I think photographers like chefs sort of start off with something safe in the beginning. Not wanting to rock the boat too much or risk criticism from conventional tried and true flavours. After all, while we love photography, we have to pay bills therefore it’s important to find a balance of artistic creativity and yet meet our clients expectations.
There seems to be an established school children photography style that are prescribed over the years…. like “This is how you make a shepherd’s pie. Don’t you mess with it!”. When we first started out, we sure felt like that young chef Linguini in Ratatouille movie. Timid and shy but having big ideas. Unlike that movie, we had some pretty amazing clients that saw our artistic vision and gave us “wreckless” permission to shoot however we want. Over time we evolve and hopefully like any good chefs… for the better!
So here we are, our continuation of tweaking school children portraits. Disrupting where we can. Testing the lighting boundaries (and patience!). This year’s school shoot has a bit of an edge to it because we feel that the photos should resonate with the subjects. After all we never have and never will fake it with ridiculous smudgy backdrops. We are Veritas Images. Truth in Image.Show me more please!»
The Sanabrias love rock. Not just the music kind but Raul dedicates a room with wall to ceiling exhibits of exotic rare earth material from all over the globe….. including a couple of meteorite specimens. Yes, there was this green looking one…. Nevermind! We’re here to photograph their latest family addition and not geek-out (mostly Alwin) at cool looking rocks.
We spent an afternoon with the Sanabrias capturing simple life moments at home with baby Alba. Sometimes we forget ourselves as just how blessed we are to be invited into homes to photograph beautiful warmth family moments.Show me more please!»
Fall is here! Time flies and as we begin gearing up for the cooler weather, we also look forward to working with the wonderful children and staff at Roots to Wings in Maple Ridge. We’re continued to be delighted by these small wonders. Despite their tender age, they all come so prepared for the shoot. For a change, we like to share with you some more candid moments of this season’s project.
It was 2011 when we photographed our first class with Kids by Design pre-school in Maple Ridge. We planned for an outdoor theme. But it rained out. So we improvised and used a section of the unfinished basement. Despite the weather tossing us a curve ball, the resulting images were fantastic giving a stylized gritty look (Check it!). Over the years, we have been blessed with amazing weather for our school shoots and therefore utilized outdoor park setting. But we never forgot about that rainy day years ago. We often mused wouldn’t it be great if we can photograph some urban style portraits?
One day Regent Christian Online Academy approached us to photograph their super cool children. However they informed us of a lack of park land location which might be a challenge. Returning from our scouting trip, we were pumped that RCOA’s school location provided just the ingredients for an urban themed portrait. In addition these home-educated kids were just…. first class!Show me more please!»
Whoa! This is faster than I thought. I vaguely remembered this 1912 carousel was pretty fun when we visited Burnaby Museum for Christmas years ago. A tad fast compared to the regular country fair merry-go-rounds. But a thrill nonetheless. Well we’re here with the Wong family. We arrived at the C.W. Parker Carousel just a few minutes before closing. The conductor was kind enough to let us hop on. He even invited me to get on for some carousel action photography. What that’s such a nice man. Did I detect an evil smile? Too late, it’s moving.
Unlike last time where I could go “Whee!!!” with my 5 year old, this time I was trying to stabilize myself with camera gear as Mr. Conductor turned up the juice. Whirl! Whirl! Whirl! Time to bring out the Kung-Fu Panda stance!
“Faster! Faster!” the two Wong boys gleefully screamed!
Soon everything became big blur… Buffeted by the gold wrapped posts and colourful wooden horses, I felt like a spinning pinata.