Wednesday, March 1, 2017

It's Been A While...

Our sun rose on January 11th after being down for about 6 weeks and today it rose at 7:21am and will be setting at 5:04pm.  We had some very cold wind chills reaching close to -60'c and a couple of blizzards this year with the last one being Valentine's Day so my date for the evening was Molly & Blitz as Craig spent the night at the DEW Line.  Speaking of Valentine's Day it is also the Westminster Dog Show and while watching them announce the Best in Show I was pouring myself some tea...wasn't paying attention and hot water ended up on my hand instead of in my tea cup.  Thankfully it was not as bad as it could of been and the skin is still healing.  Both Craig and I have also been getting over a two week flu/cold but we all know that Craig's was way worse than mine..the dreaded MAN COLD!  I think he thought he was dying at one point and I actually should of sent him to his mom. haha

I was asked to photograph a new business in town and was happy to do it.  It's a multi-function business; The Ublu Inn has a warm feel to it and each room has their own kitchenette, sitting area and of course the bedroom with a work station. Now if I remember this correctly Ublu means nest and it is so fitting for the Inn.  About a week later they asked me to return to photograph Kuugaq Cafe,  this funky cafe has places for you to relax on couches, arm chairs or the traditional table and chairs.  It is also the first place to have fountain drinks in town.  How exciting is that?  If you look closely at the pictures in the Inn they may look familiar as they are mine, which I am very excited about. 

Looking in from the front door

The sitting area

Work area

The bedroom

Looking in the cafe from the front door

View of one side of the cafe

Great area to sit and have a coffee

Looking into the kitchen area

I worked on my photography page on Facebook for a few weeks organizing all the photos into albums to make it easier for people to look at them and hopefully to order a print if they so desire.  I am happy with the outcome and now I am working on brochures and flyers to promote my photography business.  Since winters up here are quiet we are entering into the busy season of graduations, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and any other special family occasion.  I have also purchased some new overlays, digital backdrops and presets and the dogs have been my models.  Not sure if they are happy with it but they sure know what's going on when the camera comes out and I am sure having a lot of fun with them. 

If you remember back in December I photographed baby Gavin for his first birthday, I also photographed him mom when she was pregnant with him and last weekend I photographed him at 6 months old.  He is a happy little man and was very happy to take more pictures of him.  It was a bittersweet day as it was my last day to photograph him in Cambridge Bay as the family is moving.  Hopefully we can connect again in Yellowknife if I am there for a day or two. 

We had some amazing Aurora Borealis again and Craig and I drove out to see and photograph them.  He never wants to go but once he is out there he always says he was glad he came. Here's some pictures of what has happened the past couple of months. 

Our first day of sun

I always brought Hannah with me to watch the sun rise over the 
horizon and now a days Blitz comes along for the ride.

Northern Lights over Cambridge Bay

Here's some of the overlays, digital background, presets and some editing techniques that I have been learning and practicing with.

A new effect that I love

Here's Blitz's portrait with the same effect

Now some fun with overlays - rose petals


Some pink petal overlays

This one has two different overlays and I really 
love the big heart balloon


The sun is finally rising high enough over the horizon
that we get sunbeams and the dogs are really enjoying it.

The following are little Gavin's 6 month pictures.  His mom wanted a vintage/retro feel to the pictures and I am so pleased that both her and his dad love the pictures.

Here's a couple of the 5 x 7 brochures that I have been working on.

Well I think that's about it for now.  We will be leaving Cambridge Bay to spend some time in our Southern Home and are looking forward to some R & R.  Our friends Bernie and Al that used to live here, now living in Iqaluit will be down there and can't wait to see them, Norma,  Debbie & Art and our southern friends. 

Talk soon!

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