Vermilion child portraits | Mother’s Day

Dragon Hare Studios – Hey tired Momma, I feel for you.  I know that you are tired.  I know that you are unsure of yourself.  I know that you hate your belly flab.  I know you think your thighs are too wide and there are too many wrinkles on your face.  I know that you hate that your hair didn’t get done perfectly and that your clothes don’t fit as well as they did a year ago.

I know this because I’m in the same place.

But guess what, those little people who call you Mommy?  They think you are beautiful.  They don’t see stretch marks, thick thighs or hair that needs it’s color fixed up.

They only see you.

Their rock, their security in life, their super hero.

I want you to see that too.  I want you to see how beautiful your love is for your child. 

I want you to forgive yourself for all the flaws you think you have.

I want you to bask in the love that those little people in your life have for you.

I want you to remember all of this because one day very soon, and I mean really soon, that little love won’t belong to you anymore.  They will move out, they will be busy making their mark on the world, and you will be sitting on the outside cheering them on.  They won’t be little for very long and believe me, in your sleep deprived state, that state where you look at other mom’s at school looking all put together and feel less than your perfect self, that state won’t last much longer.


Lloydminster Family portraits by Dragon Hare Studios

I say celebrate it.  Celebrate that baby belly because it means you are a mom.  Celebrate the grey hairs and the wrinkles because it means you have someone to worry about.  The stain on your shirt, the less than perfect snack for school, the forgotten thing you’d promise you do – let it all go because someday soon it won’t matter at all.

Instead, come in to the studio and celebrate it all.  The mess, the less than perfect body, the boogers, the stains, the grey hairs, wrinkles and mussed clothes.  Bring along your little people and sit down in front of the camera with your only focus being on them.  Let us create a portrait that you will look back on with only love in your eyes.

You are in the trenches of motherhood, embrace it, celebrate it, enjoy it for soon it will change as those little people blossom into adults in their own right.

Let us create a portrait of you as the less than perfect Mommy with the dirty child you tried to keep clean, and that absolutely perfect love you share for each other.

Join us in celebrating an imperfect motherhood in the most perfect portrait.

Vermilion family portraits by Dragon Hare Studios

Vermilion Baby Portraits | Kiss

Dragon Hare Studios – This is Emmitt.  Isn’t he handsome?  Look at those lips!  So tiny and so perfect.

Did you know that your baby is in safe hands for their baby portraits at Dragon Hare.  Brian has taken safe baby posing classes from a pediatric physiotherapist.  Why is this important?  Almost all the sleeping baby portraits that you see on the internet are composite images, including this one!  Babies simply cannot hold their head like this.  Babies joints are very fragile at this point in time.  Any undo stress on their joints like holding the weight of their head, can cause life long damage to their joints.  In our baby portraits, the baby is safely held in place by a helper, and carefully cushioned with a lot of padding to ensure their safety!

We take this pretty seriously at Dragon Hare – no unsafe poses, and composite images whenever possible to keep babe safe.  We also work in a team when photographing babies so exhausted new Mom’s can sit in a comfy chair, put her feet up and relax while we do all the work!

Welcome to the world oh so perfect Emmitt!  May you dream big dreams and achieve big things on your life’s journey.

Vermilion baby portraits by Dragon Hare Studios



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