a view from the airplane window

de-icing the plane

de-icing the plane

a view from the airplane window

a view from the airplane window

a view from the airplane window

a view from the airplane window

flying over the Canadian Winter Wonderland

Canada’s winter wonderland, a view from the airplane window

a few images taken during our flight from Calgary. the window did have some frost on it, so the images are not as crisp and clear as I would have liked. The other thing that happened, with all the flights I have been on, I think this is the first one that was de-iced just before we left, I love the spray of the water, and the out of focus equipment.

I love flying, and for me the best part of the flight is that moment of take off, the nose lifts, and you can feel the wheels leave the ground. The adventure begins…..

What is your favourite part of the flight.

Luke Salt, Evolution Tickets: Calgary Portrait Photography

Luke, Evolution Tickets

Luke, Evolution Tickets 

December of 2013 was a busy month, so busy that in order to enjoy the season’s festivities, visiting the family and friends that I had to drop a few things off the “to do” list. One of those things was blogging, so I have a few posts to catch up on. I had several portrait sessions, and a few Calgarians, entrepreneurs to introduce you to.

The first of these business portraits sessions was for Luke, of Evolution Tickets is a full service brokerage in the secondary ticketing market, “Any Ticket, Any Time, Anywhere” they will do what they can to get great premium tickets for high demand events including sporting events across Canada and the U.S., broadway events in NYC, or concerts in Las Vegas. I would highly recommend giving them a call if you want tickets for an event, they will get those tickets for the best price. It was great met Luke, while working with him I learned about his business and his commitment to customer service.

I met Luke through the BNI, Business Networking International, Rocky Mountain Thunder Chapter, they have networking meetings Thursday morning at the Blackfoot Inn. A lot of members in the group have been able to acquire tickets with the help of Evolution Tickets, and recommend his service; give him a call next time you are looking for tickets. For information on Rocky Mountain Thunder  and how they can help you grow your business check out the BNI RMT facebook page

I am going to get back into the routine of blogging every 2 or 3 days, I am planning on catching up on more portraits over the next couple of weeks, introducing you to some other Calgary Businesses, but I will try to show you a little more of Calgary as well. By the end of Febuary Bill and I will be hitting the road and doing some travelling, so the blog posts will include our travels and the places we see and the people we meet. 2014 is going to be an exciting year….

 

 

Winter Storm Warning for Calgary; Dreaming of someplace warm..

Caribbean Sunrise

Caribbean Sunrise 

The weather man is warning Calgary of sever winter weather ahead, and I am dreaming of some of the warmer places we could be.  Sunrise is one of the lovely quite times on the cruise ship. The sunrise isn’t always this colourful, and they are often over quickly.

Maybe I will brave the weather and see what photos I can get of Calgary today…..

 

 

family portraits, Calgary Alberta,

family portraits, Calgary Alberta, 

Winter is here, yet I am still working on family photos done earlier this year. Taken near the Ranche Restaurant in Fish Creek Park, the autumn colors and golden grasses don’t last long. There is a beautiful red building, that I think everyone uses as a backdrop for photos, but there is so many places to sit and pose families.

I want to thank Jen and her family for giving me the opportunity to spend this time with them, it was wonderful, the kids were so much fun.

 

Inglewood Music Club, Calgary Alberta,

Eric Bibb performing at the Inglewood Music Club, Calgary Alberta

Eric Bibb performing at the Inglewood Music Club, Calgary Alberta

Last month Eric Bibb entertained everyone at the Inglewood Music Club, held at the Lantern Church in the downtown Calgary it is a beautiful venue for music concert.

This Month the Bills are playing, I am looking forward to photographing the event again. Dean Clark let me know that tickets are still available.  Hope to see you there.

 

 

Megan-Tallulah

Megan-tallulah, Calgary Portrait Photography

Megan-Tallulah, Calgary Portrait Photography

Life in Calgary has been very busy this summer, too busy to blog I am sorry to say. I miss my time here and miss hearing from everyone.  Just a quick note to show you my favorite shoot from the week. Megan contacted me, she had very definite ideas for her portrait session. She is a graphic designer, artist, and entrepreneur. Motivated, hardworking, and a whole lot of fun.  She showed up with her outfits, fashion pages and layouts to work from and we went to work. Shooting here in the studio as well as downtown we kept the shoot tight in terms of purpose, sticking to the original plan, but leaving a little room in the schedule for fun and to experiment.

A quick look through the proofs yesterday was all I needed to work well into the night last night to get caught up on work so I could get these images into photoshop and work on them. I thought I would show you one portrait to peak your intersted, there will be more next week….

stop by, say hi, let me know how you have been, let me know if you have any suggestions for the new work. thanks

Lady of Peace Mission, Heritage Park, Calgary Alberta

Lady of Peace Mission_Heritage Park_Calgary Alberta

Lady of Peace Mission_Heritage Park_Calgary Alberta 

Heritage Park, Calgary Alberta, Canada’s Largest Living History Museum. We try to visit once a year, check out the new exhibits, wander the streets of the town, and maybe have lunch at the Wainwright Hotel or the Dairy Barn. Each year I talk about packing a picnic and sitting on the lawn near the Glenmore Reservoir but that hasn’t happened yet! One of the great places to visit is the bakery for a cookie or better yet a butter tart!

This year we wandered around and I spent time talking to the many people who were working at the exhibits, learning a little about their “role” in history.  This gentleman was at the Lady of Peace Mission close to the Hudson’s Bay Fur Trading Fort. He was busy making Metis Sashes to be sold I.G. Baker & Co. Store.  He was sitting it the little mission, just inside the door.  The light was perfect for a portrait of him at work.

 

 

Their off: Calgary Stampede Grandstand Chuckwagon Races

Their off: Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Rances

Their off: Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Races  

Sunday night at the Calgary Stampede, chuckwagon races. Each night the chuckwagons race there are 9 races, 36 wagons each with a professional driver, and a team of 4 outrider.

At the sound of a horn, four outriders fly into action. In what looks like total chaos, one outrider holds the horses while others hurl items representing a stove and other cooking implements into the back of the wagon. Once loaded, each wagon completes a figure eight around a set of barrels, and then charges out onto the track at breakneck speed. The outriders have to cover a prescribed distance on foot, then jump on their horses and catch up. Their teams lose points if they don’t finish the course within 150 feet of their wagons. Penalties are also imposed for interference, loss of “cooking equipment” and or tipping over one of the barrels. The track is 5/8 of a mile long, and the wagons can run in it just over a minute.

One of the most exciting events at the Calgary Stampede.