Call out for Maternity Models! (Winnipeg Maternity Photographers)

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Call out for all pregnant mamas!

I’m looking for some models for maternity photos. The purpose of these images will be to build my maternity portfolio and possibly enter the images into competitions. I have some new gowns and some exciting ideas that I want to try out.

Applicant for this model call must:

  • be 30 to 38 weeks pregnant in February.
  • be willing to sign a model release to allow me to use their images
  • send me a photo of themselves. This can be a selfie taken with a phone.

The benefit of doing this model call:

  • Applicant will receive a free photography session and a $100 print credit.
  • This is a $150 value with no cost to you.
  • Your newborn session would be half price with another $100 print credit. This is a savings of $162.

If you are interested please email me at

I will forward an application to you with further details.

Please share with any of your friends who might qualify or tag them on Facebook or Instagram.

Thank you,


Products at ChrisMcWilliamsPhotography! (Winnipeg Photography Studios)

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I’ve spent the last couple of months developing and purchasing some beautiful products for my photography studio.  I want to provide my clients with heirloom artwork; products that they can’t get anywhere else.

Digital files will and do disappear, whether on a failed hard drive, lost in a drawer or on a damaged DVD.  It happens all the time. Clients often contact me to see if they can get a copy of an image that we took a few years ago. The good thing is that my archives go back a number of years and I probably will have the image stored online. But how many people have that?

Prints, whether as wall art or in an album will always be accessible and professional products will last 100 years.

Having said that, here are a few of my new products:

I love the beautiful little girl in the image below and had one of the images of her printed and plaque mounted. It looks amazing!

This image has  been accepted by the Professional Photographers of Canada (Mb).


I had such a great time with this group of children. I had their image mounted on canvas. It is stunning!

The next few images are of a folio box. A folio box is a box that you keep your prints in and display either on a coffee table or on a shelf with albums and books. I know a lot of people put new prints in front of old ones in the same frame. This is a great alternative because you can see easily all the prints.

Folio boxes come in all sizes, colours and materials. The one shown is black velvet and holds 8×10 matted prints.

This is how an opened box looks.

Here is a close up of a matted print. 

Albums make cherished keepsakes. They are a great way to organize and remember events in your life. I have 2 new albums. The first one is a 5×7, has a brown leather cover and hard, lay flat pages.

This album is 10×10 inches and has a black suede cover. It also has thick pages that lay flat.

Accordion books make a great gift idea and are also a handy way to carry your favorite images with you.

Contact me if you are interested in booking a session or if you had a session a while ago and would like to purchase one of these products.

Holiday Photography Sessions! (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Costco has had their Christmas decorations up for about a month and other retailers put their stuff out the day after Halloween. Yesterday, while walking my dog in the dark, I noticed a decorated Christmas tree up in a neighbour’s window.

Yes, Christmas will be here before we know it. And snow isn’t long in coming either. Boohoo on snow!

That means it’s time to get your holiday/Christmas photo session booked. And just in time for Christmas I am running a special.



This special is for sessions in the studio or at The Legislative Bldg for bigger groups.

Don’t delay. We have some new backdrops and look forward to hearing from you!


Hot Summer Deals and Photo Tips! (Winnipeg Photography Newsletter)

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Why I am obsessed with my iPhone and you could be too! 

I confess that I am addicted to my iPhone.  I like to have it with me at all times. Leaving it at home (which I have done on occasion),  makes me feel as though I am missing a body part! I sleep with it, eat with it and use it all day long!
It really amazes me that this little device is so powerful and so useful. This small phone/camera/GPS, etc. does just about everything but paint your house and cook your meals (although you can use it to find a painter or a cook!). I play Scrabble on my iPhone, (having logged in well over 1000 games}. I use the GPS and am always using it to find information. (Do you know how flea markets got their names? Use your Smart phone to find out)
I take a lot of photos on my iPhone and use some very cool apps to develop them.
This photo was shot and developed on my iPhone. You can see the actual print at the Red River Exhibition Photo Salon!


I combined these 2 images to create the one above.

Amazing isn’t it?
All on my iPhone!
The world at my fingertips. And if fits in the palm on my hand!
This is one addiction that I love!

Here are some photo tips to improve your iPhone photography:

  • Use a camera app called Camera+ instead of the camera that comes with your iPhone. With Camera+, it won’t take the picture until you hold the camera still.
  • My favorite apps for developing photos are Snapseed, DynamicLight and DistressedFX. Play with your photos. It’s the only way your photography will improve.
  • Take an iPhone photography course given by Alexandra Morrison. I don’t know when she’s doing another course, but I’ve learned a lot from her.

Let me know if you have any questions re:iPhone Photography.

Questions to ask your family photographer

There are many options out there for choosing a family photographer. On Groupon alone, you can pick from  9 different businesses. The prices for Groupon photographers vary from $29 to $69 and the deals include receiving a few prints, to receiving a DVD of up to 20 high resolution digital images. I like a deal as much as the next person, but I wonder about businesses can offer a deal that is costing them money. If you are spending the time to get your family together to get professionals photos taken, don’t you want a great product?

Here are some suggestions for what to ask and what to look for when considering hiring a photographer:

  • Take a look at the image that they are using to advertise their deal. (People should not have green faces and their faces should not be hidden in shadow ) Look at their website and see if you like what they have to offer.
  • Ask how long they have been in business. (I’ve been in business for 8 years.)
  • What kind of photography do they specialize in? Do they have experience in that area? For example, if they are photographing children, have they had experience with them? (I was an early years teacher for over 30 years.)
  • Is there a policy for rescheduling in case of inclement weather? (I will reschedule an appointment with up to an hour’s notice if the weather is bad.)
  • Are digital images available for purchase? (I offer high resolution digital images).
  • Do you know anyone else who has used this person? Word of mouth is huge in finding a great photographer.)

I know it’s a lot of work to get your family ready for a photo session. You don’t want it to be a waste of your time.
Let me know if you are interested in purchasing my Groupon. I will do the session for the Groupon price of $55.

Please note that Groupons cannot be used for newborn sessions as those sessions take up to 4 hours to photograph.

Here’s my current deal:

Here’s a past deal:

Summer is here. Email me at to book your session. Do it now!

Landscape Photography Tips: Victoria Beach! 

We  have the most beautiful lakes and beaches in Manitoba and I was lucky to have spent a recent weekend at Victoria Beach. I had been there before but never for more than an afternoon. I love the rocks and the beaches but was especially struck by the gnarly trees in one spot and the high cliffs with faraway views. Here are a couple of my favorites:

Tips for taking better landscape photos:

  • Watch the light. If you can, take your pictures either right after sunrise, or before sunset.
  • Look at other photographer’s work online.
  • Learn the rules of composition; like rule of thirds framing
  • Most importantly, take a photography course or join a community of photographers. There are a lot of them in Winnipeg but I would suggest the, as that’s the one that I belong to and I’ve learned a lot from them!
  • Then practice, practice, practice. Take a ton of photographs
  • Have fun doing it!

But is it summer?

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost the end of June; that the longest day of the year is here.  Our summer days have been few and far between. I don’t think I’ve ever had to reschedule as many sessions as I have in the last month. And it just seems to be continuing that way.
I love shooting outside. I love natural backdrops but sometimes the weather does not cooperate. I will reschedule at an hour’s notice if need be. Sometimes rescheduling is not an option. I know what that’s like. You’ve finally got the whole family to agree to a day and time and you got them all to wear matching colours and then it starts to rain. Rescheduling would be difficult.
There are some options for indoor photos. We can use my studio but the space is limited to about 6 people. I often use the Legislative building. It’s free and doesn’t need to be booked ahead of time. There are many spots that make great backdrops for family photos. And then, if it is possible to go outside, the grounds are lovely! I have also done a few sessions inside at the Forks, both in the Inn at the Forks and inside the Forks Market. It’s a great alternative if it isn’t a busy weekend.

We can make it work. It isn’t the same as being outside, but we can make some beautiful photographs!

This was taken inside at The Ledge.

Taken inside The Inn at the Forks.

Summer Deal

My next website coupon deal is for 50% off prints, including the shipping fee. The coupon code is “summerdeal.” It is valid until July 7th, so don’t delay using it. Please note that this offer is good for prints bought from my website only.
Let me know if you have any questions.

I book about a month in advance, so let me know if you are interested in updating your family photo.

Remember “summerdeal.”  Use it now.

And Finally

I found this poem some time ago. I’ve never heard of Erin Hanson, the poet, but his words ring true.You can tell a lot about a person by the photos they have displayed. What photos are displayed at your house? Are they recent? Is it time to update them?

Yours in photography,

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Mother’s Day Gift Certificates (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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Are you looking for a gift idea for this Mother’s Day? I have a perfect gift idea. As a mother myself, I know how much I value photographs of my children from when they were little.


It’s easy too! Just send me an email and I can send you a gift certificate that way, or I can print one for you. My email address is










This is one of my all time favorite photographs and I would love to recreate it with your family. It can be done with 3 generations as well as 4. I could supply some of the bracelets. Let me know if you are interested.



Almost Spring Newsletter! (Winnipeg Photography Newsletters)

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March News & Offers

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Almost Spring?

The air is finally warmer and Sunday was a beautiful day in Winnipeg. I went out to take some pictures at The Forks and in The Exchange district. It was wonderful to see so many people out enjoying a beautiful Sunday.

Here are a couple of those pictures:

I took some iPhone photos on Saturday to show how much snow we have. . This is one of them taken along the sidewalk on Gateway. Someone told me it looked like there was a tunnel. Not far off. Where is all this snow going??

Client Feedback

I love getting feedback and would like to share some recent feedback. Thank you to these people for their kind words.

Chris was very patient while getting some great shots of my two-month-old twins, which wasn’t easy! The photos she posted to her blog the same day were awesome. She was lovely to work with and I would highly recommend her.

Great experience, wonderful person and takes beautiful pictures!

So much fun and the pictures were amazing

We had a recommendation from friends to try her. We did with the groupon and were very happy with the results! We would ask her again!

Excellent photographer. Very professional. Prompt with providing gallery for photo viewing. Reasonable rates.

Thanks Chris!! I just love the pictures!!!!

Awesome! Thanks 🙂 we had fun! Can’t wait to see the rest!

Groupon News

As many of you know, I am featured as a Groupon photographer. Did you also know that if you have bought a Groupon in the past, I will do your next session for the Groupon price.  I do this because if you buy the session from Groupon, they keep 45% of the money that you pay.

Let me know if you are interested in booking a session once the snow is gone. I prefer to book 4 to 6 weeks ahead, so there is no hurry if you want to wait for spring. Hopefully, by the beginning of May, we’ll have some green grass and some leaves on the trees.

Of course, if you want to book me for a special event, I will take your booking earlier than 6 weeks before your event.

This photograph is the one the I am using for my Groupon feature right now. I’m happy to say that it won 2nd place in the Jan. Open competition for the Manitoba Camera Club. It’s one of my favourites and just goes to show you that a big smile doesn’t always result in the best photograph. I love the little boy’s expression. Isn’t this a precious memory photo?


Did you know that Google+ now has the third-largest number of active users of any social network, meaning it’s technically now more-used than Twitter!

Have a look at this article for more information:

As this graph shows Google+ is gaining momentum.

I’ve been working on my Goggle+ page and would like to ask my clients and friends to follow me. You can access my page here:

Thank you for your support!

Spring Special

With this special, if you refer a friend to me, you will both get a $59 print credit! You can also use the $59 credit toward buying a DVD of all your images. That price is usually $350, but for the rest of March and all of April, I will discount it by $59 if you refer a friend to me.

Don’t delay booking. If you want to book your session after the end of April, you can still take advantage of this offer by paying for the special now and we can do the session once the snow is gone.

And Finally

Something that we can all relate to!

Yours in Photography,


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The Perfect Christmas Gift! (Winnipeg Christmas Gift Ideas)

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What is the perfect Christmas present? I’m sure that a lot of us are asking this question right now What can I give to a special someone  that will be appreciated and treasured.

I think that buying someone a gift certificate for a photography session is as perfect a gift as you can get. Many people with small children cannot afford to get a professional portrait done of their child or their family. It’s a gift that will be treasured for years to come as the receiver looks at the photos and remembers that time in their lives.

I offer gift certificates at all times, but for the next 3 weeks I’m going to offer a “Buy One, Get one Free Special.” That means, you can buy one gift certificate for $100 and get another one free.

And it’s easy too. Just send me an email at with the particulars and I can get a customized gift certificate(s) ready for you.

If you are concerned that all you are giving is an envelope, why not also buy a picture frame to wrap and put the gift certificate inside. A note could be put inside the frame that says,”Fill me with an image of ______________.”

The best part is that you get to avoid the malls to do your shopping!