My story goes a little something like this…
I bought a 35mm camera.
It changed my life but I didn’t know it yet. I taught myself how to take photographs. My life became a collection of moments captured and developed and kept in a little shoebox – Photos of friends, family, animals and all kinds of everyday adventures. Then when I moved to the city I developed a whole new interest in architecture. I shot buildings from all kinds of angles and became enchanted with the busy strangers in the city streets.
When my father died I dug out one of the photos from the box. In the picture my father was laughing hysterically. That was exactly who he was. I felt like I was transported right back to that moment in time. I could practically hear him laughing.
That’s when I knew what I wanted to do.
I want to create images that people don’t just see – they experience. To capture the authentic personality of the people and the brands featured in my photographs.
I was asked recently how I feel when I know I’ve captured “the shot”. The shot that epitomizes their brand identity. The one that I know will get them the results they want in order to achieve their business goals. I said I feel like this… and I immediately started doing my “happy dance”. What is it ? Well, It’s almost impossible to translate into words on paper. Hmmmm – picture a smiley seal clapping frantically with elation.
It’s even better in person.
Your brand deserves a happy dance!
THE IMPORTANT PART
Do you get nervous or awkward when it comes time to get your photo taken? Well, you’re not alone. In fact, tons of people do.
Early on in my career I discovered that if people were comfortable during the photo shoot, their true personalities could shine through and be captured by my happy little camera lens. So, to combat the ugly nerves, I’ve created a relaxing environment where clients feel at ease. I love people. All kinds of people. So I enjoy finding out what makes you feel comfortable. My goal is to make the photography experience not just – not awkward- but maybe even fun.
Anything for the shot!
Nothing would be done in the studio without the help of our Amazing team!
Becky Junior has been part of our team since 2014. If you’ve had the chance to meet Becky, you know that she is a true gift to the studio. “I wish I had a Becky” and “Can Becky come work for me” are phrases we often around here. She keeps us organized, and makes sure we’re taken care of.
Lisa Evans joined our team early 2023, and to be honest, was exactly the lifted energy we need around here. When we need to walk around a commercial space for 10 hours, you know that not only is Lisa still working hard till the end, but still bringing the laughter and joy – in other words, lots of laughs that turn into ugly crying laughter by the whole group.
Teresa Saunders came on board during the pandemic – September 2020. And has become our studio daughter. She is hard working away on editing and retouching your images. And now resides in Victoria, British Columbia creating and growing her own photography business….. but we secretly hope she never leaves us officially.
Laura Skjelmose is determined to capture all of the little moments. She has been working on her craft for 11 years, since the moment her first son was still in her belly. With a background in corporate sales and marketing, she has always had a passion for helping businesses by problem solving, creating solutions, and doing so with ease and support for each client.
“I just full out laid in a puddle. I had to. I had to get the shot so I laid in a puddle.”
CORE VALUES: EASE
Getting a photograph taken can be intimidating. That’s why we believe in creating an atmosphere that is comfortable and inviting. Ensuring that every client feels at ease. We want clients to relax and be themselves. That way we photograph who they really are.
We do whatever we need to do to capture an authentic moment. A photograph that reflects the true integrity or personality of the person or brand that we are shooting.
We value photography that people can’t help but be drawn to. We style the photograph carefully using the proper lighting, varied camera angels, interesting poses, the perfect set and camera techniques that are guided by experience and intuition.
We want the viewers to have an emotional reaction to the images that we create. We want them to feel as if they know and understand the person or Brand just by seeing the photograph.