December 30, 2010

Capilano Suspension Bridge // Christmas Lights

During the Christmas holidays we went with our friends, Brad & Sarah to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.  If you have never been there, I highly recommend you check it out... it's so pretty! (during the day or around Christmas time with the lights!)

It's amazing to walk through the park during daylight, crossing the bridge and realizing how high you really are... but this time we went when it was dark and all decked out with Christmas lights.  So beautiful!  It also got me excited, because I am shooting a wedding there in May 2011!  Too bad they can't keep the lights up till May... :)  What a perfect location.

Well, I managed to take a few shots with my new D300s!  Forgive me, the bridge shots are probably blurry, (I was kicking myself for not bringing my tripod), but it was almost impossible to take a proper clear shot when it was constantly moving from everyone walking across it.  Even harder when you're standing in the middle of it... (what was I thinking? lol).  Oh well, at least you have the "effect" and have a glimpse of how it has been set up for Christmas time.  (It ends Jan. 4th, so you still have time to see the lights!)

All Images © 2010 Cecilia Flaming

LOCATION: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, North Vancouver BC

December 29, 2010

Mocha's Christmas // Personal

Everyone in our home gets presents at Christmas, even Mocha, our ragdoll cat. 

Christmas Eve Mocha got his new TENT! (we open presents on Christmas Eve)  He's not really the "camping" type, but Mocha loves anything that resembles a BOX that he can climb into or sit in, so we figured this would be a winner.  He made himself comfortable right away...

© 2010 Cecilia Flaming

December 23, 2010

Year End 2010 // Recap

The end is near!  In 3 days it's Christmas and then a few days after that it will be 2011!

I wanted to say thanks for all the support from family and friends throughout this past year and a HUGE thanks to all of my clients.  Without my amazing & fabulous clients, I would have a tough time taking great photos!  I have been blessed to have such easy going, fun, adventurous and beautiful clients and it's be great working with each of you.  I am so excited to see what 2011 will bring with new weddings, engagements, family sessions and more!  There will be a few "surprises", contests and more, so keep an eye out on the facebook page, here on the blog and maybe even twitter! (hint, hint!)

I figured it's only appropriate to end the year with a few thank you's along with a quick recap of what's happened throughout the year for Cecilia Flaming Photography.

Facebook: it was started in early 2009, but this year it continued to grow with more followers, updates and sneak peeks from every photo session!  

Twitter:  Cecilia Flaming Photography joined Twitter in the summer of 2010.  It's going to continue to grow in the next few months, so don't forget to follow me @CeciliaFlaming!

Website:  the NEW website launched on July 15, 2010!  This had to be one of my favourite highlights of the past year!  I loved being able to feature my favourite photos in a clean, bright portfolio gallery setting.  

Blog:  my blog went through a major makeover since starting in 2007.  Along with a new URL: (way better to type than eh?)  It also feels more legit with the new URL! 

Redesign: Logo and Branding
In the late summer I redesigned my logo!  (Yes... I was already tired with the old one and wanted to sit down, spend a good deal of time and really create something I liked!)  Colours and branding will be seen more in 2011 and who knows... the logo may change again.  

Business Cards: along with the new logo... new business cards were created, I opted for a "collage" as this included and featured more of my lovely clients on each card, rather than one photo like past cards.  I just want to share everyone's photo!

Courses: Took a few different courses throughout 2010!
Started off 2010 at Photo Gurus:
- Introduction to Digital Photography (taught by Sheena Wilkie) (since then I think 3 of my friends have taken the course! I totally recommend it!)
Photoshop for Photographers (taught by Sheena Wilkie)
Near the end of 2010 went for 8 weeks to Pull Focus Film School:
Photography and Writing for the Digital Age (taught by Heather Conn and Adam Myhill)

Needless to say, 2010 was EXCITING and full of so much growth and progress for my business!  Little by little I'm continuing to book more and more clients.  2011 is going to be fabulous and busy.  Already quite a few weddings are booked and I can't wait!  

Thank You's:
I want to say thanks to all the photog friends I've made his year! (you know who you are!) From Photo Gurus, from Pull Focus Film School, from Help Portrait, and Photo Chicks, or through friends of friends... it's been great connecting with all of you and learning alongside in various courses, classes and events!  I have enjoyed all of our photo shoots & projects together! It's always exciting to meet other photographersto learn with and develop our skills.

To my friends who have become photogs! I'm glad you've caught the "photog" bug. :) hehe.  I love it when friends have a similar passion or hobby and look forward to collaborating with you in future projects...

To the professional photographers who I admire and look up to... and continue to be inspired by their creative work and success.  I love the fact that your job is what you love to do!

Sheena Wilkie (teacher at Photo Gurus... answered so MANY of my questions and was an amazing teacher for photography and photoshop!).
Anita Chapman (who was my wedding photographer!) for inspiring me to catch the "photography bug", always answering my questions and giving great advice.  Thanks for organizing the "Trash the Dress" shoot in Feb. 2010, it was a blast!
Adam Myhill for being a wonderful teacher at Pull Focus Film School and showing me a lot of great editing hacks and tips!

To my clients, friends, models and volunteers - Thank You for allowing me to photograph you! (and hopefully again in the future!) Hehe.
To everyone who read this blog! You are AWESOME and I love the support, comments and feedback.

And finally... have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas!

In 3 days it will be Christmas!  The joyful celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus, the unconditional expression of love in action - a gift to each of us from the Father.  I love Christmas!  Getting together for family gatherings, spending time with friends, decorations, lights and Christmas music!

I wanted to share a few photos I've take over the past couple weeks, and wish you all a Merry Christmas!  I hope all of you enjoy your Christmas holiday with family and friends and have a Happy New Year!  

Thank you to everyone who reads this blog and shares their comments!  

Photos in above "Christmas Card" by Anita Chapman of Perfect Moments Photography

Photo of Mocha (cat) by Cecilia Flaming of Cecilia Flaming Photography

December 5, 2010

Help-Portrait Abbotsford 2010

Today was an amazing day!  I am so exhausted and tired, but I couldn't help but check out my candids I shot today at Help-Portrait Abbotsford!  Before I headed to bed I wanted to share a few.

This was my first year involved with Help-Portrait, and I had the opportunity to join around 35 other volunteers (hair stylists, makeup artists, photographers, editors and more!). I volunteered as an editor, editing the best shots from each session in photoshop.  It was intense... we had to edit like mad! But I enjoyed it so much.  (Glad to know I don't have to edit my client photos that fast! It was a bit stressful!) haha.

Incase you're not familiar with Help-Portrait, you can check out my first post about it here!  (Help-Portrait is a collection of photographers, hair & makeup artists and volunteers who donate their time, skills and expertise to give photos to anyone who usually doesn't have access to or is unable to afford professional photos).

I was a bit nervous when people started to hover over my shoulder looking at their unedited photos on my laptop.  I felt a bit of nervousness, but I realized that they didn't see what needs to be edited or touched up.  Some of the people today had never had any professional photos taken before and they were excited to see how great they turned out.  A couple ladies were taken back and remarked at "how beautiful they looked in the photos".  I remember one particular comment,  "I didn't know I could look that good!"

Editing was made easier for all of us by the amazing hairstylists, makeup artists and photographers with their skills and expertise. 

Well, before I fall asleep sitting at the computer, here's some shots from today!

All Images © 2010 Cecilia Flaming

November 28, 2010

Brandt Family // Crescent Park

Here's a fun post from my session with the Brandt family this afternoon at Crescent Park.  It was a bit chilly, but we all survived!  

This family was a blast to work with, I found quite a few locations for their photos.   Their son, Joel was full of energy and not shy of the camera, and made my job so much easier!  Joel taught me a lot of new "Knock Knock" jokes as we walked through the park.  Another cute "addition" to their family is their 4 month old puppy who actually sat still for a limited couple seconds for his own portrait shot. :)

All Images © 2010 Cecilia Flaming

LOCATION: Crescent Park, South Surrey BC

November 23, 2010

Vancouver Aquarium // Personal

I recently went to the Vancouver Aquarium with a few friends.  (Anything to do with the ocean sparks my interest!) The morning started out fun filled with a stop at Starbucks and then driving downtown from South Surrey with my friend Christi.   I had secretly hoped we were the first in line, but there was already about a dozen people already at the door when we arrived.  

We were hoping to have the sea life "all to ourselves" for photographing with no other people around, but the morning was quite calm, and it didn't start getting crowded until the afternoon.  When I was in elementary school, we spent field trips sitting on the bleacher seats, watching the orcas perform stunts for crowds of people.  Nowadays the orcas are gone and their large pool has been transformed into more of a learning and research zone and home to the Pacific White-Sided Dolphins.  While it's sad not to see the orcas anymore, dolphins are my favourite, so the replacement's just as good to me. :)  We ended up finding great standing room to watch the morning dolphin show.  The otter turned out to be my favourite "furry friend" of the day too! :)

All Images © 2010 Cecilia Flaming

LOCATION: Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver BC

November 19, 2010

Help-Portrait 2010

I am excited and looking forward to Help-Portrait, an event coming up on December 4th!  This is the first year I am getting involved with Help-Portrait, and I have the opportunity to join a group of photographers, hair & makeup artists and volunteers in Abbotsford, BC.

What is Help-Portrait?

Help-Portrait was founded by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart.  It is a collection of photographers around the world, using their time, equipment, and expertise to give back to those who are less fortunate.  

The purpose is to GIVE photos to anyone who doesn't usually have access to or is unable to afford professional photography.  (This can be homeless, orphans, single parents with their kids, sick children, sick parents, the elderly, army vets, underprivileged familes and more).

Help-Portrait currently has around 1.700 photographers involved in over 260 different locations, including more than 40 different countries.

None of the photographers or volunteers involved in will be paid or make money off these photographs.  None of the pictures taken will be used on personal websites or portfolios.  Our goal is to simply find people in need, take their picture, and give the picture back.  A way we can give back to the local community.  

December 4, 2010, photographers will be grabbing their cameras, finding people in need and taking their picture.  I am excited to join the Abbotsford 2010 group and have a chance to help give a family something they might have never had yet - a portrait together.

If you would like more information or are interested in participating:
  • Check out this video on YouTube here!

October 29, 2010

Pull Focus Film School // Lighting for Portraits

I have one more post to share today from my Photography & Writing course that I took at Pull Focus Film School.

We covered night photography and portrait photography with different lighting set-ups.  We only had 2 steady lights... and then had to position them a few different ways to create differnet effects for our portrait shoot.  

Here are a couple of my photos of Patrycja, who was our fabulous model for the evening!

All Images © 2010 Cecilia Flaming

Pull Focus Film School // Night Photography

For those that don't know, I am currently enrolled in a course at Pull Focus Film School in Vancouver called Photography & Writing for the Digital Age.

Yesterday our class had a chance to explore night photography!  We walked over from the school to our photography instructor's apartment (Adam Myhill) and were able to get a fabulous view of Vancouver from his roof top deck! 

Here are a few of my photos from class last night... I shot on a tripod, with a timer and locked mirrors. 

All Images © 2010 Cecilia Flaming

October 25, 2010

Warkentin & Duncan Family // Tynehead Park

Saturday afternoon's session was with TWO families!  The Warkentin family and the Duncan family.  I'm excited to share their Tynehead Park session with you today.  :)  We had perfect weather and the kids had a blast running around the park and pathways...  Thankfully the rain held off and didn't start till AFTER we were done and walking back to our cars!

All Images © 2010 Cecilia Flaming

LOCATION: Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey BC

October 21, 2010

Eriksson Family // Tynehead Park Family Session

Sunday was a beautiful and sunny afternoon when I met up with the Eriksson family.  We walked over from their parent's house to Tynehead Regional Park and found some gorgeous spots and backdrops for their photos.  I love when there are fall colours start to come out and there are leaves everywhere on the ground.  

Here's a few faves of mine from our afternoon...

All Images © 2010 Cecilia Flaming

LOCATION: Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey BC