Newsletter August 2019: (Winnipeg Photographers Newsletters)

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Lights, Camera, Editing, Portraits!

We’ve Moved!



Moving ended up being a monumental task, but it’s all done now. I never had any idea how much “stuff” I had  until I had to pack it all and bring it over here.  But we are moved now and I’m ready to use my new space for some newborn and baby pictures. At this time of the year, most people want family pictures outdoors and I will do those as well in any of the parks in the city. I prefer parks that are closer to me,  like Kildonan Park, Bird’s Hill Park and Kilcona Park but I’m open to going to other parks as well.

I took some quick cell phone pictures of the studio space.

There are also some beautiful trees in the yard that I’m itching to use as backdrops. We have a lot of work to do in the yard: pruning, weeding and mowing, but we both love gardening, so it’s a labour of love.



Free Newborn Session



I’m excited to do my first newborn session in the studio shown above, so I’m offering a free session. I realize that babies don’t come on command and I can be flexible on the dates, but the newborn does need to be under 2 weeks old. Please pass this on to anyone you know who might be having a baby soon.



How Family Portraits Boost your

Child’s Self Esteem!



I recently read an article from a site called Design Aglow (https://designaglow.com/blogs/design-aglow/17493452-how-family-portraits-boost-your-child-s-self-esteemand) and I  wanted to pass along some of the insights that the author offered.

 This image is borrowed from the website listed above.

The author, Chris Cummins, writes about how displaying your family photos on the wall for all to see can help children be more confidence in their own worth and abilities.

He cites the words of some psychologists and social workers as follows:

David Krauss, a licensed psychologist from Cleveland, Ohio says, “I think it is really important to show a family as a family unit. It is so helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of that family unit.”

“It lets children learn who they are and where they fit,” says Judy Weiser. a psychologist, art therapist and author based in Vancouver. “They learn their genealogy and the uniqueness of their own family and its story. When a child sees a family portrait with them included in the photograph they say to themselves: ‘These people have me as part of what they are, that’s why I belong here. This is where I come from.” 

“Displaying photos prominently in the home sends the message that our family and those in it are important to one another, and we honor the memories we have experienced,“ says Cathy Lander-Goldberg, a licensed clinical social worker and a professional photographer in St. Louis, Missouri.

Additionally, Krauss recommends having photographs of that child with their family placed in the child’s bedroom so it can be among the last things they see before sleep and the first thing they may see before beginning their day.

I love the idea of having a child seeing their family picture as the last thing before they go to sleep and the first thing in the morning. What a powerful message of belonging that would send to a child!

Do you have family portraits up on your walls? Or does your child need to turn on a computer to see them? Maybe it’s time to do some wall art! Give me a call if you would like to book a session for family pictures. There is no better time than the fall, when the leaves have changed colours and the heat of the summer is gone.



And Finally

I have challenged myself to do 100 Days of Gratitude on Instagram. You can follow me here @chris_mcwill_photog. I’m on Day 13 today and I think it has made a difference in my perspective. I am feeling more positive and I am more focused on the positive things in my life, instead of dwelling on the difficult “stuff.”  We all have difficulties in life but the difference is not on how many difficulties we have, but on how we handle them.  It’s like whether you see your glass as half full or half empty. Mine is definitely more than half full and I feel truly blessed. This challenge is making me realize that. Just 87 days to go!

Have you ever tried a gratitude journal? Let me know if it made a difference to you.



Yours in Photography,

Christina


Adorable and Sleepy Baby Boy! (Winnipeg Newborn Photographers)

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This adorable baby boy was just 6 days new today for his first photography session. I don’t do a lot of sessions in client’s homes, but this house worked very well because of all the window light; not to mention the 2 beautiful boys!

It was worth the trip to La Salle to photograph this little guy and his big brother, 3 year old L.

Here’s a sneak peek of this good-looking family:

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Lovely Family of Sixteen! (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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I haven’t posted anything for a couple of weeks, as we have been moving and I’ve been crazy busy. I never imagined that I had so much stuff and still can’t believe how much came out of my little house. But it is done and the boxes are almost all unpacked. Mind you, they are all piled up in the garage but that’s another story!

It was great to photograph this family that I had last worked with 3 years ago.

This was them in 2016:

https://cmphotographyblog.com/2016/08/03/we-are-family-winnipeg-family-photographers-6/

The kids have all grown but are still amazing posers and very cooperative and fun to work with. I enjoyed every minute of being with these people!

This is them now:

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Awake and Gorgeous! (Winnipeg Baby Photographers)

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This little one month old was determined not to fall asleep, which was perfectly fine, as he gave us some beautiful pictures with his big blue eyes wide open!

Have a look at Awake and Gorgeous!

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Beautiful Brown-Eyed Girl! (Winnipeg Baby Photographers)

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What a doll this 7 month old brown-eyed girl was today! She was a a perfect little model and a joy to photograph!

Here’s a sneak peek!

 

 

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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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Beautiful Brown-Eyed Boy! (Winnipeg Newborn Photographers)

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This beautiful baby boy, at 13 days new, came to see me for his first photography session yesterday. He was a perfect little poser, who actually preferred being on his stomach (lots of babies like being on their back better).

His 11 year old brother was a joy to photograph as well.

Here is a preview of this baby boy!

 

Look at those eyes and that curly hair!

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Isn’t he absolutely gorgeous!

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Big brother was happy to pose with his baby brother.

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