Ok well, it’s actually now October 17th, which tells me that I completely forgot to finish and schedule this blog post. . . So let’s get on with it shall we? 🙂
October 1. On the eve of a very possible snow storm, I am finding it difficult to think of anything but the warm summer time moments I spent with so many families this year. This particular family had me in stitches pretty much from the moment I took my camera out of its bag. The first image I couldn’t and still can’t get over, of this brother who looks to have had enough of his older sisters antics . . . what a perfect moment of silliness. I actually love to show a family’s many sides because it’s those moments, when combined with the more serious and/or touching ones, that you are more able to recollect how you felt at that particular moment in time. This family didn’t disappoint. A local family, but even having lived in this town for many years, we rarely crossed paths, and I didn’t really know them well. After their session, I can’t wait to photograph them again. Yes. It was that fun. I love it when you meet a family for their session, and it feels like you’re in the middle of a family gathering, or informal party. Like you’re part of the family. Because they’re THAT comfortable with you, you with that big lens in their face. I’m thinking that being a grad photographer in Lacombe, and photographing the entire family along with the grad, is the best possible way to go about the end of their highschool year in photos. After all, they started as a family, right?
I had this sweet little bunch into the studio just a few weeks ago. How cute are those little boys??? I know they will love seeing these images up on their walls, and you know what they say, a child who regularly sees pictures of himself feels more loved, valued and accepted. And well, it’s about time this family updated their family portraits!! When baby isn’t a baby anymore, it’s time folks!!! 🙂
Ideally I’d love to see my clients in once a year when the kids are small. . . so many changes when they’re little, it’s great to get everyone in front of the camera to see those changes!! Think about that for awhile.. . . what would you have to give up in your daily life to be able to make a yearly portrait possible? And I’m not talking about 20 pictures. Who needs 20 pictures? I’m talking about ONE PERFECT SHOT. When you think about all of the things you habitually purchase during the day/week/month that you could actually live without, you’d be surprised what that adds up to. Think of your kids and how much these pictures will mean to them when they really need them most. xoxo
It was a combo grad/family session. This was such a fun one for me to photograph. First of all, there’s just something about a boy in a kilt. Add to that, he looks a little bit like JFK junior except blond. And he loves his family and he loves the outdoors. As I drove up the road, I see a makeshift tent set up. No zippers, nothing fancy like that, just a line and a tarp. Oh, and a bed inside. Fun. Makes me wish my kids had grown up on a farm. So many more possibilities for growth with farm life. (as I see it anyway) As I move further into the yard I see a couple fancy chickens and a rooster. And a cat. All farms need a cat. And cows. Beautiful cows! Train tracks visible right there, lots of outbuildings, and in the center of this beautiful yard is this gorgeous garden with a beautiful arbor that the family had built. Stunning spot for family photos! The love this family has for eachother was so touching. Grandpa was there for photos too, and he reminded me of my own daddy. His love for his daughter and her family was very evident. It truly was a joy to witness these moments with this family. xoxo
This family was such a hoot to work with. The kids were awesome and really made my job easy. The purpose of the session was a new family wall print and some sports themed portraits of the kids, one of whom was graduating. Having professional images done of your grad is a great way to remember them before their new world takes over. . . and it may be the last time you get any photographs done before they are married, so it really is a good idea! 🙂
Posed or not posed? This image was the first one I chose to share with the family after their session, because it quite perfectly shows the family dynamics. I do call it an outtake, but I also love it for that very reason. But read on. . .
This family is as real as it gets. They are doing their own thing, half of them not really paying attention to the photographer, however, they are still posed. In my studio, I pose people. I ask them to sit a certain way, in a certain place, in order to make a perfectly (or near perfect) composed portrait. And then I let them do what they naturally do while keeping that pose. This is part of my job as a portrait artist, to pose my subject. Portrait photography has been this way since the 19th century. People sat still and posed for long exposures. Posing is, in my opinion, and will always be, a necessity when composing a portrait, without it you have scattered or boring, snapshot images. Posing is necessary to achieve balance. Interest. Think triangles. Think about the last picture you saw with everyone in a straight line. Your eye goes from the left of the image, to the right, and keeps on going. There is nothing there to hold your interest. But WAIT! You say you don’t want a posed picture because it looks too fake? Do you want to look like you just rolled out of bed and your kid snapped your photo, or do you want to look your best, with your best features captured, sitting/standing at the right angle, hopefully photographed at the right angle to hide that double chin, etc. . . an experienced photographer WILL work with you to help make that portrait beautiful, because you’re worth it.
This year I’m doing something a little different . . . I want to help you help others in need. It’s all about the giving. Paying it forward.
To do this, all you need to do is purchase a photography session. ($110+gst) (good for one to 6 people). You will also GET a gift certificate (e-gift or printed) to GIVE to someone who would love a professional portrait but honestly cannot afford one. (limited to family or child portrait) They will also receive an 8×10 print from their session. It is up to you if you want to add extra prints to their gift. This offer is only valid for the next two weeks. It would be nice to have these gifts done for Christmas, so in order to make that happen, you need to purchase your session before November 19th.
Go on, help a family get that portrait they so desperately need. Thank you for making someone’s Christmas. xoxo ~ Marlene
The gift of photography is a wonderful thing to receive on any day, but when it means I get to meet family members for the first time, it really is a gift for me too. I had been seeing pictures of these beautiful babies on gramma’s facebook (gramma is my cousin!!). So I knew I was in for a treat.
We spent the first part of the session outside so big sister could rid herself of some car seat energy 🙂 What a great opportunity to capture her doing what a two year old does. Love that age. Little sister was happy and content being in mama’s arms, her eyes big, as she watched her sister run around and play. If you were to zoom in on the photo of her on her mommy’s shoulder, you would see me there 🙂 The catchlights from the open blue sky are so crisp and clear.
We then went back to my studio, and put the “fancy dresses” on 🙂 I got to use my newly purchased (just that morning in fact) 1920’s buggy, which was great. The greens in her dress matched perfectly!
We got some great images of some happy little girls and their beautiful parents, images that will be passed down to the girls and their children and grandchildren, because mommy was smart enough to purchase prints to put up on display. 🙂 Ummm, I would love to see a photo of what she does with those prints someday soon!! 🙂
Dinger rings, have you heard of them? Of course you have. They’re only the BEST mini donut family around!! I met this family through a friend, and then had the pleasure of photographing their entire family, and then their oldest daughter’s grad session. (jaw dropping gorgeous) Just recently mom told me they had decided to sell the 11 year family business, yes, the Dinger Rings truck is now up for sale. I must admit I was teary when photographing the family in the truck for the last time, the kids grew up in the donut truck! What kid can say they grew up in a donut truck?? You might think, aren’t all mini donuts the same? One might think so . . . however, my experience with this lovely family run business is not just the donuts, these people knew how to leave their mark on your heart. They’re unforgettable as a family. I do hope you’ve had a chance to visit this truck, if only just once. ‘Dinger family, good luck in all of your future endeavors!! xoxo~M.