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Spring has Sprung in Southern Alberta

Spring has Sprung in Southern Alberta

Spring is officially here – the gophers made their appearance in the area on February 27. May have been earlier, but that is when I saw my first gopher for this year.

I am sure we will still have a few more snowstorms, but they will be short lived and it is not likely we will see the -40 to -50 weather that we had at the start of February.

In the near future we should stat to see the return of the geese, swans, and ducks that migrated for the winter

But one must remember, this is southern Alberta and we can get snow well into July. Our poor freezing Red Wing Blackbird was a snowstorm in the middle of June.

March also brings flooded streets

and of course with the warmer weather we will start to see more of this as police start their spring vehicle safety campaigns.

Capturing Precious Moments: The Art of Pet Photography

Capturing Precious Moments: The Art of Pet Photography

When it comes to capturing precious moments, pets are more than just animals – they are cherished members of the family. Pet photography has become increasingly popular as pet owners seek to immortalize their furry friends in stunning portraits. Whether in a studio or on location, we work to showcase the unique personalities, quirks, and unconditional love that our pets bring into our lives.

The Importance of Pet Photography

Pet photography goes beyond simply taking pictures of animals. It is about capturing the essence of our pets and creating lasting memories. Our pets are with us through thick and thin, providing comfort, companionship, and unwavering loyalty. They deserve to be celebrated and remembered.

Photographs have the power to freeze a moment in time, allowing us to relive the joy and happiness our pets bring us. Whether it’s a playful romp in the park, a lazy afternoon nap, or a loving gaze, pet photography captures these moments so they can be treasured forever.

Choosing Between Studio and Location

When it comes to pet photography, there are two main options to consider: studio or location. Each has its own advantages and can create stunning images that showcase your pet’s unique personality.

Studio Pet Photography

A studio setting provides a controlled environment, allowing  full control over lighting, props, and backgrounds. This can result in crisp, professional-looking images that highlight your pet’s features. Studio pet photography is particularly ideal for capturing close-up portraits and focusing on the details.

Additionally, studio sessions can be less distracting for pets, as there are no unfamiliar sights, sounds, or smells to distract them. This can help create a calm and relaxed atmosphere, making it easier to capture those perfect shots.

Location Pet Photography

On the other hand, location pet photography offers a more natural and spontaneous feel. Whether it’s at a park, beach, or in your own backyard, photographing your pet in their familiar surroundings can bring out their true personality. Location sessions provide the opportunity to capture your pet in action, whether they’re running, playing, or simply enjoying the great outdoors.

Furthermore, location sessions can incorporate elements that hold special meaning to you and your pet. Whether it’s a favorite tree, a beloved toy, or a scenic landscape, these personalized touches can add depth and meaning to the photographs.

Tips for a Successful Pet Photography Session

Regardless of whether you choose a studio or location session, there are some tips to ensure a successful pet photography experience:

  • Patience is key: Pets can be unpredictable, so it’s important to be patient and allow them to feel comfortable in the environment.
  • Use positive reinforcement: Treats, toys, and praise can help keep your pet engaged and focused during the session.
  • Capture their personality: Let your pet’s unique traits shine through in the photographs. Whether they’re goofy, shy, or adventurous, capturing their true essence will result in more meaningful images.
  • Get down to their level: Shooting from your pet’s eye level can create a more intimate and engaging perspective.
  • Work with a professional: Hiring a professional pet photographer who specializes in capturing the essence of animals can make a world of difference in the quality of the final images.

Celebrating the Unconditional Love of Pets

Pet photography allows us to celebrate the unconditional love and joy that our pets bring into our lives. Whether in a studio or on location, these photographs capture the unique personalities and special moments that make our pets such cherished members of the family. So, grab your camera and start immortalizing those precious memories with your beloved furry friends.

Another eclectic mix from across time

Another eclectic mix from across time

Our featured image is from a recipie created for Petersen’s Re/Max Journal, a custom publication created for Rich Petersen who was the broker for the Re/Max brokerage in Fort St John.

Dealing with hunting stories in north eastern BC, the magazine had a regular featured wild game recipe

The recipes were provided by Florence Plotnikow and we photographed the finished meal to put into the magazine.

Lethbridge Health Unit

steam train engine Lethbridge
The Health Unit is located in the old train station in Lethbridge, and behind it is one of the steam engines that used to work out of Lethbridge

Is this a Downy or Hairy Woodpecker?

The two birds are very different in size, with the Hairy being about the size of a Robin while the Downy is only the size of a sparrow. But the coloring is almost the same, so you can usually tell them apart by the length of the beak. In the Hairy the beak is longer than the head, while in the Downy it is shorter than the head. So that would suggest that this is a Downy however, a Downy also has white spots on the tail feathers that are not present here, suggesting it’s a Hairy.

The Importance of Capturing Genuine Moments of Kids Being Kids

The Importance of Capturing Genuine Moments of Kids Being Kids

As parents, we often find ourselves wanting to capture every precious moment of our children’s lives. From their first steps to their first day of school, these milestones are worth cherishing. While professional photography sessions can produce stunning and posed images, there is something truly special about capturing kids being kids in their natural state.  the importance of parents capturing genuine moments of their children, without the need for elaborate poses or professional equipment.

Authenticity and Memories

When we look back at our own childhood photos, what stands out the most are the candid moments that reflect our true personalities. These unposed shots capture the essence of who we were at that time. By allowing our children to be themselves in front of the camera, we can create lasting memories that they will cherish for years to come.

Cell phones have become an integral part of our lives, and they offer a convenient way to capture these genuine moments. Whether it’s a spontaneous laughter, a messy face covered in ice cream, or a curious exploration of the world around them, these candid shots tell a story and evoke emotions that posed photos simply cannot.

Fostering Creativity and Self-Expression

When we let our children be themselves in front of the camera, we are encouraging their creativity and self-expression. Instead of directing them to pose in a certain way, we give them the freedom to explore and showcase their unique personalities. This can lead to a boost in their confidence and a greater sense of self-awareness.

By capturing these moments with our cell phones, we are not only documenting their growth but also providing them with a platform to express themselves. Sharing these photos with family and friends allows our children to feel proud of their individuality and encourages them to embrace their quirks and interests.

Preserving the Everyday Magic

Children have an innate ability to find joy and wonder in the simplest of things. From jumping in puddles to chasing butterflies, their everyday adventures are filled with magic. By capturing these moments on our cell phones, we can preserve the innocence and beauty of their childhood.

Unlike professional photoshoots, which often require a specific setting or theme, cell phone photography allows us to capture these magical moments as they happen. Whether it’s a spontaneous dance party in the living room or a messy art project in the backyard, these everyday activities hold a special place in our children’s hearts.

Creating a Time Capsule

As time passes and our children grow, looking back at these candid photos will transport us back to those precious moments. These images serve as a time capsule, reminding us of the joy, laughter, and love that filled our lives during their childhood.

Cell phone photography offers a convenient and accessible way to capture these memories. With the advancement of technology, our phones now have high-quality cameras capable of capturing stunning images. By taking advantage of this tool, we can ensure that we don’t miss a single moment of our children’s journey.

Conclusion

While professional photoshoots certainly have their place, there is something truly magical about capturing kids being kids in their natural state. By using our cell phones to document their genuine moments, we can create a collection of memories that reflect their true personalities and showcase their unique journey. So, let’s put away the poses and embrace the beauty of our children being themselves.

Created for a Lethbridge magazine that no longer exists

Created for a Lethbridge magazine that no longer exists

One of my earliest forays into commercial advertising started in Lethbridge with a session for an ad for Imperial Fashions.

The ad ran in a magazine called Chimera that morphed into Lethbridge Living.

The image was photographed on Black and White film with my Nikon FTN camera, which I still have and use if I can find film.

Back during Covid, when the government didn’t allow us to have any customers, I was taking a online photo course https://project52pro2016.com/ and one of the projects was to take one frame of film every day for a month. These are a few of the images from that project.

Barn located just off Highway 3 near Barnwell, Albert

Blades for wind turbines stored in Milk River while waiting for transport to the construction site.

The elevators located at Warner Alberta