Dusk is a time of day often neglected by photographers. The poor light tends to cause folk of our ilk to shy away in favour of brighter times, especially considering dusk is shortly after the “golden hour” with it’s beautiful warming rays. However, dusk can be a lovely time to shoot.
The low light of dusk creates images reminiscent of yesteryear, with it’s last filtered rays of sunshine… It is exceptionally moody, creating romance and intrigue. Especially during the late Autumn or early Winter when rosy cheeks and noses only add to the feeling of crispness. Here are a few photos from a recent shoot to inspire you to get out there and create during this mostly ignored time of day:
My thanks to the St. Onge family for braving the chilly air in search of these shots. It was a pleasure working with you!
As I was working through some of my enhancements, I realized that it’s been a while since I’d posted a preview here. I’m terrible for that. LOL I go in streaks where I’ll share photos on a regular basis, and then nothing for a good long while. I’ll try to be more regular about it, but feel free to remind me if you haven’t seen anything for a while. I am shooting, I just don’t always think to share on the blog.
I enjoyed working with the Kaminski’s. Any chance to work with a family that includes four leggers as well as two leggers is always a good time. No, working with animals isn’t easy, but it’s a challenge I really enjoy. I know dogs, I love dogs… and I’m perfectly content to wait for them to give me exactly what I need. Hmmm… clearly I’m too tired to be writing this blog post as I’ve completely lost my train of thought. It’s just one of those days – and I have a feeling it will be one of those weeks. Gotta love getting ready (physically and mentally) for an out of town dog show.
Ah! Speaking of which!
I’ll be in Regina this weekend. And I may have time to fit in ONE more photo shoot. So if you’d like to grab that slot, drop me a line by filling out the booking form at TD Photography (http://photography.tobi-dawne.com/) as soon as possible, and I’ll do my best to work it out. As I’ll be in Regina already, there will be no additional travel expenses to cover. Just the regular session fee. But better be quick! Like I said, I’ll only have time for ONE additional shoot.
Okay, onto the preview:
I had a lovely time with Pat and her family on Sunday afternoon out in Gabriel Dumont Park. It’s one of my favourite spots to do family photographs ANY time of year, even when it’s -20 out. Thankfully it was substantially warmer than that, as we’re having the warmest Winter Saskatchewan has seen in my 34 years, so while we were all starting to get red cheeks and cold hands by the end of our hour together, we managed to get all the way through without complaint. Well… except for Shmee, who was unimpressed by the whole thing.
So, I’m all caught up and am able to resume running my photography business how I’m happiest. Only a few shoots a week – which means I can edit those shoots in the same week. I am decidedly a much happier photog when I don’t have to keep my customers waiting on their photographs.
Today I got to work with a delightful Mom and her two daughters. We really did have a lot of fun. Belinda was a little nervous about our shoot, and had been stressing a little during the week leading up to it. But I can safely say that shortly after getting started she hit her stride and did fabulously. Her and her girls were a blast – and the resulting photos are evidence of that.
So Belinda! Thank you for the wonderful afternoon. It was a pleasure working with you and your girls.
I met up with Diane and Katie in one of my favourite “go to” spots. It’s unusual for a client to beat me there, but these two did… and got to watch a wedding shoot that just happened to be scheduled prior to ours. I had a lot of fun working with this adorable mother, daughter team so when Diane asked that I not hand off these edits to another photographer, I was only too happy to oblige. So, here we are. Say hello to Katie and Diane:
Sorry for being so brief… just kinda tired today.
It may seem like some cruel and unusual punishment to share photographs taken on such a gorgeous Summer day on a day like today, but better today than mid-January when it’s -40 out.
Wow. Okay. That’s really all I’ve got to say. LMAO I’m still having trouble fighting off that stomach bug and I’m about ready for bed right now. So instead of dwelling on that, let’s focus on something lovely – a gorgeous family enjoying the sunshine and one another:
I’m sorry not to write more. The Kzyzyk family were absolutely lovely to work with, and I don’t meant to downplay that in the slightest. I really am just too exhausted and too ill to form any more cohesive sentences. Hope you’ll forgive me.
I was working on the shots from the Pederson’s family shoot, and a couple of things came to mind that I think many families could learn from. And where better to share these things than here, on my blog.
One: The Found Object
I am all about going digging and exploring for cool things. When we are out on a shoot, why not have a little fun? You never know what treasures we may discover. In this particular instance, we found a few “word rocks” tucked into the big wishing boulder out at Gabriel Dumont Park. Sometimes the object, or the message, is the most important thing. Why not let your kids share their excitement over their finds? I can think of an absolute ton of things a family could do with a photo like this:
There is nothing greater these days, than a message of courage. And by simply allowing children to explore we found the perfect way to deliver that message. Can’t you just envision this on a great big canvas in the family home’s entryway? Or how about shared with family and friends on a custom printed greeting card? I think it would be the fabulous beginning to an inspirational digital scrapbook page.
So let your kids explore – or do a bit of exploring yourself. You never know what we may come across. Or if you have a special message you know you want to share, bring something along. We’ll find a way to use it.
Two: The Most Effective Portraits
Contrary to what the portrait studios of the world would have you believe, the most effective portraits do not involve you sitting still. They do not involve you tilting your head to the side with a smile plastered on your face, staring down the lens of the camera. The most effective portraits share a little about who you are.
We can definitely grab a few shots of your family all looking in the same direction, smiling, for the sake of posterity (and the holiday greeting card). But lets make sure to grab a few of you just being yourself. After all, your family knows what you look like, but how often do you really share your true self? I’d say it’s time we got a photo of you doing just that.
The first step to capturing a truly effective portrait is choosing a place that speaks to you. Lets hit the river, the library, an old bookstore, a snowy field… someplace you can just relax and be yourself. Get involved in the world around you, and do your best to just forget about me and my camera. It’s hard to do at first, but we’ll get there – and that’s when my work begins to fulfill me.
Charlie is a little dog with a ton of personality packed into his little frame. I had a lot of fun with him and his people – in spite of a drizzly not so nice day. So, without needlessly painting the lily, here are a few photographs:
I initially planned on sharing a couple stories today… the girlie had her pre-k graduation ceremony today (no, she won’t be in kindergarten next year, she’ll be in pre-k again – so next year this time we’ll have another pre-k graduation). She had a playdate too. I also considered sharing the little tale I shared on FB, which I suppose I still can because it’s short (though I considered telling the elongated version). But instead I’ll share something else, but only after the story I shared on FB. LOL
Today, the girlie said to me that she was going to pretend to be a lichen. But she went on to clarify: “a lichen that grows on trees mom, not the people who turn into werewolves”. I thought it was pretty cute. And if nothing else, I think we can safely say that we’ve provided her with a well rounded education thus far.
So… early in the evening, I dropped the wee girlie and my husband off at my parents place before heading to a photo shoot. My parents were heading out and asked if we could watch everyone. Well, when I came back after my shoot and was making myself a grilled cheese sandwich the girlie came running into the kitchen and asked me to get my camera to take a picture of her and her Auntie Marie (my sister and Lily-Ann Marie’s namesake).
Firstly, Lily-Ann never asks me to get my camera to take a picture of her. She’s sick of me taking pictures of her. I have to barter to get pictures of her these days.
Second, Lily and Marie are often not even on talking terms. They love one another, but they each have a problem with one another too. With the girlie, it’s the green eyed monster. Marie gets my attention (or my moms) and the girlie doesn’t want to share it. With Marie, the problem is that the girlie is three… and three is chaos.
So, for Lily-Ann to come running into the kitchen asking me to take a photo of the two of them together? That’s big. She further elaborated (when I took too long at the hot stove) “Mom, Marie is outside. I asked her and she said yes. Go get your camera, I need you to take a picture of us.” What else could I do? I turned off the stove and got my camera. But asking me to take ONE picture? Nuh uh.