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Family Photography at Dusk

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:

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My thanks to the St. Onge family for braving the chilly air in search of these shots.  It was a pleasure working with you!

The Kaminski Family – a photography preview

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:

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You made me smile!

As many of my clients are aware, I’m quite backed up with edits, adjustments, and enhancements.  I typically prefer to book in three or four sessions a week, which then allows me to get all of my post-shoot work done that same week.  I know what it’s like having to wait on a disc (or on anything else you are excited about) and do my best to cut down wait time as much as possible.  Lately though, it has been taking a month or (as I’m now telling clients) two to get folks their disc of images.

Why the wait?

To get in as many folks who purchased my groupon as possible, before the extended expiry, there are DAYS when I’ve booked in as many sessions as I would normally shoot in a week.  Yep, you read that right.  One week of shooting compressed into one day, with multiple days a week you can only imagine how quickly the stack of “to be edited” shoots can grow.  But, I figure that in this instance, shooting has to take priority, and I SOOOO appreciate your patience.  This is out of the ordinary for me, and I do feel so badly that things are taking this long…  So thank you.  Thank you for understanding.

This backlog of edits, also means I haven’t been sharing previews on my blog very often.  I love doing it, but it takes extra time to upload all the images…  and that’s just time that I haven’t had lately.  This photo though?  This one I had to share.  🙂  This photo BEGGED me to share it.  It got down on it’s knees, clasped it’s hands, gave me puppy dog eyes, and pleaded oh so heart-wrenchingly to be shared.  So what else could I do?  I promised to share it.

Bobby Jo Lardner and Family

I love this picture.  I truly do.  It speaks volumes about this family, about the love they share, about the kinship and camaraderie present in their relationships.  And even beyond what is so obvious to anyone who sees this photo, is the story about the place.  This is where the Lardner family will be building their future home.  The place where they will continue to grow together, building together, creating bonds and memories that will help shape them.

What a fabulous memory in such an awesome place.  I was privileged to be a small part in creating it.

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.  🙂

It’s Miller Time!

A few days ago I had the pleasure of hanging out with the Miller family.  Full of fun and energy – with a six and three year old I’d have expected nothing less.  They were an absolute delight, and I look forward to a second session with them in the Fall.

While editing the photographs produced during the Miller’s shoot (which I am really only half way through so far), I created a new Aperture Preset.  I call it “Peachy”.  It treats the images with a light wash of colour, and is gentle to skin-tones.  Very flattering and unobtrusive.  A less harsh black and white option.  For those who have asked (after I shared on facebook) here is a photograph that’s been edited using Peachy (and yes, there is another in the gallery above):

a family of four


Baby A’s First Photoshoot

I had the opportunity to photograph a lovely family of three – two thirds of which are completely enamoured with the newest third, as it should be.  It really was an absolute delight.  All three were completely natural and relaxed in front of the camera, and for the most part were able to just be themselves…  forgetting that I was sticking my nose in all sorts of interesting places.

So Baby A, I’d like to take this moment to say:  “You nailed it!”  Nice job.  You could have a future in front of a camera.  😉

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