When most people travel oversees, they usually just come back with souvenirs and overlong descriptions of the in-flight movies they watched. Laura, however, came back with a passion. While vacationing in Sweden in 1990, she discovered a knack for capturing the country's lush landscapes and native people on film. So, when she returned to Calgary, she enrolled at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology for photojournalism. Her ensuing degree led her toward a decade-long career with Swedish newspapers and, eventually, a successful run freelancing for a slew of Canadian periodicals and publications. In addition to being featured in a variety of gallery shows, her work has graced the glossy pages of Canadian Geographic magazine, the Toronto Star, and Vancouver magazine, to name a few.
But once she had her baby in 2011, Laura discovered another form of photography that she enjoyed just as much as on-the-field editorial work: portraiture. She was so taken with snapping photos of her little girl that she decided it was only natural for her to also aim her lens at babies and families. It turned out to be a good move—she now helms professional portrait sessions that yield retouched prints, canvased images, and high-resolution digital files. She also passes on her accumulated expertise during workshops that teach others how to photograph their own young'uns.
As the clicking shutter brings fleeting darkness to the lens of his high-resolution Hasselblad H4D-40 camera, Robert Young's memory stirs up snapshot recollections of his father's darkroom in the mid-1960s. As a born-and-raised shutterbug, Robert eagerly transitioned from the domestic darkroom of his youth to the infinite possibilities of the digital realm. Working with his wife Lynn, Robert harnesses decades of photographic experience to thoughtfully compose Celebrity Photo Studio's striking, colourful images while continuously pushing boundaries with new technology and lighting methods. Though Robert's keen artistic eye has allowed him to soar over picturesque coastlines and dive deep into underground mines to photograph hard-hatted workmen and mole-people family reunions, he also enjoys capturing ineffable moments at weddings, childhood milestones, and family gatherings.
For 60 years, Photos Unlimited's large network of experienced photographers—selected through a rigorous screening process—have been capturing the personalities of families, kids, and pets with their in-studio and outdoor photo shoots.
Photos Unlimited now captures on-location photo sessions, too, including snaps of engaged couples walking hand in hand or images of newly married couples performing the traditional cake toss. And its photographers can work with clients to create professional-looking advertisements and press releases for their businesses.
After photo sessions conclude, photographers print out high-resolution digital images, put them on CDs, or add them to Photos Unlimited's online and mobile platforms.
Professional shutterbug Kim Goodyear snaps artful photographic portraits, turning candid moments into treasured album fodder or portfolio-bolstering modeling shots. During one-hour photo shoots, solo sitters pose inside Goodyear's studio or on location next to a majestic tree or beloved grain silo while a photographer carefully strives to capture cheese-sayers' unguarded, individual personality. After the session, clients get a disk loaded with all the high-resolution images snapped during the shoot. They also walk away with variously sized hard copies to frame, share, or trade with myopic baseball-card collectors.
When Stacey Kearsey was 7, her dad gave her her first camera. His gift not only helped her amuse herself during playtime, but transformed her into a lifelong photographer. Today, Stacey runs Klik Photography's fully equipped studio, venturing outside to take advantage of natural light during on-location sessions. Her shoots range from portraits of newly engaged couples and delighted newborns to snapshots of pets, overjoyed at the prospect of chewing on the camera later.
Whether you're looking for artistic inspiration or to brush up on your art knowledge, The Lane Gallery in St John's is the museum for you.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.