C$39 for One-Hour Studio Photo Shoot Package at Dynamic Images (C$631 Value)


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In a Nutshell

Experienced photographer creates images of subjects in studio and injects images into a disc and a 16”x20” wall photo

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. 24-hour cancellation notice required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Must use promotion value in 1 visit. In-studio only. Full value of voucher may also be used toward wedding package. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

C$39 for a one-hour in-studio photo shoot package (C$631 total value)

  • One-hour sitting session (a $95 value)
  • One 16”x20” wall portrait (a $236 value)
  • Disc of all the proofs (a $300 value)

If customers wish to do so, the full value of the Groupon may be applied toward the purchase of the wedding package.

Modern portrait photography owes many of its stylistic elements to the artistic media that preceded it. Learn about your photographer’s artistic lineage with Groupon’s exploration of portraiture.

Portraiture: Facing the Camera

From Paleolithic cave drawings to the presidential paintings on the White House walls, portraiture immortalizes both the subject and the point of view of its creator. The ancient Egyptians took this concept perhaps more literally than most: funerary portraits were painted over the faces of mummies in order to carry the deceased into the afterlife with their best likeness showing. In medieval times, the preeminence of the church led to a preponderance of ecclesiastic subjects. And as the Middle Ages faded into the Renaissance, great painters began to depict not only the noble subjects who commissioned tableaux of their families, but also themselves.

Self-portraits were often done simply as practice or to show off the artist’s technique in the absence of other subjects, but many early examples also introduced an element of fun, not unlike the goofy shots one might take in a photo booth or in front of a laptop’s built-in lens. Rembrandt, for example, made etchings of himself hamming it up like an actor on the Shakespearean stage and grasping an Indonesian dagger with gleeful solemnity. But he also devised one of the most elegantly dramatic lighting effects in portraiture, which photographers have adopted and still use today. Rembrandt lighting bathes one side of the subject’s face in full light and the other in darkness, interrupted only by a triangle of light around the eye and cheek. Light-dark contrast used to add volume to a subject was also cribbed by shutterbugs from Renaissance painters.

Portraiture didn’t progress smoothly from grand oils to dignified, large-format photos. Because the first cameras required about 10 minutes of exposure, fidgety human subjects were not a good fit. Even as exposure times shrank, the physical medium posed a problem. The most accessible means of photography in the mid-1800s was the daguerreotype, in which light etched images directly onto a metal plate. Costs and camera mechanics kept the plate small, and so the first popular portraits measured only a few inches across. They were not for dominating a parlor wall but for holding in the hand as a keepsake or sliding into a photo album, in the same way as the work of once-common miniaturist painters whose craft the camera gradually replaced.

For decades, portrait photographers continued to draw heavily on the past, sometimes placing their subjects in not only the poses and draped settings of the old masters, but even in Renaissance-style costuming. As cameras became smaller, faster, and more portable, however, the candid or faux-candid shot became viable, freeing photographers to use the spontaneous poses, lively expressions, and current backgrounds studios use today.

Dynamic Images

Sid's been photographing for 35 years, but he draws on more than experience to snap photos at his studio. There, he's gathered a wealth of props and sets that bring out the smiling model in each of his clients, including a toy trunk and a selection of pint-sized furniture for kids, as well as sets for boudoir shoots, family portraits, and maternity shoots. The facilities that don't make it on screen are impressive, too—for example, the granite countertops of the vanity room provide a beautiful platform for client prep.

Customer Reviews

78 Ratings

Sid seemed very experienced and the proofs we looked at were great.
Jeanette R. · September 7, 2016
Sid was very nice and patient with us and our dogs! We would recommend him to anyone looking to get pictures done!
Rebekah G. · July 19, 2016
Sid is a very talented and professional photographer. What more is there to say? Money well spent. Highly recommend to anyone for anything.
Mary R. · June 14, 2016
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