Lloydminster Family Portraits | The Mightiest of Warriors

Dragon Hare Studios – The perfect family portrait. What is that to you? Are you all sitting nicely, smiling serenely at the camera? Nobody is screaming, crying, dirty, or exhausted and I’m not just referring to Mom!

While this is a great thing to have in your possession as children grow and change rapidly over the year, we are portrait artists and we want to take your family portrait one step further.

I can show you this portrait of the seven of us, and other than one of us looking a touch grouchy (which is totally within character I might add!), what does it tell you about us?

Vermilion family portraits

Does it tell you anything about how my children like to spend their time? Does it tell you that Dad is an avid hunter and shares his joy of the outdoors with his children? Does it tell you that we are a family that knows well the inside of the Stollery Children’s Hospital?

It doesn’t and as portrait artists, we believe your family portrait should reveal these things. Why is this important? Because in twenty years from now, when you are not running to competitions, practices, games and balancing that with suppers in the field, summer holidays and homework, you are going to forget the simple details of what life was like when your children were at home.

The image below was our Christmas card from 2015. While life got pretty crazy for us, we didn’t get the card out. We thought we’d send it in 2016 but then we were in hospital with our son for much of December so it didn’t happen either. I didn’t realize I hadn’t shared this portrait until I was chatting with a friend about the card. The only part of the image I found was this post on our son and it instantly brought my heart to my throat.

Our son is currently undergoing testing for a cellular disorder. We have some preliminary results that point to support of such a diagnosis. In 2015, we thought he had food allergies. It’s all we thought it was. I had forgotten that. I’m now weighing numerous medications morning and night for him on a micro scale and he is currently living in isolation from the outside world to protect him.

When I dug out this portrait, I spied the sword my son is holding. As the tears leaked out of my eyes after reading how “simple” we thought his illness was, I started laughing as I remembered the sword. The sword is now broken and recycled and I had forgotten all about it. When he was given this sword, well suffice it to say it was the day we were almost kicked out of Disney.

Vermilion Family Portraits with archers

Do you see the power this image has for me? When I saw the first portrait, I wondered what year we took the portrait and that was the extent of it. When I saw the second portrait, it made me cry and then laugh so hard at the memories that came rolling out from the depths of my heart.

Life isn’t perfect. It’s messy, noisy, chaotic, crazy, and so not perfect. You aren’t going to remember all that was happening in your life from year to year because new memories are going to be built on top of that. We can stop that from happening!

Let us help you begin a legacy of storytelling portraits that will hold those memories for you that are so near and dear to your heart right now, so in the future, you will easily remember them.  If you push that green button just to the right from where you are reading, we can start planning your storytelling portrait!

Alberta Sports Photography | The Boys of Summer

Dragon Hare Studios – As a parent of a child involved in competitive sport, you spend hundreds of hours on the sidelines cheering them on; whether it be celebrating a win, picking them up after a tough loss, or encouraging them as they work out a play. While they dream of making the professional leagues, you are in the background working hard to pay for coaching time, and juggling your schedule to get them to practices and out of town games. You see every ounce of effort, every drop of sweat and every tear of frustration that they put into their game. You experience their passion, their intensity on the game field and their raw desire to play the game at all cost.

Every year of their childhood, you have a traditional portrait of their sport, likely with them in a static pose that does not at all reflect their game at all. With all you put into their sport, why settle for this?

At Dragon Hare, we honor this dedication to the game. Our sports portraits shows their competitive side, their game face, their dedication to leaving it all on the field. It’s all their passion. It’s every hour on the bench you spend watching them. It’s every drive to a game in a snowstorm. It’s washing stained jerseys, it’s holding your nose as you spray their gear again. It’s cheering them up after a loss, it’s celebrating every trophy or banner earned.

At Dragon Hare, our “Sportrait” truly reflects all that goes into the love of the game.
Contact us today at 780.853.4277 to schedule your sports session.

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Alberta Baseball Portraits

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Vermilion Grad Photography | Sexy? Feet!

Dragon Hare Studios – In a twist on our signature feet grad portraits, Laurel and Susie modeled for this portrait last fall!  Susie was not as agreeable to the portrait as Laurel had hoped!  In fact, after trying for several minutes to get Susie in place to pose, we finally got her settled and just as we went to photograph the image, Susie began to pee really letting us know what she thought of the whole process.  Needless to say, a bit of photoshop magic and Susie’s disagreeable nature disappeared from Laurel’s grad portrait!

Did you know we retouch our portraits?  This is different from “editing” as we go in and remove acne, threads on clothes, distracting elements in the background and cow pee!  We do not charge extra for retouching your portrait, we believe you are extraordinary and deserve a portrait that looks it’s very best!

If you would like outdoor grad portraits, consider having them done in the fall!  If you wait until spring, you will not have green grass or leaves on the trees or your portraits in time for your grad!  If you wait until winter, you won’t be able to do many outdoor portraits as it will be too cold!  Contact us today to begin planning your signature grad images!


Vermilion Grad Portraits, Dragon Hare Studios

Vermilion Family Photographer | What to do with those portraits?

Dragon Hare Studios – At Dragon Hare, we believe that you should enjoy your family portraits by displaying them with a beautiful wall portrait collage.  To us, a disc is not a finished product!  While we will sell a digital file, we feel a finished product is a framed print, a canvas wall collage, an album or greeting cards made with your portraits!

Not sure how to display your portraits?  Well, we can help!  In our planning session, we always find out where you want to feature your prints and the room colors present.  I would not suggest pink clothing if your living room wall is red!  We match the tones of the photograph, the location we photograph and the clothing we recommend with the finished product in mind!  Our goal is color harmony so your portrait is about you, rather than your clothing or what color you painted your walls!

Did you know, we encourage our clients to bring in a photograph of the wall they want to feature their portraits on?  We can place your portraits on your wall in your ordering session so you can ensure you are happy with the way they will look before you buy!

Our sessions are so much more than showing up to take your portrait and handing you digital files.  We plan out your session so you look great, the portraits look great on your wall and their quality is high enough to ensure they will be enjoyed by generations to come!

Vermilion Family Portraits, Dragon Hare Studios

Dragon Hare Studios | On Location Grad Portraits

Dragon Hare Studios – At Dragon Hare, we are proud to be an accredited Vermilion grad photographer!  What does that mean?  It means we regularly seek professional training in the artist and technical sides of photography.  It also means, we have submitted a portfolio of images to be reviewed by a panel of master photographers.  The portfolio met the requirements to be considered an accredited grad photographer.  What does this mean to you?  It means we assure you get the very best portrait of your grad possible!  It means we take care to retouch your image so it can be shown to it’s very best.  It means we have the education to understand posing and lighting for different body types and it means we can assure you will look your very best in our portraits.  We will not ask you to pose yourself, we will not consult pintrest to find a pose to copy, nor will we cut off your session when a specific time limit has been reached!  We work to each of client’s comfort level, so the session will be quiet and relaxed or loud and noisy depending on your personality and what comforts you!

If you are graduating in 2017, please contact us very soon for your on location portraits!  If you wait until spring, you will not have green grass or leaves on the trees, nor will you have your portraits in time for grad!  Let’s get you some outdoor portraits with your favorite hobbies or in your favorite place!  Call us at 780.853.4277 today!

Vermilion grad photographer, Dragon Hare Studios