Throwback Thursday – Christmas portraits

You might be thinking that it’s silly for me to be thinking of Christmas in July. And you might be right. But here’s the thing… I don’t care! I love Christmas. Even in July! I’ve already started working on the Duders wish lists with them, and I’ve already started my shopping.
This year is going to be even better than last year. The boys are both at such great ages to really revel in the magic of the holiday. And hopefully, this year, they’re at great ages to cooperate for portraits! TOGETHER. Last year was a bust. The year before was a bust… you get the idea. They’re both pretty good at individual portraits, but trying to get them together is a challenge, to say the least.
Today’s flash back is to a couple of my favorite individual Christmas portraits: Deklan’s is from 2010, and Easton’s is from 2011.

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Quote Love

It’s been a rough week – attending two memorial services… one for my BFF’s Mom (who was like a 2nd Mother to me – and MANY others), and one for the teenaged son of my husband’s friend.

Linda & Zack both gave cancer a solid fight, and a swift kick in the arse before it claimed their lives.

Amazing photo slideshows were created for both events and even right up until the bitter end, the smiling faces remained. Through it all, that’s the one thing that REALLY stuck with me… the smiles. Linda Kane and Zack Downey touched more lives than they’ll ever know – and I will always think of each of them with a smile.

So, as I spent some time on Pinterest this weekend, like I do most weekends (and actually, most days in general!) looking at pretty images and reading quotes about photography, I found myself thinking of smiles & happiness.  In the midst of it, this quote jumped out at me.

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Before & After – Carter

It can be hard to show clients what their money is paying for, but I was taught that it’s always a good idea to try. The amount of time that they see you at the shoot is just a fraction of what is involved in a professional photographers day.

One of the many things you pay a professional photographer for, is their post-production work.  Call it what you want: editing, massaging, enhancing, retouching, fine-tuning, polishing… It’s just a piece of the total package.

That being said, it’s a pretty important piece. Even an image that’s technically sound, SOOC (straight out of camera) can usually benefit from a little love. Photographers use programs like Lightroom and Photoshop to help make a great image GREATER. It’s also the opportunity to use artistic preference and help their images stand out from the crowd.

This is one of my favorite recent portraits.  Carter’s parents are some of my longest-standing clients.  “Legacy” clients!  I had the pleasure of doing their engagement photos before their destination wedding.  A little while later came Maternity photos.  Then Carter’s newborn portraits, his 6month portraits (which have yet to be blogged), and a 1st birthday session!  This “before and after” example was taken on his 1st birthday… it’s got canvas written all over it, don’tcha think?

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Amelia – Newborn photography, Victoria BC

Oh Miss Amelia… what can I tell you about this little doll?  I had the pleasure of meeting her when she was 8 days young. She was so excited to be my latest model, that she wanted nothing to do with going to sleep for her session.
This lucky girlie not only has awesome parents, but she also has a doting big sister & brother, AND a bunch of extended family who are all over the moon!  Two of her grandparents, and her big sis, were around for most of her newborn session. So really, why sleep when you can socialize!? (Did I mention that her sis & bro were in the delivery room when she was born, and her Glamma got to watch her birth via Facetime? How super-cool is that!?)
We did manage to get some images where she LOOKS like she’s sleeping peacefully, but she spent almost 4 hours wide awake.  That being said, she still knocked it outta the park, if you ask me.  I’m in love with her red hair and perfect little cupids-bow lips. Such a sweet little Millie!

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This is actually the quote that started it all. When I first came across this is when I decided that I should blog my favourite quotes.  It has everything, don’t you think?!
Ah yes, the behaviour of some people. I’m willing to bet that we’ve all met at least one person that we’ll never understand… Then again, maybe we weren’t meant to? Who knows.
In any case, this post goes out to my sister-from-another-Mister, my sis-in-law Linds, with whom I commiserate almost daily.
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Macro Monday – Newborn details

I met a sweet wee man last week, and I’m working my way through his session right now. His adorable smooshy sleepy lips reminded me of this Duder, who ALSO happens to have adorable smooshy sleepy lips! What is it about baby lips (and lashes) that are just so darn cute!? I just can’t get enough.

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My uber-talented friend Mandy made me this fantabulous wristlet. It’s SO me, and I couldn’t be happier with it!  Check out her etsy shop and pick up a little something for yourself. Go ahead… you deserve it – You know … Continue reading