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.
Colours Art Supplies and Framing feeds creative expression with a well-stocked artisanal arsenal that includes classes and supplies for hobbyists and artists of all levels. Expert instructors guide fledgling compressed air wranglers through a two-hour Introduction to Airbrushing class, acquainting students with a variety airbrushes types through a series of icebreaker games. The classes elucidate airbrushing techniques for a number of surfaces including car fenders, birthday cakes, and stomachs, after which students soak up the basics of airbrush maintenance and cleaning. Pupils learn the fundamentals of paint wrangling with hands-on exercises, and each class is capped at eight students to ensure individual instruction.
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.