Lovely lil’ sis

So, while I was away honeymooning in Iceland I had the misfortune of having my new husband drop it and cause some serious damage to it. Sadly in combination of extensive use over the past 2 years and the drop I had to say good bye to my little D3100. Lucky for me it was on our last day and it lived long enough to see me on to the plane home, but with a jam packed shooting schedule on the horizon of our return, I couldn’t afford to be out my body and one lens. So…. I introduced the D7000 to my collection on Saturday. My first official shoot back was booked for the Monday so I convinced my little sister to do a session with me. Luckily she agreed. So, we went out to some hay bails on the side of the road near my house and we got crackin! LOVE THE NEW CAMERA!

my poor sister failed to mention her hay allergy and broke out in welts not long after we started. Needless to say it was the end of our short session but boy did we walk away with some stunners! I am so excited to share these images and they are so special to me. I feel like this is the start of a new chapter in my photography! So, here they are!

I hope you enjoy these!!

Stephanie

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Family Fun in the Sun!

Hey everyone! On Sunday I had the great opportunity to shoot a lovely family with 2 boys! They were so much fun and so easy going! We went down along the river path by the bow (holy moly is it ever high!!!) and we got some great family fun shots! Here is a few from the session!

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I look forward to posting about the 3rd birthday I shot later that day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stephanie

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

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

Baby Shower Sunday – June 3, 2012

Hello again, it’s me your host – Stephanie. Today I am writing about the wonderful baby shower I photographed last Sunday. It was fabulous and our guest of honour, Manjit was such an incredible hostess with such great style! The house and yard were immaculate, which made it easy to snap some wonderful candid photos of all the guest. However, I have to say the little ones of the party stole my heart! The weather was great for a party and the sky was beautiful! There was tons of food, fun, and games! What a great way to spend a Sunday! Here are a few shot I nabbed during the event!

In other news, I have an awesome weekend ahead of me! I am doing a wedding for the lovely Jason and Jessica on Saturday and then a fabulous Boudoir marathon on Sunday! Photos to come, I promise!

Thanks for reading!

❤ Stephanie

Just me, my camera, and my blog!

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Well, here I am – finally writing a blog. If you didn’t know already, I am Stephanie, your gracious host of the masterpiece. I am the owner and operator of Creative Button Photography and I began Creative Button on April 18, 2011. Photography was not really a part of my plan other than using it as my precious ‘self-care’ time. Professionally, I am a Social Worker and I love my job, but sometimes I need a peaceful place to go after a long day of work. I bought a camera after carrying a point and shoot around with me EVERYWHERE! I started taking photos as often as I could and the big jump was my trip to Costa Rica in February 2011. When I came home people started asking if they could use my photos as screen savers and then people asked to buy prints and then it evolved into people asking me to take photos for them so naturally, In super speed time I decided that Creative Button was now a major faucet of my life. I love it. I love photography. I love seeing things through a lens and I love finding the beauty in the simplest of things.

So, lets fast track to present day, shall we? Ok, here we are. June 5, 2012. I recently began wedding season and it is a steady start. I haven’t advertised much, so getting the word out is slow, but my previous clients have been so amazing in helping me spread the word. I recently invested in Lightroom 4 and have found it to be SOOOOO amazing! I am so glad I finally went for it. Photoshop is a little over whelming for me and I am hoping to take a class sometime soon. Ohh did I tell you, I am taking my first photography class starting June 28! I am so excited, it is a lighting class, which I think will help my work a lot.

On Sunday, the 3rd, I had the pleasure of photographing a Baby shower (of course the individual blog and photos will be coming soon). Other than that I have been practicing with presets and processing tools and working on reediting some of my old photos, so with that said, here are a few for you to feast your lovely eyes on! Please feel free to comment and share!

Stephanie