Adverts for a new home community.

If there is one thing Alberta has plenty of — it’s sunshine. Regardless of season, the sun is a sure bet more often than not. Depending on the style of shots you’re going for, this can be a blessing or a curse. Sunshine and blue skies is great, but occasionally it’s nice to have an overcast day with no shadows or squinting eyes to worry about.

In this case we had what we wanted — great weather and a great batch of models to go with it. We worked with two kids on this photo shoot to showcase the lifestyle of a new community — parks, playgrounds, great looking homes and general well being. The interesting thing is that these two young kids were not related, but they managed to get along perfectly and made the shoot a lot easier than it potentially could have been.

Community Lifestyle Portraits

Community Lifestyle Portraits

Lighting for situations like this is typically simple. The sun makes for a perfect back light and a large reflector makes up for any harsh shadows that the sun inevitably creates. Knowing what shots you need ahead of time is key in a shoot like this — once you’ve got what you need it’s nice to be able to move on quickly. Kids have a ton of energy…but everyone has their limits attention wanders.

Bubbles.

Bubbles.

Bubbles suck. Have you ever tried photographing bubbles on a bright sunny day, in sporadic winds? Yeah. Not fun.

Kids activities.

Kids activities.

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Community Landscape

We ended this shoot with some general photos of the area itself — focused shots on the homes, duplexes and wide shots like this one which showed the man made lake.