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.
Adam and Raina, the photographers and videographers behind Stick Productions, infuse each studio and on-location shoot with a lighthearted sense of fun, snaring professional, narrative shots of subjects in natural states of happiness. Specializing in wedding photography and videography, Adam and Raina strive to incorporate chosen on-location settings into their photos' overall composition, artfully manipulating natural light and adding a personalized signature to each candidly captured, photojournalistic image. In-studio portrait sittings allow time for clothing changes, whereas field shoots snap subjects at a favourite park, street corner, or space-shuttle launch pad.
As a mother, Heidi Neufeld learned quickly that time is of the essence when documenting family moments. Before her child could grow up too fast, she took to freezing those moments in time for posterity through colourful, bright, and vivid photographs. Today she does the same for others, shooting lively lifestyle portraits of moms-to-be, newborns, kids, couples, and families.
A graduate of the SIAST Applied Photography program, Full Tilt Photography owner and photographer Megan Walbaum has learned to catch memorable images through her camera lens. During photo shoots, Megan strives to put her subjects at ease to better portray their candid personalities. She brings her sunny brand of shuttersnapping to weddings, sporting events, and on-location shoots for all occasions.
Sooter Studios’ team of photographers train their camera eyes on newborns, families, and kids. They also shoot photos for youth sports teams as well as high-school senior portraits. Large events such as weddings also highlight their services, as do smaller sessions for the family pet. Jacks of all photographic trades, they’ve even photographed professional wrestling events with the same aplomb they exhibit during gentler events such as photo shoots for moms-to-be.
Peals of laughter ring out in the McMaster Studio’s large rooms, where groups meet to slip memories into photographic amber. The experienced shutterbug has captured weddings, graduation ceremonies, and a wide range of wildlife. The photographer swings around the lens to capture shots of newborns and toddlers, helping parents to remember their children’s’ first steps even after they get a license to rollerblade everywhere.