Posts Tagged ‘women’s portraits’

Morrígna the Post-Apocalyptic Warrior

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

post apocalypse warrior portraits

With heavy smoke in the air late this summer, unusually high temperatures, and crunchy vegetation from the lack of moisture, Southern Alberta was looking like the setting of a post-apocalyptic storyline. Since that is one of my favorite sub-genres of fiction, I jumped at the chance to create something out of it! Jenn loved the concept and immediately organized this amazing outfit for an epic female warrior out in the wastelands to become Morrígna. Once her outfit was finalized, she pooled together her resources (aka her amazing friends) and came up with a whole arsenal of weapons fit for a brutal post-apocalyptic lifestyle. I can hardly believe the crossbow is a children’s toy! (It’s from Europe… they do toys a little differently there!)

Jenn is a fierce, confident woman and was so perfect in this role. She managed to hide how sweet she actually is in real life and came across as someone you don’t want to mess with!

p.s. Jenn did her own makeup too! Here’s some background on why she chose her warrior name.

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Pink Spring Blossom Portraits in Lethbridge [Katie]

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

pink spring blossom portraits in Lethbridge

It was the perfect combination. I was itching to take a fresh set of pink spring blossom portraits once the flowers came out in Lethbridge. Katie was high up on my list of models I wanted to work with. A friend donated this beautiful summery white dress to my photo collection. The day the flowers suddenly bloomed had no rain and even no wind. How much more perfect could it be?

Katie was fantastic to work with. She understood how crazy I get with these flowers and didn’t question why she needed to stand in a ladder in a tree. :)

The creative pink make-up was done by the talented Erin Kinney, who also did the fishtail braid Katie wore for the first half of our shoot.

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Aviation Themed Pinup Photoshoot

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

2017 Explosion of World Dance and Music poster for Ammena Dance Company

This year’s showing of An Explosion of World Dance and Music by Ammena Dance Company will be a bittersweet event. Along with all of the love and energy that goes into creating this show, we will be paying our respects as it is the last show ever. Ammena is starting a new chapter in her life and closing her dance studio this spring. Some of us have been with her for 12 years so this really marks the end of an era!

The 2017 poster is based on one of the cutest pieces this year, Jetset, which features sparkly blue flight attendant outfits. Ammena used her connections to get us access to an airplane and once there, the poster photos quickly turned into an aviation themed pinup photoshoot because it was just so much fun! We also chose this theme as it reflects Ammena jetting off to her next adventure in life.

This year’s show will feature Bollywood, Broadway, African, Soca, contemporary, burlesque and more, so please come check it out!

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Helen Schuler Mother Daughter Photo Session [Laurie & Julie]

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Helen Schuler mother daughter photo session

Laurie was given a wonderful gift of photos from her friends and used to opportunity to schedule a Helen Schuler mother daughter photo session with her mother Julia. It was sooooo hot out but we stayed in the cool breeze under the full summery trees in the river bottom at the nature reserve. Laurie and Julia have such an amazing bond and I’m so happy they could get these photos done together! Laurie is so doting to her mother and I loved seeing them break out in giggles every time I asked them to look at each other. I’m glad you guys endured the heat with me!

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Women’s Headshots in Lethbridge [Rachel]

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

women's headshots in Lethbridge

Rachel was in need of some headshots for auditions. We were both available over the Christmas break so it was a perfect time, especially since we could make use of the whole University of Lethbridge while it was still open and hardly anyone was there! Rachel has such great different looks and I wish her luck at her future auditions :)

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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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