Vermilion Fall Family Portraits | Fall is Here!!!!

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.

Vermilion Fall Family Portraits, Dragon Hare Studios

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.

Vermilion Fall Family Portraits, Dragon Hare Studios

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.

Vermilion Wedding Photographer | Engagement Portraits in the park

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!

Vermilion Wedding Photographer, Dragon Hare Studios

Vegreville Wedding Photographer | That Single Moment

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.

Vegreville Wedding Photographer, Dragon Hare Studios

Lloydminster Wedding Photographer | Displaying your Portraits

Dragon Hare Studios – I want to share a couple of statistics with you that are astounding to me. It is estimated that only 1 in 100,000 images taken are actually printed. Wow hey! And the other was a survey conducted by PPA that found 84% of brides that chose the disc of images, never did anything with them!

At Dragon Hare, our goal is to create a signature image that tells the story of you as a couple. We want to include in the portrait something that has significant meaning to you both and we want to use dramatic lighting and posing to help tell the story. We want your signature image to be a unique piece of art that you proudly display in your home rather than a disc that sits in a drawer and is already considered obsolete media. To us, a portrait hanging on the wall is a finished product that we can be proud of creating for you!

To get ideas on how you can use your portraits to create a unique work of art in your home, please visit our Idea Gallery.

Fort edmonton Park Wedding, Dragon Hare Studios

Lloydminster Grad Photography | Shine

Dragon Hare Studios – Many of our clients would rather be any where else in the world than sitting in front of my camera. I get that. I really do. I work hard to make sure you are relaxed, that you are posed properly for your body shape/type, and that your smiles are completely natural. I put a lot of effort into pulling those smiles out so that we see the real you – not the stiff, uncomfortable and forced version of you.

If you are graduating in 2015, it’s not too late to define yourself in some unique grad portraits. If you are graduating in 2016, come talk to us about planning your outdoor portrait sessions before it’s -40 and miserable out! Thanks for letting us be your Lloydminster Grad Photographer and watch us let the real you, shine!

Vermilion Grad Portraits, Dragon Hare Studios