I keep promising myself a weekend off, but I think it will have to wait until next weekend.
I only had one shoot, but it was a long one. This is not a bad thing because I got to try out all sorts of different techniques and lighting set-ups. Things I probably wouldnt normally try, but that's the benefit of working with friends.
I shot with several different lighting arrangements as well as backgrounds.
Just two shoots this weekend. It was a nice break.
Saturday was a great day for shooting and I met with G and A for their portraits. We worked indoors and then went for a nice walk in Westwinds park. First time I was there, and I will be back for sure.
On Sunday I got to meet K and J and their new arrival. Great light on Sunday evening, and K some really good ideas ready when I arrived. Their little peanut was quite co-operative and even gave me a few smiles. Pretty exciting considering she is only 8 weeks.
Ok, I got busy this week and wasn't on the ball with last weekend's shoot. Mea Culpa.
So quickly, here it is. Saturday I was almost in Airdrie for a shoot. Bright sunny day, but oh boy was there some wind. Worked with a great couple who are expecting baby #1, and it is a surprise. I don't know how people can go without knowing, I guess it is the joy in the surprise.
I had a second shoot on Sunday, way far south of the city. I have to say it was a perfect morning for a drive. The sun was so warm and it was a nice calm day.
There were some great little locations around the shoot area that we tried out and I am happy to say that I got some wonderful shots. I am sure S and her husband will be quite happy with the end results.
I challenge you to find the definition of this word. I will give you a hint, it would be a strong description of today.
I have decided that I am going to make an effort to go out once a week on location scouting expeditions.
Today my choice was Carburn Park. This is a small man-made park in Riverbend. I never would have found this place if I hadn't planned this trip out.
The weather was fantastic, beautiful, strong sunshine.
I have a great visualization for what this path will look like in full foliage. I will have to come back here in the summer. This is such a great spot because there are no houses, or buildings. Such a rare thing here in the city.
This tree was too great to pass up. I love all the branches going out in every direction.
The two major birds I saw on this trip were Canadian Geese and Chickadees. These little chickadees were just flying everywhere and swooping right in front of my camera. I was really glad that I caught this shot. I set my camera to continous shutter and hoped that I could get one of them. It worked quite well considering my expectations.
I couldn't resist the contrast of the blue and white. I love the simplicity of this shot.
Just in case you are wondering, I wanted to share a few details of this park. It seemed pretty quiet, of course it was a weekday afternoon, I am not sure how busy I expected it to be. There are quite a few little trails that you can explore. I was expecting more paved pathways, and had I known what it was going to be like, I might not have chosen the stroller. But, we managed. AND there was a ton of mud. I would definitely choose this as a place to take kids, there was lots to explore and great areas to go throw some rocks into the water.
This weekend I was allowed to observe another photographer at work in her studio. It was a great experience to see how someone else sets up and does things from start to finish.
I also bought a whole pile of new equipment that I am so excited to use.
On Sunday I spent the morning with L and her family. They welcomed a new arrival only five days ago. He was handsome as can be and had beautiful dark hair. He had a mischievious older brother who was so friendly and talkative.
It was a great shoot overall. Had a couple of minor glitches that had me worried, but it all came together in the end.
The new addition to L's family.
His mischievious older brother.
Both of them are such cuties.
Wow, what a terrific weekend! Canada sets the record for gold. Loved the hockey game. Way to go.
Saturday was jam packed. In the morning I worked with A and her little one. There was a definite ladybug theme. So cute, and I have to mention their puppy "Tequila", that little one was trying to steal the show.
In the afternoon I had an outdoor shoot in Fish Creek Park. What a gorgeous day to go out and get some wonderful shots. I worked with L and her family. Two gorgeous little girls. They were delighted to explore all the great outdoors has to offer.
When I said Saturday was jam packed, I wasnt kidding. I did a consult for a very small wedding. I am very excited for this one, but no more details. I will save the surprise until after the big day.
Sunday was a bit quieter, I only had one shoot. It was with E and A. They are expecting a new bundle of joy very soon. I have to say as soon as I saw E I was so excited because she had this gorgeous belly. She had picked out some terrific outfits and accessories. Since we had such great weather again, we went outdoors for part of the shoot. That bright sunlight can sure be tricky, but I think that we got some great shots in the end.
Brandie Sunley B.Fa, B.Ed