Photographs provide a more concrete way of recording recollections than sketching portraits in sand or dictating memoirs to an empty jam jar. Preserve precious memories with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a portrait package and CD (up to a $350 value) from TD Photography.
Tobi-Dawne Smith captures intimate and exciting moments with an eye for everyday vibrancy and an artist's insight on what makes subjects shine. Portrait packages complete any nightstand, bookshelf, or rocket cockpit and cover anything from actors' headshots to shamefully belated Valentines Day cards. During the solo shoot, "It's All About You" ($200), Tobi-Dawne focuses her energy and her lens on a single subject in one or two settings. Photos in this package can also be shot in "bedroom/glamour" and "boudoir" styles. The "Sweethearts" session ($300) grants love doves an excuse to coo breathlessly at each other under flashing bulbs in one or two romantic locales and with the same number of dainty wardrobe changes. The "Family Affair" package ($350) tethers up to five family members of the human or animal persuasion, from slacker brother-in-law to slacker macaw-in-law. Sittings take place over the course of one hour, after which images undergo a swift processing that includes specialty colour finishing selection (black and white, colour, antiqued, sepia), culminating in a CD to share with friends, family, and reality show cameras.
While Tobi-Dawne Smith—TD Photography’s namesake and resident shutterbug—has always been an artist, her original mode of expression was not through the lens of a camera but through work on stage and in front of an easel. After studying painting in university, Tobi-Dawne found herself drawn in by the promise of capturing real life in all its kinetic glory afforded by photography, picking up a camera soon thereafter. In the years since her first foray into photography she has continued her quest to snap essence-capturing portraits of each of her subjects, eschewing studio posing and tired props for verisimilar composition. Tobi-Dawne’s photojournalistic approach to her art is exemplified in her insistence on shooting as her clients partake in activities they love amidst Saskatoon’s natural and man-made sites, from hiking in Cranberry Flats to quietly reading their favourite phone book at home.