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!