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!»
Admittedly, I am a bit of a photography gear snob many years ago. It first started with my steadfast (err… stubborn) mindset on film as the valid photography medium. (Cue Kodak Reminder) Heck I still have a few old film cameras in my arsenal that see occasional use including a Canon EOS 3 that my dad gave me. When I finally adopted digital medium it was Canon no less. Years ago when my cousin showed off her Sony Cybershot 3MP, I would laugh at her. After all, I enjoy Sony for many things like the Discman (ahem…even Walkman), Bravia TVs, Playstation and even their VAIO laptops aren’t bad. But camera? Really?! You got to be joking. Sony makes toys… not tools!
Well fast forward today, I am eating my own words with extra spicy sauce. You see, over the last decade or so, Sony has been steadily improving upon its imaging technology to the point where Sony is one of the main image sensor provider for many camera manufacturers including the likes of Nikon and selected Canon equipment. So sometime last year, Sony Canada in conjunction with Broadway Camera invited a bunch of photographers (and skeptics) to evaluate their latest products. This by invite only event was held at a derelict warehouse in of all places the notorious East Vancouver. Mmmkay.
Well they certainly trotted quite a bit of Sony Alpha professional bits including their A-Mount and E-Mount lines. Honestly, I really have no idea why Sony is keeping the A-Mount. I asked the nice Sony rep about it and Judy in her most wonderfully polished PR-ness told me while the E-Mount is enjoying a strong uptake and R&D investment, there are no plans to retire the A-Mount. Uh, OK that’s informative. Time to check out the pretty model who is getting a bit ignored thanks to the parade of sexy α and Zeiss lenses.
Without further ado, I’ll unpack the event experience and thoughts about Sony as a maker of professional imaging equipment.Show me more please!»
It’s winter and it’s kind of cold. So we headed indoors to a laboratory just east of Vancouver for some commercial photography. This is not like the TV episode of “Breaking Bad”. It’s all very methodical and analytical at Process Mineralogical Consulting (PMC).
Jeff Lane and his team of technicians provide professional analysis services on rock sample…. Stuff that ends with “-ites”. These samples come from various mining companies all over the world. We not only got to shoot some cool images, we also got to check out Jeff’s personal rock collection! Oh Yeah!!!
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Tempus Fugit – Time Flies. And it sure did for us!
The velocity of 2012 has caught us by surprise considering our initial shoot started in the Spring. Then it all went warp speed through to end of the year. Arghh!!! And here we are already! The photo-shoots have brought us to many cool locations in the Vancouver region. This year took us to gorgeous coastal parklands in Burnaby, quaint farms in Maple Ridge and Langley, White Rock’s beaches and many others including an urban studio shoot in a concrete basement! But through it all, Anne and I have had the greatest pleasure to meet and connect with some really wonderful people.
Reflecting back this amazing year the one word that stood out is – relationships. When we first set out in our portrait business we always believe that images need to be authentic and relate-able. Our vision is to document relationships through our photography. Our Storybook Collection augments that vision in the form of fine-art albums. I supposed we must be doing something right as our storytelling photography work has been noticed by a major professional print house in the US!
We want to thank you for your support and encouragements. Anne and I truly appreciate you because you stood with us when we first birth Veritas Images and are still with us we continue to grow. Most of all we thank you for believing in our work. So without further ado as it was with last year, here are some highlights of 2012! Or you can visit the full HD version!
Thank You & God Bless,
Alwin & Anne
Every year we look forward to this particular occasion in the Fall. For it is time for us to work with some really incredible little children. This year we are at Roots to Wings thanks to the wonderful photo session we did for their graduating class early in the Spring. Yay! They loved our children portrait photography!
Here are some of the images and behind the scene candids. We can’t help but be swept by the children fun loving nature.
Special thanks to Maple Ridge based Favorite Finds for supplying the vintage chic props!Show me more please!»