Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Alberta Soccer U14, U16, U18 Road to Nationals

I am very excited to be the Official Photographer at the ASA Tier 1 Provincial Soccer Tournament in Edmonton. The tournament starts tomorrow afternoon, and I'm just putting the finishing touches on my booth and getting the gear all packed up!

I've taken photos at numerous ASA provincials before, as well as at two Youth Soccer Nationals competitions - I've had that great privilege because my son's team represented Alberta twice, at U16 (silver medalists) and again at U18 (gold medalists!) so I appreciate the time and commitment that the athletes have given to get here, and wish them all the best!!!! I understand the game and know how to anticipate play.

When I first ventured into Sport Photography, a mentor told me there were 4 key elements in a sport photo: Face, Action, Contact, Ball. The perfect sport photograph isn't necessarily of the ball going into the net or even of the shot that put it there. It's all about the expression on the players face, the look of determination or of joy they have from competing, the fierce face off between opponents, the big stretch  to reach the  bird or the perfect positioning that comes from years of training. Catching those moments is what I strive to do. Sports photography is all about anticipation, about predicting what will happen next and focusing in on that moment. I've been shooting sports for 10 years and would love to be your sports photographer.

I'll be uploading photos by game day and time, to the galleries here. By 'registering' you will be able to select your favorite photos, and those photos are added to your own personal gallery for further review, and of course to purchase prints or digital files!

Prints come from Bay Photo, and are of the highest quality, printed with true photographic processing on archival paper. We also offer digital files and several specialty products, such as prints on aluminum and will have samples on display at the tournament.

You can book photography in advance, to guarantee that your team or player has their photos taken during the tournament. With 36 teams/51 games this will be the only way to ensure coverage of your player!

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Introducing Windermere Studios

Welcome to Windermere Studios! As the tag line above says 'The new home of Ann McRae Photography'! It's taken me longer to get to the job of renaming and redesigning my home on the web than I would have liked, but progress is indeed happening.

I've had Fastline Media install one of their SmugMug Templates for me, and I'm very pleased with the result! Check out the new look of  the Windermere Studios website!!! Isn't it gorgeous? I'm not quite settled on the logo just yet.

I'm getting ready for the Alberta Soccer Association Tier 1 Provincials for U14, U16 and U18 boys and girls next week. I've got a great special offer in place if you pre-book team game photos. Sign up in advance and receive a $100 discount off of the tournament team coverage rate of $350. You'll find more details on the site, and can use this form for booking your shoot. I've been taking soccer action photos for over 10 years, and have photographed many provincial and national competitions. I'm really excited to be covering these games this year!

The garden here at Windermere Studio is looking pretty nice as well.

If you are considering family portraits or Christmas Card portraits, be sure to keep watching this space, and the studio Facebook page, for some great fall specials coming in September!

Please don't hesitate to send me a message if you would like to arrange some photography or have other questions for me!