Clothing Choices (Winnipeg Photographer: Families, Children, Newborn)

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This post from June remains my number one viewed post and I decided to repost it.

This is my 100th post. Hard to believe!! Time does fly by, but the good thing is that we finally have some nice weather.

I have had a lot of inquiries on getting fall family pictures taken. Please don’t delay in booking  a shoot as I will be away from Oct. 5th till the 12th. I’m going to visit my favorite little person, my grandson in Calgary. I will also be spending some time in Canmore where I am hoping to take pictures of the mountains and some fall scenes.

Here is the clothing choices post:

People often ask me what they should wear for a shoot, so today I am writing about clothing choice, as well as  including some examples of family pictures with  great clothing combinations.

The clothing that people are wearing is not the first thing that you should notice in a family picture. The relationship between the people in the picture and their expressions should be what your eyes focus on.  If everyone is wearing clothing that has stripes, patterns, or some kind of design it takes away from the most important part of the image, which is the faces of the people in the portrait. It is best if everyone wear the same colour or shades of the same colour. That way the focus is on the faces of the people, as well as making the family look like a cohesive whole. Most people make sure that what they wear on a particular day matches. Take that a step further and make sure that the people that will be in a portrait also match each other. It really does make a difference. Here are some examples:

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This family is wearing brown on top and demin. I think it looks great and it also matches the fall leaves! I think the focus is on the interactions between the children and the mom and dad. I love the expression on the dog as well!

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I like the white and demin that this family is wearing. The white really make them pop out against the fall leaves. And even though you don’t see their faces, you notice the little girl and wonder what she is saying. The smallest boy is so adorable in it as well. This picture wouldn’t work if the family were wearing different colour, or stripes etc.

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Wearing black is an excellent clothing choice when you have a black background. Your eyes go to the interaction and the faces. I love this portrait!

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White tops with a white background is also a great choice. Doesn’t this family look great? I love how the baby is holding onto dad’s cheek!

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I love this portrait! I think it looks like a poster for a movie. This couple was so much fun to work with. I also photographed their wedding which was awesome. I like the black tops with the jeans.  The colour you pick for your top should be in the brown, black, navy, white or beige range for a portrait that will be a keepsake for years to come. Pant colour can be demin, beige, black or brown.

Christina

Love was in the Air!! (Winnipeg Wedding Photographer)

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Last Saturday I had the pleasure of photographing Susan and Ron’s wedding. The day was rainy and wet, but everyone was sunny and full of smiles.  If you spend any time at all with this couple you can see how much they love each other. I really enjoyed shooting their wedding. Enjoy Las Vegas. I know that you will. Here are a few of my favorites pictures:

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I am almost finished developing this wedding.  Watch for it soon on my site.

Till next time,

Christina

Wedding Photojournalism (Winnipeg Wedding Photography)

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Do you remember the standard wedding poses of another era: the bridal party all lined up in a row and the  bride and groom looking stiff and formal?  Wedding photography has become much more creative and what is important to anyone looking for a wedding photographer is that they find someone whose style matches what they are looking for. What used to be standard and predicable is now a creative process that involves spontaneity and fun.  That’s what I love about wedding photography. I love to capture the moments: the bride looking at her parents as she walks down the aisle, the love between a bride and groom as they get married and the fun after the ceremony when everyone feels a lot more relaxed and free.

How to capture that fun and the happiness is an essential skill of a wedding photographer. Often what actually looks spontaneous has been set up in order to capture precious moments. I believe that you need to give people something to do in order for them to feel free and relaxed. Some of these things can be simply walking down an interesting street; it can be the groomsmen lifting the bride up into the air, or it can be the bride and groom pretending to dance in a meadow. All of these actions and others  lead to the spontaneity that I love to capture.

Here are some examples:

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This is an example of the groomsmen lifting the bride. Don’t you love their expressions?
This image also has an artistic action applied to it.

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In this image the bride and groom were told to simply pull towards each other. I love the background in this one. It’s an old train station in Alberta.

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An intimate conversation between a bride and groom or just a pretend one? Hard to know, don’t you think? I wonder what they were discussing.

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These very fun groomsmen knew how to ham it up. You can see how they all got into the spirit of the day.

Four different spots, four different “posed” photojounalistic images. What they do have in common is that they look real, not set up, and that the people in them are having a great time.

That’s it for today. I’m in Calgary right now. If you are wanting to contact me, please send me an email. I am checking my email regularly. It’s chrismcwilliams@shaw.ca. I will be back in a few days. By the way, the sun is shining here and it’s shirt sleeve weather. Very lovely.

Chris

A beautiful young lady

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This last week I had the pleasure of getting to know and photographing this beautiful young lady. We had a lot of fun looking for interesting spots to do pictures in the library.  And we found plenty. It turns out that S’s dad and my uncle meet for coffee every morning at a mall in the city. What a small place Winnipeg is! It never ceases to amaze me. Often people will look at images in my portfolio and say, I know him or her. He was my high school teacher etc.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from this shoot.

 

 

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Happy Birthday to me!!

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I recently had a birthday party because I wanted to have a celebration with my family and friends. It was so much fun! The party was at Triple B’s on Henderson and they did a wonderful job of looking after us.  A big “thank you” to Herb and his staff for a wonderful afternoon. And an even bigger “thank you” to Jeff, a former student of mine for making a special event even more special. It isn’t often that us teachers get a chance to hear how we are appreciated by former students and seeing Jeff again after all these years made my party even more momentous.

The image that I am posting is of me on the pool table and my Camera Club friends behind me. What I have done with this image is added different artistic effects to it, in order to show what can be done with a photo. Have a look. I had fun working with this image.

 

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As you can see, it is possible to make a lot of changes with one image. Do you have a favorite? Not sure which one I like best, but I do like the ones with the background blackened more. I left the lights above the table to show that we were in  a pool hall but darked the back wall.

Obviously, I did not take the picture. I had a couple of photography friends who helped out by taking pictures and did a super job. A huge thank you to them.

I don’t usually lay around on pool tables,  but this was so much fun, I may try it again sometime. lol

I hope that you  all are having  fun these days. I know that I am!

Chris

And babies make four

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These are the winners of my free newborn photo shoot.  I couldn’t be more pleased to have taken pictures of these twin baby girls.

Lucky mom and dad to have these two beautiful babies. It took awhile to get them to sleep (almost 2 hours) but once they did, I was able to get some great shots.

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I certainly hope to see these two again!!

Till next time.

Christina

Artistic Photography

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Happy New Year to anyone who reads this blog in the next while. In Winnipeg we are still in the grip of winter, with wind chill temperatures around -42 here.  Things slowed down a lot over the holidays, but I am ready to start shooting again and have my next shoot on Saturday as well as another wedding meeting. I am getting itchy to make some portraits. My next shoot is Saturday, so I don’t have long to wait.

You may wonder what artistic photography is. I think it would mean different things to different people, but to me  it means enhancing  an image om some way to make it look different from the original image. It is an artist or photographer’s   impression of how an image would look best.  The more I work with images, the more I see how they can be enhanced in some way with an artistic touch. I will be starting a gallery on my website; www.chrismcwilliamsphotography.com, but here is a preview of some artistic photography that I have done. Each image has the original image and then the artistic version. In some cases, I didn’t find the exact original, but it will be one from the same time and place. Artistic Photography can be used on any kind of image and I do have one family picture here, but it works particularly well with wedding pcitures.

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In this image I did a texture overlay and then changed the opacity so that the couple still showed through.

 

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I softened this family pic and added more white. I also changed some of the heads around to get one image in which everyone’s eyes were looking up. Not an easy thing to do with 3 children. Aren’t they beautiful people!

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 With this lovely wedding party you can see two different styles of black and white done on the same image. There is no right or wrong here. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. Which one do you like best?

That’s it for now. Till next time.

Christina

Sunny Saturday at the Leg

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We’ve had amazing weather this last week and I was very fortunate to have an engagement shoot on Saturday afternnoon.  Although we did a few shots inside the leg, we were able to do the majority on the grounds.

 I prefer to do engagement pics if I am going to shoot a wedding and I make it part of the package at no extra cost.

 It was great working with S and R and getting to know how they are with a camera pointing at them. S had fun and was able to relax and be natural and I think that having this experience will help R feel more comfortable when their special day comes in June and the camera is pointing at him for a few hours.

Here are some of my favorites:

 

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