We are Moving! (Winnipeg Photographers)

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We are Moving



86 Taunus Dr has been sold and we will be moving to 181 McKay Rd in St. Clements. My husband and I are super excited about the move as we will have more space and a beautiful yard for our dogs to chase rabbits and squirrels in!

Our moving date is July 26th. We will be developing the lower level of McKay to be a photography studio. In the meantime, I will be using the living room of our house for my studio. There is a lot of window light in the living room, so it will work very well. My goal is to have a studio ready for use before Christmas. Most family sessions are done outside in the summer and fall, so the only sessions done in the house will be newborns and small children. Our yard also has a lot of trees that will make lovely backdrops for family sessions!

McKay is only 10 minutes past the perimeter off of Henderson Hwy and it’s a lovely drive. I hope to see you in my home and studio!


I want to give kudos to Jeff Michie, our real estate agent, for his efforts in helping us find our future home. Jeff was easy to contact and gave us a lot of useful information and advice throughout this process. Have a look at http://www.gregmichie.com! You won’t go wrong with this team!



Restoring Photos



Below you can see some examples of photographs that I’ve restored. They were all taken in the early 1900s. I love bringing the details out of these old photos and seeing what hidden treasures are in them.

You probably have some old prints like these at your house. Why not surprise someone by getting a couple of them restored as a birthday or Christmas present?  I can give you a free estimate for what the cost of restoration would be.


You can see 1906 in this picture of some people having a picnic in a St. Norbert Park.

My grandmother is the baby being held by her grandmother on the left side. I’m not sure of the date of this one.


I’m amazed at the details that came out of this print once I worked on it. I think this one is 1904.

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Lights, Camera, Editing, Prints: March, 2019 edition (Winnipeg Photography Newsletters)

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Free Prints!



There are 2 ways that you can get free prints. The first way is as part of a package. It looks like this:

  • Buy 5 prints of any size and get the 5th one free.
  • Buy 10 prints of any size and get 2 free!

The second way is by referring someone to me. For every person that you refer that comes for a session, you will receive a $50 credit towards prints.

Don’t delay in grabbing these limited time specials! They will be available until April 15th only!


  Please note that prices are subject to change at any time. 



The Paper is Almost Free!



There is a common misconception among the public about purchasing digital images from professional photographers. Their idea is  that because the image is digital, it does not have a cost. Nothing could be further from the truth. I created this graphic to illustrate some of the costs of running a photography business and producing an image.

There is a cost to printing an image on paper, but it is a small percentage of the costs of creating that image. I am not in the business of selling paper. I am in the business of selling my art.

I will sell a digital image to you. It will be the same price as an 8×10 print; with or without the print.

And we do need to print our images.  The following article is an interesting read on the subject:

The Lesson from Costco’s Photo Lab



Dog Posters



I love dogs and I know a lot of my clients do too.

I created these 2 dog posters this past year. The first one  is hanging at my front door of our 3 beasts!

I can customize this poster for you if you have dogs that shed. Contact me if you are interested and we can talk about sizes, prices and the picture of your dog that we will use.

I have this poster below hanging in our bathroom at Victoria Beach. I love the dog (people) wisdom in it.

Let me know if this is something you would be interested in purchasing.



And Finally



Yours in Photography,

Christina

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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Lights, Camera, Editing, Portraits!



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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