Fairy Day

We provide the wings and props, you bring the magic!

To launch our newest offering in our studio we held a Fairy Day for some of our regular clients with appropriate aged children.  It was a huge success!

The interesting thing that occurred was how the little girl reacted when the wings were put on her.  As a fairy she became empowered.  Anxious to play the part and listen to instruction.  Mom was in tears.

Fairy Portraits are personal art pieces that will last a lifetime.  Inspiring pieces that you will be proud to show and give as gifts to family and friends.

There are several stages we take you through to get to the final product, each stage, getting input from you as to how you want your Fairy to look.

If you have a child (or Grandchild) between the ages of three and eight years, you don’t want to miss this experience.


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Becoming Grandparents

Nicholas at three months

Nicholas at three months

When I was first referred to as “Grandpa” I turned to look to see if my Father was alive. (He passed a year earlier)  Then I realized it was me that was the Grandpa.  A page had turned and a new chapter had begun.

It is amazing the power of this little person.  He has the ability to bring a family closer together.

Welcoming our new baby sister


A new baby can be a trying experience for kids, but these two seem curious and gentle with their new baby sister.  A tender moment captured.

When children are young, the difference in age, although by adult standards are very close, can be a challenge for a photographer.

Here, I convinced the older children to get close to their baby sister, and let them do what came naturally.


Character study

Joe has been a client of Primary for a long time.  Not a studio client, but a photofinishing client.  Joe is a photographer.  He lived in Atikokan Ontario where he photographed the buildings and landscapes as well as the people.  Joe recently came in the store to pick up some enlargements he had made.  It was then I realized that he would make a great subject of a character study. He agreed to pose for me and I knew the lighting would be the key to bring out the character in his face.  When I look at these images I see a man of wisdom and of strength of character.  Weakened by time and health issues, Joe still has a great sense of humour .  Although he can hardly get around he has not given up and still plys his trade of photography.  When I look at these images they will inspire me to aspire to these traits.

Superstitious Mountain – Arizona

A few years ago I was fortunate enough to get away in February to Phoenix Arizona.  Brought the big camera and took some desert pictures. The Cactus and terrain were incredible!  The more I got into capturing the essence of the area, the more it brought me back to those old cowboy films I used to watch when I was a kid. Those cowboys must have been tough.  Blistering hot in the daytime, and very dry.  At night is was uncomfortably cool.  It is a land of extremes to say the least.  It’s amazing how the flora and fauna survive, but they do well, and thrive!

Here’s my rendition of Superstitious Mountain.

A Family Gathering

Nadia loves photographs taken in the studio. She recently got a new addition to her family, a new bull dog.  This little pet was restless to say the least, but seemed to respect Lorne, Nadias’ husband.  With everyone in position, it was a matter of getting everyones’ attention and clicking the shutter.  The difficulty here is trying to find something that interests a very diverse audience.  The result is an image that the family will cherish for years as a moment in time when the family was in the beginning stage.

Kid and Dogs

Chase and Rex came into the studio the other day and we had a great time.  Chase is the kind of child that can’t fake a smile, so you have to distract him from the “S” word and talk to him about things that make a four year old smile.  At the same time you have to get Rex in the right position, also smiling, with ears up.  Balancing a large dog and a small child to give them equal billing is also something that has to be considered.  I think this photograph captures the relationship between the dog and the boy as well as being graphically balanced.

It was great fun!

Best Friends Forever


Preparing for your session

When you book your appointment we are going to ask you about clothing you intend to wear.  This helps us in choosing a background that will compliment your clothing.  Here are some general rules:

Think about where this portrait will be placed in your home.  The type of room and furniture you have, will go a long way in determining what type of portrait  you should have and what you should wear.

Popular portraits today are white on white.  This means that lighter colours or white blouses or shirts are worn and a white background is chosen.  This gives a very bright and lively portrait where the eye of the viewer is drawn to the faces of the subject.  So, clothing generally lighter in tone than the subjects’ face is desired.  We refer to these portraits as high key portraits.



Low key portraits are the exact opposite.  The clothing is generally darker than the faces and the background could range from a medium tone to black.  This type of portrait is more dramatic and the faces are the lightest tone in the photograph and therefore draws the viewers’ eye to the faces.

If you are choosing clothing for a number of people in a portrait, placing the shirts and blouses on a bed to see if they are complimentary is a good idea.

Some things that do not go well in a portrait are contrasty patterns,(plaids) and text or graphic logos. Whites and blacks in large groups are not preferred, but jewel tones such as deep reds ,blues, and greens are fine, as are earth tones.

Bringing a change of clothing is not unheard of, if you are not sure.