Free Pet Portraits and News of Summer 2018! (Winnipeg Photography Newsletters)

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Finally it’s summer!

This is an exciting summer for John and me because we are  getting married on July 7th! Our wedding will be at Victoria Beach. We hope it will be on the beach and that we will have a beautiful summer day, but it will be a beautiful day one way or another. After the wedding, we are going to spend 10 days in Newfoundland, the only province that John and I haven’t been in.

In the meantime, we are spending a lot of time getting the cabin ready for July 7th. John is finishing the porch and the sun room and I’m painting furniture and planting flowers. In between all of that we are taking the dogs for long walks. They love playing in the water at the beach. It really is heaven on earth and we love it there.

John and I at Victoria Beach.

One of many amazing sunsets at the beach. 

My studio will be closed from July 4th until July 21st. Let me know asap if you are interested in a portrait session this summer so that  I can accommodate you before or after these dates.



Free Pet Portraits

Do you have a professional portrait of your dog? Have you ever thought about getting one? This is your chance!

I am partnering with a local pet shop named Leo and Co Pet Shop. Leo and Co is located on the corner of Gateway Rd and Sun Valley Drive and offers many interested pet products including a $10 pet bath and $10 nail trims on Thursday evenings (6 to 7 pm) and on Sundays (12 to 1 pm).

Stacey, the owner of Leo and Co. believes in offering our dogs the best in food, treats and everything else dog. For example, pictured here is marigold spray which will keep mosquitoes off of your dog, natural organic treats and handmade collars that you can’t buy anywhere else in Winnipeg.

As well you can find every kind of chew: chicken feet, pig’s ears and deer chews.

     

If you are interested in this offer all you need to do is stop in at Leo’s and fill in an entry form. It’s that simple. I am going to choose the lucky winners on June 18th.

Don’t delay. Stop by Leo’s this weekend!

Here are a couple of the adorable dogs that I’ve photographed.



Time

We hear a lot about how important it is to be in the moment and how quickly time passes. The video below is the probably the most powerful message about time that I have seen. I can’t post the video here, but here is the youtube link for it. Please watch it. I guarantee that you’ll be glad you did.
Once we realize how quickly time passes, it becomes even more important to make every day count and to do the things that we love in the time that we have. Taking that a step further, it becomes even more important to document this time in our lives. And what better way to do that than to have portraits of ourselves and our family to look back on. Not only for us but for generations to come. Digital images on your iphone aren’t going to be around in 100 years. Prints will be. Be sure to make prints. I can’t emphasize this enough. We are a generation that takes more pictures than ever before, but they will all be lost and there won’t be a visual record to share with future generations unless we make prints.


Dog Wisdom

John and I love our dogs and when I was looking for a picture for our bathroom I wanted a poster that reflected that. I made this up. I think it has a lot of truisms in it.
I can get one made up for you as well. Let me know if you are interested and I will give you a price.



Yours in Photography,

Christina

Free Pet Portrait! (Winnipeg Pet Photographers)

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I love dogs and have recently started a gallery of some of the dogs that I’ve photographed.

You can see that gallery here:

https://www.chrismcwilliamsphotography.com/PhotoPortfolio/Dog-Photography/

I’ve posted a few of my dog portraits below.

I would love to photograph more dogs, as well as other pets and so I am offering a free pet portrait with a $100 print credit to a few lucky people.

To enter this contest, all you need to do is drop into Leo and Co Pet Shop ( http://leo-co-pet-shop.business.site/) and fill in an entry form. Leo and Co is found at 1501-B Gateway Rd, in the strip mall at the corner of Sun Valley and Gateway. Drop in and fill in the form and talk to Stacey, the owner. Have a look at all the amazing products that she has while you’re there or take advantage of the $10 pet bath or the $10 nail trim on Thursday evenings.

Don’t delay. The end date for this contest is June 18th, at which time you will be contacted if you are chosen.

And here are some of my favorite dogs portraits!

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Idea! (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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What do you think most mothers would most value on Mother’s Day?

Being a mother myself, I know what I think the answer to this question is. Mothers love to spend time with their children and appreciate having a visual memory of that time in the form of a professional portrait. Not something snapped with an iPhone and lost somewhere in cyberspace in a few years, but a portrait that can be displayed on the wall or on a desk.  You can make that happen for your mother.

There are 2 ways you can do this. You can purchase a gift certificate for your mom and make an appointment for a photography session at a later date, or you can plan the session in the next couple of weeks and present to your mother on Mother’s Day. I can assure you that your mom would be delighted.

For a limited time I have a Mother’s Day Special.

Here are 2 of the ads from my special. I am extending this special until Mother’s Day, so don’t delay! (Limited weekend times available.)

 

This wonderful lady died this year but I was fortunate enough to be able to photograph her family of daughters at her 90th Birthday Party. I know that this image will be treasured for years to come. And what a thrill for the mom to have family come from East and West to be at the party.

 

 

 

If you were prefer, I can print up a gift certificate and customize it for you. I can even find a frame for it if you like.

The session is still $59 with 1 8×10 or 2 5×7 prints included, as in the above offer.

Don’t delay. Mother’s Day is fast approaching.

Baby’s First Year! (Winnipeg Baby Photographers)

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One of my most popular plans is The Baby’s First Year Package. For this package you get 4 photography sessions in your baby’s first year plus a hard cover 8×11 photo book. The price for this package is $350, but for the next 4 weeks, I am offering it to clients for $300. The value of this package is:

  • $125 for the first newborn session
  • $80×3=$240 for the next 3 sessions
  • $400 for the photo book

That would equal a total of $665, offering a savings of $365!!

The first year of your child’s life is one of growth and change. In face, your child will again change as much as in that year. But you might say, “I take a lot of pictures of my baby with my phone. I take pictures every day.”

The question I would then ask you is,” What do you do with those pictures?” Do you ever compile and print them? Do you make a book of them? Where will they end up? Will they forever stay on your phone or computer? Isn’t it nicer to sit down and look at a book than look at a computer?

The following are the pages from a Baby’s First Year Book that I just created. This book will be a treasure that this family will have to look back on for years to come. What a lovely tribute to this child!

These are screen captures of the book, so are not indicative of the quality of the book. You will notice that we also did a maternity session for this book and I can do the same for you.

Give me a call if you are interested in this package or if you know someone who might be.

204.962.3424.

 

Mother’s Day Special! (Winnipeg Mother’s Day Portraits)

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Maternity Sessions!


Thank you to everyone who forwarded my maternity special to pregnant ladies that they knew. I photographed 6 beautiful mamas; six amazing women who were a ton of fun to work with. Some came with an older child, one came with her husband and 2 came with their dogs. I accomplished my goal of adding to my portfolio, trying some new ideas  and using the maternity gowns that I had purchased.
Here are a few of my maternity images:

             

             

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Mother’s Day Special

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I know that a lot of moms take pictures of their children, but often they are not in the pictures. I took a lot of pictures of my children when they were little, but I don’t have many that I’m in.

If you are a mother, this is the perfect offer for you to take advantage of.  Use it to book a session for yourself and your children. Or just for yourself.

This is a limited time special and is only available for the week starting on Saturday, April 14th. We will do the sessions in my studio or at an outdoor location.

This special can also be purchased as a gift for your mother and used at a later date. I can customize a gift certificate for you. Just send me the details and I can get that ready for you.

Please pass this special on to anyone that you think might be interested. You can email me at chrismcwilliamsphotography@gmail.com, or you can call or text me at 204-962.3424.

Hope to hear from you!



Raising a Reader


As many of you know, I was a teacher for many years. I taught grades 1 to 4 for over 30 years. One of the joys of teaching children in the early years is watching them grow as readers. Any grade 1 teacher can tell you how magical it is when a child starts to read.

There are many things that a parent can do to ensure that their child becomes a reader.

  • The single most important thing you can do is read to your child from the time they are very small. Make it an enjoyable experience and your child will associate reading with pleasure.
  • Have books around  house. Make sure you have books in a variety of genres; including fiction and non fiction.
  • Be a reader yourself. Children model behaviour; so make sure that they see you relaxing with a book.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s reading. I would be happy to help you.

 



And Finally

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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 chrismcwilliamsphotography@gmail.com.

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,

Christina

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.