These beautiful young ladies posed for me in the Exchange District in Wpg on Sunday evening. It was hot; very, very hot but the good thing was that there were hardly any people around, the girls were absolutely gorgeous and the architecture was exactly what we wanted for this session.
I love meeting new people and talking to them about their lives and what is important to them. Doing headshots (what a strange name for a portrait) is a perfect time to do that and it was my pleasure to meet Dr. Sara a couple of days ago. We had a great time taking some pictures and chatting. Dr. Sara Korsunsky is a naturopathic doctor who works out of the Centre for Natural Medicine. She is easy to talk to and very down to earth.
A couple of evenings ago I had the pleasure of photographing my great niece with her parents. I’ve been photographing this girl for most of her life and it’s hard for me to believe that she is finished grade 12. Sarah is not only beautiful, kind and smart; she is an amazing writer and will go onto university to become a teacher.
Here is Sarah!
Love this picture with the flowers behind her.
Sometimes the best images are candids. I love this candid image for the story that it tells. It is a slice of life happening and it makes me ask questions like: why does LC , the guy with the shades, has his knee on the dog! Is this his way of keeping Roo (the dog) under control? Does it work? Or is his leg just tired and he’s using Roo as a post to lean on? I also wonder who Sarah was texting? And why she has such a big smile? Did she get a really nice message from someone or is she just happy that our photography session is over.
Looking back on it, it may seem that the year 2020 was all bad, but, for me, there have been some silver linings in the clouds. I try to be a positive person and see my glass as half full, so I will start with the good.
My step son got engaged. We are very happy that he has found his soul mate and will be getting married in July. We are hoping that they can have a wedding reception with all the bells and whistles but time will tell.
Last summer was amazing. We have an acre and a half and I spent countless hours planting and digging; growing vegetables and flowers. I loved every minute of it and look forward to continuing the work next summer.
We are so lucky to have a place at Victoria Beach where we can go and get away from the city. We love it best in the winter as there are very few people and the dogs can run free. The roads are plowed and we spend a lot of time walking and exploring the trails.
I have learned to stop trying to please people who don’t want to be a part of my life. I have learned to let go of those people and I have more peace in my life because of it. Trying to please people who don’t appreciate me was sucking the energy out of me and I know that it was affecting my mental and physical health. So in 2020 I have been healthy while many others have not been. For that, I am very grateful.
My husband has had some health issues for the past few months and needed emergency abdominal surgery at the beginning of Dec. We just found out that he has lymphoma, so the next few months are going to be a tough for us. We will get through it and he will be okay. We have a lot of support and he has a great attitude.
Our dog Fergus died in December. It’s always tough to lose a dog and we feel Fergus’s loss every day. He was a gentle, black dog; the sweetest dog I have known. RIP Fergus.
My mother has Covid and is isolated in her room in a nursing home. She is apparently asymptomatic but she looks terrible. We only see her on Zoom and she has gone downhill in this last month. It is very sad to see.
My photography business has dropped off significantly as I have had to be closed for a lot of 2020. It bothers me to turn people down when they contact me for sessions, but I think being safe is the most important thing right now and I will continue to follow the health guidelines.
Not seeing my family bothers me and is one of the things that has made 2020 so difficult for me personally. My son lives in Calgary with his family and this is the longest I have gone without seeing them. We weren’t able to have extended family for Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. I miss them all and hope that 2021 will be better.
Even though 2020 has been bad for my business and there have been challenges; it hasn’t been all bad. Having said that, I am looking forward to life getting back to what used to be normal. At this point, I am not sure things will ever be like they were before Covid-19. But they will improve.
Stay safe my readers and I hope to see you in 2021!
This is an unprecedented and scary time in the world. Cases of Covid and deaths continue to rise in Manitoba.
Things improved in the summer and I was able to open my studio and do some wonderful portraits, but now that can’t happen. Our case numbers in Manitoba are too high and the cost would be too great if my clients or I became ill. I’m happy that I was able to do some fall sessions outside, but the weather isn’t cooperating to do that now in November. So things are slow. I miss photographing newborns. I haven’t felt that it was safe to do newborn pictures at any time since the spring. I have newborn outfits that I haven’t used and new Christmas backdrops that I can’t use. I know that many businesses are suffering and it is best to close shop. It is better to be safe.
GIFT CERTIFICATE SALE
If you are looking for a Christmas gift for someone on your list, why not consider a gift certificate for photography? And to help you with that, I am offering a gift certificate sale.
For a limited time all gift certificates will be 20% off. That means if you buy someone a $300 gift certificate, it would cost $240; a savings of $60. For the $240 that you would pay, the recipient would receive the session plus $220 worth of products, such as 4 8x10s or a couple of 16x20s.
The gift certificate would be valid for all of 2021.
It’s an easy gift option for you and you wouldn’t need to leave your home to purchase it. I could email the gift certificate to you or print it and put it into the mail for you.
Don’t delay. This offer is good until Dec. 10th. Get your Christmas shopping done now and support a local business.
Another great Christmas gift idea is to have some old faded photographs restored. Here are some examples of pictures that I’ve restored.
It’s amazing how much information can be restored in old photographs!
Estimates for photo restoration are based on how much time it would take me to restore your photo and would depend on how much damage there is in the original print.
This is another gift that you would not need to leave your house to purchase. The original could be mailed to me or you could send me a digital copy by email. I would mail the restored print back to you. It would be a very safe and simple procedure.
Today I am featuring 2 of my favorite kids; my great niece and nephew, who I have been photographing since they were born. Sarah has just turned 17 and Nate is now 15.
There are many features around our property that work well for photographing people; including the train tracks (which I know you are not allowed to be on, but the train seldom comes and when it does it goes really really slowly), a forest of pine trees, a farmer’s field and lots of colourful trees. We did this session right around our property.
Model Call for GIRLS and a chance to win a $600 package.
My dog model call was a huge success and I will be repeating it in the near future.
Here is a collage of some of the wonderful dogs that I photographed.
For my next project I am doing something different. I never had a daughter or granddaughter to dress up, so I am offering a dress up event for little girls. The added bonus is that anyone participating in this event will be entered into a draw for a $600 package.
There is more information below.
This model call is for girls aged 1 to 4. I am open to including girls who are older if parents bring an outfit for them. Since this is a dress up event, I can only provide dresses up to a size 4 (for a 4 year old, or a small 5 year old).
I am fine with including other family members (including sons) for this event, but I won’t be supplying outfits for them as the focus is on daughters.
All clients who come for this model call will be entered into a draw for a $600 package. The draw will be done on March 23rd. The winner will be announced that day.
A $50 retainer is required to book your session. You can either get a refund on the retainer at your ordering session or you can use the retainer towards the purchase of products such as wall art or prints. The retainer can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I love the idea of photographing your daughter in her mom’s wedding dress! Let me know if this appeals to you and if you have the dress.
I hope to hear from you! Let me know if you are interested.
I’m very excited to be designing my new studio. The drywall is getting taped and sanded today and will be ready to be painted very soon. I can’t wait to decorate my new space and use it for taking your pictures!
To celebrate the opening , I will be offering different model calls: maternity, newborn and head shots, to name a few. Watch for some amazing opportunities!
Pictures That Tell a Story
Every picture should tell a story and I love the story this picture tells.
This image was taken on July 7th, 2018; our wedding day. The brown and white dog is my girl, Zara and the black dog is John’s dog, Fergus. Zara is very possessive of me and in this picture Fergus came over to give me a kiss. As you can see, Zara was upset that Fergus was so close to her Mommy! I love this picture for the great memories it brings back and for the story that it tells.
I love to tell stories with photography and to preserve a time in our lives. Let me tell your stories with pictures and preserve your memories for all time. All you have to do it give me a call and we can set up an appointment. Leave the rest to me. That simple!!
My number is 204.962.3424.
Christmas Gift Ideas
Today is Dec. 12, 2019.
Only 13 days until Christmas.Are there people on your list that are hard to buy for? If so, here are some great gift ideas I found on Facebook. This list comes from “becoming minimilist.”
I would love for someone to get me a snow clearing service, or a hairdresser gift certificate. Or how about this: a gift certificate for a photography session!
It’s a great gift idea and I can get it printed and mounted for you so that it looks really pretty. The certificate can be personalized and I’ll be sure to get it to you before Christmas.
Give me a call if you would like one.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
The image below shows our 3 beasts, all decked out for Christmas. I didn’t manage to get them all to pose for me at the same time, so this is a composite. I also added the hats afterwards. (I can do that for you as well!)
Aren’t they adorable! I cannot imagine my life with dogs. They give us so much pleasure and are the best companions!
I hope you all have a fun Christmas and that your new year holds good health and much happiness!
I love this poster. I had it mounted for our bathroom at Victoria Beach. It makes some great points just in time for the new year!