Light is Everything!

Archive for July, 2012

Souris Valley MX

So I had this idea for a photo shoot. Call me crazy, but it just happens. I get an idea and it plagues me until it comes to fruition. I wanted to do a dramatic portrait at the Souris Valley Motocross. I had the whole thing sketched out in my mind, pre visualized down to the last detail. I wanted a sunset. I wanted cool lighting. I wanted a cool subject. Jen willingly agreed to be my cool subject and she rocked the set! ๐Ÿ˜Ž I got my cool dramatic lighting but I didn’t get my sunset. Instead, we got some wicked pre-storm clouds! And, I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! I’m so glad that hitches come in the photo plans because often they turn out better than if things had simply gone according to my preconceived ideas. I’m super thankful that this shoot came together the way it did. The colours of the incredible sky and Jen’s gear all worked together beautifully. I love these personal photo projects and I hope to do many more! ๐Ÿ˜€



Photo Books

Photobook layout on the computer screen & finished book on the right.

I’ve made several photo books over the years now from Phoebe’s baby pics for the grandparents to anniversaries to summer memory books and of course, for clients too. Photo books have got to be one of the best options for finishing out photos and displaying them. The curse of digital photography is that our photos are often relegated to living in the digital on-screen world – and that can be good thing, especially in our day of iPhones and iPads, the photos are more readily accessible and easier to share than ever before. However, digital is not always best. Big prints and photo books often lend more physicality and dimension to the photos. Books have a great way of simply “being there” on a coffee table or in grandma’s purse to show friends and family. And, do to the aforementioned digital world, print media is almost novel these days making books more special than on a phone screen. I did up a book for Erin from two different shoots I did for her this year just to say thank you for being the best babysitter ever to our kids. You can’t buy the memories in the book! It’s a one of a ย kind piece of art! ย And, it is very satisfying to see photography in print, just like a project completed. ๐Ÿ™‚

Celebrate 50 Years . . . with a new lens!

Happy Birthday (belated) to me! I got a new lens and I’m super stoked about it. Nikon announced their new 85mm f/1.8G prime in January. Half a year later, I’ve got one. And it is pure AWESOME. I really can’t emphasize enough about how much this lens rocks the set. I read a few reviews about it and everything was extremely positive. It’s sharp. Contrasty. Renders awesome colours. Focus is bang on. Shot wide open, it’s really good, stop it down to 2.5 it’s boo ya sharp & bokelicious! ๐Ÿ˜Ž I finally got to try it out at Eddie & Roberta’s 50th Anniversary Come & Go Tea at the Alameda Legion, then also afterwards at the family party at the farm. It was mainly candids but I did do some family photos too. The event was a riot, despite the heat and everyone had a great time. I’m thankful to be able to have spent the day with the Frietags and very thrilled to try out the new lens. It didn’t disappoint!

Vacation Maternity

Whilst on vacation in the Cypress Hills, my good friends the Teschke clan wanted to do some maternity/family shots. It was super fun and we had a blast! The lighting was absolutely glorious. Just before sunset, the warm golden light was streaming around us. We went to the lodgepole forest and did some setups. I had brought a small lighting kit with me which was super handy. Also, I was able to make use of a lighting assistant. ๐Ÿ˜Ž Thanks again Orion! You’ve got a new line to add to your resumรฉ. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dusty Dam

Had to make a water run tonight to the supple bounty of Alameda. It was approaching golden light which is always exciting. It was also dusty as all get out. Dust, fog, mist – they are all the theme park of light. We lucked out and ran into much dust on the roads to let the sunset have the mucho fun. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

FlowerPot in the Garden

Last night we were treated to a lovely supper and good times at the Tetzlaff place. Carol’s flowers are coming into bloom and it will only get better over the next few weeks. I took the grand opportunity to take some overdue photos of the kids just playing around. But then, I just couldn’t take it any more and had to bust out the flash. We did one of Phoebe & one of Ethan in this awesome little grove of trees. I’m going to make more photos there, that’s for sure. Such a beautiful yard! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Windscape Kite Festival

Just got back from vacation so I’m playing lots of photo catch up! Got a couple of shoots to edit on top of 64 zillion gigabytes of family photos from the vacation. Vacation this year included taking in the Windscape Kite Festival in Swift Current which was a really cool experience! The name of the game was mainly snapshots and candids but there was so much going on there were no shortage of photos. I’ve never been to a kite festival before, but we had a great time watching the hardcore kite flyers from all over the world. There were massive kites, like the Bob the Builder one, to small little stunt kites that were agile and really fun to watch. Also, there were awesome wind dancers in their really amazing flowing dresses! Tons of stuff for the kids too. If you haven’t been to it, I’d highly recommend you check it out at least once. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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