Lessons in lighting

That’s right folks, it is time for another instalment of this lovely blog brought to you by moi! Yesterday was the day I took my very first photography class! It was fabulous! It is run by the Canadian Photography Learning Institute and it is called Lighting: Principles and Practice. I think, that of all the things I can do to improve my work and as an artist and a photographer is to get a better understanding of the principles and practices of light – I mean light is basically the essence of photography, so here I find myself with a thirst to learn!

The first class was theory heavy, which I admit, I kind of enjoy. We did a few activities to help understand hard and soft light, shadows, and how to create softer light anywhere. We used t-shirts and sheets, and reflectors, and all sorts of fun stuff to achieve this sought after soft light every photographer craves. It was great, and it really showed me how a photograph can change in an instant. I mostly shot my tea cup from starbuck, but the principle remained the same regardless of the subject. I must say, I learnt a lot! I am so excited to go back next week!

As I was leaving the class I could see through the hills the start of an amazing sunset. You know me, so off I rushed to my favourite spot which is about 15 – 20 min away from the classes but only 2 min away from my house and I burst out of my car and ran across the highway to catch this epic scene (though I wasn’t in a good position to get the striking clouds on the other side). I took a few standard sunset shots, but I really tried to get creative here. I knelt down in the tall grass and the wheat fields and took shots of flowers with the sunset in the background and used some grainy textures with some higher ISO to make an antique look. I think the photos came out great! I am really happy with them. So I headed back to my car, a bundle of itching from the 24 mosquito bites I incurred and ended up home! I successfully created my first template with the help of RockMyEdits Photoshop templates and here I am now, blogging about this whole thing! So, with out further interruptions, here are some of my shot! And, not the boring ones of my starbucks container!ImageImageImageImageImage

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Beer and Pizza? Yes Please!

Hey all!

Today I am writing about the awesome opportunity that I had on Friday June 22, 2012. I had the great pleasure of being the photographer for the Minhas Micro Brewery of  Calgary’s Grand Opening Event! Now, some of you might know that I got to photograph the Minhas family at their Baby shower a few weeks back and I can’t tell you enough what an amazing group of people they are!

The event was bustelling with excitement, chatter, and anticipation as people flooded in with hopes of test the Minhas families newest craft beers and local fresh pizzas, fries and onion rings ( all cooked with beer and ingredients brought from within 100km). The food was delightful and the company was grand. Everyone was in for a treat. So here are a few shots from the great event! Hopefully one day you will get a chance to come for a visit!

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Have a lovely night!

Stephanie

To be 16 again | Calgary Event Photographer

Hello all, it is me again!

Ahh 16, what a tender age! Full of drama excitement, knowing everything, passion, bullying, and getting out of high school alive. I must admit, I AM SO GLAD I AM PAST THAT, like 10 years ago!!

On the up side, I had the pleasure of photographing Miss. Daniela’s sweet 16 party. What an amazing, kind, and genuine young lady! All of this was a big surprise to her and boy was she surprised when her parents had a limo, her best girlfriends, and a hall booked out for a party.

We went out for some fun group shots and then off to the hall for the dance! All of the young ladies were delightful and so sweet! I was so lucky to be surrounded by a family full of love and compassion@ Daniela’s grandparents even made the party all the way from Peru!

I was so lucky to get a chance to photograph a family with so much love to give, it kind of reminds me about what is really important in life. So, I am lucky to say that I had such a great chance to meet so many amazing people!

Here are a few fun pictures from the evening!

 

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Back to basics

Hey all,

So here goes, again! This past year has been a whirl wind for me. With finishing up my BSW starting my business, planning a wedding, moving cities and the list goes on. I have had a hard time getting back to the basics of why I love photography. On Friday of last week ( the 15th) I realized it had been absolutely ages since I had stopped to take pictures for my self – you know sunsets, creatives, and all the fun stuff that people don’ pay me for. I couldn’t believe it! I was shocked that it had been over 9 months since I had taken a random pit stop on the high way or pulled in to some dodgy alleyway.

Well, being me I found myself in a farmers field as I was making this realization and I stooped to take a few photos just as the sun was beginning to set. It was so fabulous! The best thing I have done for myself in a long time. It lead to a whole series of great inspiration and wonderful ideas for future shoots and I found myself in love with my camera all over again. It was such a great feeling. I spent the whole weekend snapping pictures and loving life!

I guess my less was to remember to appreciate the small things and do this for me. I need to continue to do this because I love this, not because someone pays me to do it. So, like the title  – back to basics!

Here are a few of my weekend shots! ImageImageImageImageImage

Hope you all have a great week!

❤ Steph

Boudoir Marathon = best! (June 10, 2012)

ello, we meet again! Today I am writing about the awesome boudoir marathon that I had the pleasure and opportunity to shoot on Sunday June 10, 2012!

It was an awesome event, and my 3rd marathon with Kim of KAT Make-up Design. This was the first even we have done in my home, which was really nice because I knew the light and both of the rooms really well. It was a great opportunity and I am so happy with the photos! Even though I was working through editing Jessica and Jason’s wedding the ‘kid in a candy store’ feeling took over and I had to edit a few for a quick preview. Let’s just say it was love at first sight! The light was great and the girls were stunning, and over all it just went so well!

Kim and I try and hold a marathon every couple of months and our next one is July 22, 2012 in Lethbridge, Ab ( about 2 hours away). I am so very excited about it all! This week I am doing a sweet 16 party, which should be a lot of fun as I haven’t done anything like this yet. I am finding that I am starting to learn so much and in the past couple weeks I really feel like I am starting to find my niche and photog style. I feel like I am finding my own feet in this big place!

Anyway, I am getting really excited about my lighting class coming up on June 28, 2012 and I am looking forward to a lot of great shoots coming up! So, with that said, here are a few photos from the boudoir marathon, I am sure you have all been waiting!

  

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I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week!

Stephanie

Jessica & Jason Married – Calgary Wedding Photography

ey, it’s me again. Shocked? Well, you shouldn’t be since I am the writer lol. Anywho, this post is all about the fabulous wedding i had the opportunity to photography yesterday (June 9, 2012)

Jessica and Jason are an amazing young couple! The wedding took place at a Douglasdale golf course and the scenery was just stunning! The hall was decked in lovely green and purple decorations and although we had a time war with the impeding rain, the photos will surely turn out great! We headed up to Rotary Park for wedding party shots and of course weddings are always a long day, so naturally the wedding party was hungry, so we decided to make a pit stop in at Peter’s Drive In and grab a milkshake and a few photo since it is a landmark! They turned out awesome and the crowd honked and cheered for the newlyweds!

I was lucky enough to do Jessica and Jason’s engagement photos a few months back, so it is always nice to see both days and create some similarities in the photos. Everyone was so nice and super easy going, which made for a wonderful day. Although we did see some rain and hail the broody sky made for a nice back drop over the cityscape. All in all, an excellent day!

This morning I did some boudoir shoots, so I am look forward to working through those and keeping you all updated on the events of the day!

So, without further delays here are a few sample shots from yesterday’s lovely wedding!

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Finding light in sick days :)

Hello again! I have not been feeling well this past week, quite sick in fact, however it has given me time to work on some editing, start my blog, and learn a few cool things in between my persistent coughing and uncontrollable slumber. I have managed to get all caught up on my editing, and even work on reediting some old photos.

In the past week I have had the honour of meeting some very amazing photographers from around the world in a Facebook group called “Rock My Edits – photographers group”. These people have been so amazing and encouraging and I have learnt SOOO much!

So needless to say, my sick days have also been helpful days! Although I am not a full time photographer, I do love learning about the world as much as I can. Knowledge is power and in order to succeed I need to learn, practice and grow!

Today I spent a bit of time prepping for the big wedding I am photographing tomorrow. Being that this is Alberta, our weather can be a bit unpredictable, so I find myself in a rush looking for some back up venues as we are due to have a major downpour tomorrow. Lucky I have some great people to bounce ideas off of and I think it will all pan out!

Anywho, here are a few shots I snapped of my beautiful cats this afternoon as I prepped and slept. These little guys are adorable and I love them to bits. 🙂

Anyway, have a great night!

Stephanie