Thursday, February 28, 2013

Look at all these cute faces! Modern Mama 2013 Face of the Year Contestants

The Modern Mama (St. Albert) Face of the Year shin dig took place February 27, 2013 at Ron Hodgson Chev Buick GMC.   The event sold out, and 60 precious little faces smiled, slept, blew bubbles, and goofed off for me, Raj from Patient Man Productions and Larissa from LMack Photography Studio. Beautiful little girls with pig tails and bows in their hair, mischievous busy boys, some deadpan serious babies, some real ham toddlers, made for a really fun night of photography! There were displays by local family friendly businesses and sponsors, a beautiful cake and bright shiny cars to use for backdrops.

I've uploaded many selections for each of the little people that I photographed. I'm a sucker for little ones, and must admit that I was not 'brutal' in culling my shots! I find delight in the whole spectrum of facial expressions little people make and I hope you will too. I did force myself to pick one image each to share here:

I'm offering 10% off  prints and digital files until April 30, 2013. The discount code to use to redeem the 10% discount is entered during the check out process, on the payment details page. It is ModernMaMa10, and it is case sensitive.

I offer some really beautiful ready to hang products, metal (aluminum) prints, thin wraps with a satin finish, as well as metallic print paper. These are products not readily available here in Edmonton. My print lab is Bay Photo in California, and there are shipping charges on prints ordered from my site. Bay Photo is a very high quality professional print lab, and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all print products ordered through my site.

I also offer digital files in three sizes: a web sized version for $2, perfect for sharing on social media or your family blog, a 1MP size that will print very well up to 5x7 inches (possibly larger) for $10 and a 4MP size that can print big, for $50. There are no limitations to the number of copies that you can make with your personal use license for these photos. Digital files provide you with great flexibility in terms of the way you make use of them, and there is no shipping cost or wait time for digital file purchases!

The photos from this event are ready for you. I do hope that you enjoy them. I offer family photo sessions at a setting of your choosing, in my garden or in your home (I have portable studio lighting), starting at $300 with a $75 credit toward prints or downloads. For more information, please contact me! You can always leave me comments here too.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Modern Mama Face of the Year Photo Contest

Calling all Beautiful Babies and Busy Toddlers! Modern Mama St. Albert is holding a contest to select the  Modern Baby Series 2013 face of the year; babies under 12 months as well as the Social Tots 2013 face of the year; toddlers 12 months – 4 years.

Windermere Studios, Patient Man Productions and Beyond the Smile will be on hand at Ron Hodgson
to create the photos for the contest. 

Be sure to register. The first 30 families that do so receive swag bags with special offers. 

February 27, 2013 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ron Hodgson
5 Galarneau Place
St. Albert,AB T8N 3V4

Winner’s Prize:
Mini session with one photographer ($75 value)
Annual Seasons Pass to Prairie Gardens ($120 value)
Winner of the baby category image used in promotion of St. Albert Modern Baby Series.
Winner of the toddler category image used in promotion of St. Albert Social Tots Program.
$10 gift card to Stay in Your Jammies Consignment.
Personalized book from Just 4 Me Songs for our baby winner (valued at $16.95).
Children of the world memory game from Just 4 Me Songs for our toddler winner (valued at $16.95).

Check the Modern Mama contest page for all of the details! See you there! 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Bees, bugs and bokeh

Always check your cards!!! These images are from two summers ago, but I only recently found them on a CF card. Hadn't even copied these to my hard drive. Could have quite easily reformatted the card and lost them all. And that would have made me sad, because they are perhaps the best bee photos that I've ever taken. So as we wait patiently for spring to arrive here in the land of permafrost, let these images remind you of glorious summer days.

Stick 'em up, partner:

Going our separate ways:

The requisite Bee Butt:


Equipment: Canon 7D, 300mmf4 lens at 5.6 1/500 or 6.3 1/320. Handheld in really great light, significantly cropped for composition and very minor Lightroom adjustments. My next, next lens will be a macro!!! You can be sure I'll be planting more orange and gold echinichea as well.