Christmas Cut-Off Dates [2014]

November 2nd, 2014

It’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas shopping! Keep the following dates in mind when planning out your gifts to make sure you don’t run out of time.

Album orders November 5
Flat & Folded Cards November 21
Digital files (full disc) November 21
Wall Art Pieces and Canvases November 30
DVD slideshows November 30
Print orders November 30
Photo session online gallery December 1

The last chance to have a photo session with prints ready for Christmas is November 15th.

Family Christmas Pet Photos [Taylore & Kelly]

December 18th, 2014

02 family christmas pet photos Family Christmas Pet Photos [Taylore & Kelly]

Taylore, Kelly, Maid Marian the cat, and Bjork the Icelandic Sheepdog (perfect name, right?) were due for their family Christmas pet photos and rather than trying to wrangle the dog and cat themselves, I got to help them out this year! They are a cute little family and the animals were awesome sports in wearing their Christmas sweaters, even if it took a bit of wrestling to make it happen.

Bjork and Marian have such different personalities; Bjork is outgoing and exceptionally friendly to everyone, and Maid Marian is cautious and worried, but the two of them are still the best of friends. I was told Bjork is more of a favorite than the humans are!

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Lethbridge Winter Wedding [Jennifer & David]

December 16th, 2014

08 lethbridge winter wedding Lethbridge Winter Wedding [Jennifer & David]

This post is a little late, but Lorelei had first dibs on showing the photos :)

Last December I had the pleasure of second shooting for Lorelei Hoffarth for Jennifer and David’s snowy Lethbridge winter wedding. It was extremely cold that day so we mostly stuck indoors with CASA, their church, and their reception venue, but at the end there were brave enough to head out with their fur shawls for a few snow pictures too!

I started out the day with the boys at CASA, and soon Lorelei and the girls joined us.

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Superhero [Lens Factor Project: Fantasy theme]

December 12th, 2014

10 lethbridge superhero cosplay Superhero [Lens Factor Project: Fantasy theme]

As soon as I found out fantasy was a theme, my mind was full of superhero images rather than the traditional medieval concepts that are associated with the term. Originally I thought of putting Kayla in another theme but I’m glad I switched her around because she was so perfect as the heroine in this series. The timing was so tricky because we needed a bright blue twilight amidst a week of rain, but everything came together perfectly, including violent Lethbridge wind to assist with our cape. Kayla was amazing at holding still and resolute in the gusts that nearly knocked us all over on the overpass!

I got to recycle a few pieces of old dance costumes for this shoot; it pays to be a clothing hoarder, right? ;)

Model: Kayla Avison
Theme: Fantasy

This photo is part of the Lens Factor Photo Project in which 5 photographers were given teams of 5 models and given 5 themes to work with. The results were kept secret until all final images were revealed at once. I took a number of photos for each theme and my out-takes appear below!

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Nightmare [Lens Factor Project: Horror theme]

December 11th, 2014

01 lethbridge horror forest photos Nightmare [Lens Factor Project: Horror theme]

It should come as no surprise that horror was the theme I was most excited for! Darcie was magically transformed by Katt Panic into a sleep-deprived, tortured soul haunted by her nightmares. I swear, she is beautiful and has colorful healthy skin in real life! Katt went so far as to make the teeth and hands grimey. I also model in this as the dead hands that keep attacking the girl and got the grungy makeup treatment myself.

I loved the look and spent so much time photographing Darcie on this creepy set after we finished the main concept image. She was amazing to work with but hopefully the next time she models for me, we can make her look a little nicer ;)

Model: Darcie Schick
Hands: Tanya Plonka (Miss Zee)
Makeup/hair: Katt Panic
Theme: Horror

This photo is part of the Lens Factor Photo Project in which 5 photographers were given teams of 5 models and given 5 themes to work with. The results were kept secret until all final images were revealed at once.

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Evening Fashion Photos [Lens Factor Project: Fashion theme]

December 10th, 2014

09 lethbridge outdoor fashion shoot Evening Fashion Photos [Lens Factor Project: Fashion theme]

I’m glad I was indecisive and went with two very different looks for Eva’s photos, because my second choice of concept with the playground equipment ended up being my favorite! We started out with my first idea of dramatic contrasting colors in the woods and playing with the motion of fabric, then headed to the playground where Eva got an intense workout doing gymnastic poses for me. She’s such a champ that she climbed up there with her heels on!

Model: Eva Richardson
Theme: Fashion

This photo is part of the Lens Factor Photo Project in which 5 photographers were given teams of 5 models and given 5 themes to work with. The results were kept secret until all final images were revealed at once. I took a number of photos for each theme and my out-takes appear below!

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Boy/Girl [Lens Factor Project: Romance theme]

December 9th, 2014

01 romance theme Boy/Girl [Lens Factor Project: Romance theme]

Even though we were allowed to use multiple models in a theme (as long as the main model was featured), I accepted the challenge of only using the names I drew. I loved playing around with both multiple exposures and gender bending when I did photography in university so it was fun to pull both themes back out again.

Jenn did an amazing job transforming Amanda into both characters and Amanda rocked being both a girl and a boy!

Model: Amanda Roth
Hair/Makeup: Jenn Burton
Theme: Romance

This photo is part of the Lens Factor Photo Project in which 5 photographers were given teams of 5 models and given 5 themes to work with. The results were kept secret until all final images were revealed at once.

Because of how complicated this was to get just right, I didn’t have any out-takes from this theme but made sure to get a few head shots of Jenn’s amazing transformations on Amanda.
02 romance theme Boy/Girl [Lens Factor Project: Romance theme]