Wow what a fun session this was with a full time dancer Sophie and her swimming/part-time dancing brother George! Sophie was all in for this shoot. George however needed a bit of convincing but once he realized these weren’t your normal dance photographs he was game!
Dancers: Sophie and George
Choreo/styling: Jaimie Ashworth
Photography: Steve Lowe
Professional dancer, choreographer, teacher, and part time student. These are just a few of the words you could use to describe the amazing and talented Jaimie. I’ve known Jaimie since she was 12 years old and even then her drive and talent was very evident.
We had reconnected over the summer and had planned to do a session but weren’t able to get it together until recently. What a great session. Power, control, passion. Loved it!
It’s funny the way things work and you realize that the world is indeed a very small place especially with the internet.
This is Taylor and she’s an amazing dancer! She’s also the daughter of friend from high school (it was a long time ago). Taylor also spent a month dancing and training in New York over the summer with Zack, one of my former students. One of her dance teachers Jaimie (one of my all time faves even though we aren’t supposed to have them) was also one of my former students. Not too many degrees of separation here!
Taylor’s Mom, Chris contacted me in late September to do some head shots and action photos. Dance photos? I was in!! I had a location in mind as soon as I heard “dance!” After a bunch of back and forth discussion regarding favourite dance styles and types of styles we set a tentative date of the Thanksgiving long weekend. Everything was weather dependent of course and over the next 2 weeks we watched the weather change from glorious warm fall days to cloudy, dark, rainy days.
The weekend approached and what did we get?
Rain Saturday, rain Sunday, and finally about 3 hours of no rain on Monday but with a heavy rainfall warning. The 8am texts began and we decided to go for it. We photographed for just over 2 hours and came away with some amazing images of some amazing dance. I’m still in awe over the power, flexibility, and grace Taylor demonstrated! Thanks Taylor and Chris for letting me capture these photos!!
I put out a call for a potential Grad models in August and had a wonderful response. It was a difficult choice to decide who would be representing Steve Lowe Photography for 2015 and in the end it was Samantha who won out not just for her great smile but because she was a cheerleader! I’d never photographed any type of cheerleader before but knew exactly the one defining shot I wanted to capture. I even had a location and time of day picked to do something amazing, I just needed someone to photograph there!
We started out under the pier at White Rock Beach and despite some initial nerves, Sam really started to rock the session. I truly cannot believe how many great images I got from that day and how unbelievably easy she was to work with. It kind of went like this, “Try this…ok, can you balance on this? Sure., Now walk along this concrete tube onto a small platform surrounded by water and pull some cheer moves… I’ll try!” So awesome!!
I’m very happy that Sam is representing me this year. From our chats during our session I found that she very much wants to succeed in life and is willing to put the work in to meet that goal. Have a great Grad year Sam. Enjoy every minute of it and thank you!
and the shot I always had in my head…
Okay it’s actually Teagan and Nathan but boy does she hate the beard!! I have to admit that I really like the beard as it really gives Nathan a unique look. Kinda hipster’ish. We both appreciated the fact that he trimmed it for the session though!! Now I’ve photographed with Teagan before but not Nathan. Teagan and I were joking before the session that we hoped he could keep up and did he ever. This guy is a natural in front of the camera!
We’ve been planning this session for a few months now and after a few non-starts we finally got it done. Weather was great (ie. no rain) and so we started in Downtown Langely then moved our way to Derby Reach. It’s fun to mix up the locations up. A bit of urban and a bit of country. We were going for a bit of a fashiony, editorial, lifestyle portrait session and I think we achieved that.
I really enjoyed this session as these are both really great people who care about each other and it shows. Thanks again guys!
The Soon Family. I thought the name sounded familiar but couldn’t put 2 and 2 together until the day of our session. While getting organized with this lovely family I was chatting with the patriarch, Gerald. I asked him how he came to contact and book me for our session that day and it turned out that he was cousins with my Aunt Gina! It’s definitely a small world we live in.
So Gerald and I had planned this session to coincide with his daughter and her family were visiting from Stockholm. I have to say I can appreciate the care and attention they put into this session. From the very beginning I sent an information sheet on how to best dress as a family for a session. You want to coordinate colours and tones but not match. They did a wonderful job of this despite the vast distances apart. I imagine there was a lot of Facetiming to get it all right.
The Soons were a terrific, welcoming, and willing to try anything family. Thanks everyone, you were wonderful to work with!!
I’m super late in blogging the beautiful Shehani’s Senior/Grad photo session but better late than never!
Shehani contacted me at the beginning of June wanting to get some grad/senior photos done after seeing Nicole’s and Tyler’s photos. After some back and forth with her and her mom we planned a session for the following week. Shehani wanted a more outdoor natural setting similar to Nicole’s photos and believe it or not we did our session all within walking distance of her family’s home. Luckily, they live in a more rural area and there was no shortage of interesting areas to photograph in! She really did rock this session. Absolutely amazing.
Best of luck at University next year!
Your Grad photos should reflect who you are. You do not have to have the same grad photos as the other 800 kids in your graduating class.
Now some photos of the stunning Shehani.
I had the opportunity to do team and individual photographs of 81 young ladies from ages 13-18 and most of them taller than me! Raincity Volleyball Club is based out of Cloverdale B.C. and completely volunteer run. I’m so happy this club came into existence in Cloverdale as many of my former students that I coached in volleyball had a chance to keep playing and really excel! The sessions were even more fun because I got to see some great past students.
Thanks to Jeni for having me do these!!
Interested in playing higher level volleyball? Check out Raincity Volleyball.
One team photo for now (4 of my past students in this photo. It was good year for players!). Click to enlarge.