Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Vegas Rockabilly Wedding

Had the great pleasure to photography my sons pre-wedding photos in Vegas this past week :)!

Meet Katherine, our beautiful daughter-in-law :)! This was a candid shot outside the wedding chapel in Las Vegas just before the ceremony.



Friday, September 19, 2014

The Novice Photographers Outdoor Workshop - Wabamun Lake Provincial Park




Join Wildlife Photographer Angela Specht and Fine Art Photographer Reg Faulkner at Wabamun Lake Provincial Park for a 4 hour photo workshop and hike exploring the fundamentals and artistic requirements that make up great photographs. The basic rules of photography will be discussed with hands on applications. Contact Reg or Angela for more details. Date is subject to change.

Local wildlife photographer Angela Specht and I have teamed up and are offering a photo workshop for those who wish to develop their artistic skills and technical abilities to better capture amazing photographs. This first course will cover the time honored rules of composition, rule of thirds, simplicity, leading lines, balance, light and color and other fundamentals of art that a photographer must know to obtain those “wow” images. Our first course will be a hands on photo walk through the trails around the Wabamun Lake Provincial Park requiring about 4 hours of easy walking on the paths and open public areas within the park boundaries. This photographic instructional tour is open to all ages and you’ll not need an expensive camera! Any point and shoot will work even your phone camera can produce amazing images if you know how to use it effectively! Your instructors Reg Faulkner and Angela Specht have several years of experience as award winning photographers specializing in various fields of photography utilizing both the Canon and Nikon camera systems. Reg began his journey into the world of art 50 years ago with art courses offered by the Edmonton Art Gallery in its first home located in a grand old house west of the MacDonald Hotel. His photography experience started in the mid-sixties using his father’s SLR camera with the guidance of a family friend who was also a professional photographer who took him along on tours like this one. Today Reg prefers the digital dark room over the long forgotten smell of chemical emulsions. Both Angela and Reg have teaching backgrounds as well. Angela is currently teaching with the Athabasca University and Reg was an adult education instructor for several years with the Alberta Government as well as the Vancouver Island University developing and delivering community education courses for young adults. Angela has led photo workshops in the past and has a long history of teaching/coaching experience. She has also been a guide for outdoor/environmental education courses and tours. She has inspired many photographers with her amazing wildlife and landscape photography.
Course outlines and handouts will be provided. You will have one on one access to both instructors throughout the workshop and we know you will not only learn new things but will experience the beauty and wonders our local area has to offer. Group size will be limited to a maximum of 8 people in order to provide ample one on one time with both instructors.

Course costs are $50/person.

If your interested please message me or Angela for more details.

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Busy Summer

I have a lot of catching up on my blog since I last posted. It's been a wonderful summer so far. We couldn't ask for better weather! Fine art sales at the markets, vacations and photo shoots have pretty much used up all my time this summer. No sign of things slowing up in the near future either. I have more family photo sessions and another wedding plus 2 more summer markets before the end of summer. Well the next wedding is early fall but I expect the fall will be busy too.
My fine art sales did a lot better than I anticipated. I have been continually making trips into Edmonton for more supplies. I'm now buying frames by the case thinking that'll last me till Christmas and I see I have to make another trip to get more frames. It's been a bit of a learning curve with matting and framing my fine art collection but I think I'm developing a method for producing archival quality at an affordable price. At least my customers seem very happy with my prices :). It's now the middle of August and I'm looking at where I might find an outlet for my fine art sales this winter? A little more research in that area and I'm sure I'll turn up something.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Free March Portrait Session Contest

Would you or someone you know like a special gift to ward off the winter blues? Check out my Facebook page for your chance at a free portrait shoot! Guys how about a beautiful Glamour Image of your sweetheart! Maybe a family portrait gift for your grandparents? 

Free Photo Session at Reg Faulkner's Studio at the Lake


Monday, February 17, 2014

Parkers 3 month Photo Session

Parker was in great spirits for his 3rd month photo session which just happened to fall on Valentines day.







Sunday, February 9, 2014

Portrait Recipes

New Portrait Recipes to add to my collection with the beautiful Paige as my model


70-300mm at 300mm f/5.6 ISO 250 1/320 - background desat - vertical motion blur 260 pixels - Topaz Clean 3 - Snapseed sharpening and tonal adjustments - Topaz DeNoise5 - Color filter 372101



Sunday, February 2, 2014

Melissa and Ken family portraits Feb 2, 2014

Was really hoping for better light outdoors today, but we did manage to get some nice images in the studio where we can control the light. And the wind was a little nasty to boot so coming back to work on the edits from the mornings session was a welcome task. Hopefully I can still put something together for an outdoor winter scene in the Cameo Composite Pano theme.













Saturday, February 1, 2014

Studio and Cameo Composite Pano Session Sunday Feb 2

I'm very excited about my upcoming photo session tomorrow! I'm looking forward to trying out all the shots I hope to include in the composition. Also with this session is a low key shot against a black screen in my studio and a 3 light setup. I'm using 2 speedlights in soft boxes for the key and fill lights and a flood light to highlight the backdrop. I have another flash I may use as a hair light but I'm not to worried if not. Tomorrows main event will be the outdoor scenes :).

Here's the results of my test shots this afternoon. It's a lot tougher than you'd think to get good self portraits. Focus, composition or posing is all done with best guesses lol! This shot was mostly about getting the backlighing setup were I wanted and I like this effect with the blue tint on a low key shot.

The Photgrapher

Friday, January 31, 2014

Cameo Composite Pano

Recently one of my neighbors booked a photo session with me for her family this fall. She was telling me how much her mother wished they had an updated family photo. It's been over 20 years since the last time they all got together for one. Not an overly large group but big enough I'd really have to crowd them into my studio which happens to function as my living room also lol. I told her I'd come up with something special for her and started thinking on just how I might do that. I had several ideas we could use to pose them all in different scenes out here in our beautiful little Hamlet of Fallis by Lake Wabamun. But what I really wanted was something new and different, something I never seen done before and then it came to me. A tight cameo style shot of the grandparents with the children arranged in their family groups behind and to each side at about 70% scale to the grandparents who of course are the main subjects in this photo. I couldn't wait to explore these ideas and began looking through my recent family portrait shoots and found Deb Fosie's family would work great as my first design trial models in Photoshop and thus the composite idea was incorporated as well in the panoramic style layout.