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Our Instagram Best Nine of 2017

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Our Instagram Best Nine of 2017

Well another year has passed us by, this year seemed to go really fast! It seemed like we were just getting to enjoy summer and along came fall and before we knew it Christmas was upon us. The New Year gives us an opportunity to reflect back on 2017 and as such, here are our top nine photos from our Instagram account (@twopointphotography).

#1 - Ashley & Ross' Engagement Session

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#2 - Molly & Steve's Engagement Session

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#3 - Jade's Newborn Session

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#4 - Karey & Kiel's Engagement Session

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#5 - Karey & Kiel's Engagement Session

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#6 - Ashley & Ross' Wedding

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#7 - Charlie's Newborn Session

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#8 - Ashley & Ross' Wedding

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#9 - Karey & Kiel's Engagement Session

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So there you have it! Our nine best Instagram photos from the 2017 year. We had an amazing year getting to meet more beautiful couples and precious little ones. We are excited for another year of amazing opportunities in the 2018 year. 

If you would like to see what your Top Nine Instagram photos are from 2017 you can check it out here | 2017bestnine.com 

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We Had To Say Goodbye

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We Had To Say Goodbye

Last month we had to say goodbye to our ten year old malamute/sheppard, Zeus. The cancer that invaded his body became too aggressive and too much to overcome. In mid-August he was diagnosed with cancer as a soft tissue sarcoma grew on his right hip and in mid-September we were told that the cancer has spread to his lymph nods. Ever since we rescued him we always felt that we were giving him a great second chance to have a happy life. Even after we found out that he was suffering from hip dysplasia which would more than likely cause him some loss of quality of life as he aged. As a giant breed (or breeds) of dog we also assumed that ten years was going to be a significant milestone for him and his hip dysplasia, it just sucks that something like cancer had to be the reason why he needed to go. 

Some final goodbyes

I have a little sales pitch for you to read. When it was time to make the decision to let him go, we had nothing but tremendous support from our vet and the staff at Vets To Go. Between making the decision and when it was time we had numerous supports from them to make sure any questions we had would be answered, even if we needed help breaking the news to our two year old and five year old. The care and compassion that was shown definitely made the process easier and much more calming then we expected. The amount that they cared about our well being was evident in the unscheduled check up calls just to see how we were doing while we waited and the condolence notes we received afterwards were very thoughtful. We can’t thank the staff at Vets To Go enough for everything they have done over the last few years from our regular vet appointments and check ups to saying goodbye to Zeus. 

While we never really did official pet portraits with our dogs, I am happy I took a lot of photos of our dogs over the years. Sometimes I would use them as subjects to test our different camera settings, lighting settings or just video functions on a phone or app. Other times I would try to capture them being seemingly much more agile and athletic then they perhaps really were. The dogs always seemed to be more calm and able to take better instructions then a couple of busy little kids, although both would get equally distracted by the squirrels in our yard.  

So take lots of photos of those furry members of your family! Capture all the details of their life as they experience things like snow for the first time. Get photos of them interacting with kids as something that they can look back upon if they are too young to remember at the time. Through the photos you take you'll be able to capture your dog's personality and quirks that made them who they are and I guarantee you that you will be glad that you took as many as you could. 

Here are some of our favourite photos of Zeus from the last ten years. 

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Wonderful World Of Disney

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Wonderful World Of Disney

In September we took a week long family vacation to Disneyland, our first family trip to the magic kingdom since 1989. It would also be our first family vacation with our two year old and five year old, so Disneyland was perfect. I was roughly the same age as our oldest son when I was last at Disneyland and I have scattered memories of the two weeks we took to drive down to Anaheim and back home. So I figured I would document the trip like crazy, 7,186 photos on my camera and another 688 photos and videos from my iPhone. That translates into full on tourist mode trying to capture a busy family who were trying to take in everything in a single week. 

Full disclosure, our family are not diehard Disney fans. Our two boys know of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, but that acknowledgement of their existence is kind of where it stops for them until they saw the characters at the park. They are much more into the Pixar aspect of Disney as well as Star Wars and Marvel comics now that Disney owns those properties. My wife is the biggest Disney fan in our house as she grew up during the peak Disney movie period of Lion King, Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Pocahontas. 

High Up | f4, 1/1600, ISO 100, 24mm

In this blog post I want to share our experience taking photos and maybe offer some advice to you for your Disneyland adventure. 

Tip #1 - Be Patient

Thousands of people are at Disneyland, all the time. It is almost impossible to not have other people in your photos when you are trying to capture the sights. There are ways to try and limit the amount of people and one of them is to show a little patience. Show a little towards the people currently trying to take a photo where you want to take one and you will get your shot. Rarely was there a situation where someone just arrived to a spot, barged to the front, took their photo and left. People are understanding because they are trying to do the same thing you are. Also if you are trying to get photos of your kids, people are more than willing to make some space and give you the opportunity to get your photo. That being said you need to have your camera settings set and what you want your composition to be before you get to the spot so that you are not infringing on the patience of others. You’ll have some time setting your camera up (take a photo of the family in front of you to see if your settings are fine) and watch how others are composing their photos for some ideas. 

Tip #2 - Hit The Landmarks

This is where you get your timeless Disneyland photos. The landmarks are the sites that have been there for a long time and will continue to be there for a long time. In thirty years when you look at the photo you should instantly know it is Disneyland. These are landmarks are places such as Space Mountain, Fantasyland Castle, It’s A Small World, Paradise Pier, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, the Mark Twain and Main Street Disneyland. These spots are always busy and although they have been photographed a million times, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get your own photo with your own style. Theses spots are always busy so bring your patience and creativity. Grab one of the park maps located at the main gates, they highlight popular photo spots in both Disneyland and California Adventure.

Fantasyland Castle | f2.8, 1/80, ISO 3200, 24mm

Tip #3 - Shoot The Details

Something I ended up doing while waiting in lineups, and you will be waiting in lineups a lot, is to photograph some of the details. I was thoroughly impressed with the amount of small details that Disney has put into the park. There is pretty amazing architecture everywhere and the little details can often be missed unless you look for them. During our visit both Disneyland and California Adventure were transformed for the coming Halloween celebration. This meant Halloween themed decorations and details throughout the parks.

Tip #4 - Make Sure You Have The Right Gear

We spent the morning at Disneyland, back to the hotel for a recharge and some food, then back to the park in the afternoon until it closed. Make sure you have enough storage space for your photos, you’ll be taking a lot and don’t want to have to sit and delete phots on the memory card via the back of the camera to make room. I would highly recommend not shooting all of your photos on one memory card. Bring multiple memory cards with you and change them out every day or two if you aren’t able to unload them onto a hard drive in between visits. This way if you spend a week in Disneyland and have the photos spread out over four different cards, if something happened to one card, you at least have three others full of photos. If you do have a laptop and hard drive with you, I would still recommend having multiple cards to shoot on and keep the photos on the cards even after uploading them to a hard drive. Having more backups of once in a lifetime moments is better than no backups. 

If you are spending hours on end at park, take an extra camera battery with you as well. You don’t want to miss a great moment because your battery is done. Make sure you charge those batteries or that phone when you get back to the hotel, you don’t want to head to the parks without a full charge.

Tip #5 - Spend Some Time Scouting Locations

I think we saw every corner of Disneyland and California Adventure twice because we took a few minutes each day to come up with a plan of attack. It also let us target the rides we wanted as well as getting to see most of the park in different lighting settings such as during the day, dusk and night. The lighting conditions make some of the locations look and feel much different. A good example of this is Cars Land, which is great during the day but at night it is outstanding with all the lights. It also helped us make sure we were able to get as many photos of the boys with characters as possible as they are in certain locations at certain times. So we knew we could see Captain America and Spider-Man then the Guardians of the Galaxy in the same area at relatively the same time. 

Nikon Picture Spots Located Throughout the Parks

On a side note, if anyone in your group is having a birthday while you are visiting Disneyland I highly recommend getting the birthday button for them. It is quite amazing how the cast (staff) and characters go above and beyond to say Happy Birthday. Our oldest turned five while we were there and it was fantastic to see him get an extra high five from a character, for a cast (staff) to stop what they are doing to say happy birthday or for Captain America to talk to him about his birthday I think made his day even better. 

How I Took Photos

During the day and walking around outside I was either shooting in Aperature Priority mode (camera controls the shutter speed) or Manual Mode. Aperature Priorty let me quickly grab a photo of something as we were passing by if I didn’t have time to set my own exposure before it was gone. When we had slightly more time I would adjust everything in Manual Mode for the exposure that I wanted. This typically occurred when the boys were with characters or I was wandering around taking detail photos of buildings. 

On a ride or in a building I would turn it over to Manual Mode, set my shutter speed at a minimum of 1/200 and adjusted my ISO as needed. This often meant riding a fairly high ISO in some of the more dimly lit locations due to not using a flash. 

Most of the photos, maybe 75%, I took were with a 24-70mm f2.8 as it let me capture wide angle and then get a little tighter if need be. The remains photos were primarily a 50mm f1.4 and a few 35mm f1.2 shots tossed in. I simply had my camera out with me at all times on a shoulder sling so I didn’t have to grab in and out of a bag all the time or off the stroller time and time again. I use a shoulder sling for weddings and events as they take the weight off your neck and it feels more comfortable to have the camera at my hip while walking versus bouncing off my chest.

My last piece of advice is be comfortable standing in a group of people and taking a photo with your camera or phone held up. No one cares. There are thousands of people around you and thousands of those thousands are taking photos of something or someone. You’re going to get other people in your photos and you’ll be in other people’s photos (so dress nice). You don’t have to be rude and pushy to get your photo but at no point did anyone say anything to me about stopping somewhere to take a photo. It is just in the Disneyland culture. 

Thanks for reading along, don’t forget to share any of your favourite vacation photography tips or photos. Here are some of our favourite photos from the week! 

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Megan + Forbes | Engagement

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Megan + Forbes | Engagement

Megan and Forbes came all the way from Lloydminster for the day to allow us to capture their engagement photos. Megan chose the lovely Whitemud Park for the photos which at this time of year had a mixture of fall colours, earthy tones and a little bit of snow. The park is scattered with foot bridges, covered trails, a winding creek and wild life.  

We had a great time with this beautiful couple and it was a great reminder on why we love what we do. 

Congratulations Megan and Forbes. We can't wait for your wedding in July. 

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Fall Photos

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Fall Photos

We have had an amazing fall season for photos so far this year. The warm and rich tones that accompany the fall season are some of our favourite photos of the year. Combine the fall setting with a bunch of lovely families and fall quickly becomes a "can't wait for it to get here" time for photographers. We even had a little bit of snow this year to add another element and as much as snow is tough to want, it helps make some excellent photos. 

Here are some of the images we captured with some of the beautiful families we got to photograph so far this fall season. 

 

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Fall Mini Sessions

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Fall Mini Sessions

We know it is tough to think about but summer is almost over! As the calendar flips to September the leaves will start to change colour and fall will be here in full force. It is an amazing time to capture some spectacular photos in the golden fall landscape with the gorgeous soft and warm light shining down on those great brown, yellow and red leaves. Fall family photos are also a great time to showcase all of the beautiful new fall clothing everyone has been waiting to wear. 

If you are looking for a head start on your Christmas cards for friends and family, we can help you out. With your session you will receive a custom Christmas card template, which you can order in quantities of your choosing in time for the holidays. 

We hope you will join us! 

 

FALL MINI SESSIONS

September 25th | Sherwood Park

October 8th | Provost

$150 | 30 Minute Session | 5 Digital Images | Custom Christmas Card Template

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