Monthly Archives: November 2008

Calendar Girls – Chapter 3

I have to laugh… when I look at my blog stats, guess which post is getting the most hits? The Calendar Girls!  I wonder why? Is it the notoriety of the subject, is there a lot of prurient curiosity out there, or are people genuinely interested in this fund raising calendar? I really don’t care the reason it is being viewed – I just hope that those that have seen it see it in the way it was meant to be viewed – tasteful photographs of some very giving, beautiful and confident women. Let’s hear it for women’s empowerment! If some of you out there in cyberland would like a copy, they are going for $20 a piece and the proceeds are to go toward the columbarium fund at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Brandon MB. Leave me a message on the blog post and I’ll respond.

So here are the rest… Ms. May is Norma Woodman, needle-worker extraordinaire.


Ms. June is Gwen Elliott, former nurse, still looking smashing!


The July page is graced by none-other than the wife of the Bishop of Huron, Brandon’s Sister Diocese, Kathie Bennett.  She is obviously an avid golfer.


Ms. August is Caroline Mullins, who loves hot tubbing with a nice glass of red wine.


Now you have got to love Betty Coleman. She wasn’t in the original 12 selected for the calendar, because she was away when I was ‘recruiting’, as it were.  So next thing I know the phone rings, and it’s Betty – “What’s this I hear about a calendar? I want to be in it!  And is it going to be full length, because I want to wear my army boots.” Now how can you refuse an offer like that, so she took the September slot, and I got relegated to January 2010. (Yes, I ‘bared it all’ too!) And Betty got to wear her army boots… though not much else! 😀


Ms. October, Peggy Matheson, is a renowned cook and baker, wife of former Shilo Base commander Alex Matheson, and mother of CTV personality, Dan Matheson. Her grand-daughter was heard to say “Granny, you rock!” Isn’t she great?


Ms. November is a stalwart member of the Cathedral, Joan Scrase.  She is probably more fit than the rest of us put together!


Does Ms. December look like a librarian to you?  Albeit now retired, Linda Ross served as librarian at Vincent Massey High School for many years.  I’ll bet her former students never dreamed she’d be doing anything like this!


And finally, I had to put my money where my mouth was, so I bared all to be Ms. January 2010. The photo was taken by my dear friend Marlene Fast in my studio. Marlene is also a professional photographer and you can view her blog at


Thanks for visiting, and thank you to all the Calendar Girls – you rock!



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Child Portraits


“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.”

~ John W. Whitehead ~

I love photographing children. They are always honest, and true to themselves, never putting on airs, or pretending to be someone they’re not. With children, what you see is what you get. As a photographer you have to understand that you cannot pose a young child – you have to catch them being themselves. If you’re lucky you may get a glimpse into their soul…

Children grow up so fast that before you know it, they are graduating and moving out to start a life on their own. We have a number of clients who have asked us to record their children’s milestones with photographs, particularly when they are very young as they change so much during the early years. Here are some whom we have photographed…














This is Piper Miller, little daughter of Craig and Nicole, who have moved to Landmark MB, and are now clients of my best friend, Marlene Fast.



If you have children of your own call me for a complimentary consultation so that we can discuss what I could offer you by way of child portraits. Let me know what you want and I will create it for you!


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Portraits of Man’s Best Friend…

If you are anything like my husband and me, you love your pets – in our case, our dogs – much as you would love your children. They enrich our lives tremendously, and keep us laughing at their antics, day in and day out.  We never tire of them and our lives would be that much poorer without their presence. Unfortunately they cannot be with us forever, so we try and take as many photos of them as we can.

Why not bring us your ‘best friends’ for a portrait session?

Here are some of the ones we have done in the past…











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Family Portraits

At Christmas time, we receive many inquiries about having family portraits taken, not only to commemorate a family unit, but also to give to families and friends a unique Christmas gift that will only appreciate in value with time. When was the last time you had a family portrait taken?  There is still time before Christmas to come for your session, but if you feel that this would be too big a rush during the busy pre-holidays season, then we can certainly accommodate you in the more quiet months of January and February.

Do give us a call – 204-728-8065!

Now let me show you some of the images that we created for our clients…

The Kokorudz Family…


The Berrys…


Dr. Loader and his Family…




Brent and Rachelle MacDonald and their children…macdonald_brentrachelle042_5x7




The Waldners…


Lisa MacDonald-Murray, Mark, Andrew and Hugh…



The Orrs…Cheryl, Tony, Tamara and Brendan


The Neilsens – Cathy, Erica, Zack and Travis…



The Zelmers…Trudy, Cole and Chad…


… and the Zihruls.


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Paige Crossley

Recently I had the distinct pleasure of photographing a lovely young lady by the name of Paige Crossley.  She is just over a year old and was an absolute delight throughout the session – having fun, laughing and smiling, and behaving like she knew exactly how to pose for a camera! I had photographed Paige’s parents Cheryl and Glen and sister Kylee for their wedding portraits, and when it was time for the new addition’s portrait to add to the ones already on their wall, Cheryl called to book the session.These are some of their favourites from the session as well as some of mine.






Isn’t she adorable?

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Grads 2009

It’s only November, but I am already receiving calls from parents wanting to book their sons and daughters for their grad session!  Now this is not so unusual, as the slots tend to fill up rather quickly closer to grad time, so why not book your session now and be ahead of the rush?

We have become well known in Brandon and environs for the quality and variety of our grad images. We offer up to 400 – yes, you read correctly, 400! – different backgrounds so you can be sure to find one that is perfect for you, whether you are into sports, music, animals, travel, glamour, we have it all! And we can guarantee that no other studio in Brandon, or in fact, all of Manitoba has the backgrounds we offer! We are also known for our exceptional customer service, and reasonable prices.  We don’t make you buy expensive packages. We simply sell by the sheet. A ‘sheet’ comprises either one 8×10, or two 5x7s, or four 4x5s,or eight wallets or 16 ‘traders’. Mix them as you wish. Our one-stop ‘Shoot • Pick • Pay’ system is how we keep our prices down. You can buy as few are 3 sheets from us, and each sheet can be of a different pose!

Shoot • Pick • Pay. The time includes the shoot and viewing & choosing (and paying!). Sorry, no second and third visits “to let granny have a look”. Alternatively, if a parent cannot be present to pay, proofs can be posted online and ordered off our website, but the minimum order payment must be made on the day of shooting.

We offer you several options – just cap and gown (we have the caps and gowns for all of the Brandon High Schools) Simple casuals, Super Casuals and the ultimate – Ultra Casuals. The latter is what you might call the ‘Whole Meal Deal’ – we will photograph you for two hours, give you unlimited backgrounds, and you can have several changes of clothing as well as include your significant other in your session!  Call us for details for these sessions and for more information about our Simple and Super Casuals. Phone us at 728-8065 between 10 AM and 6 PM Mondays through Thursdays. And check out our website at, and click on ‘Grads’.

Now let me show you some samples of some of the grads we have photographed in the recent past. Let us know if you like what you see!
































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‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – or The Smoke That Thunders

The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it “Mosi-oa-Tunya” — the smoke that thunders and the Falls are remarkable.

The Victoria Falls is 1 708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummet over the edge every minute.

Remarkably preserved in its natural state, Victoria Falls inspires visitors as much today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860’s. The falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialisation.

The best time to see the falls is during the dry season, when you can see down to the bottom of the gorge. During high water levels, the constant spray and the mists obscure the view and makes photography even more difficult.

Here are some images from this trip…

From the Devil’s gorge looking East…

The Main Falls..

The Main Falls by a full moon…

The constant spray and mists from the falls provides the perfect growing environment for ferns, fronds, and other flora not found anywhere nearby, except in the rain forest by the edge of the falls.

The best views of the falls are from the Zimbabwean side, but that doesn’t stop the Zambians from offering other thrills – such as bathing in Devil’s Pool at the edge of the falls.  Check them out at the top right of this image…

A photographer is taking a meter reading in preparation to take shots of tourists risking life and limb to bathe close to the edge of one of the mightiest falls in the world.  What a way to make a living!?!

A panoramic view of the main gorge

Son-in-law David, trying to capture that perfect shot…

White-water rafting is for thrill seekers below the falls..

… definitely not for the faint-hearted!

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