RED DEER PHOTOGRAPHER . STUDIO SESSION

Today I have another great mixed studio session to share with you! A combination grad and family session that was held entirely in the studio creating clean, classic, timeless portraits.

For those new here, the studio is located in the central Alberta town of Sylvan Lake, just a short drive from Red Deer. I love that I am able to serve my clients with these timeless studio sessions that put the focus on them!

KIM . 2018 GRADUATION

It’s only been a year and a half since I blogged last. NBD, right?! To say I have some catching up to do would be an understatement. Or should I just start over? Haha

It kinda seems fitting that I dust off the old blog again with Kim’s session. We photographed the outdoor images in the fall of 2017 at MacKenzie Trails in Red Deer, Alberta, however the dress portion of her photos were taken in the new studio in Sylvan Lake….and she was my first client there!

Here’s to more blogging and sharing. I really do believe it gives you, the client, a better idea of what a session with me looks like from start to finish. Something that is just not the same with one photo shared on IG or Facebook.

Leigha xo

Alex | RED DEER PHOTOGRAPHER | GRAD 2016

Today on the blog is Alex's turn! This one (as well as many of my clients!), makes me feel even more sentimental about how fast these years do go by. I think I met Alex's family around 10 years ago, but it seems like yesterday. And here she is graduated and onto a new chapter. As amazing as it is to watch our kids grow up and become their own 'adults', sometimes it doesn't make graduation any easier on us moms and dads!

Alex has been kind enough to share with us some extra, super helpful, tips and advice for all of you upcoming graduates. Thank you for taking the time to do this Alex!


CLOTHING
DRESS: Jovani purchsed from Prom Affair, Edmonton, Alberta
Some great advice from Alex: "This was the last store of the day with the dress I had “pictured and chosen” so I was pretty excited but when I tried it on, it did not really suit me!  Though I was a little discouraged the staff there was fantastic and encouraged me to not only try on different colors but also different styles that I had not really considered.  In my mind I went there shopping for a slightly edgy black dress…and in the end I went with elegant baby pink!!  I have never worn or owned anything pink before!  Try on everything you only get to graduate once, enjoy the experience and don’t get caught up in what you or others had imagined, have fun with your dress shopping!"
SHOES: Le Chateau
ACCESSORIES:  I went with simple as the dress is simple and elegant.
OUTFIT #2: The cream lace dress I ordered from China for the Winter Formal and loved it so decided it was a good choice for the grad pics! Shoes were from a shopping trip during dance competition season.  My style is definitely random, a mix of soft and edgy for a unique look!
OUTFIT #3: For the casual shot I went with my everyday kind of look, comfortable and relaxed.  Jeans are Levi’s, basic white tee, choker and a light oversized scarf….one of Leigha’s "let’s try this with it" suggestions!  Boots, again were something from the closet that was comfortable and my “go to” favourites.

HAIR AND MAKEUP
Nathalie Gzrech, Faces by Nat, Sylvan Lake, Alberta
Advice from Alex: "Nat was great she just seemed to know what would work!  She also did Grad day before cap and gown at my house...she's amazing...the makeup stays all day!  "
Hair: Karly and the Worx
Advice from Alex: "Go with what you are comfortable with, you are wearing it all day for grad!  For your pics mix it up a little try hair up and down for some different looks."

"Book hair and make up on grad day in advance...like now!! The day goes by very quickly try to time hair and makeup right after ceremonies and don't overbook your day there is not much time."

HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDED
Notre Dame, Red Deer, Alberta

FUTURE PLANS
Alex is studying Bachelor of Science at MacEwan University in Edmonton, living in Residence. 

ADDITIONAL ADVICE FROM ALEX
"Take some time to think about what kind of pics you want…I coordinated my picture time with my best friend and even though we did not pick outfits to compliment or match each other it worked great! These pics are some of my favourites and it will be a fond memory for me to have spent this time together since we are across Canada from each other now.  Leigha has great ideas and is very talented, she tries to capture something unique about every Grad so that their pictures are special.   Have fun!!   "

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MAKENNAH | RED DEER PHOTOGRAPHER | GRAD 2016

Today on the blog, featured is Makennah's 2016 Graduation session. I had met Makennah for the first time when she visited the studio with her mom and sister for the Mother's Day Event - and couldn't wait to have her visit again for graduation!

If any of you know what springtime is like in Central Alberta, you know the weather can change in minutes.  And that is just what happened halfway through Makennah's session. So, along with capturing a few moody images with the storm clouds, we ran inside the studio once the rain rolled in, brought out the studio lights, and went to plan B. Creating a few editorial style, edgier looks.  Which we all loved.

CLOTHING
DRESS: Bliss purchsed from Durand Bridal and Formal Wear, Calgary, Alberta
GREEN OVERALLS: Hat and outfit from Aritzia
BLACK OUTFIT: Shirt, Aritzia; Booties, Steven Madden; Jeans, American Eagle; Necklace, Stella & Dot

HAIR AND MAKEUP
Janine Lachance, Beauty Mark Pro, Sylvan Lake, Alberta

HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDED
Notre Dame, Red Deer, Alberta

FUTURE PLANS
Makennah is attending Red Deer College and pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

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KADIE | RED DEER PHOTOGRAPHER | GRAD 2016

I'm so excited to feature Kadie's Grad Session today on the blog. When I met Kadie for her pre-session consultation, she knew she wanted an in studio, editorial style shoot, with a touch of confetti for good measure. And that's just what we did. 

Also, after having a peek at her beautiful dress, and learning she had a love for interior design, I knew a few shots with the floral backdrop (wallpaper) I had on hand would be fun to play with. This is why I our pre session meeting is so important. A chance to collaborate on unique ideas that are really YOU.

CLOTHING

DRESS: Alyce Paris and was purchased from Elite Bridal in Lacombe, Alberta

CREAM CASUAL DRESS: Free People from

JEANS AND FLORAL TOP: Grlfrnd jeans and a Wilfred tank both from Aritzia

HAIR AND MAKEUP

Nathalie Gzrech, Faces By Nat, Sylvan Lake, Alberta

HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDED

Notre Dame, Red Deer, Alberta

FUTURE PLANS

Attending Mount Royal University in Calgary and taking Bachelor of Interior Design

Dates for 2017 Grad sessions will be announced to newsletter subscribers on February 1st.  Sign up prior to then to have the best selection of limited dates and times.  Remaining dates will be announced to the general public on February 15.  Subscribe to the newsletter at the bottom of this post!

KATELYN | RED DEER PHOTOGRAPHER | GRAD 2016

At our pre-session consultation Katelyn knew right away that an in studio session would be perfect for the type of portraits she wanted.  And I couldn't have agreed more!  

It's incredibly important to me, for my studio clients' sessions to feature two - three different, unique looks.  Not only to represent different aspects of their personalities, but it also happens to be just a little (okay, a lot) more fun. 

Traditionally, graduation photos involve a cap and gown and 5 minutes of the photographers time. It's my hope, to personalize this extraordinary milestone and celebrate the ending of one chapter and start of another. Therefore, graduation sessions are completely customized, by working together with my clients and to collaborate on their session in order to truly show who they are.

And of course, this post wouldn't be complete without a few extra details from Katelyn's session....

CLOTHING
DRESS: Sherri Hill purchsed from Gemini Bridal in Edmonton
BURGANDY DRESS: Urban Outfitters and the black hat is from a store called Blonde in Kelowna
WHITE DRESS: American Eagle
FLORAL CROWN: Greenery from Stems, Red Deer and made my moi :).

HAIR AND MAKEUP
Janine Lachance, Beauty Mark Pro, Sylvan Lake, Alberta

HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDED
Notre Dame, Red Deer, Alberta

FUTURE PLANS
Katelyn is atteninding Okanagan College in Kelowna and is pursuing her business degree.

Dates for 2017 Grad sessions will be announced to newsletter subscribers on February 1st.  Sign up prior to then to have the best selection of limited dates and times.  Remaining dates will be announced to the general public on February 15.  Subscribe to the newsletter at the bottom of this post!

IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!

Want a chance to win a photo shoot with your Bestie(s)?!?

In celebration of spring right around the corner, why not give all high school students the chance to win a FREE BFF MINI SESSION! Simply follow the instructions below to enter!

1. Follow @leighagraf on Instagram 2. Like this post and tag your BFF(s) in the comments 3. Post a photo on Instagram of you and your best friend, or repost this image, tag @leighagraf in the comments and use the hashtag #minisessionwithLGP

The contest will run until 10 pm on Friday, March 4, 2016 and is open to high school students. The winner will be drawn at random and announced Monday, March 7. They will receive a 30 minute mini session for 2-3 people, along with 10 digital files with Leigha Graf Photography.