Calgary Business Portraits – Glenn Labelle

Glenn Labelle, Kernaghan Adjusters - Calgary Business Portraits 2017
Glenn Labelle, Kernaghan Adjusters – Calgary Business Portraits 2017

I love when someone from my past contacts me and requests my help updating their business portraits.  I have known Glenn for many years, almost as many years as I have (had) worked in the insurance industry. Not just another friend from the industry I eventually went to work with him at Hansen Labelle. I was honoured that he contact me when he wanted to update his business portrait.

Why are professional profile images important?  Social media expert, Catherine Saykaly-Stevens of The Network Web, she suggests a good recognizable photo showing eye contact with the view is essential for establishing connection, and I couldn’t agree more, as it promotes your professional presence. People want to connect with you and when they can see who you are they are more likely to make that connection. It is possible, in fact most likely that that your profile image might be the first time they see you, read and/or learn about you, it might just be their first impression of you, and we all know how important that first impression can be.

I will write more on how to prepare for you business portrait in another post, for now know that if you want the world to see you as a professional then your portraits should be more that a selfie taken in the bathroom mirror or one of your holiday snapshots (unless you are a bathroom designer or a travel advisor)!


The Adorable Donia

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I received the annual stats report from wordpress, it should be no suprise that Donia’s photos were looked at more than any other image posted during 2014. I think that her adorable little face is worthy of a second look (if not divine worship) and a great final post for 2014. I like Donia explored my (many) environments, smiled at strangers, giggled, laughed and was surprised by my luck during 2014

we have been in transit for the last couple of day, moving from Paris to Malaga, we are tired from riding the rails, dragging our bags through train stations, eating fast food, and sleeping in small hotels rooms! But we are here now, ready to settle in for a month in one location, ready to celebrate all the gifts of  2014, and look forward into 2015.

We want to wish everyone all the very best in 2015, we hope that this is the year you make your dreams come true.

Family Photos with Baby D and her family

I spent a little time at the park with Baby D, and her family, it is a great way to start the day, I smile for days after a family portrait session. First it is all the giggles during the session, and then I smile again every time I open the digital files to process the images. It took a little while Baby D and I to connect and get that perfect look.  

But it didn’t last long…..IMG_6669web 

I won’t take it personally that she found the grass more exciting then the photographer, I will just smile for the rest of the day! 

P.S. the rest of the family is pretty cute as well! 


Family Portraits; Calgary

Calgary Family Portraits; Abbey Family
Calgary Family Portraits; Lindsay and Family 

We have been back in Calgary for a little while now, 10 days to be exact, and I am not sure where the time has gone. I bet you have been wondering what we have been up to! It has been great to see so many friends (still so many to see), getting some business organized, and even shoot some family portraits!

I have photographed Lindsay and her family before, and it is fun to see them again, and to see how much the children have grown during the year. This is one of the first photos we took, and one of the first photos I looked at when I opened the file. I was so excited I had to share it right away, now I have to go back to the file and see how many other great photos we have.

Lindsay – it won’t be long and I will have the proofs to you!

Re Carlson, Abtek Media; Calgary Portrait Photography

Re Carlson, Abtek Media
Re Carlson, Abtek Media

I first met Re at the Business Networking International meeting, he joined Rocky Mountain Thunder shortly after moving to Calgary.  With an amazing understanding of website design, social media he wants to work with small business owners develop their business with great websites.  Abtek Media is Re’s dream; and he is passionate about great “responsive” websites, that can be searched, viewed and accessed on all platforms.

As he got to know the members at Rocky Mountain Thunder, he quickly became involved in helping to set up the chapter’s social media pages, volunteering his time and knowledge. He also helped a number of members with their online presence you can see some of his work with JH Innovations, a Calgary based design and build contractor; Lad’s Auto a family owned car care centre ; and Go Digital, paperless solutions, from Alberta Printers. I am proud to tell you that Re is working on a new site for my photography we well.

Watching the towns roll by from the FEVE train: Asturias Spain

Watching the towns roll by from the FEVE train: Asturias Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman
Watching the towns roll by from the FEVE train: Asturias Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Just a couple of days ago we were travelling from LLanes to Leon Spain, the gentleman in the photo spoke to us as we boarded the train, the usual “hola buen dia” I greeted him in return, as this is common practise for people in Spain, to greet those as you enter the train or a store. But he continued to talk, and I had to apologized “lo siento, no entiendo” another little bit of Spanish I have picked up! He sat quietly through the remainder of the trip looking out the window and watching the towns roll by.  The at one stop, he suddenly got up and began asking questions, the gentleman in from, told him the town we were at. The train was starting to roll forward when the conductor noticed him and pushed the button for the train to stop and helped the old gentleman off the train.

I have written about riding the trains in Spain before, there are at least a couple of different lines, each with their pros and cons for travelling, and the RENFE website provides lots of information and makes train travel through Spain easy and affordable. But that isn’t the best reason for travelling by train, that of course is the people you meet, and the countryside you will see.  The train lines seem to be used by people travelling to work, shopping or to visit friends,  school kids for outings, going to the beach or the skateboard park in the next town. I found a very relaxed pace to the people we meet on the train, and there is always someone around to help.

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Smiling faces of other travellers

little smiling faces are hard to ignore
little smiling faces are hard to ignore

this little girl and her family were in line just in front of us, we had a chance to chat for a while waiting for the door to open, she was so adorable I couldn’t help but take her picture, who won’t fall in love with those big brown eyes.

it isn’t often we meet other English-speaking travellers, and often when we do we have a short conversation; where you from, how long have you been in Spain, what have you enjoyed, the usual stuff that passes a little time until the door opens or the train arrives. Quite often we get good information on a restaurant or places to visit.

I processed the image using Florabella’s Black and While Blush action, with some alterations; I find quite often that each action has to be adjuster at least slightly depending on the photo. I have had the actions for quite sometime, and while I don’t use them a lot, there are occasions when they are perfect. Oh course, learning when and how to use and the action, or texture, even a layer blend mode in Photoshop is key to using them at anytime!

Do you have a favourite set of actions you would recommend?

Tui to Santiago de Compostela

Tui to Santiago de Compostela 105k in under 22hrs.
Tui to Santiago de Compostela 105k in under 22hrs.

We just leaving Praza Obradario, just in front of the Santiago Cathedral when we witnessed these 5 women march, with full packs and carrying their weapons, into the Praza.  As they arrived the other military personnel that where already there welcomed them with a cheer and loud applause. It wasn’t until the next day when we went back to the square that we found out what had happened.

The next day, in the square was a big celebration, with a military band, bagpipes and all,  we learned that the women were part of a group who had walked the Camino Portugues from Tui, Spain, a city along the Spanish Portuguese border, 105 kilometres to Santiago de Compostela in under 22 hrs!   The four teams, three men, and own women’s team, that had completed the camino received medals.

The ladies didn’t speak any English, but were happy to pose for a photo, it was one of the other officers who told me of the events. He also said many who walked ended with injuries, and a few who started didn’t finish.

Portrait; Street Performer; Sol Souvenir


sol souvenir

sol souvenir

Sol Souvenir was performing on the streets of Granada while we were there, we like his music so much we decided to by a cd/dvd. This has to be a tough way to make a living. He was collecting a bit of cash in his guitar case, and had a few cd’s to see. But like most artists, and it doesn’t matter if you are a singer, dancer, painter or photographer, you are one of many. For some it is enough to just be doing the thing we love with the hope that others will also like what we are doing.

Sol Souvenir seemed to be just that type of artist, happy to be out on the street singing with his heart, and entertaining those who stopped to listen. I did find is Facebook page, but there was no music to share. As far as I can tell he hasn’t loaded anything on to you tube, and since we have no cd/dvd player on the laptop there is no way to share his music with you!

I choose to process the image with Nik Silver Effect’s Pro, Film Noir, with several changes to the preset, I wanted to the old gritty rock n’ roll look, and with the high contrast I was able to reduce the background to a few minor shadows that were less distracting than in the original image.

Sol Souvenir, if you see the blog, let us know where we can find your music and I will share it with my blog readers. We would love to hear from you.


Argentum Photos in Park del Retiro, Madrid Spain


We were walking around Park del Retiro and we found this young man (young being relative to my years on this earth) he had a camera and a darkroom in a box. he was taking photos using a paper negative inside the box. He then developed the paper negative, then photographed the negative and created a positive image, developing it in the box as well.  Below are some of the images I shot while Bill and Niki were getting their photos taken.



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It was fun to watch the process. Two things I didn’t do that day that I wish I had done, while I did get a business card, and the name of the company but I didn’t get the photographer’s name (I assumed his name would be on the card!) and I didn’t get a chance to look in the box. The photographer was busy, people began lining up for pictures after we arrived, and I am not sure he would have shown me his process, but I didn’t ask and I think I regret not asking more than not seeing!!!  Well we have a great photo of Bill and Niki, one that will never be repeated.