Saint John photographer
Once again this year I was invited to photograph the animals and staff at Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo show. The theme of the show this year was Diversity of Living Things and included a young 6 month old Cougar as well as ferrets, turtles, snakes, lizards, an alligator and even a vulture. The zoo keepers are very knowledgable and really care for these animals. 80% of the animals in their care are rescues from unwanted homes or illegal imports to the country. The cougar that they have is on loan from another facility after she was rejected by her mother and needed hands on full-time care. Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo is accredited by CAZA/AZAC and regularly works with the OSPCA, municipal, provincial, and federal authorities for the placement of seized and unwanted reptiles and amphibians. What this means is that they not only have to meet certain levels of animal keeping and care but they are also regularly visited and inspected to make sure that these standards of care are up to snuff. It is an honour to work with such a wonderful organization.
Here are a few of my favourite images from my visit and subsequent photo shoot.
My son Odin even got a chance to sit with the turtle and hold a snake.
Thank you again to the crew at Little Ray’s. I had a great time photographing you and my family had a wonderful time taking in your informative shows and exhibit. I look forward to seeing you again next year.
This week my nephew turns four and next week my niece will be turning two. I invited them over to the studio for a quick little photo shoot. These little people are so cute! I can’t wait to have more little people in my studio. It was so much fun. Especially when the flower petals came out to play. Here are some of my favourite photos from our shoot.
Happy Birthday Katie & Jason!
I wanted to do a theme session to celebrate Valentines Day that was more family friendly then the boudoir work that I have been doing a lot of lately. That is for another post that is coming soon. I also wanted to get back into doing some creative make-up. With that in mind I came up with the idea to do a photo shoot of a living doll dressed in red and white. With a few hours of prep I was able to pull together a costume. With my trusty sewing needle in hand and a couple of quiet hours in my living room I made some ballet slippers to match a red corset that I already had. I paired it with the full white skirt from my Black Swan/ White Swan photo shoot I did years ago layered over 2 petticoats to give it a tutu look. I was looking forward to turning a model into a living doll. It took a little bit of research on Pinterst to find out how to do the doll eyes but I found a few tutorials and figured I could do it justice.
All of the make-up on my model Sam is from Dione Cosmetics (except the lashes). Balanced Satin Foundation – FK101, Blush – Cheeky Luscious, Eyes – sorcerer’s Seduction, 925, Abyss black eyeshadow mixed with water was used as a liquid liner and White Chocolate mixes with water was used as the white under the eyes. Lips are Silk Orchid lipstick and Cranberry eyeshadow mixed with water as a lip liner.
Here are a few of my favourite shots from our shoot.
Thank you Sam for spending some time with me in the studio.
Last Saturday I had the opportunity to work with Morgan a young lady who wanted to try her hand at some modeling. We did a three hour session that started in studio then moved to some outdoor locations. Here a few of my favourites from her session.
Thank you for having me do your portraits. I had a great time working with you.
Nick is a new model with NWH modeling and is working on his portfolio as he gets ready to head to Paris for a model scouting trip. I was very excited when Normand Hector contacted me as asked me to do a photo session with this young man. Here are a few of my favourite shots from our session.
Thank you again Normand for trusting me to capture images of your model for you. Best of Luck in Paris Nick.
I got to play in my new studio last night and it was a dream. Shannon stopped by and I was able to work with a few different lighting schemes and some of my posing chairs.
Here are a few of my favourite shots from last night.
I now also have a selection of corsets available for shooting with. In the following photos Shannon is wearing my teal corset and cream tulle skirt.
Thank you very much Shannon for spending some time with me in my new studio.
My husband and I have been working very hard over the last few months to build a studio space. I will be doing Family portraits, Children (aged 3 months and up), Models/Individual Portraits and Boudoir sessions in the studio. If you are interested in booking an appointment please let me know.
Have a variety of new backdrops to choose from and a few beautiful chairs and posing props as well.
Thank you so much to everyone who helped me to make this dream a reality. My wonderful hubby Ken for all his hard work, Sue & Dave Hanlon for your generosity, Heartbreak Boutique, Dioné Cosmetics & Heroes Beacon for donations for my grand opening door prize.
I can’t wait to start shooting in this wonderful room.
Monday night I had some time to myself as Ken took Odin off to swimming class so I decided to get some exercise and enjoy a beautiful night with a walk. I grabbed my camera and walked down to my favourite cliff space and hayfield. If you are interested in purchasing print of any of these images please use the contact form located here: Contact Me
My friend Cait and I got together again last night. We had no concept, no plan just an impromptu get together. Cait brought a couple of cool outfits and I had a few skirts in my costume trunk. Sometimes it is the best shoots that start out this way. We went through all of the stuff we had together and decided to go for a dark/fall fashion style theme with simple blended dark lips using black liner and red lipstick, a little copper star dust around the eyes and the make-up was good to go. For Cait’s hair I pinned one side up into a braided rose and the other side into a teased side pony with a few curls to give it some extra shape. I put up my studio lighting and grey backdrop and away we went. After about 20 minutes of shooting I think we came up with some pretty cool portraits.
Thanks again Cait for a fun night.
Well I have made it this far, this post marks my 100th blog post. While I was wracking my brain trying to figure what I wanted to talk about for this special post, I have also been tossing around the idea of setting up a separate page on my site here to display my more creative, sometimes darker work. I thought long and hard about this concept. I wanted to shield my wedding and family clients from the twisted view that my creative mind sometimes comes up with. But the more I thought about it, the more I didn’t like that idea. After all, if someone doesn’t like my creative work I’m okay with that. It doesn’t appeal to everyone. I believe that those who can either embrace or separate what I do in my personal projects from what I produce in my wedding and portrait work can be the clients with the best fit for collaboration. My creative work is just that, what I do to get my creativity out. My wedding and portrait work is constantly evolving as well due to the technical aspects that I continually improve by taking my time to go play, practice my craft, and learn new things using my creative images as learning opportunities as well as creative outlets. I love to work with all sorts of people, but it is those clients that can trust me to create something special for them, while understanding that I am not just a one trick pony, that I love the most.
So here for my 100th blog post I want to show some work that is a bit more creative and something that I have been wanting to shoot for a while now. Cosplay and costume design is something that I personally enjoy and my husband and I enjoy attending Conventions dressed as our own favourite super heroes, comic book or movie characters. In fact we even renewed our wedding vows for our 10th anniversary at Hal-Con in full costume in 2012. I have shot other cosplayers while attending Hal-con over the years and have loved the results.
Until Monday I have yet to do an entire shoot with just one cosplayer, let alone someone local. So thank you Alaurea for trusting me to capture your character and to show the hard work that you have put into your costume. I really hope that this is something I can do more of soon.
Without any further ado here are some of the photos that Alaurea and I took around uptown Saint John on monday night.
If you are in the Saint John area and would like your cosplay work photographed please contact me for a custom cosplay photography package option.