When it comes down to it, admits Exclusive Moment Photography’s Julia Unchura, it's not the years she spent helping her father in his photography studio that made her pick up a camera of her own. Though staging shots and working with equipment certainly helped her learn about photography, it was the vast beauty of Canada, her adopted country, she says, that triggered her passion for capturing images. Since 2004 when her family left their hometown in Kiev and settled in Ottawa, Julia has followed in the footsteps of her father and his father before him, dedicating her life to taking pictures.
While Canadian landscapes continue to inspire her, Julia now focuses on capturing candid human behaviours. Influenced heavily by the whimsical street photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson and the wedding photography of Emin Kuliyev—with whom she recently studied in New York City—Julia dedicates each of her shoots to the process of drawing out the essence of her subjects. She combats the camera-shyness of clients and bashful poltergeists with casual conversation and her bubbly personality. Though Julia happily welcomes clients into her studio, nature’s call frequently beckons her to lug her equipment outside for fresh-air shoots around the city.
Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.
With 185 stores, a slate of eateries, and a movie theatre, St. Laurent Centre has something for every visitor. Inside the sprawling confines, shoppers can treat their feet to a new pair of shoes at Aldo, snag custom-fit jeans at Levi’s, and play an interactive trivia game at Guess.
Professional shutterbug Brian works to capture smiles during family photo shoots and weddings. Brian, who has lugged his photo equipment to multiple countries to memorialize customers’ special moments, also turns the lens on couples, babies, and burgeoning bellies inside his studio.
The philosophy of Flirt and Flutter Photography’s female photographers hinges on one basic tenet: what separates fashion models from other women is not impeccable bone structure, but the hard work of their stylists and photographers. Before boudoir and glamour shoots—their specialty—makeup artists can accent faces, and subjects select accessories from a trove of boas, fedoras, and jewellery. The photographers then point their lenses at their catwalk-ready subjects before simple backdrops in the warm, flattering light of their studio, housed in a west Ottawa penthouse. The alluring photos often feature high-contrast colour, sharp colour accents, or classic black-and-white shading.
When they’re not coaching subjects into pin-up poses, the shutterbugs capture clients at a location of their choice for their more family-oriented shoot styles. Often focused on landmark events, these shoots can document engagements, weddings, or high-school graduations that mark the transition from living at home to living under a cafeteria table.
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Paige Cody tells stories with her photos. Her favorite tales spring from candid, emotional details: "the warm, genuine love in a mother's eyes, the look on a confused baby's face, the raw annoyance between siblings. . . ."
At Paper Crane Studios, she strives to capture ?anything that stands out from the hundreds of photos we take a session." The photographer has spent years doing media and corporate-type photography and videography, and she is pleased with the studio?s new family direction.
Paige loves to create imaginative photo sets, and she describes her style as having a romantic and fairy tale edge. Her many sets include baby animals, mermaids, Disney princesses, and holiday scenery. She even occasionally uses photo effects and filters to further customize each image.