Lovely Young Lady! (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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This young lady was part of a family session that I did last week at St. Vital Park. I couldn’t resist featuring her images in this post. Having photographed her I know that if she didn’t pursue a career in social work that she could be a model.

Here’s sneak peek from this session.

 

What a Doll! (Winnipeg Newborn Photographers)

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It was a real joy to photograph this 7 day old baby girl last week. She was an excellent poser and sleeper and as cute as a button.

Here are a few of my favourites from this session:

Fun Family Session! (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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This family of 6 was one of the funnest families that I’ve ever photographed.

This first picture is of their 2 dogs, Maggie and Brandi. Aren’t they adorable.

I love this one of the family with everyone smiling; including the dogs!

 

I told them to have some fun with it at the end of the session and I got this amazing image.

All in all, it was a fantastic session.
Thank you Tanner for buying your parents the gift certificate!

 

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

Family Reunion! (Winnipeg Event Photographers)

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I had the honour of photographing this family reunion at the Canad Inn on Saturday. Pictured here you can see the grandparents with their 6 grandchildren. It was the first time in 15 years that this family had been together. I can understand how wonderful that would be for these grandparents as one of my sons lives in Calgary and it has been a while since my whole family has been together.

I don’t think this family could have given a better gift for their 50th wedding anniversary than their presence at this event.

This is one of the granddaughters with her boyfriend. Aren’t they cute!

How much are digital files? (Winnipeg Photography Studios)

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This is a copy of an article written by a photographer in Surrey BC, named Rachel Thornhill, which speaks to how I feel about selling digital images without attaching any prints or wall art to them.

I have edited some parts of the original article.

You can read the original article here:

https://www.rachelthornhill.co.uk/single-post/2018/02/06/How-Much-are-Digital-Files

One of the questions my potential clients ask me on a regular basis is how much I charge for digital files.

My first reply is “What would you like to do with them?”

Way before I press the shutter on my camera, I ask myself three very important questions: Why am I taking this photograph? What am I trying to capture, and who is going to be looking at it?

If I’m photographing a client, everything about the image is carefully planned. We’ve spoken beforehand about the location, clothes, poses and expressions; we’re working together on this to ensure we’re capturing something that is truly worth capturing. Then I’m looking at the lighting, the composition of the image, how pronounced my subject is in front of the background, and sometimes even my subject’s pose. In my mind I know what I’m trying to achieve; the look, the feel, the style. I choose the focal point, the depth of field, decide exactly what shutter speed will be to show movement or freeze the subject, the exposure length to achieve bright or dark images, even the ISO to capture detail.

Once I have captured the image, I then use Adobe Lightroom to develop it digitally, in the same sort of way as film is developed in a dark room (less chemicals and more light involved obviously!). I review every image, and quite often I crop the image to help create leading lines or patterns to help direct the viewer to the part of the image that I want them to look at first. I’m looking at symmetry, balance, impact. And that’s even before I’ve colour balanced or removed a blemish or scratch.

Now I’m not telling you any of this to show off… indeed my short list of what I look to do is just a few of the things that Master Photographers of today think about.

But what I’m trying to explain is that this amount of control results in an image that is hopefully one where the quality and composition shines out, that when you see it you can see that I’m worth being paid to take it.

This is where it starts to get a bit tricky. That edited image that I see on my computer is probably not the same as the one you would see on your computer screen, or your iPad or smart phone. That is because my monitor is calibrated in a way that when the image is printed, it looks exactly as it does on screen. And when I say printed, I mean printed using the particular professional print company that I have chosen and calibrated my monitor to. If I sent that image to 5 different printers, including perhaps printers that most people don’t have access to (for example here in the UK we have Snapfish, PhotoBox, Boots-  I will guarantee you that I would have a slightly different photograph from each of them. They use different printing machines, different papers, and all of a sudden, the vibrant lavender field image I sent to print is not the image that I have on my screen.

As an artist, that is a loss of control. And if you start to throw into the mix products such as canvasses, the difference in quality of the products available is staggering.

As a Professional Photographer, my work is why people choose me over other Photographers. It is what makes me me. So when my work is on display, the quality that it is displayed at is absolutely crucial, especially as being on display means it is there to be seen. I use only Professional Printing companies to print my photographs, artwork and albums, ensuring the high quality image I’ve created so far is preserved in the exact way I intended it to be shown. I’ve known of Photographers that have given digital images out to friends and then seen them as products on those friends’ walls; and then been heartbroken that the images that they had taken so long to craft had been cropped, or the colours oversaturated, or even that the product itself was of such quality that a beautiful image looked like a phone snap. That inferior product is then judged by others as a representation of the Photographers’ work, which has a significant impact on their business and reputation in a way that is completely out of control of the Photographer.

I recently heard about an award winning wedding Photographer who received a bad review from a Bride and Groom, saying the quality of his work was awful. The story got traction on social media, and it turns out that the Photographer had supplied the Bride and Groom with digital files, and they had made their own album and had it printed at a supermarket. Images had been stretched, zoomed and cropped, the carefully chosen colours of the bridesmaid’s dresses and flowers were nowhere near their true colour, and the images were blocky and blurred. When the Photographer discovered this, he made up an album himself, had it professionally printed and sent it to the couple; they were of course horrified when they realised what had happened and apologised, but did those people who heard bad things about the Photographer stay to hear the rest of the story? Probably not.

This is exactly why I am wary of providing digital files. Often they are priced the same as wall artwork or large prints, because actually assigning a monetary value to something that isn’t usually intended as the end product is quite tricky. But for me it is not about the money. It is about supplying my clients with First Class customer service throughout their whole experience with me, capturing an amazing session, then creating gorgeous products with the absolute WOW factor that will bring joy and be cherished for years to come, rather than to be delivered in a little black box to stay locked away as digital files in a drawer until they finally get remembered.

Social media is the other reason that people ask for digital files. They want to share the images with their families and friends, and why not? Of course some people choose not to (and that is a whole other blog post for a few week’s time!) but I’m happy to provide social media formatted images for this very reason.

And actually, for each image used in artwork, I do also give my clients the high resolution digital file. For the use that it was only ever really intended to be, when digital imaging was created.

As a backup.

I hope you got to the end of the article. I am happy to discuss this with you if you have questions.

Christina

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