Life With Dogs! (Winnipeg Pet Photography)

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John, my fiance and I live with 3 dogs; all are rescue dogs with their own distinct personalities. At times life is a bit chaotic, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

At times we are trapped in a small space as we are here in the car. Could they be any closer?

This is our pack taken on the top of my stairs, the perfect light was shining on their faces. It’s the best time to get a picture of the 3 of them.

ZARA

Zara is my dog and she the most playful. Zara loves find skeletons of dead fish, and bones of animals, as well as many, many toys scattered around my house. She loves Victoria Beach because she can run free and look for treasures. She’s a very active dog and loves her food. In fact, she growls at the other 2 dogs when they are getting fed. One can understand that as she was rescued from a reserve where most of the 2 litters that she was a part of  starved and died. She knows that food is something that can disappear and she’s going to get it! Zara is also very loving and we think she’s brilliant.

FERGUS

This is Fergus, the most gentle of our 3 dogs.  People are sometimes a bit nervous when they first meet him because of  how big he is but he’s a pussy cat. Fergus likes to go for walks and enjoys a good meal, but his main pleasure seems to be helping with the dishes by licking them clean. The odd time Zara can get him to play with her but it’s not often. 

MADDIE

Maddie is our one-eyed dog. She had blastomycosis when she was a puppy and had to have an eye removed. 

Maddie loves to play with Zara and often spends hours cleaning Zara’s ears. Zara seems to enjoy it. The most fun these 2 have is in the lake in the summer. Maddie likes to fetch rocks that we throw into the lake. She can retrieve them from under the water even though she has limited vision.  Maddie is not an active dog but she does like going to walk; just not too far. These 2 are best buddies!

Zara is 3, almost 4, so she should have a lot of years left. Maddie and Fergus are about 10 so they might not have a lot of years left. Losing a dog if the worst part of being a pet owner and we dread that time.

Needless to say we are dog lovers. Neither one of us can imagine life without our dogs. Our dogs, that follow us around wherever we might be; that patiently and quietly sit beside us at the table waiting for scraps to fall and that give us constant affection.

Next post will show some dogs that I photographed (besides my own!).

 

Mother’s Day Gift Idea! (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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What do you think most mothers would most value on Mother’s Day?

Being a mother myself, I know what I think the answer to this question is. Mothers love to spend time with their children and appreciate having a visual memory of that time in the form of a professional portrait. Not something snapped with an iPhone and lost somewhere in cyberspace in a few years, but a portrait that can be displayed on the wall or on a desk.  You can make that happen for your mother.

There are 2 ways you can do this. You can purchase a gift certificate for your mom and make an appointment for a photography session at a later date, or you can plan the session in the next couple of weeks and present to your mother on Mother’s Day. I can assure you that your mom would be delighted.

For a limited time I have a Mother’s Day Special.

Here are 2 of the ads from my special. I am extending this special until Mother’s Day, so don’t delay! (Limited weekend times available.)

 

This wonderful lady died this year but I was fortunate enough to be able to photograph her family of daughters at her 90th Birthday Party. I know that this image will be treasured for years to come. And what a thrill for the mom to have family come from East and West to be at the party.

 

 

 

If you were prefer, I can print up a gift certificate and customize it for you. I can even find a frame for it if you like.

The session is still $59 with 1 8×10 or 2 5×7 prints included, as in the above offer.

Don’t delay. Mother’s Day is fast approaching.

Baby’s First Year! (Winnipeg Baby Photographers)

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One of my most popular plans is The Baby’s First Year Package. For this package you get 4 photography sessions in your baby’s first year plus a hard cover 8×11 photo book. The price for this package is $350, but for the next 4 weeks, I am offering it to clients for $300. The value of this package is:

  • $125 for the first newborn session
  • $80×3=$240 for the next 3 sessions
  • $400 for the photo book

That would equal a total of $665, offering a savings of $365!!

The first year of your child’s life is one of growth and change. In face, your child will again change as much as in that year. But you might say, “I take a lot of pictures of my baby with my phone. I take pictures every day.”

The question I would then ask you is,” What do you do with those pictures?” Do you ever compile and print them? Do you make a book of them? Where will they end up? Will they forever stay on your phone or computer? Isn’t it nicer to sit down and look at a book than look at a computer?

The following are the pages from a Baby’s First Year Book that I just created. This book will be a treasure that this family will have to look back on for years to come. What a lovely tribute to this child!

These are screen captures of the book, so are not indicative of the quality of the book. You will notice that we also did a maternity session for this book and I can do the same for you.

Give me a call if you are interested in this package or if you know someone who might be.

204.962.3424.

 

Mother’s Day Special! (Winnipeg Mother’s Day Portraits)

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Maternity Sessions!


Thank you to everyone who forwarded my maternity special to pregnant ladies that they knew. I photographed 6 beautiful mamas; six amazing women who were a ton of fun to work with. Some came with an older child, one came with her husband and 2 came with their dogs. I accomplished my goal of adding to my portfolio, trying some new ideas  and using the maternity gowns that I had purchased.
Here are a few of my maternity images:

             

             

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Mother’s Day Special

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I know that a lot of moms take pictures of their children, but often they are not in the pictures. I took a lot of pictures of my children when they were little, but I don’t have many that I’m in.

If you are a mother, this is the perfect offer for you to take advantage of.  Use it to book a session for yourself and your children. Or just for yourself.

This is a limited time special and is only available for the week starting on Saturday, April 14th. We will do the sessions in my studio or at an outdoor location.

This special can also be purchased as a gift for your mother and used at a later date. I can customize a gift certificate for you. Just send me the details and I can get that ready for you.

Please pass this special on to anyone that you think might be interested. You can email me at chrismcwilliamsphotography@gmail.com, or you can call or text me at 204-962.3424.

Hope to hear from you!



Raising a Reader


As many of you know, I was a teacher for many years. I taught grades 1 to 4 for over 30 years. One of the joys of teaching children in the early years is watching them grow as readers. Any grade 1 teacher can tell you how magical it is when a child starts to read.

There are many things that a parent can do to ensure that their child becomes a reader.

  • The single most important thing you can do is read to your child from the time they are very small. Make it an enjoyable experience and your child will associate reading with pleasure.
  • Have books around  house. Make sure you have books in a variety of genres; including fiction and non fiction.
  • Be a reader yourself. Children model behaviour; so make sure that they see you relaxing with a book.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s reading. I would be happy to help you.

 



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Absolutely Perfect Baby Boy! (Winnipeg Newborn Photographers)

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This adorable baby boy was in the studio on Thursday. At 3 weeks old, he is absolutely perfect and let me pose him while both asleep and awake. I loved every minute of this session.

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Beautiful Family of Five! (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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I had a blast with these 3 kids and their lovely mama. A big thank you to 12-year old Sarah for her help with set up and with her little sister. 2-year-old Grace was absolutely adorable and their 9-year old brother was super cooperative. What a great family for this little boy to be born into.

Here’s a sneak peek at this lovely family.

 

The Cutest Baby Bump! (Winnipeg Maternity Photographers)

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This beautiful mama is all baby bump after gaining only 1o lbs in her pregnancy. She also brought along  her very active 2-year old, who gave me the biggest smiles.

Have a look at this sneak peek!