Tips for a Successful Portrait Experience

Tips for a Successful Portrait Experience

A Professional Experience it is all about creating a simple, effective image of the client.

Before you hire ANY photographer “ask them about their experience” to ensure you hire someone who has proven experience and skills to execute a professional product. Creating head shot portraits is a very specific skill set requiring intimate knowledge of light, posing, proper focus and knowledge what does focal length do to a person’s face. Have them show you the work they have done and how they will achieve it.

The following are some the tips that will help you achieve a great image for your business portrait.

Tip #1. Keep it simple. When picking an outfit avoid patterns that can distract from the face. A professional portrait should focus on the subject – not on clothing or accessories they are wearing.

Tip #2. Hair and Makeup. Do not change your style too close to your session. Invest in professional services for a blow out and makeup as needed. When you feel your best you look your best.

Tip #3. Vary the Look. Our experiences allow clients to create a series of three looks. So bring a few looks from relaxed to corporate to get more out of your experience session with us.

Tip #4. Simple makeup. Keep makeup simple and natural. Avoid shimmer, sparkles and shine, as well as frost or bright colours. Any makeup should add to your natural beauty.

Tip #5. Accessories. Keep your accessories simple and classic. An accessory should be a compliment to your outfit not the star of the image. Remove watches and fitness trackers.

Tip #6. A good night’s sleep. We all look our best if we have had a good rest the night before. Schedule your session when this is possible for the best results.

Regrettably over 50% of the work we do in this area is a redoing of a bad experience with another photographer. Get the image you wanted the first time and book your experience with us.

Kirsten McGoey, Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography | Whitby

Whitby Rocks : The Christmas Experience Giveaway

Whitby Rocks : The Christmas Experience Giveaway

White-Box-Large-CollageWinner: Laura Brown

Bringing you into our downtowns with the first annual Trinity Design #WhitbyRocks “The Christmas Experience: The White Box” give away is how we celebrate. Trinity Design is turning FIVE years old and we wanted to make this year a special one by launching a giveaway that supported Whitby’s two, yes TWO, downtowns.

More details to follow including clues on where to search, enter the give away and support our fantastic “two” downtown areas in Whitby/Brooklin.

How is it going to work?

The session we are giving away is on Saturday Oct 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. and includes the session, an 8×10 digital collage and 5 digital 5×5 solos. Contestants also have the option of buying from our “print the experience” menu to add items such as cards, mounts and prints – not included in the giveaway.” The prize has no cash value, is not transferable.

Where are we hunting?

Local businesses will be hosting purple Trinity Design rocks which you need to find to enter.
The Details

When you find the rock ‘do not take it home’, READ THE NEXT PART CAREFULLY – as this is what you need to do to enter the give away:

1. Take a photo of your family with the rock and share it on your personal page.
2. Tag the business you found the rock at.
3. Tag Trinity Design as well.
4. If you bought something while visiting that local business show us what you purchased (with a receipt) and we will send you a print credit for a free 8×10 on any 2017 session you book with Trinity Design.
5. Share this event on your page.
6. Email us your entry when you get home to “” so we can add you to the list of names for the draw.

When is the give away starting/draw?

Rocks will go out in late August/early September. We are working to determine the exact date of the draw. It will be mid September – so stay tuned.
Want to join as a local business in one of our two downtowns? 

Email Kirsten @ “”.
Interested? Simply tag your name or follow our page for more updates.
Only one person can win so sign up for our Christmas Experience today to ensure you get a spot.
NOTE: Sessions already booked for 2017 are not eligible for this giveaway.This give away is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.

The Clues – you must be on Facebook to tag the businesses.

Kirsten McGoey, Visual Storyteller

The Christmas Experience – White Box Seasonal

The Christmas Experience – White Box Seasonal

Trinity-Design-Snow-balls-white-boxIt’s that time of year again, time for your family to grab a spot in The Christmas Experience. We are offering the White box sessions with a Christmas theme this year (non Christmas themes are not permitted at this event) and YES this is a family friendly event (note our Christmas bed series coming next is KIDS ONLY).

Q: How does it work?

This is one single, large white box that we shoot and stitch together into a collage using Kirsten’s skills as a photoshop editor and storyteller. Sessions can be planned to have boxes interact with each other, various collages made from one single session and interactive content created (for example the 3D snowball effect shown above.

COMING SOON: Getting on TOP of the box is in the works. Tests coming soon.

To book visit our Facebook Event or connect via email for dates/times available.

Q: How do we prepare?

Kirsten will send you a comprehensive preparation document for this event. Unlike regular environments the white box loves bright colours so coming in all black is not as effective as using colour to your advantage.

Handy hint: If dressing the kids in the same style PJs differentiate them with different styled slippers, cosy socks, head bands and more. This makes knowing WHO is WHO a little easier and gives the composition more OOOMPH.

To book visit our Facebook Event or connect via email for dates/times available.


Q: After the photos are taken what happens next?

We create a collage for you and invite you in to “tweak” the collage and pick your “solo faves” in the studio. The “reveal the experience” session is designed to get time sensitive decisions made at a very busy time of year for the studio.

At this session you are also invited to purchase from our large range of products which we ALSO will have on display for you to touch and feel at the session. Deadlines for Christmas delivery are tight so orders are made to ensure you have your products in time for your holiday celebrations.

To book visit our Facebook Event or connect via email for dates/times available.

Q: What kind of products are recommended for The Christmas Experience – White Box Seasonal?

White box sessions need to be printed at at least 16×20 to ensure the faces are visible so this is our minimum size recommendation for printing the sessions on mediums such as archival prints ($99+HST), flush-mounts ($239+HST) and canvas ($359+HST).

We also recommend our Accordion 3×3 books (which come in sets of three of the same design) as their square shape lends a fun way to showcase the “solo” shots from your session. Each comes with a translucent cover and are magnetically closed for safe keeping in your purse or bag; they can also live on the fridge.

We also have a great 4×4 cube product (6 sides) which we love for showcasing the solos in a really creative product ($199+HST).

To book visit our Facebook Event or connect via email for dates/times available.

We cannot wait to capture the experience for you this year.

Kirsten McGoey, Trinity Design, Visual Storyteller

Hy Hope Farm Orchard Test Session

Hy Hope Farm Orchard Test Session

We popped over to the orchard to check on the blossoms, orchard locations and capture some tests for the upcoming The Blossom Experience. The larger blossom trees have fallen but the whole orchard is in now in bloom so got some great captures of the two varieties showing off their blossoms.

There are still two spots open for this event – which is one of the few outside seasonals we host.

This location can be booked for family photos at any point in the year with advance notice to the wonderful owners of Hy Hope Farm & Golf Course. You must stop in after your session to enjoy the festival of blossoms on site with music, great homemade goods in the store and an artisan tent.

Kirsten McGoey, Visual Storyteller

The Magic of Shoot and Share

The Magic of Shoot and Share

We have had the Shoot and Share application for over a year now and love how easy it makes showing clients how their images will appear on the walls of their OWN homes and offices. Here are the simple steps to have a mockup done for your home:

  • Tape an 8.5x11 sheet of paper to the wall you wish to mount your image(s) on.
  • We will use that sheet to measure so our mock up is to scale.
  • Let us know the sizing you are considering.
  • We will add that to the wall.
  • We can also help you work out wall clusters and photo walls.
  • Once complete we send you a mock up like the one shown here for a recent client (permission to show).

Print the experience with this handy tool so you get the right size for your home. Handy rules of thumb are anything with three seats needs at least 16x20 or larger depending on the design and layout of your home to not look too small on your wall.

Need help? Email us your requirements to “” or call us @ 905.925.7529 during business hours M to F 9 to 2 or set up a call outside of those hours.

Kirsten McGoey, Visual Storyteller