Remember back, waaaay back…. At this time one year ago, I was SO freaking excited because drywall was starting to go up in my brand spanking new studio. I had so many big plans and couldn’t wait to see all of the beautiful memories that I could help people create in this space. I managed to use it a grand total of SEVEN times before the world changed in March. Seven.
Even after the initial lockdown lifted, it was hard for me to try and return to “normal” and forge ahead full steam, because I felt deep down that we would inevitably be facing lockdowns again in the not-so-distant future, and so I held back on advertising, filling my schedule, and accepting deposits because I knew how much work it would be for me to contact all of those people and start negotiating whether or not I would need to refund or reschedule (to who knows when) once that time came.
Every single day, I come down to my studio and I just sit here and look at it. It’s such a peaceful, beautiful space that my soul feels comforted being in here; but at the same time I feel such a deep sadness at not being able to use it the way it was intended… and because of the reasons WHY I can’t use it the way it was intended.
I was sitting in here this morning, sipping my coffee, just looking at this corner that I worked so hard to turn into a beautiful “Lifestyle Corner” and the inklings of an idea started to trickle through…
Once lockdown is lifted, I’m contemplating creating a Lifestyle Newborn Micro-Mini Package that would utilize this set and allow me to capture a “Lifestyle” newborn session where parents would be the only ones to touch and move their baby. It would be drastically different from my typical posed studio work, but at least it would be SOMETHING that would still allow me to capture this fleeting time and create beautiful portraits while still maintaining a safe distance. I can also use this set for Mommy & Me Sessions, candid lifestyle Family Sessions, even pet sessions!
I still need to add a few elements to this set, and was thinking about a few Monstera plants… what do you think!? Any suggestions?
Little Noah and his adorable family were my very first session of 2020. I can’t think of a better way to have started my year! His session was a sort of hybrid lifestyle/classic newborn session, which included some posed images as well as many candid ones. I’m in love with the resulting gallery, but I think I’m even MORE in love with his Memories in Motion Film (which are now available as an added upgrade to sessions for a limited time introductory price of $200+hst)
Studio newborn sessions are going to be available in my brand new Callander Photography Studio within the next 1-2 weeks, and I am SO EXCITED! I’ve had many inquiries for packages and pricing lately, so if you’ve been curious about booking a session for yourself, you can find my packages by clicking through to my pricing page here. I’d be happy to answer any questions that you may have, so feel free to Contact Me at any time. 🙂
For now, please enjoy this sweet film and images from Noah’s newborn session. Thanks for visiting!
**Enjoy with your sound on, for the best viewing experience** 🙂
The only thing I love more than holding the Client Appreciation Contest each year is ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS! This year, the participation was amazing, as always! Thank you to EVERYONE for your support through the years and to all of my clients last year who made this contest possible – without further delay, THE WINNERS!
GRAND PRIZE WINNER – Contestant No. 19 – Lindsey Jones
Drawn by random.org, Lindsey has won an All Inclusive Creative Portrait session (worth $960), which includes her portrait session, all high resolution digital files (between 35-60) on USB with print release in both colour and black and white as well as 4×6 colour reference prints. Congratulations Lindsey!!!
SECONDARY Prize 1 – Contestant No. 009 – Ashley Tran
This prize was chosen by our Grand Prize winner. Lindsey chose Ashley’s entry because it resonated with her on so many levels – having a young child in the house with a new baby, undergoing renovations, unfinished rooms and so many unknowns (I can relate to this one too!). Ashley has won a $200 Gift Certificate to use towards her next portrait session. Congratulations Ashley!
Secondary Prize 2 – Contestant No. 006– Ryan Shevalier
This prize was determined by the number of Facebook votes received on their entry. Ryan’s adorable image received a grand total of 90 votes as of closing time on January 21! He has won a 16×20” Gallery Wrap Canvas of his entry. Congratulations Ryan!
Secondary Prize 3 – Contestant No. 009 – Ashley Tran (Maybe Ashley should buy a lottery ticket today?) 😛
This prize was also determined by the number of Facebook votes received on their entry. Ashley’s photo of her two beautiful girls received 80 votes. She has won a 16×20” Mounted Wall print of her entry. Congratulations Ashley!
Secondary Prize 4 – Contestant No. 017 – Stephanie Chivers
This prize was also determined by the number of Facebook votes received on their entry. Stephanie’s photo of her beautiful twin daughters received 77 votes. She has won a $100 gift card to use towards her next session in 2020. Congratulations Stephanie!
Thanks again everyone! Congrats to all the winners! Looking forward to a great 2020! And remember, if you know someone who lives in North Bay, or surrounding areas, it would make me SO happy for you to spread the word that I am now located in their area. Rebuilding a business from scratch in a brand new town is hard work, and I am so incredibly grateful for all of the help and referrals you’ve all been sending me so far! I love you guys!
Late last year, I had the pleasure of meeting sweet little newborn Ava and her family in her Grandparents’ home in North Bay for a lifestyle newborn session. As you can see from these images, lifestyle newborn sessions take place in your home, using your surroundings as your backdrop; setting the scene for real, candid, raw emotion in your portraits. This session also included a Memories in Motion Film (LOVE these!)
I will continue offering Lifestyle Sessions in client’s homes, as I love them dearly. I have to share some exciting news, though! MY STUDIO in Callander is going to be complete and ready for business SOON! Like in the next 2 weeks(ish) soon! I am so excited, I can hardly contain myself! I will be offering a bunch of Grand Opening Promotional Mini Events – if you don’t want to miss them, I highly suggest subscribing to this blog (at the bottom of this website) or following my Facebook Page, as I will post here as soon as booking is available for those discounted events!
For now, please enjoy Ava’s Lifestyle Newborn Session!
And here are some of our favourite images from her session!
12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Day 2!
Each day for 12 days I will be posting a giveaway on my Facebook Business Page. All you need to do to enter, is answer whatever question I’m asking for that day.
For today’s giveaway – Click here for the Original Facebook Post and tell me what your Christmas favourite movie is! The one movie that you couldn’t possibly get through the season without watching… Winners get a $20 Cineplex Gift Card and a $50 Raindance e-Gift Card to use towards any service in 2020!
Winners must be able to travel to North Bay or Callander, ON for their session. If you know someone who would love to enter this contest, tag them or share this post to your page to help me spread the love around!
Ready? Set? GO! Tell me your favourite Christmas movie – winners will be assigned a contestant number and chosen by a random number generator. Winner will be announced tomorrow morning right before the next contest opportunity!
*This contest is not endorsed, sponsored or administered by Facebook, nor is Facebook associated with this contest. Facebook is released from any responsibility to entrants or participants.*
Raindance Photography is Callander’s exclusive newborn, baby, child, family, maternity and pet photographer. Specializing in studio photography and outdoor portrait sessions and servicing clients from Callander, North Bay, Barrie, Orillia, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Midland, and Penetanguishene since 2011. To book your indoor or outdoor photo session with Raindance Photography, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
When I began photographing families nearly a decade ago, I was keen to learn, excited to try new things, and TERRIFIED at the idea of photographing another photographers’ family. LOL! I’ll let you in on a little secret… all of those statements still apply today. Behind the scenes, I am constantly brushing up on new techniques to improve my work, I’m always up for trying something new, and when other photographers hire me I fret like it’s nobody’s business that for some reason I will forget everything I know I’m good at and not remember how to turn on my own camera. That’s never actually happened, by the way…
This summer, I had the pleasure of working with this lovely family in Callander, once again. Mama is an incredibly talented professional photographer in the area, and once every few years I have the honour of updating her family portraits. Even when you’re a photographer (maybe especially if you’re a photographer) I think it’s so important to let someone else photograph your family. If you’re the parent in the family who’s always behind the camera, you’ve probably noticed that your family albums are lacking of your presence. So even though I feel like I’d love to lose 50 lbs before stepping in front of the camera, I know that my children love me just the way I am, and they cherish these images of us all together at this point in their lives, and I love to see how they look at me through someone else’s lens.
I love every type of photography that I do – maternity, newborn, children, families, and pets – each for different reasons. One of my absolute favourites though, is family photography. I LOVE to be able to draw out real, raw emotion. I love to show parents the beauty in their chaos. I love to pose families nice and close, in a little tight group snuggle, and encourage them to tell each other stories from when the kids were really little (kids love this) and then snap away as the magic of their connection and family dynamic shines through. Each and every one of my sessions starts with group family portraits (both formal and candid, standing AND sitting), and then moves on to sibling portraits, individual child portraits, couples portraits, and then if time allows, MORE awesome family portrait opportunities that get everyone up and moving around, jumping, twirling, running, and having FUN! I pride myself on being able to make those connections, creating real emotion, and turning tears and fears that can sometimes happen at the beginning of the session into genuine smiles and laughter. If I have one downfall, it’s that I usually provide clients with galleries that are a little on the large side, because there’s just so much awesomeness that happens in every session (sorry, not sorry!) 😛
As you peek through my pricing and package page (which still has introductory rates until December 31, 2019, for sessions taking place in the North Bay Region) you may wonder what I mean when I refer to the “entire gallery”. If you scroll through all of the beautiful images below, you’ll see an example of what an entire gallery actually looks like. Some folks can narrow their selections down to the package that comes with 10 images, and others can’t. For those that can’t, the All Inclusive Package exists, and it looks like this…
PS: I still have some availability for Fall Family Portraits, if you’re interested – contact me!
I am SO excited to share this blog! For a few reasons. Firstly, because I can’t wait to show Bowie’s parents, who have been waiting very patiently to see this whole thing polished and put together. But also, I am excited to finally be able to offer something fresh and heartwarming to ALL of my new lifestyle clients!
Introducing The Lifestyle Collection AND Memories in Motion! Memories in Motion are short films that can be captured during your lifestyle or outdoor photography session with Raindance Photography! For a VERY LIMITED TIME (like, for the next 5 lifestyle sessions that are booked in the North Bay/Callander Area) I will be including one of these sweet films COMPLIMENTARY in your regular full session package! These are great for young families, newborns, babies, children, and pets… basically anything that you want to freeze in time and cherish forever!
Introductory pricing is still available until December 31, 2019. If you know you would like a session in 2020 and want to take advantage of this years’ promotional pricing, book in before the end of the year and I will honour this pricing for you. After these 5 special offer sessions are gone, Memories in Motion films will be available as an upgrade to your regular portrait package at an introductory price of $300+hst.
If you’re interested in more information, or would like to book a session for yourself, please contact me! I look forward to hearing from you! 🙂
*Sound on to enjoy the full experience!* 🙂
I am a firm believer in the importance of recommendation. I think that when someone, or a company (big or small) goes above and beyond your expectations you should not only tell them, but tell others! My husband and I had such a diff…
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What an amazing experience! Stephanie was super comfortable to work with and exceeded all expectations!
We have had the pleasure of using Stephanie at Raindance Photography for at least 3 extended family photo shoots. Her work is lovely, she is friendly, great at communication and so adaptive when working with our family with ages baby t…
Stephanie has been taking our family photos for years and they never disappoint! She’s amazing with the kids and always gets so many great shots that I have a hard time making decisions on which to get. Pro tip – get the package that i…
I just loved doing our gender reveal photoshoot. It was so much fun and I just love the pictures. I can’t stop looking at the blog!! I can’t believe I am having another girl! It is so awesome to have that moment captured forever.…
Best photographer!! Stephanie is amazing with newborns and a phenomenal photographer!!! Definitely going back 🙂
Stephanie from Raindance Photography was very professional, and was able to capture the personalities of all three of our young boys. We were extremely happy with her friendiness, photography skill and editing talent. We absolutely…
We have been having our photos taken with Steph at least once a year for the past few years! Every time I book an appointment, I am so excited. she is amazing with kids and always gets pictures when I don’t think we will. We are st…
Words can’t express the amount of admiration I have for this photographer. She is capturing all of the biggest moments of my familys life. She has a natural talent that you cannot teach anyone. Her pictures are beautiful and she is so …
Loved our family photo’s! Very accommodating and great with kids 🙂 Excellent Customer Service! Nothing but 5*’s for Raindance Photography!
Stephanie, The pictures are absolutely beautiful! Everyone is so happy! You did an awesome job and made our bachelorette party very memorable. You are an extremely talented photographer. 🙂
Steph did my son’s cake smash pictures for his first birthday & they were AMAZING. My family absolutely loved them all! We had a wonderful experience too, very professional, friendly & outgoing. We got the best smiles out of my little …
Amazing photographer, some of our best family photos are from Stephanie.
Great with my baby and offers lots of choice!
Stephanie is amazing. She is always calm and able to capture great photos, even when the littles are not at their best! She is gentle, relaxed, and the children always respond to her! She does amazing work.
Stephanie from Raindance Photography did our amazing family photos, she was absolutely fantastic. My family “may” have been at each other’s throats mere seconds before arriving at her studio, but with her friendly, easy-going nature, …
I just wanted to take a minute to express how grateful we were to work with you! You are a very talented, patient, and sweet person and I’m so happy you are pursuing what you love… it’s very clearly what you’re meant to be doing! Yo…
From boudoir to kids to family – this lady will amaze you with her ability to capture your moment! The kids photos are so life-like, real… showing the personality, the age, innocence, and mischievousness! Family portraits are fun, r…
Steph is one of the most professional photographers I have worked with. Her patience especially with little ones is unmatched and the finished product is spectacular. I have never finished a family photo shoot with so many images to ch…