I had the supreme fortune to photograph Taylor and Matt's engagement portraits recently. They are a quieter, down-to-earth couple with solid goals for themselves. I was impressed. We chose the twilight hour (which I love). Here's a sneak peek into some of the images we photographed.
I want to give a shout-out to Tompkins Jewellers. We have a partnership with them that if you buy an engagement ring from Tompkins, you get an Engagement session from me! We have met some wonderful couples during this process. Check out that beautiful ring! To see Tompkins Jewwellers website click here (http://www.tompkinsjewellers.com/)
I got home yesterday and checked the mail and it felt like Christmas to open up a nice white box that had THIS inside....
I love setting goals and reaching them. It makes me feel alive. I'm so excited to see what National's bring.
This was a fun day for me. I am that uncomfortable in front of the camera, that I actually find it is good education to be doing just that. Not only in front of the camera, but being seen through the lens of the great Bambi Cantrell. I've modeled for her classes before and each time it is a huge learning curve. When I put my subjects in uncomfortable poses so they can look good...I know exactly how it feels! I've done it!
This particular time, I showed up to the makeup artist at 7:00 in the morning. Yes... 7:00 in the morning, Vegas time. I was musing that 6-7:00 in the morning in Vegas has to be the quietest time of the day there. Peggy did my make-up, did my hair, and put silver body paint and rhinestones on me until about 11:30, right before lunch. I was stunned at how I looked. Dark make-up, blond faux-hawk, and a silver-lace-pattern all up my left arm and over my shoulder and onto my back. It was an ensemble that had to go together in order to look good. I went down to the tradeshow and found Bambi where she took me into the bathroom and dressed me up in a beautiful couture gown made out of garbage bags. It was gorgeous, sexy, and very comfortable to wear because it was made out of a stretchy material. I would totally wear that out on the town.
Here's my hair and makeup after I got it done (It's times like this where I wish I could have followed myself around with better equipment and a different perspective):
Here's me in that black garbage bag outfit! There is more to come!!!
When I was shooting the aurora borealis (see this post), I felt like an Oompa-Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was so glad it was dark outside. You see, I was doing some fancy-schmancy stuff in Las Vegas that required me to have a spray tan. Anyone who has had a spray tan knows what the first 12 hours are like...the first 12 hours where you didn't dare go out in public because it looks like you decided to changes races.
The next morning after I was out in the late hours photographing the beautiful northern lights - I was on my way to Las Vegas, flying out of Great Falls, Montana. Rest assured, I had a shower and I was surprised that the inside of my shower didn't look like an Oompa-Loompa.
Why was I going to Vegas? Well, the world's biggest photography convention, WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International), was happening and I wanted to be on the scene! I was also going to be helping out my friend Bambi Cantrell from San Fransisco. She is a legend in our field of wedding and portrait photography.
The first day I was there I wanted to catch as much print competition as I could. This was the first year in four years that I hadn't entered print competition. The deadline snuck up on me, so I let it go this time. I love the education of print competition and seeing the forefront of the portrait photography on the world stage first hand. I wanted to see the images get judged, and I couldn't wait to see the images that passed a certain score and got "hung" in the awarded gallery. This international event is where the trends are set in photography. At this point, any print competition speaks volumes to me. The creativity, the art, the techniques that are being used...I didn't want to miss it.
This convention is always at the MGM Grand, but I wanted to find a room that is a little cheaper per night, so I was able to book the Excalibur right across the street. I realize that "right across the street" in Vegas terms is actually a good jaunt, but I was up to the challenge. The other thing is that I went to Vegas all by myself...but, I have made so many friends over the years from attending WPPI and attending workshops and classes, that I was never alone...except to go back to the Excalibur and sleep there. Out of the 18,000 or so attendees, I was never alone. It was fun to realize. I had to run the gauntlet each night... walking to my hotel at night. I was, gratefully, escorted by my friend Doug Morgan the first night. There were some scary gangs of drunk people on the walking overpasses I had to go on the first night. From then on, I just tried to look like I was walking with other people walking across the overpasses...by matching their speed. It worked. I'm still here and in one piece.
The next day, Monday the 20th, I attended the tradeshow and caught up with people. I also spent a lot of time studying the prints that were scored high enough to be hung in the print salon. I recognized how different WPPI judges images compared to PPOC. There will always be the core techniques a winning photographer must have, but it is so fun to open up my vision to the world's photographic artists as well as appreciate what is created back home.
More to come...
Here's the view from my room in all it's point and shoot glory.
The next piece of news that I’ve been dying to expand on is OUR NEW WEBSITE!! Ok….It was such a thrill just saying it. We had a flash website before and now we have an html 5 website, which means it can be viewed on all devices…provided you have a connection to the internet. We are in the early days of our new website where we are ironing out bumps, but it will be so great for us! It is a more streamlined and cohesive look and function. We will be adding more information to it in the next little while. We also have a function (which we are still updating) where you will be able to purchase our landscape images right off the website! In the past six months that we have been concentrating hard on landscapes, we have had a number of people want to purchase them and it was a cumbersome process. Not any more. It will soon be so easy.
I am pleased to expand my “Partner Vendors” page. A few more will be added. I am making a concentrated effort in the Southern Alberta area to gather other artisan wedding vendors and recommend them to my clients. They are wedding businesses who hold the art of what they do in high esteem, as well as bring a huge helping of heart into what they do. I have been in the wedding business for so long and I feel I’ve seen it all. These vendors have impressed me. Check them out!
I have also been asked by other photographers if I have offered some sort of mentoring process or program. I’ve always said no due to time constraints. I am proud to say that I do offer mentoring now. I don’t do it in my own city, but I will come to your city and present to just you, or a group of up to 10 photographers. E-mail me if you are interested and we can discuss dates and rates.
There’s so many great things happening! What a wonderful world. :-) Come visit our website! (click here)