Vermilion Grad Photography | The Old Homestead

Dragon Hare Studios – Elizabeth and her family took me out to their family’s old homestead.  We spent the evening listening to Dad share his stories and memories from growing up on this beautiful property!  We found old toys in the trees and I laughed when I discovered the decorated two seater outhouse which made for a fun backdrop for Elizabeth.

The farm had a lake on it which made a stunning background for one of Elizabeth’s portraits, especially with the trees decorated for fall and the sky a soft palette of pinks and purples!

Class of 2019, if you’d like outdoor casual portraits before old man winter arrives, please let us know!  We’d love to create a stunning portrait to celebrate your graduation!

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Vermilion Portrait Photographer | Perspective

Dragon Hare Studios – Perspective!  It’s a pretty fun thing in the world of photography!  I bet you have heard that a camera can add ten pounds?  Well it isn’t the camera that adds ten pounds, it’s the person operating the camera that can add ten pounds!

How is that possible?

Take a look at this image.  I’ve shared it on our facebook page recently.  I asked the question how are the two images different.  The answer might be surprising because they do look different!  In actuality, it is the same little marigold, the photo was taken at the same time under the same lighting.  I didn’t do anything to change the image at all except in how I used my cell phone to take the photo!

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Perspective!  That is all that changed in this image!  In one image, the roots of the plant look much bigger.  In the other image, the actual plant looks much bigger than in the roots.  I used my camera to create this illusion in both images.  As the photographer, I control every aspect of the photograph I am creating.

Now how does this apply to adding ten pounds?  Well, imagine those roots were your bottom and legs!  I can, if I wasn’t paying attention, make your bottom look much heavier than it does in real life.  Or I can make you look much taller!  I can make you look like a fierce warrior or a soft and romantic princess simply by changing my perspective!

No, my camera doesn’t have magical powers.  It’s physics and it’s pretty cool!

Check this out, a really tiny miss who doesn’t reach her Daddy’s waist or a little miss who surpasses it!  Same girl, same session, I just used perspective to make her look huge in the photograph!

Vermilion Child portrait photographer, Dragon Hare Studios

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Here’s another example.  The grad on the left is maybe a bit shorter than me, she’s very petite but I made her look rather fierce!  The young man on the right, well let’s just say I had to look way up to say hi to him!  Perspective!  It’s really fun!

Vermilion grad portrait photographer, Dragon Hare Studios

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You don’t need a fancy camera to accomplish this either!  I had my kids make our dog look like a little puppy and the giant dog that she is with my cell phone!

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So what does this mean to you as a client looking for a photographer?  Well, look at the photographer’s portfolio you are considering hiring!  Does their work show different use of perspective?  Does the work emphasize areas of the body you’d rather not?  There’s a trick to using perspective to minimize or maximize size!

Want your bottom to look bigger or smaller?  I haven’t met a woman yet who doesn’t want a smaller bottom!  I haven’t met a client who does not want to look 10lbs lighter in their photographs than in real life!

Perspective!   This photographer knows how a camera changes perspective, is aware of it and uses it to her creative ability!  Welcome to Dragon Hare, where we can make bottoms smaller!

Vermilion Family Portraits | Merry Christmas

Dragon Hare Studios – Life with a chronically ill child with a suspected rare disorder can feel like one is navigating a giant, vast, space with an unknown destination.  There are no way markers, no map or guide to help you find your way.  There is only frustrations, hopelessness, plenty of tears but always, there is so much love.

As a family, it has been another difficult year.  We’ve had to remove our older children from things they love to do, we’ve had to cancel birthday parties, play dates and most recently, spending the holidays with loved ones all because one of us was too unwell to handle it.

It can be a heartbreaking journey if we let it.  We could let the darkness creep in, focus on all the negatives that occur and live in a bleak place.

Or, we can accept the difficulty of the journey while letting the light creep in.

The world across, there are families with children that have rare, un-diagnosed illnesses.  Other parents who have heard “we don’t know what is wrong”, or “we can’t take care of your child”, or “you must do more tests, see more doctors, have more medication”.

All of these families are alone today, Christmas Day, their child too immuno-compromised to risk a traditional family celebration.  All of these families without turkey dinner’s, not because they cannot afford it, but because it is life threatening if their child eats it!

To the families of the rare children who are setting precedents in the medical community, who are becoming teachers to doctors, and medical care givers because they don’t know all the answers, to the doctors who are pioneering research or attempting to change the view point that learning to cope is the only acceptable out come, it is to all of you that we send our Christmas greeting this year.

To all of the care givers that look after our son, to his doctors, the nurses, the blood takers and the test conductors, the therapists, the administration that allows a new path, the advocates, the case workers, the teacher and the most amazing aide – to all of you, we are grateful this Christmas season.  Whether you are working today to help another family or home with your own family, please know that we appreciate the light you bring to our lives.

Light always follows darkness, no matter what we do, a new day will dawn.  Some times, we are even lucky enough to find a way to light the darkness.

May you have a Christmas blessed with an immense amount of light and love.

Vermilion Family Portraits with Dragon Hare Studios

A side effect of all the medication our son takes, is that he doesn’t sleep well.  It means we are often awake at the time of day when the northern lights dance the biggest!  Out of darkness, always comes light.

The Morritt family – Fall 2017, 2 miles north of Mannville, Alberta