Riane Maternity

When your best friend is wanting to get into photography and wants to shadow you for some sessions, it can be kind of nerve wracking! It just so happened that Riane, a friend who I attended NAIT with for Photography was expecting, so I asked her to do some modelling for us. Naturally she did amazing, seriously how adorable is that baby bump!? Riane now has a stunning baby boy named Quintyn.

Congrats on your new addition Riane, so excited for you and Syngyn, I can’t wait to see your little guy grow up!

Sara

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Mark & Meagan | Leduc Wedding Photographer

This past June I got to be a side kick and second shoot this wedding with Lauren Voisin Photography. Mark & Meagan had their wedding in the absolutely ADORABLE blue chapel at Van Es Camp. We were worried about rain, but luckily by the time the ceremony was over, the sun was shining again! Thanks again to Lauren for giving me the privilege of helping capture Mark & Meagan’s big day!

Here are some of my favourite images

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Beethoven

It has been pretty quiet around here! I’m not going to lie I have been putting off writing this post. I have wanted to for awhile, but I figured maaaybe if I wait a bit I might not be bawling my eyes out while I am writing.

As most of you might know (if you don’t, you’re about to find out!) I love animals. Recently, I had to do one of the hardest things I have ever done. I had to say goodbye to my kitty who I have had since I was four years old. Aaaand cue the water works. Ha ha. Don’t worry, I will keep this short and sweet.

Beethoven (named after the composer; my sister was taking piano lessons at the time) was the nicest cat ever. We were always worried that if he ever ran away whoever found him would keep him because he was so friendly and affectionate. As I mentioned, my older sister named him. He was originally meant to be for her (and the family of course) but he kinda loved me the most. He would always meow and get cranky if I was gone for long periods of time. When I was little I would dress him up in doll clothes and carry him around like a baby, and it didn’t bother him one bit. He always loved to be held. It was really funny actually, he would meow because he wanted attention sometimes, and as soon as you picked him up he would immediately start purring. Sometimes you would just look at him and he would start purring his weird, squeaky, broken-engine-sounding purr.

I also used to let him sleep on my pillow, right next to my head when I was younger. As I got older that started to get annoying but I always had an extra pillow beside mine for him to sleep on. I won’t go into too much detail, but he was 18 years old, and for the past couple months he had been sick on and off because his teeth were getting yucky. Needless to say we thought it would be silly to put him to sleep to have them cleaned since he was so old. He was just too little and too old to fight it, so we had to make the decision to euthanize him. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. I’m just happy that he won’t be sick anymore and can be in kitty heaven (where they apparently get to eat tuna every day, according to my fiance, Luke).

Here are some images I captured of Beethoven.

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He always loved to hang out in the sunny spots in our kitchen.

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A little while back I also had a fellow cat lover take some photos of Beethoven and I. I actually started tearing up when I looked at them. Thank you so much Taylor of Kanary Photography for doing this for me. I will cherish these images forever. You are the best.

Here are some of my favourites.

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Thanks so much for reading!

Get to know the person behind the camera

I have been busy trying to catch up on editing from the weddings and sessions I have photographed, so I thought since those images are on their way in the meantime I would post a few fun facts about myself.

That way you guys can get to know me a bit better! So this is what I have come up with so far:

 

1. I am named after a dinosaur.

Yes, its true. I am actually named after “Cera” the bossy Triceratops from The Land Before Time. My mom originally wanted to name me Jordan (hence why it is my middle name). However, my sister wanted to name me Sara after the dinosaur because she was her favourite character. This kind of puzzles me because Cera is my least favourite character in those movies, however, it is kind of appropriate. I can be a bit of a bossy pants myself! Ha ha. I sometimes wished they had spelled my name with a C, but I am glad they didn’t. Saves me a lifetime of people pronouncing my name wrong!

 

2. I am right in the middle of introversion and extroversion.

In every personality test I take I seem to be completely equal for introversion and extroversion. If you know me I think we could agree I am more extroverted. I have tendencies for both sides. I can be a bit of a social butterfly, I like to be around people. Sometimes I feel like I NEED to be around people. Other times I can be exhausted from being around people and I want to be by myself. I see it as good thing though, it means I can sort of relate to people of both types.

 

3. I have a TV addiction.

Luke was the one who suggested this as a fun fact. I personally think he is partial to blame for it, because he gave me his Netflix account, ha ha! I get very into my shows. And Netflix is both wonderful and awful because I can watch episodes one after the other and stay up until 3 in the morning. My sister and I both watch a lot of the same shows so we usually end up watching them together. I suppose its a bit of a sisterly bonding time. I thought it would be a neat idea to share some of my favourite shows..though it is kind of hard to say. If I had to pick a top 5 though they would probably be…

1. Grey’s Anatomy

2. The Walking Dead

3. Vampire Diaries- Yes…I know. I guess I am still a teenage girl on the inside.

4. Rookie Blue

5. Breaking Bad

 

4. Favourite things.

So you now know my favourite TV shows, lets go on to some other favourites.
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Band: City and Colour. I recently saw them live…it was magical.

Movie(s): Lord of The Rings is definitely up there. I like all three but I would have to say Return of the King is my favourite out of all of them….and I always cry at the end. If the end of a movie is sad the chance of me crying is pretty much 100%. I really like a lot of movies so its hard to pick my absolute favourite.  How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey is another favourite for sure. My sister and I quote it all the time. We have seen it over a hundred times easily.

Book(s): Lord of the Rings! Two Towers was probably my favourite of the books. I am also a big fan of the Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. AND The Legend of Drizzt by R.A. Salvatore.

5. I love animals.

I have a 17 year old cat named Beethoven. We got him when I was 4. He was actually supposed to be my sister’s cat…she picked him out and named him but I kind of stole him. I used to dress him up, wrap him in blankets, and carry him around like a baby. I have no regrets, he is probably the friendliest, most affectionate cat you will ever meet. Oh, and when he purrs, he kind of sounds like a rusty engine or something. I have never heard another cat purr the way he does. It’s a very weird sound.

I also have a dog named Woody ( after Woody the cowboy from toy story) , he is a mutt, but mostly Daschund and Basset Hound. So he kind of looks like a sausage with short stubby legs. He’s more of a family pet, but I felt I better include him also.

I hope you enjoyed reading, if you read all of it I really appreciate it! I am pretty much an open book so I’m always willing to share if you have questions! Hopefully you feel like you know me a bit better now.

Sara

Jasper & Banff Adventures

Finally I can share some of the photos from our trip to Jasper & Banff!

For my work experience at NAIT in my last semester, one of my mentors had a maternity session in Jasper. Luckily, Luke had the weekend off so we packed our bags and headed to Jasper. It was a ton of fun, even though we had to wait out some rain during the session.

If you don’t know me that well, I’ll let you in on a fun fact about me. I LOVE mountains. I love them most when I get to go snowboarding, but driving through them and exploring is pretty awesome too. One of my favourite things is how quiet it can be out there. For those who do know me I am quite a bubbly and energetic person, but yes, I do enjoy quietness once in awhile.

Being out there and taking photos made me reaaaaallly want photograph a wedding or any type of portrait session out there. So if anyone is looking for that, you should definitely let me know!

On our way home, we decided to take the long way back and go all the way down through to Banff & Lake Louise and then back to Leduc. It was a lot of driving but so worth it. Thanks Luke for doing most of the driving ❤

Here are some of my favourite photographs from the trip.

 

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This was one of my favourite places we explored on the trip. We drove by a couple times in the first two days on our way between Jasper and Hinton, and when it was going to be our last time I couldn’t resist pulling over to stop and take some photos. From what I have heard this is actually Jasper Lake, but it was pretty dried up at the time. Still absolutely gorgeous, especially where there was some water, like in the photo below.

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Time to go out into the real world!

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Thanks to our awesome instructor Shaun Scade for this image. So glad to have met all this wonderful people ❤

So I have some exciting and very nerve racking news, I am officially finished the Photographic Technology program at NAIT! Crazy! I handed in my last assignment on Friday. I can’t say it has really hit me yet. I am stoked, but at the same time a little bit scared. I’ve spent two whole years pursuing my dream and now its time to actually go out and do it. I think the thing I will miss the most is all the other students. I made a lot of friends and I love them all, it will be weird not seeing them every day. It’s awesome knowing that they all have my back though. Congrats to everyone graduating this year, we made it! I could go on forever about all the wonderful memories but then I’m just going to be sad, ha ha!

 

Here are some of my favourite photographs from the last 2 years

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This was one of my favourite assignments ever. It was for our history class, we had to pick an image taken before 1960 and try to recreate it. The one on the left is not mine, that is the original, the one on the right is my reproduction.
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This image was for my reflective surfaces assignment. We had to pick something shiny and create an image of it. Things like this are really hard to light, especially when it is super reflective, because you can see EVERYTHING around it.

 

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This was taken for my photographic essay, at the Edmonton Humane Society. I had a ton of fun doing this assignment, I love animals so it was awesome to be able to go there and hang out with cute furballs like this one!

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This was for one of my photoshop assignments. We had to create an image based off of a song or part of a song. Mine was “I tried my best to be guarded, I’m an open book instead.” From the song Broken by Lifehouse. I think if I was to re do this I would take the book out, because I think it makes that a bit too obvious. It also turned out a bit darker than I expected, but I have always loved that part of the song and I thought it would be a good one to use.

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This image was for the critique “evoke emotion using the colour red” it was critiqued by the second years. This is probably the image I am most proud of. They really loved it, and I still love it. I wasn’t really sure what to do for this one, but then someone mentioned using blood, and at first I thought that would be creepy, but then this idea popped into my head. I trekked through deep snow at a friend’s acreage to get some hawthorn branches to make the crown, and I made my own fake blood for it. I also found the giant nails in our garage. Turns out if you get stabbed real good by the thorns on this plant it can have some pretty serious reactions. Of course I found this out after I had been poked quite a few times. Luckily I didn’t get poked too bad.

 

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This is from a group project we did in second year. We had to create an image together, and we got to use the Phase One medium format cameras. I was lucky enough to be the model, got to put on my grad dress and be a princess for a day, so it was a lot of fun. This was one of the outtakes but I just love it. It always makes me smile. I can’t remember what I was laughing at for the life of me though.

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This image was featured on a recent blog post about my Thesis project. This is probably the image I am most proud of out of all of them. I never even thought it would be possible to pull this off. And I am really glad that I pushed myself to do it.

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This image is from my final project, portfolio. This was the best out of my 12 images according to my marks. The funny thing is, this was only the 2nd or 3rd shot from the entire session. My beautiful best friend was willing to model for me as a bride. I wasn’t actually planning on using this one, but when my instructor was helping me out with a few things he saw this image and said he really liked it. The more I looked at it the more it grew on me. I am sure glad that I used it! Thank’s Janelle for being a trooper and going outside in a dress when it was snowy and cold!

 

Which image is your favourite? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Sara

The Amazing Spider-Man (Thesis)

I have been wanting to share about my Thesis project from last semester for quite some time now. Thesis is a semester long project we had to do in the beginning of second year at NAIT. Basically, we had to pick a topic, and create 15 images based on that topic.

As soon as I heard about it when I was in first year, I immediately began trying to think of ideas for what I would do for mine, since it sounded like it was going to be a lot of work. By the end of first year, I still didn’t have a clue what to do. Over the summer I finally figured out that I want to be a wedding and portrait photographer, because that’s what I love to photograph. I wanted my thesis project to be something that would challenge me creatively, but still involve some form of portraiture. However I still didn’t have any ideas. Finally, I pretty much had an epiphany. I never thought this would actually happen. I was on my lunch break at work and I wasn’t feeling very well so I had my head resting on the table. For some reason I began to think about when I was in high school and one of my teachers dressed up as Gambit from the X-men. If you don’t know who that is, you should read this. He is pretty cool. Anyways, the costume he had was awesome, spot on. As soon as he walked into the room I was like “YES, that is a sweet costume!” A lot of my classmates didn’t know who he was, which was sort of depressing to me. I don’t read a ton of comic books, but I am a bit of a Marvel nerd.

Anyways, back to my epiphany. So I was thinking about the awesome Gambit costume, and that was when the light bulb went off. I sat up and was like “THAT’S IT! That is what I will do for my thesis!” I know, I know, it sounds really cheesy, but it was honestly a pretty epic moment for me. Just picture me, being all sad because I’m not feeling good, and then I get this brilliant idea, and I slowly lift my head up from the table, and in my mind I’m jumping up and down from excitement.

My original idea was to do 15 different Marvel heroes, but after awhile I realized it could be really stressful to find all the models and costumes and whatnot. SO I decided to focus on my favourite hero: Spider-Man. Don’t get me wrong, not everyone thinks he is the coolest, I get a lot of people hating on me for my love of Spidey. But he has been my favourite for as long as I can remember. (Back to when I would watch the cartoons with my younger brother.) AND, I think it is neat that Peter Parker is a photographer as well. I just find it to be a really cool story. So that was my plan, to tell his story.

For me, that involved some hard work, including some intense photoshopping, new things I had never done before, AND, handling a live tarantula. Which is something I have always wanted to do because I thought it would be terrifying. But I managed to face my fear, and I actually find tarantulas fascinating now.

Here are some of my favourite images!
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This last image, as well as the second one up top, were the ones that required some photoshopping I had never done before, they are both composite images. My good friend Cody was the model for both of them, he operates heavy equipment. So to take the images of just him swinging from the rope and hanging upside down on it, we actually brought his bobcat into his shop, took the bucket off, lifted it up as high as it would go and tied the rope to it. Here is what our set up looked like. Needless to say, it was quite the adventure.

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Don’t mind my crappy iphone photos! And yes…we did actually hang the light upside down like that. Ha ha!

I never would have dreamed I could create a photograph of Spider-Man swinging from buildings if it weren’t for my wonderful boyfriend Luke. Thank you so much for your input and support throughout this, and believing that I could pull it off! 
And thank you so much to my models Cody, Matt, Ciaran, and Rosie the tarantula. Last but not least, thanks to all my classmates, and my instructor Shaun Scade for all your help. I appreciate you all so much.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read, I hope you enjoyed it.

-Sara

Meeting Shannon Szabados through Major Client Project

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Yesterday I was lucky enough to meet Shannon Szabados, goaltender of the Canadian Women’s hockey team! AND she even let me wear her gold medal, how awesome is that!?

For a project I have this semester at NAIT, called Major Client project we are required to work with an organization or business chosen by our Instructor. My group was paired with Ronald McDonald House. I had to be there at 7:15AM to get some photos of the breakfast that was provided by WestJet for their 18th birthday celebration. Shannon was also there to visit some of the kids. She was super friendly and you could tell she was really excited to be there to meet all the kids. It was awesome that she was so trusting and let all the kids (and adults, ha ha) wear her gold medal and hold it. They are surprisingly heavy! The crew from CISN Country Radio Station was there as well to interview Shannon. I had a lot of fun and I still can’t believe I got to meet her! It made having to get up and be there so early totally worth it. Thanks so much to the people at Ronald McDonald House for letting me be a part of it!

Later in the day, the rest of my group and I were back at the House to shoot their Open House Event. Some firefighters showed up with a truck, the Adventure Bus came, a police officer, some girls from Microsoft, and a ton of other people showed up. We got to spend the day photographing everything. There were so many cute kids running around and I think everyone had a lot of fun. The girls from Microsoft brought a bunch of swag, and an Xbox One for the House! So they got it all set up and to finish off the day we had a dance party playing Just Dance. I had a big smile on my face the whole time, it was a super long day but I would do it over again in a heartbeat. Ronald McDonald House is such a wonderful organization and it is probably one of the happiest places to be in. Before this project I didn’t really know a whole lot about it, but I am so glad I’ve had the opportunity to work with them. If you are interested in learning more about them, go take a look at their website!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post, I hope you enjoyed it.
-Sara