Dragon Hare Studios – There are some clients who inspire me beyond anything else. Either from their fight with cancer, their determination to overcome, or their dedication to their health. Angie is one of these inspirational people.
She came to me for fitness portraits in Vermilion to use in her marketing. In speaking with her, I began to learn a bit more about her. She moved me to tears because of the conviction in her voice, her determination to be more than what she was, and her aspirations to help others on the same journey.
You see, Angie lost 96lbs. When you look at these portraits, you can tell Angie worked her butt off, she is lean, toned and powerful. This is what Angie stands for, and now what she teaches.
Angie brought along one of her favorite things to work out with, a weighted ball. We took portraits of her doing one handed push ups, but I wanted to show off her strength more – this amazing woman held this pose for me while I moved lights and a camera into position. And she was smiling and laughing while doing so!
Angie, you truly inspire me! I hope you can look at these images and remain proud of the journey you have traveled on. For anyone else inspired by her journey, I truly encourage you to check out her facebook page. She is honest, she is inspirational and she will encourage you every step of the way! Thank you Angie for trusting us with such an amazing milestone in your life!
Dragon Hare Studios – Fall is our family portrait season here in Vermilion and this year, we’d love to photograph your family.
But wait – I know what you are going to say – you want to lose some weight before you invest in family portraits. As I say to all of my clients; the people that love you and want your portrait, are not people who see your weight at all. Let me say that again – those closest to you, do not see the problem area on your thigh, the love handles or anything else that concerns you, they ONLY see YOU. When my brother passed away, my portraits of him became my most prized possessions. I don’t see his weight, I don’t see his haircut, hair color, or any specific part of him – I only see who he was to me. Your children, your spouse, your parents, your favorite aunt/cousin/sibling only sees this about you too.
But hang with me a bit more – being a bigger person myself, you can bet that I learned how to photograph a larger person properly very quickly because I *know* how bad it feels to look at a picture of yourself that is not at all flattering. I am professionally trained in posing – ie my camera does not add weight to your body, in fact, it can take it off. In every portrait I create, I will pose you to flatter your body type and hide any spots you’d prefer not to look at in your portrait.
The other strong objection I hear to family portraits is this: I have to keep them clean, it’s too stressful to get them all ready, it’s so hard to get them to smile and look good. Sound familiar? Well, here’s where the Dragon Hare difference comes into play – we retouch every portrait we create. The bruise/scratch/black eye your child has from playing, the mud on his pants or the tear in her dress or even “my husband put on the wrong color shirt” is something we have handled with no issue.
As for the stress of it – you come in and chat with me, I hear what works for you, what style you like and what your children are like and we base everything on your family. A family of small children? We photograph much differently, than we do a family with older children. We offer suggestions for what to say to young and teen children that are not amused with strangers taking portraits, and suggestions for Moms to reduce the stress of portraits period. We try hard to create a fun, safe atmosphere so that children and husbands will relax and smile. We keep it simple and take it at a pace your family is comfortable with.
Our goal is to give you a piece of personal art that shows the real you. Not the weight, the dirt, the zit, the flyaway hair that no amount of hair spray will tame or the stress. Contact us at 780.853.4277 or click that button to the right that says “contact us” and we let us create a real life portrait of your family.
Dragon Hare Studios – There’s a “look” I watch for when I am photographing couples – you know the look, the one your man gives you when nobody else is watching? It’s that look that says “you’re my woman and I’m damn glad about that”.
There’s also that moment, when a woman’s face forgets the stress of running a home, balancing it with a job, getting kids to school on time and figuring out what’s for supper. When she forgets all of that noise that life can make and just lets the love for her man shine out of her heart.
Look at this portrait of Jessie and Kaitlyn, can you see it? Can you feel it? The magical light came out for them, it lit up the sky, the lake and the grass to create this single image that celebrates the love they have for each other. As witness to it, I have to say it was pretty powerful!
It’s been a week of love for Dragon Hare, we’ve been enjoying fall weddings and photographing engagement sessions for our 2016 couples before winter arrives. If you are a bride looking for a wedding photographer, I encourage you to check out our wedding gallery.
We aim to photograph real life emotions, in beautifully lit surroundings so that you will never forget his “look” when life gets noisy. Call us at 780.853.4277, we’d love to hear from you!
Just before a bride makes that last walk by herself to her husband, I like to take her portrait. She glows with emotions, with love, with joy, with nerves. She worries, she laughs, she smiles, and tears up. It all bubbles to the surface and stays there, until she starts that first step down the aisle to him. Then it all disappears, and there is only amazing, pure, beautiful love.
This is my favorite moment at a wedding. I can feel every one of her emotions with my camera, and I can see that decisive moment when it all fades away. It’s magic, and it takes my breath away each and every time I get to photograph it.
Dragon Hare Studios – I am often asked why my photographs are so different? The answer is an easy one – I am professionally trained. There is no requirement for becoming a professional photographer, you don’t even need professional grade gear. You simply call yourself a professional photographer, and you are. But there is a difference.
I want to take a few moments and give you a visual of the difference between a professionally trained photographer, and an untrained one. Take a look at these two images, exact same location, same couple, exact same moment but completely different.
This is not a photoshop trick. The first image is something I see time and time again on facebook and other social media streams. In the first image, the sky is completely overexposed. In the second image, I have exposed the image to account for the darker couple/ground and the brighter sky. The sky is an amazing and beautiful component to this image, but in the first version of it, it’s an overblown white nothing. If I expose my camera for the couple, the sky is overexposed. If I expose the camera for the sky, then the couple/ground are dark. The sky is a challenge to photograph, just like white wedding dresses on a sunny day are – when you look at wedding photographs, you should see the detail in the dress rather than an over exposed white area! To photograph the sky or a white wedding dress, you need additional gear and the understanding on how it all works together.
Here is another example of what a properly exposed image vs an overexposed sky looks like:
I encourage you to start looking at photographs and check out the sky or even a wedding dress. It is an instant indicator of the amount and level of training a photographer has had! If you are in the market for a professional photographer, look at their work and see if you can find properly exposed images or not.
What is the Dragon Hare Difference? We carry the gear that we require to take the images where the sky is properly exposed to absolutely every session. We regularly attend in person training sessions to learn how to improve our craft. I hold a master of photographic arts designation, a diploma from a photography school, am the current PPOC-AB photographer of the year, have 11 accreditations and regularly submit work to print competitions aimed at awarding only the best of the best rather than letting everyone win an award. Why do I spend so much energy on training? So our images look like this! That’s the Dragon Hare difference!