Viking Wedding Photographer | The Hunted

Dragon Hare Studios – Today we had the honor of watching Jay and Lindsey declare their love before God, family and friends. It was a joy to create portraits for them that celebrated their love and their new life together. Jay and Lindsey are avid hunters and spend all of hunting season in the fields around the old homestead. We combined their family history, their love of hunting and the celebration of their marriage all into this sun kissed portrait!

Congratulations Jay and Lindsey, we truly wish you both a lifetime of joy, love and successful hunting seasons!

Are you getting married soon? Would you love a signature portrait that truly represents that love you share? Then contact us so we can get started planning that perfect portrait that sums up your perfect love! 780.853.4277 or look to the right, click on contact us and send us an email!

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Vermilion Child Portrait Photographer | The Mighty Warrior

Dragon Hare Studios – Every single day of his life, I watch this child fight for health. Food poisons him, we don’t know what exactly it is, and it is an everyday battle to ensure he has food that is safe for his body. The specialist suspects that his body cannot process sugars but cannot confirm this is the case because he is too young to perform the tests needed for this type of condition. At three, he has another 3-4 years to wait.

For a long time, we have suspected an allergy to a preservative. Did you know, even spices are packed in anti-caking agents? Preservatives are in every food you buy in a store. In order to protect him, we had to stop buying food in stores and make all of his food from scratch using only fresh ingredients. At his peak distress, we sought help from a naturopathic doctor who recommended a diet called SCD. This diet is based on the chemical breakdown of foods. He now only eats very simple foods, and all of his foods must be cooked completely – ie mushy veggies, applesauce instead of raw apples and of course, made from scratch not out of a jar. He cannot have anything with sugar or starch in it – gluten free products which are very common now, are made with corn and potato starches which he cannot have.

So if you think of this from his point of view, it means gone from his life are such things as birthday cake, cookies, crackers, Easter eggs at Easter, chocolate at Christmas, ketchup, s’mores over a campfire, sandwiches and noodles. There will be no preschool for him, there is no Sunday school, playdates, eating in a restaurant, traditional holiday meals or family visits because we cannot risk food contamination. There are no “quick” meals we can make for him as everything must be cooked. Think about the logistics of that – how do you go away for the weekend or take a vacation when every meal must be cooked with no preservatives? How do you visit Grandma when her house is full of “poison”? What do you do when you forget lunch at home? How do you go to the city for a day of appointments/shopping without cooking? How do you hire a babysitter that is educated in food nutrition and knowledgeable about the chemical makeup of food?

He is three and doesn’t understand the connection between food and the extreme pain he suffers because of it. He craves the things he used to eat when we didn’t know that ketchup was a poison or that cookies created a monster in him. He expects Santa to bring him chocolate and the Easter bunny to hide eggs but neither can happen anymore. How do his older siblings feel towards him when they too cannot eat their breakfast cereal, expect the Easter bunny to arrive bearing treats or have birthday cake on their birthdays?

I recently read a quote that said something along the lines of “everybody is fighting a battle, some battles, you cannot see”, the quote went on to speak of being kind because you don’t recognize what kinds of battles someone is facing. This is my battle. The endless cooking, the simple wish to make grilled cheese and soup for supper or eat out when I’m so exhausted that I cannot see to cook, and even more than that, watching my son through endless nights, his little body arched and rigid as he screams, hour after hour, in extreme pain, helpless to stop the battle.

He is my son, heart of my heart. His name is Kaiel and it translates to mean “mighty warrior. This battle that we fight with this little warrior, against an unknown demon, is a mist of something out there that so far, has not let us defeat it.

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This image was not a successful entry in the recent Professional Photographer’s of Canada National Image Competition. The judges mentioned the shadow on his face caused by his arm, the brightness of the sky in contrast to the darkness of the image and the dislike of the mist in the image stating it did not fit the image of a warrior. This was a very personal image for me, the likes that I have not submitted before. I had hoped it would be successful as it represents a very personal battle.

Vermilion Valentine’s Day Mini Portrait Sessions | Will You Be Mine?

Dragon Hare Studios – It’s the season of love! If you have a little Valentine that you’d like to celebrate with, bring him/her in for our Valentine’s Day Mini Sessions at our Vermilion portrait studio! These sessions are being held Feb 9-12 and are available by appointment only. These Valentine’s Day Mini sessions are very limited in numbers so please be sure to contact us soon to book your time! You can call us at 780.853.4277, send us an email via our contact page (look up!) or click here to find us on Facebook!

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Lloydminster Business Portraits | Running to be your voice!

Dragon Hare Studios – If you are a business owner, or work as a professional, you should have a recent business portrait of yourself! In today’s digital world, the vast majority of your clients will meet you online before they ever meet you in person. What does your online image say about you? If you use any social media outlet like Facebook or Instagram for business, those profile portraits should say something about the kind of professional you are. If I were to google you, what image would show up? Does that image say you are professional, confidant of your skills, approachable, friendly and likable? If it doesn’t, it’s time to upgrade your business portrait!

At Dragon Hare, we can help you plan the image you need! We ask you questions to help us know what type of portrait you need, even what background should be used or what you should wear! All of this works together to give you an image that speaks volumes about who you are!

Heather recently came in for a business portrait that would represent her campaign to run for County of Vermilion River Councillor. If you live in Division 4, please visit this site to see what voice Heather will give you at the county level!

Heather we wish you well in your campaign!!

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Vermilion Alberta Fitness Photographer | The Results

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.

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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!

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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!