12 Days of Christmas Giveaways starts TODAY!
Each day for the next 12 days (including today) I will be posting a giveaway on my Facebook Page. All you need to do to enter, is answer whatever question I’m asking for that day.
For today’s giveaway – if you can guess the correct number of marshmallows inside this jar, you will win a 30 Minute Mini Session with 5 digital files of your choice to use any time 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 the post on Facebook to your page to help me spread the love around!
Ready? Set? GO! Tell me how many marshmallows are in this jar – get the answer right and you win! 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.*
There are some newborn sessions where babies are so sleepy, I never see the whites of their eyes. Then, there are some newborn sessions where I’m given the sweetest show of all of the most adorable facial expressions you can imagine – Levi’s session was one of these! He came in to my Studio super sleepy, and slept through all of his family and sibling portraits. When the time came for his solo segment, he was more interested in my camera and his surroundings than the backs of his eyelids. 😛 This gallery should be reassurance to parents that no matter how your baby decides to be during your session, we’re getting beautiful portraits no matter what! 🙂
If you’re expecting in December, and live in the North Bay area, my current pricing includes TWENTY digital files (twice as many as usual) AND a complimentary Memories in Motion Film (See examples of Studio Style and Lifestyle Examples). All sessions taking place in December will take place in the comfort of your own home (even the Studio Style sessions)! By January, 2020, my brand new Callander Photography Studio should be up and running and ready for all of your smiling faces! I am accepting newborn bookings from January to March at this time as well, and I will honour my current newborn promotional pricing, which includes the 20 digital files of your choice when you book your session in advance, as newborn sessions are best booked while you’re still expecting.
Please contact me for more information, or to book your session!
Clean. Crisp. Classic. When this sweet little man’s parents requested classic black and white with dark wood accents for his studio newborn session, I KNEW it would be one of my favourites! I love pops of colour and natural organic tones, but every once in a while I’m so excited when I get to do a purely classic session like this one. This particular session was a dream… he slept when I needed him to sleep, and he woke up at the end to capture some adorable images of all of his many little faces.
Did you know that newborn sessions are best booked while you’re still expecting? I like to see babies in the first 5-14 days of life to ensure the sleepy, squishy poses that you see in my portfolio. I typically see newborns in my Studio, for sessions like this, but as my current studio is still under construction, with an expected grand opening of January, 2020, I am currently taking my mobile studio to clients homes in the North Bay Area!
If you would like more information on newborn sessions, you can find Pricing HERE. If you want to chat with me to make sure that I’m the best fit for you and your family, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Right before I made the move to Callander from Barrie, I received an inquiry for maternity and newborn portraits from a brand new client who I knew I was going to hit it off with right away. Not only could I tell that this Mama had my kind of sense of humour, but we had something else in common that I actually found myself yelling out “NO WAY!” to nobody in particular as I sat all alone in my old studio in front of my computer. (And no, it wasn’t the fact that both of our husband’s are named “Brian”…) 😛
“My old photographer sent me your way” she said. “PS. I noticed your new address as of May 30th…This was OUR first home before we sold it to the people you would have purchased it from!”
I couldn’t wait to meet this family, so when that finally happened for their maternity session in Callander in September, I shot their session, and then we all came back to my new house (their old house) where we chatted on the front lawn until the sun went down. They booked their newborn session shortly after that, and I think it was pretty nostalgic for them to have it happen in the same place where all of their previous sessions had taken place before me.
Their newborn session took place in October, after baby Hannah arrived. The session was fabulous, and I thank this family profusely for putting up with the sounds of construction during their session that are continuing around here even today (thankfully they had a VERY cooperative newborn!) 😛 Their newborn session was the very last one that I did here before construction noise and debris became too much to continue having clients until the addition is complete (in case you wondered why I’m not offering indoor Christmas Minis this year, that’s why…) For the remainder of 2019, I will be visiting clients in their homes for their newborn sessions (both studio and lifestyle varieties), and I have a few spots left in December. Newborn sessions are best booked while you’re still expecting, so if this sounds like you and you would like to snag some space in my December calendar, please CONTACT ME! 🙂
Here are some of our favourite images from Miss Hannah’s Newborn Session – as well as a little Memories in Motion Film to help her and her parents remember those early days. 😉 Enjoy!
NORTH BAY TREE FARM MINI EVENT NOW BOOKING!
There are 6 timeslots left for this event next weekend!
When? Sunday November 10, 2019 | 9am-1pm
Where? Soutar’s Highland Farm, North Bay
What’s the Deal? 30 minute session, Private Online Ordering Gallery, 5 digital files of your choice delivered via online download, access to promotional pricing menu for upgrades, and 50% off Holiday Cards!
This is the last mini event I’ll hold before Christmas, so if you’re looking for gift ideas – Grandparents and family LOVE photos! These will be ready for you to download and print for gift giving before Christmas. 🙂
North Bay – You’ve asked, I’ve listened! I’ve gotten a large number of requests for fall mini sessions this year, and I’ll be honest, I was on the fence about offering them because the season is so short and we’re not at peak colours yet… between trying to coordinate availability amongst myself, clients, Fall colours, and the rain that didn’t seem like it was ever going to let up for a while there, the task seemed daunting. I’m happy now to say that the forecast is looking more promising, the leaves are quickly changing, and I’ve juggled my schedule around a little bit so that I can accommodate THREE evenings worth of mini sessions!
If you’re looking for a handful of gorgeous, fine-art quality portraits at a fraction of my regular prices – now’s your chance! CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT YOUR BOOKING FORM
Once you’ve submitted your booking form, please send me a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know which if the following dates/times works best for you:
Wednesday October 9, 2019 @ 5:00pm, 5:20pm, 5:40pm, and 6:00pm
Monday October 14, 2019 (Thanksgiving Monday) @ 5:00pm, 5:20pm, 5:40pm, and 6:00pm
Tuesday October 15, 2019 @ 5:00pm, 5:20pm, 5:40pm, and 6:00pm
WHAT’S THE DEAL?
These sessions will take place on Cranberry Road, Callander.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT DURING OUR SESSION?
During a session with me, you can expect full direction as far as posing goes! I help to get you and your children into position, I correct your hair if it’s in your face after your hands are positioned, I tell you when to look at me and smile, when to look at your children, I give prompts every single step of the way to take the guess-work out of this for you! When it comes to the kiddos, sometimes they just need to run wild and free, and if this is your child, please don’t fret! I will chase them around and play with them while shooting until I’m satisfied that I have a beautiful gallery to give you to choose from. You can expect laughter, fun, and a beautiful quality final product! If the images below look like something you’d love of your own people, I would love to work with you!
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!* 🙂
Crisp, Fall air and the sweet smells of baked apples and pumpkin spice make my heart beat faster. Yes, I’m one of THOSE people. I LIVE for photographing families on the beautiful, fiery backdrop of fallen leaves. Last year, I didn’t get the opportunity to photograph many families during peak colours, as I had just undergone surgery. I was pretty excited when I was finally able to pick up my camera again, and when I did, this lovely little family were the first (and only) ones I got to photograph before the leaves had all fallen and the opportunity had passed for other families.
This year, now that we are living in Callander, where the leaves change sooner than they do down South, I’m super excited to have a handful of dates available to photograph families, children, pets and couples during the peak of this season’s beauty.
If you are interested in booking a session in North Bay or Callander during the last week of September/first week of October, please fill out this form and I will get you on the calendar: http://raindancephoto.ca/2019-fall-portrait-sessions-now-booking/
For now, enjoy a few of my favourites of this adorable family from last year! 🙂
In my last blog post, I talked about different packages that are available to suit every client’s needs. Whether that package includes just a handful of beautiful images to fit on a particular wall space, or whether that package includes every single image in a gallery to fill heirloom albums, multiple wall spaces, scrapbooks, or just because there’s no way you can pick and you just want them all! The last blog post showcased a session I had done in the Spring , and was an example of a mini session where my clients just needed a few new images to freshen up their walls. The session I’m about to show you (one of my FAVOURITES from right before I moved to Callander from Barrie), is an example of a FULL session, which includes the ENTIRE gallery!
Curious about pricing? Right now, until the end of the year, if your session takes place in Callander, North Bay, or immediate surrounding areas, you can take advantage of Introductory Pricing, which believe me, is a fabulous deal!
Also, I’ve had inquiries about whether or not I will be offering Fall Family Minis in North Bay this year, and the answer is YES! If there is enough interest, I will be opening a late afternoon when the leaves are expected to be at their peak where I will be able to see up to 5 families for Fall Family Portraits! These will be at the mini session promotional price point. If you are interested in securing yourself a spot early, feel free to email me at email@example.com and I will forward you some booking forms. If you’re more interested in a full session experience, where we can take up to a full hour to create fun, beautiful memories for your family, I am now booking weekday evenings in September and October at 5 and 6pm.
I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have, and very much look forward to the opportunity of working with your family soon! 😀
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