The Muttart Conservatory at Night

A few weeks ago my family kicked off the holidays by attending a free membership appreciation event at the Muttart Conservatory.

If you’ve never had the pleasure, It’s a sweet little place, a real gem in Edmonton’s river valley. My husband and I had some of our first dates at the Muttart, and I’ve been going since I was a child. Typically, my family would choose a sunny winter afternoon to visit — when we were most missing the green of summer.

One time we’ve never been is at night! Of course, it was scarcely five pm, but it was dark as night. The pyramids certainly took on a different feeling whilst lit only by soft twinkle lights and Christmas decor. It was very romantic and definitely got me thinking about the holidays.

Baby it’s Cold Outside: Tips for Winter Photos

Just because it’s frosty outside doesn’t mean outdoor photography is down for the count. Actually, the fog of your breath, frost on your eyelashes and the rouge in your cheeks can be quite appealing. If you’re willing to suffer a little for your portraits, don’t let a little winter get in the way.

Some things to remember:

  • The sun is setting around 4 these days, if you’re planning an outdoor shoot, magic hour is a little easier to come by. A simple google search is all that’s required to find the exact time of sunset in your city. Take a look and plan your shoot about an hour before sunset.
  • Dress for the cold! Work your scarves, mittens, and hat into your outfit and choose clothing that’s got texture and colour, embrace the weather! While you’re at it, you might as well bring along a cozy blanket.
  • Keep moving — it’ll keep you warm, and you’ll get great photos with lots of variety in your poses. Plus, you’ll feel more comfortable in front of the lens if you’re focusing on having fun.
  • Bring some props. In the winter you have all kinds of fun options, from a warm and cozy cup of coffee to a bundle of string lights or just a pile of snow for jumping into. Pay attention to your surroundings and what you might utilize.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, I’ve been collecting some on my Couples: Inspiration board on Pinterest.

If you’re ready to book a portrait, get in touch!

 

Friends in Front of the Lens

Two of my dearest friends stopped by recently for a mini photo shoot. We didn’t have a lot of time — or light– to get fancy, so we made do with what we had: a little left over sun and willingness to brave the cold.

Amy and Beth are two lovely souls and it was a pleasure to force them before my lens. I can’t wait to take more photos of these ladies in a more formal setting.

As you can see, Amy is a dancer whose gracefulness and poise is rivaled only by her grin. Beth is a scientist with a serious brain for rocks and silliness and, I think, a budding model, no?

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Saturdays are for Doughnuts

edited-1Despite being about as Canadian as they come, I’m not a Tim Horton’s gal. No, my heart belongs to a more delectable, gourmet treat then the pre-made pastries that are sold under that glass counter. I’m a local gourmet doughnut-aholic.

My affections currently belong to Moonshine Doughnuts, sadly, I am very bad at waking up in time to buy them. Lucky for me, this weeks market include the option to pre-order. My hubby and I paid for our doughnuts on Friday and slept in on market day. Truly, the way Saturdays are meant to be spent.

Did you know I take outfit photos every now and then? See more of the outfit details on my blog, Light a Candle.

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My Own Family Portraits

Since adopting our pup, Lola, three years ago, My husband and I have made a tradition out of the yearly family portrait (pets included). Every year we wrestle the animals onto the couch (new couch this year) and I pull out my trusty remote shutter release to make some memories.

I think it’s so important to document our little family. I love looking back, and you can bet this portrait gets a full page spread in our yearly photo album.

This year we waited a little longer then usual (the previous portraits were taken in February!) but I’m so glad we sat down and finally got it done. I think it’s our best portrait yet. I still can’t believe we got both Tommy (our cat) and Lola to look at the camera.

I was so happy with the results, a few days later I forced all of my cousins onto the couch to take another! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Final Business Cards

These last few weeks while I’ve been working on branding have been interesting. I showed you previously some iterations from my business card design, now I’m happy to share the final product!

In the end, it was helpful for me to step back and look at the overall design of the website. I tried out some different wordpress themes until one stuck, and then used that as a jumping off point for colours and fonts. I still wanted to work in some of my ‘style’ so I decided to use the Instax picture frame.

If you’ve done a session with me already, you know that at I give the client an Instax photo as a take away. Some times it can take a few weeks to finish editing photos, so I think it helps to have something physical to put on the fridge right after a photoshoot.  Since this is something hopefully unique to my brand, I highlighted it through the photos on the back of my card, and in the header for my facebook page.

What do you think? Do you like it?

Now I wait for the cards to come in the mail and hope they look alright when they’re card sized. 😉

Fathers and Daughters

My dad, Doug Petry, happens to be a talented photographer. He’s been doing it all of my life.

I can recall all of the hikes we took on family vacations, waiting for him on a bench somewhere while he stopped and took pictures three bends back on the trail. He’s always been a flashlights and photography man –flashlights because gadgets are cool, and photography because any new camera accessory, piece of gear, lens or body — and he would be enraptured for months at a time. No one was safe from his three-hour vacation slide shows, and the walls of the house were decorated with his works of art.

It’s no wonder that I picked up some of those traits. I can see myself being the last one to any summit — three bends back on the trail. Although I’ve moved on from slideshow DVD’s, I have a propensity for blog posts and new websites every few hobbies. I love to share, and I love to get feedback.

It was natural that when Seth and Ann asked me to be their wedding photographer, I jumped at the chance — but only if Dad could be my second shooter. He dutifully took on the role of my number two, happy to put me in charge with only a few humorous jabs at the irony.

Click below to see all the ‘behind the scenes’ pics from the wedding. 😉

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