still life and wedding photography

wedding shoes
wedding shoes

The wedding shoe image was taken some time ago, just recently I pulled it from the archive to work with Nik Software, experiment with different processes, finishes and textures, all in an attempt to develop style and album options that will appeal to both myself and to potential clients.

I have a lot of respect for Wedding Photographers, they commit to a high energy, long demanding day, to capture moments that are both important to the bride and groom as well their family, and in some cases moments that few will actually see.  They are attuned to the emotions around them, without being caught up in them. Always on the look out for those family interactions that can be caught in an image without actually interrupting the flow of the day or the emotion of the minute. In some cases it is the photographer can be the “savior” of  the moment.

I have yet to meet a wedding photographer that didn’t have in their bag, a packet of pins, a role of duct tape, gum, kleenex, and just about anything else that is small and might be needed in the case of an emergency.  They can play with children and keep a group of 20 focused to get family pictures in the midst of the chaos and visiting that everyone would rather be doing.

But, for me, the most fascinating, the wedding photographer on top of all the people and activity, will walk around all day  also keeping track of the fine details that the bride has spent hours anguishing over; making sure that all those details are also photographed.  The detail images are  then processed and presented in an album that helps to pull the whole day together. A book of memories that will last a lifetime.


Calgary Business Portraits; Dawn, All Tasks Services


Dawn at All Task Service Ltd  needed a new Business Portrait, and I am tickled she choose me to work with for her new pictures. All Task Services Ltd provides small businesses with professional support services on a contract basis.  Committed to helping business owners without having to add to your payroll and your fixed operating costs before your business is ready. Dawn will come in and help you figure out the best solution.

I first met Dawn at a business network meeting, she was very helpful in getting my bookkeeping system set up and on the right track. There is nothing worse than coming to the end of the year, and having all the bookkeeping to do for the accountant. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate her help.

Whether it is bookkeeping or administrative services, or bookkeeping training Dawn will help you find a solution that fits your needs, as well as your budget, and takes the stress out of the office.  Give her a call

Grandpa’s Car; Old Photos bring back Memories

Grandpa's Car
Grandpa’s Car

A smile happens in a flash, but its memory can last a lifetime. author unknown

Grandpa’s car was eventually parked up behind the old farm-house. It was no longer drivable, but I do remember driving it, and Grandpa home from town on the occasional Saturday night when he had been in town a little too long. It was our time to visit, and lots of time he sang to me was we drove down the dirt road to the farm. He wanted me to sing with him, and I eventually learned the chorus of some of his old wartime songs!

As the quote above states, memories can last a lifetime, and photos like this brings those memories back to mind, and bring a smile to my face.  Photos are a great tool for awakening our memories and bringing a smile to our face, and I love to go  back through old photos for those smiles.

This image was copied from an old slide, then color enhanced with photoshop and a blur layer added. I have always like the photo because of it’s memories, but it did have some  problems.  After reading about artistic blue on Kateyestudio I thought I would dig it out and give it another try.  I am happy with these results: I like the deep color of the car and grass, the blur around the trees and edges, it is as if the wind is blow by the movement in contrast to the car.

Let me know what you think.

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wondering the streets of downtown Calgary, I am always watching the shop windows and the reflections that appear with the display. Sometimes the reflections add to the story, sometimes it doesn’t. This time the two inthe window, look as if they could be standing near a tree in the park, the creature in the left of the image watching them closely.

Blair Schachetrle, President Nose Creek Physiotherapy, Calgary; Business Portrait

Blair Schacherle, President Nose Creek Sports Physiotherapy
Blair Schacherle, President Nose Creek Sports Physiotherapy

Blair has been a Physical Therapist at Nose Creek Sport Physical Therapy.  During our time photo session I learned a lot about Blair and his passion for helping others, through physiotherapy, mentoring staff, and through his work with BNI.

I met Blair through a BNI referral (BNI, Business Network International), a professional marketing organization specializing in word-of-mouth referrals. I have been a member of the Rocky Mountain Thunder chapter since the beginning of the year. We meet 7 am Thursday mornings, and I have to say, the group is amazing in so many ways.

Brett and Amrita; waiting for the little one!


“A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years and in your heart till the day you die.”

Author: Mary Mason


One Billion Rising; Calgary Alberta

one billion rising; Calgary Alberta; Feb 14, 2013
one billion rising; Calgary Alberta; Feb 14, 2013

One Billion Rising, a world-wide even to end violence against women. In Calgary we danced at the TD Square downtown. Check out their website.  Get involved to stop the violence against women.

I have posted this image as part of Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post. His word this week is “Unforgettable”  I am hope the worldwide  “One Billion Rising” event will become an unforgettable annual event, and that violence against women and children can be stopped. For more unforgettable images check out Jakesprinter’s blog.


Eye Lashes; Yummy Mummy Esthetics

Yummy Mummy Eye Lash Extensions
Yummy Mummy Eye Lash Extensions

Eye lashes are all the rage right now! or should I say Eye Lash Extensions! One of my clients, Yummy Mummy Esthetics, has been doing eye lash extension for a while now. They wanted some examples of their work for their Facebook page, this image is one of my favourites.

Sugar and Spice and all things nice!

Carolynne's Granddaughers
Carolynne’s granddaughters

“Sugar and Spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of…..”

 This one was fun, but only take two attempts, little Addilyn tipped over the first time! On the plus side it won’t be long before she rolls over all by herself.  The big girls Skylar and Alexa were perfect, they remembered to watch me, not the baby, so I could get the shot.

Addilyn; following a family tradition!

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Saskatchewan Rough Rider Fan – Addilyn

A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bank balance smaller, home happier, clothes dirty, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for – unknown. 

We first met Addilyn before Christmas, she is now about 5 months old, and has clearly made some major decisions about how she will live her life – afterall cheering for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders is usually a life long obsession.  Okay maybe, just probably, she had some family influence, I think it was Grandma Carolynne that bought the jersey, and the socks seem to be a big hit.

Carolynne brought the whole family by a while ago for photos, so we will have more photos during the week, they are almost ready.