The Visual Story of PR Professional: Kelsey Muir

The Visual Story of PR Professional: Kelsey Muir

During the summer months, with more outside portraits, it is always lovely to come home to some studio work. Kelsey has been working in the Public Relations field for 5 years. She wanted to add some strong portraits to her social media touch points (Facebook, Linked In, etc).

We worked in the studio to create this sleek look for Kelsey. The grey has just a touch of Navy from her outfit and add contrast to her hair and eyes. We used a medium grey paper to create the foundation before adding in some navy in post.

For this experience Kelsey booked a professional stylist and makeup artist. The effects speak for themselves and when you feel your best our job is always easier. 

 Kesley nailed this image first frame she was so relaxed in front of the camera. We created the other shots by working through a series poses and outfits to get the look and style that works for this Public Relations professional.

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography

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

The Visual Story of a CAO : Matthew Gaskell

The Visual Story of a CAO : Matthew Gaskell

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A headshot session is an opportunity to create a portrait that connect clients, colleagues and more with the subject. Matthew is an “accomplished municipal leader who possesses the ability to envision and implement strategic changes to service delivery and deliver mission-critical results.” His portrait needed to align with his career.

For Matthew’s portrait we used a familiar location and paired it with key wardrobe choices to create a strong, professional and approachable look.

LOcation – Brock St Espresso, Whitby
The soft light of the windows at Brock St Espresso are amazing for strong natural light, headshots with catch lights in the eyes.

For Matthew’s portrait we used a familiar location and paired it with key wardrobe choices to create a strong, professional and approachable look. Using both a suit and a more casual jacket/vest combination to create variety in his options (our The Professional Experience sessions give you three headshot images).

We love it when the client shows up in Trinity Design purple accessories.

Looking to create a fresh new headshot for your profile? We can help.

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Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography

Natural Light v. Studio Light v. Off Camera Flash – is there one that is better?

Natural Light v. Studio Light v. Off Camera Flash – is there one that is better?

Natural Light v. Studio Light
v. Off Camera Flash –
is there one that is better?

When I started photographing professionally I was a committed natural light photographer. I would defend my choices with a staunch love for golden hour light, the gleam it gives eyes and the feeling you get when the light is just right. Spoiler alert – I was wrong.

Using natural light from the large three story tall windows at Whitby’s Little Beasts Brewing Company was the right choice for this session for the 2018 Explore + Experience Whitby magazine. (April 2018)

Fast forward 6.5 years to current day and my art uses the best light for the situation at hand. Natural light is amazing and I still love it. I still love to shoot family sessions in the golden hour but the reality is the majority of the work I do does not occur in ideal lighting settings. Dark restaurants, moody event halls and locations with different light situations in different rooms (always a fun challenge).

We paired natural light and a diffused, studio strobe to showcase A Tavola’s chef Vito Clemente in his expanded location in Whitby. (April 2018, Explore + Experience Whitby)

I read recently in a workshop description that a client was thrilled that they had learned how to shoot without a flash. They were quoted as this being the reason their photos now “look(ed) different”.

I respectfully beg to differ.

I believe studio light, off camera flash and the ability to see natural light in new, exciting ways is what makes a business stand out. Conversely what makes a professional photographer a stronger artist, more capable of delivering the services your brand, business or publication will need.

Using my Canon flash on camera to light up the night in the every changing light situations of the Drawing for Art event at the Station Gallery. The art of bouncing light is a challenge I love. (April 2019, Drawing for Art)

Instagram is flooded with natural light look alike photography – this style is a trend and it’s a trend new influencers/businesses are rejecting. Gone are the days of white walls, carefully picked accessories and that over exposed styling as businesses embrace images with strong storytelling that align with their business goals and brand.

The reality is each brand needs photography that aligns with it’s look and feel. To create content for a business that is the same as everyone else defeats the purpose of creating unique, custom and branded content.

The fusion of natural light with just a touch of a studio strobe to create this dreamy light that captured the lemon merengue tarts at M&R Catering for the 2018 issue
of Explore + Experience Whitby cover.

The more important question when hiring someone to assist you with your professional photography needs is can they use all forms of light? Studio light for headshots with catch lights, hair lights and light that wraps around the subject to create a portrait. Off camera flash which will add definition when shooting a dish at a restaurant. Knowing where to pose clients in natural light to use it to it’s fullest potential.

Interested in working with us to enhance your brand with a full range of skills in light from natural light, studio light and off camera flash? Connect with us via our website form: CONNECT


Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | www.trinitydesign.ca

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

Drawing for Art 2019 – Station Gallery (Event Photography)

Drawing for Art 2019 – Station Gallery (Event Photography)

Trinity Design Photography was proud to be asked to be the event photographer at the Station Gallery in Whitby’s annual Drawing for Art 2019 fundraiser. This month, Station Gallery is celebrating its 26th annual Drawing for Art event, which is it’s signature fundraiser.

“The concept is simple. Early in the year, we put out a call to artists for donations—large, small, framed, unframed, any style or medium. Each year we are thrilled, and even humbled, by how generously the artist community responds. Prominent names in Canadian contemporary art have contributed this year, such as Darlene Cole, Akira Yoshikawa and Natalka Husar. We should note that these are artists whose works typically sell for multiple thousands of dollars through their commercial dealers, and you will have the chance to take home one of their works for only the price of your ticket! We are equally amazed by the contributions of emerging artists, too, and are proud to be a small part of their works becoming more widely recognized. Rising talents who have donated to this year’s event include Barbara Barrett, Wade Belbin and Alyssa Corbett.”  – SG Website

“The energy at the gallery on the night of Drawing for Art is simply electric. The air is alive with the thrill of our guests anticipating their number being called. Adding an interesting element to the night is the way in which different artistic tastes flavour the overall atmosphere. After all, one painting might move someone profoundly, whereas another may appeal intensely to someone else. To see the ways in which these different tastes intermingle on one special night is truly remarkable.”  – SG Website

To join the Station Gallery as a member visit their website: https://www.stationgallery.ca/

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Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | www.trinitydesign.ca