love with your family, all over again.”

Cindy Boyd

| Family Experience

Our family experiences start at $249 + HST – to book your experience and invest in your visual savings account visit: Connect

*Reference: https://designaglow.com/blogs/design-aglow/17493452-how-family-portraits-boost-your-child-s-self-esteem

Printing FAQs – Print the Experience

Printing FAQs – Print the Experience

As a professional photographer image printing is an essential part of the service we deliver to you as a client at Trinity Design Photography. We use our skill and artistry to capture the experience and then bring together a collection of images that is hand edited to a specific colour and tone. It is for that reason we recommend strongly you use our print supplier which offers professional printing using professional papers and products.

Here are some quick tips for managing your files after we have helped you print the experience so you have access to them down the road in your own archive.

  1. Download them to your desktop.
    • Client files are delivered by our online server/software and must be downloaded to your own server to access them for archiving.
    • Files do not remain on our online server/software indefinitely as we have limited storage space which we pay for each year for our clientele.
    • After 7 days email downloads expire.
  2. Archive your files on the cloud.
    • DO NOT LEAVE YOUR FILES ON YOUR HARD DRIVE. Hard drives fail, same with CDs, USB keys and in time the technology will become obsolete (remember floppy discs).
    • Upload your files from your hard drive to your cloud of choice. Here are a few we like:
      • Flickr (free to a specific storage capacity)
      • Drop Box (free accounts to a specific size)
      • Google Drive (free to a specific storage capacity)
  3. What size are the files?
    • Our files are delivered at 3600 pixels wide which will print to 8×10 without any issues.
  4. I am having issues with printing via a third party supplier.
    • We are not able to control the issues of ordering with a third party supplier that is not our own. Once files have been downloaded we cannot support the myriad of online and big box supplier ordering for clients as it’s outside the terms of the contract signed (Section 5).
  5. I have lost my files, what do I do?
    • We are happy to reload your files; please note there will be an administration fee to cover the time to find and reload your images to our online server/software.
    • If it has been more than two years we cannot guarantee the files will be stored as per our Session Agreement (Section 11).
  6. I want to add images to our family yearbook. Is this ok?
    • Yes. Each session is released with terms for PERSONAL USE ONLY for this reason. We understand you will want to add images to yearbooks and print images for Christmas cards.
    • My images were for business (refer to the terms of use in your release or check with us first before using). This excludes headshots which are meant to be used for any purpose other than stock.
  7. I want to print previous sessions with Trinity Design Photography.
    • Call us to arrange a second ordering session.
    • If it has been more than two years we cannot guarantee the files will be stored as per our Session Agreement (Section 11).

When in doubt, please email us with questions or call us Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m..


Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | 905.925.7529 | trinitydesign@rogers.com

(Information regarding the Session Agreement is subject to change, 
refer to the agreement signed on the date of your experience).