I approached my old time junior high friends personally for a family portrait session on location. I was so excited when I found out that the family were just thinking of getting a family photographer in town =) Kory and Brittney were both friends I knew from junior high. We haven’t seen each other in close to 8 years! It was so awesome to get to meet their daughter who I have only seen pictures of on facebook. She is definitely cuter in person! This will mark my first on location photography session with a family! Kory was my walk home from school buddy and Brittney was my favourite in band class haha. Kory was a pretty athletic and active kind of guy, and Brittney was a quieter yet fun person to be around, so it’s no surprise that the little girl had a perfect mix of that. She wasn’t timid and the five of us had a really fun time and good conversations. All I needed to do was suggest and observe while taking pictures close by or from a distance.
The little one became my biggest help in this shoot (after my awesome assistant Lilian of course). I had lots of ideas before the shoot began, they were dynamic, action packed and full of excitement, but when it came to the actual shoot, they were all just photography driven and became soo insignificant. Suddenly, she would break off from mom’s hand and plays with what was interesting to her, she would also make these little remarks that guided me to the next shot. Every little expression the family made changed the dynamic of my thinking and my shots. I slowly reviewed these shots last night, and realized all my favourite shots actually came from them! Yes, photographers are the creative mind, the creator of the product, but who is in the frame? The photographer can have a style, a signature move, but there are subjects out there that are powerful enough to blend with our creativity. Thanks again for the great time! So, what are your favourite shots? For more of my favourites, check out the photos below!
If these doesn’t spell C.U.T.E to you, I don’t know what else does.
So here in Edmonton, July is finally snow and cold free! There are canola fields in full bloom all over highways in Edmonton right in the city! This is the beginning of my serious journey to get into shooting portraits. I’ve spent lots of time scouting for locations to do photo sessions and try out loads of different lighting techniques and force myself to survive in harsh lighting conditions too! I’d carry my gears to work to save travel and time. Having looked forward everyday, I shot in the rain, overcast days, gloomy cloudy days. Any serious photographer would tell you how much they enjoy shooting, but I think most of us are forced to put down the camera and flex our leg muscles, the car engine, and powerful internet search engine to look for unique and beautiful locations for photo sessions.
On a side note, today is the first Edmonton #yeg post since the summer, trying really hard to catch up on my past sessions! I’m also offering free photography sessions to people in my friend pool on facebook, so hopefully I get a good response. The awesome Alison H has been extremely kind and designed a cool logo for me to use from now on! So a huge thank you to her support and selflessness! I know she is super busy with her work at a media firm, but feel free to check out her work here.