After Elaine Halpert graduated from Ryerson University, she worked as an exhibiting fine-art photographer and taught photography classes. With her more than a decade of accrued experience, she refocused her efforts to build her own photography business, drawing upon the many lessons she learned, including the idea that two cameras are better than one. She and a sidekick attend all special-event shoots, capturing as many memories as possible during celebrations ranging from bar mitzvahs to weddings.
Her work emphasizes normal exposure and natural light, ensuring pictures suffused with authentic hues and clear focus. On occasion, she saturates colours by drawing out the brightness of a blue balloon or the stately beiges of a municipal bus shelter. Elaine also varies her lenses to achieve portraits with soft backgrounds and group shots with crisp details.
Professional photographer Bruce Hendricks was the first Manitoban certified by the Professional Photographic Certification Commission. He's twice been named Photographer of the Year by the Professional Photographers of Canada – Manitoba and has earned a long list of other accreditations and degrees. The artist helms his own studio and practices the lessons he espouses on a daily basis—he takes pictures of families and couples during portrait and wedding sessions and directs commercial and industry photo shoots as well. To share his experiences with others, he holds photography seminars to help professional, amateur, and student photographers learn new skills and develop confidence in both the art and the business of photography.
The framing experts at But Is It Art slip pictures, memorabilia, and keepsakes into flattering homes to keep them intact while bringing out their tones and textures. Staffers pride themselves on sealing unusual items such as ballet slippers and runaway hamsters into professionally glass-encased displays. Sports jersey framing is a specialty here, and mats can be customized to match team colors. The crew can also find the most stable way to frame medals or to dry- or float-mount paintings, photos, and needlework with an expansive lot of frames and mattes, and their work has earned distinction with a Consumers' Choice Award.
The team of framers and curators at Framing & Art Centre task themselves with keeping their customer’s walls well-adorned – be it with framed family heirlooms or a piece of art from the store’s own collection. Armed with conservation framing techniques, the framing team builds customized frames and shadow boxes from high quality materials – such as acid-free 100% cotton mats, and UV-coated glass – to keep valuable artworks safe.
Cindy Strickland Photography captures families' development over the years, from engagement and wedding photo shoots to newborn snapshots and family portraits. Families can keep their memories close at hand with digital images from the shoots.