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!

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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!

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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.

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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

Vermilion Award Winning Portraits | Team Canada

Dragon Hare Studios – I am and will always remain a student of the science of light known as photography.  I simply can’t get enough of the technical aspects of my craft.  I love attending conferences and workshops to build skills.

One of the ways I can check those skills is by entering print competitions.  There are many levels and types of print competitions – some are out there to make the owner money, some are out there to gain images to use for advertising, and some are out there simply to rate skills.  For me personally, I seek the competitions that are there to test my skills.  How do I know if I am continually improving in my craft if I don’t do this?

Sometimes, I feel completely naked when I enter.  Sometimes I feel angry and embarrassed that I didn’t catch a glaringly obvious error to the judges.  Sometimes I earn awards.  But all of the time, I lift those skills up and learn something which is the most important reason as to why I enter.

Earlier this year, I was asked to submit images for the World Photographic Cup.  This is the Olympics of photography competitions.  Every country participating selects their country’s best to represent them at a competition judged world wide.  Last week, Team Canada was announced for the 2018 competition.  There are 6 categories to enter and 3 finalists chosen for each category.  These finalists make up the Canadian entry in the World Photographic Cup.

I was beyond thrilled to learn that I had two entries earn a coveted finalist spot!  I have one entry in portrait and one in wedding!  What a thrill for this small town girl from the heart of the Canadian prairies!

What is even more of an honor is that two of the people I admire most as portrait photographers are the other two finalists in the portrait category.  They are arguably two of the best technical portrait shooters in Canada.  I might have cried a lot when I saw my name sitting next to theirs!  What a thrill!

So join me in cheering – let’s go Team Canada!!!!  Best of luck to all my fellow finalists in the World Photographic Cup!


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About the images:

“When Life Hurts” is an image of my beautiful daughter Kalla.  A few years ago, she was bullied beyond belief in school.  The single occurrence gave her nightmares for weeks.  I wanted to give bullying a voice, I wanted to show that while bullying doesn’t leave physical scars, it does essentially the same thing with emotional scars which can be far more challenging to identify.  We can’t see the effects of bullying, but what it did to my child; well I created a visual image of what it did to her.

“Redneck Alter” is an image I created for a client on their wedding day.  I always ask my clients what they like to do together and I incorporate that into their portraits.  This helps tell a story about the people in the image.  In 100 years, I want a person looking at one of my images to know exactly what was going on in life for the people in the image.  This bride and groom were avid hunters – they spend all spring and summer practicing side by side, and in the fall they are out on the chase together!  This image created for them a truly unique piece of art that sums up the love that they share and it hangs in a place of pride in their home – right between the two hunting trophies you see in this image!

Vermilion Family Portraits | The time is NOW!

You want a fall family portrait.  It’s stressful, it costs money, the husband hates portraits, the kids never behave the way you want them to, you’d have to buy clothes and the biggest one, you want to lose weight first.  But!  But you want a family portrait!

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What if I could tell you that none of those things really matter in your Vermilion portrait sessions?  You probably wouldn’t believe me at all.  But really, they don’t matter!

Why do we stress about family portraits?  We don’t want the kids dirty, the hair messed up, we want the “perfect” family portrait.  I can make you the perfect family portrait but I can tell you from personal experience, it doesn’t exist in real life.  I can tell you from personal experience, that you will LOVE the portrait where all your personalities come out.

It may not be perfectly posed, you may not be interacting directly with the camera, but it will be absolutely perfect for your family because it’s who you are.  Attitude, sass, belly laughs – it’s all a part of your family, why not incorporate it into your family portrait?  Plus, we don’t limit you to 30 minutes or stand there with a camera in your face expecting you to smile.  We tell jokes, we make you laugh and we have fun so it doesn’t feel stressful!

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It costs money.  Everything costs money.  It’s more a question of what do you want and what do you want to invest?  You can purchase super cheap and expect low quality.  You can pay more and expect quality.  At Dragon Hare, we believe in creating for you finished works of arts so it may cost you a bit more but think about this.  All the people who’s homes were destroyed in the recent hurricanes and earthquakes.

What do you think they are digging for in hopes of saving from their homes?  Their favorite purse?  That bookshelf they agongized over?  That throw rug you had to have?  The favorite coffee mug?  Nope, none of those things matter to them now.  They want their portraits.

I have five children.  Your children cannot do anything that I haven’t seen before.  The most horrific fit?  My daughter has the crown for that one.  Suspicious noises?  My kids take the cake in that department.  Embarrassing stories?  Bah – I’ll share some right back.  Your children don’t scare me, we have a lot of experience in this department.

Plus we have mad photoshop skills – I don’t make you stand there for hours on end to get everyone cooperating at the same time.  We can and do swap heads to get the perfect portrait quicker and painless!

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You know what makes fall the perfect time for family portraits?  Your kids have new school clothes!  Plus, I have mad photoshop skills.  I haven’t met a stain I couldn’t remove….in photoshop of course!  (the same goes for scratches, black eyes, drool, boogers and dirt!)

I have photographed hundreds of women over the years and every single one of them is concerned about their weight.

But as I tell each of my clients – I lost my brother a few years ago.  Sometimes I saw him after work and he looked like the scruffiest guy you could ever imagine.  He went through a weird hair phase where he shaved his head bald except for one short pony tail on the side of his head, yes the SIDE of his head.  Sometimes he wore a good shirt, and sometimes he had on his favorite Oilers shirt.  I may have commented on cleaning up, shaving or what on earth he was doing with his hair but you know what, none of those things were him.  To me, he was so much more than his appearance.  When I look at his photographs, I don’t see the size of his thighs, his hairstyle or his clothes.  I only see him.  Just as your family doesn’t see the trouble spot on your thighs, the saggy girls, the jiggly arms or wide bottom.  They see none of that.  You know why?  They see YOU.  You are so much more than the body you wear everyday.

You are everything to them.  Just get in the photograph Mom.

And here’s where we tell you our secret…….we’ve been to school, workshops, and have mentors, we have learned how to pose for everybody type.  Our cameras do not add 20lbs because cameras can and will in the untrained hand add weight.  We also use creative posing within our family groups.  And if that isn’t enough to convince you, we also use creative lighting making full use of shadow areas to hide areas of your body you are concerned about.  But listen to me Momma, your kids don’t care about any of this.  They love you not for the shape your body makes, but the shape of your heart and only that.  Get the portrait Momma, it’s not something you will ever regret purchasing!

Vermilion Fall Portraits

We are currently booking for fall portraits in Vermilion and surrounding areas.  We don’t just offer fall mini sessions in Vermilion but full on location sessions on your farm or in the Vermilion Provincial Park!

Call us at 780.853.4277 or scroll up and hit the “contact us” button.  We’ll get back to you shortly and find a time that works for your family!  We can’t wait to create a portrait for your family!