Children’s Birthday Party Video (Winnipeg Child Photographers)

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I have covered a number of children’s birthday parties and wanted to share a video I made of one of them. The party in the video was a Pet Party and was so much fun. One of the pet stores in Wpg. brought all kinds of pets for the children to pass around and pet. As you can see in the video the kids had a blast as did the adults.

Birthday parties for kids are so much fun and they are events that parents and children will look back at.  I would like to cover your child’s birthday party and so I have put together a package. For $200 I will cover a 2 hour party and include a video of the party as well. Have a look at this Pet Party video.

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Give me a call at 962-3424 or email me at chrismcwilliams@shaw.ca if  you are interested.

Christina

Chinese 100 year Celebration (Winnipeg Event Photographer)

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Yesterday it was my pleasure to photograph the 100 year celebration of  China Town in Winnipeg.  It was a fun filled event with dancing, singing, tai chi performances , music, and many colourful costumes.  And it was a beautiful day on top of it. Here are a few of the images of this event:

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4 year olds at a birthday party (Winnipeg child photographer)

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I had the pleasure of photographing my great nephew’s 4 year old birthday part yesterday.  I love seeing all these cute little people  every year at his parties . My biggest treat though came from G, one very cute 4 year old gir,l who wanted me to take her picture in her pretty dress. I had taken G’s picture when she was a newborn and then a few times since then. More recently, G has not wanted her picture taken and it turned out to be hard work to get her to cooperate. What a change yesterday!! G posed for me!! I was able to use window light for these pictures. The last one is of my brother and N, the birthday boy in their matching Bomber jerseys. Aren’t they handsome!

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School Lunches (Winnipeg Photographers)

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I’m going to get on a soapbox today.  And the topic for my soapbox is “How our Children Eat Today.” In fact, at ML school I did the photography for a handbook that we put together on just this topic.  What I see children eating disturbs me. It is not uncommon to see student lunches full of prepackaged processed foods such as dipping crackers, yogurt tubes, and all manner of attractive packaging that looks good but is full of empty calories, preservatives, salt and sugar. At ML nutrition is an issue that the staff cares about and there are even patrols who come to check student lunches and give rewards if they have certain items such as fruit in their lunches. The school is doing all that it can to try to persuade students of eat properly but it is still not enough.

I can understand why parents give in to students demands for prepackaged lunches. They are easy and as I said, they do look attractive, but it is also my belief that a lot of the problems that students have with learning and behaviour today are caused by the lack of nutrition in their diet. And the lack of exercise as well, but that is another story. I remember one incident from when I was a classroom teacher. In an attempt to encourage students to eat fruits and vegetables at school, I had a storytime during which students were only allowed to eat fruits and vegetables. If they had other stuff as a snack, they could still eat their snack but they had to eat it outside at recess.

 I had one student, who I will call C. C continued to bring prepackaged tins of fruit to eat during this time. When questioned as to why he was doing this when the rule was clearly that they had to eat the natural product, he replied that his mother did not have the time to put something together for his lunch. It never occurred to him that he could put a piece of fruit into his lunch and that it would be just as easy as grabbing the packaged fruit. And C was heavy and he did have learning problems. Were too much sugar, salt and preservatives leading to his problems? I have no doubt that they were.  Students who eat whole foods such as whole grain breads with cheese, yogurt out a tub, and fruits and vegetables often are the ones who do better in school. That is of course, my unscientific obversation. I think a long term study following how students eat and their academic performance would prove me right.

 So why not stock up on whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables and put those into your child’s lunches?  You will save money and your child will benefit.

Here is Nate, one of my very favorite little people, with a great snack.

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School Portraits, My Way (Winnipeg Child Photographer)

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I can’t believe that summer is almost over and school is about to start. I know the anxiety that kids and teachers have about going back in September. I know the excitement that goes along with getting all of the school supplies and the new outfits when getting ready for school. I also know that all of those new pencils, crayons etc. will be lost if you do not label them. I  strongly advise parents to label everything that you send with your child to school. Put on a movie, grab a glass of wine and a marker and spend a few hours protecting your investment. I can guarantee that if you don’t, you’ll be replacing everything before Christmas. It’s amazing how the floor eats up pencils when kids aren’t looking!!

Every year in September photographers come to schools and take pictures of the kids. I am not knocking the photography services that do this service. At Maple Leaf School, they have 3 photographers taking pictures for about 4 hours. In those 4 hours, they take pictures of about 300 kids, plus about 15 group pictures.  There are usually at least 3 classes in the gym. It is very loud in there and the atmosphere is one of impatience, exhuberance and Let’s Get This Over With. The average time spent per child portrait is less than a minute. The result is often a cheesy grin type of image. The child is not relaxed and the expression is not at all natural. I am offering an alternative.

I am offering 20 minute  portrait sessions for school age children in the month of September for $5o. These sessions will also include one 8×10 print as well as 2 5×7 prints. I can guarantee that your child will feel more free and relaxed, which will result in images with  natural, fun expressions.

Have a look at the two sisters in this poster. I had so much fun taking their pictures. Aren’t they cute?

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Please note that this price is only for school age children and does not include family pictures. I will be offering fall family pictures in Bunns Creek Park in October once the leaves have changed colours and the mosquitoes are all gone. Watch for more information on this.

Call me at 669-0498 or email me at chrismcwilliams@shaw.ca if you are interested in booking a session. I will be available at various times in September so am not restricting this to any particular time.

New Baby Video (Winnipeg Newborn Photographer)

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I made up a new video of the last newborn shoot that I did.  Have a look at it!!

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A dog and a boy ( Winnipeg Child and Family Photographer)

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Yesterday I met a sweet little 3 month old baby boy and his wonderful 1 year old dog.  Thank you to C’s mom and dad for giving me that opportunity to photograph their beautiful baby. C made my job very easy by being so cooperative. I even discovered a trick to get him to look at me!! And doesn’t he look absolutely adorable in the cowboy hat!!

Here are a few of the pictures.

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I was able to capure most of A’s moves and put them together in one collage.

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Session Types and Fees (Winnipeg Child and Family Photographer)

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People often ask me what it costs for a session fee and what it involves so I am going to spend some time breaking it down for you.

 For all sessions, I prefer to use natural light but this is not always possible because of the many cloudy days that we’ve been having and the variations in window light that people’s homes have.

 Here are the types of sesssions that I offer:

In Studio: $100.

In your home with natural light and possibly one hotlight using your own house or yard as a backdrop: $100.

In your home with a studio setup: $150. As you can imagine, bringing the backdrop stand and the backdrop, as well as lights is a lot of loading, unloading and setup work.

Outside in a park etc: $100

Newborns: in your home or at my house with a backdrop is $75. This is because newborns are my favorite clients. What could be more precious than a newborn’s tiny feet and hands and the way that they smell.  If it is part of the Baby’s First Year Club then it is $200 for 4 shoots and that is payable at the time of the newborn shoot.

Event coverage is $150/hour.

I hope that’s clear.

I am also adding a couple of the cards that I made up.

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A natural for the camera (Winnipeg Child and Family Photographer)

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Today I had the pleasure of photographing a little beauty. D is 21 months old and as pretty as can be. I also love the natural way that she poses all by herself!

Thank you to Mom and Grandma for bringing D to see me once again.

Here are a few previews from today. I’m looking forward to developing the rest of the pictures.

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And Baby Makes Four (Winnipeg Newborn and Family Photographer)

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Have I ever been lucky with the sweet little girl babies  lately. On  Tuesday I had the pleasure of photographing this adorable 2 week old baby. Even though D did not want to sleep in the whole 2.5 hours that she was here,  she never cried either and she made the most amazing eye contact for a newborn! I saw her brother again who I had photographed 4 times in the past.  He’s going to be a charmer for all the girls with his beautiful big eyes and long eyelashes.

Thank you so much to A and A for bringing their kids here.  I will be seeing more of D, as she is now in my Baby’s First Year Club.

A few of my many favorites from this shoot:

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