Popular Locations and What to Wear

Fall is coming and thought I would share some of Peace River’s best locations to have pictures done.   Now I have 2 types of styles Natural ( Rocks, Trees, Hills, Water ) and Urban ( Train Tracks, Buildings, Back Alleys, )    One of the most popular place I shoot would have to be 12′ Davis Grave site on top of the hill.  If you are from Peace River you come to love the River and our bridge and most people want this incorporated into their pictures.  This picture was capturing this graduating beauty and was done on top of the hill with our wonderful River in the back ground.  I capture this image late April when our weather was still very cool out.

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Another popular spot to have picture is the Sagitawa look out.  It’s south of Peace River on highway  744 up Judha Hill.  I do not like to take picture at the very top because of the guard rail that was put up.  I usually stop half way up road at one of the turn outs.  It’s a beautiful location where you can have the south or north of town in the image.  This  lovely couple the Walton’s was shot  last  fall. This is a true Fall picture with all the awesome oranges and reds and  that big blue sky to off set it. Truly a stunning picture.  I’ve been keeping track of our falls in Peace River for the past 7 years and I say by the 2nd week of October all are leaves are gone.  So book early to avoid disappointment.

 

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For an Urban Shoot I usually go into the heart of Peace River down town core and find unusual places.   Maybe a dumpster or an old set of stairs it really depends on my client and what type of session I’m tailoring it too.  Last fall I had a teen in and he wanted something different from his school pictures.  He wanted an image that he could hand out to his friends.  So we found a very cool spot down town behind  Fitness on the Go. It does not always have to be smiles for me as you noticed in these pictures.  He was really comfortable with this expression and when I let him be himself it looked natural and unposed.  I did get some smile pictures for mom but he did love these pictures and I’m here to satisfy both mom and son. undefined

 

Let’s change gears for a second and talk about why it’s so important to have family pictures done once a year.  I also want to talk about  clothing and the difference between formal and photojournalistic style photography.

Family picture,  I think it’s a good idea to update them at least ones a year to keep current.  As a parent we know all to well how fast our kids grow and how those pants you bought 2 months ago use to fit and now are half way to their knees. Same thing with photography why would you only capture them when they are babies and skip the rest of their lives until they graduate. You would not keep them in those flood pants for the rest of their lives would you. Nope didn’t think so.  It’s very important in our busy lives to take time out and have your family pictures done.  I hear all to often from people I meet that they wished they had more family pictures done, because once their kids got older they never updated their pictures.  They had the baby pictures and then skipped right to graduation pictures.  Once your kids hit college it will be next to impossible to get everyone together for family pictures.  Ask any mom with college kids or even grandma how hard it is to bring everyone together, they will tell you next to impossible. Billy’s got a new job, Sarah has a baby , Johnny  is too far away to travel home.  Do pictures now not tomorrow and keep your memories alive so you can remember when.

Clothing: Now people always get hung up on clothing and making sure they all have newly purchased outfits.  Parents stress so much over the outfits that they can’t handle the thought of it and then decide not to have  pictures done.  This is crazy talk use what you have and don’t stress so much about it. Really it’s the smiles we want and  the memories you are creating so when you look back you will invoke your feelings on those pictures to refresh your memories so you can remember when you’re baby had chubby rolls and how your daughter shares your same smile and how your son had to have his mohawk hair cut.  The only time we look back at the outfit is when we jump a few decades back in time to make fun of our parents outfits.   We may even comment on that shag carpet that was in our living room at the time but we will always go back to our feelings and memories shared with those pictures. What it makes us feel and how we loved our children. So in short Don’t worry about your clothes as much.  My rule is no big flashy logo’s,distracting patterns or clashing colors. As long as it’s clean and pressed you are ready to roll.  I used this family as an example they were not all in matching white T-Shirts but  had on similar tones of colors. They were clean and pressed and really that’s all you need. This is what I would call a Natural pictures lots of trees and grass. I also wanted to point out the difference between difference between Formal and Photojournalistic style.  The first image is what I would call formal everyone is looking at the camera smiling.  The next shot is photojournalistic, the dog ran into the image and everyone was petting and talking to him.  They are not looking at the camera and are sharing a special moment with their family pet.  It really depends on you and what your taste are.

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Thank You for taking the time to read my post I enjoy writing I’m just no good at it.  That’s why I’m a photographer, so if you find spelling mistakes as I’m sure you will just remember she is a photographer not a writer.  Hope it makes sense to you and if you have any question please comment under the post or send me private message. I would love to answer your questions.  To all my past and future clients please if you are wanting to book Fall pictures now is the time to do so before I fully book up.   Have a great weekend.

Love and Light Leah

 

 

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