Memories Captured – Tina’s Story

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A few months back we started a very special project with a client who approached us regarding a glamour/boudoir session.  We soon found out that there was a lot more going on than just another customer wanting some professional-glamourous images of herself – A LOT MORE!

As we discussed the specifics of the project we got to know our client, Tina.  This wasn’t some 18 year old looking to get into the modelling game. This was a middle-aged, married woman who wanted to do this for her husband; Ok, still not too unusual a request.  As we came to know the motivation behind doing this particular type of shoot, we found out that this brave and courageous woman had terminal cancer.  Bearing a facial disfigurement from this awful disease, she wanted to capture her timeless beauty both inside and out.  And to preserve for her husband and family lasting, amazing memories of her.  I could not have been more honored to be involved in such a wonderful, important legacy and milestone event.

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So, we started making plans for the shoot. Bill likes to send clients images as we progress through a project in order to get feedback.  Our client mentioned to us later that these images not only made her feel beautiful again but, are actually helping her feelings about herself, others and life in general.  If she is feeling down, or depressed, now she looks at the beautiful images of herself and is reminded that not only is she a beautiful woman but, the world ain’t such a bad place either.  We have since become very close and I could not be happier to have such a wonderful, fun, amazing friend.

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This lady’s zest for life is totally contagious and we not only had a blast during the shoots, the resultant images captured her outside beauty, her personality, and amazing spirit.

Preserving memories is a major part of what we, as photographers, do.  Waiting until it is too late can be regretful, as so many of our clients have mentioned to us.  This memory capturing journey has given me a new appreciation for all that life has to offer. It has injected richness and positivity into my day to day.

Thank-you, Tina.

 

Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Smith’s Falls, Ontario, November 11, 2014

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When this fighter jet came flying at over 400 miles per hour past the Remembrance Day ceremonies in Smith’s Falls today, it was quite an eye-opening experience. It came out of nowhere and was just as quickly gone, giving Bill and I pause as to what it would have been like to be in combat on the ground when one of these flew overhead. A very exciting and impressive display.

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The rest of the ceremony was very sombre and respectful as we honored our fallen dead from the two major world wars and those who are presently in combative situations, defending our flag and freedom around the world. It really is such an important day and should always continue to be as the generations pass into a time when no one remembers the sacrifices these brave men and women made to protect our country, a lot of them with their lives.

It seems to me that it was a simpler time back then, and a much less-selfish attitude as it was considered honorable and even preferable to go to war then, and to stay behind perceived as cowardice. What happened to our country that we seem to have almost completely forgotten what made Canada so great and well-loved around the world. Our values and morals have changed so drastically in almost a complete 180 degree fashion; and what made us great in the first place has almost been lost.

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Except for those who stood in uniform today, and the families of the fallen who will always remember and honor those who were so brave, so honorable; it has become an exception, an anomaly. I am humbled immensely in their presence. You will only see it in movies now, this willingness to die for beliefs and families; a lost character trait that was so common in our land. It makes me wonder what they really died for and how sad it would be for them to see the country we live in today; just barely holding onto the smallest piece of honor and respect by those who survived. No one wants to go to war but when there is no other choice, these people stood up and did what had to be done.

Lest we forget, we will always remember and honor those brave souls who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Double Glamour Shoot

 

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Another amazing and late night in studio with one talented MUA and up and coming Hairstylist, to help us complete the looks for our models.  The girls were poised and elegant, ready for their glamour shots by the time Stacey and Renee did their magic on them.

Our models, Kerissa and Laura were also treated to a lovely manicure by Brenda who does mobile work and will travel to your location to pamper you and your nails.

This promotional glamour shoot had a definite party atmosphere going on.  Although neither girl had done any modeling previously, they were relaxed and professional throughout the evening – giving us the best images possible.

I really enjoy doing glamour photography and can’t wait to do more of this particular work soon.  It really is like a party and what girl doesn’t like being pampered, getting all dolled up and wearing some glamorous clothes and jewelry to complete the look? Awesome!!!

Artist – Instudio Shoot

 

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We had an awesome day in our studio with up and coming blues artist extraordinaire – Fernando Scatozza!  While shooting this super talented musician we also had the pleasure of a private impromptu concert.

With wardrobe and set changes, Kylee and I danced the afternoon away while Bill captured many creative images to be used promotionaly and for Fernando’s upcoming CD to be released in the near future.  I invite you to go to listen to him now at reverbnation.com.   He is such an amazing talent.

4-Generation Family Shoot

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4-Generation Family Portrait Shoot.

Last week we did a four generation Family Portrait Shoot which gave me pause as to the importance of family portraiture.

A family portrait is one of the most important images that you will ever have in your home.   When life gets hectic and out of control as it so does at times, viewing that cherished family portrait prominently displayed in your living room can be just the thing you need to calm you down and remember why you are doing what you are doing in the first place.   It is also a reminder that no although you may not even be in the same country or continent at the present time, your family is always with you.

Family portraits are as unique and memorable as each family. Different types of family Portraits include: maternity shoots, couples,  grandparents, children and even images your beloved pet!   There are several different ways to create a beautiful image with your family, through emotions, poses, settings and backgrounds.  At WMD, it is imperative that we deliver images to you that you will cherish forever, and will last a lifetime in your home.

 

Why Maternity Are Important

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Today I was asked if maternity sessions were becoming popular among expectant mothers and it gave me pause.  The question forced me to remember why we do this and what the objectives of this creative process are.

I explained that this form of art was a celebration of  life and the natural changes that unfold during pregnancy.  At WMD, it is also a way for us to capture the beauty of  expectant mothers during a challenging time in their lives.

For some, looking in the mirror during the later stages of pregnancy is difficult as they see how much their body has changed.   At a time when many feel at their worst and their self esteem is at rock bottom, we create imagery that showcases their radiance and natural beauty.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to bring joy and self confidence into the lives of our clients.  Executed correctly, maternity photography should give the clients a sense of pride and great accomplishment, reminding them of the beauty that is motherhood.

For some, the images we create will be a private collection that are shared with a select few while for others, they are proudly displayed along side the newborn photographs in an album or as a part of a larger collection of images in the family room.  More important than where the photographs are kept, is the experience our clients enjoy. We give them a cause for celebration.

 

Being a co-op student at WMD

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Being a co-op student is one of the best learning experiences that you can get when it comes to education.  Not only can you try different things that could possibly lead to your future, but you actually can learn more in a month of being in a placement, compared to sitting in a classroom.  I decided that when I signed up to be a potential candidate to help out in a business, I wanted to be put into a photography studio.  Being a photographer of some sort has always been my dream, I love doing it because it makes me feel free, and allows me to get my creativity going.

Shortly after searching for studios that may consider me, I found WMD Photography.  I went in to introduce myself to Bill and Elizabeth and asked if they would consider me as a co-op student, and they said yes.  Shortly after that, I booked my interview with them, did up my resume, and I ended up getting the placement!  I was so excited.  Of course, I had expectations of what I would be learning and what I wanted to learn.  I wanted to get into as much as I could to gain as much experience as possible.  To me, it’s really nice that not only was I learning photography, but I was learning a whole range of things, such as graphic arts, different tricks to editing, shipping/mailing procedures, documentation on the computer, writing promotions, scanning/processing old negatives to restore them and even laminating prints!  It became clear that technically, I was learning a lot when it comes to owning a studio.

I have been here for two semesters, and not once have I ever been disappointed.  My supervisors, have been nothing short of amazing to me, and I have been involved in so many amazing events.  I knew there would be a lot of work involved; being a photographer is not the easiest thing.  It comes with a lot of hard work and you really have to be dedicated and have a passion for it.  Just to give you an idea, here are some of the amazing things I have participated in for the time that I have been with WMD Photography.

In studio shoots: 
Fernando’s music shoot
Charlie’s music shoot
A pet shoot with Tiberius
Hockey tournament promotional shoot
Pet shoot with Santa
Bike shoot with Ron

Out of Studio shoots:
Christmas pet shoot with Santa
Hockey tournaments

Each and every one of these events have been so different from one another, yet so much fun!  I personally love how each event is different compared to the last one because then it gives me more of an opportunity to learn about what equipment does and doesn’t work best with the type of environment we are working in to help us get the amazing shots that we take.

I’m so proud to be a part of the WMD Photography team.  Both Bill and Elizabeth have taught me so much, and I can truly see such a difference in not only my knowledge about photography but, the outcome of my images.  If you are interested, curious, or maybe just on the fence about becoming a co-op student, not just in photography but, in anything in general, definitely do it, because you will not be disappointed and you will see the positive impact that it can make in deciding your future.

 

Valley Elite AAA Tournament 1 – April 18, 19 and 20, 2014

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April 18, 19 and 20, 2014 – Valley Elite AAA Tournament 1

This weekend we were so excited to be a part of this amazing hockey tournament where the best of the best competed for the title of champs at their level.

The three levels competing were Minor Atom, Atom and Pee Wee. These teams comprised of some who played throughout the year together based in a local area, while other teams were players from all over – Ottawa, Smith’s Falls and surrounding areas, Toronto, even the state of New York.

The action was fast and furious from beginning to end as the WMD team captured action images from all 43 games, as well as, the extremely happy winning teams that resulted from some pretty  competitive hockey.

Over 3000 images were shot throughout this weekend.  We braved some cold temperatures and 16plus hour days in order to capture as many shots of the participants as possible and the exciting action on the ice surfaces of the Community Centre right here in Smith’s Falls.

 

This Blog was written by our co-op student Kylee Harris as she describes her experiences with us at WMD Photography Studio.

 

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