Products at ChrisMcWilliamsPhotography! (Winnipeg Photography Studios)

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I’ve spent the last couple of months developing and purchasing some beautiful products for my photography studio.  I want to provide my clients with heirloom artwork; products that they can’t get anywhere else.

Digital files will and do disappear, whether on a failed hard drive, lost in a drawer or on a damaged DVD.  It happens all the time. Clients often contact me to see if they can get a copy of an image that we took a few years ago. The good thing is that my archives go back a number of years and I probably will have the image stored online. But how many people have that?

Prints, whether as wall art or in an album will always be accessible and professional products will last 100 years.

Having said that, here are a few of my new products:

I love the beautiful little girl in the image below and had one of the images of her printed and plaque mounted. It looks amazing!

This image has  been accepted by the Professional Photographers of Canada (Mb).


I had such a great time with this group of children. I had their image mounted on canvas. It is stunning!

The next few images are of a folio box. A folio box is a box that you keep your prints in and display either on a coffee table or on a shelf with albums and books. I know a lot of people put new prints in front of old ones in the same frame. This is a great alternative because you can see easily all the prints.

Folio boxes come in all sizes, colours and materials. The one shown is black velvet and holds 8×10 matted prints.

This is how an opened box looks.

Here is a close up of a matted print. 

Albums make cherished keepsakes. They are a great way to organize and remember events in your life. I have 2 new albums. The first one is a 5×7, has a brown leather cover and hard, lay flat pages.

This album is 10×10 inches and has a black suede cover. It also has thick pages that lay flat.

Accordion books make a great gift idea and are also a handy way to carry your favorite images with you.

Contact me if you are interested in booking a session or if you had a session a while ago and would like to purchase one of these products.

Erika and Doug as Married! (Winnipeg Wedding Photographers)

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Love was in the air last Saturday when Erika and Doug got married. Their wedding was  at Leo Mol Gardens, the most beautiful wedding venue in Winnipeg (in my opinion). It was a pleasure for me and my team to get to know and photograph this wonderful couple. Erika had the most amazingly beautiful dress and she looked gorgeous. Both Erika and Doug looked so happy to have made this happen.

You could feel the love between these 2 beautiful people.

Here is a short preview of this wedding.

Do you need a new head shot? (Winnipeg Photographers)

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Is it time for a new head shot? Whether  you are a real estate agent, an author or a teacher, you  probably will need a head shot at some point.  You may think that getting a professional head shot is not affordable but 2 digital images cost only $120. That price includes a half hour session fee.

Give me a call if you need a new head shot. My number is 204-962-3424.

Last week I did some head shots for this teacher at Red River College. Here is a sample:

Here are 2 other recent head shots:

Family of Six! (Winnipeg Family Photography)

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It was a great day today to do some family photos with this family of 6!

Success today equalled having 4 children under the age of 7  all look at me with some manner of a smile at the same time. Oh yes, and one of them was 2!

Here is the one that worked! It might be the only one that worked. Did I mention one of the kids was two?  These 2 older boys were totally amazing with how grown up and cooperative they were. I think their younger brother will be just like that too in time.

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What beautiful children! Have a look!

This first one is a definite portfolio image.  Look at those beautiful eyes!

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WE DAY Part 2 (Winnipeg Event Photography)

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Here are some of the highlights of my day of photographing  Craig Kielburger at WE DAY and at the events the night before.

As I wrote in my post yesterday, I was impressed with Craig. A couple of the things that struck me about him were how he always took the time to pose with people or shake their hands. It didn’t matter if the people  were Martin Sheen or someone he didn’t know. He was the same friendly person. The other thing that struck me is this. I had previously only seen his onstage presence which is so full of energy and excitement and I was struck by how calm he was off stage. My impression of Craig Keilburger was of a deeply committed young man who is now in charge of a very large and very successful charity. I think Craig and his brother may just be what our troubled world needed.

Thank you to both of them for inspiring our youth and ourselves to do better.

To say this day was a high for me is putting it mildly!

Click on the slideshow below to see these images.

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An amazing speaker for a 10 year old but also a smile that lit up rooms!



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Craig’s willingness to engage with kids and adults was alway apparent.


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Is this the singer from Neverest giving the personal assistant to Craig a massage? Her job is no easy task. She has to get Craig to where he is going on time.

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These were taken at the press conference where Martin Sheen’s sense of humor was enjoyed by all!

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The arrival of former president of Mexico and his very lovely wife.

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More of the show.

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Love the visuals in this display! WOW!

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WE DAY 2013!

WE DAY 2013!

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And that of course, is me onstage! With no audience of course!


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My apologies on these being in the wrong order. It’s late at night and I am tired and was having trouble figuring out why the order is mixed up.

These next images were taken at the dinner the night before. First is Martin Luther King Jr.

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Why Choose ChrisMcWilliams Photography? (Winnipeg Photographers)

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When thinking about writing this post I felt a bit like Meredith telling Derek to choose me, love me in the episode on March 29th, 2008.


 Telling people to “choose me” feels a bit awkward to me. In my career as an early years teacher, it was not something that was done, except in a few cases when a difficult child was coming into my grade and then it was more: “please do  not choose me!’

But I’ve gotten used to the idea of asking people to choose me and I understand the need for self promotion. I’ve done my research. I’m always googling Winnipeg photographers and looking at other photographer’s  work. There are an astounding number of family, newborn and wedding photographers in Winnipeg and a lot of them are doing great work.

So the question that comes up for me, is why should someone choose ChrisMcWilliamsPhotography out of all the others?

So I came up with these basic reasons:

You should choose ChrisMcWilliamsPhotography because:

  • I have a comfortable in-home studio with a separate room for you to feed and change your baby, or for your kids to play in.
  • I have a lot of different coloured blankets, hats, headbands and containers for your baby if you’re coming for a newborn session.
  • I give you the option of having the session in your own home.
  • I am infinitely patient and will spend as much time as is needed to get the photos of your newborn or children.
  • I love newborns and children. I love cuddling newborns and I love playing with kids and interacting with them.
  • I am experienced and have been doing portrait and wedding photography for about 6 years.
  • I will edit your images to your satisfaction and am an expert in all things Photoshop.
  • I will make your session fun and easy.
  • I have won awards for my photography.

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Those are all good reasons but most of those dozens of other photographers can say those very same  things.

So I had to look beyond the basic reasons for why a client should choose me, and I came up with the following “beyond the basics” reasons:

  • I don’t try to sell you hundreds of dollars worth of products. My prices are clearly stated and I will be happy to sell you a canvas wrapped 20’x30′ print of your family portrait but I won’t be trying to hard sell one to you. That is how some photographers make most of their money.
  • You will have a private viewing gallery for 2 weeks and not 2 days and I will re-list your gallery or keep it online for longer if you need more time. There is no cost involved in this and I have unlimited storage on my website, so you can take your time choosing your images without any pressure.
  • I guarantee customer satisfaction and will redo your session or offer you a refund if you are not happy with your images.
  • I have many years experience as an early years teacher and I know kids. I still substitute teach so I know what your kids are learning in different grades. I know kids and I love kids. I have 2 kids and 1 grandson so I have seen all stages of childhood.

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So there is it.

And Derek did choose Meredith.

I hope I have convinced you to choose me!

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That’s me with Ashton, my favorite guy anywhere and also my grandson! And he choose me to visit this summer for 3 glorious fun-filled weeks! How cool is that?

A Beautiful Family (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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This morning I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful 3-year-old with her gorgeous mom and good-looking dad. This little one, not only has the bluest eyes ever,  but is so good-natured that the session was a breeze. Watch for her picture on my home page slide show.

Here’s a sneak peek!

Have you “liked” my Facebook page yet? If not, be sure to click on the “like” button on the lower right. 7 more likes and someone will win a free session, plus a $50 print credit!