News and Offers Nov. 2019 (Winnipeg Photography Newsletters)

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Christmas Special



November is the time to get your pictures taken for your family Christmas card. And just in time, I have a November special of NO SESSION FEE. This is good for a one hour family session for up to 6 people (or dogs and people). It does not include newborn sessions.

Please note that digital images and prints are not included.

I’m really excited to use the new winter/holiday backdrop shown in the background of the above image. I used it for this image of my favorite model; my dog.


Then I added it digitally to this image of these beautiful children:

Isn’t it beautiful!

The first 2 people who contact me will also get a free 8×10 print. . I will need a $50 deposit to reserve your spot, which you can use as a credit for a print.
This does not include newborn sessions as they take more time.

Call today to reserve your spot: 204.962.3424.



Restored Images


Do you have some pictures that you would like restored? Perhaps some prints of your grandparents that are sitting in a drawer somewhere. I offer restoration services for prints and I think they would make a great Christmas gift for someone in your family.
My husband, John, has some wonderful prints of his grandparents dating back to around 1910. I love seeing how people lived then and have restored a few of them. I just worked on this one of his grandfather with his 3 brothers. This is dated 1910; over 100 years ago.


I restored this one some time ago and it is still one of my favorites.

I will accept images for restoration as prints or digitally. I can give you an estimate of the cost of restoring an image once I see the work that needs to be done.

I look forward to helping you out with your old prints.


Purchasing Older Images


Clients often ask me if they can come back to purchase images from their session at a later date.  I have every image that I’ve processed from the last  8 years and I would be happy to revisit them with you.

So if you lost your DVD of images or if you want to purchase some prints from an old gallery, just give me a call.

If you are interested, I would schedule an ordering session for you and we would go through the gallery together. I prefer viewing images with clients because we can make decisions together on what needs to be retouched or edited in a picture.

Here’s a screen shot of the oldest galleries. Do you see yours?

Let me know if you would like to schedule a session.


And Finally



The wisdom of Snoopy! Love this!



Yours in Photography,

Christina

Just Me and My Cousins! (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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Fortunately, the weather held out on Saturday for an outside family photo session with this extended family;  including these 4 adorable children. The location was just outside of Bird’s Hill Park in a lovely yard with hay bales.

Here is a sneak peek of Just Me and My Cousins!

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I’ve been photographing this beautiful 5-year old since she was born. Hard to believe that was 5 years ago. Look at her now!

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Two Beautiful Children! (Winnipeg Newborn Photographers)

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I enjoyed meeting this beautiful family and photographing their 2 children. Their beautiful baby girl was 3 weeks old yesterday. She wasn’t keen on sleeping and made us work for what we got, but in the end we got some lovely pictures.

Big brother is 4 and as sweet as he is cute. Lucky parents of these 2 kids!

Here’s a sneak peek!

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Three Beautiful Children! (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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It was fun to photograph this beautiful family yesterday. We had planned to be outside but the ground was saturated, so we did the session inside.

Here’s a sneak peek at three beautiful children!

Just Me and My Brother!

Look at those big eyes!

Fall Photography Special! (Winnipeg Photographers)

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If fall is your time to get some new family pictures, then this is the deal that you’ve been waiting for. For a limited time only I am offering a $50 session fee with a free 8×10 print of your choice. This offer is good until the end of Sept, but can be extended if the session fee is paid ahead of time.

It is also only good for sessions done in my yard at 181 McKay Rd and is limited to 6 people. There will be a charge for more people.

Here are a couple of of the spots in my yard featuring the lovely Kristin and her LP, Mike.

This first one features a double row of trees with a long walkway between them.

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I call this tree “The Posing Tree” because it is the perfect tree for posing couple of people with a seat in the middle and branches coming up on both sides.

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Beautiful Couple! (Winnipeg Photographers)

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It was my pleasure to photograph my friend Kristin and her boyfriend Mike yesterday on our property. They were fantastic subjects for my first session in my yard. One of the main reasons this property appealed to me were the dozens of possibilities for photography backdrops. Here we used an avenue of trees and a huge weeping willow.

Have a look:

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Lovely Family of Five! (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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It was the perfect morning yesterday at Assiniboine Park for our session: no bugs, fluffy white clouds and a warm temperature, but the best part was the beautiful family that I photographed.

Here is a preview of our session:

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Lovely Family of Seven! (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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It was the start of fall family sessions last night at Kildonan Park.  I had a great time with the 2 children in this family, who were 4 and 6 years old and have the bluest and biggest eyes I’ve seen in while!

Here are 4 year old E and 6 year old J, who also had some pictures done with their Granny.

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Handsome four month old! (Winnipeg Baby Photographers)

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Session number 2 of The Baby’s First Year Plan for this family was done at Kildonan Park on Friday. L is now 4 months old and is as cute as a button and  full of smiles. His 3 year old sister wasn’t in the mood for pictures, but we did get some smiles out of her, as seen in this image of her with her dad.

Here’s a sneak peek of the session:

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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