As positive roll models for our kids, we are supposed to tell them that anything is possible. Sometimes, when they are still very little, not everything is possible… Until now.
For those of you who came out to our event at the Birch Tree on Sunday, you were among the first to see our latest product line, “Child’s Play”, and we’re so excited to be sharing it with the rest of you today.
“Child’s Play” came about when I was playing around with my Nephew on a rock in Vancouver several years ago. I got my brother to hold his son next to the rock and he reached out and touched it. A few shots later, I had the workings for a composite image. A lot of Photoshop later, I had an image of my nephew doing something impossible. From that first idea and that first image came more and more complicated composites. With a lot of planning and with the help of Photoshop, we are able to create almost anything in a photograph.
Here’s the image of Charlie climbing. This was the first image, and an unplanned somewhat of a ‘lightbulb’ moment.
Since that first image, we’ve refined our craft, creating costumes and adding extra elements. Katrina has been training Kyokushin karate since she was 9. It’s a big part of her life. When Ella was born, we wanted to create an image that spoke of Katrina’s passion for the sport. The water balloon was shot using a high speed flash in studio and added to the final photograph for impact (sorry for the pun).
As two professional photographers, Katrina and I decided that Tehya should be a photographer. We borrowed a friend’s studio and his cameras (without telling him what we’d planned, he was the first to see this next image!). The camera that Tehya is holding costs A LOT… and more interestingly weighs just under 6 pounds. Not bad muscle tone for someone who weighs about 17 pounds and was 5 months old at the time!
When we were taking the images for Tehya, Ella decided that she wanted to be a photographer too. When I create the composites of the Child’s Play images, I am working on small parts of the image on my screen at a time. The process for this image was to take Katrina out, as she was the one holding the camera, while Ella was pretending to take photographs. When I was finished with the Photoshop work, and looked at the whole image, I was shocked that Ella was holding this camera. Even though I did the work, I felt guilty letting Ella use a friends camera… it looked a little too real!
We’d love to hear from you. What are your passions, what do you want your kids to do. Please call the studio or send us an e-mail and we’ll work out with you how to capture your creative Child’s Play portrait!