Archive for the ‘Individual & Grad Portraits’ Category

Singer-Songwriter Promotional Photos in Lethbridge [Melissa]

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

singer-songwriter promotional photos in Lethbridge

I’ve worked with Melissa many times for her family photos, but this time I had the opportunity to focus on just her! In addition to her work in the world of medicine, Melissa is also a local Lethbridge musician and needed some singer-songwriter promotional photos for her solo music she is working on.

Melissa usually plays guitar with a local rock band of other health care professionals, but her solo work shows a more vulnerable side. Normally my focus is on colour work, but a ton of black and white felt like such a good fit in this case.

Being a true rockstar, Melissa bared her arm and shoulder tattoos in the freezing cold for the sake of these photos!

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Best Portrait Photos of 2020 – From Photography by Tanya Plonka

Friday, January 15th, 2021

best Lethbridge portrait photos of 2020

Weddings and events may have been postponed in 2020 due to COVID, but once restrictions eased up in the summer, everyone was grateful to spend time outdoors with their families! I was so thankful we have such beautiful, wide open outdoor spaces around Lethbridge so I could keep photographing all of these awesome families. I ended up hoarse on many occasions from yelling through my mask, but it was always worth it.

Two of the biggest trends I noticed this year were all of the babies who arrived (and these aren’t even the quarantine babies yet!) and all of the larger families who made an effort to celebrate important anniversaries and birthdays. I adapted quickly by bringing most of the newborns outdoors on warm days and talking their parents through poses. Everyone did so well!

Some highlights from 2020 include not one but TWO marriage proposals, a cat birthday, and a few more secret projects to come that I can’t share yet, including album art for local musicians and a children’s book. Each season was so amazing this year, from the long blossom season we had to the vibrant colours in the fall. Even the early snow was warm enough for outdoor photos!

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Personal Branding Photo Session [Renae from Beautiful Inside Academy]

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

Lethbridge personal branding photo session

Renae’s personal branding photo session was such a blast! Renae is the brains and heart behind Beautiful Inside Academy, which empowers young women. After our New York trip in December, we started brainstorming some ideas for her session and were finally able to get together in the summer after all of the quarantine upheaval.

The focus in Renae’s work is her connection with her clients and sending a message of self-love, so it was important for the photos to focus on her and show that level of confidence and happiness. Her branding – both business and personal – is based around a strong white and black colour palette, with splashes of pink. I chose a number of white and grayscale backdrops for us to use to really make Renae pop!

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Pavan Park Graduation Photos [Eve’s Belated Grad Session]

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

Pavan Park Graduation Photos

Eve’s graduation wasn’t quite as she expected it to be with how our year played out, but she was still able to celebrate in less traditional ways! Her class had an outdoor event to celebrate their accomplishment, and it was better late than never for her photography session! We did her Pavan Park graduation photos late in summer instead of our original plan for spring. Once her hair stylist and makeup artists were open again, they had a bit of a waitlist to catch up on!

Her dark blue gown made for such a dreamy look among the bright colours in the mid-afternoon, and still looked amazing in the darker shade of the trees. Plus it had just enough volume for some fun twirling photos!

Eve’s mom and little brother came along to help with her photos and were able to enjoy the gorgeous afternoon outside together. She wasn’t technically a university student yet, so it still counted as being a high schooler ;)

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Coaldale Backyard Family Photos… with a Grad! [Anita & Darcy]

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Coaldale backyard family photos

When Anita called me to book her Coaldale backyard family photos, she was in a hurry. One of her sons was ready to travel back to Germany the moment flights reopened and one son had just graduated high school but missed out on the big ceremony. To keep her session easy for the boys to prepare for and make it more personal, I visited them in their beautiful backyard.

We spent the first half of the session focusing on the family, and the second half was dedicated to Steve’s grad photos. Luckily he had been able to borrow a cap and gown from his school, but I think the best photos were of him rocking his suit. You could tell he felt extra confident in it. It definitely “suited” him (sorry I will see myself out).

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Graduation Photos and some Tae Kwon Do [T’s Grad Session]

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Lethbridge Tae Kwon Do photos

The year before, T and his sister surprised their parents with family photos. During the session, they lamented that they didn’t bring any of his Tae Kwon Do gear to celebrate the fact he was now a black belt!

The time finally come to focus on all of his accomplishments when he graduated from college.

We started out with some cap and gown convocation photos in Indian Battle Park, as well as some more casual pictures without the grad formal wear on. Then it was time to show off his Tae Kwon Do skills! We headed downtown to somewhere with enough space to go through his patterns plus some different levels to show off his other various skills. (It should come as no surprise he also dabbles in parkour.)

T is already teaching this martial art in youth classes and hopes to one day be a teacher now that he has focused his schooling on physical education. Judging by the skills he showed off during his photoshoot, he should have no trouble achieving his goals!

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