Posts Tagged ‘announcements’

From Pianos to Power Chords Exhibit at Galt Museum

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

From Pianos to Power Chords Galt Exhibit

I currently have the honour of having my photography on display at the Galt Museum. Last year I was contacted by curator Tyler Stewart to contribute to his music inspired exhibit “From Pianos to Power Chords” and I eagerly jumped at the chance. Music has been very important to me my whole life, from my first concert at the age of 8, to the various instrument lessons I have taken, to being heavily involved in dance for the last 12 years.

Concert photography is literally the reason I became a professional photographer. What started out as a hobby quickly grew into a passion. It was this passion and the overwhelmingly positive feedback I received from the local bands I photographed that convinced me to switch my major into photography and I have never regretted that decision. It is such an honour after all these years to see my band photography as a part of this exhibit of Lethbridge’s history. A couple of my photos go WAY back… for example, the Grady photo (Gordie Johnson) at the Roadhouse was taken the first day I owned my first digital SLR!

The exhibit runs until April 30 at the Galt Museum and I highly recommend checking it out! My photos here only show off my contribution but there’s so much more on display that paints an amazing picture of the history of music in Lethbridge.

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Sun Time Best of the Best 2017 – Best Lethbridge Photographer!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Sun Times Best of the Best 2017 photographer in Lethbridge

Thank you so much to everyone who voted this year! Because of your support I was voted the best photographer in Lethbridge for 2017 in the Sun Times Best of the Best.

Sleeklens Strike a Pose Portrait Workflow Review

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Sleeklens review Strike a Pose Portrait Workflow sample edits

I recently had the opportunity to try out the Sleeklens Strike a Pose Portrait Workflow, which is an awesome collection of Lightroom presets and brushes designed for portrait editing. Using only the workflow and tools in Lightroom, I was able to fully edit my images without needing to open them in Photoshop for refined retouching (as I normally do). I was really impressed by the subtlety of the skin softening tools, make-up enhancements, and other effects that were included. Almost every preset worked great with my images, which comes as a surprise as presets are usually too extreme and need a lot of tweaking to make them work. These ones looked great as they were.

The make-up brushes were definitely a highlight of this set for me. The “add shine to lips” brush is probably my favourite, which added a very natural looking gloss to the lips. The two blush colours were also very natural and can be tweaked if the colour isn’t quite right, but I loved them in their default colours as an accent to the blush already on the model’s face.

I pulled up a few of my photos of Megan from this summer to see what looks I could achieve using only the portrait workflow. I started with images straight out of camera and played around with the presets on my own, rather than following the product’s recipe list.

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Christmas Cut-Off Dates

Monday, November 9th, 2015

If you are thinking of photos as a Christmas gift, please keep the following cut-off dates in mind.

Album orders November 12
Flat & Folded Cards November 30
Digital files on USB December 2
Wall Art Pieces and Canvases December 7
Print orders December 7
Gift Certificates December 21

Your online gallery takes approximately one week to go live after your photo session, so please factor in that, enough time to select your photos, and shipping times (if applicable). The last day to have a session with prints possible before Christmas is December 3rd. Sessions are still available in December after that date for anyone who is not in a rush.

If you’d like to book a session, please email me at info@tanyaplonka.com!

p.s. I will not be running mini-sessions this winter due to time constraints, but keep an eye open for one in spring. I’ll first announce them on my monthly newsletter so be sure to subscribe to get first choice of spots!

Product Feature: Sophia’s Modern Album

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Lethbridge photographer family album product photo, Modern Album

Sophia’s mom wanted to combine a few years’ worth of her photos to show how much she has grown and an album was a perfect way to do this! It was so fun to revisit these photos and see how much Sophia has grown over the years. This album is a 5×7″ Modern Album with 20 pages and will make such a cute keepsake for their family.

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Product Feature: Luxury Album for Weddings

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Lethbridge wedding album product photo, Luxury Album

One of the most popular albums I offer with weddings is the Luxury Album, a coffee table style high end album with a faux leather cover, beautiful silky finish on pages, and impressive display case. Kayla and Jeff’s Crowsnest Pass summer wedding featured a soft color scheme of white, pink, and light gray so I went with a bright design for this album, using a prominent palette of white with subtle accents of pink and gray. The landscapes in the mountains made for amazing full page spreads!

This sample album was a variation of the actual album Kayla got with her wedding. I was so in love with the design that I needed a copy to share with other people!

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