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Sarah & Shaun; Saskatoon Sweethearts!

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with Sarah and Shaun, and thanks to this Eustachian Tube Disorder (which isn’t an ear infection at all, though I still definitely consider it an ear troll) it has taken me far longer to work through the enhancements than I’d like.  Working on the computer is slow going when it feels like someone is auditioning for Stomp inside your head.  😉  But I’m powering through as best I can.  And Sarah and Shaun have been so very patient.  I’ve said it before, and I know I’ll say it again:  I really do have the best clients.

I absolutely adored working with Sarah and Shaun.  The fact that she loves him and that he adores her is so clear.  They are totally adorable, and were so easy to work with.  I found myself focusing a lot on Shaun (which is out of the ordinary for me, generally I focus on my female clients) but he is so head over heals, goofy in love, for and with Sarah that I couldn’t help myself.  Of course, I made sure Sarah got a lot of focus too – she’s extremely easy to photograph.  They really were a delight to work with.

So, here’s a bit of a preview, while I do my best to get through the rest of the shoot:

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Win a Free Photo Session!

enter to win a free photo shoot

Sooo…  who wants to win a FREE PHOTOSHOOT???

Well, you could very well win yourself one.  I’m giving away a session of choice (limited to my “a family affair”, “sweethearts”, “it’s all you”, “pawtraits”, and “headshots” sessions) to one lucky Facebook fan.  All you have to do to enter is pop on over to FB, like my page if you haven’t already, and then share both my page and this note:  https://www.facebook.com/notes/td-photography/win-a-photoshoot-with-td-photography-saskatoons-photosmith/422511161133793  Make sure you pop back over to the note afterwards to let me know you shared and to claim your entry.  You can get yourself as many as FIVE entries by simply sharing in a variety of places in a variety of ways.

The give-away is open to both new fans and past clients.  So hop on over to my FB fan page at http://www.facebook.com/tdfoto and start sharing your way to a free session!

 

Preparing for an Art Show

I’ve been working through how I intend to display the couple pieces I’ll be doing up for inclusion in the PRIDE art show mid-June.  Working in a digital medium, as I do, it’s very different when it comes time to talk about print mediums and mounting.  I’ve got a couple ideas for how to display the pieces I’ve chosen – but we’ll see.

In an instance like this, where there is a strong message that is conveyed by an art piece, mounting isn’t as simple as gallery wrap canvas, giclee, frame, or foam board.  The mount has to maintain the truth that is being spoken, but not overrun it with a message of it’s own.  It’s trickier than one might think.  And to be honest, I’m putting as much thought into the mounting of these photographs as I did into their creation and capturing.

Time is sneaking up far too quickly for my comfort level though.  Very soon there’ll be no time left at all, and I’ll be in a panic.  LOL  It really is getting to be crunch time.  Time to figure out measurements, and processes.  Time to begin piecing it all together.  I’m excited, are you?

A2Z – Pink Prom

Blogging from A to Z on sexual and gender identity - Pink Prom

On March 30th, Saskatoon had it’s first prom…  well…  first as far as I’m aware, and as far as my parent’s and grandparent’s are aware – and that’s as far back as this city really goes.  So I feel I’m pretty safe saying that it’s a first for this prairie city.  Anyway…

It was an amazing night.  Some folk I talked to were concerned about a city-wide prom, with people from any school welcome to attend.  There was talk about things like school rivalries and the possibility of fighting.  All I could really do was smile.  These were obviously adults who just didn’t get it.  This  was an event I knew our youth would rally around.

Prom is an amazing right of passage, and one we’ve never had here.  We’ve all watched the movies, read the books, heard the stories.  Prom is supposed to be amazing, and it’s something everyone deserves to experience.  And at 34, I went to prom… and just like all the teens in the movies, my parent’s bought my dress.

Saskatoon’s first prom was made even better by being a part of Pink Revolution (an anti-bullying week which made it’s debut this year).  So huge thanks to the Avenue Community Center and all their amazing volunteers for making it happen.  Both Pink Revolution and the Pink Prom were ground breaking events and I sooo look forward to them happening again next year.

As the official photographer for the Pink Prom, I organized my first ever photobooth.  No, it’s not my typical photography (usually on location in the study of life and love) but it was sooo much fun.  I was happy to donate my time and skill for something so incredible.

me at the prom - a self portrait

Yep, that’s me at prom.  🙂  Wanna check out the rest of the action from my photobooth?  Head on over to http://td365.smugmug.com/  Prints and other cool items are available!

The Erman Family – photography preview

Charmaine contacted me hoping to combine a graduation shoot and a family photography session, and when she told me a little more about her family, I was only too happy to oblige.  Her eldest, like me, has a very special bond with one of her younger siblings.  So it was truly a pleasure for me to be able to capture all that they share, never to be forgotten, never to fade with memory.  Families like the Erman’s are the whole reason I do family photography.  So thank you Charmaine, for inviting me into your lives and allowing me to be a part of your very special family – even just for an afternoon.

Three’s Not a Crowd – Allison’s Family Photos

I remember being a family of three…  Damon, myself, and our Chihuahua Nico.  It may be a cliche, but it really was a simpler time, and one I remember with fondness.  So it was a treat to be reminded of it as I photographed another family of three.

Allison, it was a pleasure.  Your boy is a charmer.  How could anyone resist that face?  Just makes you want to grab him by the jowls and smoosh him up.  Hope you have many more years together.  🙂

Lauren & Adam’s Sweetheart Session

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I’m a little behind.  LOL  This shoot wasn’t from a couple days ago, but a couple weeks ago.  So HUGE apologies to both Lauren and Adam, who have been waiting so patiently.  Going to be putting nose to grindstone the next several days to get caught back up.

I had a hard time narrowing down my “to share” pile for Lauren and Adam’s shoot.  They were absolutely fabulous to work with, and were up for pretty much anything I suggested.  It was a great experience.  It’s rare that I can throw out any idea that crosses my mind and know the couple will be all for it.  Because of their willingness, we covered a ton of ground during our shoot, and got a wealth of outstanding images.  And editing them was just as enjoyable.

So, without further ado, here’s a brief (though not as brief as I generally try to be with these previews) glimpse into our shoot:

…and if you look closely, you’ll see three of my personally created Aperture Presets: Peachy, Cool & Calm, and Kissing.

Get Yourself Into Aperture!

Sooo….  since taking my workload into Apple’s latest version of Aperture, I’ve become a total lover of presets.  I’ve created two of my own, and have a couple dozen others as well.  It’s rare that I don’t do any further tweeking after applying a preset – but they do go a fair distance in cutting down my editing workload.

Haven’t checked out Aperture 3 yet?  Apple is offering a free one month trial – so it’s a good time to look into it.  It’s a great tool for amateur photophiles too, so don’t think that just because you aren’t a professional it’s not worth investing in a good processing tool.  Learning how to properly edit your photographs can turn a good capture into a great one.  And a good photo editing program is a MUST HAVE for anyone who’s involved in scrapbooking.  It’s the ideal way to provide those special touches that can really punch your work up a notch (or even two or three).  🙂  So check it out:  http://www.apple.com/ca/aperture/

Seriously, this is one program that should make it into your bag of tricks.  😉

Now…  since I’ve been toying with presets I have to ask…  Each photo shoot I edit seems to inspire a new one.  So it won’t be long until I have enough of them to launch my own preset collection.  Would ya’ll be interested in the TD Photography preset collection?

Scraptastic Saturday – Happy Halloween!

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