I’m excited to be offering my first photography workshop! It’s going to be focused on teaching you how to take better pictures of children. Most of the people who have asked over the years about taking a class are parents who want to be able to take better pictures of their kids so I’ve decided that will be a good place to start. We’ll talk about basic camera function, how to deal with different types of lighting, tips for getting the best out of kids who don’t want their picture taken, and what to do with your pictures afterward. A digital SLR is fantastic if you have one but the information will apply to any type of camera. You can sign up now.
Date: June 19th, 2016
Location: The Community Room at the West Branch of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Yarmouth.
A few years ago, inspired by my friend Barb who was doing a similar thing in Saint John, I organized a photo shoot where a few photographers got together with a few models to make pictures for the afternoon. Some hair stylists and a makeup artist volunteered to get the models ready. Everyone had a great time and we did it again the next year. And now, after a hiatus of a couple of years, the Southwest NS Photo Shoot is back.
The day started early, with the models arriving to The Style Merchant to start their preparation. The team there was incredible. Along with owner Krista Smith, there were three hairstylists and two makeup artists ready to help out. Even though they were back at work early on a day off, everyone was really welcoming and super helpful. And the job they did with the hair styling and makeup was phenomenal. And in addition to the hair and makeup, The Style Merchant also provided us with clothing and the location for the shoot. I’m incredibly thankful for all that Krista and the rest of the team there provided. We were a big crew with six models, four photographers, and a videographer invading their space but we really were made to feel right at home.
While a lot of us photographers in the area know each other, it is rare that we get to shoot together. It’s a lot fun to have an excuse to get together but also get to see how someone else manages the same lighting situation. We had enough space and variety of shooting locations within the building that we weren’t tripping over each other, but we also could help each other out. The other photographers that were there were Clifton Saulnier, Michael Carty, and Sue Hutchins. This year we also had Haley D with us doing some behind the scenes video (and helping out with the styling and wardrobe). You can check out the video below.
I’m really, really happy with the images that I ended up with out of this shoot. I have a tonne more that I could share. It was really hard to narrow it down to these few favourites but I didn’t want to make you scroll forever.
When I organize these shoots, I’m always amazed at how willing everyone is to help out. Thank you so much to everyone who was involved!
Models: Ashley Goodwin, Sarah Gagnon, Ingrid D’Eon, Stephanie Surette, Taylor Meaghan Winters, and Laura Goodwin.
Hair, Makeup, Wardrobe, Styling: Krista Smith, Mikey Spinney, Desiree Therrien, Faith Greene, Caitlin Weagle, Kate Hayden
Videography, Styling, Wardrobe: Haley D
I’m really happy with the way this video turned out. T, our five year old (the one with the full answer about Cupid in the video), is pretty chatty. In fact, sometimes he goes around saying, “I’m a chatterbox!” I’ve thought for a while that it would be fun to film some other kids about the same age and see what they come up with. It definitely was fun. It was hard for me to keep from cracking up with some of their answers. Huge thanks to the kids (and their parents!) for being willing to help out with this!
These are a few of my favourite pictures from some of the family photo shoots I did in 2015. Some of these are families that I have taken pictures of a few times over the last few years. It is so fun to get to record different moments in their lives and see the changes from year to year.
Before our January heat wave hit and took away the snow I was able to get together with Sarah and Eddie to do a snowy engagement session. It can be hard to schedule outdoor session in winter, especially when there is travel involved, but it worked out for our first try. They were able to make the drive down from Halifax and we went to the beautiful trail at the Hebron Recreation Complex. Winter engagement sessions are great because they provide a nice contrast to summer wedding photos. Sarah and Eddie are such a sweet couple and I’m really looking forward to their wedding this year (And I guaranteed them that there won’t be snow here in Yarmouth for their September wedding).