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It’s that time of year! Mothers day is just around the corner - which means spring is too. I am sure we are all more than ready for some sunshine and warm weather!
For the third time, we will be celebrating Mothers Day in the studio with a special event weekend. Get your mom, sister, grandmother, daughters, sons and children together to get in front of the camera with some of the people that mean the most to you. Buy a session as a gift for yourself or someone you love. Make it an annual event and see your family grow over the years.
April 6 & 7
At the studio in Sylvan Lake, Alberta
10 digital files
$250 + gst
Can’t wait to see you there!
Hello friends! I'm excited to share that The Ballerina Event dates will be announced later this week. Keep a watch out on social media, the blog or subscribe to the newsletter to be the first to know.
In the meantime...here are a few of my favourites from last years event day!
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.
This trip to Scotland wasn't something I had planned for a long time, yet I feel like it was planned for me. It fell into my lap, with my oldest son qualifying to play in a Team Canada golf tournament there.
I definitely wouldn't describe myself as a confident adventurer on my own, and am super thankful for my husband for his encouragement to go. And sometimes you are given opportunities you just can't say no to, and you have to say yes.
Perhaps we should all do that more often.
Most of my touring, other than my trip into Edinburgh, was done solo. I'm not sure if any of you have traveled this way or experienced this, but it kind of puts a new perspective on what you see. It's quiet. And it seems as though the space between you and what you see are closer. More connected. A stronger sense, if you allow yourself to listen, as to what the story is telling you.
And after coming back home, I stumbled across this quote ....
".....Whether you believe you are walking into dead geographical location, which is used to get to a destination, or whether you are emerging out into a landscape that is just as much, if not more, alive as you, but in a totally different form. And if you go towards it with an open heart and a real watchful reverence, that you will be absolutely amazed at what it will reveal to you. And I think that that was one of the recognitions of the Celtic imagination: that landscape wasn't just matter, but that it was actually alive. What amazes me about landscape, landscape recalls you into a mindful mode of stillness, solitude, and silence where you can truly receive time." John O'Donohue
So what I hope what comes across to you in this collective images of Scotland is what it felt like to be there. To be in a place that was so in tune and confident with what it is. From the people, to the land to the feeling in the air. Unapologetically strong, wild, real and honest.
1. THE STREETS OF ST. ANDREWS & THE HOME OF GOLF
St. Andrews is small, quaint and quiet. Just how I like things. It is located on the East side of Scotland along the ocean and mainly known as the Home of Golf. However, it has so much more to offer. The University is also a large part of the town, along with being a weekend tourist destination for UK locals.
2. WEST SANDS BEACH, ST. ANDREWS
The beach runs right along the golf courses of St. Andrews, and is famously known for being the incredible backdrop for the beach scene from the movie Chariots of Fire. The type of beach with miles of white sand, people on horseback, dogs playing fetch in the ocean and wind in your hair.
3. THE PLACES GOLF TAKES US
It still seems surreal that I was in SCOTLAND, watching this boy do something he loves.
4. THE LANDSCAPE
Quite often when I am wandering the golf courses and watching my boys golf, my camera in in hand. Not only taking photographs of them, but there is always so much beauty in the landscape around. And in spending four to five hours surrounded by it, I can't help but feel grateful.
The obligatory tourist visits to the castle and the royal mile. Along with the hundreds of other people who had the same idea on the same day ;).
6. THE FLOWERS OF SCOTLAND
Some bits of beauty.
In the final part of this 4 part series I wanted to share with you the real life version of the studio. The behind the scenes. Unedited.
When I look back on the last year and half, there have been many, many lessons learned. What being overbooked feels like, how being super busy isn’t always the best thing (for me anyhow), how it’s okay to take a break for a while to do a little reflecting and how setting up a little structure isn’t always a bad thing.
But, most importantly sharing these moments with all of these people, whom I would have never had a chance to meet otherwise, has been the best part. As you can see, we have had our fair share of laughter and believe that taking ourselves seriously is way overrated ;).
The studio has hosted everything from headshots, to individual sessions, groups of girlfriends, grads, a family of over 40, hockey teams, a makeup seminar and our grad rep shoot.
Behind the scenes are the best, aren’t they?
You can see the previous three posts to this four part series here:
STUDIO TOUR: the before STUDIO TOUR: the in between STUDIO TOUR: the after
And finally, I'm excited to share with you the Photography Studio Tour!
As with any project, one of the best parts is seeing it finally come together as you had envisioned. And, as a creative person who doesn’t always (but just about always;)) finish what she starts, creating, building , designing and styling this space was gratifying.
After a solid two months in planning with my favorite designer, Lindsey Johnson, and contractor Saka Builders, we started demolition in October 2013. And thanks to their commitment and hard work, we were able to finish and shoot our first sessions in the middle of December.
Being a natural light photographer, moving the studio shooting area to the opposite end of the space, made such a big difference. We were able to install 5 windows, which face west and north. Ideally, a full north wall would have been amazing, but as with any renovation, you are limited in working with what is already existing.
As I focus my business on children, families and women’s portraiture (through Honor Studios, of which I am co-owner), I didn’t require a lot of area for storage of props and such. Rather, a couple of makeup stations, dressing rooms and a relaxing atmosphere was a must.
I hope you enjoy the little peek into my country studio. And perhaps one day you will have a chance to visit!
PS: For anyone interested, a list of resources is at the bottom of the article.
Couch: Hudson Madison Pink Chairs: Kijiji Square Coffee Table: EQ3 Round Coffee Table: Hudson Madison Rug: Overstock Long Sofa Tables: Ikea Pink Silk Curtains: Etsy - Avec Dieu Gold Chandelier: Red Deer Lighting Beige Bench: Home Sense Gold Hooks: Anthropologie Makeup Table: Custom Made Makeup Mirrors: Structube Makeup Stools: Overstock Wall Sconces: Restoration Hardware Coffee Station Cabinet: Kijiji Pink China: Antique Bathroom Vanity: Home Depot Vanity Hardware: Anthropologie Bathroom Mirror: Home Sense Bathroom Light: Restoration Hardware Changeroom Curtain: Ikea Chandelir in Changeroom: Ballard Designs Love Print: The Calm Gallery Headboard: Overstock Bedding: Etsy - My Shabby Chic Shop Clothing Rack: Allen Display
We began the demolition and reconstruction on the studio in October of 2013. After a couple of different revisions we settled on a few of the following guidelines:
- Floorplan. Moving the shooting area to the back of the studio, which allowed for a couple of great additions. More natural light, because we were able to add additional windows. As well, in the previous floor plan, clients had to walk through and past the shooting area to get to our seating area.
- A warm welcome. Upon entry, I wanted clients to feel relaxed and welcome, therefore having a clean, organized, inspiring place was important.
- Good lighting. Not only in the shooting part of the studio, but also in the makeup areas and the lounge area. Bright, but still warm and relaxing.
- Original. As challenging as it is to consider every single detail when designing a space, the results are worth it. I wanted to be sure that everything that was chosen for the space was unique and interesting.
- High and low. As you will see in the next follow up post, STUDIO TOUR: the after, items were purchased everywhere from a variety of places such as ikea, etsy, kijiji, Hudson Madison and Home Depot. Be resourceful and determined to fulfill your vision.
If you haven’t yet, bet sure to check out the previous post to have a peek at the before tour.
And stay tuned for the next post in this four part series, "STUDIO TOUR: THE AFTER", which will be published next Tuesday.