The Visual Story of Susan Kay-Dunn

The Visual Story of Susan Kay-Dunn

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Above a simple black jacket paired with a scoop tank top and a meaningful jewelry piece creates a modern look for her.

The world during the pandemic has changed the landscape of how we work and as a result having a headshot that represents you is essential. First impressions are still the most important thing when meeting new colleagues and clients – so by using a professional headshot artist you are literally putting your best “face” forward. 

Our brains can absorb a lot from a photo – is this person trust worthy? is this person someone I would like? like to work with? is this someone who is good at their job. Professional imagery done well creates a strong first impression versus a cellphone shot or worse, a cropped shot from the last wedding you attended.

In Susan’s office there is no office. They work virtually and have as a new team formed during the pandemic. While face to face is not out of the question the norm for her is Zoom and other online meeting zones. So with this in mind we started looking at how to create her headshots to reflect who she is. In her world chances are 100% of the people spend time with her photo – not her in person.

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When dressing for headshots much like any portrait we ask bring solid shirts and jacket that will allow the focus to stay on your face in your headshot. We levelled up this studio jacket Susan borrowed by changing it from an olive green to a purple that suited her hair and her personality. As a purple lover myself I was all in on that change. It also provided a more modern colour story with the navy background.

Susan is a modern, fun and educated woman. We wanted her portraits to show this immediately and reinforce her position as a Chief Pension Officer. These options give her room to change it up from time to time – the main reason we offer a 3 image package is the flexibility it gives clients.

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This use of a paper lined surface to create a faux desk is one of my new favourite ways to stage a headshot. It creates a lovely modern “desk” and allows for the client to sit forward, elongating the body through the neck and shoulders for that perfect pose an modern headshot.

If you need to update your professional headshots we would love to chat. In a world that seems to still be embracing Zoom it’s not a nice to have, it’s a must have.

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Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography

Senior Kindergarten Photos for your Graduate

Senior Kindergarten Photos for your Graduate

The world for a Senior Kindergarten student has not been easy in Durham Region or across the world. School has been online, masked and unlike anything we experienced whether we grew up in the early 1900s or the late 1900s (yeah I feel old just writing it). Kids have gotten a rough start to their education and if there is something we can do with our services to make that a little easier we would be delighted to be a part of their journey.

One thing we did during the pandemic was invest in new gowns with the idea that when we opened up we could again offer studio mini sessions for SK gradates. Our two newest gowns are gorgeous matte navy and red with matching hats and tassels. We work with a solid backdrop in our mini sessions to capture three images of your child. 

When dressing for your graduate photos it helps to have either a shirt with a collar for under the gown or a rounded neck shirt or sweater. This will allow for the things you are wearing to exist comfortably under the gown.

We create a safe space for kids to be kids. We do short sessions that will not overwhelm them. The connection comes from 9+ years working with kids, years before that running a home daycare and wrangling three of my own spirited boy humans.

To book a spot simply connect with us for more information on the packages and booking dates (the event was cancelled due to our own bookings overflowing in May and June 2022). We still have room later in June and into July for your little ones.

 

Images do not have to come with the SK text – we love to play with the images when we test them out. But we provide our images as you would like them – plain for with the fun underlay text.

For more information connect: https://trinitydesign.ca/connect-2/ 

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography

Invest Durham | Team Photos

Invest Durham | Team Photos

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This fall we worked with the team at Invest Durham to capture team images that captured their team. This team is growing in size and in turn growing they are growing opportunities in the Durham Region. “The priority of the Economic Development and Tourism Division of the Region of Durham (Invest Durham) is to lead, facilitate and support various investment attraction and expansion initiatives. Our goal is to create and retain jobs, increase non-residential assessment and promote the region as the best place to live, work and invest.” 

The brief was to create professional images that were consistent, natural (no makeup artists) and utilized the onsite location to the fullest. The location had an older property barn that was painted this soft blue and it tied nicely into the overall branding which is navy and deep orange. We shot the team using open shade and natural light to create a soft, approachable feeling for the images and the barn boards tie in the solo and overall team shot.

These team shots were captured on a gorgeous property in open shade. The blue barn boards give a uniform backdrop for this dynamic team and the sunny day provided ample lighting.

 

In order to ensure a smooth experience I walked the site during the same time of day. We chose some options for the images and then had the client decide on which one worked best. Then we set up two options for the use of that spot and they chose this one which softened the wood behind the subject.

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The team shot and 14 staff took the morning to capture. We had each team member approve their image on site so that we could speed up the editing process on our end. Everything was wrapped by noon and the team could spend some time face to face outside.

To learn more about our Team Experiences connect with us: https://trinitydesign.ca/connect-2/

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Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography

The Visual Story of Lafromboise Mortgages (Brooklin)

The Visual Story of Lafromboise Mortgages (Brooklin)

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We are delighted to be back working with long time clients as they launch a new website. A strong team in the mortgage industry you can now find their expertise at https://www.laframboisemortgage.ca/.

For each member we created headshots that will support them across social media platforms. Our clients are actively involved in creating images and we take suggestions you offer while shooting. The images for both Denise and Nicolee were part of Denise’s vision for the session making this a true collaboration of business and creativity.

The brick wall behind Charlotte and Syeda is in their office which is in the new building across from Brooklin’s Grass Park. Their stylish space is a wonderful place to sit and work out a new mortgage. We have had the pleasure of working with the team and can say they are all skilled

Using our Team Business package this team created a team photo alongside team headshots and a few additional images for social media to showcase the office. We are not sharing the entire shoot here because they are going to be using them in their own channels.

We have different levels of team business content for small, medium and large businesses that are developed to ensure the brand of the company is reflected in the final product. We offer natural light, studio and off camera flash lighting options that allow you to realize your brand images in a professional, high end way.

To learn more about our team business packages connect:

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Kirsten McGoey, Visual Storyteller – Trinity Design Photography

The Visual Story of Neil Henderson

The Visual Story of Neil Henderson

We work with a lot of professionals in a variety of different industries – what ties all business professionals together is the need for a headshot that reflects who they are right now. An image that is crisp, clear, with proper highlights in the eyes and an outfit that supports your brand but doesn’t compete with the intention – a portrait of the person wearing them.

Neil is in Insurance with CAA and needed a look that reflected the brand he works for and his own personal brand. The corporate look was using black as a background – this is a nice modern change from all white all the time. We did two black options and one white for his final three images.

When you work for a company be sure to send us your corporate brand specifications for headshots so we create a product they can use in line with their branding.

When shopping for work wear always consider one or two jackets that have some texture without too much of a pattern. These add a nice look to headshots which typically do not include any pattern. The texture should be uniform and a colour that works with your colouring. Hint – almost everyone looks good in a blue to navy colour story. Avoid stripes and plaids which can be hard to smooth while editing.

We can often however break the rule of a pattern if it is subtle enough. Note his plaid and navy jacket here reads as a solid with some visual interest. We always recommend bringing multiple options so we can help you edit your closet to the right look for you. 

The listening or “Rhonda” poses are a staple here in the studio. We love how leaning forward elongates the neck, brings the shoulders into a listening pose and shows off the client no matter what age, gender or size they are. A little catch light in the eyes gives this pose the final touch.

If you are looking to update your professional look connect with us for your update.

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | trinitydesign.ca

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