Reimagined Portrait Art – It’s time to start planning for grad portraits this spring! Grad portraits are my very favourite thing to photograph as I get to be my most creative!
While some grads groan at the thought of having grad portraits, I guarantee they will get involved Momma if you let them be themselves (and let me be the bad guy!).
In all my grad sessions, I keep in mind that Grandma’s want that perfect, smiling, 5×7 print for their Grandchild wall of frame. Your child won’t smile for you.
In all my grad sessions, I know that Momma’s want matching portraits for their own wall but your current grad doesn’t want to be the same as his/her older siblings.
Momma’s want their grad to wear outfit A, but the grad wants nothing to do with it.
Let’s take the stress out of grad sessions! We are going to plan the session with your grad who is going to get to wear their favourite outfit in front of their truck/car/dirtbike/skateboard, who will put on your favourite outfit and smile beautifully for grandma!
Because I’ve been doing this for 15 years. I have 2 (almost 3!) grads of my own. I get it! You have a vision for your wall. They have their own (strong) ideas of what they want!
So let’s do grad portraits that make everyone happy while strongly showcasing your grad’s unique personality, favourite hobbies and smile!
If you look to the right, there’s a contact button. Click it and let’s start planning your stress free Vermilion grad portraits that your grad will love!
Reimagined Portrait Art – Did you recently become engaged? Congratulations! You are about to embark on what can be a stressful journey of wedding planning but I can help ease some of that stress!
What are some of the things you should look into when choosing a photographer?
• experience – how long have they been a photographer, what kind of gear do they have (portable lighting is a must!)
• what back up plan do they have if it rains or storms or is -40 on your wedding day?
• are they insured with professional insurance (not a home owners policy!)
• are they familiar with the other vendors and the venue involved?
• how do they back up your photographs in case your home experiences a loss?
Once you have narrowed down your choices after answering those questions, I encourage you to sit down and think about how you’d like to display your wedding portraits? A wall portrait? A beautifully finished wedding album? Or do you prefer to scrapbook your own portraits? Have a list of the ways you’d like to display your portraits when you contact the photographers!
Finally, budget – there are so many online budget planners for weddings! Bring your budget to your photographer and see how you can get the products you’d love at a cost that is manageable!
If you are planning a small, intimate wedding in the Vermilion area then I would absolutely recommend the beautiful https://www.redfeatherridge.com/ where this portrait was taken near Vermilion, Alberta. Incredible prairie views, private setting with camping on site, fantastic food with great service all in one beautiful location! No need to travel around on your wedding day as everything you need is in one place!
Congratulations on your engagement, I would absolutely love to work with you!
Reimagined Portrait Art – Today is Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and I wanted to acknowledge that my studio is located on Treaty 6 land. This land is home to 17 First Nations including Dene Suliné, Cree, Nakota Sioux and Saulteaux peoples.
My daughter’s class held a discussion on what Truth and Reconciliation meant. The teacher was Metis and was married to a devout Catholic family. Her family were survivors of the residential schools, his family were the people who worked in the schools and had to “round up” children. I can honestly say I have never heard such a powerful message on Truth and Reconciliation than what I did listening to her class. It had a profound affect on my daughter who was truly moved to acknowledge the darker, heartbreaking side of Canada’s deep history.
Her teacher’s message encouraged me to spend time today educating myself on the land I live on. I encourage you all today to take a moment to research the people’s who first lived here and reflect on what the residential school survivors really experienced being ripped away from their families and forced to assimilate to a new language and culture. For me, this year this hits home very hard.
I was blessed to work with this Cree family a few years ago. She has been dancing Powwow all her life and she brought her husband into this rich and incredibly beautiful celebration of Indigenous culture. This family openly welcomed me into their language, culture and traditions. It was a privilege to create this image for them.
In the Cree culture, the northern lights are their ancestors dancing in the sky. The power of this family who is so involved in Powwow juxtaposed with their ancestors dancing above them still moves me.
Truth and Reconciliation for me is about education. I pray you take time today to open your heart to the incredible sadness of the history of this day but also the incredible richness that is Indigenous culture in Canada.
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