Equipped with a lifetime of familial artistic affinity, photographer Neil Edwardson seeks to unlock each subject's inner beauty in the diverse enclosure of his photography studio. During a free consultation, Edwardson and his clients discuss portrait style, clothing, client interests, and preferred monocle brand before beginning a one-hour studio sitting. Studio lighting and colour are fine-tuned before Edwardson augments subjects' superhero poses with included props such as an antique trunk, vintage armchair, chaise lounge, and children's toy riding car. Clients choose their favoured shot before testing the wall-warming capabilities of an 8"x10" framed portrait. Edwardson retouches the chosen image at no additional cost before swaddling the newborn photo in a washable, UV-resistant finish, and backing it up on a web-optimized storage disk. Clients can focus their photo faces as they secure ample free parking around the studio.
Photographer Samantha Melenka has a studio, but she mostly shoots on location––at venues that range from grassy fields to wedding receptions. For wedding shoots, she often collaborates with her husband, photographer James Melenka. Together, they capture grand tableaus such as the bride getting ready, or the uncle falling asleep. Through Samantha's other work, she captures the bond between families, a child's innocent grin, and the chemistry between newly engaged couples. Her photo booths, meanwhile, allow subjects to run their own shoots, controlling the booths' 18-megapixel cameras via touchscreen.
Coquitlam Centre, perched at the epicentre of the Tri-Cities, encompasses 910,000 square feet of shopping across two floors. Stores run the commerce gamut. Shoppers can stroll past windows chock full of the latest fashions in stores such as H&M and Aritzia or gear up for a 5K at lululemon and Sport Chek. To forestall any impending temper-tantrums, they host a kid's play park, stroller rentals, and free shuttle service around the Upper Level.
At Tellier Photography Designs, professional photographer Susan Tellier immortalizes memories with in-studio photo sessions, specializing in portraiture of children, families, and expectant mothers. The studio also updates and revitalizes old, damaged pictures with photo restoration services.
Specializing in family photography, Lesley Ann Bell captures honest and authentic moments in time with each colourful and captivating portrait. During each on-location shoot, she lets her shutter loose on memorable images, snapping a multitude of pictures before winnowing them down to 30 keepers ready for processing and display on prints or online image galleries. Lesley Ann also nurtures nascent shutterbugs through beginner's and advanced DSLR photography classes. Sessions begin with a one-hour training session that teaches photo fundamentals to beginners or advanced lighting techniques to more experienced students. Intimate five-students-or-less classes then migrate outdoors for an hour or more of hands-on experience. With friendly guidance from Lesley Ann, the group puts newly learned principles into practice, training lenses on the memorable landscape of riverbanks, trees, birds, and centaurs combing the grass with metal detectors.
Back in 1970, a young Michael Moster was inspired to buy his first camera and create his own darkroom after visiting a friend's, where he watched fascinating black-and-white images appear on blank photo paper. Seven years later, he went into the photography business full time. Moster developed a knack for capturing candid moments, and for making clients laugh. In 1994, he moved his business, Michael's Fine Photography, to a new studio on five acres in South Langley. Moster has received numerous awards for his work, such as the title "Master Of Photographic Arts" along with a Fellowship and Honourable Life Member status from the Professional Photographers of Canada—British Columbia; he also spent many years on the association's board of directors.
As photography went digital, Moster embraced these changes, becoming an expert in Photoshop and digital photo manipulation. These skills allow him to remove distracting background images from photographs, or perform “photographic surgery” on his clients themselves—delighting clients by taking years off their faces and delighting surrealists by swapping their heads with dinosaur skulls.