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

News and Offers CM Photo! (Winnipeg Photography Newsletters)

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Studio Upgrade

I am very happy to announce that my studio upgrade is complete!

In the image below you can see my new floor with a brick backdrop. Along the right side are 2 other backdrops set up for Christmas sessions. The new floor makes it much easier to move equipment around and to change floor drops, as well as looking great in pictures!

Remember the treadmill I used to hang blankets on? I got rid of it and now have the blankets hanging on 2 layers of rods. This helps me to see what I have and to access the blankets more easily.

My newborn wraps are also hung on a rod, making them easier to see and access. I’m still working on an easy fix for displaying headbands. Let me know if you have an idea/solution for showing them.

In the image below is my updated client room. On the ledge at the back is my projector which I use when doing “In Person Sales”. Images are projected onto the opposite white wall allowing clients to view images in a large display.

I’ve done  “In Person Sales” for over a month now and really love the process. My biggest thrill is hearing my client’s OOHs and AHHs when they first see their images. I like being available to answer client questions, as well as, helping them make choices for their photography products.

Come and have a look and we can talk about your next photography session!  Coffee and tea are available and I will even supply some treats!


More on Printing

I recently found a really great article on the importance of printing from a childhood perspective. You can find it here:

https://www.michellemckayphotographer.com/blog/2017/7/8/the-importance-of-printing-photographs-childhood-identity-and-a-history-made-in-pictures

The author writes about prints of her young daughter that she has displayed in her house and how those prints help give her daughter a sense of personal identity and  belonging.

I love her words:

These days of now will be gone, but through photographs they can be remembered and cherished. We can remain tied to our pasts, to our memories.

We can have and hold all these versions of our life and our selves still; they can exist all at once on the walls and in the hallways of our homes.

Long after these days and sleepless nights have ended, let there exist a record around us – a story of love, belonging, connection.

A rich and glorious tapestry. 

A history, told in pictures.

Wise words I think.



FREE Digital image!

As a promotion for the month of January, I am offering you a full resolution digital image at no charge after you spend $400 on products. This can be any image that is in your gallery.



The Paper is Always Free

I recently wrote a blog post entitled “The Paper is Always Free.” You can read it here:

https://cmphotographyblog.com/2017/11/28/the-paper-is-always-free-winnipeg-photography-studios/

This article talks about the costs of running a photography business. It is important that consumers understand that you are not paying for paper when you order a print. You are paying for all the expenses and artistry that go into producing that print. The list of photography expenses is endless, but some of the items are listed below.


The same costs go into producing a digital image as making a print; therefore a digital image does not cost less than a print.

Read the article for more information.



And Finally!

I wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season and a Healthy New Year.


Yours in Photography,

Christina

Lights, Camera, Editing, Portraits; Sept 2017

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Fine Art Photography


I am excited to announce that 5 of my fine art photography images are hanging at Cre8tery   (http://www.cre8ery.com/) The pictures are various sizes and prices. The largest is Autumn Pallette au Metal, which won Most Creative Image with The Professional Photographer of Canada (Manitoba). Also hanging is The Tree of Divination which won Best Contemporary Image with The Manitoba Camera Club, as well as, Lily, The Face in the Tatters and Serenity. 

Cre8tery is in the Exchange District on the  2nd floor at 125 Adelaide Street. 

It is open:Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 12-6pm

Saturday 12-5pm

Cre8tery will be open late for First Friday on Sept. 8th.

Drop in if you have a chance. My pictures will be hanging until the end of Thanksgiving weekend.

You can view these images and a few more on this page of my website: http://www.chrismcwilliamsphotography.com/Fine-Art-Photography/. Having said that, viewing them online is no substitute for seeing them printed and mounted!
Hope you can make it.



Lights, Camera, Editing, Portraits!


This is a repeat of an article in my last newsletter. I am including it for my new clients and am also adding some information to it.

It is very important to me that you love the images from your session. I will do my utmost from the beginning of our correspondence to you’re receiving your order to make sure that you are happy with the experience and the result. To that end, I want to explain the steps in the whole process.

  1. You come for your portrait session.
  2. I put a few of your images on my blog.
  3. I do an initial editing of your images. This is often called a “soft editing”. It involves colour correction, some clean up of the background, lightening if needed and cropping. At this point, your images will not be completely edited, except for the ones on my blog.
  4. You receive a password protected gallery to review your proofs.
  5. You send your order to me by email.
  6. I do a full editing of the images that you ordered. This involves a full background clean up, removing blemishes, smoothing skin, brightening eyes, head swaps if needed, and further corrections for colour and brightness. You can preview these images after I have worked on them if you like. Once you are happy with them:
  7. You receive an invoice from me, make payment and pick up your order or have it mailed to you.

I accept payment by cash, cheque, interac e-transfer, credit cards and Paypal.

This is the most time efficient way for me to operate. Most galleries have between 20 and 50 images in them. It only takes  me a few minutes to do the “soft edit”, whereas the final edit might take 20 minutes. The soft edit includes correcting lighting and colour, as well as cropping and some skin corrections. The final edit involves a full clean up of the backdrop and more skin corrections.

You can see the progression in the images below. The first image is straight out of the camera. In the first soft edit, I lightened it, cropped it and did some colour corrections. In the final completely edited image, I straightened the floor, make the wrap more symmetrical, took some red out the babies skin, removed some of the shadow around the babies head on the left and burned the edges of the floor. The first edit didn’t take long but the final one took me about 20 minutes.

Aren’t these twins cute! They were super sleepy babies as well. I loved every minute of this session!



And Finally

Isn’t this the truth? What other record will we have that we lived? Only printed images will survive the test of time and be there for future generations to see.


Yours in Photography,

Christina



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Lights, Camera, Editing, Portraits! (Winnipeg Photography Newsletters)

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News


There are some changes in the air here at ChrisMcWilliamsPhotography. First of all, while we were in Mexico, my boyfriend, John proposed to me! Yes, we are engaged.

We have no plans yet for our wedding, but we don’t want to wait too long. Our major roadblock right now is getting our houses ready to sell. John’s house is on 80 acres near Dugald and needs some work done to it before selling. My house needs painting and some other work done as well. We might end up finding someone to help us. Let me know if you have some skills in this area or know someone who might be interested.

Our plan is to move a bit North of the city in the Bird’s Hill, Oakbank area. I will continue to have a studio in my home. It will be bigger and better. Stay tuned for that happening.

It’s a very exciting time.

In other news, I will be having a gallery show in the near future. No dates are available yet but it likely be this fall. The images that are shown below will be for sale, as well as some others. The show will be at http://www.cre8ery.com/.

Cre8ery is having a fundraiser beginning on April 7th and I will have a few prints in that show. If you are looking for some fine art in your home, come to this show. There will be all kinds of art for sale including: encaustic, paintings, drawings, photography, print-making, image transfer, and digital art, to ceramics, glass art, sculpture, fabric art and jewelry.

Here is a link for the show:

http://www.cre8ery.com/portfolio/strength-by-numbers-2/


Lights, Camera, Editing, Portraits!


It is very important to me that you love the images from your session. I will do my utmost from the beginning of our correspondence to you’re receiving your order to make sure that you are happy with the experience and the result. To that end, I want to explain the steps in the whole process.

  1. You come for your portrait session.
  2. I put a few of your images on my blog.
  3. I do an initial editing of your images. This is often called a “soft editing”. It involves colour correction, some clean up of the background, lightening if needed and cropping. At this point, your images will not be completely edited, except for the ones on my blog.
  4. You receive a password protected gallery to review your proofs.
  5. You send your order to me by email.
  6. I do a full editing of the images that you ordered. This involves a full background clean up, removing blemishes, smoothing skin, brightening eyes, head swaps if needed, and further corrections for colour and brightness. You can preview these images after I have worked on them if you like. Once you are happy with them:
  7. You receive an invoice from me, make payment and pick up your order or have it mailed to you.

I accept payment by cash, cheque, interac e-transfer, credit cards and Paypal.

This is the most time efficient way for me to operate. Most galleries have between 20 and 50 images in them. I might work anywhere from 10 minutes to 20 minutes on one image, which makes total editing time on a gallery somewhere around 6 to 50 hours. I think you can appreciate the fact that if I did that,  it I would be tied to my computer 24/7 and make pennies an hour.


The Winners Were:


This is a repeat of an article that was on my blog on March 8th, so if you read it already, just skip to the next section.I love competing in photography competitions and being a member of The Professional Photographers of Canada allows me to do that at a high level. Competitions force me to closely examine my images and perfect them. It is a time-consuming task that involves finding the best of the best in my images and then editing them to perfection. It’s a chance to be introspective and analyze my work and make decisions on what I will do differently in the future.

Photo competitions are  not for the faint of heart. When you put your heart and soul into an image and then have it criticized or ignored, you can come away with a bruised ego. But it is a learning process and the learning is what counts. Bruised egos heal and the feedback that you get from entering is worth it.

This was my second year of entering in the Professional Photographers of Canada National Salon. Entrants to the Salon are allowed 4 images and they are scored by a panel of 5 judges. The scores are: Excellent, Merit, Accepted and not Accepted. Last year I only had one image that was accepted. This year I received a Merit, had 2 accepted, and one was not accepted. Of course, I would have loved to have had 4 Excellent scores, (which nobody actually attains) and will continue to strive for that, but I am happy that I did better than the year before.

Here are my winning images:

The Face in the Tatters won a Merit provincially in Sask and it got an Accepted Nationally.

Autumn Palette au Metal won all kinds of awards provincially. Nationally, it got accepted. That just goes to show that you never can tell how an image will do!

The Tree of Divination won a Merit Nationally.

You will notice that none of these are portraits, which is mainly what my business is about. I love doing portrait photography, but I  also enjoy fine art photography and playing with images. It expands my horizons and my thinking and that is all good!


Specials


I have 2 regular specials:

My maternity plus newborn special:

And My Baby’s First Year:

And here is a new special:

I am now offering a Watch Them Grow special which includes 4 sessions and a photo book for $250.  In this poster, the little girl is shown from newborn to age 4 and we see her at 5 different ages. It is up to you as to how you want to divide the sessions. They can be every six months starting at 6 months and continuing until your child is 2. You can also use this special if you have done the Baby’s First Year plan and want to continue to mark your child’s growth with pictures. I think that a photo book is a great way to show this growth.
 



How to take better pictures:



Do you wish you were a better photographer? All it takes is a little know-how and experience.Here are some very simple tips:

It is not necessary to go out and buy the latest camera. Knowledge of how to use your camera will get you a lot further than the latest camera with a million pixels. Read some photography books, or some blog posts and get out and shoot! Practice makes perfect!



Isn’t this the truth?





Yours in Photography,

Christina



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Almost Spring Newsletter! (Winnipeg Photography Newsletters)

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March News & Offers

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Almost Spring?

The air is finally warmer and Sunday was a beautiful day in Winnipeg. I went out to take some pictures at The Forks and in The Exchange district. It was wonderful to see so many people out enjoying a beautiful Sunday.

Here are a couple of those pictures:

I took some iPhone photos on Saturday to show how much snow we have. . This is one of them taken along the sidewalk on Gateway. Someone told me it looked like there was a tunnel. Not far off. Where is all this snow going??



Client Feedback

I love getting feedback and would like to share some recent feedback. Thank you to these people for their kind words.

Chris was very patient while getting some great shots of my two-month-old twins, which wasn’t easy! The photos she posted to her blog the same day were awesome. She was lovely to work with and I would highly recommend her.

Great experience, wonderful person and takes beautiful pictures!

So much fun and the pictures were amazing

We had a recommendation from friends to try her. We did with the groupon and were very happy with the results! We would ask her again!

Excellent photographer. Very professional. Prompt with providing gallery for photo viewing. Reasonable rates.

Thanks Chris!! I just love the pictures!!!!

Awesome! Thanks 🙂 we had fun! Can’t wait to see the rest!



Groupon News

As many of you know, I am featured as a Groupon photographer. Did you also know that if you have bought a Groupon in the past, I will do your next session for the Groupon price.  I do this because if you buy the session from Groupon, they keep 45% of the money that you pay.

Let me know if you are interested in booking a session once the snow is gone. I prefer to book 4 to 6 weeks ahead, so there is no hurry if you want to wait for spring. Hopefully, by the beginning of May, we’ll have some green grass and some leaves on the trees.

Of course, if you want to book me for a special event, I will take your booking earlier than 6 weeks before your event.

This photograph is the one the I am using for my Groupon feature right now. I’m happy to say that it won 2nd place in the Jan. Open competition for the Manitoba Camera Club. It’s one of my favourites and just goes to show you that a big smile doesn’t always result in the best photograph. I love the little boy’s expression. Isn’t this a precious memory photo?



Google+

Did you know that Google+ now has the third-largest number of active users of any social network, meaning it’s technically now more-used than Twitter!

Have a look at this article for more information:

http://heidicohen.com/global-social-media-trends/

As this graph shows Google+ is gaining momentum.

I’ve been working on my Goggle+ page and would like to ask my clients and friends to follow me. You can access my page here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ChristinaMcWilliamswpg/posts

Thank you for your support!



Spring Special

With this special, if you refer a friend to me, you will both get a $59 print credit! You can also use the $59 credit toward buying a DVD of all your images. That price is usually $350, but for the rest of March and all of April, I will discount it by $59 if you refer a friend to me.

Don’t delay booking. If you want to book your session after the end of April, you can still take advantage of this offer by paying for the special now and we can do the session once the snow is gone.



And Finally

Something that we can all relate to!



Yours in Photography,

Christina

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Happy New Year!

It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by.

2013 was a fantastic year for ChrisMcWilliamsPhotography. I did an amazing 128 sessions this past year, plus a number of events like We Day. The slowest months were January and February and the busiest month was November, with an unbelievable total of 26 sessions!

I’m looking forward to meeting new clients and reconnecting with former ones in 2014, as well as creating new challenges for myself, both in life and in photography.



My Year in Review

Here are a few of the highlights of my year:

  • Going to Havana, Cuba in February.

  • Spending time with my family in Mexico in April.

  • Starting swimming lessons in June! 

  • Having my grandson stay with me for 3 weeks last summer! 

  • And having my son here for a week. Here they are strawberry picking. 

  • We Day 2013, getting to know Craig Kielburger while following him around for 2 days and getting my picture taken with Martin Sheen!

  • Certainly not a highlight; more of a lowlight actually, but my car accident was a significant happening in 2013. I am very fortunate that I came out of it all right except for some whiplash. And the highlight of it will be the new car I buy, as mine is being written off! 

So 2013 has not ended on a high note, but it really does depend on how you look at it. My glass is definitely 3/4 full! I have so many things to be grateful for in this past year: friends and family and my dog are at the top of my list, with my business coming shortly behind. Not to mention, having good health and a warm house!



As for living in Winnipeg; the poster below should say, “learning to dance in a blizzard and in frigid temperatures.”



Coupon Code

I am offering a special price on prints for the first couple of weeks in January. Please note that this coupon is only valid for prints on my website and not for prints ordered through me. Just use the “add to cart” feature on my website and then when you checkout, use the codejansale.  The discount will be applied to your order.

If you would like additional editing done to your images before you order it, please send me an email with the file name and what you would like done to it. I’ll do the editing asap and reload your image into your gallery.

If your gallery is unlisted, just send me an email and I can relist it for you.



And finally

I am keeping this newsletter short. I found this quote on Facebook and love the message.

Yours in Photography,
Christina

July Newsletter! (Winnipeg Photography Blogs)

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Happy Summer!

Are you enjoying your summer?

I’m having a great summer and have enjoyed all the sessions that I’ve done outside ( as well as some inside ones). One of my favourite spots that I’ve been using for family portraits is the Legislative Building grounds. I like using the steps of the building for photos as well as some of the trees and benches that are on the grounds.  The fountain is also a great backdrop but is sometimes a bit tricky to use on sunny days. The bears are a huge hit with the kids and lend themselves to some great portraits.

Here are a couple of images that were done at the Ledge:

Other spots that I really like are The Forks, Kildonan Park and Kilcona Park, but I am open to suggestions, so let me know if you have a location in mind.



Summer Days Specials

I am offering a new category of pricing for those who are interested in purchasing the full DVD of images from their session. Instead of paying a session fee of $125, plus $350  for a DVD of all the images ($475), I am reducing the price to $350 (plus $28 PST) for both. A payment of $200 will be due at the time of the session with the balance to be  paid when you receive your DVD. It’s a savings of $125!

I am keeping this pricing for the summer to see if there is any interest.



Groupon

Did you know that if you purchased a Groupon in the past and are interested in booking another session, I will give you the same deal that you would get if you purchased another Groupon? It’s true. The reason is, that if you purchase a Groupon for the session, I only receive 60% of your payment, so it’s in my best interest to give you the same price as you would get if you bought another Groupon. It’s a win/win situation. You save money and I earn more. Works for me! How about you?

My ad has stopped running for now but I will be posting another Groupon in the fall. 



Julie Goes Back to the 50s!

I had a blast shooting at Julie’s wedding shower a couple of weeks ago. Julie’s future mother-in-law hosted the shower and she wanted to do something a bit different to create some laughs. And laugh we did as you can see from this video! Click on the link below to view it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4JzDSCz19s&feature=c4-overview&list=UUV6URtGrdVY21LWBFZC1Ffg

The 50s Photo Booth was a great idea for making the shower less formal and considerably more fun! Here are a couple of the images from the shower.

The possible themes for bridal shower photo booths are endless. How about
lingerie (or a pin-up of someone in a sexy outfit) or the beach,
or the 70s? I think a gaudy wedding dress and veil along with some
 tacky flowers would make for some great photo booth pictures as well.Let your imagine go, come up with an idea or talk to me about one and we can
plan your fun photo booth together. Email me if you are interested and I will put
a package together for you!



And Finally

Something funny;

And something to think about.

Yours in Photography,
Christina