Studio Dance Portraits

Many of the clients I photograph, either for grad or teen sessions, also have a love for dance, and are often interested in incorporating this into their time at the studio.  

Knowing that I am never one to turn down a challenge, along with having a love for always trying something new, we were able to create these images together.  

These types of portraits can either be combined with a full session experience, or a session all on their own. Feel free to contact me for details and product offerings!

Banff Travels. Red Deer Photographer

Because it's tuesday.  And this was filmed in April.  And it's already October.  And I can't believe how much kids can change in six months.

Thought those were good reasons to share.

A little video of our Banff travels.

xo

JOIN US FOR OUR SPECIAL GRAD 2015 EVENTS

 

Honor Studio is excited to finally be able to announce our Grad 2015 Event dates.  We are offering a variety of locations and dates to match your style and time.

Over the last couple of years we have truly enjoyed working with so many young women and men during this important time in their lives, and we can't wait for this years' session.  If you have someone in your family graduating, we would love to have you join us!

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DANCING IN THE STUDIO

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“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”

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A gift for your family: 10 ways to simplify your 365

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December 2013

When I sat down to design our families annual Christmas card I realized there were certain months where I had hardly any photos.  Like none.  Yea, I had lots of vacations and "big" moments.  But, I feel like that's not where life is really lived.  It's in the day to day everyday stuff.  Choosing to cultivating gratitude in those in between moments is really where it's at. And I was sad I had missed so much of those.  Not only for me, but to show my kids (through what I choose to prioritize as an important photograph) the importance of this daily gift.  Sooooo, without over analyzing and thinking it through to much (which for anyone that really know me, is HUGE), I started.Now, after completing a full year and into my second, I wish I would have stared sooner. If you're even slightly thinking you might like to give this a try. Do it. Don't think about it. Just start.

To help you out, I've put together 10 ways to simplify your 365 project :).

project 365 red deer lifestyle photographer 1. Keep your camera closeOkay, this is probably a no brainer, and I hope you keep reading the list even if you think "this is what you call a tip?!" haha, but it's seriously one the most overwhelming things for people I talk to. The thought of picking up the camera every day. The "one more thing to add to my list" thought. But really it doesn't have to be that complicated. You can do this on any camera you wish. From your iPhone to a point and shoot to your DSLR. I've chosen to do mine with my canon mkiii, but that's only because I don't find it a burden. I keep it on my counter. And yes, carry it with me most of the time. And have had people comment "I didn't even know they still made cameras like that!". For real.  Yea, I'm that mom. Once I have spent my couple of minutes capturing something I'm grateful for I put it away and that's it.

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2. Start with the end in mind

What do you want at the end of the year? Please don't let them sit on your hard drive, have a plan.  A family book? A book of each child? Just try to take a few minutes to reflect on what would mean the most to you to have in your hands. This will help determine what and how you shoot.  Sort of a little reverse engineering if you will.  It can help you make less decisions on a daily basis if you have some parameters in place. And less decisions on a daily basis are always better ;).

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3. Just do it

Don't over think it. Don't be stuck in decision or perfection paralysis. Just take it day by day. Start today. Start at the beginning of next month. Don't worry about perfect. Done is better than that. Which leads me into....

project 365 red deer lifestyle photographer 4. So it's a 332Is it really a big deal if your missed a day or two? Nooooooo. It's the collective. Weather you have a perfect record or miss a few days ......or 50, your family (or you) won't care in a year (or 20) from now. Mine wasn't perfect. I would miss one, two or even three days in a row here and there. Sometimes I would fill them in with additional photos from others days and sometimes I wouldn't. Again, I just let it go and reminded myself that at the end project how grateful I would be with however many I ended up with.

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5. What's really important

That this is a gift. To you. This is your gratitude journal. Your way of showing the world what shines the brightest in your eyes.

project 365 red deer lifestyle photographer 6. The power of one photoWhich translates into very little of your time each day (yay!).  I heard a speaker at a conference (sorry, I don't remember who it was) once talk about the power of one photo. How one photo can not only take you back to a moment, but a whole day. And it's so true. Try it.

project 365 red deer lifestyle photographer 7. Have a systemSomewhat anyhow. Mine isn't perfect but here's a rough rundown. * I usually keep my card in my camera for the week and download one time over the week (give or take).  I knew going in that I am not one to sit down daily to download, edit, organize photos.  But once a week seemed manageable. * I use photo mechanic to download, saved to folders on my computer (example: 2015_365>januaryraw>filedate of download). * I quickly cull in photo mechanic and bring into Lightroom while renaming to the date captured * complete my quick edits (I use RedLeaf presets which are so wonderful they make this part super fast) * export to a new folder (example: 2015_365>januaryedit)

project 365 red deer lifestyle photographer red deer photographer 8. You don't have to shareI shared my images last year. But haven't this year. I am sure at one point I will here and there but I felt like I needed a bit of a break from that. I didn't share everyday either, opting to group them into groups of 6.  And then quite often shared the whole month at once.

project 365 red deer photographer lifestyle 9. ResourcesiPhone: if you decide to take your 365 on your iPhone artifact uprising has a great app to download directly to a photo book. Blurb books: they have great books and build your own templates.

Photo Mechanic

Lightroom

project 365 red deer lifestyle photographer 10. What to do with it allAs 2014 was my first year doing a 365 I'm still thinking about how I want to design a large book for myself. 365 pages would be rather HUGE.  However, I have ordered small 7x7 books - 2 of them. One for each of my boys. Of which I will be writing a small personal note to them as a keepsake.

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BONUS

11.  You'll get better

As a bonus, guess what?  Your photography will get better.  Weather you are a mom with a camera, a hobbyist or a professional, the only way to take better photographers is to .... drum roll ... take them!  Shoot every day.  Try new things, new perspectives, different light.

I can't wait to see what you create.

JUST BECAUSE . PERSONAL

This was last August.  Our annual summertime tradition of visiting Vancouver Island.  One of my favorite places ever.

PUGHVILLE . FAMILY

I visited my talented and lovely friend, Dana Pugh, and her family a couple of weeks ago and we took a few pictures of some very important things.

Like laughter in their home.  And pancakes in the kitchen.  And hugs in the hall.  And jumping on the beds.  And light shining through the windows.  And sunshiny winter walks.

Sweet everyday life.

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P.S.  This may be the longest post ever.  Grab your coffee, and maybe a pancake or two.