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