Beautiful Baby Boy: Day 13 (Winnipeg Newborn Photographers)

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Today this beautiful little boy came for his first photography session. Mr. S. hardly made a peep the whole time he was here, but it took us a while to get him to sleep. Once asleep, he was a perfect little poser.

Here is a preview of a Beautiful Baby Boy!

Winnipeg Photography Newsletter with a Limited Time Special!

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Fall Fotos?

I love summer but I have to admit that I’m enjoying the cooler nights and the beautiful sunny days. Let’s hope the weather stays like this for a while. Fall is always a busy time for family photos and this year is no exception. The leaves are starting to turn colours.  I think the peak time for fall family pictures with the brightest colours will be in about 2 weeks. I have some openings left if you are interested in booking a session in a fall park setting. The photos below were taken at Bunn’s Creek Park and Kilcona Park.

Don’t forget that if you bought a Groupon before, I will give you the Groupon price for your next session.  I will be featured on Groupon again in about a month but why have half of your $55 go to Groupon? Email me if you would like more information. 



Coupon Code:CMDiscount

I‘ve decided to once again offer a coupon code for 50% off prints and other products from my Smugmug website. This is good for all galleries,including ones that are from a few years ago. Your gallery may not be currently listed, but it is safe and sound in my archives and I can relist it for you. If you think back to your photo session and wish you had bought a certain print, this is your chance.

If you wouldl like your gallery relisted just sent me an email (chrismcwilliamsphotography@gmail.com) and I can relist it for you.

When you are ready to  purchase your prints, use this code CMDiscount  to receive 50%.  I am not able to reduce the price of shipping for you but this offer is good for  prints and other products bought on my website. It excludes digital images.

Don’t delay. The code is only good from Sept. Wednesday, 18th up until Sunday, 29th. 



21Photo

My landscape/travel site has new look. It’s worth a peak if you haven’t visited there for a while.
Here’s the link:
http://www.21photo.ca
If you see an image that you think would like good on your wall, just send me an email and I can give you a price.



Wedding Photography

Someone once told me that Winnipeg has 20 times the number of wedding photographers per capita than Chicago. I can believe it! So how do you
pick the one that you want for your special day? It can be very confusing. I’ve written a couple of blog posts on choosing  a wedding photographer.
You can read them here:

https://chrismcwilliamsphotography.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/how-to-choose-a-wedding-photographer-winnipeg-wedding-photographers/

https://chrismcwilliamsphotography.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/questions-to-ask-your-wedding-photographer-winnipeg-wedding-photographer/

There are many reasons for choosing ChrisMcWilliamsPhotography for your wedding photography, as stated in the blog posted listed above but there is one reason that I want to mention here and that is the quality of the second and sometimes even third shooters that I have working with me.

At recent wedding, I had 2 other photographers working with me. One of them caught the series of images shown below, showing me instructing the
couple on how to do the dip. Thank you Kristen Homeniuk. You can see the resulting images below the collage. What you will notice is that this
series shows 3 different perspectives of the same shot. It would be impossible for 1 person to capture those images. With 2 or 3 photographers at my
weddings, I can be almost certain to capture the magic moments, like the ring exchange, the first kiss and the father giving away his daughter.

How to do the dip!

Three views of 1 shot!

Thank you Kristen Homeniuk and Sylvia Jensen for these images!

Here are some comments from people whose weddings we’ve done:

I’m so happy that you were our photographer for this Once in a Lifetime experience Don and I shared yesturday.
OMG Chris, Incredible, outstanding…and thankyou so much……. Shelley

Don and I want to thank you so much, you were able to capture that sparkle, that magic, our love for each other shows through your lens, and you caught it forever… Shelley

Thank you so much for a great time!  I love the pics you’ve posted and it makes me even more excited to see the rest! Alexander

Thank you so much for your patience – sometime the adults are much worse than the kids – but these pics are fantastic!  Jessica

We just took a look at the blog and Oh my gosh, we LOVE all the pictures you put up!  We especially loved the one on the stairs, the one in the main area of the Leg and the one with all of us outside cheering!  Thanks so much, they are beautiful and we can’t wait to see the rest when we get back ! Holly

Thanks a million yesterday!!! We had such a great time with the 3 of you!  Shane



Wedding Photography Offer

My offer is simply this: Refer someone to me for their wedding photos and YOU will receive a free photo session plus a DVD of your 5 favorite images for free. That’s a value of $125 plus $105= $230, just for passing along my name.  It’s win/win deal. You get a free session, along with some images, the wedding couple gets an amazing photographer (moi) and I get another wedding booking.

Just ask the couple to email me at chrismcwilliamsphotography@gmail.com and we can set up a meeting!



And Finally

A page from a Roald Dahl book that I found online. Not sure which book it’s from but it’s so true.

Yours in photography and with many happy thoughts,

Christina



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Construction in Progress!

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English: This is a photo of a construction site in progress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you were on my site in the last couple days, you will have noticed that things are not working as they should be. I apologize for this. I’m working on rebuilding my website and it’s turning out to be quite a job. It will be worth it in the end, but in the meantime, it’s painful as any new learning curve can be.

My brain cells are working overtime, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, my neck and shoulders are not happy, but I hope to have it all done and ready to launch in a few days.

In the meantime, I’m having a blast with my son and grandson staying with me. In between late nights at the computer, we’re having all kinds of fun (Skinners, the zoo, strawberry picking, 2 movies, out for lunches, swimming and reading The Witches aloud).

I hate when things don’t work right, but I’m dealing with it. I know how…….red wine and chocolate and ranting to my friends and really speedy walking.

 

 

Blogging in 2012! (Winnipeg Photography Blogs)

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WordPress gives these very cool analysis of blogging every year.

You need to click on the link below to see the full report but here are some highlights:

  • I blogged 186 times!
  • My total number of posts is 588.
  • The busiest day this year was July 23rd with 2, 4956 views of Alex and James’s wedding.

It is cause for celebration and fireworks are appropriate!

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 25,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

 

Click here to see the complete report.

Snap and Burn Photography (Winnipeg Portrait Photographers)

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Snap and Burn Photography

“What is Snap and Burn Photography?” you ask. Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like. A photographer snaps a picture and burns it onto a DVD for the client. Simple. And easy. And usually cheap. But it really is a case of getting what you pay for. Anyone who can afford to offer a session fee and all the digital images for a really low price (like $50) is doing what I am calling, Snap and Burn.

“So what’s wrong with that?” you ask. First of all, think of the word “snap” and what it  means. What it makes me think of in regards to photography is  someone taking photos without much thought to posing, lighting and how people will look best. Snap, it’s done. The photographer’s workflow is simple. Snap it and then burn the images onto a DVD and sell it.

Look at these 2 images:


I posed this young girl so that the wind would be blowing her hair out of her eyes and so that she would be backlit. I made sure that there weren’t any trees growing out of her head. It’s a pleasing composition, but it I knew it could be better, so I lightened her face, removed the blemishes, brightened up her eyes and cropped the unnecessary background out of the picture. Doesn’t she look great!

I don’t do a complete edit on all of the images in your gallery. I will fully edit the ones that appear in my blog, as well as a few others. Once you give me your order, I will do further editing on the images that you order if it is necessary. You can also make requests for editing.  I will let you know if there is an additional cost for any editing that you would like before doing it. Most of the time, it is included in the price!

RCMP Musical Ride, Matlock and Fireworks!!! (Winnipeg photographers)

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I had a ton of fun on Sunday shooting with some people from The Manitoba Camera Club. I like to shoot by myself sometimes, but it’s a lot of fun to compare shots with other photographers. If you are anyone you know is interested in photography, join us at the club (www.manitobacameraclub.ca. )

We started out in West St. Paul and photographed the RCMP Musical Ride. It was the first time I had seen this show and it was very impressive and made for some great shots with the red coats  that the Mounties were wearing, the totally brown horses with white hooves. I played with shutter speed for some shots which gave the pictures a neat look.

 

 

The next stop was to at Boston Pizza in Selkirk, followed by the pier in Matlock, just in time for some beautiful colours in the sky.

We drove out to Gimli and took a few pictures of the marina there but nothing really struck me.

We then made our way back to West St. Paul just in time for the fireworks. I didn’t have my tripod with me (I hadn’t planned to be shooting fireworks), and had no time to set up, so I tried hand holding my camera using an ISO of 6400 and an f-stop of 4. Shutter speed was  around 1/20 of a second.  I had seen an article on some ideas of different things to do while shooting fireworks and had wanted to try zooming in and out with my lens while the shutter was open. It was very hit of miss, but I like this one. What do you think?

 

 

By zooming in and out you get the effect of the light dragging and get the lines. I like :0).