I had a great time photographing this family of six last night. I especially enjoyed hearing “Twinkle, twinkle little star” sung by this beautiful and very good-natured 3-year-old!
November is the time to get your pictures taken for the family Christmas card. I don’t design or offer Christmas cards, so I am making digital images available without the purchase of a print. That way you can use one of the many templates found online for your cards.
Of course, prints will still be available, but for this special you will receive 2 high-resolution digital files of your choice. We will use 2 backdrops in a 40 minute session. This can include up to 5 people.
The first 3 people who contact me will get an additional savings of $50. I will need a $50 deposit to reserve your spot and then an additional $30 when you come for the session; a savings of $50. Don’t delay, as I will have a limited number of spots available.
This does not include newborn sessions, as it would be nearly impossible to do a newborn session in 30 minutes.
I had a very busy fall season this year and I want to thank all of the clients who booked a session, There are very few leaves left on the trees but if you are interested in an outdoor session in the next couple of weeks, I can find some spots with colourful leaves or evergreens as a backdrop.
Here are some of the images from the fall sessions:
Many of you have met my dog, Zara. This week, I wanted to try creating a bokeh effect in the studio with some new lights. I didn’t have a model available, so I decided to use my dog.
Our dogs are never allowed in the studio, so I had to put a leash on Zara to get her down there. The image below shows the look that Zara gave me. It’s the same look she has when she thinks she’s in trouble.
It’s titled “Obedience with Disdain”.
Yours in Photography,
Newsletter; Aug. 2018
John and I are Married!
The question of whether or not to change your name is always one that brides ask themselves. After giving this some thought I have decided that I will change mine, so I will be Christina Kaye in the near future and I might change the name of my website. I’m looking at ckphotos or chriskayephotography or some variation of that. I will let you know when this happens. It won’t be in the next couple of months.
We are also looking to buy a place just North of the city that will hold my studio and also have a workshop for John. I don’t want to lose you, my clients, so we won’t be going too far. We both have work to do on our houses before that happens, so in the meantime, my studio will remain at 86 Taunus Dr.
Here are a few images from our wedding.
Fall Family Photo Special!
It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over! July has been a whirlwind for John and I. We spent a lot of time getting the cabin ready for our wedding and planning our special day. Right after that, we spent 11 amazing days in Newfoundland and then I spent a week in Calgary with my grandson.
Now here we are, at the end of August, with fall coming along very soon.
Fall is the perfect time to update your family portrait. The days are cooler and the colours of the trees make an amazing backdrop. The best time of day for doing your family picture is at the end of the day about an hour or 2 before sunset. Sunset is around 6:30 or 7:00 pm in Oct, therefore the best time for your family session is around 5:00. Mornings around 9:30 or 10:00 is also an option but mornings tend to be quite cool in Oct.
We can, of course do sessions at other times if your schedule won’t accommodate those times.
I am usually at Victoria Beach on the weekends, which is so beautiful in the fall. I would be happy to do your session there. Let me know if that is an option for you.
I will stay in the city for the weekend of Sept. 22nd, so let me know if that weekend works for you.
I am going to waive the session fee for the first 4 families that book a family session in the fall. So don’t delay booking your session. I will need a $50 deposit to secure your session. You can use that deposit towards your purchase of prints after the session. Regular session fees are $80, so it is quite a savings!
The Best Camera?
People often ask me which camera to buy. There is no easy answer to that question because there are a lot of factors to consider; like what you plan on using it for, what your budget is and how much knowledge you have about photography. The short answer is that the best camera to use is the one you have with you. I would look at a site such as this one https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2369450,00.asp to see what the experts think. I have a couple of Canon SLRs but I also have the Canon G5X, which is a point and shoot camera that also shoots in RAW. I use my iPhone for a lot of pictures and it really is amazing. I don't think smart phones will ever replace SLRs or mirrorless cameras but they have improved dramatically in recent years. These are images that I took with my iPhone 6Plus. I took this first one at Victoria Beach. I had my SLR with me but I had a dead battery and I also had my G5X with me but no cards, so I used my iPhone to capture this amazing scene. I edited the image with Snapseed and only used Photoshop to change the DPI to 300. I blew this up to 24x36 and it looks amazing! I took this one while walking on a trail in Newfoundland. Again, it was the only camera I had with me and again I only used Photoshop to change the DPI to 300. So take a lot of pictures, using whatever you have with you, use editing software and print the ones you like best. My favourite software for my phone is Snapseed. It does pretty much anything! Have fun and let me know if you need any help.
I recently came across this poem by Spike Milligan and wanted to share it with you today.
Yours in Photography,
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 email@example.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.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Costco has had their Christmas decorations up for about a month and other retailers put their stuff out the day after Halloween. Yesterday, while walking my dog in the dark, I noticed a decorated Christmas tree up in a neighbour’s window.
Yes, Christmas will be here before we know it. And snow isn’t long in coming either. Boohoo on snow!
That means it’s time to get your holiday/Christmas photo session booked. And just in time for Christmas I am running a special.
This special is for sessions in the studio or at The Legislative Bldg for bigger groups.
Don’t delay. We have some new backdrops and look forward to hearing from you!
What is the perfect Christmas present? I’m sure that a lot of us are asking this question right now What can I give to a special someone that will be appreciated and treasured.
I think that buying someone a gift certificate for a photography session is as perfect a gift as you can get. Many people with small children cannot afford to get a professional portrait done of their child or their family. It’s a gift that will be treasured for years to come as the receiver looks at the photos and remembers that time in their lives.
I offer gift certificates at all times, but for the next 3 weeks I’m going to offer a “Buy One, Get one Free Special.” That means, you can buy one gift certificate for $100 and get another one free.
And it’s easy too. Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the particulars and I can get a customized gift certificate(s) ready for you.
If you are concerned that all you are giving is an envelope, why not also buy a picture frame to wrap and put the gift certificate inside. A note could be put inside the frame that says,”Fill me with an image of ______________.”
The best part is that you get to avoid the malls to do your shopping!