Reimagined Portrait Art – One of the reasons why I want to redefine grad portraits is for the comparison made in this post and the previous one.
This is Alyx. She loves sports. She’d rather wear sneakers than high heels any day. She’s fun loving and couldn’t put on her game face for the life of her because she simply takes joy in every single moment of life.
I couldn’t portray her in a static pose with this dress, it simply called for movement!
Congratulations Alyx, I couldn’t be more proud of you and I wish you every success in your career goals!
Reimagined Portrait Art – This is Alyx and sports is her life with soccer being her favorite. I wanted to create a portrait for her that showed this, the net she guarded on a regular basis, the gear that was an extension of her body and the position she loved to play.
Class of 2021, let’s connect and let’s create a portrait that shows what drives you! Click “Contact” and text, pm or email me to start planning your grad portraits! Fall is the perfect time for casuals!
Reimagined Portrait Art – I was going through some archives today and found this image. I had forgotten about it but when I saw it, I remembered making it. I’d had this musical cowbow leaning on the wall with his guitar when I saw the reflection the guitar was casting on the floor from my softbox.
I took a few steps sideways and got this image. It’s part of the magic that I love to watch for and let kiss my portraits!
I think this one tells a powerful story about a quiet cowboy that loves his music!
If you have a 2020 grad or a 2021 graduate, I’d love to chat with you and create a plan for their grad portraits! Connect with me through social media or my contact page!
Reimagined Portrait Art – You are here! Welcome! Come on in!
This means this space is “live”. It has been months in the making so I’m glad you are here! It’s exciting to release my website and new brand today because it truly is Reimagined.
Let me share a little of my heart and the reason behind Reimagined.
The name came after a discussion with my closest friends who get me better than I got me at the time. I was stuck on Vermilion Portrait Studio as a name and one of them finally said but it says nothing about you, and another said you are reimagined.
It stuck and there was no question in the name after that.
As for the rest of it?
The kids and I recently moved out of their childhood home. It was a brutal, emotionally charged day. It was the end of an era and a literal door slamming on hope.
Instead of heading straight “home”, I took my five babies on a meandering drive to our new digs.
We wandered the countryside from Mannville to Derwent cross country. When we started out, we were heart sick. But slowly the countryside and nature did what it was always intended to do – it captivated us by it’s natural and simple beauty.
We stopped to admire a picturesque pond, grew excited by a crazy, curvy trek through a forest, came up over a hill and gasped as the world literally dropped out from below us with views of farmland, parkland and an old church spire.
By the time we arrived in Derwent, we were all smiling, laughing and full of the love God put in our hearts. It was 45 minutes that were life changing for each of us because it was such a lesson in choosing to lift our heads from our sorrow, look out and find the joy in a simple spring day!
At one point on this journey, we had an owl fly right up and over the windshield. It was amazing! It was the start of a conversation about what owls and eagles represent. Soon, one of my babies was pulling up google on their phone and we were learning!
My children all love hummingbirds as we have always fed them at the garden. The call came out to look up hummingbird.
It represented coming into lightness, a lifting up of light from out of darkness. A shift from negativity into positivity. It also celebrates resiliency, independence and joy.
That day that meaning was so fitting, and so strong that I had it added to the logo. It’s a small piece of the logo but it’s there for my babies who always see the joy in life. It’s there for me as I embrace the light after dark.
It’s there as a reminder to all we touch that even when the world is falling apart, there is still joy to be found. It’s there friends, you just have to lift your head up and look out. Truly, it is there. Be grateful every second of the day. Joy is always there.
I am a star gazer. A dreamer for if I didn’t dream, I would not have a skill set that has become vitally important for me now. My daughter told me I shine when the lights dance so they are there too.
My photography, my heart are all strongest in the outdoors. My garden, our home away from home, is surrounded by strong trees that shelter us.
My heart is lifted up by family, friends and clients who have taught me how to be strong, brave and flexible.
That tree is there for all of you who are strong, that when life toughens up the outside, the inside is still standing strong and reaching tall. I didn’t know I wanted that in a logo, but when I saw it, it was perfect.
And finally and the most important piece of this new logo, the best role I have ever been given in life, a Momma. It’s there in the smallest piece. For even on the hardest days, I can find the joy for them.
Welcome to Reimagined Portrait Art. Please come in, relax and let’s chat.
It’s still me. It just fits better.
This brand? This website? What I do for a living with some light, a camera and serendipitous magic? It’s my heart. Thank you for joining me on this journey.
Reimagined Portrait Art – I lived abroad for 10 years of my life. In all those years, I never quit being home sick for my prairie sky! Those wide open spaces and that incredible sky without it’s view impeded by trees, mountains or skyscrapers called to me.
Once I moved home, I would head home from evening sessions and be mesmerized by the amazing storms, clouds or sunsets. Once I got a cell phone with a camera, I seldom ever stopped to pull my “big camera” out to photograph these skies.
I then learned new photography apps and even how to edit my images on my phone and I would post them on my personal facebook page. This work is different than my client work as for me, it’s my escape. It’s not perfect at all, sometimes it is from a moving vehicle, sometimes there are power lines in the photographs (gasp – I always remove those in portraits), and lots of time my shadow is in the photograph too.
Finally, I got brave and signed up for an instragram account. The only images I post on this account are taken by my cell phone and edited on my cell phone! I have had requests for prints of these images and while it surprised me at first, I am able to blow these up on large canvas wall portraits! I now even have a few of my personal favorites on my wall!
Please note – when I left Dragon Hare, I had to stop using my Dragon Hare instagram account as well and I have not been successful in getting the two accounts merged! Please bear with me!
Reimagined Portrait Art – Did you know, I provide fine art images for office/home decor? Connect with me via my contact page to receive access to a gallery of my fine art work!
This is one of my most popular requests! I called it Mystic Wonder and it features the Green River deep in the Berkshire Mountains near Greenfield, MA. The local kids would come down here to a swimming hole, build a big bonfire and build these rock statues! Look closely at some of the “creatures” you can see in this image.
This image is available as gallery wrapped canvas, fine art print or cards.
You can also follow me on instagram where I feature much of my fine art work: @reimaginedportraitart
Reimagined Portrait Art – What happens when your mother is a photographer? Well any time she looks out to the north and sees the fire dancing across the sky, she heads out to photograph them.
On some nights, they when they are particularly strong, she may call home and encourage you to look out the window.
On the most incredibly show she has ever seen, well she may fly home, wake you up, and drag you out to the middle of a canola field in your pj’s.
I have to say out of the six subjects in this photograph, only one was really thrilled about being out and about in the middle of the night. The rest were wowed enough to stand still for the photograph.
This is hands down my favorite portrait I’ve ever taken of my children because it’s in my natural element, beneath the prairie sky alive with the dancing lights.
If you’d like to create a family portrait that shows the authentic you, let me know! I’d love to work with you and be your Mannville family portrait photographer!
Reimagined Portrait Art – I recently had the honor of photographing this couple. Their life stories are full of challenges that they rose above to find each other. It was so uplifting to watch their families come together and celebrate the very center of their marriage, love. Not culture, not race, not history, nationality or struggle but simply love.
Thank you Glenn and Joan for asking me to be a part of your day. Your love is a beautiful thing.